am here as a Shepherd
Guide in TheWay
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,
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)
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
(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
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
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.
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.
this Hebrew original of Matthew, St. Jerome wrote to the Bishops Chromatius and
"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
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:
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
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
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
Importance Of The Children
The Corruption Of Origen's
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 Mystery Of The Children
The Missing Gospel Verse
What Did Yeshua/Jesus Teach?
A Portrait Of Justinian And
The Theology Of Roman Emperors
From A Jewish Perspective
Importance Of The Children
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.
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.
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
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".
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:
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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:
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?
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."
did not end one sentence with a question mark, and then write
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.
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
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
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".
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
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".
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.
quotes the passage found at Matthew 5:17, which reads:
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
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.
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.
Mysteries of God
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:
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
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."
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."
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.
Doctrinal Flaw Created
A Lack Of Understanding Of The
Mystery Of The Children
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
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.
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.
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?
error of this doctrine was refuted in the Epistle of James in the words:
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
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:
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"
Ultimately, regardless of the fact that good and sincere people believe this,
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
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?
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!
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
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
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).
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.
Mystery Of The Children
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
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.
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
(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!
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.
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”.
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.
emphasis was placed on the two natures of man by the first Christians.
At Genesis 2:7, the Wycliffe Commentary writes:
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:
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.
Did Yeshua Teach?
interesting observation is made by Nemesius, the fourth century Bishop of Emesa,
“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
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.
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)".
concept is similar to that expressed in the Wisdom of Solomon 8:19-20, where it
“Now I was a child good by nature, and… being good, I came into
a body undefiled.”
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
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
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.
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
Who Was Justinian?
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
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
The following is an excerpt from the Anecdota by Procopius
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
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
Translated by Richard Atwater, in Procopius, Secret
History, (Chicago: P. Covicii; New York: Covicii Friedal,
1927), reprinted by University of Michigan Press, 1961
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.
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
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!
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:
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).
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
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
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
“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”.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
of the fact that the Bible is totally silent with respect to when the soul was
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.
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.
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)
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.
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:
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…”
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.
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
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
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.
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
“And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one
Father, and he is in heaven” (Matt 23:9 NIV).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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:
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
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).
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?
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
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.
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.
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:
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)
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:
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).
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.,
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.
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.
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.
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?
"…no one after drinking old wine wants the new".
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.
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.
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.
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.
like manner, the biblical concept of prison is once again a necessary element in
the eventual development and perfection of the soul of man:
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.
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
a Jewish Perspective
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.
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”.
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”.
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
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
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.”
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”.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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