“They say about me that I am the strangest person, always making people confused.” –Socrates
The Cave Represents
The Intellectual Limits Of Natural Organic Man
To Escape The Cave
You must Understand the Laws
You must work within the higher pattern of mind
You Must Know Thyself
When properly understood, the analogy of Plato's cave is very much parallel to that of what Jesus portrayed as the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see Outer Darkness). All of mankind are equally born in ignorance, and dwell in a world of illusions that are more factually allusions, which are not understood. Not to understand the analogy of Plato's Cave and the reality of what Jesus called the "outer darkness", is to dwell in a state of profound ignorance. While the people of what has been portrayed as the simple-faith see religion as a system of salvation, what they fail to understand is the fact that salvation can only be achieved by awakening and prevailing over the human condition of ignorance -- a condition brought about primarily through self-ignorance. In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus teaches: "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world" -- and Jesus then makes the profound statement: "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you". And what the people in this world fail to recognize and understand, is that from the higher reality of your own soul, all things are known and seen for what they truly are. And while every person alive has the innate potential to open this inner door of knowing -- and like the seeker at the right, escape this world of illusions -- so few ever make the journey, that those who do are portrayed as "madmen" when they return to the Cave and attempt to convey to others what they perceived and experienced in the higher Realm of Soul-Reality.
One of the primary objectives of all genuine religions is a means to enable the seeker/disciple to escape this world of illusions. The picture on the right is a well known alchemical presentation of The Escape -- and is representative of the innate ability of man to bring about his own transformation that enables him to enter through what the Gospels portray as the "narrow strait gate" within his own mind and being. In the parable of the Wedding Feast which is often called The Call, this transformation of self is portrayed as putting on the required "wedding garment".
Plato, the Greek philosopher, wrote a series of `Dialogues' which summarized many of the things which he had learned from his teacher, who was the philosopher Socrates. One of the most famous of these Dialogues is the Allegory of the Cave -- but only a handful of people are astute enough to perceive the reality that they are themselves, immersed in the illusions of the Cave.
In this allegory, mankind are portrayed as being chained in a cave so that they can only see the shadows which are cast on the walls of the cave by a fire burning behind them. Plato likens people of a natural organic mindset who can see and perceive the outer world only with the earth-bound senses of their physical body -- senses which are comprised of earth-matter -- people who think and reason only with the very limited resources of the natural (physical) mind -- as prisoners who are chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads to see the Source of what they perceive and think they understand. In reality, all they can see is the wall of the cave. Behind them burns a fire. Between the fire and the prisoners there is a parapet, along which puppeteers can walk. The puppeteers, who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners are unable to see these puppets, the real objects, that pass behind them. What the prisoners see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they do not see. Because they are unable to see the source of reality, the prisoners mistake the appearance of the shadows cast on the wall of the cave for reality. They mistakenly think the images they see on the wall (the shadows) were real -- and they know absolutely nothing of the real causes of the shadows. So when the prisoners talk, what is it that they are talking about? About the shadows that have been cast upon the wall of the cave. If an object is carried past behind them, and it casts a shadow on the wall, a prisoner says "I see that"! But what is he talking about? While the prisoner is under the delusion that he is talking about something real and tangible, he fails to perceive that what he senses is the shadow that has been cast upon the wall of illusion.
It is noted that the whole of the language of man makes reference to the shadowy symbols, assuming that these shadowy symbols are the real thing. Plato's point: the general terms of our language are in reality not "names" of the physical objects that we can see. They are actually names of things that we cannot see -- things that we can only grasp with the mind -- but not the mind or organic (physical) man which is earth-bound in it's perception. The prisoners may learn what a book is by their experience with shadows of books. But they would be mistaken if they thought that the word "book" refers to something that any of them has ever seen. Likewise, we may acquire concepts by our perceptual experience of physical objects. But we would be mistaken if we thought that the concepts that we grasp were on the same level as the things we perceive. Intellectuals ascribe to their wisdom in their books -- religious people place great faith in their scriptures -- yet, the books and scriptures of this world are nothing more than shadows of books of wisdom, and shadows of the Living Word that man must seek to Know the Truth.
To these people, the shadows represent the totality of their existence -- and it is impossible for them to imagine a reality which consists of anything beyond the fuzzy shadows on the wall. Those who seek the Knowledge of what is Real, rather than the illusion of the shadows, are those who were prisoners, and have escaped the limitations of the intellectual cave that shackles the great majority of mankind in the abyss of ignorance. The Knowledge acquired by those who succeed in breaking the shackles of physical limitation -- i.e., the Sacred Manna or Gnosis -- is the Experiential Wisdom and Knowledge they learn when they go out of the cave of this world via an inner dimension of self that is unknown to the masses and their religious, intellectual, cultural and political leaders, and into the inner reality which is portrayed by Plato as the light of the sun, where they are then able to gaze upon and behold man's true reality -- the reality of self expressed in the words of the Gospel of Thomas: "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world." And upon escaping from the intellectual cave that shackles mankind, when they try to go back into the cave and tell the other captives the truth, they are mocked as madmen. This fact you can observe throughout the history of man, as well as in the present time. We are all initially prisoners and this tangible world that we perceive as physical reality is our cave. And while the spiritual path of the Disciple in search of the Spiritual Manna/Gnosis of Higher Truth, begins when one who was a prisoner escapes out into the sun, this is in effect only the beginning of the journey as the mature soul begins to amass Gnosis, which is purely spiritual knowledge gained as they ascend into the true Light of true reality. What is equally interesting is the literal interpretation of Plato's tale: The idea that reality could be represented completely as "shadows" on the walls. Reality exists in another dimension beyond our vision, but we are so hypnotized by the world of shadows, that we fail to perceive the inner reality that is the source of everything in the life that we live.
When properly understood, the mesmerizing effect of the world of shadow-images that people mistake for being valid in this realm, is parallel to the statement in the Gospel of Philip in the words: "Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word "God" does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with "the Father" and "the Son" and "the Holy Spirit" and "life" and "light" and "resurrection" and "the Church (Ekklesia)" and all the rest - people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, unless they have come to know what is correct. The names which are heard are in the world [...] deceive. If they were in the Aeon (eternal realm), they would at no time be used as names in the world. Nor were they set among worldly things. They have an end in the Aeon." And this is true to the degree that Clement of Alexandria warned , Stromata V.14: "We are not to think of God according to the opinion of the multitude". Why? Because even at best, the opinions of the multitude are based upon Cave logic and reasoning, and are wholly immature and without higher perception and understanding.
While countless people have attempted to make sense as to the meaning of Plato's Cave -- and while the Christians basically ignore the implications of what Jesus called the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see Outer Darkness) -- without first understanding why the Cave of Illusions exists, what its purpose is, and what objectives the Cave is intended to bring about in the life of each individual, then it will remain virtually impossible to escape the Cave and begin to enter the world of true reality. What man does not understand is the fact that his physical birth was only the first phase of birth, and when he immerged out of the womb of his mother, he then entered the Womb of Mother-Earth which is a Mental Reality (see The Womb Of Mother-Earth - Man And Woman - Transformation And Rebirth). And in this world aspects of mind are impressed into the forms of nature, where they present to man mental-imagery that permit him to mentally develop. From the perspective of Plato's Cave, the illusions being danced upon the wall, are in actuality allegorical images that present thoughts and the embodiment of mind. Thus, while it is true that man dwells in a shadow world, the images that he sees, is all thought-imagery impressed into the forms of this world (see The Allusion Of The Forms Of Matter). That one must begin to perceive and understand the meaning of the images presented to man, in order to escape the Cave/Outer Darkness, is the reason the Gospel of Thomas declares: (5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."
In the reading of the scriptures, it is often important for us to grasp the essence of totality of thought that is expressed. One of the things that we should see is that Jesus expected Nicodemus, a “ruler of the Jews” (Jn 3:1) to understand the objective and the purpose of the sacred writings. When Jesus said that “Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”; he was speaking of a sacred truth that a ruler of the Jews should know. Finally, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again”! Why? Because, as is portrayed in the parable of the Prodigal Son which parallels the wisdom of the Zohar, the rebirth is well documented throughout the writings of the Spiritual Jews that “All souls… must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them... until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God.”
What does it mean where the Zohar states that “All souls… must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged”? Isn't the primary essence of what is being said in this writing of Jewish Mysticism the same exact vision of man's plight that is portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son? The “absolute substance” would be another way of saying the son went forth from his place of origination in his Father, and entered into this world -- wherein, the sons of the Father “must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged”.
How, then, do we develop the necessary perfection to return to God? Again the Zohar gives us the same exact requirement as did Jesus when he commanded us at Matthew 5:48 to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections… if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God” -- which is seen in the return of the prodigal son to his Father's Kingdom.
What is important is that we begin to see the connection and uniformity of thought between the mindset of the Spiritual Jew, the Spiritual Christian who was condemned as Gnostic because they rejected the religion of the Emperor Constantine, and the Ebionites who were the original disciples of Yeshua and TheWay. Moreover, it is important that we understand that what we perceive as two religions in the present-day form of Christianity and Judaism, are truly only separated spiritual ignorance fostered by cultural and political differences. The essence of both are one and the same.
In his book Nishmath Hayem, Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) wrote: “The belief or the doctrine of the transmigration of souls is a firm and infallible teaching accepted by the whole assemblage of our people with one accord, so that there is none to be found who would dare to deny it… Indeed, there are a great number of sages in Israel who hold firm to this doctrine so that they made it a teaching, a fundamental point of our religion. We are therefore in duty bound to obey and to accept this teaching with acclamation… as the truth of it has been incontestably demonstrated by the Zohar, and all books of the Kabalists.” Interestingly enough, in Hasidism, in which the pre-existence of the soul “becomes a universal belief” (The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia), there is no salvation apart from the belief in and advent of the Messiah in the life of the individual. In view of the fact that our present-day ideas pertaining to the Messiah have been form and strongly influenced by the Church of the Roman Empire and the cosmic Christ of the religion of Mithraicism, we must pose the question: what if the Hasidic Jew has a more pure perception of the Son of God than does the majority of Christians? When the Zohar states that “men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them…”, we must recognize that this is the same exact message that is prevalent throughout the New Testament scriptures? In fact, isn't it because (carnal) men do not know what God requires, and (carnal) man can do nothing on his own, that prompts the Apostle Paul to write that (carnal) man is saved by faith alone -- i.e., faith in the fact that he has a pre-existent soul within him that has existed since the dawn of time.
What was removed from our copies of the scriptures prior to Yeshua's statement to Nicodemus about the need for re-birth? What modern Christians fail to realize is the fact that Yeshua's message of the need to bring about the next stage of soul-birth was so different in the original scriptures, that modern believers who call themselves Born Again, would not even recognize the concepts presented. Thus, in the Gospel of the Nazirenes it states: "Yeshua sat in the porch of the temple, and some came to learn His doctrine, and one said to Him, Master, what do you teach concerning life? And He said to them, Blessed are they who suffer many experiences, for they will be made perfect through suffering; they will be as the angels of God in heaven and will die no more. Neither will they be born any more, for death and birth have no more dominion over them. They who have suffered and have overcome will be made pillars of the temple of my God, and they will go out no more. I say to you, except you be born again of water and of fire, you cannot see the kingdom of God. And a certain Rabbi, Nicodemus, came to Him by night for fear of the Jews, and said to Him, How can a man be born again when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again? Yeshua answered Except a man be born again of flesh and of spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound of it, but can not tell from where it comes or to where it goes. The light shines from the East even to the West; out of the darkness. The sun rises and sets into darkness again; so is it with man, from the ages to the ages. When it cometh from the darkness, it is that he has lived before, and when it goes down again into darkness, it is that he may rest for a little, and there after again exist. So through many changes must you be made perfect, as it is written in the book of Job, 'I am a wanderer, changing place after place and house after house, until I come into the city and mansion which is eternal. And Nicodemus said to him, How can these things be? And Yeshua answered , You are a teacher in Israel, and do not understand these things? Truly, we speak that which we know, and bear witness to that which we have seen, and you do not receive our witness. If I tell you of earthly things, and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of heavenly things? No one ascends into heaven, unless they descended out of heaven, even the son or daughter of man which is in Heaven."
Once again we see the important concept that parallels the statement of the Book of the Revelation which reads: "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more" (Rev 3:12 NKJ). Thus, the words of the Church Father Origen where he stated that “The soul has neither beginning nor end… Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis). In the many End Times narratives we are presented with the statement that those on the left hand are not worthy of entrance into the Kingdom, and they are bound to the fires of Hell. But these are the fires of purification, and the Gospel of the Nazirenes sheds great insight into this process of purification when it is said to those on the left hand: "Then shall he say also to them on his left hand, 'Depart from me you evil souls into the eternal fires which you have prepared for yourselves, till you are purified seven times and cleansed from your sins." Thus, the word translated “destruction”, as in Matthew 7:14 where it is written that those who walk the broad-way that leads to destruction, the footnote on this word in the Schofield Reference Bible reads: “There is no thought in these various words of annihilation but of something that is ruined and thus unsuitable or unable to fulfill its original purpose”. And what is being stated is that the life that the soul lived, had become lost in the thinking and ways of this world, and could not longer fulfill the purpose of bringing about soul-birth and entering the Inner Kingdom.
Christian Blindness To The Scriptures
The Parable Of The Talents And The Three Servants
What causes us to be different? Because Christians fail to understand the biblical doctrines of preordination and predestination, they totally lack an answer to this question. Because they lack an answer to this crucial question, they are unable to evolve their understanding beyond a very superficial and elementary perception of both the scriptures, and life itself. We are different, because in the words of the Church Father Origen: “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis). We are each different because: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7 NKJ). We are different because of the past life achievements of our soul -- as it states in the Gospel of the Nazirenes: ."As Yeshua sat by the west of the temple with his disciples, behold there passed some carrying one that was dead, to burial, and a certain one said to Him, "Master, if a man die, shall he live again? He answered and said, I am the resurrection and the life, I am the good, the beautiful, the true; if a man believe in me he shall not die, but live eternally. As in Adam all are bound to cycles of rebirth, so in the Messiah shall all be made alive. Blessed are the dead who die in me, and are made perfect in my image and likeness, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them. They have overcome evil, and are made pillars in the temple of my God, and they go out no more, for they rest in the eternal. For them that persist in evil there is no rest, but they go out and in, and suffer correction for ages, till they are made perfect. But for them that have done good and attained to perfection, there is endless rest and they go into life everlasting. They rest in the eternal. Over them the repeated death and birth have no power, for them the wheel of the eternal revolves no more, for they have attained to the center, where is eternal rest, and the center of all things is God." But with the removal of these important teachings from the Gospels, Christians can no longer discern why not only each of us is different, but why more is expected of some.
In the parable of the master who entrusted his servants with his money (talents) before going away, you have one of the most profound statements of reincarnation that few people recognize in the words: "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey" (Matt 25:15 NKJ). The key concept here is that each person was not only entrusted with a different amount, but that each person was entrusted with an amount "...each according to his own ability." So a Christian, who is capable of thinking out of the doctrinal box, should ask: How is each persons ability determined? This is as hard a concept for a Christian to embrace, as it is for the semi-enlightened people of the New Age to understand why, while differing results were acceptable, the servant who was the richest received even greater reward than the one who was successful, but had not initially received as much because "..to each according to his own ability." From their politically correct mindset, the servant who had received two should have received the same reward as the one who had received five -- especially since the one who had received one talent and made no gains because he buried it in the earth, had his talent taken from him and that talent was given to the one who had initially received the most. In this parable it would appear that Yeshua favors the rich.
Not only is each one of us given our lot in life in accordance with this predetermined criteria of what we accomplished in the past, but what Jesus taught was that what the spiritually poor people possessed, would even be taken away and be given to those who had an abundance: “Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matt 25:28-29 NKJ). Thus, on the surface, Jesus appears to be a Robin Hood in reverse -- take from the poor, and give to the rich.
One of the many paradoxes that confront the believer is explored in these biblical verses by the Wycliffe Commentary which writes: “Herein is the crux of the interpretation. If this reckoning is the judgment of the believer's works, then we apparently have a true believer suffering the loss of his soul because of the barrenness of his works. But that interpretation would contradict John 5:24. Or, if the unprofitable servant represents a mere professing Christian, whose real nature is thus unmasked, then it appears that the judgment of believers' works and the damnation of sinners occur together, although Revelation 20 separates these judgments by 1,000 years”.
What does John 5:24 say? “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24 NIV). What we must recognize is the fact that there is only a contradiction with respect to our interpretation of the word belief. The Bible is very clear that those people who claim an allegiance to the Lord, and yet continue to live in the manner of unbelievers, are themselves self-condemned; as seen in the words: “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21 NIV). Thus, only those who actually live in accordance with the Royal Law of God, and do the Will of the Father, are those of whom John 5:24 states will be saved.
The problem is that these verses, as in the twentieth chapter of the Revelation and many other places in the Bible, appear to declare two conflicting doctrines -- i.e., some state that believers get into heaven on the basis of their profession of faith, while other biblical passages clearly state that the believer will be held accountable for their deeds. With regard to the requirement of works, in the parable of the sower and the seed Jesus clearly warned believers that they are required to increase what has been given to them: “…multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times” what was initially received (Mark 4:8 NIV). Yet, as the Wycliffe Commentary points out, John 5:24 is one of those seemingly all-inclusive verses which appear to generally state that all believers will be saved -- but who is a believer? And from a spiritual perspective, who is able to hear the word -- i.e., "...whoever hears my word" -- and do we understand the words from a spiritual perspective: "...he has crossed over from death to life”???
What Christians fail to realize is that the Gospel of John is imbued with a Gnosticism that is far beyond their carnal comprehension -- and seemingly common terms that Christians interpret in the physical, does not mean what they suppose it does. 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). And in the words of Prof. John Allegro in is book, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of Christianity, he writes: “It is a fact that the Qumran Library has profoundly affected the study of the Johannine writings and many longheld conceptions have had to be radically revised. No longer can John be regarded as the most Hellenistic of the Evangelists; his gnosticism, and the whole framework of his thought is seen now to spring directly from a Jewish sectarianism rooted in palestinian soil, and his material recognized as founded in the earliest layers of Gospel traditions.”
What is the meaning of the word mysticism? Briefly, mysticism is descriptive of the ability of man to look beyond the limitations of the five senses in order to gain a better understanding of life, God and Creation. The word Gnostic, as used by Prof. Allegro, is the Greek word used to describe the acquisition of knowledge gained through the mystical process of man's inner and direct connection with God. While Christians today embrace the doctrine of faith that was defined by the Apostle Paul, the flaw in their many perceptions is seen in their inability to understand that Paul’s doctrine of faith was based upon the foundation of mysticism that was laid by the Apostle when he wrote: “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). And thus, that the natural mind of man is incapable of perceiving beyond the limitations of the carnal, is the reason why the Word of God can only be presented to him in enigma and allegory (see Why Does God Speak In Allegory And Enigma?).
What is the meaning of the above phrase “…spiritually discerned”? There are different types of knowledge -- i.e., knowledge gained through formal instruction, and knowledge gained through personal experience. The Greek word for knowledge which is gained through the receiving of direct impressions from the “Spirit of God”, is called Gnosis -- which is the meaning of Gnosticism -- meaning a knowledge received through man’s spiritual nature. It is this type of knowledge that the Apostle Paul is making reference to in the above quotation. When the Quaker speaks of being taught by the inner Light, he is speaking of a Gnostic type of Knowledge. When the Pentecostal speaks of opening their minds to the indwelling Holy Spirit, he is making reference to a Gnostic type of Knowledge. The problem is that the degree of Knowledge that can be imparted is directly related to one’s willingness to open the mind to the revelation of the Spirit.
In understanding our plight today, we must recognize that men such as Martin Luther and the reformers of the Middle-ages were priests of the Roman Church, and they had no idea how the Disciples of Christ thought and looked at life. The reformers of the Middle-ages who laid the foundations of modern Christian doctrine -- though well meaning -- had no way of knowing that they had been imbued with a mindset that was totally opposite to the thinking of the men and women who Jesus taught directly. When they opened the pages of the New Testament, the letters of Paul made perfect sense to their manner of thinking. Yet, the great factor they totally failed to realize was that Paul wrote to entry level Gentile converts -- elementary level instruction that was made presentable for the instruction of a spiritually sick people who were of a heathen mindset -- and because of this severe limitation, Paul was only able to hint at the Spiritual Gospel of Christ that the Apostle himself warned could not even be envisioned by the mind of carnal man -- a Spiritual Gospel that Paul often made reference to as the Mysteries of God.
Paul wrote to the entry-level Gentiles who were the people of the simple faith. They were being converted from a heathen mindset, and presented with elementary concepts that would begin the process of spiritual transformation -- a process that can not be achieved in one lifetime. The Ebionite/Nazirene Disciples of Yeshua had over the course of many lives lived Godly lives in search of the Inner Kingdom -- and they possess a depth of understanding that could never be embraced by the Gentiles. So we can say that these Ebionite/Nazirene Disciples were those who had received five (5) talents upon entering into life, because of their own past spiritual achievements. And we can say that many of the Gentiles who heard the Word, and began to leave their heathen ways behind them through the preaching of Paul, were those who had received two (2) talents. Not as much could be given to the Gentiles, because they had not accomplished as much in their past lives -- i.e., "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey" (Matt 25:15 NKJ). And Martin Luther, the framers of the Reformation, as well as modern Christians, all see the greater wisdom in the Epistles of Paul, because they have yet to undergo the process of spiritual transformation necessary to perceive the inner meaning of the Gospels that the believers of a natural mindset are blind to.
John 5:24: In returning to the questions raised by the Wycliffe Commentary which states of the parable of the servants and the distribution of the talents: “Herein is the crux of the interpretation. If this reckoning is the judgment of the believer's works, then we apparently have a true believer suffering the loss of his soul because of the barrenness of his works. But that interpretation would contradict John 5:24...”. But because Christians attempt to see John 5:24 through a carnal mindset, they never perceive the true meaning of what is being conveyed. John 5:24 states "...whoever hears my word" -- but each person hears in accord with the talents that they have received -- talents that are dependent upon their own past life achievements. And John 5:24 states with respect to those who hear the Word that "...he has crossed over from death to life” -- but these words must be understood from the Gnostic/Spiritual perspective from which they were written. The prodigal son was portrayed as being dead, and in returning to the Kingdom, and once again become alive. Those who failed to put on the required wedding garment in the parable of The Call to the Wedding, were portrayed as having been cast out into the "outer darkness". And when the disciple asked about burying his father, Yeshua stated: “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). From a spiritual perspective, only those few who could hear the fullness of the Word -- i.e., those who because of their past life achievements had received the five talents -- could receive the Living Word and cross over from the death of this outer darkness into the Life in harmony with the Kingdom within. From a spiritual perspective, it does not say that when you physically die you will cross over -- i.e., the people of this world are already dead as defined from a spiritual reality in the words: "...let the dead bury their own dead”. Such sects as the Jehovah's Witnesses have created an abundance of doctrines attempting to explain the Mysteries of God away, out of the statement: "...but the dead know nothing" (Eccl 9:5 NIV) -- and yet, in failing to apply the formula that is presented in the worlds of Jesus above, they fail to comprehend that the scriptures speak of the dead of this world who are the multitude of people who populate the earth. And it is of the multitude who Jesus could only speak in parables -- the people of the flesh and natural organic mindset who, because they have achieved very little in their past, could only receive what is portrayed as one talent, were unable to hear the Living Word, and what they received they continued to bury in the earth. The Gentiles who heard what Paul called the Testimony of Christ, were those who in their past lives had begun to leave the ways of this world behind them and seek the inner Kingdom, and they were able to receive the two talents. But it was the Ebionite/Nazirene disciples of TheWay who had over the course of many lifetimes ardently sought the inner Kingdom, and having accomplished much in their past, they were the ones who were able to hear the Living Word, and because they were faithful disciples of TheWay, they were able to "...cross over from death to life”
The servant who had received one talent could be compared to those who could not hear the words of Jesus then, and continue not to be able to hear his words now -- even though they call upon his name as their savior -- because from life to life they place their talents in the earth, instead of expanding and evolving what has been bestowed upon them. They proclaim that they are saved regardless of how they live -- the mindset they embrace -- what they accomplish in life. And as noted in the Wycliffe Commentary: “Herein is the crux of the interpretation. If this reckoning is the judgment of the believer's works, then we apparently have a true believer suffering the loss of his soul because of the barrenness of his works." And once again Christians are in denial, because this fact is confirmed in the warning: “Herein is the crux of the interpretation. If this reckoning is the judgment of the believer's works, then we apparently have a true believer suffering the loss of his soul because of the barrenness of his works." And even more revealing is the warning: “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries” (Heb 10:26-27 NAS). Contrary to the beliefs of many Christians today, Jesus did not ordain a religion of perpetual redemption -- he did not say that it is acceptable for his followers to continue to embrace a life of sin and cultural excess -- his message to his followers was to sin no more! Because all the infirmities of life -- as well as man's blindness to the Inner Kingdom and the inability to hear the Living Word -- is all brought about by our own past actions -- i.e., "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14 KJV). Quite contrary to modern Christian doctrine where all believers are saved, it is very clearly demonstrated in the scriptures that believers who do not live in accordance with the Commandments of the Lord will be punished more severely than the non-believer. This truth is demonstrated in the words: “That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:47-48 NIV). What Jesus is stating to us is that believer’s who do not fulfill the Commandments, will be punished more than those who do not know the will of God.
John 5:24 has no reference to a condition after the physical death of the body-vessel -- but very much in the present as the disciple of TheWay follows in the footsteps of Yeshua and enters into Life and gains access through the inner "narrow gate" and into the Inner Kingdom (see Gate of Eden). But because modern Christians have embraced the doctrines of a circus prostitute who married a Roman Emperor, they totally lack the ability to understand the paradoxical or the spiritual meaning of the scriptures. Thus, when the question is asked: Which of these very conflicting requirements that Jesus set forth are necessary for believers? We are presented with one of an uncountable number of scriptural paradoxes -- i.e., both opposing positions are each true -- and the answer lies in a higher third reality that merges the two into one. But Christians can't deal with paradoxes. The problem is that because the modern Church has embraced an opposite mindset from the original followers of Christ, we are unable to understand how both these teachings can be true. In our inability to comprehend the means by which both can be simultaneously correct -- even though each on the surface appears to oppose each other -- to our own spiritual demise we choose the one teaching over the other -- thereby negating a great number of biblical warnings that our perception of the Word is defective.
The result is that we fail to perceive the impact of the pre-existent criteria that is essential to a proper understanding of both the scriptures, as well as what is expected of each individual. We therefore do not comprehend why very little is required of some people who, in their past, have never been given the opportunity to spiritually develop, while much is required of others -- as seen in the words: “That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:47-48 NIV).
Christians fail to understand the reason why some people are given much, while others are given very little. The problem is that without this essential understanding, we have anchored ourselves to a great obstacle that inhibits our perception of the full revelation of the Word of God. Until we are able to comprehend the reason why everything in life proclaims to us that we are not playing on a level field, we can never begin to use the opportunity of life to assist us in our walk in TheWay. One only has to open their eyes to see that some people are born geniuses, great musicians, superior physical attributes, beauty or skills. Some are born with good health, others with insurmountable medical problems. Some are born handicapped, retarded, or even born to die. Some are born in the ghetto, while others live a lavish life in a mansion. Contrary to our limited understanding today, these infinite and innumerable conditions of life are not an accident of birth -- but rather, are the result of predetermined conditions.
From a spiritual perspective: Many souls enter into life entrusted with a greater understanding of the Secrets of the Kingdom -- and much will be expected of these souls. Other souls are not as spiritually developed -- they therefore do not respond to the Gospel message with the same depth and hunger -- and they do not innately possess the knowledge of the Kingdom. In this regard, what Jesus taught is that even though these less developed souls often do greater evil, they will not be held to the same standards of accountability as those souls who more was expected of. And why was more given? Because these souls had achieved more in their previous lives. Thus, only when we begin to comprehend the differences in the spiritual maturity of people, as well as the reasons why certain people are born with the potential for a greater understanding of the Word, while others can make little sense of either the scriptures or the spiritual side of life, can we begin to embrace a higher understanding of life and what is called the Mysteries of God.
There are verses pertaining to the servants that still exist in the Gospel of the Nazirenes, which explain the inconsistencies that abound in Christian doctrine and understanding of why each of us enters this life at greatly differing levels of spiritual awareness. Thus, we again see the words: "And that servant which knew his lord's will and did not prepare himself, nor followed his will, will be beaten with many stripes. But he that did not know, and did commit things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. For to whomsoever much is given, of him will they much require, and to whom they commit little, of him they will require the less. For they who know the Godhead, and have found the way of life, the mysteries of light, and then have fallen into sin, shall be punished with greater chastisement than they who have not known the way of life. Such shall return when their cycle is completed, and to them will be given space to consider, and amend their lives, and learning the mysteries , enter into the kingdom of light."
The Prison: The references to chastisement, the far country of the parable of the prodigal son, and the outer darkness of the call to the Wedding Feast, all portray a condition of being cast back into the world in accord with our lack of accomplishments in our previous lives. And contrary to modern Christian doctrine, this condition of only being able to receive one talent can be portrayed as being imprisoned -- i.e., “Thou shalt by no means come out from there, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing”. This of course is contrary to what we presently believe, in that it speaks of a time when those condemned to prison will come out.
How different modern Christians perceive what the scriptures convey to us today is easily demonstrated by using our very own Bibles. When Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders that the “…tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matt 21:31 RSV), such a statement simply has no place within the present day understanding of Christian doctrine. Because we are without a means to explain Jesus' words, most Bible commentaries simply ignore the implications of this passage of scripture. One widely used commentary attempts to correct the text by changing the words to “instead of” -- which would then make the meaning doctrinally correct and read: “The tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God instead of you”.
In this verse of scripture we are presented with one of the core reasons why the original followers of Jesus believed differently than most Christians today. The question that must be posed is: When will the chief priests and elders enter into the kingdom? Modern Christian doctrine states that because of their disbelief and rejection of Christ, they will be cut off from the face of God, and condemned to eternal judgment. And yet we cannot deny the fact that Jesus' own words convey the message that there will come a time when the chief priests and elders will also enter the Kingdom of God -- and it will be at a time after the tax collectors and harlots who believed, repented, and followed the Christ.
As students of the scriptures, we should ask ourselves why modern Bible commentaries are silent about the implications of these words that Jesus spoke? If it is our desire to know and embrace the truth that Jesus taught, then we would want to expand our knowledge and understanding in order to better comprehend the Word. Why, then, do our commentaries generally ignore the implications of these words that Jesus taught? The answer is simple: There are three possible resolutions to the problem, and each of the resolutions is not in harmony with modern Christian doctrine: (1) The chief priests and elders will be permitted into the Kingdom even though they did not believe, and did not accept Christ in their lifetime; (2) They will be given the opportunity to work off their sins in some after-life state of existence; (3) Or, the unthinkable is true, and the beliefs of the direct followers of Jesus and the earliest of Christians are correct, and those souls who were the chief priests and elders will be reincarnated, and continue to live lives in this realm, until which time they have paid back the last debt, accept Christ, and mature to the level of spiritual perfection that is necessary to enter the Kingdom of God.
Our commentaries fail to explore the possibilities, because to go beyond our limitations of thinking, we begin to navigate unchartered territory -- and this creates turmoil in our religious life. Moreover, any commentary that strays too far from accepted religious opinion would be immediately condemned as heresy. Because we cling to the milk, and are afraid to eat the more solid food of the Spiritual Gospel, we simply fail to contemplate and investigate along unfamiliar lines of thinking. The result is that we do violence to ourselves by extending our servitude to the prison of this world by obstructing the very path that leads us to the threshold of The Way.
With respect to the above statement of Jesus: Such a concept of religion is so adverse and antagonistic to modern doctrine, and the ramifications so frightening to the flock of faith-based believers, that this -- and many other such passages of scripture -- are simply ignored by Christians today. Yet, the direct followers of Jesus, as well as the first Gentile (Gnostic) Christians, understood such statements in the Bible as being part of the process that brings about the requirement that Jesus set forth for those who would be truly saved: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 RSV). Where we lack a means to understand these biblical concepts, the early Christians recognized these teachings to be part of the process whereby each of us will continue to live out lives in this realm until we become very serious in our walk with Christ, and put on the necessary cloak of perfection as required in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
If what Jesus said is true, and the chief priests and elders will eventually be given the opportunity to enter the Kingdom of God -- and if Jesus truly meant what he said when he stated that mankind must indeed become perfect, as our heavenly Father, then where does that leave the modern believer today? Thus, we see in this single concept an example of one of the many points where the modern Christian's approach to the Bible is founded upon a different premise -- a totally opposite mindset and understanding, and from a totally different perspective than those who sat at the Masters feet and learned directly from him.
The Apostle Paul writes much the same thing to the believers at Corinth: “his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Cor 3:13-15 NIV). In evaluating this, let us be ever mindful of the fact that Paul was writing to believers who were yet too carnal to receive and comprehend the Mysteries of God.
This same concept where every debt must be repaid is reinforced throughout many other teachings of the scriptures: “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same” (Job 4:8 KJV) -- “For He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way” (Job 34:11 NAS) -- “Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices” (Prov 1:31 KJV) -- “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isa 3:10-11 KJV) -- “But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it” (Jer 21:14 KJV) -- “And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth” (Ezek 7:9 KJV) -- “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer 17:10 KJV).
What is truly important is for us to understand that the above verses are one side of the coin -- all those many biblical verses that speak about predestination are merely revealing to us that whatever shape our life takes from birth to death, is the direct result of our own past actions; i.e., “Who will render to every man according to his deeds” (Rom 2:6 KJV) -- “You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men” (Hosea 10:13 NKJ) -- “His own iniquities will capture the wicked, and he will be held with the cords of his sin. He will die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray” (Prov 5:22-23 NAS).
The recently discovered Gospel of Thomas opens with these important words: "These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down. And he said, Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death." With regard to this declaration in The Gospel of Thomas, at first glance it would seem to be anti-Christian for someone to be saved merely because they find the explanation of certain words. By their way of thinking, it would be correct for the modern Christian to ask where faith and belief in Christ enters into such a pattern of religious thought? Yet, the modern believer comes to this false assumption, because they fail to recognize the true foundation of the Spiritual Living Gospel that Jesus taught. In a Living Gospel, there is only one way to find the explanation of the words in Thomas's Gospel, and that is to hear them at the feet of the Master. And since the Kingdom is within us (Luke 17:20-21), then it is within our ability to walk in TheWay, and learn from the One Teacher. Yet, to those people who have only received one talent and are burying it in the earth, and are thus, sense bound, they have no perception of the Spiritual Kingdom, and such a concept of religious thought appears to them as impossible. And thus, it is these people who Paul portrays as being of a Natural mind, that Jesus said was the dead who know nothing.What is written in the opening of the Gospel of Thomas is no different than the words of the early Church Father Clement of Alexandria when he warns the believer that “Secret things are entrusted to speech, not to writing… and if one says that it is written”, then the true spiritual message is concealed from the eyes of the reader. Why? Because, as Paul warns, “they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NIV). When we begin to understand that it is the multitudes who are dead, and only those who bring about the next stage of second soul-birth are alive, then we can begin to understand how the above words parallel the equally perplexing statement: "But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:27 NKJ). Why? Because the Kingdom of God is within us (see Gate Of Eden).
What Christians believe today is the entry-level
teachings designed for those who Paul portrays as
"babes in Christ". What is written literally in the scriptures is
elementary -- i.e., the entry-level instruction designed for those who have
received only one talent because they have never evolved beyond the exoteric
doctrines for people who Paul describes as being of a Natural Mind (see
Why God Speaks To Man In Allegory And
Enigma). And when Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables, they asked of
him why he taught in this manner: "The disciples came
to him and asked, Why do you speak to the people in parables? He replied, The
knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not
to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever
does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to
them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not
hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: 'You will be
ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never
perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with
their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their
eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would
heal them.' But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because
they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to
see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear
it" (Matt 13:10-17 NIV).
The essence of why the multitudes were too carnal to comprehend the Mysteries of the Kingdom, is seen in the fact that they are building upon a counterfeit doctrinal foundation -- and lack a knowledge of self and their relationship to God. A most important reality that is portrayed in the Gospel of Thomas is in the words that "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world" -- and perhaps even more profound is the reality portrayed in the third saying of the Gospel of Thomas in the words: "When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." What is the meaning of the words: "...then you will become known"??? And it is this shocker that all the religions of the world are simply not prepared to understand. And you will find this phrase in many other scriptures and writings -- i.e., it is beyond the understanding of the religions of man to comprehend what is being stated in the words: "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?" (Gal 4:9 NKJ). HOW CAN WE NOT BE KNOWN BY GOD??? The answer is because we exist within the mind of our soul/higher self -- and it is our soul/higher self that exists within the Mind of God and is the creation of God. In the beginning God Created all the souls which are His Offspring -- and the process of soul-evolution and growing to maturity, is brought about by the experiences of learning that are necessary to move from the Alpha of UnKnowing, to the Omega of Knowing.
This higher soul-reality is among the many things that Jesus could not speak of to the multitudes who he portrayed as having received one talent which they failed to grow because they placed what was received in the earth. These people of a natural mind who Paul stated would look upon the Mysteries of God as foolishness -- i.e., “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) (see Why God Speaks To Man In Allegory And Enigma). Paul then goes on and warns these believers of a natural mind who were baptized and dedicated to Christ: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS). Thus, these believers could only be taught the doctrine of Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2), because they were not yet spiritual men -- but rather, they were men of flesh and still very much “babes in Christ”. Paul then explains that: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able” (1 Cor 3:2 NAS). To the degree that Paul warned that it was unlawful to reveal the Mysteries of the Kingdom to those who were yet carnal, and of a natural organic mind -- i.e., and revealed the the Mysteries that could only be taught to the disciples who had undergone the process of alchemical spiritual transformation, would witness “…things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words…” -- and after they gaze upon these mysteries, what they have witnessed will be of such a profound nature that they will “…not [be] allowed to tell them to others” (2 Cor 12:4 TLB). Why? Why will the mature disciples of Messiah/Christ not be able to convey to the believers of the simple faith in the Church what they have seen? Because in not having evolved through the process of spiritual transformation, they are still of a carnal mind -- a mindset that Paul warns: The... “carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God... For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom 8:7-8;13 NKJ).
When Paul warned that he could only speak to the believers at Corinth as "...men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS), what he was warning was that “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Heb 5:13-14 NIV). And because they are yet carnal -- not having undergone the alchemical process of spiritual transformation -- Paul warned that “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ). For if man could simply open the scriptures and be able to discern the Truth, Jesus would not have said of his disciples: “For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it” (Matt 13:17 NIV). But because the vast majority of people who enter this world can only receive one talent, which they perpetually hide in the earth and things of this world, they simply are incapable of comprehending the Mysteries that could only be revealed to the mature mind of the disciple who has himself picked up his own cross and walked in TheWay. And thus, the first century elder Ignatius warns the believers of the simple faith who could only comprehend the entry-level doctrines of the Gospel: “Might I not write to you things more full of mystery? But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes. Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”
The Reality Of The Soul: Modern Christians are unable to fulfill the words of John 5:24, and receive the Living Words that permit the disciple to "...cross over from death to life”, because they dwell in the poverty of their carnal mindset and manmade doctrines which inhibit their ability to Know Thyself. Thus, the Gospel of Thomas warns that "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world". Why? As it states in the Zohar: "...According to these teachings, all human souls have a common origin in the spiritual unity of the primordial man, sparks of which form the individual souls... The sin of Adam brought higher and lower souls into confusion; as a result, every soul has to pass through a series of incarnations... The soul itself has no sex, which is determined by the body and may vary from incarnation to incarnation”. If it is true, that our soul has no sex -- and our gender varies from life to life in accord with the body-vessel we are inhabiting in any given life -- then what are we? Certainly not the physical reflection that we see in the mirror. And one of the primary realities that could not be revealed to the people of a natural organic mindset, was the reality that their true self is a Being of Light that is pure energy and intellect -- and this Being of Light is our soul-self that was created in the beginning -- our soul-self is the Offspring of God -- and is that part of ourselves that is eternal.
Our soul/higher self that is the Being of Light that many people encounter in the published accounts of what is known as the Near Death Experience (see Being Of Light). And you need not physically die, in order to come into the presence of the Being of Light within you -- i.e., your true soul-self. But herein lies the problem: Men and Women look at their reflected imge in a mirror, and they think they are seeing the true being that they are. And thus, because of man's own ignorance of his true self and form, this higher reality could not be revealed to men of a carnal mindset. Yet, if each person is to overcome the ignorance of this world, then it is important to begin to recognize the reality of self that is being portrayed in the Gospel of Thomas saying 84, and is conveyed in the words: (84) Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear!" It states YOUR LIKENESS, and YOUR IMAGES. It does not say: When you see God -- and this is because you dwell within the reality of your own soul-self -- and it is your soul-self that is in the above portrayed as "your likeness" that dwells within God. We only dwell within God by proxy. And this is why Paul states to the Corinthians: "But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him" (NKJ) -- which states that those who do not love God, are not even known by Him. And to the Galatians he writes: "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?" (Gal 4:9 NKJ) -- few comprehend the reality of the words "...or rather are known by God".
That those who can only receive the one talent, cannot hear the Living Words spoken of at John 5:24 that permits them to "...cross over from death to life” -- because they are the walking dead that Jesus spoke of who cannot hear or see beyond the physical -- because they don't Know Themselves, and they dwell in the poverty of darkness, is expressed by the early Church writer Ephraim, who is called the "great light of the Syrian Church of the fourth century", when he warned believers: "Thou canst not hear His words, while thou dost not know thyself". And with respect to our inner soul-self, this great truth is again sounded by Melito who explained: "Wherefore I counsel thee to know thyself, and to know God. For understand how that there is within thee that which is called the soul — by it the eye seeth, by it the ear heareth... But why this world was made, and why it passes away, and why the body exists, and why it falls to decay, and why it continues, thou canst not know until thou hast raised thy head from this sleep in which thou art sunk..." (Melito, Bishop of Sardis, Bishop of Ittica, and Bishop of Ittica [AD 160-177]).
Who are we? What are we? Until you can first answer these questions, you will remain totally ignorant of both God and your own higher reality. We cannot even be known by God, so long as we remain a divided expression of our higher soul-self. Only, when we overcome our divided natures, and bring about the next stage of birth where we manifest our soul-self in the body, can we even begin to Know God, and be Known by God. The Gospel of Thomas states: "Jesus said, When you see your likeness, you rejoice" -- and it is this likeness that is our own source of Being -- our soul-self, who is the Being of Light in the Near Death Experience. And the Gospel of Thomas asks the question: . "But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear!" These images which came into being before you, are the past lives that your soul-self has previously lived, that have all failed to bring about the next stage of soul-birth that Yeshua taught was necessary to enter the Kingdom -- and thus, these past life images remain only as the experiences of failed lives that never became manifest. The reality of man’s plight in this world is that he is an embryonic image of his pre-existent soul that has entered into this realm in order to perfect those laws and elements that he must overcome. In the same way that a fetus is an embryonic copy of its parents, our mind is an embryonic image of our soul. In the same way a fetus must grow and mature in accordance with the pattern of its parents, our mind must grow and mature in the pattern of our soul. When our mind grows in the culture of this world, and becomes alienated from our soul, then our life becomes synonymous with the miscarriage of a fetus whose defect fails to develop it in accordance with its physical genetic pattern.
That different men and women each possess a vast amount of greatly differing and sometimes unique abilities, is due to the past accomplishments of their pre-extent soul. Because each man/woman is an embryonic image, a number of really important paradoxes are invoked in their life -- i.e., in one sense, that unique man/woman has never lived prior to that life, and because he-she is an image of his-her soul-spiritual natures, he-she can only become real if he/she is able to develop through the next stage of soul-birth. In this respect, because we cling to an anti-biblical quasi-Darwinist philosophy, there are whole dimensions of New Covenant theology that are no longer understood in our modern day with respect to the absolute need for each of us to be born again.
Symbol And Form: Everything in this world is a symbol and form of higher reality. An important reality is portrayed by the early Church Father Origen 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.” Why are the scriptures composed in the allegory and form that convey to those with eyes to see a concealed meaning? Because all of life is a symbol and form of higher reality that carnal men are blind to. 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).
What that means is that if we study and investigate the organic patterns that are present in our lives, we can begin to discern higher truth because we are literally immersed in the Divine Pattern of Creation. In the same way that a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have -- and only those eggs which become fertilized and are born into this life will ever become an actual person, we exist in a similar fashion on the Divine scheme of reality. We have the potential to become spiritually fertilized and be born into the Life that Jesus declared was the promise of the New Covenant -- but unless we are ready to mature and leave the womb of the mindset of Mother Earth, and be born again in the reality of our soul and spiritual natures, we cannot then emerge into the True Life in the Kingdom after our time in this realm has expired. So what is our fate? We become an image of our soul-self that has failed to become manifest. And contrary to modern Christian doctrine, will not go to Glory -- neither will we be with the Lord -- and this miscarriage of life from a soul and spiritual perspective has the capacity to embrace all of the after death realities that man has envisioned -- i.e., some have called the absence of reality, hell.
As spiritual beings, we dwell in these bodily vessels of flesh for a reason and purpose -- and if we fail to take advantage of the opportunity of the life we are presently living -- and bury the talent we received in the earth -- from the perspective of our soul-self who is the Being of Light, it will be an opportunity that has been squandered and lost. Not to recognize this great truth is to diminish the very purpose and design of life itself.
In this respect the Rev. Spurgeon is again correct when he states that there are two lines of truth, and because the majority of mankind -- the people the Apostle Paul refers to as “natural” (1 Cor 1,2,3) -- do not possess a genuine spiritual essence that is manifest in their life, it is the application of the one line of truth contained in the scriptures where the Lord taught that they will be forever cut off (Matt 25:46) which will come to pass, and it is this line that becomes the only reality that can be applied to them. When Jesus said of the masses of people: “let the dead bury their dead” (Matt 8:22 KJV) -- those who he spoke of as dead, inherit the fate of this one line of truth, and not the other.
The problem is that carnal man has altered the gospel message in order to make it acceptable to his manner of thinking (see Bible Corruption). Those who Jesus called dead, have found fault with the words of Jesus, and demanded that he change the rules in accordance with their very carnal perception of life and Creation. The dead (Christians) have replied to Jesus: We demand that God repent, and embrace an all-inclusive perception of the Word. We want to live and enjoy the things of this world, and still be saved and go to heaven when we die! Yet, what they fail to realize is that in the manner of an egg that has never been fertilized, from the perspective of the soul’s reality these images are very much already dead. Why? In their manner of thinking and lifestyle, they have already locked themselves out of the Kingdom. The result is that their physical death is just the final step which has been brought about when they failed to embrace the opportunity of Life that God has bestowed upon all men.
The Plight Of The UnFertilized Egg: From the modern Christian perspective we can reason that it would be cruel if all those possibilities of life that exist in the form of an egg in the ovaries of a woman are never given the opportunity of life? Isn’t this the exact teaching of the modern Roman Catholic Church that bans birth control, and even male masturbation, because these acts constitute the denial of life? Wouldn’t a truly compassionate God desire every potential person to be born, live their lives, and eventually take their place in the Kingdom? In the same way that a woman has tens of thousands of eggs that possess the potential to be born as a person, and yet the opportunity of physical life is only given to the very few, the same is true with respect to man’s birth into the Kingdom. If anyone is cruel, it is the pseudo-priests and the philosophers of this world whose false doctrines and teachings rob the person of the life of its soul. Thus the words of Jesus: “Yes, woe upon you hypocrites. For you go to all lengths to make one convert, and then turn him into twice the son of hell you are yourselves” (Matt 23:15 TLB).
Contrary to modern liberal all-inclusive Christian doctrine, those who Jesus said are dead cannot be brought to life merely because the inevitable happens and they physically die. And while many New Age psychics and mediums can track the plight of those who die and pass over, they are just as delusional to think that the biblical warnings are in error. But what is the fate of those who fail to bring about the next stage of soul-birth that Yeshua said was absolutely necessary to enter into Life? Again, it is impossible for us to comprehend this greater reality until we begin to understand ourselves as an embryonic image of our pre-existent soul. In the same way that each egg that is released into a woman’s womb is equally living -- equally possess the potential for life -- it is only those eggs that are fertilized, and grow to maturity, that enter into this life as we know it. In the manner of an egg with respect to the next stage of birth, even though these people walk among us, the Bible, which is written from a soul-spiritual perspective, correctly views these people as being dead -- and in the manner of the unfertilized egg that is eventually expelled from the woman’s womb, those who are dead because they were never fertilized, and never evolved through the process of soul and spiritual development, cannot be born outside of the womb of this world, and neither can they be given the opportunity to again enter into this life (reincarnate) in the manner envisioned by those who believe in the doctrine of reincarnation.
What this means is that both the traditional Christian belief that they will go to Glory without having fulfilled the spiritual requirements as set forth in the Bible, as well as those who believe in the doctrine of reincarnation, are equally wrong -- though there are varying degrees of truth to each of their beliefs when properly understood from a higher perspective.
If natural man could envision the Mysteries of God which the Apostle states is beyond carnal man's comprehension and ability to perceive in his natural state of being -- i.e., the revelation of the mysteries that are veiled by the seals which the Prophet Isaiah declared was beyond the vision of the people -- what natural man would learn is this great profound truth that is totally in conflict with our modern-day quasi-Darwinist mindset: Only those people who are themselves in harmony with their pre-existent soul -- Disciples of the Light that are of a true spiritual essence -- inherit the other line of truth, and are given the opportunity to reincarnate in the endeavor to serve and grow in the Grace of the Gospel. The majority of people do not go to Glory in the Kingdom, and neither do they reincarnate in accordance with the common understanding of the term, because in the manner of an unfertilized egg, they being incomplete, there is no life in them that is of a genuine essence, and they are therefore said to be dead from a scriptural and spiritual perspective. With respect to this next stage of birth Jesus said: “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt 19:17 NKJ). It is not that God judges man with respect to his ability to live in accordance with a set of laws and rules -- but rather, it is in the living and keeping of the commandments that brings about the necessary growth with respect to the next stage of birth. The problem is very simple: Those who keep the commandments become fertilized with the essence of their spiritual nature -- those who live in accordance with this world make themselves temporal, and deprive themselves of Life.
We can perhaps only begin to envision the reality of our plight in this world if we take a moment to shift our perception of what we see. If our soul existed prior to our birth in this present life, then the being we truly are can only be found in the essence of our inner-self, and not what our culture has molded us into. The more we embrace the culture and mindset of this world, and permit ourselves to become alienated from our indwelling pre-extent soul and spirit, the more counterfeit we become. To what degree, then, we are alive from a spiritual perspective, is directly related to what degree we reflect our soul -- i.e., the being that we truly are before entering into this present life.
What the modern Christian must begin to understand is that it is not that their doctrines of faith is necessarily wrong -- but rather, incomplete -- and it is for this reason why Paul calls the testimony of Christ the “milk”. In order to develop into a state of spiritual maturity we must recognize that great wisdom of the Apostle Paul when he wrote throughout his Epistles that it is impossible for the carnal mind of man to comprehend the Mysteries of God -- and that man must himself become spiritual, in order to receive the Spiritual Gospel of Christ. What he is proclaiming to us is the absolute need for us to be born into the next stage of (soul/spirit) development. Thus, we must become nourished by the milk of the simple faith as we mature enough to receive the solid meat of the Mysteries of God that can only be received via man’s spiritual nature.
In the same way that a fully developed man or woman is not born after the egg is fertilized in their mother’s womb, neither is a person born spiritually by virtue of their philosophical association with a very carnal perception of the Gospel message. In the same way that a physical man or woman had to evolve through every stage of development from a fertilized embryo -- fetus -- newborn -- infant -- toddler -- child -- adolescent -- young adult -- in order to take their place as a mature man or woman, the soul who is able to stand in the presence of God as a mature and fully formed spiritual being has evolved through every level of spiritual development. That we today #xfilesdo not understand the process with regard to what is required to bring this condition of maturity and perfection about in our lives at present, is not the fault of God. It is well defined in the Bible, we just chose to ignore what is written -- which in part was brought about when the Roman Church threw away the Key of Knowledge, and killed the genuine congregation of the New Covenant (see The Death Of The Religion Of Jesus). Thus, mankind has brought this state of unknowing upon himself!
Because we embrace the doctrines of Pagan Rome, which is found embodied in a quasi-Darwinist vision of nature, we are unable to grasp the true New Covenant process of spiritual development because we fail to comprehend that our soul has existed since the very beginning of time. In not understanding our true spiritual nature, we fail to perceive that the measure of how real and genuine we are, can only be envisioned in our relationship to our pre-existent soul -- i.e., whether it can be said of us that we are alive from a biblical/spiritual perspective.
In the case of the majority of the people who are driven by their carnal nature, the idea that is championed by modern New Age believers who falsely assert that they have reincarnated merely because they possess the spiritual genetics of their soul, and have the appearance of having lived before, this teaching is fundamentally a flawed doctrine of belief. While it is true that many people have developed the ability through a number of different means to detect the lifetimes that their soul has previously lived, if the person we are at present is bound by the culture and thinking of this world, rather than a reflection of our soul, then there is nothing of any real substance that will survive death. In like manner, even though it appears that we survive death from the perspective of those who are revived after a Near Death Experience (NDE), this in like manner is only a partial truth. What should be truly troubling to the person of faith is the fact that from a soul perspective, neither is the Atheist totally wrong in his assertion that the people of this world do not survive death -- and this belief can also be found in the Bible.
With respect to the New Age believer who learns to use age-regression techniques to view what they call their past lives, this would be synonymous with our saying that we see our own selves in the lives of our physical brothers and sisters. While the offspring of the same parents share the same genetics as their siblings, it is true that each child is unique to it’s own self. Therefore, what the New Age adherent sees when he learns to view what he believes to be his past lives, is in fact other images of his pre-existent soul that came into being in the manner of his physical brothers and sisters. Again in order to even begin to understand the essence of life, we must learn to embrace the paradoxical nature of Creation. While it is true that we came into being at conception, it is also true that the very essence of our being -- i.e., our soul -- has lived before in what appear to us as other lifetimes. The question with respect to have we lived before, or will we survive death, can only be understood from the perspective of to what degree we can manifest our soul, which is our true self.
Reality can perhaps best be envisioned by injecting a little science fiction into the equation. From an X-Files perspective, if we were born into this world as a reflection and image of our pre-existent soul, and an alien being in the manner of a body-snatcher took over our life -- displacing and suppressing the person we truly are with a foreign personality -- when the body dies, and the alien is released, how much of our life did we actually live during the time when our true nature was suppressed -- when we existed in a sort of coma -- and some other being used our body in our absence? The truth of the matter would be that we were robbed of our life because the genuine person we were was suppressed -- existing only in a state of suspended animation -- while an alien being walked in us -- talked in us -- and used our opportunity of life for their own purposes.
I understand that what is being portrayed in this analogy is not a pretty picture. The predicament is that our whole perception of life is flawed because it is based upon a quasi-Darwinist vision of creation. The problem that confronts each of us is seen in the fact that, because we have begun our understanding of life on the wrong philosophical foundation, everything we build upon our philosophy is equally defective and flawed. We therefore reject the words of Jesus, and think of ourselves as being alive, rather than dead. It is difficult for us to embrace the reality that the person we have come to be is not genuine -- that in becoming part of our culture, we have in fact made ourselves an alien to our very own souls -- and since we exist as little more than a shadow of our real selves -- a phantom-being who exists as part of the present cultural landscape with only a hint of the being we truly are by virtue of the tinting of the personality that we have come to be -- the emerging self-portrait is not the image of ourselves that we wish to view.
We say that God loves us, so we will be saved. Yet, many mothers rejoice when they conceive -- they love the child that they feel growing in their womb -- and yet are unable to change the course of events when their fetus fails to properly develop and is spontaneously aborted. In the same way, if you say you love the Lord and you desire to enter into Life, then the evidence of your love is not in accordance with what you say -- but rather, your willingness to live and develop your life in accordance with the Word in order that you might be born into the next world.
Only when we begin to envision the existence of our pre-existent soul and spiritual nature, are we able to embrace the words of Jesus when he commanded that we must be in the world and not of it. Only when we comprehend that our physical body is a vessel that manifests the presence of our soul and spirit in this world, can we even begin to fulfill the Gospel message in our lives. Only when we begin to grasp the fact that when we permit ourselves to become a part of the temporal culture of this world -- a person born in the very limited consciousness of the timeframe in which we are presently living -- a being who has been led into the very pit of what is spurious through our adoption and adherence to a political philosophy that has no place in the true reality of Creation -- are we able to embrace what is genuine and real. From a biblical perspective, the result of embracing the philosophy of this world is an acknowledgment of the fact that we have permitted ourselves to become a mortal creature who has been so immersed in the mindset and false thinking of the timeframe in which we presently live, that we have been molded and reformed into an alien in relation to who we truly are at the essence of our being. Listen to the true prophets of this world -- i.e., the Atheists -- and know that if you have any part of their philosophy or lifestyle, then you will cease to exist when your opportunity in this life has come to an end.
We can see the great flaw of the doctrines of the Atheist-prophets imbued in our present-day cultural thinking -- i.e., their philosophy is founded upon the premise that we came into existence at birth, that we are nothing more than what we perceive with our physical eyes and senses, and we are a physical being who originated in this world. The Apostle warns us that they are blind to man’s higher reality, and their wisdom is foolishness! Moreover, their very limited wisdom was foolishness in the day of the Apostle, and remains foolishness to this very day. It is not that the philosopher’s of this world became more wise -- but rather, that Christians have permitted themselves to become totally alienated from the spiritual wisdom of the scriptures.
It is not until we begin to perceive ourselves as spiritual beings who are projected into this realm as an image of our pre-existent soul, that we can begin to understand both the core teachings of The Way that Jesus taught, and the obstacles in life that we must overcome. What we must come to realize is the fact that we cannot alter the original foundational concepts of the New Covenant in order to make these spiritual truths conform to a quasi-Darwinist mindset, and still be called the people of The Way. It does not work! There is only One Way -- and that is The Way which was Ordained by the Lord!
Christians Follow The Dictates
Of A Circus Prostitute And Roman Emperor
The fact that there exists a great void in the our perception and understand among Christians today with respect to of the spiritual essence of the Gospel message, can be attributed to another very important historical element that is missing from the understanding of the modern believer -- which element is the knowledge of the events that transpired in the year 553 A.D. when the Emperor Justinian condemned the Church Father Origen -- a man who lived in the second to third century, and was truly a saint and enlightened soul.
Justinian’s wife, Theodora, who was a Monophysite -- or one who does not believe that Jesus possessed a human nature -- viewed the teaching of the church that man has a pre-existent soul as heresy. Fundamentally she opposed the doctrines of the original Messianic followers of Jesus who claimed that he was a man who had evolved to a state of perfection, and thus became the Son of God by virtue of his Holiness. Theodora rejected the Gentile Christians belief that Jesus was the pre-existent Son of God who was born into a human body to redeem the sins of mankind. As a Monophysite, Theodora believed that Jesus was God, and he never possessed a human form or nature whatsoever.
Justinian and Theodora were said to be the first co-rulers of the empire. Some were of the opinion that Theodora, the ex-circus performer and prostitute, possessed even greater political power than her husband Justinian. To theologically oppose her, meant death! The result was that Origen, as well as all those in the church who supported the belief in the pre-existence of the soul, were officially anathematized by the emperor. Because the far-reaching impact of this (secular/political) condemnation of the man who has been called the greatest of all the Christian theologians in the history of the church is basically unknown to the believer today -- and few church authorities even want to discuss it’s implications on modern-day Christian dogma and doctrine -- a great obstacle has been placed in the path of the believer that severely inhibits their ability to comprehend the full essence of the Gospel teachings in their present-day lives. In fact, until this obstacle is removed, the believers of the common faith will never be able to perceive the Mysteries of God that they earnestly pray to be revealed to them.
The question is profound: Is man a new creation at conception? Or is he an image of his pre-existent soul that is projected into this realm in order to continue his journey on the road to spiritual perfection? What we fail to recognize today is the fact that these two fundamental beliefs about the nature of the soul act as the very source that require us to embrace a whole host of other downstream beliefs pertaining to every faucet of life. The differences are so profound, that if we cling to the wrong core belief, every other belief that we hold will remain incomplete!
In our analysis as disciples in search of the truth, we must pose the question: Who understood the essence of the Gospel message -- i.e., Justinian and Theodora; or Origen and the Ebionite/Nazirene disciples of Yeshua? What the modern Christian fails to comprehend is that this foundational perception of the true nature of man is so crucial to a proper understanding of the Bible, that it can be said today that it is impossible to get a proper sense of the Gospel message, until the error of Justinian is reversed. Further, all the doctrinal conflicts that divide the Christian Church today into an uncountable number of sects and opposing opinions, is the direct result of the believers acceptance of the Justinian/Theodora vision of man, Yeshua, and Creation. The problem is that we can never truly come to Messiah/Christ, and we can never perceive the Mysteries of God, so long as we anchor ourselves to this world by our allegiance to the political decrees of Justinian and the doctrines of men.
The most sure profession of what we actually believe is not seen in what we say, but more appropriately the manner in which we live our daily lives. From a biblical perspective, the majority of people believe and live in the manner that they presently do, because they lack spiritual guidance, and are ill informed as to the genuine facts. They trust their clergy, their religious authorities, their teachers, and their leaders to convey to them what is important. The majority of people have never taken the time to actually investigate what they believe -- few people understand the true source of their beliefs -- and even fewer are able to perceive their beliefs apart from the parochial viewpoint with which these beliefs were taught to them.
In the case of Christians, they have faith in what they have been taught. If they are practicing Christians, they believe in the doctrines of their church. But what they fail to realize is the existence of an all-pervading important spiritual element to their beliefs which the great majority of modern Christians are totally unaware of. The problem is that this very important void in their understanding can only be revealed to them by someone who actually lived at the time of Yeshua -- not because Yeshua intended it to be this way -- but because the fourth-century Church which the Roman Emperor Constantine created used every means at its control to silence all opposition to the religion of the Emperor.
It is not that a great many of the modern believers aren’t a truly faithful people -- quite the opposite is true, and a great number of the flock desire to embrace the Word of God. Yet, the ever-looming reality they fail to realize is that in not being truly informed with respect to the actual source of what they believe, the result is that the modern believer actually clings to the religious doctrines of Constantine, Justinian, and the Church of the Roman Empire. Regardless of the fact that they falsely believe they have rid their religious beliefs of fourth-century Paganism at the time of the Reformation -- in this they are wrong, because in possessing only a very partial understanding of the full spectrum of the Original Teachings of The Way, they were only able to re-establish what the Apostle Paul called the “milk” of the Gospel (1 Cor 5:2), with the “solid meat” of the Spiritual Gospel of Christ remaining beyond their reach and perception (see Why God Speaks To Man In Allegory And Enigma).
Even when we acknowledge that what modern Christian’s believe today is very different than what those who Yeshua personally taught, herein lies the problem: Because both our culture and modern church doctrine is founded upon not only the wrong premises of when life begins, but also our true nature and form, it is impossible for us to even begin to embrace the very essence of New Covenant thought that has the Spiritual Power to bring about true transformation. We therefore do not understand why the original followers of Yeshua believed very differently than we do today. We do not understand why the Christian world is divided into an uncountable number of opposing sects and opinions. We do not understand why our schools are failing -- why our children do not learn -- why the moral core of our society has degenerated. We fail to perceive that because we look at life through the vision of Constantine, Justinian, Theodora, Darwin, Marx, and a whole host of other cultural and worldly philosophers, that our walk with the Lord remains incomplete.
How do we see ourselves? Because we perceive ourselves in a quasi-Darwinist vision, we fail to recognize that the teachings of TheWay are not a philosophical system of belief -- but rather, a means to transform our physical, carnal, very natural and limited self, into a spiritual being that is able to transcend all realms of Creation -- and stand before our Creator God in the fullness of His Offspring. Just as important is the fact that the modern concept of religion where it is preached that when you die you will know the truth, or go to Glory, is in like-manner, founded on the error of the Pagan doctrinal thinking that was adopted by the Church of the Roman Empire -- i.e., we fail to see that this world is the realm of changes -- the world where all things must be brought together and manifest -- and if you are going to go to Glory, and find the Truth of Life, then you must accomplish this while you are physically alive in this life. The reality of the plight of the modern Christian is perhaps best summed up in the warning in the recently discovered Gospel of Philip where it states: "Those who say that first they shall die and then they shall arise are confused. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, they will not receive anything when they die" (see The Gospel Of Philip).
One of the obstacles that inhibited the believers both at the time of the Reformation, as well as presently from embracing the fullness of the Word in the totality of it’s all-encompassing Spiritual Revelation, is found in the fact that in the void of their manmade doctrines of belief, Christian’s naturally embrace a Darwinist vision of man, rather than a biblical perception. In this respect, Darwin did not proclaim any new doctrine that was previously absent from the ideas of man -- what he did was formalize a mindset that had always been in existence and widely accepted among a large number of philosophers throughout all time. Regardless of the fact that a great number of Christians oppose Darwinism and the theory of evolution that has developed as a foundation to our thinking today, the flaw in modern-day Church doctrine is seen in the fact that Christians unknowingly share a number of important core beliefs in common with Darwin -- and it is these foundational beliefs that not only inhibit their ability to know all Truths and Mysteries of both the Gospel and Creation, but continues to rob them of their destiny and birthright.
Because the very foundation of the modern Christian’s system of beliefs very much embrace a quasi-Darwinist model of life, all of our seemingly common-sense explanations of the Mysteries of the Gospel are in error, and continually lead us in the wrong direction. The great flaw that we fail to recognize is that the very factor that alienates us from the “solid meat” of the Gospel, and ultimately separates us from the Eternal God, is that we continually limit ourselves in our spiritual quest because we cling to the doctrines of men. While we claim to believe in the Bible, because our perception of life is begun on the wrong philosophical premises, we place an obstacle between ourselves and the true depth of the New Covenant religious experience. The result is that this great void in our thinking creates a great ocean of darkness between us and the Kingdom that Jesus declared we must re-enter.
If we claim to believe in the revelation of the Bible, then we must come to terms with the biblical statement which proclaims that we are in fact the very “offspring of God” (Acts 17:28-29). Where we attempt to dogmatize these many biblical statements by saying that our connection and linage is through Adam and Eve who were the direct creations of God, this erroneous vision of life is the result of the fact that we have adopted a quasi-Darwinist perception of life itself. The great truth that we fail to perceive is that our indwelling spiritual nature is of the absolute genetic substance and DNA of our Heavenly Father, and our soul is the essence of mind that has emerged from that spiritual nature, and has existed since the very dawn of time as we understand it. While it is true that our bodily form is drawn from the elements of the earth, we are the spiritual being who uses this body as a vessel in order to manifest ourselves physically in this world, and thereby merge together the powers of heaven and earth in our endeavor to grow to perfection, and become full-grown with respect to our Divine Potential which was demonstrated in the life of Jesus, our elder brother.
In the same way that in the development of a child there will come a time when he looks out at the world with the same maturity as his parent, and see the world with a similar wisdom and perception, there will come a time when we look out at Creation, and see and understand life with the same vision as our Heavenly Father. All of life tells us that the offspring of any species will one day become as their parents. The fact that we fail to understand this great truth with respect to ourselves and our relationship to our Heavenly Father, is because we embrace a quasi-Darwinist perception of life, and we erroneously believe we are of this world. Do we truly believe the Bible? Because we adopt and rely upon the very limited doctrines of men in an attempt to understand the meaning of the scriptures, we fail to see that we are the prodigal sons who at one time lived with our Father in the Kingdom before entering into this world -- i.e., the far country (Luke 15:13). Does these doctrinal differences matter? The problem is that until we resolve this fatal flaw in our thinking, we cannot become the “good ground” (Mark 4:20) within which the Word must be planted in order to bear the twelve fruits of the Tree of Life (Rev 22:2) -- which fruits is the Spiritual Knowledge that enables us to re-enter the Paradise of God (Gen 3:22).
Because we unknowingly cling to the doctrines of men, the believer has created a great ocean of darkness that exists between them and the Inner Kingdom that we must access through what Yeshua portrayed as the "narrow gate" (see http://GateOfEden.com). Where we see and understand very little, God sees and understands every aspect of every event that transpires in this and all other worlds. Where we perceive the world through the filter of our own unconfirmed beliefs, doctrines and traditions -- the Eternal God sees things without the color of opinion, and as it truly is. Unlike the quasi-religious, secular, and cultural leaders we look to for guidance, the Eternal God is not politically correct. He dwells in a realm of Ultimate Truth -- and it is for this reason that we find the journey difficult when we attempt to enter within the inner holy of holies and stand before His Presence.
Without reservation the Bible makes this profound promise to the genuine believer: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt 5:8 NIV). This promise is not made lightly -- i.e., when the prodigal son is still on the road in his return to the Kingdom, the Father comes to him (Luke 15:20). What is important is for the believer to recognize that so long as the prodigal son engaged in dialogue with those of the far-country, and remained under the control of the citizen of that realm, he existed in a state of need and famine. In this respect, the only genuine knowledge that can be conveyed to you from a genuine minister of the Lord, is what you must do in your life in order to walk in The Way, and thereby come into the direct presence of our Eternal Father. If the Bible is correct in its teaching that we are the prodigal sons of our Heavenly Father, then we need not be taught about God -- but rather, how to return to the Heavenly Father that we dwelled with prior to entering into this, the far-country. From a religious/doctrinal perspective, the differences are profound -- and are in fact the major factor in why we believe differently that the original first-century followers of Jesus.
Once this essential teaching of the Gospel is realized, then we must recognize that the only reason we cannot see God, is because we are not prepared to see God. Why? Because we have been diverted off TheWay that leads us along the inner “narrow path” (Matt 7:14) to the Kingdom within that Yeshua said would never come upon the earth in the manner that carnal Jews and Christians predict (Luke 17:20-21), by the doctrines of men -- and it is these manmade doctrines that we erroneously believe to be the original gospel message.
In order to find and behold the Truth, we must seek and become the very essence of Truth itself. When God looks out into Creation, He sees things as they truly are. He knows the purpose of Creation from beginning to end -- and everything He sees is in accordance with this Knowledge. From a doctrinal perspective, we claim that man is separate from God, and is incapable of looking out at life through the same vision as does God. We therefore conclude that man is not capable of possessing an ultimate perception of reality. We reason that man is finite, and limited in his understanding. But what if this claim is untrue? What if the Bible is correct in its assertion that because we were created in the image of God, that we are ultimately capable of looking out at the world and seeing the same vision that God sees? Further, what if in the manner of a child, every man possesses the potential to learn directly from their Heavenly Father, and know all things -- but we continually limit ourselves when we cling to the doctrines of other men? What if it is not only within our ability to know the Truth, but the acquisition of Truth is the very purpose of life itself?
With respect to these many questions, let us pose one more: What if there truly is a higher reason for life than what our secular based society envisions, and the majority of people who do not posses a genuine perception of Creation, ultimately die without ever having begun to fulfill the purpose of life with respect to the acquisition of Truth? To rephrase this question: If the purpose of life is the acquisition of Truth, then it can also be said that if we fail to acquire this Truth, and squander our opportunity of life, then we would be forced to conclude that we will have failed in the very objective of life itself. What this would mean is that both our quasi-religious doctrines and secular based philosophies must be viewed as a detriment to every person living today!
This article is written from the perspective that the creation doctrine published by Constantine, Justinian, Darwin, and the people who teach our children the philosophy of life today, are in grave error because of their very limited vision of reality -- and the vision of the Bible is correct in its assertion that we were not only created in the image of God, but that we are in fact the offspring of our Heavenly Father. That we fail to perceive this great Truth, and continue to dwell in the darkness of this world, is because there is a great flaw in our thinking that is the result of our allegiance to the doctrines of men -- i.e., doctrines that we erroneously believe are part of the original gospel message. In view of this fact, it will then be the main focus of this book to enable you, the reader, to redirect your thoughts along the original pattern of New Covenant teachings, and once again possess the same Divine Vision of Creation as does the Eternal God, our Heavenly Father and Source of Being.
As we enter the third millennium, all but a very few men and women who call themselves Christian have dwelt in the darkness of speculation and belief for almost two thousand years. They abide in darkness because they are led by men who possess no first-hand knowledge of the symbols and events they believe and put their faith in. What we often fail to realize is the faith we profess in God, is more appropriately a faith that the doctrines of our church are the truth. Are they? Our clergy puts faith in the belief that if we were wrong, then God would tell us. Yet, we ignore the fact that sincere Bible-reading Christians put their faith in an uncountable number of conflicting doctrines, and each believes they know the truth. In recognition of this fact, we fail to acknowledge that either God is not communicating with His flock of believers, or the biblical warning is correct in its assertion that we have closed our ears to His voice, and we are not listening to what He is saying to us!
Because the modern Christian is unable to make rational sense of why God would even permit these many conflicting doctrines and state of confusion to exist, he has no other choice than to become very liberal in his beliefs. He has no other recourse than to accept the idea that it doesn’t really matter what one believes, so long as they profess faith in Jesus. The result is that people proclaim with their lips their allegiance to Jesus, and actually believe whatever is culturally and politically correct. Thus, their thinking has been molded by Marx and the socialist agenda of our system of public education, the media, the television, rock and movie stars, Hollywood and Madison Avenue. In recognition of this fact, the first step in possessing a pure heart, and being able to truly begin to see God, is to question the validity of all manmade opinions and traditionally accepted doctrines of belief. To even begin to claim that we believe the Bible, means that we must recognize the Biblical teaching that we cannot serve two masters, and we must be in the world and not of it. The Disciple of the Light is not the one who believes -- but rather, the one who surrenders the totality of his being to the Light, and permits his mind to be both cleansed of all worldly defilements, and enlightened into the Ultimate Truths of Creation.
It has long been observed by astute historians that whatever a society or culture cannot assimilate, it destroys. When the Lord and Master walked the earth, he conveyed a spiritual essence to his disciples that dispelled the darkness of this world, and enlightened their minds to the Ultimate Truths of Creation. Because the Gentile converts were only able to receive this spiritual essence in part, and it could not be assimilated at all by the later Church of the Roman Empire, the very spiritual essence of what Jesus conveyed was rejected and destroyed. Our failure to perceive reality from the vision of God is seen when we attempt to view this historical fact from the perception of right and wrong. In order to comprehend why God would permit the church to become defiled by heathen and Pagan religious doctrines, we must perceive the historical events over the course of time -- i.e., we must understand the agenda of God in a hundred, a thousand, or even thousands of years. The great truth that we must understand with respect to the corruption of the church, is that if the spiritual essence was not rejected and destroyed, it never would have been adopted even in part by Pagan Rome, and the great influence the Bible has had on the minds of men could never have been brought about. Ultimately, without the initial corruption of both the essence of New Covenant thought, and the written word of the scriptures, the United States would not exist today, and neither would the environment of freedom that is absolutely necessary for the Word to grow and become a paramount force in the life of mankind. Thus, for man’s own good, the survival and inspiration of the Word of God among carnal man was much more important than it’s transmission in a pure state.
This tradeoff has created a problem: What was acceptable in the development of man in the past, is no longer acceptable in our present day. Thus, the time has come for the fullness of the Word to be reborn in the hearts of mankind, but this reality is hindered because our religious legacy of the past continues to haunt us at present. Because the modern believer has received both the scriptures, as well as many of their doctrines of belief from the Church of the Roman Empire, our present-day religious leaders have been severely misled on many important points that are crucial to a more complete perception of the original Gospel message. It is not that our present-day clergy is intentionally trying to deceive or mislead their followers -- but rather, there are a number of really important elements to the original teachings of the Gospel of Christ that are no longer comprehended today. Why? Because these important elements had to be sacrificed in order to begin the process of converting the heathens of the past into a faithful body of spiritual believers.
Men such as Constantine and his Pagan body of priests could never have embraced the original New Covenant teachings because they were of a carnal mind -- and in the very words of the Apostle: “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). Why do we continue to reject the wisdom of the Apostle today? One of the primary elements is seen in the fact that, in not understanding the True Spiritual depth of the Word, they are unaware that each and every individual person possesses a direct line of communication to the Lord Himself -- and the faithful disciple need not be taught by other men.
In the approximate year of 178 of our Common Era, Celsus, the Epicurean Philosopher and opponent of Christianity, published a rather embarrassing work in opposition to Christianity known as The True Word or Discourse. It is said that this work was widely published and used by the Pagan world as an attack on the Church. Seventy years after its publication The True Word was still so widely circulated, that the Church Father Origen was commissioned by St. Ambrosius to refute this attack by Celsus.
In our modern day it can be said that this reply by the Church Father Origen is even more important than when it was written. Why? Because the majority of Christians today have been so disenfranchised from the essence of the teachings of The Way that Jesus taught, that it is as if they are practicing a different religion. Because they view life from a quasi-Darwinist perception -- and their minds have been trained by the secular philosophers of our day to limit their thinking to a counterfeit three-dimensional perception of Creation -- they remain helplessly lost, repeating scriptural verses that has little meaning to their present secularized state of mind.
In our endeavor to enlighten ourselves with regard to a much clearer picture of the original Gospel message as it was envisioned by the early Gentile church at that time prior to its Paganization under the government of Rome -- and in our effort to begin the process of comprehending our present day theological limitations which was a result of the Reformation -- it would be very helpful for us to begin by examining the church prior to the time when its doctrine came under the direct control of a series of Roman Emperors in the fourth century. From this perspective, what we have in both The True Word, and the official reply of the church in the form of Origen's work known as Origen Contra Celsum, or, Origen Against Celsus, is a rather unique glimpse into the beliefs and doctrines of the first and second century Gentile Christian Church. Unique, in that the text not only contains the allegations of the second century Pagan world against the Church, but also the official reply of the Church to these allegations. The document known as The True Word no longer exists, but its text is largely preserved in the eight (8) books that Origen wrote in the endeavor to refute the charges against the Church by the Pagan Philosopher Celsus.
In examination of this document, the modern Christian must initially ask: Who today would accuse the Christian Church of being a “secret system”? No one -- because the Church today has lost its spiritual essence -- and is a mere shadow of its former self over the first three centuries of its existence. Therefore, it is important for us to recognize that such an allegation would be unheard of in our present time.
The modern Church views its mission as a sort of religious outreach to save sinners -- and yet, quite contrary to the modern agenda, Celsus viewed sinners as being detrimental to a religion such as Christianity. In fact, he questioned why they were even tolerated. Before we inquire how such a statement could even be made, let us remember that the Apostle Paul said the exact same thing when he wrote: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Cor 6:14 NIV).
This view -- in and of itself -- is crucial to both demonstrate and understand the major fundamental differences between a secular institutionalized church -- which was born during the Nicene (Nicene Council in the year 325) and post Nicene period (after the year 325) -- and the anti or pre-Nicene Church (prior to the year 325 AD), during the first three centuries of our Common Era.
If we are to begin the process of the spiritual restoration of the essence of the teachings of The Way, it is important for us to understand that the doctrine of the Nicene and post-Nicene Church was largely under the control of the Emperors and the Roman Government. This meant that Christianity had become the religion of the masses -- masses of what -- masses of Pagan and heathen converts from every quarter of the Roman Empire. This also meant that freedom to believe in accordance with either ones conscience, or even ones spiritual knowledge, was terminated once the church was brought under government control. In fact, it could be stated that freedom of belief no longer existed once the church became institutionalized. The church -- which had become secular in nature -- formulated official dogma, and like any other government edict or law, everyone was required to adhere to this doctrine. Anyone who disagreed with the official position of the Church was either banished from the empire, or put to death. At the direction of the Emperor Constantine, the Council of Nice declared Jesus to be God, and affirmed what is today known as the doctrine of the Trinity -- which basically states that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, are all one and the same being. And what should disturb Christians greatly, is the fact that it is easily proven that the Bible was corrupted in order to support the doctrine of the Trinity (see The Ten Words).
What is important to understand is that prior to the Council of Nice there existed a whole host of differing and often conflicting opinions with regard to the nature of Jesus. Was Jesus God? Was Jesus a man who matured to his true potential as the Offspring of God, and in essence took his place next to God his Father? What we fail to realize today is the fact that, in a religion with a true spiritual foundation, these differences of opinion -- opinions that are not permitted under government rule -- are an absolutely necessary condition for the establishment of a healthy Church, and the flexibility in doctrine are the very structural fabric that is vital to support the proper functioning and framework of an enlightened Church. In contradistinction, such flexibility in doctrine is absolutely detrimental to a secular institutionalized church -- where the hierarchy of priests must be maintained as the source and authority of church teachings and doctrine.
We can observe this same problem at work today in Communist China. There is only one church -- which is the government ordained church. Doctrine is controlled -- religious thought and expression is controlled -- the clergy being ordained to their position by the state, is tightly controlled -- by virtue of these controls, the church is never at odds with the government -- and the very manner in which the people worship is also controlled. Genuine, spiritual religion, is suppressed, and anyone who deviates from the prescribed doctrine of the government-church is immediately dealt with -- severely.
In a Spiritual Church such as that which Jesus ordained, the focus is not on the believer holding the proper set of beliefs, or a hierarchy of priests -- because the source and authority is spiritual, and remains above and beyond the physical world. The beliefs of each person are therefore seen as a product of the people's stage of spiritual development, and are in accordance with the individual person's condition in relation to man's spiritual reality. Because each person is at a different level of spiritual awareness, fixed creeds and dogma are a detriment to a truly spiritual religion.
When Celsus questioned why sinners were tolerated in the Anti-Nicene Church, he was merely affirming the Apostle Paul's warning when he commanded: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers?” (2 Cor 6:14 NKJ). Unbelievers are those who could only receive one talent which they express in the physical -- and because of their carnal thinking and lifestyle, are spiritually undeveloped, and do not have a solid spiritual connection with their inner soul-self and God. They may profess a belief in the Lord -- they may demonstrate the outward appearance of a religious person -- they may even be a priest or member of the clergy -- but because their heart and mind is focused on the things of this world, their condition is carnal, and they are said to be of the flesh rather than the spirit.
To a Spiritual Church, these unbelievers who put on the outward appearance of being a Christian, are in fact an anchor to the soul of the Church, and cause it to be grounded in the error and darkness of this world. Their condition is one of spiritual sickness -- they are incomplete and not whole, and unable to connect with God in the true spiritual sense. As both Celsus and the Apostle Paul warns, if they are in too great a number, they will bring about the death and demise of the church itself. In the end the warning of Celsus, which merely reflected that same warning in the Epistles of Paul, proved correct.
On the other hand, a secular institutionalized church not only welcomes sinners, but its strength and continued existence depends upon a large body of adherents that Celsus calls sinners, and what Paul refers to as unbelievers. Where a Spiritual, or Living Church must be accessed through man's inner soul and spiritual natures, the authority of an institutionalized church is very much of this world -- and it is necessary that its members remain at a level below, and in subjection to its body of priests. Genuine followers of the Christ would have nothing to do with the likes of Constantine, and neither would they enter into a covenant with the secular powers of this world.
It is important for us to recognize the fact that neither Celsus, Origen, the Apostle Paul, or the anti-Nicene Church could have been imbued with the thinking that too many sinners or unbelievers were detrimental to the religion, unless they possessed what we call a Gnostic mindset, and their church was built upon a spiritual framework. This fact is further explored in Origen's reply to the allegations of Celsus, and in his answer we can see revealed the true mission of the genuine Christian Church that was ordained by Jesus and his Apostles. Origen responded to the allegation of Celsus by explaining that: “For there are in the divinity of the Word some helps towards the cure of those who are sick”, meaning the sinners. Origen then clarifies his statement and writes that these sinners are by no means invited to “…participation in mysteries, then, and to fellowship in the wisdom hidden in a mystery, which God ordained before the world to the glory of His saints”.
To demonstrate the biblical foundation of this great truth in Origen's reply to Celsus, we can see the same exact message in the assertion of Paul that there were different doctrines -- i.e., the “milk” for the carnal believer -- the lesser mysteries for the seeker -- and the deeper things of the spirit for the genuine Christian -- of which Origen wrote: “Now, in answer to such statements, we say that it is not the same thing to invite those who are sick in soul to be cured, and those who are in health to the knowledge and study of divine things. We, however, keeping both these things in view, at first invite all men to be healed, and exhort those who are sinners to come to the consideration of the doctrines which teach men not to sin, and those who are devoid of understanding to those which beget wisdom, and those who are children to rise in their thoughts to manhood, and those who are simply unfortunate to good fortune, or -- which is the more appropriate term to use -- to blessedness. And when those who have been turned towards virtue have made progress, and have shown that they have been purified by the word, and have led as far as they can a better life, then and not before do we invite them to participation in our mysteries. ‘For we speak wisdom among them that are perfect’”.
What we have demonstrated in this reply to Celsus by Origen is the framework of a True Spiritual Church. Contrary to the structure of the modern church, the Word is presented at varying levels in accordance with the needs of the individual. The sinner is invited to partake of the healing of the Word -- and if they repent, and have a change in heart and mind, they will have prepared themselves to move onward. After purification from the transgressions and mindset of this world and servitude to man's carnal nature, the minor mysteries can be revealed to the disciple -- which minor mysteries will then enable the disciple to begin the process of gaining entrance to the spiritual kingdom within them. As the disciple gains spiritual strength and vitality, and develops his innate spiritual attributes -- attributes which lie dormant in the carnal believer -- the disciple is then able to take the hand of the Lord and walk in the footsteps of the Master.
This great spiritual truth is seen in the words of Origen when he writes regarding the mysteries of God: “…others again, which to the pure in soul and body exhibit the revelation of the Mystery, which was kept in secret since the world began, but now is made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets, and by the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Origen then goes on to explain that the Christ will appear to, and teach, everyone who will be His disciple and follow in His footsteps: “…which appearing is manifested to each one of those who are perfect, and which enlightens the reason in the true knowledge of things”. In these words Origen confirms the essence of Christian doctrine -- a spiritual doctrine -- that even today, the Christ is the One and Only Teacher for the genuine disciple of the Light.
These words of Origen are of the utmost importance to the modern Christian in search of the higher mysteries of the Gospel. What he is saying confirms the essence of New Covenant thought with respect to the existence of the One Teacher -- an Inner Teacher -- who will instruct the faithful flock when they have sufficiently purified themselves from the defilements of this world.
The modern Christian is greatly inhibited by the fact that the Roman Church of the fourth century threw away the keys to understanding the manner in which man grows and evolves to perfection. Instead, we cling to the words of the Apostle when he proclaimed: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23 KJV). In perceiving only a very limited vision of man's reality, we erroneously conclude that man's natural state is sin, and he must be redeemed. Because the sixth century Emperor Justinian forced a quasi-Darwinist mindset upon the thinking of the church, we no longer understand that man's soul is ever residing with God -- and our spiritual nature is in fact depicted as the older son in the parable of the prodigal son. In the parable, the elder son who remains with the father is older, because he represents the spiritual essence or our pre-existent soul that has transcended all time as we understand it today.
What Origen and the first Christians were working to build was in fact the very essence and foundation of a Spiritual, or Mystical Church. Those believers who purify the body in which they dwell, and seek the teachings of the Spiritual Christ, rather than clinging to the “Milk” of the Gospel, are those who mature enough to receive the knowledge of the Kingdom. In understanding the differences between this pre-Nicean church, and what remains today, it is important to understand that the very word knowledge was of a multidimensional nature -- i.e., the word used to describe the knowledge gained as the vision of the disciple pierces beyond the great divide between this world and the Kingdom, in the Greek is called “gnosis” -- or Gnosticism. When the more spiritual disciples of the Apostle Paul said to the carnal Gentile converts, that man is saved through knowledge, they were speaking of the knowledge -- or gnosis -- that was given to them by the Anointing of the Spirit -- a knowledge that the carnal mind cannot receive, because spiritual truths and reality appear as “foolishness” to them. What they said was true because one cannot be Anointed without Knowing, and one cannot know without being Anointed. Thus, spiritual knowledge and the Anointing of the Light are synonymous!
Now the carnal believers who are unable to perceive the true vision of man's spiritual reality focused on Paul's doctrine of faith, without comprehending that the faith which Paul preached was not an end to itself -- but rather, a beginning of The Way. Because many carnal believers were being misled by the manner in which they understood what Paul wrote, James and other Hebrew Christians intervened, as seen in the words: “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? …Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, 'You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works’” (James 2:14-18 NAS).
The problem is explored in the words of the Barnes' Notes Commentary for James 2:26: "...all history has shown, the statements of Paul on the subject of justification are liable to great abuse. All the forms of Antinomianism have grown out of such abuse, and are only perverted statements of his doctrine. It has been said, that if Christ has freed us from the necessity of obeying the law in order to justification; if he has fulfilled it in our stead, and borne its penalty, then the law is no longer binding on those who are justified, and they are at liberty to live as they please. It has been further said, that if we are saved by faith alone, a man is safe the moment he believes, and good works are therefore not necessary. It is possible that such views as these began to prevail as early as the time of James, and, if so, it was proper that there should be an authoritative apostolic statement to correct them, and to check these growing abuses. If, therefore, James had, as it has been supposed he had, any reference to the sentiments of Paul, it was not to correct his sentiments, or to controvert them but it was to correct the abuses which began already to flow from his doctrines, and to show that the alleged inferences did not properly follow from the opinions which he held; or, in other words, to show that the Christian religion required men to lead holy lives, and that the faith by which it was acknowledged that the sinner must be justified, was a faith which was productive of good works."
In the teachings of the New Covenant, faith is the foundation -- and it is the works of the spirit that opens the (mystical) gate between this realm and the Kingdom that enlightens the mind of the disciple with the (gnosis) knowledge of the Light (see Gate Of Eden). In order to begin to get a right sense of the reality that is being conveyed in these terms, we must understand that in the same way that gnosis has nothing to do with doctrine and the concepts of carnal men, neither does the term works have anything to do with the rituals or religious observances which was practiced by the secular Jews and the later Roman Church.
The problem in the early church began to manifest when many of the Gentile converts attempted to reinterpret the teachings of TheWay as a means of justification and redemption from sin, whereby they could believe in Jesus and continue to live a carnal lifestyle. From a gospel perspective, what these carnal believers were doing was embracing one part of what Paul wrote, and ignoring the other parts. This is acknowledged by Barnes' Notes in the words: “All the forms of Antinomianism have grown out of such abuse, and are only perverted statements of his doctrine. It has been said, that if Christ has freed us from the necessity of obeying the law in order to justification; if he has fulfilled it in our stead, and borne its penalty, then the law is no longer binding on those who are justified, and they are at liberty to live as they please. It has been further said, that if we are saved by faith alone, a man is safe the moment he believes, and good works are therefore not necessary”.
Because their perception of the gospel was fragmentary and incomplete, they naturally ignored what they were unable to comprehend, and they were unable to perceive the reality of what Paul was attempting to covey where he wrote: “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom 8:13-14 NAS). In the end perhaps the ultimate example of a spiritually illegitimate doctrine is seen to have emerged out of this carnal reinterpretation of the gospel message as it became embodied in the doctrine of Original Sin -- which doctrine was conceived by the Latin Church Father St. Augustine -- whereby all men were born in sin, and incapable of doing anything good.
Those believers -- both Jewish and Christian -- who understood the essence of what Jesus conveyed in the parable of the prodigal son -- that the soul pre-existed the body, and our indwelling spiritual nature which is the very source of our being, remains with the Father in the Kingdom -- were able to move their thinking beyond the carnal perception of the Word, pierce the great divide between this realm and the Kingdom, become enlightened by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, and embrace the Truth and the Light. Those believers who clung to manmade carnal doctrines -- doctrines that envisioned man's reality from the perception of the body, and not the spirit -- caused the believers to fall into error.
Over the course of the first four centuries the conflict raged between the carnal Christians who called themselves Orthodox, and the spiritual Christians who were called Gnostic because they sought the knowledge of the Inner Kingdom, and at times the original Ebionite Nazirene Disciples who were often viewed as heretics by the majority of Gentile converts. The end of the conflict came when the carnal Christians entered into a covenant and alliance with the Roman Emperor Constantine, who then annihilated both the spiritual Christians and the Ebionites -- thereby making the very carnal reinterpretation of the gospel message the winner of the controversy.
The problem was that the carnal Christians were incapable of understanding the Apostles words when he wrote: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Rom 6:1-2 KJV). The ideas they developed that man was genetically incapable of not being a sinner, and that even after becoming a Christian continued to sin, negated the words of Paul when he wrote: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom 6:16 KJV). One of their paramount errors was their failure to perceive the words of Paul in their true spiritual sense -- i.e., when Paul spoke of death he was not indicating the death of the body, but more appropriately, the severing of the natural man from his spiritual nature. Thus, as sinners, and men of the flesh, the essence of New Covenant theology -- which was the spiritual perfection of the believer -- was simply beyond their comprehension.
The political leaders of the church -- men such as Augustine -- waged great battles with those of an opposing viewpoint such as Pelagius, who championed the cause that “Man is able, if he likes, to live without sin and keep the commandments of God, in as much as God gives him this ability”. Before we become offended by the early Christian idea that man can live a life free of sin, it is important for us to recognize in the words of Pelagius that he did not say that man has the power to live without sin -- but rather, “God gives him [man] this ability”. What believer today would disagree with this statement?
The political leaders of the church could not even begin to envision the secret to the controversy when Jesus said: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls” (Luke 11:17 NKJ). It is not that physical, or natural man had to become perfect -- but rather, that man only had to break down the great wall of divide that separates his carnal self, from his inner soul-self and spiritual nature.
From the perspective of the Old Testament symbolism, the plight of carnal man is embodied in the reality of the unmarried and unfaithful woman. 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? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God. Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?” (James 4:4-5 ASV). It is 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”. Throughout the New Testament the Lord is often called the Bridegroom. Why? In the symbolism of the scriptures male and female are viewed as opposite polarities -- sometimes within the same realm, other times the disciple is portrayed as female, while his soul or spiritual nature which resides in another realm is portrayed as male. Thus, it is for this reason that both the Old and New Covenant theology is often viewed as being obsessed with the absolute purity of the wife. Why? So she will be a fit vessel for the husband -- i.e., which husband could be either the soul or spiritual nature of the disciple -- and is even used to portray the relationship between the Son of God and the disciple.
It is impossible to understand either the inner meaning of the scriptures, the relationship between this physical world and the parallel spiritual realms, or any other aspect of life and Creation without comprehending the all pervading force of male and female energies that interact and bring all things into existence throughout all worlds and dimensions of Being. What few people are cognizant of is the fact that all the secrets of Creation can be understood as men and women seek out and explore the true depth of their own relationship one with another. In the same way that an unfaithful wife squanders away the vital Creative Force that is indigenous to the male or positive power of Creation, so too do we squander away the vital life-force that flows into us from our indwelling soul and spiritual natures when we permit ourselves to become entangled in the elemental things of this world. Because all that is manifest exists and has it’s being within the Two Great Powers of Creation -- and these Two Great Powers move out into Creation and remain present in every life-form that exists throughout every realm and dimension of Being, once the Divine Pattern is fully understood, this knowledge can then be used to unlock the Mysteries and Sacred Secrets of the Eternal-God.
What this ultimately means is that when our consciousness -- our vital energies -- and our focus in life is projected into this world, we are the adulteress and unfaithful wife who is the sinner and evil doer that must be redeemed. Our sin -- and for that matter, the very nature of sin from a biblical and spiritual perspective -- can only be truly understood when be begin to perceive the very incomplete nature of our physical being. When we are no longer the “house divided” that Jesus condemned as a fatal flaw, and we become married to our inner spiritual nature by the mystical refocusing of our consciousness and vital energies with the spouse of our soul, we take on the attributes which are portrayed in scripture as the virgin -- undefiled from the world -- who gives birth to the Child of the Light -- or the Son of God within us.
Because the political leaders of the church embraced the carnal reinterpretation and perception of the Word, the believers who adhered to the doctrines of the Church of the Roman Empire became helplessly lost in their quest to walk in The Way. The problem is that the Christian world continues to remain helplessly lost because they no longer possess the knowledge of the Divine Patters of Creation -- and neither do they understand the workings of the laws that control this realm -- the laws that control the interaction between man’s physical, soul and spiritual natures -- and especially the Royal Law that is spoken about in the Epistle of James.
The biblical concept that the flesh can do nothing good on its own, and is in need of redemption, is the scriptural manifestation of the “house divided”. What we must begin to realize is that from a biblical perception, spiritual sterility is a sin. In view of the fact that natural man is feminine in relation to his soul and spirit, the barren woman or the whore of this world is viewed as a sinful creature. In the same way that a woman cannot conceive and give birth to a child without her male counterpart, the idea of man's inherent sinful nature can only be comprehended when one perceives man as being in a state of incompletion.
When the disciple walks in The Way, this division is overcome -- and the feminine, carnal nature, becomes merged and married to its inner spiritual nature. It is for this reason the Bible teaches that the wife must be in total subjection to the husband -- or, in the mystical sense of the marriage, the flesh to the spirit.
The true dilemma of man's existence in this world was easier to comprehend when our culture was based upon these biblical and spiritual realities. Thus, the concept that woman was an integral part of the man is seen demonstrated in our laws that predated our so-called modern times. In Blackstone's Law Commentary, under the common law, Book II, Chapter XXIX, VI, marriage is described as the absolute merger of husband and wife into a single legal identity: “…By marriage, the husband and wife are one person in law... The very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband, under whose wing, protection, and cover she performs everything; and is therefore called… a femme-covert; and her condition during her marriage is called her coverture”.
In Law, the concept of the unity of husband and wife as a single person was so complete, that a married woman was even absolved of full criminal responsibility for her own conduct: “…criminal acts committed by a woman in her husband's presence were assumed to be done under the husband's command, and he was therefore held responsible” (The Law of Domestic Relations by Homer Clark, St. Paul, Minn, West Publishing Co., 1968, p. 229). As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Black observed: “…this rule has worked out in reality to mean that though the husband and wife are one, the one is the husband” (Law, Society, and Industrial Justice by Philip Selznick, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1969, p. 53).
Once properly understood, the Bible is neither sexist, nor is it anti-woman, as falsely envisioned by many people today. These polarities -- male and female -- are used in the manner as depicted in the scriptures, because we are actually living the polarities of Creation throughout every aspect of our daily lives. Moreover, this is not only the case in relation to men and women, but also our multi-dimensional nature -- which ultimately means that we are living out the very blue-print and Design of all of Creation. That we are a reflection of our pre-existent soul -- and that if we are to overcome this world we must be in total subjection to our soul -- is something that cannot be negated through all the political correctness that we can imagine and create. Why? Because the being we truly are can only be perceived and realized from the reality of our soul which not only has projected us into this world, but is the very immediate source of our being. That each level of being within us is a projected image of the level which precedes it -- i.e., God into our individual spiritual nature, spirit into soul, soul into physical -- means that our immediate obstacle is to overcome the wall of division that separates us from our pre-existent soul. Moreover, because the vital life-force upon which our personality and consciousness springs forth in its own unique individuality, originates with God and flows through our spiritual and soul natures prior to entering into us, our soul is male (positive polarity) in relation to us (reflected polarity). What this means is that when we attempt to ignore reality and cling to cultural philosophy and political correctness, we end up being unfaithful to our true self -- and ultimately, we make ourselves less by attempting to live in accordance with traditions, falsehoods, and counterfeit doctrines that we have ourselves manufactured.
People in search of Spiritual Truth endeavor to mold their lives in accordance with the Divine Pattern of Creation. Philosophy -- opinion -- manmade religious dogma -- political correctness -- gender re-engineering -- is all meaningless from the perspective of man’s higher reality. It is for this reason that in a genuine Jewish and Christian spiritual community which attempts to manifest the higher reality of God and Man, the people recognize that the most gain is always accomplished when each individual explores and perfects the role in life they were born into. Are you a woman? A man? Then learn what it is to be a woman or a man -- and especially in relation to the opposite sex. Overcoming the natural barriers of the physical world in which we dwell is not easy. When we can use the indigenous powers and energies of the body, and channel them in the direction we wish to move, the task is made much more simple, because it is natural to one's present state of being.
What we are making reference to is the relationship between the soul -- or active principle -- and the natural person of this world which is embryonic and reflective of the soul. In the designs of our Creator, people prepare themselves to embrace the unity of the soul by first learning to move into an abiding Oneness with their physical spouse. In a spiritual community, men and women live out this all-encompassing mystical concept, which is a foundational principle of the teachings that Jesus taught as The Way. It is an abiding truth that the flesh, without the union of spirit, could do nothing good on its own, and was in need of redemption -- or marriage with man's spiritual nature. Thus, it is not that the carnal nature of man is evil -- but rather, carnal man exists in a state of incompletion. It is not until we begin to understand that from a spiritual perspective, all evil is the result of this incompletion, that we are able to get a more perceptive vision of man’s higher reality. Historically, the problem is that when carnal men who did not comprehend the unity of the flesh with the pre-existent soul and spirit, attempted to reinterpreted the Word and embody their very limited perception of reality into a secular institution founded upon manmade doctrines and creeds, the whole spiritual focus and direction of the teachings of Jesus became altered and misdirected from its original course.
As the Apostle states, spiritual reality is foolishness to the carnal mind that envisions itself as originating with the body. It is foolishness, because carnal man cannot perceive anything beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this realm, and is incapable of comprehending his origination as an embryonic projected image of man’s indwelling pre-existent soul. When we therefore erroneously view ourselves as being the offspring of men and women, instead of the image of our soul projected into this world -- which soul and spiritual natures are the offspring of the One God -- we simply cannot perceive of the very essence and meaning of both life and the scriptures. The result is that we fail to see Jesus in accordance with his own words spoken to us: “Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17 NIV). Thus, we fail to see the relationship between our pre-existent soul to that of Jesus, and do not comprehend the meaning of Jesus' teachings that we are all the prodigal sons of our Father. The result is that we are forced to create doctrine upon doctrine in our attempt to explain spiritual mysteries that are beyond our ability to comprehend.
It is because we open the Bible with preconceived notions that were infused upon our modern ideas of religion by the Church of the Roman Empire, and we cling to the doctrines of men in our search for truth, that we fail to perceive that the teachings of The Way is the return of the prodigal son through the marriage and merger of our inner, pre-existing spiritual nature. We fail to grasp the very essence of what Jesus taught when he told us: Turn about, and change the mind as seen in the English translation of the scriptures where it states: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 3:2 NAS) -- instead of the original meaning of the Greek which literally means to “change the mind” -- conveying the true spiritual meaning to “Open and unloose the mind, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Under the dominion of the Pagan Roman doctrines that we cling to today, we cannot even conceive of how the Kingdom can be found when we “Open and unloose the mind” -- which is a core teaching of the New Covenant.
It is because the Church of Rome threw away the keys of knowledge, that we lack an understanding of these fundamental spiritual precepts today -- precepts which represent the very elementary concepts of the Mysteries of God. The result of our no longer possessing the key of knowledge is seen in our failure to comprehend the manner in which our own eventual perfection is achieved. Moreover, what truly confuses the whole state of affairs is the fact that the concept that carnal man is incapable of perfection is not wrong -- but can only be understood by perhaps using an analogy: If a mutant disease suddenly killed all the males in the world today, from the perspective of bearing children, all the remaining women would be unable to procreate. In the same way that a woman without a man would be unable to bring forth a child, so too is the natural mind of man incapable of bringing forth spiritual Life without the union of his pre-existent soul and indwelling spirit.
The result of our very limited perception of the Word is seen in the fact that perfection is beyond our scope of vision because we neither understand it, nor do we comprehend the process. In clinging to the doctrines of men, we possess a very limited vision of Creation -- i.e., we see only this three-dimensional world, and we fail to realize that the biblical goal of perfection which is written about throughout every book of the Bible is merely the overcoming of our own inner division of carnal-body mind, soul-mind, and spiritual-mind. Moreover, in failing to understanding that our soul and spirit not only at present consciously exists in parallel realms, and in fact pre-existed the physical body and carnal mind that we are using in this life, the whole process and requirement of perfection as outlined in the scriptures makes absolutely no sense to us.
The result is that we have been alienated from Christianity in its original form, because we no longer possess a very clear perception of the very threefold nature of the pre-Constantine Gentile Church. What this means is that in the same way that man is comprise of a threefold nature -- i.e., physical, soul and spirit, so too is the scriptures, as well as the original Gentile Church prior to the hostile takeover by Constantine and Pagan Rome. It it’s original form, there was one segment of the body of believers who were very carnal in their perception of the Word -- and these were they who both the Apostle and the Church Father Origen spoke of as needing the “milk” of the Gospel. Then there were those who progressed beyond the limitations of this realm, and were souls in search of truth -- and these were the disciples who had dedicated their lives to a more perfect and spiritual understanding of the Word. And lastly, there was the mature Israelite or Christian who had themselves become spiritual -- and in overcoming their inner division and unity with the Divine Essence within them, these were spiritual men and women who perceived and became a part of the very destiny of mankind itself.
It is important for us to recognize that in the words of Origen we find it demonstrated the difference between a carnal church of the flesh, and one of the spirit. Because Constantine was not only carnal, but in every way a ruthless conscienceless despot who embraced evil in everything he did, the church that he formed was born in the image of its creator. If modern Christians find these words offensive, again let me set the words of your own witness before you when Luther said of the Christian Church: “…once the holiest of all, has become the most licentious den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the kingdom of sin, death, and hell. It is so bad that even Antichrist himself, if he should come, could think of nothing to add to its wickedness” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes).
In a Living Church, there is no reason for beliefs, opinions, dogma or doctrine, because the Living Christ will come to each disciple -- and, in the words of Origen, “enlighten the reason in the true knowledge of things”. Beliefs, opinions, dogma and doctrine, must therefore be seen as an obstacle in the path of the disciple in a Living Church.
Many sincere Christians today have attempted to embrace the higher aspects of the Gospel -- but it is near impossible for them to follow in a more spiritual path so long as many of their foundational doctrines are drawn from the genetic well of Constantine's Church. When we begin to recognize this, we will become aware of the fact that to truly restore the Gospel to its original form, we must become very cognizant of our religious genetic flaws.
How can we continue to open our Bibles to the many warnings of the Apostle when he writes that the carnal mind is incapable of comprehending the Spiritual Gospel of Christ -- and observe where he plainly tells us that the Mysteries of God are beyond even our ability to envision -- and yet, we condemn both the Hebrew Messianic believers who Jesus himself personally revealed the higher truths of the Gospel, as well as the original Gentile Church who claimed to have received these incomprehensible mysteries directly from the Apostle Paul, as heretics? Are these first and earliest of Christians truly heretics, or are we just perceiving them through our own religious genetic flaw that we inherited when the church that immerged from the Reformation retained many of the foundational doctrines of the Church of Constantine? Regardless of how much we pray and call upon the name of the Lord, we can draw no nearer to Christ until we have truthfully and accurately answered this question.
One of the things that the modern reader must keep in mind is the fact that Origen had not yet been born when The True Word was first published. In view of the fact that Origen was officially atheamatized by the Emperor Justinian in the year 553 because of his teaching on the pre-existence of the soul (reincarnation), it must be remembered that when Origen defends the Church's doctrines of belief in this matter, he is not defending any beliefs that he was responsible for bringing into the church. In refuting the attack of Celsus on the church, Origen is in fact defending beliefs and doctrines that were very much a part of the Christian Church prior to Origen even being born -- i.e., beliefs that originated in the first and second centuries of our Common Era. Origen was a biblical scholar -- and the fact that our present-day Bibles no longer support the doctrine of the pre-existent soul that evolves to perfection today, is because this teaching was among many of those that were removed from our scriptures (see Bible Corruption).
Though Origen was eventually condemned by the later Church of the Roman Empire for holding fast to these earliest of Christian beliefs, and Clement of Alexandria was stripped of his sainthood, the entire church was basically condemned by the later Roman Church for being too Hellenistic. Were they? It must be realized that neither Origen, nor Clement were the authors of these doctrines. Therefore, what the writings of these earliest of Church Fathers provide us is a picture of the Church when it was truly a spiritual entity -- i.e., prior to the time when the infusion of government authority undermined and destroyed the great spiritual foundation which was ordained by the Living Word. It was at this period that the church was in its finest day -- when it healed the sick, and opened the doors of the Kingdom to the disciple in search of Truth.
When Celsus attacked the Church for being a “secret system”, teaching some a different doctrine than others, Origen replied: “Moreover, since he frequently calls the Christian doctrine a secret system, we must confute him on this point also, since almost the entire world is better acquainted with what Christians preach than with the favorite opinions of philosophers. For who is ignorant of the statement that Jesus was born of a virgin, and that He was crucified, and that His Resurrection is an article of faith among many, and that a general judgment is announced to come, in which the wicked are to be punished according to their desserts, and the righteous to be duly rewarded?”
Fundamentally, what Origen enumerated was elementary Christian doctrine 101 -- i.e., what the Apostle Paul refers to as the “milk” -- or that basic doctrine which still exists to this very day. Origen acknowledged these doctrines -- refuted Celsus by stating that these beliefs are openly expounded as articles of Christian faith, and then Origen explained: “And yet the mystery of the Resurrection, not being understood, is made a subject of ridicule among the unbelievers. In these circumstances, to speak of the Christian doctrine as a secret system is altogether absurd. But that there should be certain doctrines, not made known to the multitude, which are after the exoteric ones having been taught, is not a peculiarity of Christianity alone, but also of philosophic systems, in which certain truths are exoteric and others are esoteric. Some of the heroes of Pythagoras were content with his ipse dixit; while others were taught in secret those doctrines which were not deemed fit to be communicated to the profane and insufficiently prepared ears. Moreover, all the mysteries that are celebrated everywhere throughout Greece and the barbarous countries, although held in secret, have no discredit thrown upon them, so that it is in vain he endeavors to calumniate the secret doctrines of Christianity, seeing that he does not correctly understand its nature”.
It is important that the reader not skim over this rather profound statement that was composed by Origen in reply to the allegations of Celsus with respect to the acknowledgement that Christianity was is a secret system where some were taught differently than those who were more spiritually mature. Moreover, what is imperative for the modern Christian to realize is that Origen -- whose reply to Celsus represented the position of the whole Church on these matters -- states that there is another meaning in the doctrine of the resurrection that is not understood by the multitude of believers who were of the simple faith. In view of the fact that this allegation by Celsus was made against the church before Origen was even born, we cannot take the position that the ideas expressed in this document represent the personal beliefs of Origen.
In explanation, the doctrine of the physical resurrection of the body, says Origen, is misunderstood by the spiritually unaware, and writes that it was “preached in the Churches… for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are led on to live better lives by their belief”. Why? Because the resurrection is a spiritual event that has to do with the perfection of the soul, and is experienced in the rebirth of the disciple. This was not a matter of belief or doctrine -- but rather, this understanding was based upon the very experiences of the Spiritual Christians who had themselves inherited the promise of the Christ!
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In the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas it is written: (12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being." So to once again restore the teachings of TheWay which is today known as Christianity, the Lord has sent Jacob/James, the Brother of Yeshua/Jesus, back into the world in order to guide the faithful flock into the Truth, the Light, and the Kingdom within (Luke 17:20-21). It is there that my brother Yeshua/Jesus awaits you.
The above warning with respect to the predicted corruption of Yeshua's teachings is further stated in the first century writings known today as the Clementine Recognitions where it is written: "Our Lord and Prophet, who hath sent us, declared to us that the wicked one, having disputed with Him forty days, and having prevailed nothing against Him, promised that he would send apostles from amongst his subjects, to deceive. Wherefore, above all, remember to shun apostle or teacher or prophet who does not first accurately compare his preaching with that of James, who was called the brother of my Lord, and to whom was entrusted to administer the church of the Hebrews in Jerusalem, — and that even though he come to you with witnesses: lest the wickedness which disputed forty days with the Lord, and prevailed nothing, should afterwards, like lightning falling from heaven upon the earth, send a preacher to your injury, as now he has sent Simon upon us, preaching, under pretense of the truth, in the name of the Lord, and sowing error. Wherefore He who hath sent us, said, ‘Many shall come to me in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them.’"
Again it is warned by Clement: "Wherefore observe the greatest caution, that you believe no teacher, unless he bring from Jerusalem the testimonial of James the Lord’s brother, or of whosoever may come after him. For no one, unless he has gone up thither, and there has been approved as a fit and faithful teacher for preaching the word of Christ, — unless, I say, he brings a testimonial thence, is by any means to be received. But let neither prophet nor apostle be looked for by you at this time, besides us. For there is one true Prophet, whose words we twelve apostles preach"
As predicted, the ministers of Satan have succeeded in altering the teachings of my brother Yeshua, and continue to lead many into the abyss of darkness. But have no fear my brothers and sisters, for the teachings of TheWay has been restored so that you might be able to overcome the darkness, and enter the Kingdom of Light within you (Luke 17:20-21).