The Corruption of the Bible

That Every Christian Can Prove 

And Begin Spiritual Restoration

Within Themselves

ev 22:14-15
 

There are two ways,

one of life and one of death,

but a great difference between the two ways

 

 

 

The Enigma Of The Children

In being deprived of the knowledge and understanding of the essential original teachings of Yeshua/Jesus on the process of becoming a child who is then able to enter into the Kingdom -- i.e., "And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mat 18: 2-3) -- the faith-based Christian who believes they will go to Glory in the Kingdom when they pass from this life, will have squandered away the opportunity to enter into Life.  And while they will not cease to exist, their end will not in any manner be what they expected.   And if we ask: Why has the modern believer been deprived of the knowledge of this essential teaching?  A teaching which the Gospel proclaims will obstruct and inhibit the believers entrance into the Kingdom -- i.e., "...Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven".  Largely, because of politics and the use of religion by despotic rulers who forced their dogma upon the Church to exert unquestioned control over the masses.   While Spiritual Religion is a path to bring about a direct connection to God, secularized institutionalized quasi-religion is a means to control the people and remain in a position of power.  Moreover, when the motives and even the behavior of the quasi-religious authorities are questioned, counterfeit institutionalized religion responds with the need to have blind-faith and belief.   Luther and Calvin's doctrine of Predestination which was built upon the Augustinian doctrine of Original Sin, was portrayed as sinful to even question from a rational perspective (see Christians Not Permitted To Question God's Actions).    Which means that those ungodly despots who used counterfeit religion to maintain rule over man, could not in any manner be questioned in accord with moral or spiritual standards. 

While the historical record proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the scriptures were corrupted by unscrupulous political authorities and their pseudo-religious leaders (see BibleCorruption.com ) -- resulting in the fact that numerous important spiritual teachings were removed from the scriptures, and/or corrupted in order to make the Gospels support the dogma of Pagan Rome.  When rightly understood, the teaching of Yeshua/Jesus on the children, was one of the essential conceptual truths that is necessary to understand the very purpose and objectives of the Gospel which became totally rejected by the faction within the Gentile Church which portrayed itself as Orthodox -- i.e., a Pharisaic faction that in contradistinction that stood in opposition to those various groups of Christians who rejected secular institutionalization and remained Spiritual.    And while it is true that every Christian today can open their Bibles and prove that crucial verses were removed and altered from their original context, the vast majority of faith-based believers close their eyes to what is clearly seen, and choose instead to remain as ostriches with their heads in the dogmatic sands that have  disenfranchised them from the core spiritual meaning of the Good News and the Gospel Message.

How original is the dogma of the modern Church?  Dead Sea Scroll expert A. Powell Davies wrote: “Biblical scholars 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).  Another scholar expert Prof. John Allegro stated that the Dead Sea Scrolls provide overwhelming evidence that “...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 a recent Christianity Today interview with Brian Mclaren he pointed out that "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." The facts of the matter are that because the leadership within the Church has done everything in their power to suppress and conceal the truth of history from the congregations -- and they are so accustomed to seeing what is left of the scriptures through the filter of their doctrines of belief -- that they have no clue that they have virtually nothing in common with what Jesus actually taught.   Closing their eyes to the conclusion of Prof. Elaine Pagels who wrote in warning: 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” (Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels).   Does it matter?   Does it matter if the modern faith-based Christian puts his faith blindly in the dogma of Roman Emperors?   Or the Original Teachings of Yeshua/Jesus known as TheWay?   And what if the objectives and purpose of the dogmatic Church is in total opposition to the purpose of the original teachings of Yeshua/Jesus?   

Bound By Dogma! What do these biblical scholars and Dead Sea Scroll experts know that the faith-based congregations have ignored?  Very simply, that the Church which was born in the fourth century -- created by the Emperor Constantine -- had so little in common with the original teachings and objectives of the Gospel, that the dogmatic Church which came into existence under pagan Rome must be recognized as a totally different religion.   And therefore, the term BC must be recognized as meaning Before Constantine -- and the term AD indicating those events in the fourth century that would constitute After the Death of the religion of Yeshua/Jesus.     And while the proof is right there in the New Testament itself, like the Pharisees before them, the vast majority of Christians would much rather embrace the non-demanding dogma of Pagan Rome, than to actually embrace the original Gospel teachings of TheWay. 

When the vast differences between the modern Church is understood in contradistinction to the Original Teachings and Objectives of the religion of Jesus, it must be concluded that the modern faith-based Christian has been so spiritually bound by manmade dogma, that he has been rendered spiritually impotent and flat-lined.   In the below article it will be demonstrated that the modern Christian doctrine that is embodied in the words: "You must believe in salvation by grace alone, and that salvation is immediate and eternal upon acceptance of Jesus as a one-time sacrifice for your sins, and not obtained through works, sacraments, traditions or merits of our own", not only has no place within the context of the first-century Gospel teachings, but is openly rejected even in the existing New Testament (see TheLie.org ).  Quoting the statement of Paul with respect to the modern concept of a "...one-time sacrifice for your sins" that acts as a perpetual coverture: "For 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).   And because the fourth century Church threw away the Key of Knowledge,  they have made themselves latter-day Pharisees who as blind guides, lead the faith-based believers in the wrong direction.     And because of the removal of the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus on the children, there is simply no means for them to understand the True Gospel Message.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am here as a Shepherd 

A Guide in TheWay

I was sent to teach you about the real Yeshua

Who many of you call Jesus


And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, 

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, 

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Matt 18:2-3 RSV)


These words and the teaching of Yeshua/Jesus about children were so important to the essence of a spiritual religion where the believer undergoes a spiritual transformation as the Kingdom of Heaven comes within them, that the teachings of Yeshua pertaining to the children were altered, corrupted, and even removed from the scriptures, by the Church of Rome.   The original disciples of Jesus were all of the position that he was a true holy man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) of God -- fulfilling the Royal Law within himself -- which enabled him to become the Living Temple that was At-One with the Indwelling Son of God.   And while this scriptural fact was originally part of the Gospel Message (see TheTenWords.com), it was one of many original teachings that were corrupted in order to make the Gospels support the dogma of the fourth century Church of Roma.  

Is a child a new creation as Christians believe today?  Because the modern believer can no longer answer this question from an original Gospel perspective, the means by which the historical man Jesus became the Anointed Son of God remains incomprehensible to the modern faith-based believer.   As the foremost Bible expert in the pre-Nicene time-frame, the Church Father Origen studied original copies of the scriptures that no longer exist today.   And if the question pertaining to the children were posed to Origen, he would respond with a totally different answer than Christians would answer today.   Thus, this fact can be seen in the words of the Church Father Origen where he wrote that “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis).  And while this may appear foreign to the modern faith-based believer, they would understand this teachings of Jesus if the verses on the children had not bee removed and corrupted from it's original context.   And if we pose the question: Who was Origen?  St. Gregory portrays the Church Father Origen as "the prince of Christian learning" -- while St. Jerome portrays him as "a teacher second only to the Apostles".   And one of the facts that I will demonstrate in the below, is that even the biblical commentary of Origen was corrupted, when he was writing about Jesus' teachings on the children.   Resulting in the fact that the Christian world has been largely disenfranchised from the deeper understanding of the Gospel message and spiritual meaning, because of the wholesale corruption of the scriptures (see BibleCorruption.com) -- and the adoption of manmade doctrines that were forced upon the Church by the Pagan Emperor Constantine -- culminating in the removal of the teachings on the pre-existent soul by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century.  That the journey of the preexistent soul over the course of many lifetimes in this world can easily be proven using both the Bible and the accounts of Church history, is easily demonstrated on the website ChristianReincarnation.org, and in the article entitled The Ten Reasons Why Christians Reject The Doctrine On The Pre-existent Soul.  And among the most important teachings that were either edited or removed from the Gospels, is the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus pertaining to the children.

To begin we must establish that the most pure and spiritual Gospels were never given into the hands of the Gentile converts which came to form the Church of Rome.   Thus, the historian Edward Gibbon writes: "But the secret and authentic history has been recorded in several copies of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, which these sectaries long preserved in the original Hebrew, as the sole evidence of their faith" -- he is speaking about the fact that the original version of Matthew was written in Hebrew characters, rather than the Greek text that our Bibles are translated from today.

Of this Hebrew original of Matthew, St. Jerome wrote to the Bishops Chromatius and Heliodorus: "A difficult work is enjoined, since this translation has been commanded me by your Felicities, which St. Matthew himself, the Apostle and Evangelist, did not wish to be openly written. For if it had not been Secret, he would have added to the evangel that which he gave forth was his; but he made up this book sealed up in the Hebrew characters, which he put forth even in such a way that the book, written in Hebrew letters and by the hand of himself, might be possessed by the men most religious, who also, in the course of time, received it from those who preceded them. But this very book they never gave to any one to be transcribed, and its text they related some one way and some another".

That the most spiritual Gospels were not given into the hands of the Gentiles, and that these Gospels contained Sacred Truths that were not revealed, is further revealed in the writings of Clement, the disciple of Peter, where he speaks of the teachings of James/Jacob, the brother of Yeshua, and writes: "James having thus spoken, the elders were in an agony of terror. Therefore James, perceiving that they were greatly afraid, said: "Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants. If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error. Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others. But if any one, after taking this adjuration, shall act otherwise, he shall with good reason incur eternal punishment. For why should not he who is the cause of the destruction of others not be destroyed himself?" The elders, therefore, being pleased with the sentiments of James exclaimed, "Blessed be He who, as foreseeing all things, has graciously appointed thee as our bishop;" and when they had said this, we all rose up, and prayed to the Father and God of all, to whom be glory for ever. Amen."

Thus, we not only see that the most important Gospels were not given into the hands of the Gentiles, but also that these more sacred writings were being preserved from the corruptions of the texts, and that even as early as the 1st century the teachings of TheWay were being perverted by manmade doctrines and interpretations.  Is this true?   Under the title of Bible in the Church, the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics writes: "In the first two centuries nearly all the various readings of the New Testament came into existence, the majority of them by deliberate alteration of the text, many for the sake of style, and several in the interests of dogma… Often readings were rejected as falsifications of heretics, but often the heretics were right in their counter-complaint… Every province, every order, every monastery, has a tradition of its own…".   If every province, every order, and every monastery in the first two centuries had their own version of the scriptures which supported their favorite doctrines of belief, then we must seriously ask the question as to what has been passed down to us today? Show me the modern Christian who promotes the idea that their beliefs are from God because they are supported by the scriptures, and I will show you believers who have failed to follow the advice of the Apostle and "Test all things".

 

  

 

 

The Importance Of The Children

The Corruption Of Origen's Commentary

Corruption - Tertullian Vs Marcion

Withholding Of The Scriptures And The Mysteries of The Gospel

The Doctrinal Flaw Created By The Removal Of The Teachings On The Children

The Mystery Of The Children

The Missing Gospel Verse

What Did Yeshua/Jesus Teach?

A Portrait Of Justinian And Theodora

The Theology Of Roman Emperors

From A Jewish Perspective

TEMP

 

 

 

The Importance Of The Children

 

Of great importance from a spiritual perspective was the understanding of children that was conveyed by the Lord to the hearer or reader of the Gospel. This understanding, as with numerous other important spiritual truths, was removed from the scriptures by the church of Constantine. In Mt 18:6 and Mk 9:42 we see a key verse that states: "But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea".  In the ninth chapter of Mark a series of important verses that the Church of Constantine did not agree with, and did not want in the scriptures, was removed, and other verses that had nothing to do with the original text were inserted in their place. In fact, in many ancient biblical manuscripts, all or some of these inserted verses are missing.

What remains in our Bibles today should fool no one -- and is so out of character with the surrounding text, that it appears more like the switching of a television station than the revelation of a scriptural message. What we see can in fact be likened to a person with a remote control switching between two channels -- and as they channel serf, they listen to one program, then press the remote and briefly listen to another, and then switch back to the original program.

In verse thirty seven Yeshua states to his disciples: "Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me". Instead of responding within the context of the message, the removal and insertion of verses makes the text appear to be a channel change on a radio or television: Picture Yeshua standing with a child in his arms, teaching His disciples about the "little ones"; and John, totally ignoring what Jesus was saying, changes the subject, and instead replies: "Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us".  Then, as if the channel gets switched back to the original station, the message reverts back to the first script and reads: "And, whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea".

In the case of Luke, the blatant editing and rewriting of the scriptures is even more apparent. There are presently eight chapters separating the initial reference to the children in Luke 9:47-48, with the remaining verses pertaining to the children which now are found in the seventeenth chapter of Luke. Without any discussion whatsoever regarding the children, Luke 17:1-2 reads: "Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones".

What few Christians realize today is that during the second century the gospel of Luke was put though an extensive rewrite in order to obscure certain teachings of Yeshua and create an anti-Jewish environment. Under the heading of Marcion (c.100-160) in the Encyclopedia Britannica we read that he was the "founder of a Christian sect, born in Sinope, Pontus (now Sinop, Turkey), and probably the son of the bishop of that city. He went to Rome about 140", where he was for a time received as orthodox in his beliefs. It is important to realize that Marcion received his anti-Jewish sentiment from his father who was an authority in the Gentile church, and that Marcion himself was viewed as being orthodox by many Christians.

The Britannica then goes on to write that "The Marcionite sect, highly ascetic and celibate, grew rapidly until it was second in strength only to the original church; it had churches and an episcopal hierarchy and practiced the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist… Marcion rejected the Old Testament and almost all of the New Testament… basing his teachings on ten of the Epistles of St. Paul and on an altered version of the Gospel of Luke… Marcionism flourished in the West until about the 4th century…"

What is very important for us to recognize today is the fact that Marcion in some ways was a predecessor of Martin Luther -- in that, both embraced Paul, and rejected the disciples of Yeshua as being too Jewish.  What we also must understand is that the core reason that Marcion was eventually rejected was not because of his doctrine with regard to the acceptance of Paul and the rejection of the disciples of Messiah/Christ, but because of his asceticism and celibacy that could not be universally embraced by the Gentile converts.

The Marcionite Churches, who are said to be "second in strength" to the original church, called themselves Christian, and enlisted under the banner of Christ.  Marcion, the son of a first-second century Christian Bishop, was said to have used an "altered version of the Gospel of Luke" -- and, like Luther, used the Epistles of Paul exclusively.  In the case of the Gospel of Luke, Marcion, as well as Irenaeus and Tertullian who attacked him on doctrinal grounds, each accused the others of altering the scriptures to support their own point of view.

Something we should be genuinely concerned about today is the question regarding which of these two factions of the Gentile church -- factions which were almost equal in strength -- possessed the unaltered version of the scriptures? In our search for doctrinal purity this is an important question for believers today to answer.  In view of the fact that when the Gospel of Luke was originally written, Luke 9:47-48 was connected with what is now Luke 17:1-2, it must be realized that the copy of Luke that we read today has been severely altered from its original context, and is very different than what was used in the first century.  What was removed?  What was inserted?  What was altered?  In answering these important questions, we must be ever cognizant that blind belief in Constantine's corrupted biblical texts does not equate to faith in God!  In fact, the Bible clearly states that blind belief could doom your soul to hell!

Based upon the extensive research of the biblical scholars Wescott and Hort, both the versions that Marcion was using, as well as the versions that Irenaeus and Tertullian were using, could have been equally corrupted, and both sides were correct in their allegations that each was using a corrupt copy of the gospel of Luke.  In like manner, Wescott and Hort has also warned believers that their own Bibles are translated from corrupt manuscripts -- manuscripts wherein the original text of the scripture has been lost, and no longer exists in any of the manuscripts existing today.  See for yourself: You need not be a biblical scholar to realize that Luke 17:1-2 did not begin in the middle of the dissertation about the children, and in its original form it was connected with Luke 9:47-48.

Further proof that Luke 9:47-48 was at one time connected with Luke 17:1-2 is seen in Origen's Commentary on Matthew. In comparing the narratives pertaining to the little ones in Matthew with their corresponding verses in Mark and Luke, Origen writes: "Next we must test accurately the meaning of the word 'necessity' in the passage, 'For there is a necessity that the occasions come,' and to the like effect in Luke, 'It is `inadmissible' but that occasions of stumbling should come,' instead of 'impossible’"

In comparing the verses, Origen clearly speaks of the parallel between Matthew, Mark and Luke, and those in Luke 9:47-48 as being connected with those at Luke 17:1-2. We can then conclude that in the scriptures that Origen used, these verses were not separated by eight chapters as they are in our scriptures today. Modern Christians, therefore, have no other choice than to admit there can be no explanation other than the Bibles which we use today have been severely revised by the Church of Constantine, and all copies of the scriptures that did not conform to Constantine's Bible -- such as those used by early church authorities such as Origen -- were subsequently destroyed.

In view of these facts, Christians today have no other choice than to ask the question: Did God protect the scriptures from being altered and corrupted by the forces of darkness, or did God insure that sufficient evidence remained to point the truly faithful believer towards the place in spirit where the Genuine Scriptures are beyond the reach of the Prince of Darkness? In answering this crucial and all-important question, I believe the facts regarding the corruption of the scriptures are there for you to see -- and our very own Bibles have been used to demonstrate the corruption of the biblical text. If you choose, then, to ignore all the extra-biblical proofs that I have provided, you cannot close your eyes to the truth, because every Bible you pick up today contains the same mark of corruption in the Gospel of Luke. Moreover, any reasonable person would immediately question the authenticity of these scriptures that were handed down to the present flock of believers by a very corrupt Pagan Roman Church.  Knowing this to be a fact, only those who either want to be deceived, or are totally under the power of discarnate spirits what what Paul portrayed as the god of this world, will continue to maintain that our Bibles today have not been corrupted.

If you truly believe that the Bible is the word of God, then it is the word of God that is attempting to reach out to you this very day and open your mind to the reality of the situation. The very Bibles you hold in your hand are speaking out to you and saying: "The hands of ruthless and evil men of the past has corrupted my message from the pure meaning of the Word".  Heed the words of the Lord, and seek a genuine knowledge -- a knowledge that can only be received directly from the True Prophet.  

What is also important for the modern believer to acknowledge is that this flagrant corruption of the Word is demonstrated in a teaching that the Lord warned is absolutely necessary for each of us to become -- i.e., a little one -- one of his genuine followers, in order to enter the Kingdom of heaven. From the perspective of the revelation of the Word and the absolute necessity of being in the world and not of it, what has been demonstrated is that this all-important teaching about the little ones, and the many other such corruptions, are all a part of the tares that the devil has sown among the Word of God. This warning is presented in the scriptures in the words of the Lord when he said: "But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away" (Matt 13:25 NAS). What, then, should the modern believer do? This also is found in the scriptures where the Lord said: "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matt 13:30 NAS).

So long as we remain in denial, we continue to provide Satan with the ability to maintain control over our lives. Being faithful to the Lord does not mean that we should blindly believe the opinions expressed by other men -- especially when those men are evil. While it is true that there is no amount of evidence that will alter the position of many who believe that the Bible, as it exists today, is the pure word of God. Being a Christian, though, means that if we truly desire to know the Truth of the matter, we have it within our ability to transcend the error of this world, and learn the Truth directly from the True Prophet that is spoken of by both Peter and Paul.

In order to even begin to gather up the tares that Yeshua warned us about, it is necessary that we acknowledge their presence. So long as we naively sit back in denial, and refuse to admit what every unbiased biblical scholar has warned us about, we are permitting ourselves to be seduced by Satan, and we are willingly eating of the forbidden fruit that will cause our own demise.

God has neither abandoned us, and neither does He require His faithful flock to blindly believe other men! As the people of the promise of the New Covenant, the Lord does not expect you to believe either me, the clergy of your church or synagogue, or anyone else -- God only expects you to "prove all things" (1 Thes 5:21 KJV).  Faith and belief in the Lord, means that you believe that you are able to embrace all truths with respect to the Gospel, because God gives you this ability at any time you truly begin to investigate and seek Him out. From a biblical perspective, the thing you should fear is to ignore what the Lord has plainly set before you -- i.e., seeing the tares that the evil one has planted -- failing to investigate the truth of the matter -- and permitting one's mind to remain under the control of the ruler of this world.

In view of the blatant corruption of the Gospel of Luke with regard to the message of the little children, it can then be accurately asserted that if you are listening to the advice or the preaching of someone who attempts to tell you that the scriptures have not been corrupted by the work of the devil, and you accept their word that this is the way it was originally written, and disregard the evidence, then you are only asking to be deceived and lied to. In like manner, if you are following a religious authority that attempts to portray the clear corruption of the scriptures as having no effect on your salvation, then you are again only asking to be deceived and lied to. The scriptures were corrupted in order to support the creation of an institutionalized church -- and it is the church of this world that remains as an obstacle to the believer today.

Moreover, if you are a Christian, there is a whole other dimension to the problem: In ignoring the evidence of what the Lord himself has placed in your hands, what will be your excuse for not investigating the matter? How will you defend yourself when the time comes that you stand before the Judgment Seat of God, and must give an accounting of what you accomplished in this life? In view of the fact that The Way to the Truth and the Light is still very clearly defined even in our present-day Bibles, if you fail to pick up your cross and follow, what will be your excuse?

The truth is that Christians have no excuse -- the corruption of both the church and the written word has been well predicted in the Bible itself. What the scriptures very clearly warn us about is that these tares in the field where the Word has been planted are the work of the evil one. They have been put there to entrap us, and keep us in subjection to the devil. The initial problem is that only when we begin to acknowledge that the tares exist, can the Lord direct us beyond these entrapments that have been put there to ensnare us. If we are workers in the Lord's harvest, then faith means that we believe the Lord will guide us into what is right. If we allow him, the Lord will show us what are the tares, and what is the wheat that we are to gather and store in the Lord's barns. The problem is that the Lord cannot teach us, so long as we remain in denial, and continue to ignore the very examples of the devil's work that plainly exists for us to see. If, then, we continue to choose to ignore the Lord, it is not only an almost worthless endeavor that we call ourselves Christians, but it is a sinful violation of the Ten Commandments with respect to calling on the name of the Lord in vain.

 

 

  The Corruption Of Origen's Commentary: Do we need more proof? Further evidence that has been preserved for us in our evaluation of the passages of scripture pertaining to the little ones is seen in the fact that, in his commentary, Origen makes no mention of the inserted verses: "Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us". Why wouldn’t Origen comment on the placement of these verses? In view of the facts, it is a no brainer to conclude that this separate and alien teaching does not belong in the middle of the Lord's discourse pertaining to children. If these verses were present in the scriptures that Origen used in the second and third century, then he would have noted them when he compared the differences between Matthew, Mark and Luke in his commentary on Matthew, which we still have today.

Going still one step further: As with all writings pertinent to the Christian religion, even the copy of Origen's Commentary of Matthew has verses removed, as can be seen in the following:

And next to that He says, that "He," - Jesus to-wit - "took a little child, and set him in the midst of His own disciples, and taking him in His arms, He said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of the little children in My name receiveth Me." But what was the little child which Jesus took and placed in His arms, according to the deeper meaning in the passage?

it the Holy Spirit? And to this little child, indeed, some were likened, of whom He said, "Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in My name receiveth Me." According to Luke, however, the reasoning did not arise spontaneously in the disciples, but was suggested to them by the question, "which of them should be greatest."

Origen did not end one sentence with a question mark, and then write "it the Holy Spirit?" In the same exact place where Origen poses the question pertaining to the "deeper meaning in the passage", is the insertion in our Bibles of the alien verses beginning with "Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name". Thus, in the same way that the Church of Constantine did not what you to see the verses that were originally written in the scriptures with respect to the little ones, neither did they want you to see what Origen wrote about these verses that were removed from our scriptures, as well as what Origen called the "deeper meaning in the passage". What can be clearly seen is that whatever was at one time was contained in Origen's commentary between the words: "the deeper meaning in the passage?" and "it the Holy Spirit?", has been edited out of the text by the censors of the Roman Church.

In view of the fact that we can easily demonstrate the corruption of the written word of the biblical text, it is also simple to understand why Origen and the first disciples and followers of Yeshua believed differently than most Christians do today. When the Church of Constantine edited our scriptures, they removed those verses that contained the teachings which were most offensive to their very Pagan doctrines of belief. With these verses removed -- not only from our Bibles, but also from the writings of the earliest of church authorities such as the Church Father Origen -- is it little wonder that we believe differently than did the Christians who possessed a more pure copy of the scriptures?

Throughout my web sites I demonstrate that Origen and many other early Church Fathers wrote openly about the Christian teaching on reincarnation. I have already demonstrated that the scriptures which Origen used in the second and third centuries were very different than ours are today -- more pure -- and since we do not at present have the means to look into Origen's Bible, we are unable to know with certainty whether or not the scriptures that Origen used contained additional teachings such as the need to live in accordance with the Royal Law of God -- or verses that supported the belief in reincarnation and the pre-existence of the soul. We can say with certainty, though, that Origen -- a man who was known to many as the greatest Bible scholar in the history of the church -- saw many great truths in his copy of the scriptures that we fail to realize today.

It is a fact that the Christianity of the Church Father Origen was so different than what is commonly believed today, that the biblical scholar Wescott wrote: "We have not yet made good the positions which he marked out as belonging to the domain of Christian philosophy" (Wessott: Religious Thought In The West; p.252).   In view of the fact that Origen was one of the most competent and respected biblical authorities in the history of the church, and he could prove every tenet of his theological positions by using the scriptures, the modern Christian should be greatly concerned with respect to why his (Origen’s) Bible was different than ours is today. This fact should alarm Christians who know that, without any doubt, the Bibles we use at present are very different than those used by all the Church Fathers prior to the fourth century.

  Corruption - Tertullian Vs Marcion: One of the things that we can say with certainty, though, is that the Bibles that Church Fathers such as Tertullian used were the forerunner of our own corrupt copy of the scriptures. In fact, Tertullian, who places the verses pertaining to the millstone in the seventeenth chapter of Luke, like our scriptures today, does not even know that these misplaced verses belong to the little child, and references Jesus words as speaking instead of his disciples. This is seen in his writings pertaining to Luke: "Then, turning to His disciples, He says: 'Woe unto him through whom offenses come! It were better for him if he had not been born, or if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones,' that is, one of His disciples".

In the above we see that the Bible Tertullian used was altered in the same manner as ours is today, and both Tertullian's and our's are far more corrupt than was the bible that Origen used. That Tertullian accused Marcion, and Marcion accused Tertullian of possessing corrupt copies of the scriptures is seen in the words of Tertullian when he wrote: "We must follow, then, the clue of our discussion, meeting every effort of our opponents with reciprocal vigor. I say that my Gospel is the true one; Marcion, that his is. I affirm that Marcion's Gospel is adulterated; Marcion, that mine is".

Regarding Tertullian's assertion pertaining to the corruption of Marcion's scriptures he writes: "I will therefore advise his followers, that they either change these Gospels, however late to do so, into a conformity with their own, whereby they may seem to be in agreement with the apostolic writings (for they are daily retouching their work, as daily they are convicted by us)… or again subverts it by shameless tampering. Such are the summary arguments which we use, when we take up arms against heretics for the faith of the gospel, maintaining both that order of periods, which rules that a late date is the mark of forgers, and that authority of churches which lends support to the tradition of the apostles; because truth must needs precede the forgery, and proceed straight from those by whom it has been handed on".

Demonstrating that the statement regarding the millstone in Origen's Bible was in its original position connected with the teaching on the children in chapter 9:47-48, rather than 17:1-2, as is the case with ours and Tertullian's scriptures, it is now shown that Tertullian's scriptures were just as corrupt and deformed as is ours today. Further, we can also establish that Tertullian's scriptures contained verses that ours do not.

Tertullian quotes the passage found at Matthew 5:17, which reads: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill" as being contained in his version of Luke. This verse in Tertullian's scriptures preceded what remains in our Bibles at Luke 16:17, which reads: "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail". Tertullian also quotes the verse at Matthew 15:24, which reads: "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel", as also contained in his copy of Luke.

In addition to all the many corruptions that each side accused the other of making, in the course of removing the offending teaching about the children that was unacceptable to at least one school of thought in the Gentile church, these verses in our Bibles are now separated by eighteen chapters. Perhaps, though, what is even more important than the corruption of the text is the question with regard to the dissertation pertaining to the "little ones" and the entrance into the kingdom of heaven! Why was Yeshua censored? Why were these verses removed from Origen's Commentary on Matthew? What sacred truth did Yeshua teach that those who wished to rewrite Christian doctrine in accordance with their own beliefs didn't want their perspective followers to know? Since present day Christians have inherited these profaned scriptures, the offending teachings of Yeshua are missing from our Bibles also.

 

 

Withholding of Scriptures 

and

The Mysteries of God

 

Now that we have seen that the most spiritual of Gospels was withheld from the Gentile converts, and we have demonstrated that the Gentile converts and later Roman Church altered the scriptures to make them affirm their (Pagan) doctrines of belief, lets revisit the words attributed to Peter and James/Jacob as found in the Clementine writings:  "Therefore James, having read the epistle, sent for the elders; and having read it to them, said: Our Peter has strictly and becomingly charged us concerning the establishing of the truth, that we should not communicate the books of his preachings, which have been sent to us, to any one at random, but to one who is good and religious, and who wishes to teach, and who is circumcised, and faithful. And these are not all to be committed to him at once; that, if he be found injudicious in the first, the others may not be entrusted to him.  Wherefore let him be proved not less than six years. And then according to the initiation of Moses, he that is to deliver the books should bring him to a river or a fountain, which is living water, where the regeneration of the righteous takes place, and should make him, not swear — for that is not lawful — but to stand by the water and adjure, as we ourselves, when we were re-generated, were made to do for the sake of not stoning. And let him say: ‘I take to witness heaven, earth, water, in which all things are comprehended, and in addition to all these, that, air also which pervades all things, and without which I cannot breathe, that I shall always be obedient to him who gives me the books of the preachings; and those same books which he may give me, I shall not communicate to any one in any way, either by writing them, or giving them in writing, or giving them to a writer, either myself or by another, or through any other initiation, or trick, or method, or by keeping them carelessly, or placing them before any one, or granting him permission to see them, or in any way or manner whatsoever communicating them to another; unless I shall ascertain one to be worthy, as I myself have been judged, or even more so, and that after a probation of not less than six years; but to one who is religious and good, chosen to teach, as I have received them, so I will commit them, doing these things also according to the will of my bishop."

Having said these things, James/Jacob then said: "James having thus spoken, the elders were in an agony of terror. Therefore James, perceiving that they were greatly afraid, said: Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants. If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error.  Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others. But if any one, after taking this adjuration, shall act otherwise, he shall with good reason incur eternal punishment. For why should not he who is the cause of the destruction of others not be destroyed himself? The elders, therefore, being pleased with the sentiments of James exclaimed, Blessed be He who, as foreseeing all things, has graciously appointed thee as our bishop; and when they had said this, we all rose up, and prayed to the Father and God of all, to whom be glory for ever. Amen."

Only the most naive and misinformed believer today would fail to understand that Yeshua was well aware of future events, and he knew full well of the wholesale corruption of the Word that would take place once the Gospel message was placed in the hands of the Gentiles. "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matt 10:5-6 NIV), Yeshua commanded his disciples. That the Gentile Church made an alliance with Pagan Rome, demonstrates conclusively that they placed political power, and the things of this world, above the purity of the Word.   Thus, the disciples of Yeshua were merely following out his commandment not to give the most sacred scriptures into the hands of the Gentiles ("Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces" [Matt 7:6 NIV]) who have not sufficiently consecrated themselves in order to comprehend the Higher Mysteries of God, and would corrupt the scriptures to make them support their manmade (Pagan) doctrines of belief.

 

 

 

The Doctrinal Flaw Created 

By A Lack Of Understanding Of The

Mystery Of The Children

 

As Christians we must ask what is the significance of children?   In the message of the scriptures the Lord pays particular attention and importance to the “little ones” -- being warned that if we do not “turn about”, and become as little children, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.   How can we fulfill the vision of Yeshua respecting the requirement to turn about and become as a little child, unless we can understand the meaning that Yeshua placed upon this condition which he said was absolutely necessary for our salvation.

In view of the fact that I previously demonstrated in a preceding chapter that a whole section of scripture was removed from our Bibles because the Church of Constantine did not agree with the vision of Jesus with regard to the little children, we must question as to what importance from a spiritual perspective was the understanding of children that was conveyed by the Lord to the hearer or reader of the Gospel?   More importantly, while men such as Martin Luther were sincere in their effort to save the teachings of Yeshua from the clutches of the Paganism and vileness of the Middle Age Church of Rome, it also remains true that because they depended upon corrupt scriptures the Fathers of the Reformation were deprived of this most important teaching of Yeshua when they broke away from Rome, created the present-day doctrinal foundation that man is saved by faith alone, and re-established the course of the Christian Church in a totally new direction.

If Jesus warned us that we cannot gain entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven -- and yet, his teaching on this all-important subject was kept from us when the Bible was edited in order to support the religion of Constantine -- a very important question for the modern believer to answer is this: How can be sure that we have fulfilled this requirement today?   Actually, modern Christian doctrine which was born out of the Protestant Reformation totally negates this all-important teaching of Yeshua.   If we are saved by faith apart from what we do with respect to our actions, then why did Yeshua teach that we must become as a little child to enter the Kingdom?  Because the Gentiles did not understand the doctrine of faith which was preached by Paul, and then altered the scriptures to support their (Pagan) doctrines and heathen lifestyle, they negated the very foundation and essence of Yeshua's teachings -- as seen in the quotation from a popular Christian web site: "You must believe in salvation by grace alone, and that salvation is immediate and eternal upon acceptance of Jesus as a one-time sacrifice for your sins, and not obtained through works, sacraments, traditions or merits of our own" (see http://www.christiansunite.com/terms.shtml).   Ultimately, regardless of the fact that good and sincere people believe this, the error of this doctrine was refuted in the Epistle of James in the words: "But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:20 NKJ).   Why?   Because in order to be a disciple of Yeshua and TheWay, one must live in the manner that was prescribed by the Lord.

The defectiveness of the present-day doctrinal foundation of the Church as presented in the above quotation is easily demonstrated:   Can there be a Christian porn site?   Can a Christian own and run an abortion clinic?   If it is true that we are all sinners, and we are thus saved by faith regardless of works, then the homosexuals may very well be correct in their assertion that they are saved regardless of their homosexuality.  If it is true that all believers are sinners who are saved by the blood of Christ -- and "...salvation is immediate and eternal upon acceptance of Jesus as a one-time sacrifice for your sins" -- and Yeshua is all-inclusive in his love for those who have called upon his name, then isn't it the conservative Christian who judges and condemns the homosexual and believer who lives an immoral lifestyle, the one who is actually the greater sinner?   

From a doctrinal perspective, the solution to the dilemma is not easily resolved.   If Martin Luther could see the wholesale immorality and lack of standards that would envelop the church as a result of his umbrella doctrine that man is saved by faith irrespective of the manner in which purported believers live their lives, he would himself rise up and call for a new Reformation!   

The problem is that because the modern Church is built upon manmade doctrines and a counterfeit perception of both the scriptures and life itself, the modern clergy and religious leaders can't do anything about the immorality that plagues the modern church.  When they even momentarily attempt to step out from under the umbrella doctrine of faith and salvation by grace, they are immediately confronted with the deluge of flawed doctrine that they have no means to deal with.  Thus, it is the very core teaching that man is saved by faith irrespective of what they accomplish in their lives, that permits the Prince of Darkness to rule the hearts of many who call themselves Christians and people of faith. 

How can I make such a statement?   The moment we poke our heads out from under Luther's doctrinal umbrella, and begin to say that regardless of faith, we are accountable to a certain standard of works, we literally open Pandora's Box with respect to what is required to be saved and inherit eternal life.   If all people are sinners -- and all people must be saved by the blood of Christ -- then why are homosexual sinners often held to a different standard than heterosexual sinners?   If all are forgiven by the blood of Christ, then the liberal believer must be correct in his assertion that regardless of each individual flavor and variety of sin, all who call upon the name of the Lord are saved!   

Once we attempt to place qualifiers and restrictions on the believers forgiveness through Grace, then from a doctrinal perspective we enter dangerous territory, and we can no longer be sure of anything.   In view of the fact that man is a congenital sinner who cannot save himself -- and thus he must come to Jesus -- if works are required and man can in fact work out his own salvation, then the whole structure of modern Christian thought becomes undermined.   Further, whose concept of what is required with respect to works is correct -- i.e., the Fundamentalist who condemns drinking, dancing, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, their perception of immorality, as well as almost every other enjoyment of life, or the liberal who in the name of Christ ordains homosexuals as Bishops of the Church, and often has no moral compass, and is thus not guided by any set standard of ethics and principles except that they are saved by virtue of their belief in Jesus regardless what they do?    

Whose interpretation of the Bible is correct?   While as Christians we can argue and contend among one another until we have taken our very last breath, it can also be argued that the conflict among present-day believers is in fact superficial -- and from a spiritual perspective, the position of the right wing extremist is no different than the more liberal believers they condemn.   How can I make such a statement?   The answer is simple once it is realized that in the same way that the liberal Christians claim that works are not more important than faith, the more conservative Christians profess a parallel position with respect to the meaning of faith and works from a modern-day perspective, in relation to the meaning of faith and works from the perspective of the original people of the New Covenant.   

While the Fundamentalist Christian claims to live in accordance with the Bible, we must pose the question: Whose interpretation of the scriptures do they adhere to?   If their interpretation of the Bible is not the same as it's authors -- and if their perception of Jesus has been colored and tainted by manmade doctrines and altered scriptures -- then how can the modern Fundamentalist be viewed any differently than the Fundamentalist Pharisees who Jesus condemned?   While the modern Fundamentalist can perhaps philosophically distance himself from the Pharisee by virtue of the fact that they profess to believe in the Son of God, that more is required is easily seen in the words of Jesus where he warned: "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 NKJ).   

From a purely spiritual point of view, both the present-day liberal believer as well as their conservative brother and sister, are actually in the same boat -- i.e., both not only ardently cling to the manmade doctrines and the philosophy of their beliefs, but each are equally gambling with their own salvation by virtue of the fact that each awaits the event of their physical death as the means to prove their dogmatic position.  Where the liberal Christians proclaim that the love of Jesus has no bounds, and all are saved by grace and the blood of the lamb irrespective of the manner in which the people live, the conservative Christian is literally betting their lives on their fundamental interpretation of the Bible and strict adherence to the elementary teachings of Christ and the gospel of the simple faith.   

 

The Mystery Of The Children

The verse that was removed by the later Roman Church was very similar in structure to that of the eunuch in Matthew -- and in fact represents the original meaning before being moved to its present location.   First and primary is the reality that only a prodigal son who has turned about in his travels along the broad-way of self-destruction into the far country, and has begun the return journey in TheWay back Home to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination, can be a true spiritual child of God who was dead and has again come alive.    That the journey of the prodigal son took place over the course of many lifetimes as we are presently living, is easily demonstrated to be an original teaching of Yeshua and his Disciples of TheWay (see The Unanswerable Question ).  Thus the words:

  

 

For there are some children, which were so born from their mother's womb

And there are some who God returned, and were made the children of men

 And there be children, who have made themselves children

for the kingdom of heaven's sake.

 

 

The modern believer can never get a correct perception of either the purpose of the Gospel or the essence of the teachings of Yeshua, until they first restore the teachings of the children and why Yeshua warned: "And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:2-3 RSV).   Why?  Because as Christians who have been imbued with the doctrines of Constantine and Luther, we have a totally different perception of a child than was originally taught by Yeshua!   What is a child?   We would say that it is a new soul that was created by God -- but is it?   The Bible itself states to us in Eccl 1:9-11 that “there is no new thing under the sun” -- and then asks the question: “Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See this is new”.   Let us attempt to doctrinally refute the wisdom of the Bible using Church logic, and use the example of a new-born baby as something that is new.   Surely this baby is new -- i.e., it has never had an existence prior to being born.   Yet, the scripture confutes us, and teaches that “It hath been already of old time, which was before us”.   So that we might be sure that the scriptures are speaking about a new born baby, it then goes on to clarify the statement by adding: “There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after”.   Based upon these words is can be said that, from a biblical perspective, even though a baby (or person) will not remember its past: “It hath been already of old time”.   

One of the primary truths which the very first followers of Yeshua professed, was that each of us is the Child of God -- not philosophically, as we believe today -- but rather, in the very genuine sense -- and this was founded upon the realization that our soul, which is the inner being that we truly are, is as much the direct offspring of God, as in the case of our bodies that are drawn from the genetics and vital substances of our physical parents.   What this means is that, from the perspective of modern science, if we performed a DNA test on our soul and spiritual natures, what we would find is that it is not born of earthly matter -- but rather, it is the direct emanation from God -- our soul and spirit's true Parent/Source of Being.  

Great emphasis was placed on the two natures of man by the first Christians.   At Genesis 2:7, the Wycliffe Commentary writes: “Man's body was fashioned from the dust of the ground, while his spirit came from the very ‘breath’ of God. He is literally a creature of two worlds; both earth and heaven can claim him”.  More importantly, though, is for us to clarify our understanding of when the soul came into existence.   Thus, the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary notes the belief of both the Jews and early Church: “The... views of Origen and other Fathers, and the... Talmudists, that all souls had been created ‘in the beginning,’ and were lodged by God in a certain place, whence each one was taken out to inhabit the respective bodies of individuals”.   What we have demonstrated here is that the first followers of Yeshua firmly believed the soul pre-existed the body, and that our present physical forms are mere vessels which we inhabit during our sojourn in this life.  

 

 

 

What Did Yeshua Teach?

 

An interesting observation is made by Nemesius, the fourth century Bishop of Emesa, who writes: “Moses does not say that the soul was created at that moment at which it was put into the body, nor would it be reasonable to suppose it... that the soul is not thus mortal and that man's destiny is not bounded by his present life...”.    While these concepts may appear alien to us initially, we must pose the question: How can we, a people who the Bible warns are too carnal to understand the Mysteries of God, say with any degree of certainty when the soul of man was created?   We can't!   There is nothing in the scriptures which states the soul was created at either the time of conception or birth -- and yet there is overwhelming biblical evidence that conveys to us that the soul pre-existed the body.   And when we seek to know which doctrine is true, we are left with the reality that this is one of the many mysteries of life that we must learn directly from the Lord, rather than adhere to the doctrines of such men as the Roman Emperor Justinian.

An interesting article on the soul is found in the Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary where it reads: "This idea is also present in the Old Testament. For example, the soul of a dying person departed at death (Gen. 35:18). The prophet Elijah brought a child back to life by stretching himself upon the child three times and praying that God would let the child's soul come back into him (1 Kin. 17:19-23)".   This concept is similar to that expressed in the Wisdom of Solomon 8:19-20, where it reads: “Now I was a child good by nature, and… being good, I came into a body undefiled.”  

What this means is that, from a biblical perspective we can see that while the soul is separate from the physical body, there is absolutely nothing in the scriptures that teaches us when the soul was created.   On what basis the Roman Emperor Justinian deemed that the soul did not exist prior to the body -- and upon what authority other then for purely political reasons, Justinian condemned Origen and the many Church Fathers who wrote extensively on the pre-existence of the soul -- and upon what basis the church continues to claim that Justinian was correct, while the most prominent of Jewish and early Christian religious authorities were all in error -- remains an obstacle that must be dealt with by every sincere believer today!   Why?   What we fail to realize is the fact that we can never move beyond the "milk" of the gospel and the simple faith, and draw nearer to God, until we learn and comprehend the relationship of ourselves to our pre-existent soul and spiritual natures.   Moreover, while we can listen and cling to the speculation of other man until the day we die, we can only learn the Truth by moving beyond the limitations of this world, and coming into the Presence of the Son of God.

  A Portrait Of Justinian And Theodora: The problem is that it is impossible for us to understand the true depth of the scriptures, until we first become aware of our own depth with respect to our pre-existent soul and spiritual natures.   That there exists a great void in our perception of the Gospel today, can be attributed to another very important historical element that is missing from the understanding of the modern believer -- which element is the knowledge of the events that transpired in the year 553 A.D. when the Emperor Justinian condemned the Church Father Origen -- a man who lived in the second to third century, and was truly a saint and enlightened soul.    

Justinian’s wife, Theodora, who was a Monophysite -- or one who does not believe that Jesus possessed a human nature -- viewed the teaching of the church that man has a pre-existent soul as heresy.   Fundamentally she opposed the doctrines of the original Messianic followers of Jesus who claimed that he was a man who had evolved to a state of perfection, and thus became the Son of God by virtue of his Holiness.   Moreover, Theodora rejected the Gentile Christian belief which is prevalent today -- i.e., that Jesus was the pre-existent Son of God who was born into a human body to redeem the sins of mankind.   As a Monophysite, Theodora believed that Jesus was God, and he never possessed a human form or nature whatsoever.

 

Summary Of Encyclopedia Britannic Article

Who Was Justinian?

The Encyclopedia Britannica article portrays Justinian as a shallow-minded opportunist who used the Church which was totally under his control, as a means to control the people through the doctrine of "one life then heaven or hell" dogma.  And in contradistinction, while Justinian is portrayed as soft and indecisive, his wife the empress Theodora, was an indomitable freight train of decisiveness and strength.  It should be clearly understood that she was not merely his consort but was empress regnant which means she had the legal right to interfere and run the empire.  Officials took an oath to her as well as to Justinian.  In the great Nika insurrection of 532, her courage alone saved her husband from being overthrown.

According to Procopius the historian, Theodora was the daughter of a bear feeder of the amphitheater at Constantinople, and she began working as an actress (regarded as an extremely low vocation) while still a child. Later she became a well-known courtesan and eventually met Justinian in Constantinople. Justinian's aunt, who was the empress at the time, forbade the marriage, but upon her death Justinian repealed a law which prohibited senators from marrying women of the stage.  In 527, at the death of Justinian's uncle the emperor Justin, Justinian and Theodora became rulers of the Roman Empire. He was forty-four and she was twenty-four.

According to Procopius as written in the Encyclopedia Britannica, "She surrounded herself with ceremonious pomp, and required all who approached to abase themselves in a manner new even to that half-Oriental court. She constituted herself the protectress of faithless wives against outraged husbands, yet professed great zeal for the moral reformation of the city, enforcing severely the laws against vice, and confining five hundred courtesans, whom she had swept out of the streets of the capital, in a "house of repentance" on the Asiatic side of the Bosphous strait. Procopius portrays her as acting with the greatest cruelties. The Encyclopedia Britannica goes on to state that we are able to gather from other writers that Theodora was indeed extremely harsh and tyrannical.

The following is an excerpt from the Anecdota by Procopius describing Justinian.

I think this is as good a time as any to describe the personal appearance of the man. Now in physique he was neither tall nor short, but of average height; not thin, but moderately plump; his face was round, and not bad looking, for he had good color, even when he fasted for two days. To make a long description short, he much resembled Domitian, Vespasian's son....

Now such was Justinian in appearance; but his character was something I could not fully describe. For he was at once villainous and amenable; as people say colloquially, a moron. He was never truthful with anyone, but always guileful in what he said and did, yet easily hoodwinked by any who wanted to deceive him. His nature was an unnatural mixture of folly and wickedness. What in olden times a peripatetic philosopher said was also true of him, that opposite qualities combine in a man as in the mixing of colors. I will try to portray him, however, insofar as I can fathom his complexity.

This Emperor, then, was deceitful, devious, false, hypocritical, two-faced, cruel, skilled in dissembling his thought, never moved to tears by either joy or pain, though he could summon them artfully at will when the occasion demanded, a liar always, not only offhand, but in writing, and when he swore sacred oaths to his subjects in their very hearing. Then he would immediately break his agreements and pledges, like the vilest of slaves, whom indeed only the fear of torture drives to confess their perjury. A faithless friend, he was a treacherous enemy, insane for murder and plunder, quarrelsome and revolutionary, easily led to anything, but never willing to listen to good counsel, quick to plan mischief and carry it out, but finding even the hearing of anything good distasteful to his ears.

How could anyone put Justinian's ways into words? These and many even worse vices were disclosed in him as in no other mortal: nature seemed to have taken the wickedness of all other men combined and planted it in this man's soul. And besides this, he was too prone to listen to accusations; and too quick to punish. For he decided such cases without full examination, naming the punishment when he had heard only the accuser's side of the matter. Without hesitation he wrote decrees for the plundering of countries, sacking of cities, and slavery of whole nations, for no cause whatever. So that if one wished to take all the calamities which had befallen the Romans before this time and weigh them against his crimes, I think it would be found that more men had been murdered by this single man than in all previous history.

He had no scruples about appropriating other people's property, and did not even think any excuse necessary, legal or illegal, for confiscating what did not belong to him. And when it was his, he was more than ready to squander it in insane display, or give it as an unnecessary bribe to the barbarians. In short, he neither held on to any money himself nor let anyone else keep any: as if his reason were not avarice, but jealousy of those who had riches. Driving all wealth from the country of the Romans in this manner, he became the cause of universal poverty.

Now this was the character of Justinian, so far as I can portray it.

Translated by Richard Atwater, in Procopius, Secret History, (Chicago: P. Covicii; New York: Covicii Friedal, 1927), reprinted by University of Michigan Press, 1961

The historian Procopius, who wrote the above narrative, was appointed secretary to General Belisarius in 527 C.E. The General was Justinian's right-hand man and personal confidant. Procopius also wrote the well known Histories in eight books, the Buildings of Justinian in six books and the Anecdota. For obvious reasons, the Anecdota was not published until after the death of Procopius. As a historian and chronicler of Justinian and his court, he was constrained to write only positive accounts while everyone concerned was still alive. Secretly he wrote the Anecdota to expose the utter immorality and disregard for decency expressed in the lives of Justinian and Theodora. The Encyclopedia Britannica says:

Owing to the ferocity and brutality of the attacks upon Justinian, the authenticity of the Anecdota has been called in question, but the claims of Procopius to the authorship are now generally recognized.

In other words, the Anecdota reflected so badly on Justinian and Theodora that it was difficult to believe it could be true. It is not the intent of this book to serve as an indictment of these two souls - may they find peace and love wherever they are. The information about Justinian and Theodora and the demise of Origen is printed here as an aid to understanding that the fortunes of the Holy Scriptures and Christian doctrine in general have not always been in the hands of God's servants. The removal of the doctrine of reincarnation may not have been God's doing. God may have originated or inspired the scriptures that we have now accepted to be Christian but since then, they have, on occasion, been placed in the hands of those with little understanding. Because of this, we should abandon the expectation that these scriptures would arrive in the twenty-first century unscathed.

The doctrine of reincarnation was banished because it gives power and authority to the people. Reincarnation contradicted the aspirations of a few bishops and deacons who felt they alone should dispense the truth to the multitudes. This authoritarian strangle-hold is strengthened by the doctrine of "one chance-one life" because a person who wrongly chose to think for themselves, dismissing the authority of the hierarchy, would not get another chance to put things aright if they guessed wrongly. The position of the hierarchy is that eternal damnation without parole would be the irrevocable fate of those who dared to question the hierarchy's authority.

 

Justinian and Theodora were said to be the first co-rulers of the empire.   Some were of the opinion that Theodora possessed even greater political power than her husband Justinian.   To theologically oppose her, meant death!   As just one example: In the sixth century when Pope Sylverius had been removed from office by Theodora, the Emperor's wife who had previously been a prostitute and circus performer, and who disagreed with the pope on many theological positions -- one of which was the pre-existence of the soul -- Gibbon writes: “At the emperor's command, the clergy of Rome proceeded to the choice of a new bishop; and after a solemn invocation of the Holy Ghost, elected the deacon Vigilius, who had purchased the papal throne by a bribe of two hundred pounds of gold. The profit, and consequently the guilt, of this simony, was imputed to Belisarius, but the hero obeyed the orders of his wife; Antonina served the passions of the empress; and Theodora lavished her treasures, in the vain hope of obtaining a pontiff hostile or indifferent to the council of Chalcedon” (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).   

What were the historical events surrounding the removal of the teachings of the pre-existence of the soul from doctrines of the church -- doctrines which remain with us today and foundational to the modern Christianity?   Quoting Edward Gibbon: "But while Justinian strove to maintain the uniformity of faith and worship, his wife Theodora, whose vices were not incompatible with devotion, had listened to the Monophysite teachers; and the open or clandestine enemies of the church revived and multiplied at the smile of their gracious patroness. The capital, the palace, the nuptial bed, were torn by spiritual discord; yet so doubtful was the sincerity of the royal consorts, that their seeming disagreement was imputed by many to a secret and mischievous confederacy against the religion and happiness of their people. The famous dispute of the Three Chapters, which has filled more volumes than it deserves lines, is deeply marked with this subtile and disingenuous spirit. It was now three hundred years since the body of Origen had been eaten by the worms: his soul, of which he held the preexistence, was in the hands of its Creator; but his writings were eagerly perused by the monks of Palestine. In these writings, the piercing eye of Justinian descried more than ten metaphysical errors; and the primitive doctor… was devoted by the clergy to the eternity of hell-fire, which he had presumed to deny. Under the cover of this precedent, a treacherous blow was aimed at the council of Chalcedon. The fathers had listened without impatience to the praise of Theodore of Mopsuestia; and their justice or indulgence had restored both Theodore of Cyrrhus, and Ibas of Edessa, to the communion of the church. But the characters of these Oriental bishops were tainted with the reproach of heresy… If, they enjoyed the rewards of piety, they must have smiled at the idle fury of the theological insects who still crawled on the surface of the earth. The foremost of these insects, the emperor of the Romans, darted his sting, and distilled his venom, perhaps without discerning the true motives of Theodora and her ecclesiastical faction. The victims were no longer subject to his power, and the vehement style of his edicts could only proclaim their damnation, and invite the clergy of the East to join in a full chorus of curses and anathemas. The East, with some hesitation, consented to the voice of her sovereign: the fifth general council, of three patriarchs and one hundred and sixty-five bishops, was held at Constantinople; and the authors, as well as the defenders, of the three chapters were separated from the communion of the saints, and solemnly delivered to the prince of darkness. But the Latin churches were more jealous of the honor of Leo and the synod of Chalcedon: and if they had fought as they usually did under the standard of Rome, they might have prevailed in the cause of reason and humanity. But their chief was a prisoner in the hands of the enemy; the throne of St. Peter, which had been disgraced by the simony, was betrayed by the cowardice of Vigilius, who yielded, after a long and inconsistent struggle, to the despotism of Justinian… "

 

 

 

  The Theology Of Roman Emperors: While Christians today to their own spiritual demise readily accept the theological and doctrinal decrees of the early Roman Church without question, this was not the case when these political edicts were imposed upon the believers at the time.   To what degree the church had fallen under the control of blind carnal men can perhaps best be envisioned in the words of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, when he wrote: “It is a thing equally deplorable and dangerous, that there are as many creeds as opinions among men, as many doctrines as inclinations, and as many sources of blasphemy as there are faults among us; because we make creeds arbitrarily, and explain them as arbitrarily.  The Homoousion is rejected, and received, and explained away by successive synods. The partial or total resemblance of the Father and of the Son is a subject of dispute for these unhappy times.  Every year, nay, every moon, we make new creeds to describe invisible mysteries.  We repent of what we have done, we defend those who repent, we anathematize those who we defended.  We condemn either the doctrine of others in ourselves, or our own in that of others; and, reciprocally tearing one another to pieces, we have been the cause of each other's ruin” (Quoted by E.Gibbon; The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).  

In the case of the condemnation of Origen and the belief expressed by the early Church Fathers that the soul existed prior to our entrance into this life, all who supported the belief in the pre-existence of the soul were officially anathematized by the emperor.   Because the far-reaching impact of this (secular/political) condemnation of the man who has been called the greatest of all the Christian theologians in the history of the church is basically unknown to the believer today -- and few church authorities even want to discuss it’s implications on modern-day Christian dogma and doctrine -- a great obstacle has been placed in the path of the believer that severely inhibits their ability to comprehend the full essence of the Gospel teachings in their present-day lives.   In fact, until this obstacle is removed, the believers of the common faith will never be able to perceive the Mysteries of God that they earnestly pray to be revealed to them.

The question is profound: Is man a new creation at conception?   Or is he an image of his pre-existent soul that is projected into this realm in order to continue his journey on the road to spiritual perfection?   What we fail to recognize today is the fact that these two fundamental beliefs about the nature of the soul act as the very source that require us to embrace a whole host of other downstream beliefs pertaining to every faucet of life.   The differences are so profound, that if we cling to the wrong core belief, every other belief that we hold will remain incomplete! 

 In our analysis as Christians in search of the truth, we must pose the question: Who understood the essence of the Gospel message -- i.e., Justinian and Theodora; or Origen and the Messianic followers of Jesus?   What the modern Christian fails to comprehend is that this foundational perception of the true nature of man is so crucial to a proper understanding of the Bible, that it can be said today that it is impossible to get a proper sense of the Gospel message until the error of Justinian is reversed.   Further, all the doctrinal conflicts that divide the Christian Church today into an uncountable number of sects and opposing opinions, is the direct result of the believers acceptance of the Justinian/Theodora vision of man, Jesus, and Creation.   The problem is that we can never truly come to Christ, and we can never perceive the Mysteries of God, so long as we anchor ourselves to this world by our allegiance to the political decrees of Justinian and the doctrines of men.

In the recognition that the modern church no longer understands the teaching that the soul pre-exists the body because of the direct intervention of a Roman Emperor into church affairs, we must ask the question: Does this revelation mean that the religious authorities of our day will contemplate what we now know about Christian origins -- recognize this truth, and re-evaluate modern Christian doctrine so as to make it compatible with the thinking and mindset of the people who Jesus personally taught the Mysteries of God?   In view of the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in the hands of the church over fifty years ago, and these sacred writings convey the same exact message that has been portrayed here, the answer is that nothing can change the thinking of the majority of the clergy of the church today -- that is, until the people themselves begin to demand the truth.

In the same way that when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the people were forced to walk through the wilderness until all of the adults died because they were unable to change from their old manner of worldly thinking -- and it was this worldly manner of thinking that inhibited them from entering into the promised land -- it is likewise easy to predict that in our present-day understanding of the Word, the majority of our modern religious leaders will reject the idea that the soul pre-existed the body.   But when it is realized that our whole perception and understanding of life has been reared and molded on the idea that life begins at either conception or birth  -- not only religiously, but from a non-religious philosophical perspective also -- it is not difficult to conclude that we would be unable to initially embrace an idea that would radically revise every concept and doctrine that we presently hold to be true.  

Fundamentalist Christians today are in great opposition to Darwinism and the teaching of evolution in our public schools.   From a biblical perspective we must ask: Why has the Hand of God permitted this philosophical opinion to undermine the teachings of the scriptures?   Fundamentally, because Christians cling to very similar beliefs and doctrines that were championed by Justinian and Theodora -- beliefs which continue to mold our thinking to this very day.  While many modern Christians vehemently oppose the Theory of Evolution, what they fail to realize is that Darwinism is an outgrowth of the Justinian anti-pre-existence doctrine.   

What Darwin and the Evolutionists have done, is attempt to explain the gaping holes in the carnal reasoning and understanding of man's limited logic -- holes that would not exist in the Christian world today, except for man's ignorance of himself and his Divine Nature.   The problem is that Darwin merely composed the thinking of Pagan Rome into a formal theory -- which meant that the foundation of these gaping holes were in fact truly conceived right in the bedrock of the Roman Church.   Darwinism is in fact a natural outgrowth and extension of the doctrinal course that had been previously set by the Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora.   Once this is truly comprehended, we are then able to see that the gaping holes that Fundamentalists oppose today, actually originated in the religious doctrines of the church -- doctrines that are used in an attempt to explain away sacred truths that we are unable to even contemplate because we begin our understanding of life and God on the wrong premise.

Fundamentally, the decree of the Emperor Justinian which outlawed the belief in the pre-existence of the soul, was literally forced upon the Christian religion in the sixth century.   What this means is that our modern-day religious beliefs and doctrines, are in fact secularly based.   Quoting the Britannica: “Under Justinian all essential features were already formed: Imperial power extended equally over state and Church… Since the emperor ruled the Church there was no longer any independence for the bishops, least of all for the patriarch in Constantinople; they were in every respect subordinate to the emperor”.  

In the year 553 Justinian convened the 5th Ecumenical Council where, quoting the Catholic Encyclopedia, “…the council opened on 5 May, 553, in spite of the protestations of Pope Vigilius, who though at Constantinople, refused to attend it… before the opening of the council, which had been delayed by the resistance of the pope, the bishops already assembled at Constantinople had to consider, by order of the emperor, a form of Origenism that had practically nothing in common with Origen…”.   Quoting the Britannica: “After the council, Justinian banished the pope to Egypt, and afterwards to an island, until he accepted the Council, which he ultimately did.”    Thus, the condemnation of the Church Father Origen, as well as the removal of the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul, was literally forced upon the Christian Church by the hostile abduction of the pope by the Emperor Justinian.

From a theological perspective, this control of Christian doctrine by the Roman Government has all but slammed the door to higher understanding within the body of the church -- and the detrimental effect continues to plague Christians even in our present day.   As we read the Bible, we no longer have it within our ability to understand the biblical doctrine of predestination -- the reason for life itself -- how we can truly be the Children and Offspring of God -- and what is our eventual Destiny.   Like Darwin, we relate everything to the physical body, rather than to the Spirit.  

In being severed from the knowledge of our soul's beginning, and having no clear perception of our eventual destiny, neither are we able to contemplate the means by which we can be raised up to the stature of a true disciple of Jesus -- whom the Apostle states is “a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Tim 1:16 NKJ).   With respect to the Apostle’s words, we must ask what is a pattern is?   It is not something that we philosophically believe in -- but rather, a pattern is something that we mold our lives after.    Because the decrees of the Emperors of Rome remain foundational to our thinking today, the problem is seen in the fact that because we fail to comprehend the true Divine Nature of our very own soul, it is impossible for us to grasp the far reaching spiritual implications of what Jesus taught to his faithful disciples -- which disciples did indeed hold totally opposite and conflicting views on many important points of the Word than we do today.

In the manner of life itself, it is not that we are wrong in what we see in the scriptures with respect to interpreting the word from an historical perspective -- but in our vision of what we see, the limitation of our carnal mindset is prevalent -- which mindset is the very essence of thinking that has given birth to Darwinism and the doctrine of evolution.   The whole concept of parallel realms -- spiritual realms -- of which this realm in which we presently dwell is a pattern of its spiritual opposite -- simply does not exist in the thinking of Darwin.     

The Apostle Paul states that the things of the spirit are foolishness to the carnal mind of man, as seen in the words: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).   This inability to perceive the higher realities of the spirit is not only an obstacle to the non-believer, but also the believers.   Without realizing it, both the church, as well as the Darwinist theories of life that a great number of Christians oppose, all possess the same congenital flaw -- i.e., they see man as a three-dimensional being who does not possess a pre-existent soul.   The problem is that in our modern-day vision of life, both the church and Darwin sees man as nothing more than what is observed with the physical senses.   Thus, Darwin's perception of creation is merely a secularized version of the doctrine of the church which was orchestrated under the rule of the Emperor Justinian -- whereby the physical is the source of all life and existence -- which is totally opposite to the truth.   

That Theodora -- a Monophysite -- opposed the teachings of the church with respect to the pre-existence of the soul, was merely because once we recognize the truth to this higher reality, all of life begins to be painted with an entirely different picture.   Once it is realized that our soul pre-existed our birth in this life, all the great many questions that have plagued the church immediately begins to fade away into oblivion.   Suddenly, we begin to comprehend the parable of the prodigal son as it was taught by Jesus -- the enigma of the biblical doctrine of predestination fades away -- we suddenly understand how Jesus became the pattern for all of mankind to emulate -- how Jesus can be called our elder brother -- why God permits evil -- we begin to understand the purpose, reason and destiny of life itself from a totally new perspective that is alien to us today.

The natural environment for the Revelation of the Christ, is that of a spiritual mindset which, for the lack of any other word, we call mysticism.   Like the Bible itself, the root concept of mysticism embraces the idea that man has a nature that is not of this physical realm -- and he has within himself a source of knowledge that exceeds anything manifest in the outside world.   In fact, the whole concept of first century New Covenant teachings is an acclamation that man possesses an intimate and direct connection with God, and he is not dependent upon a priest, church or religious organization for his salvation.   The very idea that a force from God -- the Holy Spirit and Anointing of the Light -- can come upon a man, and open his mind to perceive and understand great truths that are not apparent to the normal person, is the very essence of Jesus' teachings -- which teachings are synonymous with mysticism and gnosticism.  

When the Roman Government removed the sacred truths revealed by Jesus from their natural mystical/spiritual environment, the result was that Christianity was severed from the very source of truth and reality that Jesus revealed.   To replace the essence of what was lost, artificial doctrines of belief were created which were then used to explain away spiritual concepts that the carnal mind of man does not possess the ability to understand.   The idea that if we change (open and unloose) the mind, we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, was altered to embrace a totally redemptive perception of the Bible where one had to repent so they would go to heaven when they physically died.   Thus, we must recognize that Darwinism is nothing more than an attempt to explain Creation within the mindset of the Emperor Justinian's doctrine that was imposed upon the church -- a mindset that must be rejected today, if the church is to be born again into the vital spiritual force that it has the potential to be.

Once these facts of history are acknowledged as valid, then all sincere Christians must question whether this fault that was imposed upon Christian thinking by the Roman Emperors of the past can be corrected today?   This is a difficult question because of the obstacle seen in man's natural affinity to oppose change.   Thus, the words of Jesus: “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, The old is better” (Luke 5:39 NIV).   The new wine is the timeless revelations received from spiritual realms; the old is the ideas of man that has been established by the philosophers and rulers of this world -- ideas which are based upon a very carnal perception of Creation.  

What Jesus' words ultimately proclaim is the great truth that, in the same exact manner as the carnal Jews, a large number of modern Christians would immediately condemn the idea that the soul pre-existed the body.   Why could such a prediction be made?   Fundamentally, because everything that is preached today is based upon a quasi-Darwinist theology that the soul and spirit of man comes into existence at birth.   From a doctrinal standpoint, change is near impossible because they would literally have to re-evaluate every element and concept of their thinking -- as well as its far-reaching implications -- on what they have come to believe since the time of their birth right up until the present.   The concepts of Darwinism -- i.e., that we are the body, and we are nothing more than what we see -- has been culturally ingrained in the people's thinking from the time they spoke their first words.   Their mental conditioning and cultural speculation has been so completely programmed into a Darwinist model of Creation, that without a superhuman effort, they simply could not delve that deeply into the essence of their present-day reasoning and vision of life with which they have been imbued with.   Human nature, then, would not permit them to even entertain a true spiritual mindset -- a mindset that would require them to re-evaluate everything they ever believed to be the truth.  

What should truly frighten modern believers, though, is the indisputable fact that the disciples and first followers of Jesus not only wholeheartedly embraced a very mystical mindset where they openly espoused the doctrine that the soul pre-existed the body, but it was their claim that their vision and understanding of the Word was taught to them directly by Jesus.   Thus, the disciples and followers of Christ claimed that it was Jesus himself who revealed to them the truth that their soul existed prior to their being born into their life in this realm.

Regardless of the fact that the Bible is totally silent with respect to when the soul was created, the problem is that once we accept the idea of the pre-existence of the soul -- and that the soul existed prior to our birth into this life -- we are immediately confronted with the reality that our soul could have lived previous lives prior to our birth into this present life.   This of course embraces the teaching of the transmigration of the soul -- which is more popularly called today the doctrine of reincarnation.  Thus, the problem is seen in the fact that Christians have been traditionally taught that reincarnation is a New Age belief that is founded in Hinduism, and is thus in error.   It, of course, never dawns on the Christian whose mind has been programmed since birth of the fallacy of this belief, that many of the ideas promoted by the New Age community as well as the Hindu's are in error, and that neither group comprehends this reality from the perspective to the teachings of Jesus and the New Covenant.   What this means is that because of the paradoxical nature of man's higher reality, the concept of reincarnation which is espoused by the New Age community is not exactly true, and the Christian idea that we only live one life would be more appropriate in the life of the majority of people alive in our present time.   That these spiritual truths are confusing to the carnal mindset, has been well established in the Epistles of Paul who openly warned us of this fact.

In one of the few remaining instances that the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul was not removed from the Bible, we can observe where the disciples asked Jesus whether the man himself had sinned prior to being born into this life (John 9:2), we must understand that this question was asked in clarification of Jesus' own teachings.   Our modern religious authorities do not see this very clearly because their perception is fragmentary, and they are unable to connect the dots that would reveal the larger picture that Jesus painted to those who possessed the eyes to see the Mysteries of God.   Admittedly, when the scriptures were in their original form prior to being re-written by the Church of Rome, there existed a whole host of other readings that supported the teaching of the pre-existence of the soul.   

The disciples of Jesus asked this question, because they understood that their soul is the mind that pre-existed, transcended, and survives the body.  In fact, Prof. John Allegro made direct reference to this mystical/gnostic nature of the Gospel of John when he wrote: “It is a fact that the Qumran Library has profoundly affected the study of the Johannine writings and many longheld conceptions have had to be radically revised.  No longer can John be regarded as the most Hellenistic of the Evangelists; his gnosticism, and the whole framework of his thought is seen now to spring directly from a Jewish sectarianism rooted in palestinian soil, and his material recognized as founded in the earliest layers of Gospel traditions” (The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of Christianity) .   

What this means is that if we are to even begin to perceive the depth of the Gospel of John which is so important to the theology of the modern Church, is is essential for us to be of a likeminded perception of life.   Unfortunately, our present-day anti-gnostic ideas of both life and the gospel, simply do not support a proper understanding of the depth that John conveys to the reader.   We are therefore forced to fabricate numerous doctrines of belief in order to support our alien perception that does not support a more pure spiritual mindset and manner of thinking.   

Essential to a correct and more enlightened comprehension of John, is to possess the same framework of thought as was seen in the perception of the Essenes with respect to the pre-existent nature of the soul: "For their doctrine is this, that bodies are corruptible, and that the matter they are made of is not permanent; but that the souls are immortal, and continue for ever: and that they come out of the most subtile air, and are united to their bodies as to prisons, into which they are drawn by a certain natural enticement; but when they are set free from the bonds of flesh, they then, as released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upward…” (Josephus).  

The disciples of Jesus perceived that their station in life -- i.e., the person they were -- was not an accident of nature as we believe today -- but rather, the result of what their own soul had achieved in their more distant past prior to being born into that life.   While this may sound alien to the modern-day believer, once we begin to comprehend the connection between the pre-existence of the soul and the biblical doctrine of predestination and preordination, almost every verse in the Bible begins to take on a previously cloaked spiritual perspective that is intimately intertwined with every aspect of our present-day lives.

In their realization by the disciples of Jesus that they were not the physical body/vessel, their vision of the Gospel was entirely different than modern Christians today.   Because they viewed Creation from an opposite perspective than what has today come to be associated with a Christian quasi-Darwinist vision of life, they were able to comprehend the great reality that we cannot -- i.e., paramount among these was the answer to how the Apostle Paul could so openly teach that mankind was truly the children and offspring of God.  This knowledge that is alien to us today, was in fact taught to them by Jesus himself, and represents one of the core reasons they were condemned by the later Gentile church which was anti-gnostic and anti-spiritual, and for political reasons attempted to suppress any direct contact with the spiritual nature of man.  

In their far-reaching vision of reality that is beyond our comprehension today, they understood that within their own mind and being they retained an intimate and direct connection with God -- the Source of all Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding.   Religion, then, was not belief in a man, or a god -- but rather, true religion was the imitation of the Divine Pattern of the Son of God, and the immersion of their consciousness in the Anointing of the Light.   Because Jesus enlightened their understanding, and had opened the door to their own indwelling soul and spiritual natures, they were not burdened by quasi-Darwinist ideas of Creation, and their whole perception of the Word was entirely different than the doctrines which modern Christians embrace today -- doctrines that we now call Christian, that were founded upon the decrees of a series of Roman Emperors in an attempt to explain sacred truths from a carnal perspective in support of an institutionalized church -- a church that these Pagan politicians used to rule the empire.  

In the Adam Clarke's Biblical Commentary for Second Chronicles, chapter thirty two, verse thirty one, it is written: “To know ourselves... is of the utmost importance to our religious growth and perfection...  He who does not know ...becomes an easy prey to their enemies. Know thyself is a lesson which no man can learn but from the Spirit of God”.   This is perhaps one of the most profound and important biblical concepts for the modern Christian to embrace -- i.e., one of the primary teachings of Jesus was to teach man about himself, and reveal to man his true relationship to God his Father.   The problem is that we no longer understand the very essence of New Covenant thought today, because we view ourselves in accordance with the ideas of Darwin.   Again, we fail to perceive the reality of the words of Jesus when he commanded: “And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven” (Matt 23:9 NIV).  

When we ask why?   It is because we must perceive the reality that our essence of mind is an embryonic image of our pre-existent soul that has its origin in the Kingdom with our Heavenly Father and Source of Being.   From this perspective, we were a gift that was given to our parents who provided the vessel that is our physical body -- and we were placed in their care both for our own growth and development, as well as the growth and development of our parents.   In fact, taking this gift from God that is given in the form of an infant, and rearing this child in The Way of the Light, is a far greater expression of the practice of religion, and can do more for the advancement of the soul in its journey toward the Kingdom, than all the prayer, and all the singing of songs in all the churches the world over.  

The relationship of father, mother and child is both so important to the individual, as well as being the embodiment of a paramount key in the pursuit of Truth in the life of the disciple, that the perfection of Enoch was portrayed in the birth of his son: “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah… And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen 5:22-24 KJV).   We would understand what was being portrayed in the forms and symbols if we were able to comprehend the working of the numeric values in conjunction with the meaning of the names presented in the original Hebrew language -- i.e., we would learn the relationship of Enoch and Methuselah in our own lives.   That we cannot, causes us to perceive only a very surface understanding of the soul and spiritual message that is being portrayed in the scriptures.

If, then, we are to begin to understand our genuine relationship to God -- our true Source of Being -- then we must become aware of our true reality as spiritual beings who are presently inhabiting physical vessels during our sojourn in this life.   To accomplish this, each one of us must come to learn the meaning of the symbols in the scriptures -- the meaning of Enoch, the seventh from Adam, and understand why it is written that when Enoch had a son named Methuselah, that he walked with God, and God took him.   We must embrace this knowledge in the experiences of our own lives, and the revelation must be taught to us from the indwelling Light that is the only valid Teacher for all those who call themselves Christian.   The problem is that we have continued to embrace the philosophy of carnal men to learn about ourselves, instead of learning from the indwelling Word that is sent from our Heavenly Father.

In this respect, the disciples of Jesus were very different than any other people the world has ever known.   It was easy for them to fulfill the biblical mandate for them to be alien residents who were in the world but not of it.   By following in The Way, and seeking the Light, they were able to use the other ninety percent of their mind that natural, or normal carnal men cannot use.   They understood through their own experiences of life that ninety percent of their being did not belong to this world.   When one understands the far-reaching reality of these words, then we also comprehend the biblical mandate of tithing whereby we are to give ten percent of everything we have to God -- especially when it is realized that in giving the ten percent that corresponds to this world, we gain access to the whole, and inherit life.

Because their elevated vision of life eclipsed and exceeded the limitations of this physical realm, the disciples of Jesus could easily succeed where modern Christians have continually failed.  Their minds and thinking which transcended this world could detach itself from the carnal passions of the body, which the soul uses as a vehicle.   In this detachment, they learned to control the body in much the same way that we control the domesticated animals that we have as pets.  The result was that the animal did not rule over the soul, as is the case with carnal man -- but rather, the soul ruled over the animal nature of the body.   Thus, in overcoming their own lower nature, they were then free from the enslavement to the forces that control this world -- and being free, they could then use their minds in pursuit of God's higher Truths.

It is the Lord of The Way who said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 KJV).   From the perspective of the first Christians, in order to inherit this vision of Jesus, and enter the Kingdom, you must know the Secrets of Life that he imparted to his faithful disciples.   If you do not, then you will not know your enemy, and will be easily seduced by the Devil -- as portrayed in the example of Eve in the Garden.   The result is that without this knowledge, we easily become entangled in the Natural Laws that control and limit the thinking of carnal man -- and thus, inhibit our ability to see and understand God.

Unlike the disciples of Jesus, the modern Christian places great limitations on himself.   His vision of man is that of a congenital sinner -- yet he does not comprehend even the force that causes him to sin.   Regardless of the fact that Paul often writes of the need to move on to perfection, and Jesus himself commands us to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father (Mt 5:48), we are forced to reject the very purpose of the teachings of The Way, because our doctrines of belief are totally incompatible with the essence of biblical thought.

All religions the world over possess fragments of truth to varying degrees -- but once we recognize that what set the religion of the Essene-Ebionites, as well as the original Christianity that was practiced by the disciples of the Apostle Paul, apart from all other religions, was its manifestation of a complete spiritual environment and reality.   Literally, the teachings of The Way represent a piece of heaven brought to earth for the development and sustenance of mankind -- and that the revelation of Life that was brought to mankind was as a gift that would enable man to not only utilize more of his potential, but to empower him to become the divine being that he truly is -- we must recognize how great a loss it has been for all of mankind when the apostate Church of Rome destroyed the very spiritual essence of the New Covenant.   From the perspective of what once was, and what is left today, such celebrations as Christmas -- i.e., the birth of the sun god Mithra -- should rightfully be observed as a day of mourning for the great loss that all of mankind has suffered by the Paganizing of the church.   All the world should grieve the day when the Sacred Mysteries of Life were thrown away by the politicians, priests of the antichrist, and pseudo-men of god who embodied the Word with a physical form in their attempt to institutionalize the Church of Christ under the authority of the Roman Imperial Government.   The result was that all the Mysteries and Sacred Secrets were lost -- and because our thinking has been anchored to this world by the many manmade doctrines we embrace, all reference to them in the Bible is presently not understood by the flock of modern believers who do not comprehend the necessity of living a true and complete spiritual Christian lifestyle -- a lifestyle that is the foundation of manifesting the Light in our lives.    

In comparison, the sin that can be attributed to Adam and Eve pales in relation to the sin of the Christians when they made a covenant with Rome.   In the revelation of the Word, we had the religion of all religions -- the truth of all truths -- and a means for all of mankind to truly know God and the reality of realities for themselves.   Thus, every man, woman and child over the past two thousand years has been robbed of their greatest gift -- second only to life itself.

With regard to the loss of this Great Revelation of Truth, it is not the fault of the modern believer that the Christian religion has drifted away from the purity of the Word and the Light.   Having never seen or heard the Word of God in its pure form, people today have lost their spiritual compass, and do not comprehend the completeness of the revelation that they are only capable of perceiving the surface of.   They fail to grasp the intimate connection between the manner in which one lives their lives, and the ability to perceive and understand the Mysteries of God spoken of in the scriptures.  

What we must understand is this: If comprehending the Mysteries of God was easy, then Jesus never would have said: “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).   When we join this statement to that of the Apostle Paul when he wrote: But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ), we begin to entertain a very clear understanding of why carnal man cannot know the Spiritual Gospel of Christ.   It is not something that can be taught in the manner that we educate or philosophize and expound our ideas -- but rather, the obstacle to our development is as much physical, as it is mental and spiritual.

What the above two biblical statements declare is this:  It is impossible for man in his natural, carnal, state, to even begin to perceive what the Bible calls the Mysteries of God.   Moreover, it is important that we are cognizant of the fact that the Apostle was speaking to converted, baptized believers who, according to Paul: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way -- in all your speaking and in all your knowledge -- because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:4-7 NIV).

Only when we begin to recognize that man's true spiritual reality, as revealed in the essence of New Covenant thought, is so far beyond the comprehension of man in his natural state -- even to the degree that baptized believers who had received all testimony, all knowledge, and were not lacking in any spiritual gift, were yet too carnal to receive and comprehend the Mysteries of God -- can we begin to truly understand the process of first the conversion, and then the transformational experience that the genuine Christian must endure in their quest of the next stage of birth.   Being saved, or going to Glory in our modern-day perception of the gospel, is not a matter of going to church or believing in the historical Jesus -- but rather, it is a process where we beecome metamorphosed by the indwelling Word -- metamorphosed in the manner that a caterpillar is transmuted from an insect that crawls upon the earth, into a butterfly of great beauty that soars in the heavens upon the currents of spiritual reality.   And who, among us, is worthy of receiving the blessing of this process of metamorphose that transforms us through the next stage of birth from a physical being into a spiritual being?   Once we permit ourselves to become fully cognizant of the words of the Apostle when he warned the people of the simple faith, that man's higher reality so greatly eclipses even his imagination, that even those who were baptized and committed believers would look upon the Spiritual Gospel of Christ as foolishness (1 Cor 2:14), only then are we able to even begin to perceive the modern Christian dilemma -- i.e., the congenital and very physical reason why the faithful flock today possesses only a very partial and fragmentary understanding of the revelation of the Word.   Moreover, when Paul writes: “as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”; he is making reference to the Spiritual Gospel of Christ vs the gospel of the flesh which he calls the “milk” intended for the instruction of “babes in Christ”.    The Day of Christ is the Anointing of our own Mind by the Light which reveals the Sacred Secrets the the Enlightened perception of the disciple, as he/she experiences the next stage of birth that Jesus taught is absolutely necessary to enter the Kingdom of God.

The implications of these words are so profound, that every modern believer and non-believer alike should be frightened and horrified at how little of the genuine gospel of the simple faith actually possesses today.   No amount of explaining away will diminish the meaning of these far reaching biblical statements.   No person who calls themselves a genuine follower of the Christ can ignore the implications of what is being plainly stated to everyone who opens the pages of the Bible.   Moreover, this is the exact same message that is the very foundational precept of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the mystical Jewish sect of Jews who called themselves the people of the New Covenant.

In the case of the believers at Corinth: If those confirmed and baptized believers who the Apostle Paul personally taught -- remaining with them and answering their many questions regarding the message of the gospel -- and of whom Paul confirmed they had received all testimony and all knowledge that could be imparted through traditional means of instruction -- and it is acknowledged that Paul states of these committed Christians who were not lacking in any spiritual gift, that they were yet too carnal to receive and understand the Mysteries of God -- Mysteries that they would perceive as being "foolishness" -- we must then pose the great looming question as to where that leaves us today?   The Apostle Paul has not sat in our congregation -- teaching us -- answering our many questions -- laying his hands upon us and giving us the gifts of the spirit -- and if Paul states that these faithful believers at Corinth were yet too carnal to perceive the Spiritual Gospel of Christ, and would look upon the Mysteries of God as foolishness, where does that leave us today?    Where it would, on the surface appear that we are lost, this is not entirely true, because of our indwelling soul and spiritual natures -- which reality is actually the foundation of Paul's doctrine of faith -- i.e., all that we have to do is become the good ground within which the Word is planted, and begin to perceive ourselves as the prodigal sons of our Heavenly Father.

What we must come to terms with is the obstacle that confronts us: Do we truly believe that the Pagan Emperors and heathen priests who created the institutionalized church could do what the Apostle Paul said was impossible, and explain the Sacred Secrets in the creation of their doctrines -- doctrines that were authored by Plato and the Greek Poets?   Moreover, if recent discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls demonstrate that by virtue of our modern-day culture and traditional church dogma, we are in fact alien to the very fundamental mindset of the first century followers of Christ, then how can we continue to remain comfortable and complacent in the faith that we profess in our present-day doctrines and beliefs?  

The only possible answer to our spiritual complacency -- i.e., the fact that we can remain comfortable even after reading the Apostle’s words in the first three chapters of his First Epistle to the Corinthians -- is that we have become accustomed to dwelling in the bosom of the Prince of Darkness -- i.e., the god of this world has made us spiritually complacent, and has sedated us with his material and sensual comforts that possess and control us.   If we were to truly read what Paul is writing to the believers at Corinth, and then acknowledge the meaning and implications with respect to our own lives regarding what the Apostle wrote, and then apply these words to our churches today, we would be genuinely afraid -- fearful to continue to embrace the Gospel message in the complacent manner that we are doing at present.   Again, in our spiritual stupor, we are not terrified by the Apostle’s words, because the Prince of Darkness has given us piece of mind in the idea that we will go to Glory.  

In reality we are falling victim to one of the primary temptations of Christ when the Devil commanded: "Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me. Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only" (Matt 4:8-10 NIV).   By embracing the materialism and sensual/elemental gods of this world, and refusing to pick up our crosses and walk in The Way, we are in effect worshiping the Devil!   By clinging to the doctrines and teachings of Pagan Rome, while rejecting the very essence of New Covenant thought, we are turning away from the Church of Christ, and worshiping in the church of the antichrist!

Are these declarations outrageous?   Again I pose the question to the Christian world: Do you desire the genuine Jesus of Nazareth, or are you satisfied to believe in the Jesus of Constantine and the Roman Empire?   From a biblical perspective, if the modern believer is to call upon the name of the genuine Jesus -- and not the Jesus of Roman -- then they must begin by ridding themselves of all preconceived misconceptions and beliefs that have been handed down to them from the Church of Constantine -- throw off the shackles of men such as Justinian -- and learn directly from the Lord who promised: “Whoever has my commands and obeys them”, says the Lord, “he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21 NIV).   The true test of faith and belief is when we “obey” the commandments of the Lord, rid ourselves of all carnal perceptions of the Word, and await the manifestation of the promise -- as seen in the words that he will “show myself to him”.   This is the exact same message attested to by the Apostle when he wrote to the baptized believers at Corinth: “…as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:4-7 NIV).

All people who desire to be Christian must ask themselves these questions that are presented to us in the Bible: Why would we knowingly choose to listen to manmade doctrines of belief, when it is the promise of the Bible that the Son of God himself will gladly come and teach us all things?   Why would we embrace the Pagan philosophy of Constantine, Justinian, and a whole host of unenlightened men of a heathen and very carnal mindset, while rejecting the sublime revelations of the Lord of The Way?  

From the perspective of the New Testament, the modern believer is not required to even reject anything they presently believe.   This is the beauty of what the Apostle calls the “milk” of the gospel (1 Cor 3:2).   The religion of the simple faith that is commonly believed by Christians today was designed as a set of sacred symbols that is true on a multidimensional plane.   What this means is that the gospel can be understood not only in the physical written manner that it is presently believed, but also can be realized as events of both mind and spirit in the life of the disciple.   If modern Christians can embrace the great truth that, though they are not wrong in many of the things they believe, but that there is something missing that can only be received through the process of themselves becoming the genuine spiritual disciples of Christ, all is not lost.  

When the people of the simple faith open their Bibles they see the Son of God teaching and healing the multitude of people, and condemning the adherence to the teachings of false religious authority.   Once the scriptures are envisioned as events of mind in the life of the disciple, he begins to comprehend that the indwelling Word will instruct and heal him, so long as he can release himself from the anchor of the traditions and teachings of both the secular and false religious doctrines of this world.   Once the reality of the true depth of the Bible is presented to us, and we truly begin to believe and have faith in its message, then we have no other choice than to live our lives in the manner that the indwelling Word would have us live, in order that the indwelling Word can fully manifest throughout every aspect of our lives.

What this means is that the most important element of New Covenant teachings is generally rejected by the modern believer who attempts to sever the manner they live from the biblical message: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15 KJV).   One of the continual commands of Jesus towards those he healed was to sin not more, as seen in the words: “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14 KJV).   This is the same exact message of the Apostle Paul where he writes:

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--because anyone who has died has been freed from sin… Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:1-23 NIV)

 

Because the institutionalized church was incapable of perceiving man’s indwelling soul and spiritual nature, those who created our traditional doctrines of belief were incapable of comprehending that each of us is exactly what the Bible proclaims: “‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’” (Acts 17:28 NIV).  

Again, the answer to our questions is contained in one of the very books of the Bible that Martin Luther rejected as being spurious: “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.’    Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Heb 12:4-10 NIV).

It is truly important that we recognize the wisdom of the Apostle where he conveys to us that we have a human father who is the source of our physical body, and we have a Heavenly Father who is “…the Father of our spirits”!   When we sin, we empower our physical nature that is of this world.   When we embrace the commandments of the Lord and “…sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14 KJV), we begin to manifest our spiritual nature.   The result is that in channeling our vital life-force within us, we become whole, and we begin to perceive reality from the perception of the ninety percent of mind that is beyond the ability of natural man to utilize.   Regardless of whether we claim to believe, have faith, or call ourselves a Christian, when we continue to sin, we are limited to the ten percent of mind that corresponds to our physical nature -- and in the words of the Apostle: “…the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23 NIV).   Why?   Because in failing to develop from our embryonic state, we make ourselves a miscarriage in relation to the next stage of birth we must endure in order to be born into the Kingdom.   If we truly believed and had faith, then we would live in such a manner that the indwelling Word can totally consume the whole of our being.

The promise of the Lord is fulfilled any time that the believer genuinely desires to know the Truth of all Truths, and they are faithful to the Master.   Thus, the Lord has provided grace in the form of shortcuts that can be invoked by his faithful flock -- shortcuts that will enable the disciple to walk in The Way -- in order that he will be able to sit at the feet of the Master, and learn all Truths directly from the very Source of all Truth in this and all other worlds of Creation.   We cannot, though, begin the process of true spiritual growth, without first planting the seed of the Word within the same foundational mindset that Jesus affirmed is necessary for its growth and sustenance.

The whole of the Gospel message is built upon the foundation that we each possess a spiritual nature that is genetically linked to the Supreme Creator God -- i.e., “…the Father of our spirits”!   From this spiritual nature there arose the active principle of mind that we refer to as our soul.   Only when it is comprehended that we are an image of our pre-existent soul, and we dwell in an opposite polarity from our innate spiritual nature, can we begin to apply the very Gnostic-Mystical principles that are presented in the Bible -- and very plainly in the New Testament.

Once the pre-existence of the soul is realized, and man is seen as a spiritually evolving child of God, we begin to understand that the present-day carnal vision of the second appearance of Christ can never come to pass in the manner that we predict.   The Lord will never reappear on earth and make war with the powers of darkness that control the hearts and minds of the people.   Why?   Because everything in this world exists for a reason -- a very good and necessary reason -- and the experiences of this life can onnly be comprehended when we begin to perceive this world as the spiritual tutor of mankind, the offspring of God -- a tutor which in every way, serves the higher purpose of God.   If, therefore, God was to destroy this world, then He will have destroyed the schoolhouse where true spirituality flourishes, and He would destroy the very realm that will eventually bring each of His Children to perfection.   The problem is that we cannot even begin to comprehend this and many other spiritual concepts today, because we fail to behold reality from the perception of the soul.  

If it is true that our soul pre-existed our birth into this realm, and our mind associated with our physical form is temporal unless we apply the Keys of Knowledge and gain access into the indwelling Kingdom within us, then we must begin to embrace the great looming reality that the true being we are is manifest in our pre-existent soul, and the more we embrace the culture of this world, the more we alienate ourselves from the true being that we are.   

If we are to triumph over the obstacles which severely inhibited the leaders of the Reformation when the attempted to restore the Gospel from the Pagan and Roman influences, and succeed in overcoming our own carnal limitations, then our search for Truth must begin with a very thorough examination of our own selves. In the Book of Jeremiah we are presented with the age-old problem as it has always existed in the experiences of mankind: "This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, We will not walk in it" (Jer 6:16 NIV). Why? Why when the very people who claim to be the chosen of God are provided with the necessary ingredients to convert their carnal mindset and religious practices into spiritual truths, they will almost always reject what has been given to them -- even when they pray for this knowledge each and every day of their lives? Because "…no one after drinking old wine wants the new".

The Middle-Age Reformers reasoned that the Word of God must be accessible and made available to everyone who desired salvation. They therefore concluded that the scriptures must be interpreted in the simplest sense so that everyone would be able to comprehend it's message.   Because Martin Luther was a priest of the Roman Church, and was himself unable to perceive the larger picture of what the Bible revealed, he rejected most of the New Testament except for the Gospel of John and some of the Epistles of Paul.   

While the reformers of the church were not wrong in their fundamental reasoning, what they failed to comprehend was the very essence and higher nature of all of mankind. Their very limited vision of man was that of a created plaything of God, which had become corrupted in the fall of man in the Garden of Eden -- and was thus the product of sin that needed redemption from his inherent evil ways. Because they embraced the Augustinian Doctrine of Original Sin in an attempt to explain away the biblical assertion that all things are predestined by God -- and because of the fall of man, everyone needed redemption.   The result was that the Protestant Church merely gave new form to the Pagan Doctrines of Rome.    In not understanding man’s pre-existent soul and spiritual natures, the Reformers in the Middle-Ages did not even possess the ability to comprehend that all of mankind was the prodigal sons of the One Heavenly Father -- and that the trials of this world was in fact the very schoolhouse which would eventually guide man along the road of perfection.

The truth of the matter is that it is not easy to grow to maturity when one’s ultimate reality is that we are the "offspring" of God -- the Creator of all that exists. One only has to take a very superficial look at the history of the church -- as well as all self-proclaimed men of God -- to realize that more often than not, the greater majority have all been steeped in corruption. In the name of God men have continually enslaved, raped, tortured, murdered and thoroughly destroyed the lives of those who have appeared to be innocent victims. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that man not only possesses a dark side to his nature -- but that his inherent evil side cannot be transformed and changed through his philosophical conversion and proclamation that he is a believer in the gospel message and a follower of Christ -- at least not the Christ of Constantine.

What Luther and the Middle-Age Reformers were incapable of understanding was the fact that the claim of Jesus that the teachings of The Way was the Ultimate Truth which was Universal to all of mankind the world over, was based upon the core reality that these sacred teachings embraced a process of transformation that literally guaranteed results. An important element to the process was based upon the knowledge that when one of the Laws and Tenets of God’s Royal Law was violated by any man or woman, that their action would invoke an appropriate response in the opposite direction that would eventually correct the flaw which caused the violation of Law. Men of wisdom had long pointed out that when those who were invited to the Marriage celebration had not put on the robe of perfection, they were cast into the "outer darkness" (Mt 8:12;22:13;25:13) -- not so much as punishment, but as a means to bring about the perfection of the individual.

In like manner, the biblical concept of prison is once again a necessary element in the eventual development and perfection of the soul of man: "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny" (Matt 5:25-26 NIV). The idea that throughout our lives we incur debts which must be rectified and paid back either in the present or at some future time -- and that the circumstances of our self-initiated trials will be exactly proportionate to the nature of the debt we ourselves incurred -- and will most likely involve the very soul or souls with whom the debt is owed -- was simply beyond the understanding of the Middle-Age Reformers of the Church. I intentionally use the words "most likely", because if our debt is against a genuine Christian who truly observes the Commandments of his Master, and turns the other cheek, then the genuine Christian is freed from the trials of the debt, and we must pay back twice what would normally be owed.

Calvin, Luther, as well as the majority of churches which emerged at the time of the Reformation, all acknowledged the biblical doctrine of predestination and Divine Providence in the life of man -- and yet, the all-important element they failed to comprehend was the fact that God does not indiscriminately predestine one person to a life of almost insurmountable hardships and destruction, while bestowing grace and blessing upon another. The Creator of the universe is not irrational -- but rather, every event has a preceding source of origin, regardless of whether we comprehend the cause and effect relationship in our lives. In not understanding the impact of God’s Royal Law that brought about what the Church Father Origen described as the reality predicated by Law whereby: "Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life" (Origen, De Principiis), the founders of the church which arose out of the Reformation had absolutely no idea whatsoever how the process of perfection actually worked in the lives of all men and women -- whether believers or non-believers in the Gospel Message.

 

 

 

From a Jewish Perspective

Speaking of Rebecca, the mother of Jacob and Esau, the Apostle wrote that “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil… it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.   As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Rom 9:11-13).   Thus the Lord said: “Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee” (Jer 1:5).   And again it is written: “Thou turnest man to destruction, and sayest, Return, ye children of men”.   In these words we have been presented with one of the key elements in the verses pertaining to children that was removed from the gospels -- the idea that we are each known prior to being formed in the womb -- and are again made children because we had previously been led into the paths of destruction.

Since Christianity is in fact an outgrowth of Judaism, it is reasonable to conclude that it would be of benefit in our quest to comprehend these mysteries if we understood whether the belief in the pre-existence of the soul was a part of our Jewish heritage?   The following quotation is taken from The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, under the heading of Souls, Transmigration of: “The doctrine of transmigration of souls, which was especially accepted by the Karaites… is generally attacked by Jewish philosophers, but is defended by Isaac Abravanel and Manasseh ben Israel.  It appears often in Cabala; it is found in organized form in the Zohar, it is further developed in the teachings of Isaac Luria (1534-1572), and in Hasidism it becomes a universal belief.   According to these teachings, all human souls have a common origin in the spiritual unity of the primordial man, sparks of which form the individual souls... The sin of Adam brought higher and lower souls into confusion; as a result, every soul has to pass through a series of incarnations... The soul itself has no sex, which is determined by the body and may vary from incarnation to incarnation”.  

In the Zohar, a doctrine of Jewish Mysticism, it is written that: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… The souls must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged.  But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God”.   This reunion with God is the rebirth that was spoken of by Jesus to the Pharisee Nicodemus, “a ruler of the Jews”.   In the reading of the scriptures, it is often important for us to grasp the essence of totality of thought that is expressed.   One of the things that we should see is that Jesus expected a “ruler of the Jews” (Jn 3:1) to understand the objective and the purpose of the sacred writings.   When Jesus said that “Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”; he was speaking of a sacred truth that a ruler of the Jews should know. 

Finally, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again”!   Why?   Because the rebirth is well documented throughout the writings of the Spiritual Jews that “All souls… must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged.  But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them... until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God.”

What does it mean where the Zohar states that “All souls… must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged”?   Isn't the primary essence of what is being said in this writing of Jewish Mysticism the same exact vision of man's plight that is portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son?   The “absolute substance” would be another way of saying the son went forth from his place of origination with his Father, and entered into this world -- wherein, the sons of the Father “must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged”.  

How, then, do we develop the necessary perfection to return to God?   Again the Zohar gives us the same exact requirement as did Jesus when he commanded us at Matthew 5:48 to be as perfect as our Heavenly Father: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections… if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God” -- which is seen in the return of the prodigal son to his Father's Kingdom. What is important is that we begin to see the connection and uniformity of thought between the mindset of the Spiritual Jew and the Spiritual Christian.   Moreover, it is important that we understand that what we perceive as two religions, are truly only separated by cultural and political differences.   The essence of both are one and the same.

In his book Nishmath Hayem, Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) wrote: The belief or the doctrine of the transmigration of souls is a firm and infallible teaching accepted by the whole assemblage of our people with one accord, so that there is none to be found who would dare to deny it… Indeed, there are a great number of sages in Israel who hold firm to this doctrine so that they made it a teaching, a fundamental point of our religion.  We are therefore in duty bound to obey and to accept this teaching with acclamation… as the truth of it has been incontestably demonstrated by the Zohar, and all books of the Kabalists.”

Interestingly enough, in Hasidism, in which the pre-existence of the soul “becomes a universal belief” (The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia), there is no salvation apart from the belief in and advent of the Messiah in the life of the individual.   In view of the fact that our present-day ideas pertaining to the Messiah have been form and strongly influenced by the Church of the Roman Empire, what if the Hasidic Jew has a more pure perception of the Son of God than does the majority of Christians?

When the Zohar states that “men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them…”, we must recognize that this is the same exact message that is prevalent throughout the New Testament scriptures?   In fact, isn't it because (carnal) men do not know what God requires, and (carnal) man can do nothing on his own, that prompts the Apostle Paul to write that (carnal) man is saved by faith alone.  

The Apostle is correct in his assertion that the ritual observance practiced by the Jewish sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees cannot absolve a person of sin, and save them in the hereafter -- but he would say the same thing of the ritual observances of the Church of Rome.   Based upon the words of Jesus it can also be concluded that faith and belief without actively following in the Lord's footsteps will not save even those who call themselves Christian -- i.e., “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 KJV).   What we must understand is that Paul possessed a much higher vision of life than did the majority of Christians who followed after him -- and Paul's faith was in a system of Laws that control the destiny of mankind.

Christian's will of course say: Paul preached that man must have faith in Christ -- and this is true, but we must understand that Paul had no difficulty in connecting the historical Christ and the transcendental Spiritual Christ -- and Paul also knew that everything in Creation is subject to, and controlled by a series of Laws that either restrict or open, dependent upon the manner in which man approaches and invokes them.   We know from the writings of the historians at the time that all Essene initiates had to take an oath not to reveal the names of the angels -- what we fail to realize is that in the scriptures and sacred writings of these New Covenant people, the portrayal of angels were allegorical symbols that revealed the characteristics of the Laws that must be overcome in order to open the inner door to higher consciousness.

What this means is that the angels and powers depicted in the Book of Enoch, Daniel, and the Revelation of John, all convey to us a knowledge of the obstacles -- or Laws -- that we must transgress, in order to embrace our soul and spiritual natures.   The Essenes knew the secrets of these Laws -- Jesus taught the secrets of these Laws to his faithful disciples -- and Paul knew that if man lives and thinks in a manner that invokes the Laws that control all aspects of life, then the door to higher consciousness will open to the disciple of the Light.   In order to begin to comprehend the religion that Paul ordained, we must understand Paul's essential mindset that was embodied in the words that each man “will be rewarded according to his own labor” (1 Cor 3:8 NIV) -- which knowledge of the Laws are the essential foundational principle upon which the concept of reincarnation of the pre-existent soul is based.

The essence of New Covenant thought is based upon the journey as embodied in the parable of the prodigal son.   The fall of man as depicted in the Genesis Creation account, conveys to the seeker the universal knowledge of the journey of the soul to know its Source of Being through the knowledge of itself as the offspring of the One Eternal God.   Again we can observe this same truth expressed in a different manner by the Apostle Paul when he wrote: “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom 8:20-22 NIV).

The symbolism of Adam and Eve has far less to do with men and women as we perceive the sexes to be, than it indicates the division of the soul which has caused the female -- or reflected nature -- to wander in this world of reflected reality in search of itself.   When this reflected nature is active, it is portrayed as male.   When it is passive, it is portrayed as female.   In view of the fact that each polarity of a paradox contains its opposite in a passive or constrained manner, the manner in which it is portrayed has more to do with the circumstances of what truth the scriptures are attempting to convey to us at that point.

What the Apostle states in the above quotation is that it was the Creator God that subjected mankind to the frustration of what we perceive as the fall of man, in order that “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage” through the process of the spiritual rebirth into the Kingdom -- i.e., “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time”.

As I have already demonstrated in previous chapters, all things are brought about by Law.   In the same way that a child is conceived by the merging of the opposites at conception, the child of the Light is born within us as a matter of Law.   Paul, who was of an elevated mindset, knew these Laws -- that the path of return had not only been envisioned since the very dawn of time itself, but was in fact perfected by Jesus, the forerunner, who through his own suffering and efforts had cleared The Way for all to follow.  

Paul was therefore correct in his doctrine that it was faith in Jesus that would save us -- which faith extended to the all-encompassing reality of the Laws of God -- and not the observance of what he called dead works.   But we must also understand that Paul was a Gnostic among Gnostics -- i.e., someone who possessed a higher knowledge of the Laws, and knew that if the prodigal sons of the Father actively followed in The Way, that the end results would be guaranteed.   The key word here is active -- i.e., active faith which fostered a lifestyle that was a moving force that embraced the higher Laws of Creation, that freed us from being servants to the god of this world.

This book is written from this same perspective -- i.e., that if you manifest a certain lifestyle -- open your thinking to a certain mindset -- incorporate certain elements in your life -- seek to understand the manner in which the Hand of God moves in the lives of men -- endeavourer to learn the Mysteries of God through the higher revelation of the Word -- recognize and overcome your own divided nature -- and, in the wisdom of the ancients: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV).  

In the same way that our modern-day leaders would say to a child: If you desire to be a doctor, a lawyer, a banker, or any other profession, then you must attend certain schools in order to gain the appropriate knowledge, and you must be able to pass certain tests and requirements, and you must then practice your chosen profession, and maintain a certain standard of discipline and behavior.   The disciples of the Light who had themselves gained the knowledge of the Kingdom, taught to their own disciples the things they must do in order to embrace their destiny as the mature Sons of God.  

In their elevated perception of Life and Creation, the disciples of The Way recognized that this world responds to the manner in which we live it.   In the University of Life that God Created, this world reacts to our own personal needs.   There are no accidents or random events that victimize us.   Whatever events we experience is the direct result of something that we initiated in our own past.   Our conditions under which we are born is directly related to what we have accomplished in our own previous lives.   In the words of the Church Father Origen: “Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis).   That we do not remember the events of the past that brought about our present circumstances of life, is our own fault.   The knowledge to the answers to the test of life is given only to those who become active servants of the Master of The Way.

One of the great keys of understanding is to become aware of our present conditions that we dwell under.   The more we become cognizant of the forces that work upon us in the life we live, the more we begin to recognize that we dwell in a world of opposites.   The problem is that we embrace and applaud what appears to us as good, and condemn and fail to understand the reason for what we perceive to be evil.   In view of the fact that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil existed prior to the Creation of man, and was Created by the Hand of God that brought all things into existence, we must then comprehend that what we call evil and darkness existed from the very beginning -- and more importantly, there is a Divine Reason for the existence of what we judge as evil, and we cannot draw nearer to God until we are able to perceive the forces of Creation and Life from the same perspective as does the Lord Himself.  

What this means is that we will be barred from the Knowledge of the Kingdom and the movement and very purpose of Life itself, until we can begin to comprehend the purpose of all that we see and experience in this life.   Moreover, we cannot even begin to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, until we are able to merge the opposite polarities of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil into one harmonious perception of Creation.   In the vision of God, all things have a reason and purpose -- and we can never begin to truly know God, without embracing the Divine Vision of Creation.  

We begin the process of drawing nearer to God when we become very cognizant of the forces at work upon us and all of life itself.   What this means is that we reject the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and instead eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, when we begin to merge the two worlds into One Vision.   If we look beyond the symbolism of the scriptures, we see the triune force of creation at work in the two trees.   In the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, we see the two polarities of Light and darkness that pervades all of Creation.   In the Tree of Life, we see the third force -- which force is the polarity of the two brought into harmony in Divine Oneness.   If, then, we desire to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, then we must perceive the Divine Pattern and Vision in such a way, that we no longer perceive good and evil, light and darkness, positive and negative, male and female -- but rather, we must see and understand the harmony, reason and completeness of all aspects of Creation.

When the Bible warns that man in his natural state cannot know or see God, it is because his carnal nature does not permit him to see beyond the barrier of this world.   In his congenital state of spiritual blindness caused by his very limited perception of life, it is impossible for him to understand the underlying spiritual reality that moves, initiates, and completes every element and factor of Life and Creation that exists in this realm.   In the same way that every aspect of life in this world moves within a series of positive and negative polarities, the polarities of this world are in fact polarities within a polarity -- and these polarities interact with their opposite forces of Creation that is beyond our carnal perception of reality.

What this means is that there is a Divine blueprint and pattern that remains the underlying factor and principle throughout every aspect of Creation.   In the same way we can observe the polarities of Creation at work in the universe, the movement of the seasons, day and night, the interaction of male and female, hot and cold, positive and negative, we can find these same polarities at work in the most far reaching vision of Life, right down to their presence in the subatomic world.   Once this is understood, then we can begin to contemplate this world in relation to those worlds that are beyond our carnal perception.   We accomplish this by understanding that in the same way that these polarities work within this realm, this realm interacts with the unseen (spiritual) worlds within the scope of these same polarities that exist as the Divine Pattern of all of Creation.

Every action -- positive or negative -- in this world, invokes a responding reaction in those (spiritual) realms that are beyond the perception of our physical eyes and senses.   Every event that takes place in this world is in direct reaction to a force that -- like a wave -- was initiated by a corresponding force from these (spiritual) realms -- which were in turn initiated by events that previously transpired in this physical realm.   What we experience is merely a shift of polarity between the multidimensional reality of Creation -- i.e., an action here begins the movement of a wave that invokes a Spiritual Law, which in turn is brought back into our lives at some future time.   The manner in which we react to this event that was/is initiated by the wave invoked by the Laws that control every aspect of life, will be the determining factor with regard to the events that this same wave from our own past continues to initiate in our future.  

In the language of our times, these principles can be expressed in the saying: What goes around, comes around.   In the scriptures this is expressed in the words: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV).   The problem is that, from the perspective of modern Christian doctrine, we place little to no emphasis on this warning of the Apostle.   We reason that in the day of judgment, it will be at that time when man will reap what he sows.   The defect in our reasoning is immediately brought to light when it is easily demonstrated that this was not the mindset of the people in biblical times -- and our present day doctrines of belief find little support in the scriptures.   What the people believed who Jesus himself taught, was that every event and aspect in the life of man is the direct result of his own actions -- good, bad or indifferent -- that were brought about by his own previous actions.  

Something that the modern believer does not understand is the fact that, when the Apostle suggests that it is God that returns to man the fruit of his own behavior and conduct, that does not mean that God -- Himself -- sits back orchestrating every event that takes place.   The first century followers of Christ were able to comprehend the workings of the organic Laws of Heaven and Earth, because they possessed an illumined mind and an enlightened understanding.   They were therefore able to perceive reality beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this world, and see that all things are brought about by the Laws of Creation -- positive, negative, and the third force which is the balance of the two -- within which all of life moves.   What we, in our limited carnal vision perceive as evil, is actually the result of a previous action -- controlled and brought about by the Laws of Creation, in direct response to a previous occurrence or action.   More important, though, is for us to open our minds to the biblical revelation that, what we perceive as evil, is not only the result of our own actions, but is also for our own good -- and when consciously merged with its opposite polarity through the knowledge of the Mysteries of God, can be channeled in a new direction to bring about our re-entrance into the Kingdom from which we originally emerged.

These truths were in fact the underlying principles of the revelation of the Gospel by Jesus to mankind.   The essence of the dynamics of these truths which are invoked by the polarities that control every aspect of life, is seen in the words of the Apostle where he wrote: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' No, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:19-21 RSV).

These concepts are foundational principles that must be incorporated in the life of the genuine Christian if they are to be permitted access into the Kingdom that Jesus declared.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to even begin to understand why the verses pertaining to the teachings on the children were removed, one must first understand the difference between a truly Spiritual Religion and a shadow secularized institutional church of this world.   The Objectives and Purpose of a Spiritual Religion is to enable the seeker/disciple to connect and learn directly from God by gaining entrance into the Kingdom within -- while a shadow church is based upon manmade dogmatic doctrines which attempt to explain man's inconceivable higher soul and spiritual reality in purely human terms, and is usually based upon the concept of the Kingdom coming upon the earth.   

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Essence of TheWay

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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In the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas it is written: (12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."   So to once again restore the teachings of TheWay which is today known as Christianity, the Lord has sent Jacob/James, the Brother of Yeshua/Jesus, back into the world in order to guide the faithful flock into the Truth, the Light, and the Kingdom within (Luke 17:20-21).   It is there that my brother Yeshua/Jesus awaits you.

The above warning with respect to the predicted corruption of Yeshua's teachings is further stated in the first century writings known today as the Clementine Recognitions where it is written: "Our Lord and Prophet, who hath sent us, declared to us that the wicked one, having disputed with Him forty days, and having prevailed nothing against Him, promised that he would send apostles from amongst his subjects, to deceive.  Wherefore, above all, remember to shun apostle or teacher or prophet who does not first accurately compare his preaching with that of James, who was called the brother of my Lord, and to whom was entrusted to administer the church of the Hebrews in Jerusalem, — and that even though he come to you with witnesses: lest the wickedness which disputed forty days with the Lord, and prevailed nothing, should afterwards, like lightning falling from heaven upon the earth, send a preacher to your injury, as now he has sent Simon upon us, preaching, under pretense of the truth, in the name of the Lord, and sowing error. Wherefore He who hath sent us, said, ‘Many shall come to me in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them.’" 

Again it is warned by Clement: "Wherefore observe the greatest caution, that you believe no teacher, unless he bring from Jerusalem the testimonial of James the Lord’s brother, or of whosoever may come after him. For no one, unless he has gone up thither, and there has been approved as a fit and faithful teacher for preaching the word of Christ, — unless, I say, he brings a testimonial thence, is by any means to be received. But let neither prophet nor apostle be looked for by you at this time, besides us. For there is one true Prophet, whose words we twelve apostles preach"

As predicted, the ministers of Satan have succeeded in altering the teachings of my brother Yeshua, and continue to lead many into the abyss of darkness.   But have no fear my brothers and sisters, for the teachings of TheWay has been restored so that you might be able to overcome the darkness, and enter the Kingdom of Light within you (Luke 17:20-21). 

 

 

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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.  
 

The Master Index:  The Index of Nazirene Ebionite web sites and the Original Teachings of TheWay   
 

The Ten Words:  That restores the teachings of Jesus and TheWay to their original spiritual environment.     
 

Reincarnation - The Key To Christianity:    
 

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.

 
 

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.