The 10 Words That Restores the Truth
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The Ebionite Nazirene Witness: As Pagans and sun worshipers, the Romans did not like the Words that God spoke directly to man in the Gospels -- and for those who are faithful enough to seek Truth over the doctrines of men, there are 10 words that were altered from their original context in the New Testament that have the power to re-establish the necessary spiritual foundational essence of the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus which was known as TheWay. In fact, it can be said that the very Hand of God protected and preserved these Ten Words so that seekers of Truth would not be misguided and misdirected by manmade Church dogma, and possess the means to prove the Truth that they must embrace. By using the earliest of biblical manuscripts in conjunction with six (6) separate quotations of the pre-Nicene (prior to the year 325AD) Church Fathers, it can be demonstrated that the very same scriptures that we use today, read differently prior to the adoption of Christianity as the state puppet religion of the Roman government -- ruled over first by the Emperor Constantine, and then a succession of equally pagan emperors who followed him. Further, in the Book of Acts the disciples themselves witness as to the validity of the original Ten Words -- and these exact words are again witnessed to by Paul in the Epistle to the Hebrews. In one of the oldest existing Bibles known as Codex Bezae, the text reads: "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee". And as demonstrated below, this is representative of the words spoken by God the Father, when Yeshua/Jesus was baptized in the Jordan.
The Greatest Hoax And Fraud Ever Perpetuated Upon Mankind: To even suggest as the Church has done, that the very disciples who walked with Jesus daily -- talked with him daily -- the disciple who Jesus personally taught about God and both his and their relationship to the Father -- those who Jesus said were a witness to the Truth and TheWay -- that these same disciples (in the words of the later Church leaders) were too ignorant, or too Jewish, to understand what Jesus taught -- must be representative of the greatest religious frauds and deceptions known to man. And yet, regardless of the facts, this same fraud and deception continues to be preached from the pulpits of most Churches -- spiritually disenfranchising the Christian world to this very day!!!
Contrary to what the later deception which the Church of Rome promoted, the Gospels emphatically state that these same disciples were representative of a witness to the Truth and TheWay that Jesus taught -- and to even suggest that they were themselves too ignorant, or too Jewish to understand these teachings, is representative of the greatest religious hoax that has ever been perpetuated upon mankind. The Book of Acts testifies to the fact that Jesus further instructed the disciples through the Holy Spirit -- i.e., "after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen" (Acts 1:2-3 NIV). And these same disciples witnessed to the fact that "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him" (Acts 10:38 NIV). They portrayed Jesus as "...a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst" (Acts 2:22 NKJV). But in the fourth century the segment of the Church who entered into a covenant relationship with the Pagan Emperor Constantine not only rejected the witness of the disciples who personally knew Jesus, that he was a man who was Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by God -- but they changed the very words of God spoken to mankind -- i.e., "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee".
What these original Ten Words spoken by the Father to mankind presented, was that the original Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus remained totally faithful to the Gospel teachings. If, as the very words of God spoken to mankind stated, that Jesus became the Messiah (Anointed) and Son of God by living the necessary Consecrated Life that enabled him to fulfill the Law within himself, then the truth of the Gospel is found in the witness of the Ebionite who held firmly to the position that Jesus "...was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity" (see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). When the Ebionite Nazirenes make reference to the Law, this very much includes the Laws of Creation as portrayed in the words "...the designs/laws found throughout Nature and all of Creation". That the historical man Jesus was a pattern for all of mankind because of his success in overcoming the Laws, is demonstrated in the words: "He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ..." And this confirms this statement with respect to the true potential of all of mankind that Jesus taught, as demonstrated in the words of Hippolytus when he wrote that they believed that when anyone "...thus fulfill the law, they are able to become Christs" (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34 - see http://Ebionite.com ). And this is why Jesus taught that he was our brother -- i.e., "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).
The heathen and pagan mind of the mainstream of Gentiles always had great difficulty in understanding the difference between the man Jesus, the Indwelling Logos/Son of God which is representative of the Mind of God (see The Logos), and the One Teacher which Jesus commanded all who would call themselves his disciples and followers, were to seek out and learn from (see The True Prophet). And it was the living of the necessary Consecrated Life that Jesus ordained, and the seeking of the Kingdom within, that enabled the historical Jesus to become the Messiah, and At-One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God. And this is especially demonstrated in the words of Edward Gibbon with respect to the original position of the Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus that he was in “...supernatural union of a man and God... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366).
The historical and spiritual factualness of these words can be proven when one understands the original words that were spoken to the man Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River -- when the Voice of God stated: "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee" -- which means that the historical man Jesus was a man who became the Messiah/Christ when he overcame the Laws and became Anointed by God. That the later Church of Rome which existed as a puppet under the pagan sun worshipping Emperor Constantine, censored and changed the very words of God spoken to mankind, is the primary reason why the Christian world remains shackled to the abyss of spiritual ignorance to this very day. In the below article it will be demonstrated that all the pre-Nicene Christian authors who quoted the baptism sequence in their writings, confirmed that prior to the fourth century editing of the scriptures by Pagan Rome, that the Gospels confirmed that Jesus was a holy man who became the Lord's Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling and overcoming the Laws. Moreover, in addition to the six (6) pre-Nicene Christian authors who are cited in The Ten Words, this fact is further confirmed in the more ancient surviving biblical texts that modern translators continue to ignore to the spiritual pearl of the Christian world today. That the modern Church continues to reject the very words of God spoken to mankind, in favor of the censored and corrupted words of the fourth century Emperor of Pagan Rome, is the reason why the modern Church which has caused itself to be spiritually flat-lined, only possesses what Paul portrayed as the "elementary" doctrines that the Church Father Origen defined as being “...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” (see Origen, Contra Celsum).
These 10 words demonstrate conclusively that the text of the New Testament has been altered in order to make it support the doctrines of the Pagan Roman/Greek world. These 10 words further demonstrate that the essence of the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus has little in common with the Christian religion today. In fact, these 10 words are to Christianity, what the 10 Commandments were to Judaism -- i.e., the foundation from which every other aspect of the religion springs forth!
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What Christians today fail to realize is the fact that the original Ebionite/Nazirene followers and disciples of Yeshua/Jesus believed very differently than people today -- so different, that it can be said that modern Christians follow a different religion than that which was taught by Yeshua. In fact, the beliefs of the original followers of Yeshua were so different, that it was said of them that they were “…rejected from one religion as apostates, and from the other as heretics” (Gibbon: Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, v.1, p.416).
Why were they rejected by the later Roman Church? While no one throughout Christian history has ever questioned the resurrection and the Sonship of Yeshua, what has been questioned is when the man Yeshua/Jesus became the Messiah/Christ -- or Anointed One of God -- as well as what it means to be the Anointed of God. And while the Christian world fervently studies their Bibles, there exists ten words that so totally alters our perception and understanding of the life of Yeshua/Jesus, that every modern-day doctrine of the church would have to be radically revised in light of these ten words. Further, once these ten words are acknowledged, the original Ebionite/Nazirene followers of Yeshua/Jesus are no longer viewed as heretics -- but rather, the true disciples of TheWay!
In the same way that the fourth century Church persecuted and murdered the original Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Yeshua because of these ten words that totally change every aspect of one's mindset and lifestyle, these same ten words inhibit the Christian world from making any real spiritual gains, and they cause the Church to become spiritually flat-lined. To the degree that one Christian Bible Commentary states that if these Ten Words are True, then the present day doctrines of the Church are “vain and baseless”.
While modern Christians who believe in the doctrine of the Trinity believe that Jesus is God, this doctrine would have to be immediately rejected when the correct ten words are restored to their rightful place in the scriptures. With regard to when these words were spoken, Christian history also tells us that these words were in fact said to Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan: "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee". The problem is that, with the exception of a footnote at the baptism of Jesus in the Revised Standard Version, these words are no longer contained in our Bibles today. What the footnote states is that many of the more ancient manuscripts read: "Today I have begotten thee", instead of "In thee I am well pleased" at Luke 3:22. Yet, this footnote in no measure portrays all the other citations which confirm that Jesus was a man who fulfilled the Law within himself, and became the Messiah/Christ, at his baptism -- and he did this by overcoming and fulfilling the Law. Which means that the primary goal of True Christians is to Imitate Christ -- i.e., “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39 NKJ). Therefore, unless you bring about those conditions where you lose your worldly life on what is allegorically represented by the Cross, then you cannot be a believer or follower of Messiah/Christ.
If God intended Jesus to be a one time perpetual sacrifice for the sins of man -- permitting mankind to live in a state of sin -- then it never would have been stated that "...it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who ...then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.. For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV). What this means is that the religion of Jesus in its original form was one of spiritual transformation -- and those who willfully sin, crucify the Son of God afresh, and "...there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." This is why Paul stated with respect to continue to living a sinful life: “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor” (Gal 2:17-18 KJV). Which confirms the alternate ending of the Gospel of Mark which reads: "This Age of lawlessness and unbelieving lies under the sway of Satan, who will not allow what lies under the unclean spirits to understand the truth and power of God; therefore, they said to Christ, reveal your righteousness now. Christ answered them, The term of years for Satan's power has now expired, but other terrors are at hand. I was delivered to death on behalf of sinners, that they might return to the truth and sin no more, that they might inherit that glory of righteousness which is spiritual and imperishable in heaven" (Moffatt, quoting Gospel Of Mark in Codex W - Also quoted by St. Jerome as being the authentic ending of the Gospel of Mark).
Martin Luther who is the founder of modern faith-based Christianity, was simply unable to comprehend the basis of Paul's faith over the outward ritualization of the works of the Law of Moses, and in his frustration rejected the Epistle to the Hebrews because of many of the statements such as that which demonstrates the whole theology of modern Christianity to be counterfeit -- i.e., "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.. For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV).
What is Paul, the alleged author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, saying in these important words? Very clearly, he warns that repentance from a life of sin is a one time thing -- reserved for those who are entry-level Christians -- because if after repenting the believer "...sins deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." Why? Because a believer who willfully sins after repentance and coming to the knowledge of TheWay, is a counterfeit believer who is an "apostate... who crucifies the Son of God afresh -- holding him up to contempt." Because Luther could not at all come to terms with what the Gospel message which Paul actually stated -- a message in total conflict with the theology which is now foundational to the modern Church -- Luther simply ordained blind belief, and condemned even the use of the mind as a discerning factor -- i.e., “Reason”, writes Luther, “is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but - more frequently than not - struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes). Yet, even the Epistle to the Romans which Luther did accept, totally rejects his counterfeit theology where it is warned that if the Christians in any manner condemn the Jews, that their own covenant will be rejected. “Do not be arrogant", warns Paul, "but be afraid” (Rom 11:20 NIV). Why? Why would the Apostle warn the Christians they should be afraid? This is an important question for the modern believer to understand. They should be afraid because of the violation of the covenant with God when the Gentile converts ignored the warning of the Apostle: “For if God did not spare the natural Jewish branches, he will not spare you either… Otherwise, you also will be cut off” (Rom 11:21-22 NIV). And the fact that the Christians failed to heed this warning of Paul, is the reason why the Church has been cut off, and the Christian world continues to dwell in a Spiritual Diaspora -- shackled by the very ignorance that they brought upon themselves.
In the dogmatic transformation of Christianity from a spiritual religion into an government ordained institutionalized puppet of Pagan Rome, much of the New Testament was edited to reflect Roman Pagan dogma, important teachings of a spiritual nature were removed, and the whole of the New Testament was corrupted (see http://BibleCorruption.com ). In a surviving excerpt of what has been historically known as the Gospel According to the Hebrews, which was reported to be the "original version of Matthew" that was composed in the Hebrew Characters, it was written: "If ye be in my bosom and do not the will of my Father which is in heaven, out of my bosom will I cast you away". In the late nineteenth century a library of scriptures was uncovered which is today known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri -- wherein this verse is found reading: "Though ye be gathered together with me in my bosom, if ye do not my commandants, I will cast you forth". This same verse of scripture is quoted in what is historically known as the 2nd Epistle of Clement, where it is written: "Let us, then, not only call Him Lord, for that will not save us. For He saith, 'Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall be saved, but he that worketh righteousness' …For this reason… the Lord hath said, 'Even though ye were gathered together to me in my very bosom, yet if ye were not to keep my commandments, I would cast you off, and say unto you, Depart from me; I know you not whence ye are, ye workers of iniquity’". What these verses mean is that if you continue to sin after coming to Messiah/Christ, that you are an apostate to the teachings of TheWay, and "...there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries."
Paul's doctrine of faith vs the outward rituals of the Mosaic Law, is based upon the reality that if the disciple truly follows in TheWay -- doing as Jesus states and picking up their own cross in Imitation of Messiah/Christ -- that the Kingdom that Jesus taught was within each person (see http://GateOfEden.com ), will manifest within the body-mind of the disciple. When the Key of Knowledge is applied to the scriptures -- and they are turned within -- then the disciple becomes transformed into what is called The Final Temple (see http://TheThreeLies.com#temple ). Thus, this brings about the promised End Times or Second Coming within the mind and body of the faithful disciple of TheWay. That the Kingdom came within the body and mind of the disciples, is why Jesus stated “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place” (Luke 21:32 NAS). Which confirms the words: “There are some standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom” (Mt 16:28).
These, and other such spiritual concepts of a Kingdom that comes within the lives of those who pick up their own cross and travail in TheWay, were totally unacceptable to the heathen Church of Rome, and the scriptures were corrupted in order to make them support the doctrines of the emperor. That the Church has abandoned the original teachings of Jesus, and have ignored the facts when it is demonstrated that the Church of Rome corrupted the very words of God spoken to man, means that until the Church itself repents of this great sin against the Holy Spirit, they will remain under a cloud of ignorance in an exile state in a Spiritual Diaspora.
There is sufficient evidence presented in the below that should cause the sincere Christian to question the foundation of modern-day church dogma. The doctrine of the Trinity was a long-held belief in the Gentile world, but was totally rejected by the Jews and the Old Testament scriptures. And, from a Greco/Roman perspective, if Jesus was the latest incarnation of the (Mithrac) sun-god who was always born on December 25th, -- and that the historical record had to be rewritten in order to make the Jews the heretics, and the non-Jews the true people of God -- then the words spoken to Jesus at the Baptism in the Jordan had to be changed, and the Trinity had to be written into the New Testament in order to support the religion of the emperor and the dogma of Pagan Rome. Yet, the case against the doctrine of the Trinity and the affirmation that Jesus was the adopted Son of God, is easily demonstrated. Once this fact is realized, it could then be said that we would have better odds playing Russian roulette, than holding steadfast to modern day church doctrine.
Under the heading of A Trinity Statute, The Encyclopedia Britannica says: "Neither the word Trinity, nor the explicit doctrine as such, appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Old Testament: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord’ (Deut. 6:4). . . . The doctrine developed gradually over several centuries and through many controversies. . . . By the end of the 4th century . . . the doctrine of the Trinity took substantially the form it has maintained ever since" (1976, Micropedia, Vol. X, p. 126).
How did the fourth century Church change the very Words spoken directly by God to all of mankind, and promote the doctrine of the Trinity? In the words of Gibbon in the Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: ”Constantine easily believed that the heretics, who presumed to dispute his opinions or to oppose his commands, were guilty of the most absurd and criminal obstinancy... Not a moment was lost in excluding the ministers and teachers of the separated congregations from any share of the rewards and immunities which the emperor had so liberally bestowed on the orthodox clergy. But as the sectaries might still exist under the cloud of royal disgrace, the conquest of the East was immediately followed by an edict which announced their total destruction”. The heretics who the army of Constantine hunted down and murdered, were those faithful believers who refused to accept the religion of the emperor. Thus, the Christian world continues to embrace the doctrines and religion of the emperor, because they continue to reject the very Words of God, and have permitted themselves to become spiritually disenfranchised by the doctrines of men.
The New Catholic Encyclopedia states: "The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century. But it is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective" (1967, Vol. XIV, p. 299). What it means in the words that "...among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective", is because the concept of Jesus as God did not exist among the Apostles.
In The Encyclopedia Americana we read: "Christianity derived from Judaism and Judaism was strictly Unitarian [believing that God is one person]. The road which led from Jerusalem to Nicea was scarcely a straight one. Fourth century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching" (1956, Vol. XXVII, p. 294L).
According to the Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel, "The Platonic trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches. . . . This Greek philosopher’s [Plato, fourth century B.C.E.] conception of the divine trinity . . . can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions" (Paris, 1865-1870, edited by M. Lachâtre, Vol. 2, p. 1467).
In his Dictionary of the Bible, John L. McKenzie, S.J., writes that: "The trinity of persons within the unity of nature is defined in terms of ‘person’ and ‘nature’ which are G[ree]k philosophical terms; actually the terms do not appear in the Bible. The trinitarian definitions arose as the result of long controversies in which these terms and others such as ‘essence’ and ‘substance’ were erroneously applied to God by some theologians" (New York, 1965, p. 899).
The answer is clearly written in the very beginning of the Revelation where it is stated: "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him..." (Rev 1:1 NIV).
Most Christians who are unaware of the corruption of the New Testament by the fourth century Church of Constantine (see Corruption ), will immediately ask why these verses which represent the very Words of God to mankind were altered? The truth and the facts to the matter is very clearly expressed in the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, where he warns us that: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy" -- which orthodoxy was to bring the text of the Bible into conformity with the doctrines and tenets of the Church of the Roman Emperor Constantine. In the words of Prof. Elaine Pagles, in her book, The Gnostic Gospels: “It is the winners who write history - their way. No wonder, then, that the viewpoint of the successful majority has dominated all traditional accounts of the origin of Christianity… It suggests that these religious debates - questions of the nature of God, or of Christ - simultaneously bear social and political implications that are crucial to the development of Christianity as an institutional religion. In simplest terms, ideas which bear implications contrary to that development come to be labeled as heresy; ideas which implicitly support it become orthodox”.
In order to be acceptable to the secular authorities of 4th century Rome, the religion known today as Christianity had to be imbued with certain elements that made it compatible with both the government, as well as the thinking of the people. And if we pose the question as to who were the people? The only possible answer is that the great masses of converts to the Church of Rome were Pagan and idol worshiping heathens who prayed to statues, every sort of manmade and natural object, as well as the sun, moon and stars -- and they looked upon these things as their god! But to their pagan mindset, the god of all gods, was in fact the sun -- and the sun which is reborn every December 25th, periodically becomes manifest among men when the sun-god once again incarnates into the world in the form of man. Therefore, they reasoned that the Mithraic sun-god was born among the Jews in order to condemn them, and then be re-established among the Gentiles (non-Jews) as their Christ -- which they had always proclaimed.
Christ Before Jesus: In the Gentile world prior to the time of Jesus, the word Christos or Christian was used in reference to an enlightened initiate in the Greek Mystery Religions -- which was basically Mithraic. In many instances, those men who authored the Epistles that came to bear the name of Paul, were drawn from Mithraic (Christian) Initiates. Thus, what came to be called Christianity existed before the time of Jesus -- as demonstrated at this link ( http://nazirene.org/unfaithful2.htm ). Quoting the foregoing link: Today we call ourselves by the Greek word Christian -- but have we ever questioned where the term originated? And what does it mean? The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge confirms that the name "originated outside of Christian and Jewish circles". The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible states that: "By the late first and early second centuries the name ‘Christian,’ which early believers avoided using of themselves, was beginning to be accepted". Why? Because of the direct influence of the Mithraic initiates who called themselves Christian. But in the theological conflict between the Jews and Gentiles, the Mithrac clergy adopted the Gospels -- corrupted them to make them support the tenets of this Greek Mystery religious system -- and portrayed the original disciples of TheWay as heretics who were too Jewish to understand the teachings of Jesus. Then they created what has been called Replacement Theology -- which parallels that of Islam in many ways -- which states that Jesus was born among the Jews to condemn them, and then took his rightful place as the leader of the Christians (enlightened Mithrac initiates) -- which, according to their dogmatic mindset, meant that the Gentile Church was always the true Church. Again, quoting the above link: With regard to the historical people who were called the people of Christ before the time of Jesus, it did not mean anything to an enlightened Christian that the masses of people worshiped the sun, moon, stars or idols. What is now Christmas is the rebirth of the sun-god -- and what is now Easter was the worship of the moon goddess Ishtar and the resurrection of the sun-god (see Easter vs Passover).
That the initiates of the ancient mystery religions were called Christians prior to the time of Jesus is demonstrated in a letter from the Emperor Adrian to Servianus, written in 134 A.D., wherein it is stated: "Egypt, which you commended to me, my dearest Servianus, I have found to be wholly fickle and inconsistent, and continually wafted about by every breath of fame. The worshipers of Serapis are called Christians, and those who are devoted to the god Serapis, call themselves Bishops of Christ". What is confirmed is that, with the advent of Jesus, the Christ or Christos was not a new term, and there were people throughout the empire who were called Christians prior to the time when the name came to be associated with the followers of Jesus. More important, though, is the fact that they brought their ideas and beliefs pertaining to the Mithraic Christ into the religion of Jesus -- which teachings in their original form possessed an essence and spiritual reality that few of these Pagan Christians could perceive. Therefore, it wasn't that the original disciples were too Jewish to understand the teachings of Jesus and TheWay -- but rather, that a whole segment of the Gentile Church was too pagan and heathen to understand the teachings and objectives of the Gospels.
Archaeologists have demonstrated that the word Christos, which we render Christ, has been found not only on Pagan temples, and used in relation to those who were said to be the sons of the Pagan gods, but the term was also engraved on tombstones and other Pagan artifacts prior to the time of Jesus. In the Greek and Roman mystery religions of the time, the Christos was the Anointing of the Logos, and the Christian was the follower of the Anointed. In the writings of Clement of Alexandria we find it explained that: "Those who lived according to the Logos were really Christians, though they have been thought to be atheists; as Socrates and Heraclitus were among the Greeks, and such as resembled them" (Strom. bk. i, ch xix). Eusebius, the great historian of the early Church, admits that the religion that is called Christianity was known to the ancients (Eccl. Hist., 1, ch iv) and writes that the religion of Jesus had "...been known among all nations, nevertheless our life and our conduct, with our doctrines of religion, have not been lately invented by us, but from the first creation of man, so to speak, have been established by the natural understanding of divinely favored men of old... What then should prevent the confession that we who are of Christ practice one and the same mode of life and have one and the same religion as those divinely favored men of old? Whence it is evident that the perfect religion committed to us by the teaching of Christ is not new and strange, but, if the truth must be spoken, it is the first and the true religion".
Modern Christians who erroneously believe that what is today called Christianity started with Jesus, will be unable to relate to the words that "our doctrines of religion... have been established by the natural understanding... and [is] the same religion as those divinely favored men of old". The early Gentile Christians knew this fact, and it was for this reason that a copy of Plato’s Republic and other such writings was contained among the writings preserved in the recently discovered Nag Hammadi Library of early Christian writings. St. Augustine wrote: "That, in our times, is the Christian religion, which to know and follow is the most sure and certain health, called according to that name, but not according to the thing itself, of which it is the name; for the thing itself which is now called the Christian religion, really was known to the ancients, nor was wanting at any time from the beginning of the human race, until the time when Christ came in the flesh, from whence the true religion, which had previously existed, began to be called Christian; and this in our days is the Christian religion, not as having been wanting in former times, but as having in later times received this name" (Opera Augustini, vol. i, p.12). What this means is that the Jesus in the existing Gospels was converted by the Church to support the tenets of Mithraism, which was the universal religion of the empire. The problem is that the original teachings of TheWay had absolutely nothing in common with what came to be called Christianity under Pagan Rome.
Those teachings in the scriptures that supported the original objectives of "...the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness” (see Key Of Knowledge - Heightening And Expansion Of Mind) were removed by the scribes of that segment of the Church which called itself Orthodox -- and the verses of the scriptures which supported the original spiritual objectives, were then portrayed and condemned as Gnostic interpolations. Resulting in the reality that the modern congregation of believers have been spiritually disenfranchised by the dogmatic dispensations that became ingrained in the doctrines of the Church -- which dogmatic dispensations was necessary in the creation of a secularized religion where the "...political implications ...[were] crucial to the development of Christianity as an institutional religion" (see Pagles, The Gnostic Gospels). That modern Christianity is faith-based, is the result of being deprived of the most important spiritual teachings and concepts which was removed from the tradition of scriptures which they received through the hands of the Church of Rome. And that their doctrines of belief are openly condemned and rejected as spiritual apostasy by the original New Testament authors as demonstrated in the 10 Minute Test of The Lie, remains incomprehensible to the disenfranchised congregation of believers today. In the same way that educational dropouts can't perform and function at the level envisioned in the creation of our system of schools and universities, neither can the spiritual dropouts even begin to perform and function at the level envisioned in the Gospels. For their own worldly desire for mammon and political power, the charlatan priests moved the goal-posts of the original Gospel objectives, and peddled spurious dispensations that seduced the congregation of believers to imagine that they could dropout of the process at an elementary school level, and achieve the degree that is equal to that of a university graduate. And in the same way that in Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution he turned upon and executed the intellectual leaders who voiced opposition once he didn't need them anymore, so too did the Orthodox priests turn upon the spiritual core of the Church, once they achieved their desired positions of political power within the Church of Pagan Rome.
So in the conversion of Rome, everything that supported the Jewish roots and foundation of Jesus' teachings had to be suppressed and even condemned -- so much so, that Dead Sea Scroll expert A. Powell Davies professed: “Biblical scholars”, he writes, "were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been” (quoted by Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls). What Davies was referring to was the fact that the Church of Constantine so altered the focus of the Gospel teachings of the New Covenant, that what we call Christianity today has its doctrinal legacy of birth in the fourth century, and has little in common with the religion that the Son of God revealed to man at the beginning of our Common Era.
In the words of Brian McLaren as quoted in an interview with Lisa Ann Cockrel which was published in Today's Christian Woman (see Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right), Brian McLaren is quoted as stating: "One of the problems is that the average Christian in the average church who listens to the average Christian broadcasting has such an oversimplified understanding of both the Bible and of church history - it would be deeply disturbing for them to really learn about church history." And herein lies the heart of the problem: If Fundamentalist Christians were to admit that the text of the New Testament had been altered, then they could no longer proclaim with any certainty what Jesus actually taught, and what Christians should believe!
Thus, the Christian world has perpetually closed their eyes to their own biblical scholars such as Dr. Vincent Taylor who writes in his book, The Text of the New Testament, that "The manuscripts of the New Testament preserve traces of two kinds of dogmatic alterations: those which involve the elimination or alteration of what was regarded as doctrinally unacceptable or inconvenient, and those which introduce into the Scriptures proof for a favorite theological tenet or practice". Why? Because one of the dogmatic alterations that was a long-standing theological tenet of the Pagan world was introduce into the Scriptures and remains to this very day as the foundation of modern Church doctrine.
In his book, Introduction to the New Testament, B.W. Bacon wrote: "The Christian can only mitigate the disrespect he feels for plagiarists and impostors by the reflection that the conscience of the second century had practically no recognition for those literary crimes, rampant as they then were in the Church" (p. 168). Yet it is the product of these "literary crimes" that believers put their faith in when they read their Bibles today!
In his Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, by Dr. F. H. Scrivener, he writes that: "In the second century we have seen too many instances of attempts to tamper with the text of Scripture, some merely injudicious, others positively dishonest". Scrivener states that "it is no less true to fact than paradoxical in sound, that the worst corruptions to which the New Testament has ever been subjected, originated within 100 years after it was composed: and that Irenaeus and the African Fathers, and the whole Western, with a portion of the Syrian Church" used inferior manuscripts.
The Great Lie
The Gentile Church Witness: When did Yeshua/Jesus become the Messiah/Christ? Modern Christians proclaim that Jesus was God -- but this was not what was believed by those who knew and learned from him. And while modern believers ignore this fact, the proof is overwhelming! In the early Christian writing known as THE INSTRUCTOR, a second century work by Clement of Alexandria, it is written: "For at the moment of the Lord's baptism there sounded a voice from heaven, as a testimony to the Beloved, 'Thou art My beloved Son, to-day have I begotten Thee’". In the words of Methodtus (A.D. 260-312), in his works THE BANQUET OF THE TEN VIRGINS; OR, CONCERNING CHASTITY, he writes: "Now, in perfect agreement and correspondence with what has been said, seems to be this which was spoken by the Father from above to Christ when He came to be baptized in the water of the Jordan, 'Thou art my son: this day have I begotten thee’". In the words of Lactantius (A.D. 260-330.), in his THE DIVINE INSTITUTES, he writes: "Then a voice from heaven was heard: 'Thou art my Son, today have I begotten Thee'. Which voice is found to have been foretold by David. And the Spirit of God descended upon Him, formed after the appearance of a white dove. From that time He began to perform the greatest miracles, not by magical tricks, which display nothing true and substantial, but by heavenly strength and power, which were foretold even long ago by the prophets who announced Him; which works are so many, that a single book is not sufficient to comprise them all".
The Old Testament prediction made reference to in the above quotation by Lactantius is found at Ps 2:7 which reads: "I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to me, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You'" (NKJ). And what few Christians today realize is that most ancient copies of the New Testament scriptures does in fact confirm the prophesy that these words were indeed spoken at his baptism when the Father said of Jesus: "Thou art My beloved Son, to-day have I begotten Thee". Moreover, these words which were spoken to Jesus are actually confirmed at two other places in the New Testament. At the very beginning of Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews (1:5) we find the statement with respect to what was spoken to Jesus: “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son”. Contrary to the Apostle's conclusions upon which the Epistle to the Hebrews is founded, because this statement which was reportedly spoken from heaven was altered by the later church, nowhere in our present day translations are these words said to Jesus. Yet, there is a parallel account in Acts that speaks of the disciples of Jesus being adopted by God in the same manner as Jesus himself was adopted as the very first of the prodigal sons to return to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination: “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (Acts 13:33 KJV). In the Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (234 A.D.), it says: “Him therefore to whom the Father said, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee, the chief priests through envy crucified.” .“ Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume VIII/Apocrypha of the New Testament/Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul/Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul,” (see Wikisource)
In a writing by Justin (died 165 A.D.) known as the Dialogue of Justin with Tryphon, A Jew, in chapter LXXXVIII, Justin writes about Jesus, clearly referencing the Gospels’ baptism accounts: "He was in the habit of working as a carpenter when among men, making ploughs and yokes; by which He taught the symbols of righteousness and an active life; but then the Holy Ghost, and for man’s sake, as I formerly stated, lighted on Him in the form of a dove, and there came at the same instant from the heavens a voice, which was uttered also by David when he spoke, personating Christ, what the Father would say to Him: ‘Thou art My Son: this day have I begottenThee.’" (Justin, Trypho) Justin then goes on to explain to Trypho the Jew-- once more obviously quoting the original form of Matthew 3:17 and Luke 3:22: "For this devil, when [Jesus] went up from the river Jordan, at the time when the voice spake to Him, “Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten Thee,” is recorded in the memoirs of the apostles to have come to Him and tempted Him, even so far as to say to Him, “Worship me;” and Christ answered him, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Id., ch. CII.) Others who found the same passage in Matthew are Juvencus, Evangeliorum Libri Quattor, I 360-64 and Hilary, De Trinitate, VIII, 25, Tyconius, Reg. 1
Hebrew Matthew, there are two variants to the baptismal account which are
different from the Greek text tradition. The first adds
"today I have
begotten thee." After saying many things, this Gospel
continues: “After the people were baptized, Jesus also
came and was baptized by John. And as Jesus came up from the water, Heaven was
opened, and He saw the Holy Spirit descend in the form of a dove and enter into
Him. And a voice from Heaven said, ‘You are my beloved Son; with You I am well
pleased.’ And again,
‘Today I have begotten You.’ “Immediately a
great light shone around the place; and John, seeing it, said to Him, ‘Who are
you, Lord? And again a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with
whom I am well pleased.’ Then John, falling down before Him, said, ‘I beseech
You, Lord, baptize me!’ But He forbade him saying, ‘Let it be so; for thus it is
fitting that all things be fulfilled.’” (Epiphanius, Panarion
Wikipedia - Authentic Gospel Of Matthew]
Further, “this day I have begotten thee” appears in the following Greek of Matthew: D (Greek) and the Old Latin. (E.B. Nicholson, The Gospel according to the Hebrews (1879) at 40.) Also, in "Codex Bezae and most of the old Latin manuscripts...the voice instead cites Psalm 2:7: 'This day I have begotten thee." (Barbara Aland, Joël Delobel, New Testament textual criticism, exegesis, and early church history (Peeters, 1994) at 120.) Throckmorton in Gospel Parallels (1992) explains that this variant (“this day I have begotten thee”) exists in some of the oldest versions of Luke such as P4, meaning Paris Papyrus, “third century” (id., x, xviii, 14); S, meaning Sinaiticus, “middle fourth century” (id., xiv, 14); A B, Codex Alexandrinus, “5th century” and Codex Vaticanus, “4th Century” (id., x, 14), and W Manuscript (5th century).
Faustus vs Augustine: The phrase ‘this day I have begotten thee’ was quoted by Faustus ca. 400 AD from both Matthew and Luke’s Gospel as having been uttered at Jesus’ baptism. Faustus was unorthodox in his view that Jesus, the Son of David, was not born Son of God but became Son of God at his baptism. This position of Faustus which was of course the same as the Ebionite Nazirenes and the Original Gospel accounts, was rejected by the dogma of the Emperor Constantine's Church that Jesus was the 'eternal' Son of God -- which doctrine was embraced at Nicea in 325 AD. In opposing Faustus, Augustine's objective was to alter Jesus to match Constantine's favored deity - Sol Invictus. See our "Council of Nicea".) Augustine in his point-by-point rebuttal, does not dispute how Luke read -- he disputes only how Matthew then read after it was rewritten. We find this Faustus-Augustine exchange in Schaff’s Augustin: The Writings Against the Manicheans and Against the Donatists, in Book XXIII (1890) at 313. Schaff recounts Faustus’ points about the Matthew passage when read in light of Luke: Faustus recurs to the genealogical difficulty and insists that even according to Matthew Jesus was not Son of God until His baptism. Augustine sets forth the Catholic view of the relation of the divine and the human in the person of Christ. [quoting Faustus directly] I will, for the present, suppose that this person was right in saying that the son of David was born of Mary. It still remains true, that in this whole passage of the generation no mention is made of the Son of God till we come to the baptism; so that it is an injurious misrepresentation on your part to speak of this writer as making the Son of God the inmate of a womb. The writer, indeed, seems to cry out against such an idea, and in the very title of his book to clear himself of such blasphemy, asserting that the person whose birth he describes is the son of David, not the Son of God. And if you attend to the writer’s meaning [i.e., Matthew's meaning] and purpose, you will see that what he wishes us to believe of Jesus the Son of God is not so much that He was born of Mary, as that He became the Son of God by baptism at the river Jordan. He [i.e., Matthew] tells us that the person of whom he spoke at the outset as the son of David was baptized by John, and became the Son of God on this particular occasion, when about thirty years old, according to Luke, when also the voice was heard saying to Him, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten Thee.” Schaff provides Augustine’s complete reply. Id., at 318 et seq. Augustine disputes only how Matthew read but not how Luke read. However, he quotes Matthew back at Faustus: “when He was baptized by John, a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” Augustine says these words do not “imply that He was not the Son of God before.” Id., at 315. Augustine ignores the quote from Luke which made Faustus’ case. (For further discussion of this portion of Faustus, see Barbara Aland, Joël Delobel, New Testament textual criticism, exegesis, and early church history (Peeters, 1994) at 121.) Based on Epiphanius and Jerome's account of the Hebrew Matthew, it must have been altered instead of Luke. Only after Augustine did not want to cope with Faustus's argument any longer, Catholic authorities also erased the Luke 3:22 version as well.
While Augustine attempted to argue his point using the corrupted copies of Matthew, it is easily proven that the older Matthew manuscripts read exactly the same as Luke -- i.e., “this day I have begotten thee” appears in the following Greek of Matthew: D (Greek) and the Old Latin. (E.B. Nicholson, The Gospel according to the Hebrews (1879) at 40.) Also, in "Codex Bezae and most of the old Latin manuscripts...the voice instead cites Psalm 2:7: 'This day I have begotten thee." (Barbara Aland, Joël Delobel, New Testament textual criticism, exegesis, and early church history (Peeters, 1994) at 120.)
The Spiritual Consequences: Were these the actual words which were spoken to Jesus? If they were, what are the religious and spiritual implications for the modern Christian in search of a more intimate relationship with the Lord? This very serious doctrinal problem is raised in the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary where it is written: “[Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.] Augustine, with some moderns, apply this to Christ's external generations from the Father. `The expression (says Alexander) 'I have begotten thee' means, I am thy Father: 'Today' refers to the date of the decree itself: but this, as a divine act, was eternal, and so must be the Sonship it affirms. This, however, is a forced way of interpreting the words, and not at all consistent with the context, which clearly connects the Sonship with the resurrection of Christ. Does the apostle, then; mean to say that Christ became God's Son -- for the first time and in the only sense in which He was the Son of God -- by His resurrection from the dead? That cannot be; for, besides that it would contradict the whole, strain of the New Testament regarding Christ's relation to the Father” (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary).
The problem is seen in the fact that the Bible means exactly what is says: Jesus
became the Son of God -- initially, by the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) of the
Holy Spirit at his baptism -- and permanently, with his resurrection.
In fact, because they believed what Jesus himself taught them -- i.e., that
Jesus was a man who had so fulfilled the Law of God within himself, and had so
purified and consecrated himself that he became One with God -- the original
(Jewish Ebionite/Nazirene) followers of Jesus were condemned as heretics by the later Gentile
Church. Thus, the
second century writer Irenaeus states that they:
In fact, because they believed what Jesus himself taught them -- i.e., that Jesus was a man who had so fulfilled the Law of God within himself, and had so purified and consecrated himself that he became One with God -- the original (Jewish Ebionite/Nazirene) followers of Jesus were condemned as heretics by the later Gentile Church. Thus, the second century writer Irenaeus states that they:“represented Jesus as having not been born of a virgin, but as being the son of Joseph and Mary according to the ordinary course of human generation, while he nevertheless was more righteous, prudent, and wise than other men. Moreover, after his baptism, Christ descended upon him in the form of a dove from the Supreme Ruler, and that then he proclaimed the unknown Father, and performed miracles” (Irenaeus, Bk 1, Ch 26, doctrines of Cerinthus).
a biblical perspective, there is nothing in the Old Testament that even remotely
implies or predicts that the Eternal God will come in the form of man.
The prediction was that God would raise up a prophet from among the Jews,
like Moses, as seen where it is written:
“The LORD your God will raise
up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to
him” (Deut 18:15 NIV). When
Peter spoke before the Jews, he stated that this prediction applied to Jesus --
and in so doing, himself called Jesus a prophet:
“Moses said, ‘The
Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up.
You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you... This is the Moses who said
to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as
he raised me up’” (Acts 3:22;7:37 RSV).
more importantly is the fact that Jesus referred to himself as a prophet, as
seen in the words:
“But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without
honor except in his own country and in his own house’” (Matt 13:57
RSV). When conversing about
his crucifixion, Jesus again spoke of himself as a prophet, as seen where it is
“Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my
way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in
Jerusalem!” (Luke 13:33 NLT).
Thus, Jesus told his disciples and followers that he was a prophet.
Jesus’ prayer to the Father prior to his crucifixion it is written:
he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father,
if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt” (Matt 26:39 KJV).
If Jesus was God, and the Father and the Son were not separate and
distinct individuals, such a prayer would have been meaningless.
In these many such instances where Jesus prays to God -- or the Father --
if they were one and the same, Jesus would have been praying to himself -- and
his will, would of necessity have been the Father’s will. Moreover,
neither could God call his disciples his brothers, and make the statement:
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).
Jesus taught his disciples was that he and the Father were One -- but this same
Oneness was also applied to his disciples, as seen in the words:
they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they
also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me. And the
glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just
as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,
that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as
Thou didst love Me” (John 17:21-23 NAS).
The problem is that we cannot even begin to understand the essence and
meaning of this spiritual concept, until we are first able to comprehend our own
divided nature -- the reality of our pre-existent soul -- and our vision has
been opened to where we are able to see beyond the natural barriers of this
world. What Jesus is saying,
though, is that in the same way that he and the Father are One, they too are
Jesus was God -- or even coequal with God as in the foundation of the doctrine
of the Trinity -- Jesus could never have said to his disciples: “You
heard me say, I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved me, you
would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I
have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will
believe. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is
coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father
and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me”
NIV). How could a coequal God
say that God was greater than he was?
Moreover, if they were one and the same personage, how could Jesus say
that he must do
“exactly what my Father has commanded me”.
is a widely accepted doctrine among Christians today that the disciples and
Messianic followers did not comprehend the true nature of Jesus, because they
did not proclaim that he was God -- as did the later Gentile converts.
What Jesus taught his disciples with regard to who he was, is exactly
what was stated by Peter after he was totally enlightened by the Holy Spirit:
“Men of Israel, listen
to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles,
wonders and signs,
which God did among you
through him, as you
yourselves know” (Acts 2:22 NIV).
Where did Peter get the notion that Jesus was a man -- a man
by God" -- a man that God performed miracles, wonders and signs
through? Didn’t Jesus
himself say that
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself...” (John 5:19 NAS);
“The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own
authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works”
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment
is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who
sent Me” (John 5:30 NKJ);
“...I do nothing on my own but speak
just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not
left me alone, for I always do what pleases him” (John 8:28-29 NIV);
the works which the Father has given Me to finish -- the very works that I do --
bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me”
(John 5:36 NKJ);
have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they
have known that all things which You have given Me are from You”
could God give God works to finish? How
could God know nothing except what God taught him?
Moreover, why would God -- a Being that cannot be defiled -- consecrate
himself as seen in the words:
“They are not of the world, even as I am
not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst
send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I
consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth” (John
Are these just words -- or did Jesus truly mean that his disciples were not of this world? When Jesus states that he is At-One with God, does that mean that he is God? And when Jesus states that his disciples are at-one with both him and God, does that make them God? These are questions which the Apostle warns that the mind of man in his natural state is incapable of answering – incapable, until they have themselves attained this same level of oneness which is portrayed as the ultimate goal of the disciple who walks in TheWay.
view of what Jesus taught his disciples and followers, again let us review the
direct witness of the Apostle Peter as found in the Clementine Holily number
sixteen, Chapter fifteen, where he opposed Simon Magus and states: “Our
Lord neither asserted that there were gods except the Creator of all, nor did He
proclaim Himself to be God...”.
is a well recorded fact of history that the disciples of Jesus, his brother
Jacob/James, and the Messianic Jewish believers who were his friends, brothers and
followers, did not believe that Jesus was God.
Those people who spoke to him -- ate with him -- traveled with him -- and
were taught by him -- and was even his brother -- believed exactly as it is
written in the scriptures:
“But when the multitudes saw it, they
marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men”
(Matt 9:8 KJV).
every person who was taught directly by Jesus held a common belief which was
documented by Edward Gibbon of a
“supernatural union of a man and a God;
and this mystic doctrine was adopted with many fanciful improvements by
Carpocrates, Basilides, and Valentine... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a
mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and
wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon
earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the
Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on
Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during
the allotted period of his ministry”
(Gibbon; The Decline & Fall
of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366).
This belief -- that “the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry”, is simply not understood by the carnal mind of natural organic man -- as is very clearly stated in the Bible itself. We can only start to comprehend this belief that was held commonly by ALL the faithful believers who were taught directly by Jesus himself, as well as those who were closest to him in the first century, when we begin to apply what the Apostle Paul put forth in the first chapter of Romans, and explore the belief in relation to our own entrance into this world.
For a more in depth study of the above -- the origin of the doctrine of the Trinity -- the conversion of the Church of Rome -- and the alteration of the teachings of Yeshua, you can read the article entitled: How Did Jesus Become The Son Of God at http://Ebionite.com/SonOfGod.htm
In an early Christian gospel called the ACTS OF THE HOLY APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL, it is written: “Him therefore to whom the Father said, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee, the chief priests through envy crucified”. In Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John, Origen writes that: “None of these testimonies, however, sets forth distinctly the Savior's exalted birth; but when the words are addressed to Him, 'Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee', this is spoken to Him by God”. Unless Origen was somehow commenting on the wrong gospel, this verse was completely removed from our present-day versions of John. In view of this fact, modern believers should seriously ask the question as to what else was removed from John.
If it is true that the birth narrative was removed from the beginning of the Gospel of John, and the present chapter that utilizes the term Logos, which only appears in the writings of Plato and Greek Mythology was added in its place, then this fact would shed great light on the statement made by Prof. Allegro in the August 1966 issue of Harpers Magazine where he is quoted as saying: “The very scholars who should be most capable of working on the documents and interpreting them have displayed a not altogether surprising, but nonetheless curious, reluctance to go to the heart of their matter. The scholars appear to have held back from making discoveries which, there is evidence to believe, may upset a great many basic teachings of the Christian Church. This in turn would greatly upset many Christian Theologians and believers. The heart of the matter is, in fact, the source and originality of Christian doctrine”.
In view of the fact that there are numerous sightings by the earliest of Christian writers that God said to Jesus at his baptism: “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee”, and not one word is spoken to support the phrase in our bibles which reads “In thee I am well pleased”. It is therefore easy to see that this verse was altered by the later Church of the Roman Empire to support their doctrines of belief -- beliefs which inhibit Christians today from fulfilling the original Gospel objectives which process brought about the entering of the Kingdom that Jesus taught was within each and every one of us.
In our churches today faithful Christians incessantly beseech God to open their minds to a higher understanding of His Truth. This is good -- and the Lord has placed great knowledge in their hands that was not available to previous generations of believers. Yet, it is a useless endeavor, though, to pray for this Truth -- to petition the Lord to grant you the privilege of gazing upon the Mysteries of God that Jesus said only a very few chosen people who were worthy of even the opportunity of seeing: “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) -- while holding fast to the doctrines of men. The key word here is worthy! Are you worthy to see and understand what has been concealed from the eyes and ears of “many prophets and righteous men”? Worthiness is judged by your willingness to use what God has placed into your hands, magnify it a hundredfold, and manifest it as Truth and Light in the world. Worthiness is demonstrated in your desire to surrender to Truth -- and then manifest this Truth as Light in your Life. In this respect, I have overwhelmingly demonstrated that Jesus became the adopted Son of God when, at his baptism, the Father said these words to him: “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee”.
Again, let us revisit the reasoning of The Adam Clark Commentary with regard to the passage at Hebrews 1:5: “This most important use of this saying has passed unnoticed by almost every Christian writer which I have seen; and yet it lies here at the foundation of all the apostle's proofs. If Jesus was not thus the Son of God, the whole Christian system is vain and baseless: but his resurrection demonstrates him to have been the Son of God; therefore everything built on this foundation is more durable than the foundations of heaven, and as inexpugnable as the throne of the eternal King”.
Are you truly a Christian? Do you truly want to know the truth? If you pray and desire God to reveal the Sacred Mysteries of Creation to you, and you hunger with a passion to embrace the Gospel in its fullness, then you cannot ignore this great stumbling block that has the capacity to inhibit every aspect of your genuine walk with the Lord. If the foundation of not only your perception of the Bible, but also life itself is based upon a “vain and baseless” vision of both the very nature and destiny of mankind, and you are searching for the answers to life under a great cloud of misconception, then regardless of your effort, your results will not only be limited, but can never rise to any height because of the weight of the great obstacle that you are attempting to carry with you.
When Jesus warned that “The Way”, is straight and narrow, what he cautioned his followers was that we cannot attempt to carry the great weight of the doctrines of this world along with us in our walk with the Lord. In the writings of the fifth century monk John Cassian, he often quotes the scriptures as he explored the idea of who is even worthy of being given the opportunity of Walking in The Way in the Imitation of Christ: “Wherefore, as Scripture says, 'when you go forth to serve the Lord stand in the fear of the Lord, and prepare your mind' not for repose or carelessness or delights, but for temptations and troubles. For 'through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom of God.' For 'strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be which find it.' Consider therefore that you belong to the few and elect; and do not grow cold after the examples of the lukewarmness of many: but live as the few, that with the few you may be worthy of a place in the kingdom of God: for 'many are called, but few chosen', and it is a 'little flock to which it is the Father's good pleasure to give' an inheritance. You should therefore realize that it is no light sin for one who has made profession of perfection to follow after what is imperfect” (Church Fathers, Nicene & Post-Nicene, Vol. 11, Page 467).
With great spiritual insight John Cassian wrote that it is “no light sin” for you to profess your allegiance to Christ -- and to Christ alone -- and yet, cling to, and follow after, the doctrines of carnal men. The religious concept that was formalized by Plato, and later grafted into the religion of Christ in the doctrine of the Trinity, and edited into the very pages of the Bible itself by the alteration of the original words that the Father spoke at the time of the baptism of Jesus, is an anchor that the believer attaches to himself when he attempts to walk in The Way. Why? Because this doctrine is the foundation of an entirely different (carnal ) mindset than what was taught by the Lord himself -- and it is this (spiritual) mindset that the Lord made reference to as the “good ground” within which the seed of the Word must be planted in order to mature and multiply by a hundred fold.
The importance is demonstrated in the Lord's teaching of what is elementary and fundamental in order to even begin to be called a Christian. In the parable of the Sower and the Seed (Mt 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-34; Lk 8:4-15), it is this ground -- or mindset attached to a consecrated lifestyle -- that is the key factor that determines the effectiveness of the Word. Anyone who toils in the earth in the endeavor to bring forth a mature and developed plant, knows that the conditions of the earth within which the seed is planted is what makes the difference in the eventual results.
In view of the fact that you are the ground upon which the Sacred Word is implanted, the results of the harvest will be directly proportionate to your ability to become molded into the necessary spiritual environment that is required to bring forth a manifestation of the Living Word. If the soil conditions are rocky with the fossilized, petrified and solidified doctrines of men -- or the materialistic thorns of this world -- then the harvest that you seek -- the harvest of spiritual fruit that is magnified a hundred times -- can never come to pass.
In these great truths that were revealed in the parables that Jesus taught to the multitudes of mankind, we must understand all that is being said to us, and comprehend that the revelation made in these teachings demonstrated stages of growth that transported the disciple from the realms of this world, into the full unveiling of the Kingdom. Unlike modern church doctrine, where one either joins up, or professes their allegiance to the Lord, with the result being that one is instantly saved and converted into a full-fledged Christian, what the Lord taught was that there was a process -- a process that must be fully embraced -- in order to transcend this world and emerge at the Kingdom side of where following in The Way transports the genuine disciple.
When Jesus spoke of the believer as the soil -- and the condition of the soil was paramount to the eventual manifestation of the Word -- what Jesus was stating was that the good ground can be defined as a certain state of mind -- or mindset -- of the believer. In grasping the full dimensions of what Jesus taught, we must see the parable through the eyes of one who himself toils in the earth. If we did not know what a mature field of wheat looked like, and have never seen a carefully cultured agricultural plantation that has been groomed and made ready for the harvest, it would be difficult to envision the final results prior to the time that the field was cultivated and prepared for the planting of the seed.
There is an often told story of the preacher from the city who visited his brother in the country. As the preacher came upon a farm where the crops were growing in fine orderly rows for as far as the eye could see, the preacher leaned over the fence and said to the farmer: Isn't the wonders of God glorious to see and behold. And with that, the farmer scratched his head, and thought for a moment as he gazed out upon the field, and said to the preacher: You should have seen this place when God had it all by himself.
God provided the potential for that wondrous field. But before it evolved into its present condition, it was the farmer who labored to clear it of the trees and stumps, weeds and rubble, ploughed it, fertilized it, manicured it, and transformed it from a wilderness, to a place that provided food and nourishment for man. Now the wise man knows that God not only provided the potential, but also the very elements and seeds that the farmer used to transform the once rocky and overgrown field. In this little story we must understand that there are two paramount truths at work here -- i.e., that success is achieved when man and God move together to subdue and perfect the potential of this reality. In this respect, the opinion that either God, or man, separately accomplished the final result, is each in error -- and this merging of the two realities is one of the founding principles upon which New Covenant teachings are based.
If the farmer did not have faith, he never would have begun the process of cultivating the wild wildness that was placed in his hands. And in the same way that James opposes Paul in the statement: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:26 NAS). In the same way that the farmer proves his faith by the work he does to transform the field, it is the work of the disciple in his endeavor to fulfill God's Commandments that grows the Word a hundred times more than what the Lord originally bestowed upon him.
In the parable of the Sower and the Seed, the transformation of the disciple of the Light is understood in much the same fashion. In the same way that the farmer did not create either the field, the seed, nor the sun and rain and organic matter that produced the great crop, it was the labor of the farmer that was a necessary ingredient in order to bring about the transformation. This same exact balance is present throughout the teachings of Jesus -- and especially the parable of the Sower and the Seed.
God supplied the Word -- and His Laws and Spiritual forces can be invoked to bring about the transformation that is envisioned throughout the scriptures -- but the necessary ingredient is seen in the fact that it is man that must create the necessary environment within his own mind and being that Jesus refers to as the good ground, that permits the Word to first grow, mature, and multiply what was originally given in the form of fruit manifest in the life of the disciple.
Each of us has the potential to become part of the transformational process that God has ordained -- a process that was referred to by a group of mystical Jews as the New Covenant, and which process was more clearly refined by Jesus in the teachings and concepts of what came to be called The Way. But the problem is that we are again presented with another great paradox -- in that, all these things exist in potential, and it is man that must fulfill the Commandments of the Word in order to make himself the finely cultivated field which Jesus referred to as the good ground within which the Word of God must be planted in order to bring about the transformation.
In the parables and teachings of Jesus, the potential of man to embrace the Mysteries of God is only limited by one thing -- i.e., the mindset of the person who first hears the Word, and then works to assist God in bringing about the Divine Vision of God for Mankind in his Life. Jesus came to speak to mankind about the Truth -- but this Truth can only be realized by the mature spiritual mind -- and this state of spiritual maturity can never be manifest without man's willingness to act upon the Truth that was given.
What modern believers today do not realize is that the Words of the Father to Jesus at the baptism is one of those essential concepts that is absolutely necessary in order for the disciple to first become the good ground, and then provide the fertile environment, in order to be a coworker with God in bringing about the transformation and vision of the New Covenant teachings and reality. In contradistinction to the teachings of Jesus, it is indigenous to the Pagan mindset to worship the elemental objects of this world. When the pattern of spiritual transformation in the form of the New Covenant scriptures was placed in the hands of the Pagan Gentiles, they did as they were accustomed to doing -- i.e., they made Jesus a god, and worshiped him in the manner of their other gods.
When the disciples of Constantine altered the scriptures to say: “in thee I am well pleased”, instead of “today I have begotten thee”; this, and many other such scriptural revisions, altered the very mindset and thinking of the Christian faith. From a New Covenant perspective, each and every person is seen as the offspring of the One God, and it is their innate ability to open a direct channel of communication to the One Source of Knowledge and Being. With the Paganization of the gospel, the mindset of the flock of believers was changed from that of a sovereign and free Divinely ordained people, to that of subjects in a monarchy type of governing reality. It is understandable that this change is absolutely necessary in the creation of a secularized church, a hierarchy of government ordained priests, that can only be founded upon a fixed dogmatically based doctrine. In later chapters I will revisit and add to the many reasons of why the gospel message had to be converted from a spiritual to a secular institutionalized format, in order to make it acceptable from a government perspective -- but at this point it is important to understand the very change in mindset that was accomplished in order to create an institutionalized church that embraced a secular Pagan mindset -- and convert it from the bedrock of a very Gnostic, Jewish mystical church that existed in spiritual dimensions that are of a parallel reality that Jesus referred to as the Kingdom -- and not of this world.
Very briefly, one of the essential and paramount differences can be seen in the mindset of an English born child vs a child who is raised in the United States. Unlike the proverbial saying of American mothers, an English born child of common origin is never taught that they too can grow up and become the king or queen of England. The common child is not born of the royal family, and can never become the king or queen. Thus, we are presented with a subject type of mindset that is common to any of the worlds monarchies.
Because of today’s modern Christian mindset that was imposed upon the church by Constantine and the Imperial Roman Government, Christian children today are not taught that they, too, can grow up to become the Son of God. In accordance with our modern doctrine, the best we can achieve is to become subjects in good standing in the divine government and monarchy of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The result is that we view God with a slave, subject, and ghetto mentality that inhibits and nullifies our walk with the Lord. Like the people of England who are not born of royal bloodlines, and can never themselves become king or queen, their role is limited to the praise and support the royal family. Because the alteration of the scriptures to accommodate the government of Pagan Rome has brought about this same mindset, our religious experience never evolves past praising, supplicating, and making ourselves good subjects of the heavenly royal family. From a spiritual perspective, our modern mindset that we inherited from the Church of the Roman Empire is natural to a secularized, institutionalized, Pagan form of religion -- and is not only detrimental, but is a life-inhibiting poison to a spiritual religion such as the teachings of The Way and the New Covenant.
In this example we can also perceive the true reason why the so-called orthodox church objected to the Gnostic foundation of the original teachings of the New Covenant. What the Gnostic professes is that each one of us is the offspring of the Royal Family of the Eternal God. We do not need a royal family of priests and clergy in this world, because each of us has a direct inner connection to God. As a member of God's Royal Family, all we need to do is make ourselves the good ground, and the seed of the Word that is already planted in our hearts and minds will grow and mature into Spiritual Fruit. This great Spiritual Truth is not arbitrary -- it is controlled by the indigenous Laws of Creation within which everything moves. Once properly understood, the personal spiritual evolution of man is as predictable as the sun that rises and sets each day. In this respect, the Truths that Jesus revealed to mankind were not of a philosophical nature -- but rather, was guaranteed.
Since we are comparing the difference in the mindset of a monarchy vs a democratic republic, what I will demonstrate in later chapters is that the foundation of the government of the United States was not only a declaration of Spiritual-Gnostic Christian concepts, but can be used to demonstrate the differences between the church of this world (England), and the True Gnostic Church of the Spirit. The foundational principle of the government of the United States is that every person is imbued with God-given rights -- and the purpose of government is to secure and protect these inherent rights. On the other hand, the government in England at the time of the revolution was a religiously based monarchy -- the king was literally declared to be the vicar of God, and the people were his subjects that he ruled over. All communication with God came through the king, the royal family, and the appointed rulers. That this type of mindset is detrimental to the spiritual growth of the people, is the very reason that religious men and women traveled to the new world in order to serve God, and not the false religion of the king.
The problem that we are confronted with is again demonstrated in the reasoning of The Adam Clark Commentary with regard to the passage at Hebrews 1:5, which was at one time the words spoken by the Father to Jesus at his baptism: “This most important use of this saying has passed unnoticed by almost every Christian writer which I have seen; and yet it lies here at the foundation of all the apostle's proofs. If Jesus was not thus the Son of God, the whole Christian system is vain and baseless: but his resurrection demonstrates him to have been the Son of God; therefore everything built on this foundation is more durable than the foundations of heaven, and as inexpugnable as the throne of the eternal King”.
If Jesus is the pattern for all of mankind, then the crucial question that makes all the difference in the life of the believer and disciple, is an understanding of when Jesus become the Son of God. If the original translations of the Bible are correct, and Jesus became the Son of God at his baptism, then our whole vision of the New Covenant must be re-evaluated from a spiritual, rather than a carnal perspective. In this respect, the missing ingredient to our thinking is the process that was invoked by Jesus in order to attain to the exalted position of him being adoption as the first Son of God -- the “forerunner” (Heb 6:20) in whose footsteps we must follow -- because he became “the first-born among many brethren” (Rom 8:29) -- Jesus, our brother, who is born from the same Father and God (Jn 20:17; Mt. 12:50).
Thus, we cannot even begin to perceive the scriptures in their original spiritual reality -- grasping how Jesus came to be different than us -- when we are spiritually inhibited by our present-day mindset. In this respect, we cannot conceive of how Jesus could speak of himself at Luke 13:32 as being in the process of achieving perfection: “…and the third day I shall be perfected” (KJV).
We again see this same thought in the Epistle to the Hebrews, a writing that Luther rejected because it not only contained verses that placed all mankind on a somewhat even keel with Jesus, but it again spoke of the perfection of Jesus in order for him to be made the captain of salvation for his brothers, as seen in the words: “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Heb 2:10 KJV).
When Christians were again permitted to view the scriptures, which was a crime punishable by death in accordance with the law of the Roman Church for over a thousand years, Middle Age reformers such as Luther realized that the doctrine that Jesus was God, unbegotten, and always existed in a perfect state of being, simply could not coexist with biblical statements such as those at Hebrews 5:9-10, where the Apostle wrote about Jesus: “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (KJV). How could God, through his sufferings, become perfect? How could God be called an high priest, after the manner of the high priests of the Jews? How could God be compared to the historical figure of Melchisedec, who was said to be the king of Salem?
Taking a broader look at the quotation in the second chapter of Hebrews, Jesus is not presented as God, but rather the brother of all of us: “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, 'I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises’” (NIV).
At Hebrews 6:19-20, Jesus is presented to the reader as a forerunner -- a forerunner who became perfected, and this perfection has permitted him to enter behind the curtain of the inner shrine -- which inner shrine is the Kingdom within us that Jesus declared we can only enter with a total change of mind: “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchiz'edek” (Heb 2:10-12 RSV). God, as envisioned in accordance with the doctrine of the Trinity, can neither be a forerunner, because a forerunner is one who is the same who goes first -- ahead of the rest. Neither could God ever be called a high priest. What the Apostle Paul is speaking of with regard to Jesus, is a perfected man -- because these words are terms that can only be used regarding a created being of the same substance as we are.
These verses which present Jesus as the forerunner who, through his struggles and sufferings became perfected -- and by virtue of his holiness, became the forerunner and pattern by which all men are to follow, was Ordained the first Son of God. It must then be comprehended that these terms can only be understood when the correct words -- the words quoted by the disciple Peter as having been said to Jesus -- the words quoted by the Apostle Paul as having been said to Jesus -- the words which were predicted in the Book of Psalms -- the words which were confirmed throughout the writings of the first and second century Christian authors as having been said to Jesus at his baptism, are restored to their rightful place when the Spirit came upon Jesus as a dove, and the voice of the Heavenly Father said to Jesus at the baptism: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”. Open your copy of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible to Luke 3:22, and read the footnote in order to see what the correct words are in all the most ancient of manuscripts.
What this means is that if Jesus is the pattern that all of us must follow, then relying upon faith apart from deeds and accomplishments -- or words of praise and adoration as one would appease a god, will be meaningless without picking up one's cross and bearing the burden of the Christ while one is still in the body in this present life. What these words mean is that we must live our lives in a manner that would anticipate the Anointing (Christ) of the Light, and cause our Father-God to say these same exact words about us -- i.e., “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”.
Admittedly, these biblical and historical facts can only begin to make sense when we perceive the reality of our pre-existent soul, and the foundation of New Covenant teachings with regard to the Kingdom coming within the mind and being of the disciple. In two important recent Christian archeological discoveries known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and the Gospel of Thomas, there is an important teaching that Jesus conveyed to those who asked him about the coming of the Kingdom: “When the Lord was asked by a certain man, when should his kingdom come, he said unto him, when two shall be one and the without as the within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female”. That this is an authentic saying of the Lord which was at one time in our scriptures is affirmed by St. Clement, the disciple of Peter, in his The Second Epistle of Clement’ where he writes: “Let us expect, therefore, hour by hour, the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, since we know not the day of the appearing of God. For the Lord Himself, being asked by one when His kingdom would come, replied, 'When two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female’”. This same verse is again repeated in other works attributed to the same author.
In our search for the essence of Christian teachings, this important concept must stand at the very forefront with respect to its urgency in the life of the modern believer. If it is our goal to overcome (Rev 3:12), and enter the Kingdom (Rev 22:14), then we would want to know when it would come, and what we have to do in order to enter therein. What this teaching about the Kingdom conveys to us is that we can only enter into Life when we have accomplished specific goals that Jesus spoke about to the people.
In our quest to understand these great spiritual truths that Jesus spoke of, we must ask the question as to why an important teaching such as this would be offensive to the Roman Church, and be edited out of our Bible? The problem is that the great truth which is revealed in these words -- words that are of the utmost importance to the disciple -- fails to support the doctrine that the kingdom of God will come upon the earth as is believed by a secular institutionalized church. What these verses of scripture that were removed from our Bibles confirm, is what Jesus clearly taught at Luke 17:21, that the Kingdom is within us. Thus, because the priests of the Roman Church could not control the religious thought of a body of believers in search of the inner Church, and the inner Kingdom, these very Gnostic and Spiritual concepts had to be rejected by the Church of Constantine.
From the perspective of the church which called itself orthodox: What Jesus truly taught was too Gnostic, and undermines the establishment of a secularly based institutionalized church. What these spiritual concepts declare is that the coming of the kingdom is not an event which will take place in the physical world -- so as to be seen (Lk 17:20) -- but rather, within ourselves. The kingdom will come when we make the two within us into one -- the person we are without (in the world) the same as the Divine Person we are within -- and when we have eliminated -- by merging into oneness -- the feminine and masculine polarities within us. In the words of Jesus: Only when we have accomplished these things within and without ourselves, can the Kingdom come.
The genuine Christian doctrine is easy to confirm. Jesus never ordained a class of priests whose job it was to perform rituals and prayers on behalf of the people. The religious principles that Jesus taught were purely spiritual -- i.e., his disciples were to go forth and proclaim to the people that if they changed their direction, and walked in The Way, they could enter into the Kingdom of God, and be saved from the fate of death that this world holds. The disciples and apostles were not to teach, as our religious authorities teach today -- but rather, they were to lead the people to the One Teacher -- the True Prophet -- that is the only Genuine Source of Knowledge for the disciple of the Light.
In addition to the scriptures where Jesus commands the disciples not to be called teacher, for there is only One Teacher (Mt 23:8), this same Truth can be demonstrated using the first century witness known as the Recognitions of Clement, where St. Clement quotes the teachings of the Apostle Peter. In chapter 59, under the heading of The True Prophet, Clement writes: “But I would not have you think, that in saying this I take away the power of judging concerning things; but I give counsel that no one walk through devious places, and rush into errors without end. And therefore I advise not only wise men, but indeed all men who have a desire of knowing what is advantageous to them, that they seek after the true Prophet; for it is He alone who knoweth all things, and who knoweth what and how every man is seeking. For He is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other. But He is soon found by those who diligently seek Him through love of the truth, and whose souls are not taken possession of by wickedness. For He is present with those who desire Him in the innocence of their spirits, who bear patiently, and draw sighs from the bottom of their hearts through love of the truth; but He deserts malevolent minds, because as a prophet He knows the thoughts of every one. And therefore let no one think that he can find Him by his own wisdom, unless, as we have said, he empty his mind of all wickedness, and conceive a pure and faithful desire to know Him. For when any one has so prepared himself, He Himself as a prophet, seeing a mind prepared for Him, of His own accord offers Himself to his knowledge”.
What does Peter say to us in these words? That the True Prophet “is within the mind of every one of us”. This concept is Spiritual -- and is the foundation of the Living Church that the Lord inaugurated. Jesus warned his followers not to go to a teacher or religious authority in this world -- even when that teacher or authority says that he knows the Christ. What is very clear in these words which are parallel and in harmony with the Bible, is the followers of Jesus were not to learn from men -- who themselves do not know -- and in true Spiritual-Gnostic fashion, they were only to go to the Source of all Knowledge, the True Prophet.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the baptized believers at Corinth did not know the Gospel of God, and could not be taught the Mysteries and true Christian teachings because they were too carnal to receive them. This great dilemma that Paul wrote about -- and has been continually ignored by the majority of Christians throughout history -- was explained by Peter when his disciple Clement wrote his warning to believers: “…and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other”.
From a first century Christian perspective, there is only one way that you can learn and know the truth, and that is through your own dormant spiritual nature. “Expect not that you shall learn anything”, says Peter, if you attempt to learn from the doctrines of men -- even when these men are the leaders of your church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Why? Because Jesus himself commanded: “But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren” (Matt 23:8 NKJ). Therefore, whoever will teach you -- except by example and the manifestation of the Light in their own lives -- from the perspective of the New Covenant, is a disciple of the anti-christ.
Peter embodies the very essence of the genuine teachings of The Way in the words: “But He is soon found by those who diligently seek Him through love of the truth, and whose souls are not taken possession of by wickedness. For He is present with those who desire Him in the innocence of their spirits, who bear patiently, and draw sighs from the bottom of their hearts through love of the truth”.
In this statement you will find the dividing line between the genuine Christian and the Christian of the flesh -- i.e., the genuine Christians are those who are willing to embrace the Light, and learn only from the True Prophet which they manifest in their lives by only doing what is of the Light -- whereas, the Christians of the flesh calls upon the name of the Lord, but they adhere to the teachings of men, and live in accordance with the culture of this world. Once these words of Peter are realized in the life of the believer, only then is it comprehended that it is the desire for the Truth -- and the Truth alone -- that will turn you in the direction of The Way. It is this desire that must rule your hearts and minds in such an all encompassing manner, that the believer rejoices in the labors of clearing the rubble of this world out of our lives, and strives to make themselves the good ground that is the only consecrated environment which the Lord will recognize as being genuine. In this respect, the True Prophet can only be found by those who cultivate and prepare themselves -- physically, mentally and spiritually, for the coming of the Lord.
From a New Covenant perspective as set forth in the parable of the sower and the seed, you already have the Word planted in the essence of your heart and mind. Throughout the parables, the Word is spoken of as being male, and the disciple as female. What this means is that one only has to apply a practical knowledge to the equation in order to understand the process that is taught in the parable of the sower and the seed. In the same way that a woman attracts a man to her, the disciple attracts the manifestation of the Word into his life by preparing the environment of his mind and body in the endeavor to make it the good ground. In the same way that a man is seeking an attractive woman in which to place his seed, the Word is seeking an attractive environment in this world in which to manifest the Light.
All the confusion and conflict of religious doctrine that is present in the world today can be attributed to one dominant cause -- i.e., for the believer to prepare themselves does not mean that the True Prophet can be found by those who search for him holding firm to the doctrines of men, or the lifestyle and culture of this world -- but rather, one must prepare themselves to make their life so it will be in conformity with the Will of God. Peter warns that those who do not become disciples of the Light, and fail to cleanse themselves from the defilements of this world, the True Prophet remains “inoperative” -- they cannot see him, hear him, or even conceive of his existence, even though he dwells in the spiritual kingdom within each and every one of us. The True Prophet can only be revealed to those who truly desire the knowledge of God, and reject everything else. But what is the knowledge of God? The knowledge of God is Truth and Light, and can be possessed only by those who are prepared to move beyond this world of carnal opinion and dogma.
In chapter 62, Clement then goes on in his quotation of the Apostle's teachings: “And, therefore, since amongst these philosophers are things uncertain, we must come to the true Prophet. Him God the Father wished to be loved by all, and accordingly He has been pleased wholly to extinguish those opinions which have originated with men, and in regard to which there is nothing like certainty - that He the true Prophet might be the more sought after, and that He whom they had obscured should show to men the way of truth. For on this account also God made the world, and by Him the world is filled; whence also He is everywhere near to them who seek Him, though He be sought in the remotest ends of the earth. But if any one seek Him not purely, nor holily, nor faithfully, He is indeed within him, because He is everywhere, and is found within the minds of all men; but, as we have said before, He is dormant to the unbelieving, and is held to be absent from those by whom His existence is not believed”.
The importance of this statement to the people of the simple faith is the very essence of the New Covenant promise! What Clement is stating is that you -- you the reader of this book -- regardless of who you are, or your present station in this life -- has the ability to find the True Prophet and know the Truth -- but, so long as we continue to cling to the doctrines of men, and the philosophy and materialism of this world, the True Prophet will remain dormant as to an unbeliever. A believer in Christ, then, cannot be defined as someone who believes in the manner of their choosing -- in what is culturally correct -- or in the doctrines of their church -- but rather, genuine belief in Christ means that the person believes that if they incorporate the teachings of Christ in their life -- and then live them in word, thought and deed -- that they will begin the process of opening the inner door to the Kingdom and learn directly from the True Prophet.
What we must therefore recognize is the fact that, many who call upon the name of the Lord are in reality unbelievers, because they attempt to call upon the Lord while holding fast to the doctrines of Constantine, Justinian, Darwin, and a whole host of other prophets and servants of the anti-christ. It is in reference to these false teachers and their flocks that the Lord spoke of when he said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (Matt 15:8 NKJ). Why? It is because the doors to the Kingdom are only opened with the desires of the purified heart, and not with the lips. What you say means little -- but what you do and accomplish with your life is of paramount importance in the eyes of the Lord.
If one truly loves the Lord, then they will rid themselves of all falseness, and cling only to the Truth. Whoever is therefore not willing to surrender to the truth, are the unrighteous people that the Apostle speaks about: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Th 2:10-12 KJV).
What the Apostle is here stating is that only those who rid themselves of the baggage of this world, and truly walk in The Way, will perceive the reality of Life -- all others, regardless of how well-meaning they are, regardless of how they praise the Lord with their lips, will be given a “strong delusion”. In our analysis of this great truth it is important for us to comprehend the flaw that the authors of the scriptures saw in the people of the Nations -- i.e., they called upon the name of the Lord, but they lived their lives in accordance with their culture -- and thus, they denied God their actions and deeds.
In recognition of this often repeated biblical fact, we must pose the question: Was the King James Bible written by God, or is this a “strong delusion”? Was Jesus God, in accordance with the doctrines of Constantine, or is this just another “strong delusion”? Does man have a pre-existent soul in the manner of the parable of the prodigal son, or is the present modern-day church doctrine that opposes this biblical teaching a “strong delusion” that is based upon the philosophy of the Emperor Justinian, and his disciple Darwin? Did God abandon His Laws, and permit the Gentile followers of Jesus to be sanctified, even though they often dwell in enmity against the very foundation of spiritual precepts that the Lord spoke, or is this again a “strong delusion”. Is what you believe the Truth, or is it just another “strong delusion”?
It is congenitally inherent in man to defend his position and cling to the idea that he is on the winning side. It is a part of his genetic makeup. Yet, what the Bible clearly warns the reader is to beware of the reality of the prince of darkness -- and to understand that all but a very few will dwell under the “strong delusion” of this world. One of the great seductions that has been continually employed to lead the people of faith astray, has been the idea that one can merely believe, and does not have to live in strict conformity with the precepts of the Word.
If, then, you desire to see clearly, and know the difference between “strong delusion” and the Truth, then the Bible states that there is only one safeguard -- which safeguard is to come to Christ, and Christ alone. The first century disciples of Christ who knew the Lord when he physically walked this earth, uniformly proclaim that you must seek the Truth only from the Hand of God -- as revealed through personal interaction with the True Prophet -- and reject all others. We no longer possess this foundational message because it is Gnostic, and embraces the path of Mysticism -- which in essence is the manifestation of man's Spiritual Nature.
In much the same way as in the first century, we live today in a world of confusion. There are many philosophers and men we consider authorities -- religious and secular -- who preach and teach many things that conflict with the Truth. They teach in schools and educational institutions -- in our vast media -- they speak and preach their doctrines using every modality conceivable -- they open their arms and say: I know the truth -- come and listen, and I will teach you. The great truth which the Bible continually warns you of, is that if you follow the doctrines of these men, you will walk upon the broadway that leads to darkness and despair.
Regardless of what version of the Bible you choose, a very clear alert to all readers is seen in the warning that we dwell in a world of confusion -- i.e., that it is impossible for us to know the truth by virtue of our own very limited carnal wisdom, and we need a much wider scope of vision and understanding in order to comprehend the reality of Life and Creation. What the Bible conveys to all who open its pages for guidance, is that we need Divine guidance and assistance if we are to know what is right and wrong -- and ultimately, the Truth. Let us therefore embrace the wisdom of the Light, take the words of Clement and Peter to heart, and seek this guidance from the only True Source of Knowledge, God's True Prophet. This is the promise of the New Covenant: That whosoever should seek the Lord with a holy and pure life, the True Prophet will be found dwelling within the very spiritual depths of the disciple's own heart and mind. The acquisition of Truth, then, is not a matter of belief and faith in unproven philosophy that sounds good to our carnal ears and understanding -- but rather, the process of overcoming our own disconnection from the Source of all Knowledge that lies within us.
Yeshua/Jesus did not come to promote belief in the Messiah/Christ - neither did he come to promote the worship of Messiah/Christ - Yeshua/Jesus came to teach the people TheWay to become Messiah/Christ, and fulfill the vision of a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation of Anointed (Messiah/Christ) Disciples who are set aside for the service of the Most High God that Yeshua taught was the Father of all of mankind. The path of TheWay could not be walked by many Jews because they were carnal in their perception of the Law (Torah), and could not use the Key of Knowledge to open the inner door to the Kingdom. In like manner, the majority of the Roman and Greek followers who were too Pagan to embrace the teachings of Yeshua, were not interested in a life of genuine change and spiritual transformation, so they made Jesus their God so they didn't have to pick up their own cross and follow in TheWay. Thus, the Church itself betrayed and crucified Messiah/Christ when it immersed itself in the way of the heathen, and worshiped the messenger instead of imitating the pattern and example that Yeshua set as the required standard for all those who called upon the name of the Lord. The Good News is that once you understand and are willing to live in accordance with the Original teachings of the New Covenant, the Promise is that you will Know the Truth for yourself as you are permitted entrance into the Kingdom within you (Lk 17:20-21).
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|The Brother Of Yeshua/Jesus: 2000 years ago I lived as Jacob who many all James, and I was known as the Brother of Yeshua and the first leader of the New Covenant movement of TheWay which is today known as Christianity. I was sent back into the world to restore the teachings of my brother Yeshua to their original spiritual essence, and to guide you in TheWay that is "narrow" so you will be able to open the "strait gate" within you and enter the Kingdom that Yeshua declared must be attained through the second birth.|
|The Ebionite HomePage: If you call yourself a Christian, Jew, Messianic believer, Evyonim, Nazarene or Muslim, then it is imperative that you learn of the Ebionites who are True Spiritual Israel -- They are the Poor Ones to the ways and thinking of this world -- The Ebionites were the Israelites of the Nazirene Vow They are/were the Genuine Disciples of Yeshua/Jesus who are in the world and not of it!|
|The Nazirene HomePage: The original spiritual teachings of Yeshua/Jesus as practiced by the people of The Way who where known historically as the Essenes, Ebionites, and Nazirenes. The teachings of The Way are Spiritual -- and provide a means to open the "strait gate" into the Kingdom while still physically alive in the body/vessel.|
|Divine Manna Of The Kingdom And The Gospel Of Thomas: The 114 sayings of the Gospel of Thomas is the Key to entering the Kingdom Within. To know their meaning, you must first explore and Know Thyself. Thus, the sayings are themselves a catalyst for spiritual transformation. One of the most important statements within the sayings is 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". And the finding of self is the primary objective of all scriptures. And when we add to this the statement from the Gospel of Philip that "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,¹ they will not receive anything (when) they die" -- we can begin to understand that the doctrines of the simple faith that Paul called the "milk" of the Gospel of Christ, is truly elementary and only the beginning of entry-level teachings of TheWay. Which means that one of the primary objectives of Jesus' teachings is to become a Disciple of TheWay, and bring about that condition within one's own body-mind Temple, where one can be with the Lord "in the House", and receive the Mysteries of God from the One Teacher of Light. To accomplish this, you must learn to turn the Key of Knowledge -- i.e., the scriptures -- within yourself. The True Meaning of not only the Gospel of Thomas, but also of all genuine scriptures, can only be revealed to those who gain the experiential knowledge through direct revelation of the One Teacher within. Thus, the 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. Jesus said, Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."|
|The Light Of Yeshua -- The Messianic Nazirene Disciple of TheWay: While many teach that believers are saved by faith, the journey of the disciple of Yeshua is one of absolute dedication to The Way. The disciple who becomes a brother to Yeshua must live as he lived, and become a Nazirene who is consecrated and wholly set apart as they walk the Narrow Way, enter into the Kingdom through the Strait Gate, and learn directly from the L-rd -- the One Rabbi and Teacher of the Mysteries of G-d.|
Divine Strategery: How God Fools Mankind - Keeping Him Ignorant Of The Truth: Strategery has become synonymous with when what is portrayed as simple, simpleminded, or even self-evident, is able to dupe and thwart an opposing force that perceives itself to be either superior, or to suppose they know the answers. Divine Strategery is how God fools all the religious leaders of this world who think they doctrinally know God -- all the would-be teachers and philosophers of this world who think they Know Truth -- all the Atheists and those who criticize and denounce the existence of God by virtue of their limited perception and understanding -- and all the people in this world who think they understand the purpose of life and the world in which we presently dwell. As prodigal sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, if the people in this life knew the answers, then the learning experience of God's SchoolHouse of this world would not effectively evolve us to become true Brothers and Sisters of our Elder Brother Yeshua/Jesus. Therefore, in order to insure that each of us is immersed in the necessary learning experience that this life offers, all people are equally fooled into thinking they know, in order for them to be manipulated into embracing a higher agenda that is beyond their ability to even imagine. Thus, Divine Strategery!!!
The Pre-Existent Soul of Mankind: Jesus taught the reality of the pre-existent soul that evolves to perfection over the course of many lifetimes. The Church adheres to the doctrine and theology of a Circus Prostitute and a Roman Emperor who maintained absolute control over what Christians were permitted to believe! Christians continue to cling to the theology of this Circus Prostitute today - rejecting the teachings of Jesus, while adhering to the doctrines of Pagan Rome. The mass confusion of an uncountable number of sects today, is the direct result of the void which was brought about when this foundational concept was removed from both the Bible, as well as Christian doctrine. The doctrinal quagmire which was brought about with the removal of this foundational teaching, obstructs Christians growth and maturity beyond the entry-level simple faith. Because they adhere to the corrupted doctrines of men, modern Christians can't inherit the Biblical Promise of entering the Kingdom and Life.
|It was said of the Church Father Origen by St. Gregory of Nyssa that he was “the prince of Christian learning in the Third Century” -- and the Encyclopedia Britannica calls him “…the most prominent of all the church fathers”. But how did he become the man that St. Jerome considered to be “the greatest teacher of the Church after the Apostles”? According to the soul who lived as Origen, he had previously lived as the disciple and scribe of Jacob who people call James, who was the Brother of Jesus. And from that life with Jacob, he learned to write scriptures in Hebrew Characters, and he worked on the original source scriptures which has since come to be called the New Testament scriptures of the Bible. On his web site, Emmanuel Pohorecki reveals not only the accounts of the many lifetimes that he has lived, but also his own journey into the presence of his soul-self -- i.e., his true self who is the Being of Light. And once again Emmanuel has demonstrated that you don't need to physically die to communicate with, and enter into the presence of your soul-self who is the Being of Light in the Near Death Experience. And in his soon to be completed article on the Journey of the Soul and Visions from his Higher Self, he will write about what his soul-self has taught him while in the Realm of Souls. Emmanuel provides other important insights in man's higher reality with his account of his life with Fr. Francis, as a Native American, and as one of the Constitutional Founding Fathers of the United States.|
|The Gnostic Way is to manifest the Divine Pattern in the Life of the person in every action, word and desire we express, so as to overcome the divisions that exist in the consciousness of the physical reflections of man. In order to accomplish this we must come to see life from a higher perspective that overcomes the apparent paradoxes of the lower perspectives.|
|The Science of Mechanical Man and TheWay to become a Self-Conscious functioning Man|
|The Long Island Mystic and Nazirene Disciple of TheWay: The Organizational HomePage of The Nazirene -- the Long Island Mystic, Evangelical Minister, and Prophet of TheWay -- who God bestowed upon him the gift of the recall of his previous life as a Disciple and Brother of Messiah/Christ -- and thus has re-entered this world at the present time in order to restore the Spiritual Essence and Teachings of his Master, Yeshua/Jesus. The Kingdom is within! And we must sojourn the narrow path of TheWay, enter the "strait gate" to the Inner Spiritual Temple, while still alive in the physical body. Thus, modern Christians have misunderstood the words of Yeshua -- he never said that we must physically die to enter the Edenic Kingdom of Origination -- but rather, we must die to the culture, mindset and ways of this world in order to enter the Kingdom!|
|Being Of Light: Who are we? What are we? From where have we come? What is our destiny? To the demise of those who read these words, only a handful of people today can answer these all-important crucial questions correctly! The rest dwell under the cloud of unknowing -- and if you think you are the person whose reflection you see in the mirror, then you are a stranger to your true self and have made yourself part of the illusion of this world. With great wisdom Yeshua/Jesus is quoted in The Books of the Savior, also known as Pistis Sophia (Faith-Wisdom): "Do not cease seeking day or night, and do not let yourselves relax until you have found all the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you and make you into Pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of Light."|
|Gospel of the Nazirenes -- Gospel Of Light: What did the Gospels look like before being edited and re-written by the Church of Rome? What were the original beliefs of the first followers of Yeshua? You will be astonished when you read a surviving text of The Gospel of the Nazirenes which was hidden away from the corrupters of the Roman Church. Are you ready for a truly enlightening experience?|
|The Gate Of Eden: Why were the Nazirene/Ebionites vegetarian? Why did they live in accordance with the precepts of the Torah/Law? Why did they live separate and apart from both Jews and Christians? The answer is very simple: The Gate of Eden is within us, and if we fail to enter therein while we are still physically alive in the body, we will have failed in our opportunity to enter into Life. And while it can be countered that we are saved by our belief in Messiah/Christ, faith, or the blood of the lamb, the truth is that if we were truly faithful disciples of TheWay, that we would experience the opening of the inner door and the Kingdom coming within us. The GateOfEden article explores all aspects of the need to pick up one's own cross and follow the narrow path that leads to the inner gate to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination.|
|Epistle Of Light - Epistle Of James To Pope John Paul II: 2000 years ago I lived as Jacob the brother of Jesus known as James. I was sent back to bring about the restoration of the Church, and the within letter to Pope John Paul is important for you to read and forward. The pope has the power to bring peace on earth if he releases certain early Christian documents that are in his possession. Jesus is calling out to you to help make the truth known! Will you hear the call?|