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They said to him, ' What is the place to which we are going? ' The Lord said, ' Stand in the place you can reach! ' " Mary said, ' Everything established thus is seen. ' The Lord said, ' I have told you that it is the one who can see who reveals. '
The True Prophet - Son of God - Logos - Teacher Of Righteousness: The objective of all genuine religions, is to bring about that condition within the mind and life of the individual where they are able to fulfill the statement in the Gospel of John, and be "taught by God" -- i.e., "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me" (John 6:45 NKJ). And it was for this reason that Jesus commanded his disciples not to be called teacher or rabbi -- i.e., "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have One Teacher, and you are all brethren" (Matt 23:8 RSV) -- and this was commanded, because there is Only One True Teacher, and that is the True Prophet -- Often referred to as the Logos, the Son of God, and the Teacher of Righteousness. And that those lost prodigal sons who look to other men as their teacher, rabbi or leaders, will be greatly deceived and misguided, is why the disciple Peter in the Clementine Homilies declared: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples”.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all teach the same essential Truth -- that each of us must make our body-vessel a Living Temple -- a Living Church -- or a Living Mosque -- and it is this essential truth which was originally taught by all three religions prior to being corrupted by carnal religious leaders. And that the historical Yeshua was able to accomplish this within himself, is demonstrated where it is written of the Ebionites that they taught that Yeshua/Jesus was in “supernatural union of a man and God... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366 -- see http://Ebionite.com).
A Suppressed Truth: (The Castration of the Wikipedia) That Jesus became One with the Indwelling Logos -- and that he taught his disciples to do the same -- is a suppressed truth that will not even be published by most reference resources today. There is an important statement pertaining to the Ebionites with respect to what the original Disciples of Yeshua believed that he "was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ." Hence "when Ebionites thus fulfill the law, they are able to become Christs, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity." (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). And what this means is that each and every person reading these words is not only the brother or sister of Jesus, but that as the prodigal sons and daughters of their Heavenly Father-God, they have the same potential and destiny when they too fulfill the Law within themselves. And in the same way that this important teaching of Jesus and his Ebionite Nazirene Disciples was suppressed by the Church, so too does modern reference resources such as the Wikipedia suppress this teaching. On their Ebionite page (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebionite ), not only is this essential teaching suppressed, but they have themselves attempted to portray the Ebionites as ignorant Judaizers (see The Lie).
Has the Wikipedia attempted to misinform the reader? The attempt of the Wikipedia to deceive the reader is demonstrated in their censorship of the above statement pertaining to the Ebionites by Hippolytus. Why? Because this statement not only portrays the Ebionites in a totally different and very spiritual light than what is presented in the history books -- but when properly understood, demonstrates that the present faith-based Christian Church is a misrepresentation of what Jesus actually taught. Is the position of the original Ebionites that is being censored correct? That the Ebionites are correct, and that the Church has been promoting the grave error and idolatry of Pagan Rome, is easily proven in the original account of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan where it was said from heaven: "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee" (see http://TheTenWords.com ). That this Gospel account was changed in the fourth century by the Emperor Constantine and his Church, represented the final series of corruptions of the biblical text that alienated the Church from the Truth and the inner Kingdom. Constantine was a sun worshipper -- and he reasoned that Jesus was the latest incarnation of the Mithraic sun-god. But of paramount importance is the fact that the original Gospel message was that: All who overcome, and fulfill the Law within themselves, will become the Messiah/Christ -- which Hebrew and Greek words in English means The Anointed Of God. And it is this Power of the Anointing that opens the mind to see beyond the cloak of the "outer darkness" and to the degree that the Anointing can be received, begin the process of being taught by the indwelling Logos/Son of God.
Just as important is the fact that the true meaning of the word Gnostic would have to be understood as that directly imparted Spiritual Knowledge that is the result of overcoming the Laws, and becoming the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) as Jesus taught. And it is this objective of acquiring Gnosis -- or the Divine Manna of the Kingdom through the Anointing of the mind, that is presented by John in the words: "These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him" (1 Jn 2:26-29 NKJ). This Coming, is the Coming of the Kingdom within the mind and being of the disciple (see http://GateOfEden.com ). And who is it that will come and teach the disciple all the Mysteries of the Kingdom? The Logos, or Son of God, which was portrayed as The True Prophet.
That all the disciples and followers of Jesus were to seek to become Anointed (Messiah/Christ) -- and that through this Anointing they would be taught the Truth from the One Teacher and True Prophet -- is demonstrated in the above words of the Epistle of John:"These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him" (I Jn 2:26-27 NKJ). The problem is that this teaching is Pure Gnostic and Spiritual, and the means to receive this Anointing and become One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God or True Prophet, has been suppressed by the Institutionalized Church which has replaced these essential spiritual concepts with their own dogma and doctrines of belief.
While all true disciples were to seek the Anointing (Messiah/Christ), it is also true that there is a vast difference between the various degrees of Anointing (Messiah/Christ) that seekers attain to, as they strive to become At-One with the Indwelling Logos. And this is preserved in the baptism sequence of what is known historically as the Original Matthew, which was the Gospel of the Hebrews/Ebionites, in the words: "And it came to pass when the Lord was come up out of the water, the whole fount of the Holy Spirit descended and rested upon him, and said unto him: My son, in all the prophets was I waiting for thee that thou shouldst come, and I might rest in thee. For thou art my rest, thou art my first begotten son, that reignest for ever." To which the Church Father Jerome correctly explains "not partially as in the case of other holy men." And the allegorical portrayal of the resurrection is the final or fourth stage of birth that is presented in the return of the Prodigal Son to the Father in the Kingdom ( http://GateOfEden.com ), or what is presented in the completion of the cycle from the Alpha to the Omega as portrayed in Jewish Mysticism in the Zohar: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… The souls must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God”.
As the disciple or seeker of Truth draws near to what Jesus portrayed as the Kingdom within ( http://GateOfEden.com ), they would receive various levels of the Anointing which would open their minds and teach and reveal to them the Mysteries of God that remain preserved within the parables -- and remains concealed within the allegorical symbols of the scriptures that few modern Jews, Christians or Muslims see or understand. The True Meaning of the scriptures cannot be taught -- but rather, only when the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) opens the mind of the seeker/disciple: "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45) And while this is openly declared in the Gospel of Thomas, it is just as true of all genuine scriptures -- the meaning of which, can only be revealed to those who gain the experiential knowledge through direct revelation of the One Teacher within. Thus, the words: "These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down. And he said, Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death. Jesus said, Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."
This inner Essence of God that exists within each of us which is referred to as the Logos/Son of God, was referred to as the True Prophet by the disciples and early followers of Jesus and TheWay. Why the True Prophet? Because the prophets and teachers of this world are carnal in their perceptions and understanding, and perpetually lead the lost prodigal sons and daughters into the proverbial ditch. A true prophet or shepherd sent and ordained by God does not prophsize or teach -- but rather, guides seekers how to live in TheWay, so they can be taught by the True Prophet that dwells in the Kingdom within each of us. And this is why Jesus stated that there is only One Teacher, and all of mankind are equally brothers and sisters who must learn from the True Prophet within them. And in the Homilies of Peter's disciple Clement, this is why Peter is quoted as saying to his own disciple: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples”. And it is this spiritual reality that is presented in the words: "It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me" (John 6:45 NIV).
In view of this original teaching that is not understood today because of the doctrinal corruptions of the Church, the question then becomes: How is one taught by God? Directly? Which is why it is written in the New Testament that there is only one way -- but this is not understood by the modern Jew who is ignorant of how to make their body a Living Temple -- and neither is it understood by the modern Christian Church which continues to embrace the doctrines of Constantine -- or the modern Muslim who looks to the Qur'an of this world. With respect to the One Teacher (Mt 23:8), or True Prophet, this same Truth can be demonstrated using the first century witness known as the Recognitions of Clement, where St. Clement quotes the teachings of the Apostle Peter. In chapter 59, under the heading of The True Prophet, Clement writes: “But I would not have you think, that in saying this I take away the power of judging concerning things; but I give counsel that no one walk through devious places, and rush into errors without end. And therefore I advise not only wise men, but indeed all men who have a desire of knowing what is advantageous to them, that they seek after the true Prophet; for it is He alone who knoweth all things, and who knoweth what and how every man is seeking. For He is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other. But He is soon found by those who diligently seek Him through love of the truth, and whose souls are not taken possession of by wickedness. For He is present with those who desire Him in the innocence of their spirits, who bear patiently, and draw sighs from the bottom of their hearts through love of the truth; but He deserts malevolent minds, because as a prophet He knows the thoughts of every one. And therefore let no one think that he can find Him by his own wisdom, unless, as we have said, he empty his mind of all wickedness, and conceive a pure and faithful desire to know Him. For when any one has so prepared himself, He Himself as a prophet, seeing a mind prepared for Him, of His own accord offers Himself to his knowledge”.
What does Peter say to us in these words? That the True Prophet “is within the mind of every one of us”. This concept is Spiritual -- it was condemned as Gnostic heresy by the Church of Rome -- while it is generally embraced by many Sufis, it has been condemned by mainstream spiritually disenfranchised Muslims -- and this important concept is the foundation of the Living Temple/Church/Mosque that the has been inaugurated among the three religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yeshua/Jesus warned his followers not to go to a teacher or religious authority in this world -- even when that teacher or authority says that he knows the Messiah/Christ -- or claims to be a prophet. What is very clear in these words which are common to all three religions, is that True Seekers were not to learn from men -- who themselves do not know -- and in true Spiritual-Gnostic fashion, they were only to go to the Source of all Knowledge, the True Prophet.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the baptized entry-level believers at Corinth did not know the Gospel of God, and could not be taught the Mysteries and of the Kingdom, because they were too carnal to receive them. Quoting the Being of Light web site (http://BeingOfLight.com ): Paul states: I will “...tell about the visions I've had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to heaven for a visit. Don't ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don't know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)” (2 Cor 12:1-4 TLB). What did Paul see and experience that was not only beyond natural man's ability to comprehend, but was not lawful to tell what he saw to others? In the Martyrdom of Ignatius (first Century Overseer of Antioch), Ignatius speaks of himself as a disciple of John. In his Epistle to the Ephesians he writes that he has been“initiated into the mysteries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred”. In his Epistle to the Trallaus he speaks of the mysteries and writes: “Might I not write to you things more full of mystery? But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes. Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”. Ignatius also writes that though he is aware of the mysteries, he is not yet “by any means perfect, nor am I such a disciple as Paul or Peter”. What preacher of the gospel today warns his congregation that if he was to reveal the true teachings of the New Covenant -- the Gospel of God -- he would “inflict injury on you who are babes” in Christ? What teaching of the Lord could a present-day preacher of the gospel reveal that the congregation of believers are not “able to receive their weighty import”? If Ignatius or the other early Church Fathers who knew the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God were with us today, what profound mystery could they speak regarding the true teachings of Jesus that believers today would be “strangled by them”?
This great dilemma that Paul wrote about -- and has been continually ignored by the majority of Christians throughout history -- was explained by Peter when his disciple Clement wrote his warning to believers: “…and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other”. It is equally important to recognize the fact that we are not making reference to faith and beliefs -- but rather, to the sure Knowledge of all things that is imparted to the seeker/disciple directly into the Enlightened Mind of those who truly believe -- and this belief is demonstrated by the person's desire to fulfill the Law within themselves, as Jesus taught in the original teachings of TheWay.
When Paul portrayed the Christians at Corinth as being yet too carnal to understand the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom, he in no wise suggested that they should remain in this carnal unenlightened state -- but rather, “go on to maturity” (Heb 6:1 NIV). In making reference to the elementary teachings which Paul portrays as Christ crucified, Paul instructs: “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Heb 6:1-2 NIV). Why did Paul say to leave the "...elementary teachings about Christ ...faith in God" behind? This is directly answered by the early Christian Church Father Clement of Alexandria who explains: “Faith is the foundation; knowledge the superstructure, by knowledge faith is perfected, for to know is more than to believe. Faith is a summary knowledge of urgent truths; knowledge a sure demonstration of what has been received through faith, being itself reared upon faith through the teachings of the Lord. Thus the Gnostic grasps the complete truth of all revelation from the beginning of the world to the end, piercing to the depths of scripture, of which the believer tastes the surface only. As a consequence of this intelligent sympathy with the Divine Will, the Gnostic becomes in perfect unity in himself, and as far as possible like God. Definite outward observances cease to have any value for one whose being is brought into abiding harmony with that which is eternal; he has no wants, no passions; he rests in the contemplation of God, which is and will be his unfailing blessedness ” (quoting Clement of Alexandria in Smith & Wace's Bible Dictionary).
When Clement portrays the Gnostic Christian as being in “…unity in himself”, and developing to where they have become “…like God” and “…brought into abiding harmony with that which is eternal”, it is at that time when the disciple becomes the True Christian by entering the final stage of spiritual development, and fulfills the biblical requirement as set forth by Jesus in the words: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 RSV). Even our very own Bibles at one time more clearly taught this same concept. In the third century 1 John 3:2 read somewhat differently than it does in our present translations. Quoting from Origen’s Contra Celsum we read that “it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like God, and shall see Him as He is”. With regard to our becoming like God, Origen then writes regarding Matthew 5:48 that “...the virtue of man and of God is identical. And therefore we are taught to become ‘perfect,’ as our Father in heaven is perfect”.
A spiritually mature seeker/disciple does not have faith and belief in the unknown -- but rather, knows the Truth by virtue of having personally experienced the Truth as a Son or Daughter of the Kingdom. From a first century Christian perspective, there is only one way that you can learn and know the truth, and that is through your own inner dormant spiritual nature. “Expect not that you shall learn anything”, says Peter, if you attempt to learn from the doctrines of men -- even when these men are the leaders of your church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Why? Because Jesus himself commanded: “But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren” (Matt 23:8 NKJ). And when rightly understood, the teachings of Jesus and TheWay present to the true seeker how they each may be "...taught by God" (John 6:45 NIV). The problem is that in order to bring this condition about, the Prodigal Sons must arise from the ways of this world, release themselves from the control of what is portrayed as the "citizen of the far country", which Paul portrayed as the god of this world, and they must themselves accomplish the required completion that Jesus did within himself, which is noted at Matt. 5:48. In the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: “…it is imperative on all those who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”.
This is why it is written in the Gospel of Thomas ( http://DivineManna.org ): "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world". And the finding of self is the primary objective of all scriptures. And when we add to this the statement from the Gospel of Philip that "Those who say that first they shall die and (then) they shall arise are confused. If they do not first receive the resurrection (while) they live, they will not receive anything (when)they die" Quoting the Being of Light ( http://BeingOfLight.com ) web site: It is for this reason that the second-century Church Father Clement of Alexandria said that it is “…the greatest of all lessons to know one's self. For if one knows himself, he will know God; and knowing God, he will be made like God… and that man becomes God, since God so wills”. In his treaties on The Soul and the Resurrection, St Gregory writes that “the Resurrection is no other thing than 'the re-constitution of our nature in its original form’”, and states that there will come a time “…when the complete whole of our race shall have been perfected from the first man to the last”. This statement should provoke great thought in the reader who is under the misconception that our Heavenly Father would destroy or forever cut off one of his sons or daughters who are lost in this world. If the whole of our race will one day be perfected from the first man to the last, then there are many grave misconceptions on the part of believers today. The reason these great truths are no longer the focus of the modern church is best captured in the words of A. Powell Davies: “Biblical scholars”, he writes, ”were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been” (quoted by Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls)... When God, in the words of St. Nazianzen, no longer is an “object of wonder”, but rather an “object of desire” -- and we, desiring to be purified from the defilements of this world, make ourselves fit vessels for the Lord to indwell, the Spirit, according to St. Nazianzen, reveals to us our true nature, and the revelation of this manifest Sacred Knowledge makes “us like God; so that when we have thus become like Himself, God may, to use a bold expression, hold converse with us as Gods, being united to us, and that perhaps to the same extent as He already knows those who are known to Him”. St. Nazianzen then writes that “the Divine Nature then is boundless and hard to understand” by those who are yet carnal and think as natural beings of this world.
The Spiritual Disenfranchisement Of The Mind - Some Very Serious Questions: In this era of institutionalized government mandated curriculums and pseudo-education, a little understood statement of Paul remains totally overlooked by the Christian world -- a statement of such importance and magnitude, that its negative effects has totally undermined the very spiritual foundation of the Church. And while we may see ourselves as being enlightened when we compare the present with the past, what we fail to understand is the fact that even in the Middle Ages, communities arose that were truly spiritual -- and in many respects, man dwells more in the Dark Ages today, than in that period that is known by that name. In the past government used religion to control the people. It is easily demonstrated that the scriptures were severely corrupted while in the hands of the Church (see Bible Corruption) -- and in addition to dogmatic corruptions, other interpolations were added in order to place the community of believers under the control of secular authority (see Interpolations To Support Government). In our modern era, government has now effectively used both education and the power of the mass media to program the thinking of the people. The direct result is that because of the demise of the spiritual communities, the congregations of believers are even more spiritually disenfranchised and lost today, than they were in the past.
For truly important reasons that modern Christians don't at all understand, Paul warned believers not to fall into the trap of subscribing to the thinking and wisdom of the people of this world -- and world which Jesus portrayed as the Far Country that was under the control of the god of this world. Thus, Paul warned: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ" (Col 2:8 NIV). And when you translate the Greek word Christ, into its English meaning as The Anointed or Anointing, then you can begin to comprehend just how deep in the abyss of ignorance that man has fallen in our present time-frame. Why? Because more than ever, those who claim to believe have been taken "...captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition [reasoning] and the basic principles of this world". And while modern man can point to the ignorant masses of the past and proclaim how far our society has advanced -- in view of the fact that has built upon a counterfeit foundation, his abject poverty today is even worse than in the past -- i.e., "But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty... Whoever finds himself is superior to the world" (the Gospel of Thomas ). And while our societies pseudo-intellectuals have found the world, in their state of absolute self-ignorance, all they have accomplished is of no real value.
It is not until a man comes to understand that there is nothing that is hidden or concealed -- and that while all realities lie before him, the inherent organic limitations of his vision and understanding which Jesus portrayed as being cast into the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see The Outer Darkness), inhibits him from seeing and understanding the reality of his own soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God and all of Creation. That man is able to begin to open the door of higher reality -- to the degree that the Gospels portray organic man as being blind, and even dead -- should be a proverbial wake-up call that, by failing to overcome his inherent organic limitations, he has merely entrenched himself in a world of even greater and more profound error. And until he first comes to terms with this inherent human reality, he will remain in the words of Paul, "...captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy" -- unable to even begin to escape the limitations of the "outer darkness", and see all realities in the Light of Absolute Truth. But how can man begin to learn, when he already thinks he knows? And this is true of not only believers who Paul portrays as too immature to comprehend the true meaning of the Gospel, but also the critics and unbelievers who reject the Gospel message. Therefore, how can man even become teachable, when he clings to the doctrines and philosophies of men of limited vision and understanding?
If a man proclaims that there is no God -- he is only professing his own blindness. If a man professes a doctrine of belief -- once again he is only professing his own blindness. All of man's solutions, explanations, resolutions, doctrinal and philosophical conclusions which require faith and belief, are all representative of a proclamation of his own blindness and profound ignorance. The Core Gospel Message of the New Covenant proclaims that no man shall teach his brother or neighbor -- because all will equally Know God (see Heb 8:11) -- and yet, man has rejected the Gospel Foundation, in order to follow and be in subjection to the dictates of men who are themselves the blind -- those who Jesus portrayed as the walking dead (see The Dead Know Nothing).
Paul warned the baptized and committed Christians that he, himself, taught and revealed the whole of the "testimony" of Christ, that they were yet to carnal to understand the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom -- which they would reject as utter "foolishness" (see Mystery). Yet, students of the Bible skip over this warning, and arrogantly conclude that this warning does not apply to them. And in their rejection of this warning, such a thing as learning beyond a very rudimentary point for the majority of those who study the scriptures, has been made impossible -- and this barrier to learning has in fact been obstructed by those who man looks to as teachers and leaders. Therefore, it is not until a man begins to recognize his own prevailing ignorance -- and the fact that everything that he thinks he knows, is fragmentary and incomplete at best -- that he can begin to escape the cloud of ignorance that envelops this world, and commence on the journey of walking the path of Knowing. Thus, it is not until man begins to recognize that his condition of profound ignorance is self-imposed, that he can begin to overcome the obstacle that inhibits his learning. In considering the wisdom of past visionaries, a man of reason would ask the questions: Why would Plato portray man as dwelling is a Cave of Illusions (see Plato's Cave)? Why would Jesus portray those people who have not yet put on the wedding garment of purity, as being cast out into what he portrayed as the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see The Outer Darkness)? That man's ignorance is the result of his attempt to learn from other men -- men who were themselves born in ignorance -- immersing himself in the process or rote programming of the mind -- building upon a flawed foundation of science that proves itself both limited and in error in nearly every 20 year interval -- instead of seeking the Source of All Knowledge -- demonstrates the folly of clinging to what Paul portrayed as the wisdom of this world that comes to naught.
Jesus came to set mankind free from lives of suffering and ignorance, as he portrayed their plight in this world as that of the lost prodigal son who had squandered away his inheritance as the offspring of God -- that each man must come to his senses, and return to the Kingdom of his Heavenly Father by picking up their own cross, and following in TheWay. But, before man can even begin the journey in TheWay, he must truly believe that he has the innate ability and power to prevail over what Paul called the god of this world which Jesus portrayed as the "Citizen... of the Far Country", and he must be willing to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who was the first of our brothers to prevail and overcome. And unless you truly believe that you possess this innate ability to know the Truth -- an innate ability that is presently undeveloped -- and you are willing to live your live in strict accord with the original Gospel teachings and concepts -- intimately keeping the Commandments that Jesus taught in word, thought, desire and deed -- then you will fail to achieve the next stage of birth that Jesus said was necessary to escape the blind ignorance of the "outer darkness", and inherit the Promise of Life.
In the foregoing quotation (see Search For The True Prophet) by the Apostle Peter pertaining to what Jesus called the One Teacher and True Prophet -- i.e., "Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples” -- in our own time with the mass of mind-programming that our culture erroneously portrays as education and even enlightenment, this should be revised to read: "...if you would learn anything of value about the life that you are presently living, then you have to ...learn them from Him [the True Prophet/Son of God/Logos] alone, because He alone is the Source of All Truths ...For if any one else knows anything, he has received it directly from Him.” Those who are attempting to teach and lead us, dwell in the illusions of Plato's Cave -- and this limited vision and knowledge is what Jesus portrayed as the "outer darkness". And because those who teach and lead are very much the "blind guides" that Jesus warned not to follow, mankind dwells in a state of self-imposed ignorance that has immersed him in the abyss of suffering.
In 2 Peter 1:20 the Apostle condemns and rejects what he portrays as "private interpretations" of the scriptures -- i.e., "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation". The objective was to have no divisions within the Congregations -- i.e., “I appeal to you, that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Cor 1:10 NIV). And someone who even suggests a manmade opinion or doctrine, should be rejected as a heretic who has been turned out of TheWay -- i.e., “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11 NIV). The Greek meaning of the word divisive is “one who promotes a sect” -- i.e., a doctrine of belief. And on this important point the Church Father Turtullian writes: “On this point, however, we dwell no longer, since it is the same Paul who, in his Epistle to the Galatians, counts 'heresies' among 'the sins of the flesh,' who also intimates to Titus, that 'a man who is a heretic' must be 'rejected after the first admonition,' on the ground that 'he that is such is perverted, and committeth sin, as a self-condemned man.' Indeed, in almost every epistle, when enjoining on us (the duty) of avoiding false doctrines, he sharply condemns heresies. Of these the practical effects are false doctrines, called in Greek heresies, a word used in the sense of that choice which a man makes when he either teaches them (to others) or takes up with them (for himself). For this reason it is that he calls the heretic self-condemned, because he has himself chosen that for which he is condemned”. In the original Gospel teachings, it was considered a “sin of the flesh”, because schisms and divisions are the result of natural man clinging to ideas of a carnal nature.
In the following words we will see a total departure from what modern man would consider proper teaching and instruction. If, as stated in the above quotation from the Epistle to the Hebrews, in the revelation of the Gospel man would no longer teach his brother and neighbor, then a wise man would have to totally re-evaluate our whole system of education today. To further reveal why our whole foundation of thinking and education is a detriment to every man, woman and child -- and by education I equally lay the blame at the door steps of both sectarian and secular leaders and institutions -- we must come to understand a most important statement by the Apostle Peter where he explained that, "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without".
These words are so profoundly opposed to both our sectarian and secular nstitutions, that they simply have no place in our modern-day culture -- and this, to our own demise. Again, let me repeat the words of Paul that when properly understood, parallels the foregoing statement by Peter -- i.e., "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world...". When you recognize that tradition is based upon (human) reasoning, which is based upon "...the basic principles of this world", then what Paul is warning the congregation of believers is confirmation of the foregoing statement made by Peter. Moreover, these statements confirm what Jesus taught regarding the commandment to seek out the One Teacher (see True Prophet) -- which explains the statement of Peter to his disciple Clement: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him..."
Yet, in a total rejection of this core Gospel teaching, Christians not only seek to learn from the people of this world -- i.e., "...For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without"!!! And again in total rejection of core Gospel teachings, the doctrines and interpretations of the scriptures are drawn totally from the very limited perspective of human organic reasoning -- i.e., "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind". Why? Because human reasoning is totally earth-bound, and incapable of understanding even the true reality of what is seen in the earth -- i.e., based upon "...the basic principles of this world".
These words of both Peter and Paul are so foreign and alien to our modern-day cultural, philosophical and religious thinking, that there is very little in the whole framework of man's thinking and mindset that can prepare him to comprehend their meaning. That believers ignore the biblical proclamation that in his "natural" organic state of mind, man is incapable of understanding his own higher soul and spiritual reality (see Mystery Of The Gospel), is representative of the very reason why Jesus commanded his followers to seek out only the One Teacher. In fact, neither the congregation of Christian believers, or the educators who teach in our schools and universities, can even imagine the reality that is being presented in these quotations. To the degree that to even begin to understand these words spoken by both Peter and Paul as core Gospel principles, it would be necessary for seeker/believer to totally reverse the whole foundation of his or her thinking. Because mankind cannot even begin to come to terms with the reality portrayed in these words, he has not only surrendered and squandered away his birthright, but has immersed himself in lives of great suffering, death and destruction. With the result being that it can be said that, because man fails to understand the reality of these words of Peter, is to consign one's life to the abyss of absolute ignorance and the sufferings of what is often allegorically portrayed as the fires (tribulations) of hell.
It is important to recognize that the pre-Nicene Church was portrayed as a "secret system" (see The Secret Doctrine Of The Church) -- and that the early Church Father Origen confirms the above quotation of Peter in the Homilies is seen in Origen's statement that the True Prophet/Son of God will teach the true disciple -- i.e., “…which appearing is manifested to each one of those who are perfect, and which enlightens the reason in the true knowledge of things” (Origen Against Celsus, bk. Ill, ch. Ixi.). Origen further explains that the Living Word "...was sent as a physician to sinners, but as a Teacher of Divine Mysteries to those who are already pure, and who sin no more". [Ibid., ch. Ixii. ] "Wisdom will not enter into the soul of a base man, nor dwell in a body that is involved in sin;" hence these higher teachings are given only to those who are "athletes in piety and in every virtue"
If we pose the question: Is the above words which are quoted from the writings of Peter's disciple Clement foreign to what is found in the Bibles that Christians use today? In many ways the above is parallel to the statement in the Epistle of John that all genuine believers and disciples of the Gospel teachings must seek the One Teacher that Jesus spoke of -- and that One Teacher would bestow upon the seeker/disciple the Anointing that reveals all Truths to the mind of the sincere seeker. That it was intended in the original Gospel teachings that all the disciples and followers of Jesus were to seek to become Anointed (Messiah/Christ) -- and that through this Anointing they would be taught the Truth from the One Teacher and True Prophet -- is demonstrated in the Epistle of John in the words: "These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him" (I Jn 2:26-27 NKJ). these words are not rhetorical or dogmatic in the manner that they are sometimes used in the Churches to provide a pseudo-facade that promotes the illusion of Gospel integrity -- but rather, the problem is that these words are Pure Gnostic and Spiritual, and the means to receive this Anointing and become One with the Indwelling Logos or True Prophet, has been suppressed by the Institutionalized Church which has replaced these essential spiritual concepts with their own smoke and mirror rituals and manmade dogmatic doctrines of belief. When Jesus taught that there is only One Way -- and that all must seek out the Son of God/Logos -- the One Way embodies the above words of Peter that the Church has totally rejected, and remain abjectively alien to the thinking of modern man. Where the Church should be teaching these ultra-important original Gospel teachings that would make them the Light of the World, they have instead embraced the thinking of carnal man, and have promoted abject ignorance in the name of Messiah/Christ.
While to an Atheist these concepts may appear to them as religious, nothing could be further from the truth. Is it religious to say that you have a heart, lungs, a liver and kidneys, a brain? While it is true that you can't see these organs from outside the body, that they exist beyond the vision of normal human perception does not at all make their existence a matter of faith and religion. In like manner, men such as Plato, Pythagoras, Jesus and others have witnessed to the fact that there exist inner dimensions of a person's mind and being that is not only the true source of their being, but provides them the innate ability to tap into a Source of Knowledge that reveals all Truths to the mind of those who overcome the natural Laws that are portrayed as Plato's Cave or what Jesus presented as the "outer darkness" of mind and being. That these realities exist, as sure as each person has a heart and other organs of the body that are beyond man's normal vision, is simply not consigned to the realms of belief, faith and dogmatic Church doctrine. That the vast majority of pseudo-church authorities remain totally ignorant of these inner realities that wise and enlightened visionaries of the past have experienced and witnessed to, does not at all disprove this universal voice of experiential wisdom. That the world of pseudo-intellectuals have never attempted to seek and explore this inner reality of the soul and what is often portrayed as the Kingdom of God, only proves and demonstrates that they have been unwilling to apply themselves in the manner that the mystic-explorers of the past have taught how to initiate these experiences within one's own self. That these inner realities of mind and being exist, is no more religious or faith-based, than the reality that one has a heart and other organs that exist beyond man's normal vision. What constitutes religion, is the mindset and lifestyle that enables the believer to bring the necessary transformation about within them, that provides them access to these inner realms of mind and being that are beyond man's organic vision and reach. That different religious groups -- i.e., Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or any number of the ancient religious orders proscribe a different path on how to make the journey and gain entrance to the inner dimensions of self, is what constitutes the practice of religion. And just as important is the fact that from an American Constitutional perspective, the mindset and lifestyle that is necessary in order to fulfill the objectives of the Gospel and make the journey in TheWay, is representative of the practice of religion that is protected by the First Amendment.
Quoting From: The Prediction That Satan Would Rule The Church: If we pose the question as to why the modern Church is totally ignorant of these inner realities of mind and being? In total disregard of the admonition of the scriptures themselves, the greater majority of Christians believe that the church is beyond the reach of what is allegorically portrayed as Satan -- that God somehow drew a line that Satan cannot cross over -- and because of this force of Divine protection, Satan has not immersed himself in every aspect of their lives! Yet, to their own detriment, the leaders of the modern church ignore the warning of the Apostle: “let no man beguile you in any wise: for (it will not be,) except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God” (2 Thes 2:3-4 ASV). What the Apostle is herein very clearly predicting is that there would come a time when the god of the Christian Church will be a false god. Historically speaking, it has been almost universally recognized that the period in time that the Apostle could have been referring to was in the fourth century when the church made a covenant with the Roman Emperor Constantine. With regard to this falling away, the Adam Clark Commentary writes of this passage of Paul's Epistle: “[Except there come a falling away first] We have the original word apostasia in our word apostasy; and by this term we understand a dereliction of the essential principles of religious truth, either a total abandonment of Christianity itself, or such a corruption of its doctrines as renders the whole system completely inefficient to salvation. But what this apostasy means is a question which has not yet, and perhaps never will be, answered to general satisfaction” (from the Adam Clarke Commentary).
Not to depreciate or make less the significance of any one of the individual statements presented in the above words, what the modern believer must recognized is the far-reaching totality of the statement: “But what this apostasy means is a question which has not yet, and perhaps never will be, answered to general satisfaction”. Ultimately, what this means to the modern believer is that each and every church authority from the fourth-century to the present, as well as every single preacher of the gospel, speaks from the position of concession -- which concession is that there is a great void in their knowledge of the truth. Thus, one of the core presumptions upon which the present-day doctrine of faith is based, is that these words of the Apostle Paul are not true i.e., that Paul was wrong?. Yet, one of the major causes of the present state of doctrinal chaos that immerses the Christian world, is based upon the failure of modern pastors and church authorities to recognize that the key to their dilemma is found in the prediction of the Apostle that there would come a time of total abandonment of the Gospel with respect to the desolation of all genuine spiritual Christian ideas and concepts. What this means is that the Apostle predicts that in the near future, the true religion of Jesus would cease to exist in this world.
The New Covenant is defined in the words: “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest” (Heb 8:10-11 NIV). This spiritual reality of the New Covenant is further portrayed by Paul in the words: “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively; God has put this knowledge in their hearts” (Rom 1:19 TLB). And thus, the Gospel teachings of the New Covenant represented the fulfillment of the words: "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me" (John 6:45 NKJ). And it was for this reason that Jesus commanded his disciples not to be called teacher or rabbi -- i.e., "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have One Teacher, and you are all brethren" (Matt 23:8 RSV).
Contrary to modern Christian rhetoric, there is a requirement as seen in Paul's words with respect to fulfilling the Law: “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves” (Rom 2:14 NAS). It is of the utmost importance to recognize that Paul did not say that the believer only has to call upon the name of the Lord, as is often preached in the Churches today -- but rather, the Gentiles are required to "...do instinctively the things of the Law". In teaching about this Law that Paul states the Gentile must fulfill within themselves, Jesus stated: "For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt 5:18-20).
While the modern Christians who have been spiritually disenfranchised by the Pagan Church of Rome do not at all understand the very essence of the core Gospel teachings with respect to overcoming the Laws that inhibit their access to the Kingdom within them (see Gate Of Eden) -- in a total rejection of the New Covenant, they teach their brothers instead of guiding them in TheWay in order to enter the Kingdom and be taught by the True Prophet. And in not understanding that Jesus became the Messiah/Christ by fulfilling the Law within himself as stated in the words of the early Church writer Hippolytus that Jesus "...was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity." And the primary objective of the Gospel is to guide true seekers as Disciples and followers of TheWay, in order for them to pick up their own cross and "...thus fulfill the law [to the degree that] they are able to become Christs" (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). And this spiritual reality of the New Covenant which is brought about by fulfilling the Law within one's self by becoming the Final Temple, is demonstrated in the words of God spoken to mankind with respect to Jesus and the baptism in the Jordan in the original Gospel teachings when it was stated: "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee" (see The Ten Words) -- which means that the historical man Jesus was a man, just like any other man, who became the Messiah/Christ when he overcame the Laws and became Anointed by God. And when it is realized that the original Gospels did not contain a Virgin Birth account -- and began in the manner of the Gospel of Mark which portrays a man named Jesus becoming the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) -- and it is further understood that the account of the Virgin Birth is in fact an allegorical portrayal of the next stage of birth that Jesus taught was necessary to enter the Kingdom (see Virgin Birth) -- then the whole reality of what is presented in the Gospels must be understood from a perspective that is simply beyond the comprehension of the Church and manmade dogmatic religion.
That Jesus was our brother is seen in his own words that "Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20:17 NIV). That Jesus became One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God is seen in the words that his disciples held that he (Jesus) was in “...supernatural union of a man and God... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366). And thus, the requirement of the original Gospel teachings is for those who were followers and believers, to imitate the pattern that Jesus set forth, and to do the Commandments that would fulfill the Law within the individual believer -- i.e., "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 KJV). And this is why Jesus warned those who would call themselves his followers and believers: “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39 NKJ). The requirement that has been set forth is that “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy”(Lev 11:45 KJV). In the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: “…it is imperative on all those who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”. And this is why the requirement was set forth by Jesus with respect to his disciples and followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 RSV). Only those who become the "good ground" in the parable of the Sower and the Seed, can be taught by the Logos/Son of God/True Prophet -- to the degree that they can themselves become Anointed (Messiah/Christ)-- i.e.,"These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him" (1 Jn 2:26-29 NKJ). The necessary "...practice [of] righteousness" has absolutely nothing in common with the blind belief of manmade Church doctrines which is promoted by Christians today -- but rather, the very thinking, lifestyle and mindset of the sincere seeker who strives to do as Jesus taught, and seek the Kingdom (within). And this important Gospel teaching is presented in the words of the Apostle John: “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure” (1 Jn 3:3 NIV).
While the Church under Pagan Rome adopted the doctrine that Jesus was a perpetual sacrifice that permitted believers to be exempt from the sins that they continued to commit -- even after coming to the knowledge of TheWay -- Paul condemned those who hold this doctrine as apostates to the Gospel -- i.e., "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who ...then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.. For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV). What this means is that the religion of Jesus in its original form was one of spiritual transformation -- and those who willfully sin, crucify the Son of God (indwelling Logos) afresh, and "...there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." These, and other such spiritual concepts, were totally unacceptable to the heathen Church of Rome, and the scriptures were corrupted in order to make them support the doctrines of the emperor. That the Church has abandoned the original teachings of Jesus, and have ignored the facts when it is demonstrated that the Church of Rome corrupted the very words of God spoken to man (see The Ten Words ), means that until the Church itself repents of this great sin against the Holy Spirit, they will remain under a cloud of ignorance in an exile state in a Spiritual Diaspora.
What this means is that if you call upon the name of the Lord in the manner of Christians today, and you then knowingly sin, you not only "...commit apostasy" and yourself "...crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt" -- but, as an apostate to the New Covenant, "...there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins". If we ask the question: Did Paul really mean that the sacrifice on the cross is canceled for those who knowingly sin after calling upon the name of the Lord? This is confirmed in the words of Paul when he wrote: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? …knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin… Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom 6:1-16 NKJ).
The Gospel teachings of TheWay, is the path where the lower carnal nature is spiritually transformed -- i.e., "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Col 3:5 NIV). To the degree where every thought is raised up to it's highest spiritual expression -- i.e., "…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:5 NIV). For Paul correctly warned that “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). That living after the flesh is sin -- and r if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries" -- which means that the whole structure of the modern Church which promotes Jesus as an exemption for living lives of sin attached to our carnally driven culture, is a Gospel fraud that is being peddled in the Churches for the profit of the clergy. And as a Church that promotes apostasy in the name of Jesus, this is why modern Christians are totally ignorant of the means by which they are to come into the Presence of the Indwelling Logos/Son of God (see True Prophet), and learn directly from the One Teacher that Jesus said to exclusively learn from. Thus, the modern Christian who is spiritually disenfranchised, teach in the manner of the people and wisdom of this world, and totally fail to understand the statement of Peter: "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without".
ONLY the direct teaching of the One True Prophet can reveal the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures. Peter correctly states that a believer should reject all outward interpretations. Paul correctly states that a believer must reject all doctrines and sects as being turned out of TheWay. It is for this reason the Apostle cautioned Titus to “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned”(Titus 3:10-11 NIV). Paul was so adamantly opposed to manmade schisms and carnal opinions that he chastised the believers at Corinth that they were not men of the spirit -- as was evidenced that they had divisions among them. He explained that the carnal, or“natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 KJV); and informs them that they are too “carnal, and walk as men” (1 Cor 3:3 KJV) to open the inner door of the mind and learn directly from the Lord via the spirit. From his perspective, the very existence of these divisions was proof the believers at Corinith were too carnal to experience direct communication with the indwelling True Prophet -- which opening of the inner door to the spirit was the whole essence of New Covenant theology.
Writing about schisms and divisions that Paul condemns in the above statement in the Epistle to Titus, the Church Father Turtillian writes: “On this point, however, we dwell no longer, since it is the same Paul who, in his Epistle to the Galatians, counts 'heresies' among 'the sins of the flesh,' who also intimates to Titus, that 'a man who is a heretic' must be 'rejected after the first admonition,' on the ground that 'he that is such is perverted, and committeth sin, as a self-condemned man.' Indeed, in almost every epistle, when enjoining on us (the duty) of avoiding false doctrines, he sharply condemns heresies. Of these the practical effects are false doctrines, called in Greek heresies, a word used in the sense of that choice which a man makes when he either teaches them (to others) or takes up with them (for himself). For this reason it is that he calls the heretic self-condemned, because he has himself chosen that for which he is condemned”. In the gospel preached by Paul, heresy is considered a “sin of the flesh”, because schisms and divisions are the result of natural man clinging to ideas of a carnal nature. Why are these baptized and committed Christians plagued by schisms and divisions? Because they only call upon the Lord with their lips, while failing to do as the Apostle states by following in The Way and“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV).
Sincere believers must therefore turn from the understanding of the flesh, or in the words of the Apostle: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom 8:6 KJV). The religion of Christ was one of the spirit -- and Paul taught the Gentile believers not to look to the historical man Jesus, but rather the indwelling Spiritual Living Messiah/Christ as their savior and revealer of truth: “Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according o the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (2 Cor 5:16 NAS). This Spiritual Messiah/Christ, over the historical Messiah/Christ in the flesh, was what biblical scholar Rudolf Bultmann was speaking of when he concluded that the “…Christian faith is, and should be, comparatively uninterested in the historical Jesus and centered instead on the transcendent Christ” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 electronic edition).
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