GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 1 – We are Interconnected Within the Divine Plan

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER

PART 1 OF SERIES
“We Are Interconnected Within the Divine Plan”

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

In the early 2000s, I wrote a series of lessons to help Christians, and others who choose to use Jesus as an example of an individual demonstrating the Christ Consciousness, to get know him as a Wayshower

As many know, whether or not Jesus was actually crucified has recently become a hot topic of discussion.  Truth—in 2014–is pouring out, shocking many and pulling the rug out from under others’ worldview.  However, for many, whether or not the Roman government actually crucified Jesus is of less importance than their rejection of the theological reason for that crucifixion as stated in orthodox Christian teachings.  The orthodox reason is that God sent his Only Begotten Son to die on the cross to save a sinful people, whom He would otherwise sentence to eternal punishment in the fires of hell for their sins.

I, and countless others, rejected this theological viewpoint decades ago.  Since Jesus is regularly proclaimed as Savior/Redeemer and therefore worshipped as such, many Christians were left in limbo without a Wayshower to guide them through the stormy waters in which they found themselves once they stepped outside the orthodox box.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

It is for this reason that I am re-posting this series of lessons … one a day for the coming 10 to 12 days.

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/getting-to-know-jesus-as-a-wayshower-introduction/

   Part 1 of Series
“We Are Interconnected Within the Divine Plan”

Christ-centered metaphysicians teach that Jesus incarnated to be a Wayshower, to reveal to us our true natures, and to show us the way back home to full knowledge of ourselves as Jesus’ brothers and sisters, Sons & Daughters of God. Jesus taught: “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) He taught us to call God “Abba,” an Aramaic word that translates “our Father” and signifies the level of intimacy we indicate when we use the term “dad.” Jesus also offered encouragement to us as we live on the physical plane: “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus incarnated to show us how to conquer the world with all its error thinking and adherence to non-truth.

In order to comprehend the role of Jesus in our lives, we must first understand who he is. We must know that life on this planet extends backward for millions of years. We—like Jesus—first set foot on planet Earth as very advanced Sons and Daughters of our Mother/Father God. As the 1st chapter of Genesis states, we were created in the image and likeness of God; thus, we were spirit beings (without a physical body) who volunteered to come to Planet Earth to experiment with freewill and its various manifestations. Freewill is the capacity to select options for self, then to experience the consequences of our decisions. Some of us made choices that resulted in forgetting our true identities as Sons and Daughters of God.

Genesis 2 relates the second creation story in which humanity took on a physical body. In doing so, we lowered our energetic vibration to the 3rd dimensional level (or physical plane). We became enmeshed in forgetfulness and spiritual blindness. We began to feel separated, even alienated, from God. The narrative of humanity being cast out of the Garden of Eden reveals our choice to experience the plane of duality, synonymous with the 3rd dimensional plane. Adam and Eve (representative of those Sons & Daughters choosing to experience the 3rd dimension) symbolically ate of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. In other words, they chose to live with an awareness of duality: good and evil, light and darkness, male and female. (Evil is live spelled backwards. Thus, evil is the type of energy that is created when we turn our backs to God.) The Bible is the story of humanity’s struggles on the plane of duality and the awakening process by which we are resurrected into full knowledge of our true identities.

According to the hidden wisdom now being unveiled to the general public, Jesus is one of the Sons of God that managed to retain an open channel of communication with the realms of Spirit throughout many physical incarnations. Glenn Sanderfur, in his book entitled Lives of the Master: The Rest of the Jesus Story—based on the Edgar Cayce Readings—depicts the soul of Jesus present within several biblical characters, such as Enoch, Melchizedek, Joseph, Joshua, Asaph, and Jesus. The soul of Jesus incarnated as personalities who assumed a leadership role in guiding Earth humans through periods of transition and change.

During his incarnation as Jesus, he achieved a level of attunement to Spirit that allowed “the Father” to use his body as a vehicle through which to work and speak. Jesus repeatedly attempted to turn the attention away from himself and onto the Father. “Jesus said to them, ‘… the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.’” (John 5:19) Again, Jesus said, “I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.” (John 12:49) It is essential that we remember these words of Jesus as we get to know him as a Wayshower. The majority of the words attributed to Jesus were actually the Father speaking through him. Not making this distinction is the basis on which many of the misinterpretations of Jesus and the Bible are founded. Thus, for the majority of Christians, Jesus became one to be worshipped; one to whom we could not hope to relate on equal terms. As some have awakened to the presence of our indwelling God, Jesus has been placed on a shelf as no longer relevant. To do so is to deprive self of an inspiring Wayshower. In this series of lessons, we will look at the ways by which Jesus approached life on physical plane in an effort to better integrate Truth into our lifestyles. Jesus explained to the Roman officials ruling Palestine, “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.” (John 18:37) What is this Truth?

The birth narratives, found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, reveal much Truth about the universe in which we live. Matthew’s gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus. This genealogy is far more than a recitation of family history. It is packed with mathematical formulas that relate universal truths. One easily discernible message is that Jesus incarnated to be an example for all people, not to any one particular race or religion. Jesus’ relationship to our universal human family reveals the interconnectedness of all of us. On an energetic level, our individual mission is one that impacts the whole universe. Like Jesus, each of us incarnated to fulfill a unique role—a vital role within the overall universal plan. No human being stands isolated on an island. No human being incarnates with nothing to contribute to the divine scheme of ongoing creation.

Each incarnation is organized and planned in cooperation with the group of souls accompanying us. In Luke’s gospel, the birth narratives inform us that Elizabeth and Zechariah agreed to become the parents of John the Baptist. Elizabeth conceived after she and Zechariah were advanced in age. In the ancient Middle East, to be barren of children was considered a disgrace for women. Divine timing required that Elizabeth endure this disgrace, just as we often feel that we are enduring more than we bargained for. Divine timing is the means by which the universal plan unfolds. It cannot be rushed.

John the Baptist contracted to prepare the people for Jesus and his ministry. His was the soul of the prophet Elijah. Along with his mission of preparing the people, John also planned to pay the debt of negative karma he incurred as Elijah—that of killing the prophets of Baal. This debt was paid when King Herod ordered John beheaded. You and I incarnate to perform a mission and to balance any karmic debts lingering in our energy field. The contrast between Jesus and his relatives—John the Baptist, Elizabeth, and Zechariah—is that Jesus was more consciously aware of his mission at an early age. Some of us let it be known, from the time we are old enough to talk, what we want to do with our lives. Others of us have more trouble attuning to our purpose. But, the bottom line is: all incarnate with a soul plan. Our lives are not random; they are not an accident, regardless of how consciously or unconsciously our parents planned the pregnancy. Our parents are not happenstance. The close personal relationships we experience throughout any one incarnation were planned on the soul level. We have all agreed to meet and sojourn together on this planet for a span of time.

Another truth revealed in the birth narratives is the mutual cooperation between beings in spirit and those of us living on Earth. The angels played a major role in guiding Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph in their preparations to bring forth John and Jesus. Archangel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and to Mary, announcing the forthcoming birth of sons. Gabriel instructed them to name their sons “John” and “Jesus.” Names denote the universal mathematical vibration on which the individual will carry out the soul’s mission. Even though our parents consciously knew nothing about numerology and the extreme importance of naming a child, their souls carried memories of the plans made before they incarnated physically. They also communicated with our souls while they slept—prior to our entrance into a physical body. The vast majority of us find that our names are indicative of who we are and what we are about. Once in awhile, an individual will discard the given name because it feels so incongruent with who she/he is. Not often. The universe knows intimately each of us and our parents are guided in the fulfillment of that knowledge.

The energy vibrations, on which we are functioning during this incarnation, are imprinted in the mathematics of the universe and within the energetic influences of the stars at the time of our birth. Our life plan is imprinted in the palms of our hands; it is revealed in our handwriting. The Wise Men of the East could read the story of Jesus’ birth in the configuration of the stars. Our births onto this planet were orchestrated in cooperation with the assistance of the universe. In ways we cannot fathom, we are immersed in the interconnectedness of all of creation.

Mary and Joseph were attuned to the world of Spirit. Archangel Gabriel communicated with them in person and through dreams. Both were committed to following the guidance of the angels. Mary agreed to her pregnancy, knowing that those around her would question her fidelity to Joseph. Joseph obeyed the angel’s instructions to marry Mary even though he knew his family and friends might not understand. Allowing truth to unfold in our lives, regardless of the external consequences, can be a challenge. Truth is: Allowing divine order to unfold in our lives is the way by which we cooperate with the universal plan.

The birth narratives disclose another universal truth. The failure to carry out the agreed upon soul contract by any one of the individuals involved could have interrupted the process. Zechariah could have divorced Elizabeth because she was barren. Mary could have said, “No” to becoming pregnant by immaculate conception. In her day, women were stoned to death for adultery. How were people to know the truth about her? Joseph could have refused to marry her; thereby, creating an unbearable scenario for Mary. John the Baptist could have chosen another life career and failed to prepare the way for Jesus. At any number of stages, Jesus could have reneged on his commitment. All had freewill. Consider the domino effect that could have occurred had any one person revoked his/her soul’s commitment.

Truth is: This same domino effect happens when we renounce our soul’s contract. Those lifelong dreams that nag at you, the inner soul urges that pull you in one direction while your sense of duty and practicality push you in another, those “if only” yearnings that arise in our consciousness when we are free to allow our mind to wander in the ethers—listen to them. Heed their importance in the unfolding of your life’s role in the divine plan; follow Spirit’s guidance no matter how senseless and frightening it may feel to do so. The innermost part of our being knows our soul’s plan—our individual truth. To deny the knowingness that we possess intuitively is to start a domino effect in our lives and in the lives of others. The universe is impacted, to greater or lesser extent, by whether or not we carry through on our soul commitments.

What Truth do we learn from the birth narratives? We are an integral part of the whole. Our lives are extremely meaningful and valuable within the universal scheme of things. Using our freewill to choose to renege on our soul’s contract with our companion souls might disrupt the life plan of numerous others.

Jesus and the stories of his birth proclaim our true worth—every individual is interconnected with all other Earth humans and with our universal family as a valuable part of the overall divine plan.

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth into the world, knowing that you are a most valuable part of God’s unfolding creation. In the prayerful words of the Psalmist: “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.” (Psalm 139:16)

Instructions for getting and interpreting your soul’s map (your astrological natal chart) may be found on my website:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm

 

 

LIKE EVERY PART OF OUR SOCIETY, RELIGION HAS LIED TO US

LIKE EVERY PART OF OUR SOCIETY, RELIGION HAS LIED TO US

2013/2014 – YEARS OF MAJOR CHANGES

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PREPARATION FOR THE GOLDEN AGE

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

Jesus

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.”  Matthew 10:26

The 26,000 years cycle of the most recent Precession of the Equinoxes and our sojourn on the plane of duality drew to a close at the end of 2012—a journey that lifted Mother Earth out of the 3rd dimension and into the lower regions of the 4th dimension. It is on the 4th dimension that we pause while we learn to exhibit the characteristics of the Golden Age. As we develop the understanding of who we truly are and begin to live from that perspective—living in love for all people—Earth will ascend to the 5th dimension, taking its inhabitants with her. This pause on the 4th dimension is not permanent … it is to give us the opportunity to learn the Truth that has been hidden from us for thousands of years and to integrate this Truth into our daily lives.

2013-2014 are not years for procrastination … for clinging to the old beliefs and ways of life. It is a time for realizing that the old has passed away … a time for releasing the past with all of its resentments, hatreds, discrimination, and emotional pain … a time for forgiving self and others and moving into living life from the perspective of Being Love and Enacting Love is all things.

Around us, we behold a planetary society that is collapsing to make room for the new.  We will transform every segment of our existing world.  Nothing will be the same. The way is forward … not moving backward to a life that once was on the 3rd dimensional plane of duality.

In the past, we all chose to advance spiritually by living on a dimension in which we must learn to overcome darkness and become light.  Why?  Living on the plane of duality offered us the opportunity to evolve spiritually more rapidly than we could have if we had chosen to remain on the higher planes of light and love.  For that reason, many of us chose to incarnate on the plane of duality.  The Genesis narrative of Adam and Eve eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the symbolic story of our choice.  Rather than being sinful, this choice simply meant that we wanted to learn by being exposed to good and evil.  That way we could gain from our mistakes, through the unfolding of the Universal Law: We reap what we sow.  However, in order to focus on the plane of duality, we had to die to conscious memories of the dimensions of Light.  Symbolically, we chose to leave the Garden of Eden and experience the world of duality.  Since then, Earth has been our classroom.

Before moving on to our ultimate goal of ascending to the 5th dimension, we must understand how our planetary history has unfolded.  We must examine our lives to determine how well we have learned our 3rd dimensional lessons.  2013-2014 marks an opportunity to be sure we are ready for graduation and ascension. No one judges us.  The. prerequisite to ascending to higher planes is that no negativity can accompany us there.

During 2013/2014, we will continue to experience the trauma of learning that life on 3rd dimension was not what it seemed.  While on 3rd dimension, we lived in a matrix of lies and accepted them as the way life was.  We did so because we have descended so deeply into materiality that we presently use only 5% of our DNA and call the rest of our DNA strand junkDNA.  We habitually use only 10% of our brain power.  This means that humanity possesses a very constricted concept of who we actually are.  As a result, those, who seized power through the thousands of years of our residency on the plane of duality, withheld much information from us in order to render us complaint to their control.  Humanity has been enslaved in a variety of very subtle ways, most of which we are totally unaware.

For this reason, 2013-2014 will consist largely of how we respond to the massive unveiling of lies that presently is catapulting into the Light of day.

Once more, we stand at the Gates of Eden.  Do we qualify to re-enter those Gates and return to higher dimensions where we live in only Light and Love?  In order to do so, we must forgive and release all that is not of Love.  Until we know the complete content of the matrix of lies in which we have lived on the plane of duality, we cannot know how difficult forgiving all persons may be.  Are we ready to forgive and release the past—even though the lies may have caused us great pain—so that we can move forward in our knowledge of the Truth?

As Truth increasingly Lights our Way, we must remember that we used God’s gift of freewill choice to evolve spiritually on the plane of duality.  That choice meant that evil would also be present to provide a contrast to good.  The lessons we chose to learn involved recognizing the good and always choosing it over evil.  Through the thousands of years on 3rd dimension, we have all made mistakes and reaped the consequences.  Hopefully, we have learned much.

One of the principal areas in which truth has been withheld is the field of religion.

Since I am familiar only with the Christian religion, I’ll speak to it.  Basically, Christians have been taught the following:

1.  We inherited sin from Adam and Eve, thus we were born sinners in need of salvation.

2.  We have only one life to live, represented by our present physical body.

3.  Upon the death of our physical body, it returns to dust and we go to either heaven or hell.

4.  We are separate from God and the only way we can be united with God is to accept Jesus as our personal Savior.

5.  We are separate from all other beings, all of creation.

6.  Even though the cosmos is boundless, Earth is the only planet on which human life exists.  We are alone in the cosmos.

7.  God loved us and sent his only begotten Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and save us from our sins.

8.  Jesus did it all.  We have only to accept him as our Savior and we are saved from eternal punishment in a hell of unquenchable fire.

9.  The End – we either walk the golden streets of heaven for eternity – or – we burn in hell for eternity.

The fact that we have accepted the above explanation of life is an indication that we really do not use but about 10% of our brain power.  We call the above list tenets of our faith.  We readily accept the religious authorities’ admonition:  “If you question your faith, you may lose it.”   Even though we may vehemently deny it, we are enslaved by the fear of being forbidden the keys to the kingdom.  Little do we know how tightly our minds are controlled.

Consider how often we refuse to investigate an area of thought because “it is not Christian.”  We have unknowingly given Christian doctrine priority over seeking Truth.  We have been taught that the Bible is The Word of God and that it tells us all we need to know.  Ponder how frequently we condemn a person or topic with the statement:  “The Bible calls it an abomination.”  We have settled for an extremely narrow world view—one not even remotely based on Love and an open minded search for Truth.

The word eternity is a good example.  The medical profession tells us a baby is formed by the union of an egg and sperm.  Religion informs us that this baby is conceived and born in sin to live the only life he/she will have.  If the baby grows up to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, then he/she will eventually die and spend eternity in heaven.  A favorite biblical verse is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish , but have eternal life.”  In the Christian interpretation of this verse, eternal life is based on a decision to believe in Jesus.

The actual meaning of eternity is infinite time, without beginning or end.  Religion ignores the without beginning and dates its beginning for each individual as the time of our one physical birth.  In so doing, humanity is rendered capable of being controlled by fear.  We came from nothing and if we do not adhere to the established beliefs of the church, we will be condemned for eternity—only one life, only one chance.  Sadly, our minds are so controlled that we accept this world view as fact and are shocked when someone suggests otherwise.

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         In 324 C.E. (A.D.), Constantine, Emperor of Rome, adopted Christianity as the state religion.  Thereafter, the cause of Rome and the cause of Christ became one.  As a result, Constantine’s commitment to the churches’ cause meant that he must also become involved in their conflicts, which were numerous.  He set up Councils of Bishops to solve the internal religious problems.  The decisions made by the Councils of Bishops became imperial policy with regard to ecclesiastical questions.[i]  Obedience to the king became synonymous with obedience to the church.

Throughout hundreds of years, controversies raged over the doctrines to be accepted by the Church.  Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, proclaimed:  “The real Church has one and the same faith everywhere in the world.”  The title of the article in which Irenaeus makes this statement speaks volumes:  The Refutation & Overthrow of the Knowledge Falsely So Called.[ii]  It was originally published in Irenaeus’ Selections from the Work Against Heresies.  Anyone daring to believe or teach anything other than the approved church doctrine—i.e. heresy—was mercilessly persecuted.  The freedom to seek truth on our own was very effectively eradicated.

The condemning of an acceptance of reincarnation seriously impeded Christians’ ability to understand who we truly are, thereby disempowering us as unique individuals.  This occurred in 553 C.E. (A.D.) during the 5th Ecumenical Council when the writings of Origen (185-254 C.E.) were condemned.  A 4th century Doctor of the Church, Saint Jerome, declared Origen to be the greatest teacher of the Church after the apostles.  Saint Gregory of Nyssa, 4th century, affirmed Origen to be the prince of Christian learning in the 3rd century.[iii]  Regardless, Origen’s work was declared heresy in 553 C.E. with the following threat to all Christendom.

        “If anyone does not anathematize Arius, Eunomius, Macedonius, Apollinarius, Nestorius, Eutyches, and Origen, as well as their heretical books, and also all other heretics who have already been condemned and anathematized by the holy, catholic, and apostolic church and by the four holy synods which have already been mentioned, and also all those who have thought or now think in the same way as the aforesaid heretics and who persist in their error even to death:  let him be anathema.” [iv]  Webster’s Dictionary defines anathema as a curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication.

         The vehemence with which the Church regulated Christians’ beliefs is illustrated in a papal bull occurring hundreds of years later.  On May 15, 1252, Pope Innocent IV issued the As exstirpanda bull that “Authorized the use of torture for eliciting confessions from heretics, and authorized the execution of relapsed heretics by burning them alive during the Inquisition.” [v]

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         Christology offered a major source of contention.  Who was Jesus?  Was he divine or human or both?

Here, we must remember that all religions have been created on the plane of duality by less than perfect  human beings seeking to understand their world.  All sacred texts were composed by human beings living on the plane of duality.  Although inspiration played a role, all inspiration must first come through the personality of the writer.  The degree of truth to be found in any inspired writing is dependent upon the purity of the soul of the writer, the motivation of the writer, the selflessness of the writer.  The books to be included in a sacred text were determined by human beings living on the plane of duality.

A part of our preparation for entering the 5th dimension is to accept that we chose, many lifetimes prior to our present incarnation, to evolve spiritually through a knowledge of good and evil.  In so doing, we died –we have  lived life operating with 10% of our actual brain power.  We forget that we have lived thousands of lifetimes on Earth’s plane of duality.  We forget that we have lived under the Universal Law We reap what we sow and therefore have had to reincarnate repeatedly on the plane of duality in order to balance with positive service to others the negativity we have previously sown.  This is how atonement is made—not through a blood sacrifice of a crucified Savior.

During the eons of our residing on the plane of duality, many Avatars (Great Teachers)[vi] have incarnated throughout the world to assist humanity in finding the Way back to Oneness with Creator God.  Even though the fact has been hidden from Christians, many of these Avatars/Saviors have been described with identical terminology.  We have ancient sculptures, paintings,writings, and archaeological artifacts that offer proof of this fact.  Ancient sacred texts have been translated into English.  Some researchers are trained in ancient languages and can read the originals.  Their findings reveal at least sixteen Saviors whose life narratives share the same events as Jesus would later experience:   Krishna of India, 1200 B.C.; Sakia Budha, 600 B.C.; Thammuz of Syria, 1160 B.C.; Wittoba of the Telingonese – 552 B.C.; Ioa of Nepal – 622 B.C.; Hesus of the Celtic Druids – 834 B.C.; Quexalcote of Mexico – 587 B.C.; Quirinus of Rome – 506 B.C.; Prometheus of  Caucasus – 547 B.C.; Thulis of Egypt – 1700 B.C.; Indra of Tibet – 725 B.C.; Alcestos of Euripides – 600 B.C.; Atys of Phrygia – 1170 B.C.; Crite of Chaldea – 1200 B.C.; Bali of Orissa – 725 B.C.; and Mithra of Persia – 600 B.C.[vii]  (Dates are approximate, according to Kersey Graves.)

Krishna of India Crucified – 1200 B.C.E.

http://www.truthbeknown.com/

Amulet depicting Orpheus crucified

According to http://www.truthbeknown.com/ this amulet may have

been created in the 2nd or 3rd century copying an earlier version.

Lo! Streaming from the fatal tree

His all atoning blood,

Is this the Infinite? –Yes, “tis he,

Prometheus, and a God!

 

Well might the sun in darkness hide,

And veil his glories in,

When God, the great Prometheus, died

For man the creature’s sin.”[viii]

        Tremendous amounts of ancient artifacts, historical documents, books, and paintings were either destroyed in an effort to maintain one and the same faith or have been stored in the over 50 miles of shelves in the Secret Archives in Vatican City.[ix]  This has made objective research very difficult.

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         In order to describe Jesus, the Church Fathers adopted the God-Man narrative and terminology that had existed for thousands of years.  The biographies of each Savior share common elements, such as born of a virgin … a star points the way to the birthplace of the new Savior … angels, shepherds, and Magi visit the infant … in several, gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are given to the child … the 25th of December marks the birthday of the gods … the babes are saved from destruction shortly after birth … they possess early signs of being advanced beyond the normal … their kingdoms are not of this world … they are called the only begotten Son of God … our Lord and Savior … they performed miracles … were baptizedcrucified  as atonement for our sins descended into hell … resurrected … and ascended  in the presence of others.[x]

Saviors unnumbered have died for the sins of man and by the hands of man, and through their deaths have interceded in heaven for the souls of their executioners.  The martyrdom of the God-Man and the redemption of the world through His blood has been an essential tenet of many great religions.  Nearly all these stories can be traced to sun worship, for the glorious orb of day is the Savior who dies annually for every creature within his universe, but year after year rises again victorious from the tomb of winter.  Without a doubt the doctrine of the crucifixion is based upon the secret traditions of the Ancient Wisdom; it is a constant reminder that the divine nature of man is perpetually crucified upon the animal organism.[xi]  Metaphysicians know these Saviors to be Earth’s Ascended Masters.  They continue to be present in the 5th dimension and higher.  Ascended Masters maintain a personal relationship with all who so desire.  We call talking with them prayer.

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         The Protestant Reformation did not take place until the 16th century.  Therefore, Catholics and Protestants shared the same history for 1500+ years.  The whole of Christendom has been psychologically marred by efforts to enforce one and the same faith.  Christian apologists have supplied a steady defense and proof of orthodox Christianity.  Our minds have been easily controlled by the fear of being condemned as a heretic and excommunicated.  A tribal consciousness  will gladly assist in enforcing the one and the same faith.  Called by various names, churches have presbyteries, elders, deacons that serve to weed out any heretical beliefs or teachings.  Ministers and professors are fired: reputations are ruined.  A layperson may be shunned and/or pronounced crazy by fellow congregants.   Minister and congregants are locked in a Catch 22 that very effectively prevents exploration for Truth.  For this reason, in recent decades, large numbers have left the church to search for Truth on their own.

The inability for the churches to explore and seek Truth has resulted in 2013/2014–the years Earth humans are temporarily residing on 4th dimension—arriving with multitudes still dead to the lies religions have propagated.  Will ministers and congregants awaken to the challenge of opening to new insights regarding who we are as divine beings? Do we dare to open our minds and seek Truth?

Will we stand outside the Gates of the Garden of Eden and affirm our intention to resurrect from the dead and ascend with Mother Earth to the higher dimensions of consciousness?

2013-2014 offer us the opportunity to do so!

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        As my Bridging the Gap Ministries, I have prepared a website and blog with writings to assist you in making the transition. Many of us expected to see visible major changes take place on or around December 12, 2012. Actually major changes did take place, however, they were not readily visible. The greatest shift that occurred is that Earth was able to break away from the 3rd dimension and move into the 4th, while anchoring on the 5th. This fact has already brought forth much Truth—formerly hidden from the people. This revelation of Truth will continue! We will see increasingly that Love is permeating the Earth!

www.pathwaytoascension.com

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https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/

 For those just beginning to explore, I recommend the following articles:

If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?

A series of 10 articles

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/bible.html

Ascension”

As demonstrated by the five major events in the life of Jesus

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/ascension.html

The Awakened Christian”

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/christian.html

Hell, As A Place For Some To Spend Eternity, Is Not Biblical”

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/hell-as-a-place-for-some-to-spend-eternity-is-not-biblical/

The Bible – The Story of Our Soul’s Journey Through the Plane

Of Duality – Draws To A Close”

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/christian.html

An Analysis of the Nicene Creed In Comparison With Jesus’ Teaching”

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/an-analysis-of-the-nicene-creed-in-comparison-with-jesus-teachings/

The History of Astrology in Judaism & Christianity”

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/history-of-astrology-in-judaism-christianity/

Two full length movies will introduce you to 2012:

2012 – The Online Movie”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc-55p1Al9k&annotation_id=annotation_593906&feature=iv

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David Wilcock, “The Source Field Investigations”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR-klTa1y54&feature=player_embedded

 


[i]   A History of the Christian Church, Walker, Norris, Lotz, & Handy, pages 125, 131-132.

[ii]  Irenaeus, “The Refutation & Overthrow of the Knowledge Falsely So Called,” Early Church Fathers, trans. & ed.  Cyril C. Richardson, page 362.

[iii]   Reincarnation:  The Phoenix Fire Mystery, eds. Joseph Head & S.L. Cranston, page 144.

[iv]   Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, vol. I, ed. Norman P. Tanner, page 119.

[v]   http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Papal_bull

[vi]   Avatar – according to Hindu mythology is an incarnation of a god.  As we ascend and once more re-gain 100% of   our brain power (full consciousness), we will remember that we are “sparks of god,” thus all gods.  For that reason, I refer to Avatars as Great Teachers.

[vii]   The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors:  Christianity Before Christ, Kersey Graves, originally published in 1875, re- published in 2007 by Cosimo, Inc., pages 104-128.

[viii]   The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors:  Christianity Before Christ, Kersey Graves, page 124.

[ix]   http://theborgias.wetpaint.com/page/Vatican+Secret+Archives  According to the Vatican, Secret means the Archives are the Pope’s private library.  Some researchers, who can afford to travel to Rome and remain    there for the duration of their research, are permitted entrance.  The researcher must arrive at the door    knowing exactly which documents he/she desires.   Around 1,000 researchers gain access to the Archives each year

[x]   The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors:  Christianity Before Christ, Kersey Graves, summary.  If interested in more information, http://www.truthbeknown.com/ offers excellent research.

[xi][xi]   Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy:  Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed Within the Rituals, Allegories, & Mysteries of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, page CLXXXIII.

WAYS IN WHICH RELGION HAS BEEN USED TO ENSLAVE HUMANITY

PREPARATION FOR ASCENSION – KNOWING TRUTH!

 

WAYS IN WHICH RELIGION HAS BEEN USED TO ENSLAVE HUMANITY

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

  Jesus - crowd

 “When a large number of people had gathered together so that they trod on one another, Jesus began to say to his disciples first of all, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  For there is nothing that is covered that will not be uncovered; and hidden that will not be known.’” [i] 

 PHARISEES:

The “Greek from Hebrew” word translated Pharisee means separatists, literalist.  Pharisees were one of Jewish sects during the time of Jesus that were opposed to him.  Metaphysically, Pharisee represents the individual consciousness that binds humanity to external forms of religion.  The Pharisee does not “know that Truth comes into expression in the consciousness through understanding; [he] seeks a sign in the external realm.  No sign of the presence of Christ can be given to the pharisaical state of mind, for the things of Spirit are spiritually discerned. (Mark 8:11,12)” [ii]

The Pharisees represent the religions of the world.  Although most religions possess a mystical branch,[iii] the bulk of humanity participates in religion by performing external rituals that have little or no in-depth meaning for them.  Obeying external religious rules does not lead to enhanced understanding of our spiritual nature.  In fact, it prevents people from recognizing their true nature as made in the image of Father/Mother God.  This lack of knowledge of who we really are has opened the door for the powerful to manipulate and enslave us.  We readily accept the biblical/religious teachings that we are “dust and to dust you shall return.”  [iv]

JESUS:

Metaphysically, Jesus represents God’s idea of a perfect man/woman—the Real Self of all humanity.[v]  Metaphysicians refer to this Real Self as the Christ Self, the Higher Self.  Jesus demonstrated through the major events of his life the pathway to ascension.[vi]   Each individual must travel this path for him/herself.  There is no magical way to suddenly possess the mind that was in Christ Jesus.  This mind requires the type of self-discipline described in my article entitled “Ascension.” [vii]

******Jesus, as the Divine Idea of the perfect man/woman, is not limited to the Christian religion. [viii]  Instead, this Divine Idea is the goal toward which all of humanity is to aim.  Every human being is divine and will eventually ascend to the higher realms. 

 SEE [ix]

Religions have enslaved humanity by not allowing this knowledge of our true identities to be taught. 

 Jesus taught:  “The one who believes in me [in your own indwelling God or I AM PRESENCE] will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.”  [x]  Jesus recognized all of humanity as his brothers and sisters.

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SACRED TEXTS:

All sacred books were written by individuals incarnated in a physical body and living on the 3rd dimensional plane of duality (represented by the Genesis story of the forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil).  These sacred texts were written for a variety of reasons, yet each religion appears to accept its sacred texts as the infallible word of God.  The Bible, especially, has undergone many translations from Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin into the language of specific nations.  The exact equivalent of a word in one language may not exist in another language.  Therefore the translation can easily change the meaning of the text.

The Bible consists of a compilation of many books written by various, often unknown authors.  The books chosen to be included in the Bible were selected by a group of human beings who were far from spiritually advanced.[xi]  Instead, they were Pharisaical in nature.  The Bible is full of contradictions, some of which represent differences in theological perspective.  Still, with all of its human flaws, much hidden wisdom can be found therein.

ENSLAVEMENT:

Those who would enslave the people easily do so by teaching them that the surface, or literal, meaning of the translated  words is the correct meaning.  This results in myriad misinterpretations, which can be used to create fear within the people.   Some examples are:

I.  HellHumans can easily be enslaved by teaching them a God who created a place of eternal punishment, called Hell.  Actually, the Aramaic words translated as “hell” in English—gehenna dnoora—refers to the “Valley of Hinnom.”  During the 1st century C.E., Gehenna dnoora, was the garbage dump for Jerusalem.  Located outside the city, people brought their garbage to Genenna dnoora and burned it.  The Valley of Hinnom was also the place where the Judean king, Ahaz (735-715 B.C.E.) offered sacrifices to idols.  King Ahaz also sent his son to the flames as a human sacrifice to the gods.  As a result of these sacrifices, the valley Gui Hinnom became a Semitic term for hell. [xii]

A.  Enslavement via instilling a fear of death and possibly a penalty of eternity in hell =obedience to the church rules and doctrines/creeds.

B.  Fear of death allows people to be manipulated into all types of behavior, including wars.   The concept of Enemy becomes acceptable, resulting in racism, discrimination, hatred, and violence.

II.  Reincarnation – The word reincarnation is not found in the Bible.  Still, the concept is present and vividly evident for those who read with open minds and who refuse to allow the doctrines of the church to dictate what they can perceive in their reading.[xiii]

A.  Enslavement by withholding knowledge of reincarnation is another way to create fear of death. 

B.  Denied the truth of reincarnation, enslavement = Only one life to live.  With only one life to live, every facet of our lives on the 3rd dimensional plane of duality takes on far more significance than it deserves—only one chance to experience marriage, only one chance to have children, only one chance to fulfill our dreams, on and on………

C.  Denied the truth of reincarnation, enslavement = the opportunity for the power elite to use the false concept of abortion kills babies to occupy the energies of millions while behind the scenes nefarious activities can take place undetected.[xiv]  An excellent example is how the outcome of important political elections can be manipulated by encouraging those who call themselves pro-life to vote for the candidate professing agreement with the pro-lifers.  This candidate may or may not be the best individual to lead a nation.

D.  Denied the truth of reincarnation, enslavement = homo phobia = a means to encourage hatred, discrimination, and violence.  The eternal life of a Soul—who eons ago made the freewill choice to incarnate on Earth’s 3rd dimensional plane of duality—is characterized by incarnating in both male and female bodies, rich and poor, in a variety of races, and in healthy and physically challenged bodies.  A variety of lifestyles is assumed in order to learn from each experience.  Incarnating in both male and female bodies = the opportunity to evolve into an androgynous being—meaning the Soul has achieved the balance of masculine and feminine energies required to evolve into the likeness and image of our Mother/Father God.  As the Soul works to achieve this balance of energies, it incarnates into male and female bodies in a number of incarnations.  Although Souls live in an atmosphere of Unconditional Love on the inner planes, they develop special affinities to particular Souls.  When these Souls incarnate into physical bodies, they may choose male or female bodies.  The gender of the physical body does not impact the Souls’ love for each other.

As we have seen from past life regressions, our physical bodies carry memories from previous incarnations.  My intuitive sense is that a Soul who has incarnated in the same gender for several lifetimes in a row and then, switches to the opposite gender in the present incarnation may manifest as what we call homosexual for the simple reason his/her cells still carry strong memories of the previous lives.  Cellular memory may also account for the individual feeling she/he is in the wrong body.  Bisexuality can actually indicate a step toward attaining androgyne.

Immeasurable enslavement and suffering have resulted from religions’ refusal to teach the truth of reincarnation.  Past life regressions and the miracles of healing that often occur have proven the extent of the suffering incurred.

From the Soul-level perspective, the gender of the body makes no difference.   There is no judgment!

III.  Born againa misinterpretation of this extremely popular religious term is used to enslave millions.  Christians are taught that in order to avoid spending eternity in hell, they must be born again.  This represents an example of translators interpreting the Bible in accordance with their religious doctrines.

Let’s look at the story of Nicodemus in John 3.  As a Pharisee, Nicodemus accepted reincarnation for the good souls.[xv]  He had been observing Jesus and was impressed:  “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”  Jesus intuitively knows that Nicodemus’ statement is really a question.  He answers the question he perceives.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.

The Greek word used here is gennethe in the passive voice, indicating the subject is acted upon by someone else.  In the passive voice, gennethe means to be born of woman.  The Greek word translated here as again is anothen.  It means both again and from above.  I choose to translate anothen as again based of the passive voice of gennethe.  Thus Jesus’ statement actually reads:  “unless one is born again of woman, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.”  In other words, Nicodemus must reincarnate until he is spiritually mature enough to perform the signs Jesus performed.

Reincarnation is the means by which we evolve in spiritual maturity to the point of ascension to a higher dimension of consciousness.  By religions failing to teach reincarnation, humanity is enslaved to a level of consciousness that does not recognize our innate individual sovereignty.  Instead, Christians are taught that salvation from eternity in hell comes through “Jesus’ blood shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.”  Christians are taught to worship Jesus as Redeemer and Savior.  Many sing popular hymns like “Jesus Paid It All.”

To say Jesus paid it all enslaves Christians by preventing individual spiritual evolvement.  Just as a young child must learn to walk on his own, humanity must seek truth and integrate it into our personal lives on our own.  Jesus shows us the Way; he does not do it for us.[xvi]

IV.  Religions enslave by their failure to encourage holistic self-growth, which is the Soul purpose in reincarnating.  Jesus taught that those who believe in him (meaning who believe in their own indwelling God) would do greater works than he did.  Yet the Bible does not teach humanity how to achieve a level of spiritual consciousness that would allow us to do these works.  Religions do not encourage humanity to think in terms of individual growth.  Instead, they teach humanity to be dependent upon the religious authorities to tell them what to believe, what to do, the rituals they are to perform or in which to participate, and to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.  They do not teach individual self worth and being an integral unique part of the overall Divine Plan.  

 Humanity is led into believing it is separate from God and all other parts of Creation.  Humanity is alone with no real purpose in life.  This is the worst type of enslavement—enslavement to meaninglessness!

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 During the last five weeks before 12/21/12, I encourage everyone—especially those who are deeply involved in the external religions of Pharisees—to look again at Jesus, the Divine Idea of humanity in perfection.  Then look within yourselves to determine how closely you resemble this Divine Idea.  Are you a sovereign being of Love & Light – OR – are you simply saying, “I have nothing to worry over … I’m saved, I’m a born again Christian.  Jesus did it all for me.”

In truth, no one has anything over which to worry.  All will ascend when they are ready.  On the other hand, Earth has invited every member of the human family to ascend with her in 2012!  The choice is yours.


[i]   Luke 12:1-2, Lamsa’s Translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta.

[ii]   Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, page521.

[iii]   Although each religion’s mystical groups offer an opportunity for deeper spirituality, they are still required to       adhere to the tenets of the particular religion.

[iv]   Genesis 3:19.

[v]   Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, page 345.

[viii]   I speak within the framework of Christianity because that is the only religion I know.

[ix]   Explanation of your Divine Self may be found at:  http://tsl.org/2009/10/chart-of-your-divine-self/

[xi]   A reading of few of the Church Fathers’ writings will reveal just how egoic and invested in being the one who        was right were those who compiled the Christian (including the Catholic) Bible.

[xii]   Rocco Errico, “Why Hell Is A Rubbish Heap,”  SCIENCE OF MIND MAGAZINE, February 1996, page 103.  See:                  https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/hell-jerusalems-garbage-dump/

[xv]   Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, Book 3, Chapter 8, No.14, trans. William Whiston (Grand Rapids, Michigan:           Kregel Publications, 1960) 478.

[xvi]   You may read what Jesus showed us at:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/bible.html.

REINCARNATION IN THE BIBLE – PART 2

REINCARNATION IN THE BIBLE – PART 2

“Who Sinned, This Man or His Parents?”  John 9:2

Plus analysis of the Nicene Creed in comparison with Jesus’ teachings

Excerpts from my book,  A New Age Christian:

My Spiritual Journey

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

“What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?”  Nothing, if we expect to find the word reincarnation.

A lot, if we read the Bible through the lens of belief in reincarnation.  In the previous chapter, I discuss the early Church Fathers’ efforts to establish a worldwide church subscribing to one and the same doctrine.  A very serious repercussion has been heresy trials resulting in excommunication, burning of books, even death for expounding a different doctrine.

A second devastating consequence has been the forced reading of and interpretation of the Bible according to the established church creeds.  Any portion of the Scriptures that is contrary to the established creed (or, for those churches not subscribing to a creed, the traditional facets of the Christian doctrines) are ignored.  Much within the gospel of John, which many scholars believe to be based in Gnosticism, is an excellent example.  Another illustration is Jesus’ statement, found twice in the gospel of Matthew, that John the Baptist is Elijah.

For seventeen hundred years, the church continues to read the Bible through the lens of the established creeds.  In so doing, our eyes are blinded to the opportunities for new insights.  Even when a minister or layperson recognizes new truth within its pages, the establishment reacts with the statement that has stifled spiritual insight throughout Christian history:  “That interpretation is not according to Christianity.”  Christianity becomes an idol of stone hindering the unfolding of new understandings via the Bible.

Another way by which the many layers of meaning to be found within the Bible is stifled is the instruction to seek to determine what the writer intended to say.  This is a fallacy because if the Bible is truly inspired, the writer is not a consideration.  Inspiration comes through the writer, not from the writer.  The real question is:  what is Source saying?

With this in mind, let’s try on a different set of eyeglasses.  You can always choose to return to your old ones.  For now, let’s embark on a sightseeing adventure through the pages of the Bible.  The fee for this quest is an open mind.  Our destination is to find those places in the Bible where the concept of reincarnation deepens our understanding and offers new insights.

On our first stop, we will view the case study of John the Baptist.  In the closing verses of the Old Testament (in the Christian arrangement of books), we find the prophet Malachi predicting the return to Earth of Elijah:  “Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.  He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.”75

The Israelite prophet, Elijah, lives during the first half of the ninth century B.C.E.  He is a nomad who lives in desert caves and dresses in animal skins.76 According to II Kings 2:11, Elijah does not die.  Instead, he ascends to heaven in a chariot of fire drawn by horses of fire.  Elijah is one of three Old Testament characters who ascend to heaven without experiencing physical death.  The other two are Enoch and Melchizedek.77

Scholars are confident in dating the writing of Malachi in the first half of the fifth century B.C.E.78 Thus for at least five hundred years before the birth of John the Baptist, the Jewish people look forward to the return of Elijah as heralding a time of healing, blessings, and peace.  Knowing this prophecy will aid in the understanding of the New Testament text and why the Jewish people question whether or not John the Baptist and Jesus are Elijah.

Near the end of the first century B.C.E., as Zechariah administers his priestly duties, an angel appears with a message.  Elizabeth, his barren wife, will conceive a son whose name is to be “John.”  In the words of the angel, “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.  He must never drink wine or strong drink:  even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.  He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.  With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents of their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”79

Luke’s gospel reveals to us, “The child grew and become strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.” Though his parents reside in “a Judean town in the hill country,”80 John the Baptist, like Elijah, lives in the wilderness.  Both the Old Testament Hebrew word midbar and the New Testament Greek word eremos can be translated desert or wilderness.  Matthew’s gospel describes John, “Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist.”81 John dresses like Elijah.  During John the Baptist’s wilderness ministry, the Jewish people and Levites come from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you? Are you Elijah? John answers, “No.”82

If John the Baptist is the reincarnation of Elijah, would he not be the first to know?  Think back to the discussion of continuity of consciousness in Part 1.  It is not surprising that John does not remember his incarnation as Elijah.  The lack of memory is a safeguard to ensure John completes his soul’s work this lifetime.  If we read the stories of Elijah, we learn he orders the people to kill 450 Baal priests.  The soul of Elijah has negative karma to confront while in the physical body of John the Baptist.  John can accomplish his ministry of preparing the way for the Lord much better if he does not consciously remember that he has a debt to pay.  Continuity of consciousness is readily available to us only after we have cleared away enough of our negative karma for the memories not to overwhelm and render us immobile with guilt and dread.  The negative karma Elijah sows by having the priests murdered is reaped by the soul while in John’s body.  John is beheaded for what appears on the surface to be a whimsical gift to Herodias’ daughter.83 Underneath the obvious is the reaping of the soul’s past life negative karma.

Jesus recognizes John the Baptist’s identity.  The gospel of Matthew twice records his identification of John as Elijah returned to earth.84 In Matthew 11, Jesus speaks to the crowds concerning John the Baptist:  “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.” Jesus reaffirms this fact following his transfiguration as recorded in Matthew 17:  “He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased.  So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.”

By the time of the transfiguration, John the Baptist has been beheaded.  The soul that occupied the physical bodies of Elijah and John is here seen appearing as Elijah in spirit, accompanied by Moses.  From the world of spirit, Elijah and Moses assist Jesus with the completion of his earthly mission.85 Our souls move back and forth from the world of spirit to the world of matter.  Wherever we are, we reside in a community of spiritual and embodied souls.   The case study of John the Baptist takes us through an entire scenario of the concept of reincarnation.

We move on to the second step on our sightseeing tour of the Bible.  The presence of an underlying belief in reincarnation can be seen in the story of a man born blind, found in John 9.  Jesus and his disciples are walking when they notice a man, blind from birth.  The disciples question Jesus:  “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answers, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Looking back to Part 1, you can find examples of souls planning, while in spirit, to incarnate with particular handicaps for specific purposes.  This man’s soul agreed to be born blind “so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Notice how the disciples, like us, immediately assume the negative:  blindness is a result of sin.  Jesus refutes this pessimistic judgment.  In doing so, he reveals just how seriously we may err, when we choose to be judgmental.

The story of Nicodemus, found in John 3, will be our third stop.  As a Pharisee, Nicodemus would believe in reincarnation for the good souls.86 He has been observing Jesus and is impressed:  “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus intuitively knows that Nicodemus’ statement is really a question.  He answers the question he perceives.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.”

The Greek word used here is gennethe in the passive voice, indicating the subject is acted upon by someone else.  In the passive, gennethe means to be born of a woman.  The Greek work translated here as again is anothen. It means both again and from above. I choose to translate anothen as born again based on the passive voice of gennethe.  Read through the lens of reincarnation, Jesus explains to Nicodemus that he must re-incarnate; he must be born of woman again.

Nicodemus responds on the level of another physical birth with his questions:  “How can anyone be born after having grown old?  Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus proceeds with an explanation that relates the reason for reincarnation.  “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”

Water symbolizes many things in the Bible, so we cannot be sure what Jesus means.  We can find clues by observing how water is used throughout John’s gospel.  Jesus turns the water into wine at the wedding feast.  Jesus walks on water.  Jesus heals the lame man beside the waters of the Bethzatha Pool.  In John 7:37-38, the Father within Jesus speaks, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink … out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” Each of John’s usages of water relates to a level of spirituality that manifests the Father within.  To know and manifest the Father within self is the goal of reincarnation.

The majority of us take many lifetimes to evolve back to our original state as a being of spirit, manifesting according to God’s image.  Thus, in order to be born of water and the spirit, we must reincarnate.

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As we draw near to 2012, Earth humans have the opportunity to speed up their ascension process with concentrated effort.  As the Ascended Masters and our Galactic Family become visibly present with us, they will teach us the Pathway to Ascension in an accelerated form that will eliminate the need for our souls to reincarnate into the 3rd dimensional plane of duality, where we tend to learn through suffering.  Earth humans are scheduled to ascend into the 5th dimensional consciousness where all is love and unity.  Ascension is not, however, completed for us—we must intentionally evolve spiritually as the individual child god that we are.  In John 10:34, Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods?’”

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Jesus grows impatient with Nicodemus’ lack of understanding:  “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?” Pharisees believe in reincarnation for the good souls.  Why are you, Nicodemus, having so much difficulty with the concept?

Our fourth sightseeing location is in Caesarea.  Jesus and his disciples have just arrived.  Curious as to who the crowds think he is, Jesus asks, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” With the ease of those who accept reincarnation, the disciples answer him:  “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”87 Elijah, Jeremiah, and the other prophets lived hundreds of years before Jesus.  Neither the disciples nor Jesus find it odd that the people are speculating that Jesus is a reincarnation of one of the prophets.  A belief in reincarnation is an integrated part of the culture in which they live.

The last stop on our sightseeing trip will be Matthew 26:52.  Jesus and his disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The chief priests and elders of the people, armed with swords and clubs, arrive to arrest Jesus.  As they grab Jesus, one of his disciples draws his sword, cutting off the ear of one of the high priest’s slaves.  Jesus reacts immediately:  “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

We all know that murderers do not necessarily die violently in the present life.  Jesus is teaching his disciples that violent behavior in this life will eventually be met with violence, in this life or a future one.  Violent actions create negative karma.  However, all souls have the opportunity to transmute this violent karma—before it manifests—through loving service to others.  Negative karma stored within our energy field is temporary and can be transformed by exercising forgiveness and loving service.  Only positive karma is stored eternally.  Positive karma becomes “the stars in our crown” celebrated in an old gospel hymn.

We end our tour with these five examples.88

With the above evidence, and more, of the presence of reincarnation within the Bible, why does traditional Christianity choose to ignore this powerful avenue of God’s grace.

ANALYSIS OF THE NICENE CREED IN COMPARISON WITH JESUS’ TEACHINGS

“Is reincarnation cheap grace?”

“Does reincarnation take away from the role of Jesus in God’s plan of salvation?”

In order to answer these questions, we must consider traditional Christianity’s doctrines relating to Jesus, grace, and the human condition.

In 325 C.E., the ecumenical council of Church Fathers, meeting in Nicaea, adopt the Nicene Creed89 as the means by which the worldwide church maintains one and the same doctrine.  With the advent of the Protestant Reformation, numerous creeds are developed by the various “break-away” Christian groups.  However, the powerful influence of the Nicene Creed persists, even within those denominations that profess to have no creed.  The beliefs set forth in the Nicene Creed permeate our Christian psyche.  Christians have read the Bible through the lens of the Nicene Creed for seventeen hundred years.  Today, it is the creed often used during Services of Communion.90 (This endnote includes the Nicene Creed in its entirety.)

“Who is Jesus according to the Nicene Creed?”

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven … for our sake he was crucified … he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father … with the Father and the Son he [the Holy Spirit] is worshiped and glorified.”

On the basis of this description of Jesus rests our misconceptions of his true identity, his role in the salvation of humanity, and humanity’s condition.      Fierce controversies over Jesus’ divinity versus his humanity, or combination thereof, are raged by Christians for hundreds of years.  Ruthless debates over humanity’s original sin, humanity’s deprived state, and God’s need for a blood sacrifice fill the pages of numerous theological treatises.  With the concept of reincarnation deemed heresy, the horrendous doctrine of double predestination is devised as a means to explain the presence of unmitigated evil in the world.91 (Endnote contains added information.) Theologians are forced to talk around their elbows and back in an effort not to punch holes in the above creed.

Ponder the above words from the Nicene Creed.  What do they tell you about Jesus?  Jesus is said to be God.  Jesus is to be worshipped as the sacrificial lamb, thus the vicarious atonement for our sins.  By implication, God is a God who cannot bring himself to forgive humanity without a blood sacrifice of his beloved Son.  Seldom expressed verbally, the grasping fingers of subliminal fear paralyze Christians into obeying when the church hierarchy commands, “Do not question God’s actions.  You will lose your faith if you do.”

The assumed truth in the Nicene Creed is that humanity is down below God and Jesus, separate from them.  By default, humanity is of a different nature—a nature that so angers God a blood sacrifice is required.  God’s unconditional love and unlimited grace, as displayed in the opportunity to reincarnate, has no place in the creedal theology.  Although Christians have tried to have faith in a God of love, subconscious fear prevails.  How often have I heard, “I know God loves me because he gave his only Son to die for me.”  In the search for security in a world ruled by an angry God, Christians regularly ignore their nagging intuitive hunches: “Requiring the death of one son, so that others might live, cannot be right.”

Fear is rarely admitted. I hear it when a bereaved person comforts himself with the words, “I’m sure she went to heaven.  She was so good.”  Though not a conscious part of his daily life, the belief in hell rises to the surface when the individual is confronted with death.  The human psyche is deeply scarred with the church’s teaching of a physical place called hell, created by a God who intends to punish some individuals for eternity.  As long as the church ignores the fact of reincarnation, hell remains the only method for God’s justice to work itself out.

Yet hell, as a place for some to spend eternity, is not biblical.  Rocco Errico offers a word study.  The English term hell comes from the Anglo-Saxon hel, meaning a hidden place.  Hel comes from the verb form helan meaning to hide. Thus the English root word for hell, helan, has nothing to do with hell-fire.  Biblical translators used the word hell to translate two different Semitic words:  gehenna or gehenna dnoora in Aramaic (the language of Jesus) and sheol in Hebrew.

Sheol comes from the Hebrew root word shalal meaning to be still, quiet. The ancient Hebrews believe sheol to be a place beneath the earth’s surface where those who die, both good and bad, are inactive and quiet.  They await judgment or resurrection day.  It is a temporary resting place in the underworld.

The Aramaic gehenna dnoora refers to the “Valley of Hinnom.”  During the first century C.E., Gehenna Dnoora is the garbage dump for Jerusalem.  Located outside the city, people bring garbage to Gehenna Dnoora and burn it.  The Judean king, Ahaz (735-715 B.C.E.), uses this valley to offer sacrifices to idols.  Here, in the Valley of Hinnom, King Ahaz sends his son to the flames as a human sacrifice to the gods.  As a result of these sacrifices, the valley Gei Hinnom becomes a Semitic term for hell.92 The Old Testament sheol and the New Testament gehenna dnoora in no way refer to a place established by God for eternal punishment.

Revelation 21:8 is another verse that seems, on the surface, to verify the Christian concept of hell:  “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Throughout Revelation, sulfur appears in relationship to the eternal fires.93On the mundane level, sulfur is a natural element found in protein.  Protein is essential to the well-being of our physical bodies.  Hidden wisdom uses sulfur as an alchemical symbol.94 Alchemy, as defined by Webster, is the “power or process of transforming something common into something special.”   Thus sulfur in combination with the eternal fire is the means by which souls are transformed “from something common into something special.” The second death is therefore death to the lower self (or something common) so that the something special can be resurrected.  Revelation is speaking of the astral plane where all negativity is eventually transmuted and resurrected into something special.

Hell, as a place of eternal punishment, is not biblical. God truly is love.

Sadly the misconceptions of the church render Christians paralyzed with fear.  Although many ministers and laypersons say they no longer believe in hell, no concentrated effort is made to correct this destructive doctrine.  It is simply ignored.  To ignore it does not alleviate fear.  Instead, the fear is repressed, giving it power far beyond our recognition.

Why, when the minister who attempts to present new insights is silenced, does she acquiesce?  Why is the layperson hesitant to ask the questions that really concern him.  For the minister, loss of the particular pulpit may lead to a more open congregation.  For the parishioner, loss of status within the church community is far less restricting than repressing questions springing from the soul.  The healing of subliminal fear of an unpredictable God awaits the church’s awakening to and proclamation of Truth.

As I continue to share the story of my search for Truth, I pray you will have the courage to explore with me and recognize for yourself, God is Absolute Love.

“What does Jesus teach?”

Throughout the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus refers to himself as the Son of Man, thus emphasizing his prototype human role.  This prototype human concept of himself is reinforced throughout his teachings.

Jesus repeatedly shifts the attention from himself to “his Father in heaven.”  In Matthew 8, an individual suffering from leprosy approaches Jesus, asking to be healed.  Jesus touches the man’s scaly skin, saying, “Be made clean.” As the man is healed, Jesus commands him to go to the temple and offer a gift of thanksgiving to God.  Jesus deflects the credit for the healing from himself to God.

Mark 10:17-22 relates the story of a rich man running up to Jesus.  “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus corrects him, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.” Then Jesus answers the man’s question according to his individual soul’s needs.  Jesus senses that this wealthy man is attached to his material possessions.  His soul needs to learn at least three lessons this incarnation:  1) detachment from riches as his source of supply; 2) sharing his possessions with others; and 3) looking to God alone as his source of abundant supply.  Grieving, the man turns away—he is not yet ready to learn.

That Jesus views himself as the prototype human is obvious in Luke 6:40.  “A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.” Jesus expects his disciples to develop the same level of spiritual maturity he exhibits.  He is frustrated with their failure to do so.

While the disciples are rowing across the Sea of Galilee, a storm splashes waves into the boat.  Fearful for their lives, the disciples call to Jesus to wake up and save them.  After calming the sea, Jesus questions his disciples, “Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?”95 Jesus expects them to have the faith needed to calm the sea.  Instead, they simply look at him in awe.

The disciples seem unable to comprehend Jesus’ expectations of them.  On another occasion, Jesus is teaching a crowd of five thousand men in a deserted place.  As dusk approaches, his disciples grow uneasy.  They want Jesus to dismiss the crowd so they can go into the villages, find a place to spend the night, and purchase some food.  Jesus expects the disciples to solve the problem:  “You give them something to eat.”96 Once more the disciples do not know what to do.

Jesus places himself on par with the disciples and the rest of humanity.  He teaches us to address God as “our Father” when we pray.97 In his teachings, he refers to God as “your Father in heaven.”98 Jesus indicates the familial relationship we share with him:  “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Our Father, your Father, my Father—we and Jesus have the same relationship to God.  Because Jesus, as prototype human, is so far beyond our present demonstrated abilities, we believe ourselves to be less than he in the eyes of God.  In reality, Jesus, as prototype human, reveals the goal of reincarnation.

John’s gospel presents the most vivid display of Jesus’ knowledge that he is prototype man.  The above portion of the Nicene Creed is based on the Church Fathers’ interpretation of John 1:1-18.  Jesus is equated with the Word.  The creed affirms Jesus as true God from true God.  As a result, reading the gospel of John through the lens of the Nicene Creed can be a confusing experience.

In contrast to the Nicene Creed, Christian Gnosticism equates the Word with the spirit of God indwelling Jesus and every other human being.  As I state in Part 1, the Gnostics are reincarnationists.  Scholars, not bound by orthodoxy, believe Gnostics to be the descendants of the original Christians and the inheritors of the hidden wisdom Jesus gives only to his disciples.99 The Greek meaning of christos is the Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah.  Gnostics teach that the Christ is the divine spirit in every being.100 Jesus is called the Christ because he has evolved spiritually to the point of being filled with the Spirit.  In his prayer for all his followers, Jesus prayed, “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us.”101 Gnostics equate the Word with the Christ Spirit. Making this distinction between Jesus and the Christ Spirit indwelling all beings opens the door to the hidden wisdom teachings of Jesus, including reincarnation.

The goal of reincarnation is to become one with God—to become so filled with the Christ Spirit that we, like Jesus, are manifesting as the Christ.  Reading the Bible through the lens of gnosticism is a thrilling adventure.  The Bible, especially John’s gospel, comes alive with individual meaning.  Through the lens of gnosticism, the Bible is your story and my story, the narrative of our souls’ journey back to God.  Read through the lens of the Nicene Creed, the Bible is the story of a faraway God periodically intervening within the historical setting of a helpless humanity.

John’s gospel is filled with teachings of Jesus that are ignored by subscribers to the Nicene Creed.  They fall on deaf ears because a Christianity based on the Creed presents Jesus as the God Man to be worshipped.  To traditional Christians, relating to Jesus as an equal is a foreign concept—heresy.

Jesus makes the distinction between himself as the man and the indwelling Spirit of the Father:  “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.”102

“I can do nothing on my own.  As I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”103

“My teaching is not mine but his who send me.”104

“I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me … I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”105

“Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me … I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak … What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”106

“The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”107

The climax of Jesus’ teaching regarding humanity’s status within the divine cosmic plan in found in John 14:12:  “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will go greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Jesus is the prototype man, the example we are to follow, not to worship.  Believing Jesus to be a divinity we are to worship renders his teachings unfathomable.

Jesus’ metaphor of the vine beautifully illustrates the sameness of the Word or Christ spirit within Jesus and humanity.  In John 15, Jesus teaches, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower … I am the vine, you are the branches.” Remember, Jesus speaks the words of his Father or the Christ Spirit within him.  When Jesus states, “I am the true vine,” he is channeling the words of the Christ Spirit.  In other words, the Christ Spirit (which dwells within each of us) informs us through Jesus, “I [the Christ Spirit] am the true vine.” Jesus is the spokesperson for the Christ Spirit.

In Palestine, grape vineyards are a common sight. Anyone hearing Jesus’ words will immediately know that the grapes are produced on the branches.  His metaphor unveils the true relationship of humanity with the Christ Spirit and God.  God, as the vinegrower, is the Creator God of John 1:1.  The life force through which the vine comes into being is the Word, or Christ Spirit (the only begotten Son).  This life force not only fills the vine, but also its branches—humanity.  It is the life that is the light of all people.  We, the branches, are to bear the fruit, to do all the works that Jesus did and more.  As a member of the human race, Jesus is one of the branches.

Let us now read that most beloved verse of the New Testament, John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world [or humanity] that he gave his only Son [the Christ Spirit within each of us], so that everyone who believes in him [the indwelling Christ Spirit] may not perish but may have eternal life.”

The true source of eternal life is the Christ Spirit within humanity and all of creation. Continuing in John 3, we read,

“Indeed, God did not send the Son [the Christ Spirit] into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him [the Christ Spirit].  Those who believe in him [the Christ Spirit] are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God [the Christ Spirit dwelling within each of us].  And this is the judgment, that the light [the Christ Spirit as the life force of all creation] has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.  For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light [or recognize the Christ Spirit within themselves], so [under the false assumption] that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light [come to know the Christ Spirit within themselves], so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God [as branches of the vine God implanted on Earth].108

Returning to the Nicene Creed, we find it states, “For our sake he was crucified.” As stated in Part 1, the early followers of Jesus were compelled by the pressures of their cosmopolitan society to answer the question:  “Why do you call ‘Teacher’ a man the Roman government sentenced to death for treason?”  They answer the questions within the context of their religious experiences.

Christianity grows out of the Jewish religion. Throughout Old Testament times and into the first century C.E., the Jewish religion is sacrificial.  Just as we have evidence of two levels within Jesus’ teachings (the parables for the crowds and the hidden wisdom for the disciples alone), 109 the Judaic sacrifice has two levels.

Rituals of worship within the Jewish religion include the sacrifice of animals up to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E.  John the Baptist (as depicted in John 1:29, 35) uses a metaphor, derived from his religious background110 to refer to Jesus:  “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”111 Likewise the gospel writers tend to explain Jesus’ crucifixion within the mundane boundaries of the Jewish religion.  However, an esoteric level of Judaism exists.  This level is illustrated by the Old Testament prophet Isaiah:  “Listen to the teaching of our God …. What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.” Instead of blood sacrifices, the Lord requests, “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to go good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”112Words, incorporated into a Christian hymn as if they relate to Jesus’ sacrifice, are instead a part of the esoteric teachings of Judaism: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah proclaims the requirement for this cleansing:  If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.”113 God freely offers cleansing and abundance to all who are willing and obedient.  Sacrifices are not needed.

Circumcision is a Jewish ritual of dedication to the Lord, similar to the ritual of baptism in the Christian church.  Deuteronomy, one of the books in the Jewish Torah (or Book of Law) unveils the esoteric level of circumcision.  “The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live.”114 Physical manifestations or rituals are simply a reminder of higher, spiritual Truth.  They do not constitute the means of salvation.

How does Jesus answer when questioned, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” As we see in the example of the rich man, Jesus responds to this question according to the individual’s stage of spiritual maturity.  For this particular rich man, Jesus prescribes, “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor.”115 He knows this man cannot enter the kingdom of heaven as long as he remains attached to his material possessions—in other words chained to the mundane level of spirituality.  This answer causes problems for some Christians. Does Jesus mean being rich disqualifies us from entering heaven?

Zacchaeus is a wealthy tax collector living in Jericho. Tax collectors are uniformly hated because they cheat the people.  Upon meeting and having Jesus in his home for a meal, Zacchaeus repents:  “Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’” Jesus does not suggest to Zacchaeus that he sell his possessions.  Zacchaeus offers to share his possessions, to balance his negative karmic debt by returning four times as much as he has unfairly taken from the people.  Jesus’ response to Zacchaeus is totally different from his answer to the rich man cited above.  Each of us has specific soul lessons to learn this incarnation.  Jesus reinforces Zacchaeus’ decision:  “Today salvation has come to this house.”116 Zacchaeus continues to be a rich man.  He can accomplish spiritual maturity, while remaining rich, because he willingly shares his abundance.

Jesus ends his praise of Zacchaeus with a curious statement if read through the lens of the Nicene Creed: “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”117 Traditional Christianity teaches that the only means of salvation is through the spilled blood of Jesus.  This is not the teaching of Jesus.  Zacchaeus is affirmed in his salvation on the basis of his own soul’s growth.

Since the goal of Jesus’ ministry is “to save the lost,” we would expect him to explain his means of doing so.  Jesus urges us to follow him, to lay down our lives in service to others, to take up our cross, to do the things he does and more.  When asked, “What is the greatest commandment,” Jesus turns all attention away from himself.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”118

If Jesus makes no reference to himself when expounding upon the means of salvation, why does he allow himself to be crucified?  Matthew, Mark, and Luke depict Jesus interpreting his forthcoming death within the religious milieu of his day—as the sacrificial lamb.  He does this through the ancient ritual of sharing bread and wine as he celebrates the Passover Feast with his disciples.  In John’s gospel also, Jesus celebrates the Passover Feast with his disciples.  He then washes their feet.  He instructs them:  “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.  So, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”119 Jesus presents himself as prototype man.

In John 10:17-18, Jesus sets forth the reason for his crucifixion:      “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.  I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again.  I have received this command from my Father.”

What is Jesus saying?

Read through the lens of the Nicene Creed, he is sacrificing his life because God commands it in order to save us from our sins.  Read through the lens of hidden wisdom, Jesus is laying down his life in order to resurrect his physical body.  “I have the power to take it up again.” God commands it because Jesus has attained a level of oneness with God, a level of divinity that enables him to resurrect his physical body as concrete proof that death does not exist.  Jesus is the prototype man.  He is a concrete revelation to humanity of the path that leads to eternal life.

He affirms his ability to resurrect himself earlier in John 2:19, 21:  “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’ …. He was speaking of the temple of his body.” Jesus is teaching on the level of hidden wisdom, but the people connect his words to the physical temple in Jerusalem.  Orthodox Christianity also interprets his teachings on the physical level.  Read through the lens of Gnosticism and reincarnation, the Bible overflows with the secret teachings of Jesus and his predecessors.

Salvation of human beings is found throughout the Bible and is not limited to or dependent upon the death of Jesus.  The life-giving force of the Word, the only begotten Son of God, is within all of humanity.  Jesus, as prototype man, precedes us in his re-union with God.  He is the Wayshower, the man who saves us by demonstrating and revealing the Way back home.  We may require numerous additional lifetimes on earth before we can add the Christ after our name.  God’s grace is eternal, awaiting that day.

Does the belief in reincarnation render God’s grace cheap?  Orthodox Christians answer, “yes” because, for them, the only means of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus—thus costly grace.  Reincarnationists respond, “No.”  For them, costly grace is lazy grace. Orthodox Christianity teaches that Jesus “did it all”; Christians have only to believe.  Reincarnationists know that many lifetimes are required in order to develop the self-discipline and to integrate the hidden wisdom sufficiently to fulfill Jesus’ command, “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Does acceptance of reincarnation take away from the status of Jesus as the central figure in Christianity? Orthodox Christianity once more responds “yes” for the same reason cited above.  Reincarnationists rejoice in their reply “no.”  Jesus is the prototype man, the human being whose own triumph over lower self promises the same capacity to each of us.  We are all to become Christed beings.

God is Love.

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Additional information found in the Endnotes.

75 Malachi 4:5-6.

76 Alexander Rofe, “Elijah,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985. Biblical passages concerning Elijah are I Kings 16:29 – 19:18, I Kings 21, II Kings 1:2 – 2:17, I Kings 19:19-21 in combination with II Kings 2:1-18.

77 Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 7:3.

78 Paul D. Hanson, “Malachi,” Harper’s Bible Commentary, 1988.

79 Luke 1:14-17.

80 Luke 1:39.

81 Matthew 3:4.

82 John 1:19-21.

83 Matthew 14:1-12.

84 Matthew 11:13-14, Matthew 17:12-13.

85 Matthew 17:3, Mark 9:4, Luke 9:30-31.

86 Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, Book 3, Chapter 8, No. 14, trans. William Whiston (Grand Rapids,

MI: Kregel Publications, 1960) 478.

87 Matthew 16:13-14.

88 For additional information concerning the evidence of reincarnation in the Bible, read Herbert Bruce Puryear’s Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation.

89 Creeds of the Churches, ed. John H. Leith (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1982) 28.

90 THE NICENE CREED: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten ,not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made human. For our sakes he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

91 DOUBLE PREDESTINATION states that God, at the time of creation, foreordains some souls to eternal bliss, some to eternal damnation. Augustine, one of the early Church Fathers, evolved a doctrine of predestination which stressed “it is God’s choice and action, taken without regard for human merit foreseen, which at once starts people on the road to salvation and enables them to persevere in it.” [Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1985) 209.] Though Augustine did not go so far as to teach those souls not selected by God are foreordained to eternal damnation, his doctrine did so by implication. Acceptance of the extreme theory of double predestination waxed and waned throughout Christian history, with its culmination in John Calvin. Calvin goes beyond Augustine and explicitly asserts double predestination. His doctrine states that the reprobation of those not elected is a specific determination of God’s inscrutable will. [John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion trans. Ford Lewis Battles, ed. John T. McNeill (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press) 1viii.] Reprobation means foreordained to damnation. Calvin taught anxiety over whether or not one is among the elect is to be considered a temptation by Satan. [Calvin 1iz.] It is doctrines like double predestination that have permeated the Christian psyche with fear. Even when the doctrine is denied on the conscious level, the subconscious continues submerged in the fear “what if?” Imprisoned by fear of a capricious God, Christians have understandably been very hesitant to read the Bible with any other than the traditional lens. Such doctrines have deprived Christians of much joy.

92 Rocco Errico, “Why Hell Is A Rubbish Heap,” Science of Mind Magazine Feb. 1996:103. Used with permission by Rocco Errico. Dr. Errico’s book entitled Let There Be Light presents seven keys for gleaning an understanding of the Bible. These keys are based upon his knowledge of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages (the original languages of the Old and New Testaments), plus the ancient Middle Eastern culture. 93 Revelation 9:17, 14:10, 19:20, 20:10, and 21:8.

94 Manly P. Hall, An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, (Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc., 1978) CXXXII.

95 Mark 4:35-41.

96 Luke 9:10-13.

97 Matthew 6:9.

98 Matthew 7:11.

99 Cranston 153. Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:9.

100 Cranston 155.

101 John 17:21.

102 John 5:19.

103 John 5:30.

104 John 7:16.

105 John 8:28, 38.

106 John 12:44, 49, 50b.

107 John 14:10b.

108 John 3:16-21.

109 Matthew 13:10-11, Mark 4:10-11, 33-34, Luke 8:10.

110 The Suffering Servant motif found in Isaiah 53: “Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter.”

111 John 1:29.

112 Isaiah 1:10-11, 16-17.

113 Isaiah 1:18-20.

114 Deuteronomy 30:6.

115 Mark 10:21.

116 Luke 19:1-10.

117 Luke 19:10.

118 Matthew 22:37-39.

119 John 13:12b-15.

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