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SELFISH YOUNG MAN
An Honest Look at Christ and Christianity Plus Other Selected EssaysII Copyright © 1989 - 2004 by David Allan
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1. Jesus Christ – Person and offices
3. Philosophy and religion
ContentsAn Honest Look At
• The Pharisees
• Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
• Women Ministers
• Holy Days
• We Are Gods
• Marriage in Heaven
• Eternal Hell
• The Trinity
• A God Grows Up
• The Law Fails
• Playing God
• Time Does Not Exist
• Different Realities
• The Bride of Christ
• Equality and the Sexes
• Inexorable Conclusions Commentaries and Encouragement
• The Power of Thought
• Nothing Is Hidden
• Under Construction
• Illness and Injury
• Spiritual Evolution
• Rituals and Traditions
• Predestination and Free Will
• God Is Love
• The 7th Day
• A Common Problem
• Removing a Speck
• A Wise and Gentle Rebuke
• Another Wise and Gentle Rebuke
• You Reap What You Sow
• A Small Miracle
• Life Story
So many good things have been given to me during my life, so many hand outs and hand ups. But youth, and the selfish ingratitude that goes with it, blinded me from realizing how deeply indebted I am to those who went before me. This book is a small effort at repayment, given to those who still struggle like me, and those who will follow.
It is not possible that all of my view points will make sense to you, nor should they, for we are all individuals and therefore different by definition. But we are all human, so I know having written open and honestly that some of my perspectives may be of value to you.
I will say this very plainly at the onset: Jesus would be grieved to hear some of the words that have been put in his mouth and to see what some organizations have turned his legacy into.
Although some individual churches may be of benefit to the spiritually dead or spiritually young, organized religions are useless. Generally speaking, the origins of all religions are based on sparks of enlightenment that have been warped into businesses and seats of power by egotistical people. False doctrines abound, presented like facts by charlatans who dare tell us they speak for God, as if they have some access to the Almighty that the rest of us do not.
The Christian religions, like all other religions, are a waste of time for spiritual adults. True religion is a personal matter and nothing about it, except love, is universal to us all.
The bottom line is that we are all gods, we are all christs, we are all members of the spirit, and Love is the only real authority that ever has, does, or will exist.
What I try to do in this book is to address some of these false religious doctrines, making corrections and explaining a number of other little understood things that both the scriptures and common sense reasoning reveal. In addition, I include a variety of essays on other topics and also share some of my personal experiences. My most important objective is to bridge the gap between religion and love, which should be the same thing, but are not in most churches. My hope is to help people realize the childishness of following someone else’s opinion about the meaning and mysteries of life, which is what organized religions are, encouraging people instead to regard the spirit of love within them as the only real authority.
Although we should try to listen carefully to each other’s opinions, as we will almost always learn something, we should never subordinate the honest opinions of our heart to someone else’s. Therefore, if you and I are both subject to the authority of love, while I may decide your opinion is not right for me, perhaps utterly reject it, not only will I tolerate your view point, I will defend your right to it.
I do not claim all the answers and opinions I put forth here are certain, except as they pertain to me, at this point in time. Indeed, it concerns me that time may reveal to me that some of my understanding was weak, perhaps even wrong. Often I reach a conclusion, only to learn something new that sheds better light and presents more questions. In the past, my reaction to that was to rewrite the part in question to reflect the better understanding. However, it is not possible to understand everything. And if a person waited to speak until he did know everything, then that person would never speak at all. But you can understand to the point of satisfaction, and this point is where I am. So when you judge my effort, I ask you consider: Did I at least get you to think and shed a little light somewhere? Read it, get out of it what you can, leave the rest behind.
I used a number of quotes from the Christian scriptures (sometimes as I recalled them, so they may be paraphrased). Some of the references and their subsequent logical conclusions will not be understood by readers who have not extensively studied the Bible. But everything one really needs to know can be seen through natural philosophy anyway, so even the layman should understand much of what I have to say. I also noted some of the scriptures I referred to so people could more easily find passages they may not be familiar with.
If you are not familiar with the scriptures of various religions, you might consider reading them. I think anyone who has, with an open mind, has benefited a little. However, understand that none of them are truly important and their endless study becomes a waste of time. This is because the spirit of “love one another” is a part of us all, as it always has been, so we all have access to this vastly superior information, if only we will listen.
Criticism of the things I have expressed in this book is certain. So be it. My only response is to say that I have examined myself closely and my heart is right with the spirit, at least as it concerns what I have written. It was the best I could do and I held nothing back if I thought it might help, even to my own embarrassment.
Again, I owe so many people who have done right by me over the years, many of whom did not get back anything of the sort. I sincerely thank you all.David Allan
An Honest Look Scriptures
The origin of the writings that became the Christian scriptures is something that most churches never share with their flocks. The following is a very brief overview of the history of those documents, the entirety of which is presented in very general terms.
The first gentile Christian churches had no writings whatsoever for about the first 40 years after Jesus’ death. Everything was oral, with people assembling at individual homes and taking turns speaking about whatever they believed was inspired or edifying. Most of these people were converts from pagan religions in which they were already actively involved. Stories about Jesus and anything that might be related to his teaching were the main focus in these assemblies. Individual speaking being what it is, the tales passed from person to person and town to town with omissions or embellishments, pieces remembered incorrectly, or with things misunderstood, sometimes including various fabrications for whatever reason. In short, the stories were never retold exactly the same way in any two places.
Some of these stories eventually found their way into written form, whether mostly or partially true, or not at all. Within a few more decades there were also various letters from Christian leaders. Many of these assorted writings were copied and passed along over time, though not always written the same way when reproduced, and virtually never the same when translated. Given the nature and wisdom of man, even the original orations, written stories, and letters would have contained personal bias, errors, and omissions.
Within 100 years of Christ’s death, most individual churches were collecting, some even creating various writings, which were administered by the budding hierarchy of administrators in those churches. The original writings that sprang up in these first churches were sometimes copied and shared with other churches, who then might share their copies with still more churches, and so on and so forth. This resulted in versions of the original writings that varied from one church to another, the differences ranging from just a little to very different. Where these scrolls or codices had gaps or obvious errors, church administrators might fill them in with whatever they deemed most advantageous for their self-interests, though usually they used their best opinions, although not always right.
The churches in some larger cities and a few small towns had outgrown meeting at just one home, so they coordinated meetings in public places, wherever they were not persecuted. They used multiple homes or clandestine get-togethers in the bigger cities where they were unwelcome.
In these churches, increasingly springing up throughout the Roman Empire, there was also a movement away from the original church structure. What was once a group of equals was vanishing. Meetings wherein any member of the church could take a turn speaking as a teacher, sharing whatever moved them, were rapidly fading away. By the time 200 years had passed after Jesus’ death, the original emphasis in most churches had nearly completely changed. Now only a select few administrators and leaders would regularly speak at their meetings. Often they would read from the plethora of writings they had by now accumulated and kept at that particular church, then give their opinions and comments while the majority of people quietly listened. In just a few generations the message of the christ Jesus had been altered dramatically, as were the original writings about his teachings to match the changing emphases. This is all the greater loss given the original documents were imperfect in the first place.
By the time organized religion had taken full control of Jesus’ legacy, some 300 years after his death, Christianity was very public in some places and as widespread as the paganism that preceded it.
Administrative hierarchy existed in virtually every local church, and these people officiated virtually every aspect of every meeting. In their preaching they utilized a wide variety of the various versions of the many handwritten letters and stories that we now call “books” of the Bible. Also, by this time, nearly every gentile church had added enormous portions of the Old Testament writings from the Jews, which tripled the amount of words from which to draw material to craft sermons. Christianity was, in fact, becoming a very big business throughout the Roman Empire, steadily replacing the religious business of paganism and its unique mythologies.
Every individual church (there were no religions) used a different Bible, meaning a different collection of these “books.” And in small to very large amounts, each of these books varied from the story or letter by the same name that might be in the Bible of another town’s church.
Over time, as these churches evolved into political powers and businesses, administrators were able to push towards some standardization of their texts. In other words, since differences between churches injured their credibility, meetings started happening among neighboring church leaders, who then tried to decide which books, and which versions, would be best for them to use. Surely there were people who had good intentions by such things. But when we see how the early church, as a whole, moved away from the equality that humble Jesus preached, and turned itself into businesses and positions of power, this is all the proof we need to reject these organizations.
We must also, in general, reject most of the scriptures as inspired by God. Common sense is more than enough to show it too, if we just allow ourselves to think. The nature of mankind being what it is, coupled with documented history, shows that each passing generation of early church administrators tinkered with the original writings they assembled for their own self-interests. Within a few hundred years after the death of Jesus, almost the entirety of Jesus’ original message was lost or altered. All but gone was the story of a demon who found the key to life (love one another) and tried to help us other demons find their way.
The historical record indicates these early churches and their leaders had thousands upon thousands of heated doctrinal arguments with each other, which means that the people of their congregations had millions of disagreements over how to interpret what was meant by this, or what was meant by that.
However, the businessmen who took control of Jesus’ legacy were able to agree on one thing: If they put Jesus above us, then they could be above us in his absence.
Abuses by the then established Christian churches continued to grow after this period almost totally unchecked, for about 1000 years, until about 700 years ago. The seeds of reform were slowly developing by then, and it was at this time that a few scattered individuals set about to divide the books of the Bible into chapters. The success of their various works gave encouragement to the next step, about 200 years later, when other individuals set about to number all the passages, sentences, and verses.
Once divided and numbered, most subsequent translators and scribes have been afraid to correct any errors that resulted from parceling documents that were reproductions of inferior manuscripts, which were never perfect in the first place. Understand, the first numbered versions were copies of copies, of copies of copies of copies… easily the 100th version of the original in many cases. After the chapter divisions and subsequent numberings, corrections of some of the mistakes and fictional additions became impossible in the minds of most translators and scribes that followed. Therefore, they simply smoothed over any gaps or inaccuracies that resulted from omissions, additions, and rearrangements as best as they could.
In short, after centuries of tampering with the ever decreasing original writings that became scriptures, it finally became difficult to keep altering them. On the other hand, all the lies and mistakes made earlier were virtually cemented in place.
It was also around this time that the printing press was invented. This effectively gave the particular versions that were mass produced a more official status, deservedly or not.
In conclusion, the Christian scriptures are a mess, and they have been from the very beginning. But the facts about the origin of these books we call the Bible are seldom told by clergy to the laity.Some ministers are so uninformed or compromised that they even say the Bible is the unquestionable Word of God.
Which denomination is best? None of them. It can be surprising what some ministers and religious people will say in their arrogance, but pride is pride – and party spirit is just another form of it.
If an individual begins thinking that he is better than other people, then that person goes astray and the spirit is displeased. So how does being a group of individuals improve the same mistake?
The only intelligent way to judge a church is on an individual basis. By definition, a church is comprised of people, so the quality of a particular church is almost completely dependent on its ministers and congregation. Churches should not be franchised like businesses, and Christianity (and all religions) would be better off with no denominations at all, rather letting every individual church stand or fall on its own merits.
If a church develops branches, that is very good, but they must be independent after they mature. This is just the same as how children are managed by their parents until maturity, but then afterwards report directly to the spirit within them, meaning their own consciences.
After all, finding one’s salvation happens the same way it has in every day and age – we accept the authority of love. It is never by being a member of a particular group. If being a Jew is not sufficient to save those that are found to be false, even though Jesus himself was a Jew, then how can being a member of a particular brand of Christianity save us?
The apostle Paul saw the very beginning of this sort of partisanship and rebuked those churches sharply, for some were claiming Paul as their leader, others Apollos, and yet others Peter.(1) But Paul put a stop to their rivalry by explaining that Jesus was their real leader. And I would add that Jesus pointed towards the spirit of God as the real guide, and that the spirit shows us that love is the only real authority people must follow.
There is a popular misconception among many churchgoers that most people who do not attend church are lost souls, while most that do attend have found salvation.
That idea is very wrong since many of the elect (people who have decided to be obedient to the authority of love) never attend church, and among the people that do, many of them are not at all ruled by love.
The people who do attend church seem to fall into several distinct categories.
The first and oftentimes smallest group is the real believers. Formerly unwilling to accept the authority of love, they were won over by the word of their lord and the spirit at large. Having truly repented from the heart, their new and changing behaviors are positive proof of new persons in progress.
The second group is comprised of those that are as yet unwilling to accept the authority of love, but are making an effort to hear what the way is all about. From here they will decide to believe it, reject it, or pretend to believe it; and this group, the pretenders, is the third main group in most of today’s churches.
I call this last group the “Pharisees” in sarcastic honor of their predecessors, and today’s equivalent is no less a challenge since all their efforts are either to magnify themselves, or to conceal their disobedience to loving each other
Just as yesterday’s Pharisees were filled with pride to be associated with the temple, so it is that their modern counterparts love the word “Christian” and to be associated with the church. But the reason is only to flatter themselves or to obtain recognition from others. Indeed, they often use their association with a church like a stick to prod others into flattering them with how righteous they are, but whenever they witness to anyone the only thing they really say is “I am better than you.”
But all of this is no surprise, since the impact of this type of person has always been a burden on those who genuinely seek to understand spiritual things.
In Moses’ day, though all the people were set free from physical slavery, only a few of their number found favor.
Were things any better in Jesus’ day? Not much, for though all the people had the opportunity to be set free from spiritual slavery, having heard Jesus’ message to love one another, only a few really changed their selfish ways. But the wise understand that now is always the time to submit to the authority of love, instead of experiencing the second death later. Therefore, they reject their selfish pride and admit their past foolishness before the spirit.
As for the trials some say submitting to Jesus’ message brings, that is just not true. Such trials are only illusions. Love carries its own happiness, for once it is embraced it takes root, and this creates a metamorphosis in our souls, a light in the dark.
So when today’s pharisees cause trouble, remember that the people of today are not much different than the people who went before us.
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Even worse than the many false believers in today’s churches are the people who sometimes lead them. The apostles spoke about these ministers of Satan and forewarned us of their arrival, noting that some had already managed to creep into positions of leadership. How much more so now then, with all these years gone by?
Outwardly friendly and caring, but inside arrogant and crafty, some ministers cleverly maneuver to amass great material wealth. Others are fiercely proud of their imaginary stature, always ready to quietly tear anyone to pieces who would dare question them. But Jesus said we could recognize them by their “fruits,” and indeed we do, for their deeds speak loud and clear.
Some ministers actually demand we tithe 10% of our income to them, telling us how the Old Testament commands it. Then they turn around and correctly explain that the old law is dead and buried by the risen christ Jesus. Shameful contradiction.
There are other popular approaches for bringing in lots of money. One is to deliver sermons that humiliate anyone unwilling to give generously. Another is to imply that our donations bring us closer to salvation. The first example is cruelty for the sake of money, but the second is even worse. Utterly wicked and very dangerous religion, it implies salvation can be purchased.
The apostle Paul warns: “I may have such absolute faith that I can move hills from their place, but if I have no love, I count for nothing: I may distribute all I possess in charity, I may give up my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I make nothing of it.”
Another sign of the wickedness of these godless workmen is the luxury in which they sometimes live, accumulating wealth as if business were their business. This is far different than John the Baptist, a true minister, who told us that if we had two coats and our neighbor had none, then we must give one to help.
If your ministers do not fully disclose the church’s financial affairs on a regular basis, then do not give the wolves in sheep’s clothing another cent – and find another church to attend.
Now to clarify an earlier point about tithing: How much should we tithe? The spiritual principles that the old law of Moses tried to represent will always remain, in this case, giving of ourselves to help worthwhile community service. Under the new covenant, the spirit is our guide, so the answer is that we must give whatever our heart tells us is right. For some of us it might be little or nothing, since if we are poor we do not need to compound the problem. For others, it could be more than 10% of our income, perhaps much more.
But all of this brings up another spiritual lesson that the old law was forerunner to, namely, where to tithe?
The old physical law has all tithes going to the priests, which is what false ministers want, but the new spiritual law shows us that everyone ruled by love is a priest.
This does not mean we should not tithe to church ministers, quite the opposite if you attend a church. But you only need to tithe what you believe is right. The point is that all of us are full-time ministers.
The spirit is our guide for when and how to help in our own ministries, and when it is the lost we aid, they may be curious to understand our motivation. This is our opportunity to share the ageless message of “love one another,” even if only by the example of our deed itself.
Lastly, as to the power and lofty stature that these false workmen so often crave, magnifying themselves and/or taking advantage of those who esteem them, I will say only two things. First, it bears repeating what Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit.” Second, remember that every believer reports directly to the spirit of love. No person is in authority over another in the spiritual realm. Be sure any minister you choose to follow or assist understands this, realizing they are only your friend, and not your superior.
Many churches prohibit or discourage women ministers. They often try to justify this errant behavior by citing the apostle Paul’s teachings. For example: “A woman must listen quietly in church and be perfectly submissive; I allow no woman to teach or dictate to men, she must keep quiet.” And again, in another letter he says, “They are not allowed to speak; they must take a subordinate place, as the law enjoins. If they want any information, let them ask their husbands at home; it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church.” The letter then continues by asking, “You challenge this rule? Did God’s word start with you?(1)”*
Well, I do challenge that rule. Paul is wrong. And as to the question of with whom did God’s word start, I answer by asking if it started for us with Paul or Jesus? Should we teach Christianity or Paulianity?
First, that a woman can instruct men is proved by the fact that not all of the Old Testament era leaders were men. In fact, one leader, namely Deborah, was judge over the entire nation of Israel, and it was through her that the spirit of Jesus chided Barak to follow his orders to go into battle.(2) Would Paul have disobeyed because the rebuke came through a woman?
Second, that a woman may speak in church is proved by the prophetess who scripture records was “never away from the temple... at that very hour she came up and spoke of Him to all.”(3) Would Paul have told her she was disgraceful or to “shut-up” as she stood there rejoicing over the infant Jesus? Of course not.
Indeed, Paul even attempts to defend his errant position by claiming “the law enjoins it.” In fact, the law does not enjoin it. But rather the “law keepers,” that is to say, the Jews of that day, twisted the law in their arrogance and jealously to say that the law that shows differences between the sexes actually shows women to be inferior.
The scriptures do testify that man was created first and woman second, but this is not a statement of worth. Rather, this is simply a point of reference for the spirit to begin teaching our dull minds about love and our creation.
Understand that neither “man” nor “woman” was spiritually first. The spiritual principles that physical man and woman represent (give and receive) occur simultaneously in the pure and perfect spiritual sense. For if receive happens before give, then this is “stealing,” a form of violence and a sin. And if give happens without receive happening at the same time, then it would be “force,” a form of violence and a sin.
Furthermore, even if Paul did mistakenly believe the law of Moses enjoined such behavior, that old law is dead now, replaced by a new covenant that is purely spiritual in nature – which is exactly what Paul has argued in other places. He said of the old law that Jesus had “nailed it to the cross,” and in another place, “there is no room for male and female, you are all one in Christ Jesus.”So we see clearly that Paul has testified against himself on the matter.
But that is not the worst of Paul’s mistaken thinking, for after he tells Timothy that women can never teach men and that they must keep quiet, he attempts to justify it by saying, “For Adam was created first, then Eve...” This is true, but so what.
To begin with, how does having been created first merit any special goodness? The other animals were created before Adam, yet he was foremost among them. Consider also that Cain was created, so to speak, before Abel. How can he possibly claim that being first means being superior. No indeed. Adam and Eve were meant to be equals, even though different – and different does not mean inferior.
Paul then continues, saying, “Adam was not deceived, it was Eve who was deceived and fell into sin.” Again, this is true, but again it is irrelevant. Paul has totally missed the obvious question: Since Adam and Eve were both of the same flesh, and both had the same sinless spirit within them, what would Adam have done if he were tempted first? The answer, of course, is that Adam would have done the exact same thing! Eve sinned first because she was tempted first.
For the stubborn minded now: Understand Eve was not tempted first because she was weaker, but because she manifests “receive” in the union, which is the only place any thing trying to be seen as “give” could go prior to their separation by this original mistake.
Lastly, it is important to remember that the spirit was given to all believers. This is exactly what the true prophecies foretold, and exactly what happened on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection. Therefore, the question of whether or not a woman can instruct a man is very clear indeed. The answer is yes, and always has been.
* These verses conclude Chapter 14 of 1st Corinthians. Based on the text, the correct verse order is to relocate verses 37-40 after the first part of verse 33, then follow verse 40 with the remainder of verse 33 and verses 34-36 which brings chapter 14 to a close. If you read the verses I mentioned in their numerical order, and then read them in their correct order, you will see how obvious it is that some scribe altered their original order, and in so doing changed one of Paul’s errant opinions into an actual command from the spirit.
Thankfully, the evidence we need to prove this is in verse 37 itself and in verses 38-40 which follow; for it is clear from the text that the command from the Lord is about decorum in the church when believers prophecy or speak in tongues, not about the subordination of women.
More important, we have the spirit itself to prove it, for simply by thinking we come to realize such a self-evident truth. We all had mothers who taught us! A man does not grow from childhood into adulthood to find himself not only equal to, but spiritually superior to his mother. However, he may come to see the subtle differences, generally speaking, between their genders, as a daughter may learn similar things from watching her father. All will be blessed for the increased knowledge.
Of course, this rearrangement of Paul’s words was easy to do since it fit right in with his other incorrect teachings about women, teachings that differ vastly from what Jesus taught and what some true prophecies foresaw.
Jesus never commanded such behavior towards women. He could not have because it would be contrary to what he previously taught in person.
Long before that, Deborah judged the entire nation of Israel. When Jesus was a baby, a woman prophesied at the temple in Jerusalem in front of him and his parents. These things happened under the old physical law. How much more would such things be welcome under the new covenant of spiritual law? Welcome indeed! This fact is proved by the spirit itself, for we know that it was given to “all who were gathered” on Pentecost – male and female alike. Jesus told us, “The flesh profits nothing.” Clearly then, the spirit never told Paul that women could not teach, could not speak in church, and must be subordinate. Just as clear is that the apostle’s teachings about women are often wrong.
Finally, since it is clear in much of Paul’s writing that he is trying to follow the spirit of love, how is it that he went astray regarding women?
In my opinion, Paul is turned aside from the true way because of the incredible hardness of the people’s hearts, just as Moses turned aside when he permitted divorce, and again when the people’s wickedness made him doubt at Meribah. I think Paul was intimidated by society as it was, therefore he allowed the status quo to continue, rather than face the hostile reaction he would get from so many men if he ever told them plainly that their women, though different, were equal. But by never losing sight of the most important thing – teaching the people to “love one another” – he knew all else would have to follow in time, even if it took a little longer.
In the Law of Moses, holy days are a physical representation of the still forming spiritual world of a coming christ.
Before talking about these holy days, which are of minor interest at most, it is important to note these days are no longer in effect, since the christ Jesus has begun a new covenant. This new covenant is purely spiritual in nature and has only one commandment: “Love one another,” a commandment so profound it can only be written on our hearts.
Some churches teach that believers are still obligated to keep these days, but they are as far astray as churches who teach that Easter and Christmas are holy.
They often try to justify their error by citing certain scriptures. For example, when Moses commanded the Israelites to observe these days, he said that they were “permanent statutes.” Also, the apostle Paul sometimes observed these days depending on what church he was visiting at the time. In addition, Paul once wrote, “Everyone must be convinced in his own mind; the man who values a particular day does so to the Lord.” Let us examine these things, starting with Paul’s position.
Admittedly, Paul tolerated some congregations to continue observing days, but his letters show he discouraged it regularly and never instituted it among any congregations. And as far as Paul celebrating these days, that was purely incidental to his attending Jewish/Israelite festivals to spread the news that their christ had indeed finally come.
Paul understood the law of Moses served only as physical representation of spiritual ideals, which are now here in their fullness for some of us as manifested in the christ Jesus. Of course, the highest spiritual ideal contained in the old holy days is that every day is a holy day, because every day is to be without sin. But all of this is moot now, since the old law is dead. This is why, in arguing against the old law, Paul said of Jesus, “He canceled the regulations that stood against us – all these obligations he set aside when he nailed them to the cross.”
And again, in another letter, he wrote this very sharp rebuke to a church interested in keeping the law of the old covenant, saying, “I simply want to ask you one thing: Did you receive the spirit by doing what the law commands or by believing the gospel message? Are you such fools: Did you begin with the spirit only to end now with the flesh?”(1)
So we see Paul’s true feelings on the matter clearly. He tolerates observing the old holy days in the already established Jewish churches, but discourages it as having become needless, and forbids such things in all the new churches he is shepherding.
Now as for Moses saying these holy day observances were “permanent statutes,” that is true. But what happens when the spirit of Jesus, who gave the ideas in the law to Moses in the first place, says that the old law is finished? Obviously, that law is dead. And this is precisely what has happened, for a true prophesy says this very thing: “A day comes, the Eternal promises, when I make a fresh compact with all the house of Israel – not like the compact I once made with their fathers, the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of Egypt’s land... this is the compact I make with Israel in the end; I will put my law within them, writing it on their hearts.”(2) And when Jesus completed his work (having ascended and sent back the spirit to help), this new covenant was complete.
Having said all this, we can now take a look at the old Law’s Sabbaths, special Sabbaths, and special observances.
Please note that the special Sabbaths, of which there are seven each year, are called by a variety of names. They include “great” days, “high” days, or they were sometimes just called the Sabbath, like the regular seventh day observance was called.
A good way to visualize these days is to look at them on a calendar. I have reconstructed a partial calendar from the year Jesus was crucified to picture them and included it at the end of this chapter. Only the 1st, 3rd, and 7th months are shown, as they are all that are necessary.
Also, for those of you unfamiliar with this subject, the Jews did not use the Julian calendar that most of the Roman Empire used to chart the days (until around 1582 when it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar we still use today). Instead, the Jews of that day used a lunar calendar that marked the beginning of each year around the vernal equinox (the beginning of Spring). It consisted of alternating 30 day months, and 29 day months, for a total of 354 days per year. Since this would quickly make the seasons out of line with the solar year of 365-1/4 days, they added an additional month to their calendar as needed, approximately every 3 years. This kept the holy days relatively stationary, so they always happened at the same general time each year.
As you look at the calendar and then the brief summary of regular Sabbaths, “great/high day” Sabbaths, and special observances, remember that the Jews measured a day from sunset to sunset. Therefore, each day on this calendar would end at sunset, having begun on the preceding day at sunset. For example: The paschal lambs were always slain in the afternoon of the 14th day of the first month of the year (on the Jewish calendar), and the Passover supper was eaten by all of Israel just before the sun set. After the supper, when the sun sets, the 14th day is ended and the 15th day begins. Under the old Judaic law, which was also called the law of Moses, this 15th day is the First Day of Unleavened Bread, the first of the 7 annual high holy days.
Here is a brief overview of all the Old Testament holy days and commemorative events. Note that I used the English names of the days to make the calendar that follows easier to understand. I call the first day of the week Sunday, the second day Monday, etc.
These were the regular holy days, observed on the last day of every week. “During six days work may be done, but on the seventh day, there is to be a Sabbath of entire rest, and a sacred gathering...”Passover
This was not a holy day, but rather a holy event, the first of two each year. It was commemorative of the miracle that led to the Israelite exodus from the bondage of physical slavery to Egypt. “On the fourteenth day of the first month towards evening, the Passover of the Eternal begins.”Days of Unleavened Bread (Festival of Unleavened Bread)
A special seven day period that opened and closed with a “high” holy day. “On the fifteenth day of the same month the festival of unleavened bread in honor of the Eternal begins: for seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day of the festival you must hold a sacred gathering...and on the seventh day you must hold another sacred gathering.”First Fruits Wave Offering
This was not a holy day, but rather another holy event, the second of two each year. It was commemorative of the future miracle (the coming christ Jesus) that would lead to his world’s exodus from the bondage of spiritual slavery to sin. “You shall bring a sheaf from the first fruits of your harvest to the priest, who shall wave the sheaf to and fro before the Eternal, that you may be accepted; he shall wave it on the day after the Sabbath. On the day you wave the sheaf, you must offer an unblemished male lamb as a burnt offering to the Eternal...until you have brought the offering for your God you must eat neither bread nor grain” (from any new harvest of the new year).Day of Pentecost (Feast of First Fruits)
This was a “high” holy day. “You bring the sheaf of the waved offering, you shall count seven full weeks, fifty days to the day...and on that day you shall proclaim a sacred gathering.”Days of Trumpets
This was a “high” holy day. “On the first day of the seventh month you must hold as an entire rest, a day of remembrance accompanied by trumpet blasts, and a sacred gathering...”Day of Atonement
This was a “high” holy day. “On the tenth day of this month, however, which is Expiation day, you must hold a sacred gathering; you must abstain and fast...”Days of Booths and Last Great Day
A special seven day period that opened with a “high” holy day, and when the seven days ended, was immediately followed by another “high” holy day. “On the fifteenth day of this seventh month the festival of booths begins, for seven days, in honor of the Eternal. On the first day there shall be a sacred gathering...and on the eighth day you shall hold a sacred gathering...”
Here is a question: Were all of these seven high holy days and the holy observances/events fulfilled in the same year?
Obviously, the two holy observances/events happened in the same year, for Jesus was crucified on Passover and ascended to the Father when the First Fruits Wave Offering took place. Also certain is that the first three of the seven high holy days have been fulfilled. The first two of these are the First and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread, symbolic of our creation and God’s resting afterwards. The third of the seven is the Day of Pentecost, symbolic of receiving the spirit of love, which came to us shortly after Jesus died and arose.
What about the other four high holy days? Were they fulfilled in the same year?
The answer as I see it is yes. Just before his execution, Jesus asked his father that he be “spared this cup if it were possible.” He also once said, “All things are possible for them that believe.” Pause for moment and consider the implications in those two comments by Jesus...! In addition, shortly before Jesus was led away to execution, he told his disciples “From now on you see the Father.” These are also extremely important words from Jesus. Lastly, we have the example of Isaac the son being spared by Abraham the father.
To put this all another way, a key of any christ is the leap of one’s essence from the temporary physical realm into the eternal spiritual realm. So the other holy days, by definition, become purely spiritual immediately after the Day of Pentecost was fulfilled. In short, in the new covenant Jesus wisely allows the whole spirit to help us in place of just himself. His selfishness has been subdued, and the authority of love, which he has been following, has been rightly elevated to his supreme guide. We all need to be the same way in this regard.
However, since some would endlessly argue “no” to my point of view, I will suggest an alternative answer to the question of whether all the holy days were fulfilled, which is: “It is not important.”
Why unimportant? The answer is because if we truly accept the authority of the spirit of love, anything remaining from the former physical law is by definition irrelevant.
As to the plethora of new holy days that sprang up among the gentiles, all are meaningless from the start.
For example, look at Christmas. This day is celebrated as the day Jesus was born, but the date of his birth is unknown.
Many of the early Christian churches invented holy days, their twisted reasoning being that it would help the spread of Christianity to have their own celebrations whenever there was a traditional pagan festival. Hence, we have Christmas at the winter solstice, which was December 25 on the Roman Empire’s calendar that was used in those days.
In short, this day, and all other Christian so called holy days are pure fiction, marketing decisions at heart, concocted by parasites that took control of Jesus’ legacy and turned it into a business.
In fact, Christmas is a relatively late-in-coming artificial holy day, since early church records have absolutely no record of this festival, though other man-made holy days and observances were already in place. Today, however, the celebration of Christmas has become so widespread that many people truly believe it is really a special day, and have never once heard that it originated from pagan festivals at the winter solstice.
Does all of this mean that we cannot enjoy Christmas festivities? Not at all. But true religion is simply loving one another and is not contained in any ritual or tradition, no matter how wise it appears on the outside. If we want to follow a particular tradition, in this case giving gifts or sending cards, that is just fine, if your heart is in it. But proclaiming the day as Jesus’ birthday is senseless because no one knows when that was. More importantly, even if we did know the day we could not ascribe any holiness to it, since every other day is just as valuable.
Again, the spirit reveals that every day is a holy day, for every day should be without sin.
The so-called holy days of Easter Sunday and Good Friday are more Christian mythology. In fact, not only did the earliest churches never celebrate such a tradition, Easter was derived from a pagan festival held during the vernal equinox and devoted to a fertility idol.
Did Jesus die on a Friday afternoon and was he resurrected on the following Sunday morning?” That answer is an emphatic “No.” Jesus said about his death, “the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”(1) This is about 72 hours and is not even close to the day and a half that most preachers expound. Jesus died and was resurrected three days and nights later – just like he said would happen.
In fact, we can actually see when everything took place by examining the four gospel accounts, then putting all the facts together. (But first we will need to address one minor point on which the four gospel accounts are in disagreement. And before we do that, we need to look at how the first three gospels evolved.)
To begin with, Mark wrote an account of Jesus’ life and teachings many years after the events. He was witness to none of the events he described. As time went on his written record was copied over and over and passed along to different churches. During this period, many other teachings of Jesus, whether true or false, in whole or in part, passed from person to person orally. It soon followed that other Christians would construct newer written records that were more complete. Luke and the author of the book titled Matthew simply used versions of Mark’s account as a blueprint to incorporate their own expanded narratives.
The reason I am spending some time on the origin of the first three gospels is because they disagree with John’s version of the events, not about what happened, but rather when things happened. The Apostle John’s version of when these events happened is correct, while the others do not match his account on one particular point. Some might want to argue that it is “three against one” as regards the point of conflict. What I have shown here is that it is really only “one against one,” since Luke and the author of Matthew simply copied this portion of Mark’s version into their own words and in so doing made the same mistake.
The following verses are from bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John:
“On the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came up and
said to him, ‘Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the
“On the first day of unleavened bread, the day when the paschal
lamb was sacrificed, the disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us
to go prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
“Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the paschal lamb
had to be sacrificed. So Christ dispatched Peter and John, saying, ‘Go
and prepare the Passover for us to eat.’ They asked him, ‘Where do
you want us to prepare it?”
“Now before the Passover festival Christ knew that the time had
come for him to pass from this world to the Father.”
John’s account after this verse shows the sequence of events that followed and makes it clear that this night “before” Passover was Jesus’ last before being crucified.
As we look at the comparison, we see the disagreement between John’s account and the others. But not only is this part of the books of Matthew and Luke simply a rewording of Mark’s account, all three make a statement that is impossible. All claim that Jesus is going to eat the Passover on the First Day of Unleavened Bread, but these are two different days. The Passover is always eaten at the end of the day, shortly before nightfall. After sunset is when the First Day of Unleavened Bread begins. A minor point, but any citizen from the area would know the difference, and so would anyone who was an eyewitness. But John is a resident of that region. And John is an eyewitness to the events. Furthermore, John is a disciple, an original apostle. He therefore is absolutely familiar with the special observances and holy days of the Jews. So who has the facts straight as to when everything happened, Mark or John?
And if you think about John’s version of when everything took place, and how Jesus and his disciples were eating the Passover meal before the rest of Israel would on the next day, it makes perfect sense. Jesus himself is the Passover sacrifice for his whole world on the next day.
There are more proofs as well: The Pharisees said of putting Jesus to death, “It must not be during the festival; that would mean a popular riot.”(2) Both Mark and the author of Matthew made this statement in their accounts, but the festival begins on the First Day of Unleavened Bread, which is the day they said Jesus was arrested and crucified. Obviously, they confused when things happened, having been more concerned about what happened.
And in Luke’s errant account we find one of the strongest proofs for John’s version. He states that the two apostles Jesus sent to prepare the Passover for him were Peter and John.(3) Since John is the very person who is preparing the meal, it makes sense to believe his account of the events that shows Jesus ate the Passover a day early.
Lastly, the scriptures record the Pharisees wanted Jesus’ and the two criminals’ legs broken to hasten their deaths, because “it was a day of preparation... for that Sabbath was a great day.(4) (A day of preparation is any day immediately before a Sabbath.)
Notice the coming Sabbath was a “great day” Sabbath. Only seven of these happen in each year, and the first one was always the First Day of Unleavened Bread. This is positive proof that Jesus was crucified on Passover.
But when was Jesus resurrected? It was three days and three nights later, just like he said.
We know from the scriptures Jesus died at “about the ninth hour” by the old methods of telling what time of day it was. This translates to about 3:00 p.m. as we tell time today. This means we can add 72 hours and almost pinpoint the time he was resurrected. When Mary arrived at the tomb Jesus had already been resurrected since around 3:00 p.m. the previous afternoon! Nobody knew it because the day he rose was a regular 7th day Sabbath. All his followers were still keeping the commandment to rest and refrain from working on the Sabbath. But early on the first day of the week Mary came to the tomb with the burial spices she had prepared and made the great discovery.
Some might have some question as to why Jesus did not go tell his disciples he was resurrected as soon as it happened. The answer is that since it was the Sabbath he was still observing the day of rest himself, for he had not yet ascended to the Father.
Others might ask why Mary did not come to the tomb with her burial spices sooner than she did? The answer cannot be certain and one would think she would have known Nicodemus took care of this matter. Perhaps she simply went to the tomb to mourn and we are the victims of more creative writing in those papers we call scripture. Assuming though, that her actions were historical fact, logic provides a very probable conjecture if we examine the scriptural accounts and remember the customs of that time.
The Law of Moses forbids any work to be done on any Sabbath. The Sabbaths occurred on the seventh day of each week and on seven other special days each year. A “day of preparation” was the day before any of these Sabbaths. In general, these preparation days were very hectic as any time-sensitive work projects would need to be finished by sunset, the next day being unavailable to complete them. The day the Passover event was held was also always a day of preparation, because the Sabbath of the First Day of Unleavened Bread always follows. But extremely little regular work would get done on this one particular preparation day each year. This is because the Passover celebration was a very big event in the Jewish community in Jesus’ time, and every family was expected to partake in the ritual, which required extensive preparation in itself.
Jesus died shortly before the Passover supper. The sunset came soon after this, which marked the beginning of the First Day of Unleavened Bread, and all work had to stop. After this Sabbath, Mary would have used the “common” day that followed to prepare things for her own household, since this day was yet another “day of preparation,” for the regular 7th day Sabbath was coming the very next day. In short, this particular preparation day would have been exceedingly busy for her, as she tried to catch up from yesterday while preparing for tomorrow.
So we see that following Passover, three full days – a great day Sabbath, a day of preparation, and a 7th day Sabbath – took place before Mary could go to the tomb. Then she had to wait a little longer, until sunrise of the next day in order to have sufficient light to work and hopefully find nearby help to roll away the stone.
Lastly, why did Jesus not ascend to his Father on the day he was resurrected? This is because “all things written about the Son of Man in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled,”(5) as Jesus himself said. This being the case, he could not ascend until the high priest performed the “first fruits wave offering.” Historically, this was always done on the first day of the first new week following Passover. And the scriptures tell us how Jesus told Mary to leave and go tell his brothers that he was “ascending to my Father and yours, to my God and yours.”
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We Are Gods
The creation itself shows us that we are already a part of something that is greater than ourselves, and that we can grow to become just like it. Simple examples would be how some acorns become oak trees and some caterpillars become butterflies.
Do you know we are gods? This is what the scriptures teach us, though we seldom hear it from the pulpit. In fact, many preachers teach the very opposite, saying we are not and never will be. Such ministers have not understood the scriptures very well because the evidence is overwhelming.
To begin with, before creating us, God said: “Let us make man in our own image.” What could be clearer than this! There are many more proofs in the scriptures that we are gods.
For instance, when the Pharisees challenge Jesus for saying he was God’s son, he rebukes them by replying that it was written in the law that we are all gods. (1) And from the Psalms, written of our need to repent from sin and turn to his ways: “Though you are gods, all sons of the Most High, yet, like mere men, you shall die, you shall perish like a demon.”(2)
Here is yet another enlightening scripture: “We had fathers of our flesh to discipline us, and we yielded to them. Shall we not far more submit to the father of our spirits, and so live?”(3)
David saw all this; and what did he say of it? He burst into song, declaring, “I thank thee with all my heart, I sing thy praise in face of all the Gods.”Then closing the same song, he sings, “Eternal One, thy kindness never fails, thou wilt not drop the work thou hast begun.” So, indeed, even though we sinned, God is making us into his own image – he has not changed his mind.
Jesus told us about it himself when he said, “Whatever the father does, the son also does the same,” and “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then ask whatever you like and you shall have it.”
Lastly, consider these amazing words, also from Jesus: “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed...nothing would be impossible for you.” Truly, anyone for whom anything is possible is a god indeed!
In fact, we are already so powerful that not only our prayers, but even our thoughts are sometimes brought to life by the spirit, often without our realizing it.
Marriage in Heaven
Jesus said, “When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are married, they are like the angels in heaven.”
Does this mean that you would not be best friends with your beloved in the next age, if you both desire it? Not at all, for Jesus is speaking only of physical marriage, not spiritual union.
Consider what John the Baptist said of Jesus: “He who has the bride is the bridegroom, the bridegroom’s friend, who stands listening to him, is heartily glad at the sound of the bridegroom’s voice. Such is my joy, and it is complete.” So there is a bride and a marriage, spiritually speaking.
Jesus assured us that, “if two of you agree on earth about anything, it will be done for you by my father in heaven.” Therefore, if a couple who are only physically married desire earnestly to be spiritually married, they will be, as simple as that.
More noteworthy is that Jesus uses marriage more than once to describe what heaven is like. “The realm of heaven,” he said, “may be compared to a king who gave a marriage banquet...” And in another place, Jesus said, “Then shall the realm of heaven be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.”(1)
Note that the words “and the bride” are missing in many of the ancient manuscripts which were in turn used for most of the modern translations. Since the words are a perfect fit with the spirit of love, the early omissions are the result of tampering. I would also add that it appeals to a selfish man that he should have a multitude of wives, yet those women may only have him.
In marriage, Solomon was not blessed for his multitude of carnal unions, but he was blessed for the one companion who loved him without reservation. Speaking of him in a mighty parable, his true soul mate, the queen of his heart rejoiced, “Maidens of Zion, come, look at my king, crowned by his mother, the day of his marriage, the day of his rapture.”(2)
Do the wicked really go to a place of fire to writhe in endless agony forever and ever? Absolutely not, and the mere idea of such a thing is a vulgar obscenity to the spirit.
This fictional concept was created many centuries ago by greedy priests to terrify the laity, thereby suspending their common sense and logical reasoning. The church’s goal, of course, was the people’s submission to priestly authority and acceptance of their twisted message. It continues to exist in the doctrines of many churches today, for the same reason, and also because some people have no taste for mercy or forgiveness.
This is not to say that eternal punishment does not exist is a sense, but what it entails is not so endlessly hateful.
Pause a moment and reflect on the difference between punishment and punishing.
We came into being by the power of God, and that power is love, and so it is love that sustains us. Are we to believe that the power of love will eternally sustain someone’s existence on the one hand so it can forever torture them on the other hand? The whole idea of eternal hell collapses in its absurdity.
Eternal punishing is crazy because it would mean that love is unforgiving and sadistic. Love is endless mercies and eventual forgiveness for anything – always. Be warned though, this is not to say that those who rejected the authority of love will not suffer the harvest of pain and destruction that they sowed, for indeed they will. This is the second death in the place called the lake of fire.
And yet, even so, the spirit in its infinite love will some day save those who do die and perish in unbelief, for the lake of fire is only a parable for living with death in our future. Therefore, if someone dies without having submitted to the authority of love, they will simply find themselves consigned to the prison of life in a mortal form again. That next age will be a new world for them, and nothing will have survived from their past, not a single memory, except their final thought, from the heart, which will be, “I am nothing.”
Fortunately, this tragic final admission draws the spirit’s attention. For this life and the punishment that results from not using it properly is as angry as a loving god gets with his disobedient children. By a god’s very nature they are simply unable to allow any of us to die and suffer forever.
Love always triumphs.
It is for this reason, though every hateful spirit will be dead and gone, the spirit of God in its overwhelming love and mercy relents. Solomon says that God will “bring back whatever is lost.” The commitment of the spirit to love is so profound, so eternal, it says of love’s authority, “Every knee shall bow” and “Every tongue confess.” And we know that such honesty by a demon always catches the spirit’s notice, and that any good thing will eventually lead to life. No one will be left out forever.
In fact, we actually see mercy for spirits who are still dead forming in advance, when Jesus told us the parable of the rich man in torment, while the beggar he ignored was in comfort. Jesus said that some spirits in Paradise wanted to cross over and help.(1) Since it is always lawful to do good, and compassion is very good indeed, God will one day allow their crossing into the abyss to help.
When will that day be? Only at the beginning of a new age, when all members of the next christ want to help, for there must be complete unity and agreement among all members of the spirit in order to cross into the abyss. This cannot happen until every tear of the newborn is wiped away and forgotten, erased by the joy of their togetherness. The misery they suffered at the hands of those they now intend to help will be counted as forgiven, as they themselves were once forgiven.
So we see that eternal punishment is in the form of missing an opportunity that can never be regained, until the consequence of neglecting it is incurred. That consequence, for those who refused the authority of love, is death, and they will have forever missed salvation – at this time.
And knowing that another chance will someday come in another age will be of no solace at all for those who rejected the authority of love. They must perish into nothingness, while people they once knew rejoice with each other and possess happiness beyond comprehension, each actually saying of themselves: “I am.” Meanwhile, the final words of the lost as they die their second death (spiritually) will be “I am nothing,” and this will happen at the very feet of those they once despised.
Does this mean that Jesus comes to die again? Not at all. A new christ comes for a new world, and that will be each of us someday, if we have not already done so, or are not already in the process.
We see this clearly when the next christ (that spoke to the apostle John in the book of Revelations) says to any believer at the end of that age, “I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”(2) And so again, a christ is keeping his promise to give his loved ones all that is his, just as his father gave everything to him.
So now we see our future, present, or past. Every newborn sinless child of god one day enters the abyss, just as Jesus did, declaring “Let there be light,” which is an analogy for giving love. And as proof of the eternal spark of life (love) that this new christ now has inherent, they resolve to make those among the lost that are repentant into their own image (spiritually), as their parents did for them.
We even know who some of the elect will be in the next age, for Jesus said that some of those in torment with the rich man wanted to cross over as well.
Some people try to describe God as a “trinity.” This confusing description stems from three of the different ways that Christian scriptures describe the embodiment of love – Jesus, God, and the Spirit.
Rather than a trinity, a much clearer picture is seen by describing God in just two different ways: as one individual and also as infinite individuals.
To explain briefly, there is an infinite number of beings (the “from everlasting”) all of whom can call themselves “God” (individually), and they live together in sinlessness and collectively comprise what we know as the spirit.
This collective group calls itself “one God” when an individual member identifies itself to a dead spirit, a symbol of the perfect unity the member is a part of. And a christ is simply a new sinless god, the newest member of this “from everlasting” spirit, the baby as it were.
This perfect oneness of infinite members is the result of love shared without measure by all the members. Indeed, love is the eternal life sustaining force of all these members, just as blood is the life sustaining force in our physical realm.
Here are a number of other related things in hopes to make it clearer. To begin with, just as the christ Jesus had a God, so it is that Jesus’ God was once a christ and had a god, and that god was formerly a christ who had a god, ad infinitum.
Realize that everyone is going to be a christ, a savior for a world someday (their own world), if they have not already done so, or are not presently in the process.
It is true, and scripture affords this excellent proof when a christ reveals to the apostle John that the time will come when that christ will “make all things new.” The spirit then continues, saying of any who conquered (the authority of unloving spirits on their behaviors), “I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
David saw this and said, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’“(1) Zechariah saw something similar and said “even the lame on that day shall be like David himself, and David’s house shall be like God himself.”(2)
Consider also the testimony that Jesus himself gives of his origin. When he was in spirit as one with the Infinite, he said of himself, “I am the Eternal,” and “I am from everlasting to everlasting,” and that he has “no beginning of days and no end of days.” But when he came in the flesh, partly away from his father and mother, and the other members of the spirit, his testimony is far different.
In fact, Jesus actually rejected a compliment from a man that sincerely called him “good,” saying in reply, “Why call me good, no one is good, no one but God.”
How can he say that?
Jesus says this because when he is apart from the collective spirit, which is comprised of his father and mother, and all of the other infinite number of gods, his own righteousness only begins at the start of his new world. That is the new world they began creating when they entered the abyss to give life to the dead in the void by the power of love. (The word “they” is used to make clear this entity is spiritually “give and receive” at all times. They are also one entity that was physically “give and receive” before and especially after life in this flesh. Though this future physical form is not a thing we can comprehend very well, for the caterpillar cannot fully envision how the butterfly it will become will look, until the metamorphosis happens.)
Do you realize that you will be like your god someday? Indeed, some are so far beyond this that they no longer consider themselves anything but a member of the spirit.
Such a design for these spiritual things is easy to see in the physical framework. Just look at life itself. For example: First, a seed becomes a fetus in the womb. Then it is born an infant into a new world, but the placenta it was attached to and received nourishment from is discarded. Then that child one day becomes a parent itself, then grandparent, great-grandparent, and so on.
Likewise, love is the spiritual seed that begets goodness to grow within us, here in the womb of this earthly life. When we die here, it is simply our spiritual birth as a new child into a new world, while our body here is discarded, just as our placenta once was.
Will we also be a parent someday in that new spiritual realm? Of course. Jesus said that his father has given him all things, and that he intends to do the same for us, spiritually speaking. My own dad told me how his father found ways to bless him, and I see how my dad did the same for me. I have tried to do the same for my son, and know you have for your children. If mere mortals do this in our crippled physical realm, then how much more will our spiritual parents bless us in a place without sin!
Are we really to think that the One that calls itself the Eternal is making something into its own image for the first, last, and only time in all eternity? Of course not, and this is why Solomon said of God’s design, “Whatever is, it has already been; whatever is to be, already is; and God is forever bringing back what disappears.”
Lastly, God himself spoke from heaven in response to Jesus telling him to glorify his name, saying, “I have glorified my name, and I will glorify it again.”(3)
Those words signify Jesus’ own spiritual children someday, as Jesus was a child to his spiritual father, though he never doubted for a moment, so the voice only benefited the dead with Jesus who heard it.
The voice also reveals a mote in God’s eye, for the “from everlasting” had no need to speak aloud to Jesus. I mention it only to show how every member of the spirit is always growing and learning. Also, it is important to note that depending on where you are spiritually, the voice could be more friend than enemy. But if you are ruled by the authority of love, such a voice has to be more demon than love. Note I said “could” be a friend earlier. Any directions to do harm to other individuals in any way is far more demon than god indeed. Compare the childish spirit of Jesus in the Old Testament instructing the Israelites to kill enemies, as opposed to the new covenant of the mature Jesus telling us to “love one another.”
A God Grows Up
David wrote of his own blessing, and also about the coming christ, saying, “You are now my son, this day I am your father.”(1) The scriptures reveal many interesting concepts, and one of them is how young gods grow up. In physical terms it might be described as conception leading to birth, or a child becoming an adult.
When the spirit of Jesus was young and not yet fully mature, he spoke to the patriarchs, Moses, and prophets through his spirit and angels, in an effort to wake us up to the joy that could be ours. This was a joy that he possessed and considered sharing, though he understood little about it. But when he was more fully mature, and all things were ready, then he himself was sent to display the even greater wisdom of the spirit which he now much better understood, and which he now truly desired to share.
We can see the contrast between childish and mature by comparing the time of Moses against Jesus’ teachings when he dwelt in the flesh. For example, the immature spirit of Jesus tells Moses, “Thou shall not kill,” but then leads the Israelites in war against various inhabitants in the land of Canaan. But when the mature spirit comes in the flesh as Jesus, we are told, “Turn the other cheek” and “Love one another.”
In another example, his spirit tells his prophets that “his name shall be great,” and that he intends to “get glory for himself.” But the mature spirit of this christ, personified in Jesus, expresses his concern for his father’s name and recognition.
Here are a few of the last words in the Bible (spoken about a new age): “I will be his God and he shall be my son.” This saying represents yet another cycle of lost souls who will be conceived by the spirit of love. This is also an analogy of the growth of Jesus, who passed from spiritual childhood to adulthood when he was willing to give his life for the love he believes in. He trusted in his father that by the power of the spirit of love they share in, the essence of who he is would rise again. And indeed it has, even more, for Jesus is now passing from spiritual adulthood to spiritual fatherhood, for the speaker of this quote (“I will be his God and he shall be my son”) is not the christ Jesus, who has now attained the knowledge and rank this quote promises others. Rather, the speaker is a future coming christ, for John’s revelations can never be applicable to those of us who are already ruled by the authority of the spirit of love. We report directly to the spirit of god within us now, so any prophecy is false. “The old wine is good enough” is what we will rightly say if those future days appear to come to us.
It was not without reason that Jesus said it was “easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for an iota of the law to fail.” The fact is heaven and earth did pass away! The scriptures record that at the very moment Jesus died there was an earthquake and many of the dead were resurrected. But how can this be? Jesus said he was the “resurrection and life,” but the fact remains that Jesus does not rise for three days – how can the dead rise before the christ Jesus who is a first-born son of God?
The answer to how this is all possible is a difficult concept to explain, so it would be too much of a digression to talk more about it here. Succeeding chapters about time and reality will hopefully help make it clearer, but I am leaving it to the spirit to answer that question in detail, for this resurrection has to do with the spiritually dead who awoke to the living example of the future bride of the christ Jesus. Also, understand this resurrection of many of the dead was purely spiritual, for witnesses only saw apparitions.
In conclusion, we can indeed see the spirit of Jesus is growing. When he spoke to the prophets, saying, “I am always the same,” and “I never change,” he was only speaking of the virtues of the spirit which are a part of him, for love and the fruits of the spirit will always be the same. But as for himself, he will always be learning and growing, as will all of us, for growing forever is how it must be in a world where death has no power.
So the christ called Jesus, who was the son and who has become like his heavenly father, will eventually grow to see himself as just another member of the spirit, just another member of the “from everlasting.” And Jesus and his bride, and their father and mother, and their father and mother (and on and on forever) live in utter equality with absolutely no distinctions of rank or worth among members. For the virtues of the spirit of love are ultimately the only real god to all these infinite number of members of the spirit, all of whom independently possess life inherent and bear the name of “God.”
This means that real religion, the proper worship of god, is simply the practice of all of the fruits of the spirit of love with unity and goodwill towards all other life.
The Law Fails
If we look back at the old covenant law of Moses we see that a situation could arise, or a hypothetical case could be invented, by which every law would find an occasion to be righteously disregarded.
This is why David was able to eat the consecrated bread that was only lawful for the Levitical priests, and again, this is why Aaron was able to abstain from eating the high priest’s sin-offering on the day two of his sons died. “The law was made for man, not man for the law.”
The fact that the law of Moses might be disregarded on some occasions proves that it was fallible and destined to wear out, though it does not mean that the law was unrighteous. It simply shows that the law was only temporary, a counselor for the behavior of our dead but awakening souls during our spiritual infancy, until we were ready for adult things, namely, the law of love. This new law is brought to us by the spirit and was demonstrated by Jesus (and a multitude of others both before and since).
The concept of the law overall can be seen by comparing it to the way our physical parents set down rules for us during our youth. To disobey them usually resulted in their being angry and perhaps our getting punished as well. But when we grew older, the rules they set down were no longer needed to teach and protect us, often no longer sensible, and so they passed away having accomplished their intended purpose. So we see the law of Moses does wear out and fail in this way, for to make adults obey childhood rules would be wrong indeed.
Jesus said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for an iota of the law to lapse.” This is true of course, but understand that Jesus is not saying it cannot happen, only how difficult it would be. This is important because several of these laws were on the verge of failing, owing to the spiritual growth of some of the people. A few of these laws would have failed very soon if Jesus had not come to end the childhood rule of the law by giving us the adult covenant of love, that lasts forever.
Of all the rules in the law which were close to wearing out and thereby failing, there is one that stands out all alone. This is the rule about divorce. This is the statute in which Moses permitted a man to divorce his wife by simply giving her a letter of dismissal.
The Pharisees saw this weakness too, and so they tried to trap Jesus by asking him his opinion on this rule, hoping he would agree with it. But Jesus rebuked them since it was never his will, saying, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives on account of the hardness of your hearts, but it was not so from the beginning.” Then continuing, he stated, “I tell you, whoever divorces his wife except for adultery and marries another woman, commits adultery.”
Other laws were also close to being outgrown, and therefore passing away, since Jesus shows us a better way than Moses ever understood on many points. But the law on divorce had failed, spiritually speaking.
That something in the law should fail spiritually is a landmark moment for us. It represents Adam and Eve (or any other true husband and wife) having their first real spark of forgiveness for each other since their fall and separation. In short, it represents their first real growth of love for each other. Seriously considering forgiveness, they actually accepted each other again as equals, for a moment. Baby’s first steps, as it were.This is the reason Jesus came when he did.
The spirit of love within us is our guide. It helps us interpret what is right and wrong behavior, and we somehow inherently understand we should try to be guided by this inner voice of love. Occasionally, we really do not know how to behave, and in these cases it is best to treat others as we would like to be treated if the situation was reversed. But no one who is acceptant of other entities has ever been perfect in everything they have ever done.
Some say Jesus never sinned during his entire life in the flesh. This is a meaningless debate, for the statement is both true and false, depending on how one looks at Jesus.
Sin is a difficult concept to describe with words, but it is basically an intentional mistake which affects someone else’s spirituality negatively.
Also very hard to put into words is the concept of sinlessness. From the standpoint of sinlessness being true for a person, it begins by repentance of sin and acceptance of the authority of love. When this change of heart is combined with true forgiveness by all the victims of that sinner, the result is a further cleansing of the mind and soul of that person, which is as sinless as any eternally growing entity can be.
So we could honestly say that Jesus is sinless now, for there are no longer any legitimate charges against him, which is a claim that not one of us still here in the flesh can make.
However, this is very different than saying Jesus had nothing to learn. The fact is, Jesus had a lot to learn, and always will have. Since he lives forever, he will always be growing. Do babies know how to walk immediately? Of course not, and neither do newborn spiritual babies (believers), nor does a newborn sinless child (christ). The point I am making here is that any life entity can make mistakes unintentionally, even unknowingly. This is an action that is sinless, yet incorrect, since the one who performed it is still learning. A good physical example would be a baby falling while trying to walk, or accidentally dropping something. Even adults occasionally make these errors, and the same physical principle applies to the spiritual realm.
In other words, since Jesus is growing, he will sometimes find that there was another course of action that would have been better to take on some particular matter, a course that he was unable to comprehend from the spirits that were his instructors at the time he made it. This is similar to how the spirit of Jesus spoke to Moses, but Moses was simply unable to understand all he was told. But Jesus never turned aside from the true way like we know Moses did on at least one point.
It is not just because Moses was rebuked by Jesus for his statute on divorce that makes this one law stand out. The preceding paragraphs about “mistakes” were to prepare for a discussion about an astounding revelation that the scriptures record; namely, “For your sins your mother was divorced.”(1)
There are a number of meanings in this parable. One is that the mother is represented by Jacob, who symbolizes the head of the people in his day. The saying “your sins” refers to the exasperation of the spirit of Jesus with the wrongdoing of Jacob’s offspring, the nation of Israel in Moses’ day. But it would only be right if Jacob were divorced for his own sins. Here is a huge mistake by the spirit of Jesus.
However, we cannot discount the love that Jesus revealed to those of us who were dead in our selfishness, just because the scriptures reveal that he is growing and made many mistakes. For recall the sharp rebuke that was given to his accuser, who taunted Jesus after his resurrection for having prophesized about some of his elders in another day and age. This still dead demon insults him, saying, “Then what are these scars on your hands?” implying Jesus was rightly crucified as a criminal. But the spirit humiliates this satan with a very sharp rebuke, for Jesus answers, “I got them in my harlot’s house.”(2) (Many translations render the word “harlot” as “friend.” Neither word quite fits, though the lesson is not completely lost with either one. The original word was closer to meaning a promiscuous acquaintance, not a prostitute, not a friend.)
This accuser he rebukes is in fact the harlot herself, still a satan, who invited him in but did not love him. Fueled by hatred, she demanded his death for his part in their mistake, though their involvement was also an error on her part. The case is plain that she was also guilty. Though Jesus did not love her like a wife, she did not love him like a husband either. And while the word “harlot” reveals and helps us understand this particular mistake the spirit of Jesus made, never forget the unsurpassed love he demonstrated as a christ, a love greater than ever before witnessed by people at our age level of spiritual understanding. True to his calling, while she and his other murderers were rejoicing over his death, he actually invoked the Eternal’s blessing on them, saying, “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.”With these words he passed judgment on himself, and the verdict was life. Jesus lives to this very day and always will.
David foresaw the spirit of Jesus cursing the spirit of Judas. He wrote of this: “It is not the taunts of a foe – that I could bear; it is not an enemy’s insolence – then I could hide from him. No, you are an equal of my own, my close companion and trusted friend.” Then continuing, he says, “Sweet was our fellowship together in the house of God [meaning their friendship together on earth]. May he go to perdition. Death seize all such. May they go living to the world below, swept off as their sins deserve. For he laid hands upon his friends, profaning friendship’s bonds.”
Because of this and other misunderstood scriptures, most ministers preach that Judas suffered damnation. However, they are wrong, for clearly the scriptures show us that Judas is a man who found salvation.
First, the scriptures record that Judas repented. This we know must eventually bring salvation. Second, the spirit of Jesus plainly says of him, “you are an equal of my own.”
This is one reason why the spirit inspires Isaiah to prophesy these profound questions: “Who is as blind as my servant, as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my devotee, as blind as the Eternal’s servant?”(1) These questions are not just directed to the Israelites, but are in fact parable questions asked directly of Jesus himself, and also asked of those of us who believe his message about the authority of love.
Foremost, the questions are parables to all people not ruled by love, many of whom lie to themselves by insisting that most of their problems and sufferings are caused by external forces. The truth is, except on rare occasions, a person’s serious sorrows are all their own doing. And on those few occasions when they are not, they seem to forget that the spirit will more than find a way to make up for it. Furthermore, how does an occasional accidental scratch from the spirit compare to the patience of this same spirit that has endured so many of our murderous thoughts coming to life? Did we not once proclaim ourselves equal to and even above the From Everlasting? Yes, on rare occasions we are equal (behave perfectly), but we declared such wisdom our standard behavior. The tail wags the dog, we childishly insisted.
The questions are also a parable for Jesus himself, who while dying on the cross, asks, “My God, My God, why desert me? Why do my cries of anguish bring no help?” For after crying out loud with his question, he soon cries out again with the answer, this time in spirit, saying, “I am a mere worm and not a man.”(2) This is a revelation for him, and for us.
Formerly, the worm is what Satan was when sin was conceived in us, but now Jesus is the worm conceiving the rejection of sin. (The “worm” is an analogy for the spiritual equivalent of physical semen in both cases.)
Now remember, the spirit plainly tells us that Jesus and Judas are equals. Does this mean that Jesus has sinned? No, but it does reveal an astounding truth that Jesus does not realize until just as he is dying – that to look at Judas is to have seen the essence of his former self – for Judas is a man exactly like himself under a different set of circumstances.
Jesus said that he picked Judas “that the scriptures might be fulfilled,” but what does this really mean? For although the scriptures say that Jesus called Judas “the son of perdition,” the fact of the matter is that anyone who has not repented from sin and submitted to the authority of love is a son of perdition.
And who exactly is this man named Jesus? Spiritually he was the “Son of David.” David was a murderer and adulterer! No wonder Isaiah asks, “Is anyone as blind as the Eternal’s servant?”
And who is as blind as David? David curses in the spirit of Jesus, saying about Judas: “May he go to perdition. Death seize all such. May he go living to the world below... For he laid hands upon his friends, profaning friendship’s bonds.” David never realizes (at the time) that these words of Jesus about Judas would be the very same words as Uriah’s about himself! (3) Talk about blind! Yet David’s repentance was so great that he found forgiveness – just like Judas.
Jesus also said of Judas, “woe unto him by whom the son of man is betrayed,” and again, “better for that man had he never been born.”
This has to do with Judas’ spiritual birth, not physical, for Jesus foresaw the impossible reconciliation Judas would have between his deed and his conscious. Some men could have ignored their guilt, kept the money, and gone on to prosper for the remainder of the age. But not Judas, he repented, and immediately at that.
And what of the last words Jesus spoke to Judas? He said, “Be quick with what you have to do.” Did Judas have a choice, or was he prepared for the occasion as Jesus was?
Among the many revelations about Judas, particularly in the book of Zechariah, this one is amazing: “The hucksters who had hired me knew that this was by order of the Eternal. I said to them, If you think it right, give me my wages, but if not – never mind. So they paid out thirty pieces of silver. The Eternal said to me, Put it into the treasury, that splendid sum with which they paid you off.”
Understand, I am not claiming Judas’ betrayal was right, I am simply saying Judas is a man that found salvation.
David’s blindness and immaturity, indeed Jesus’ as well, show themselves in other ways, for remember David’s curse in the spirit of Jesus that his betrayer should die and his house be left desolate. Not that such an indictment is undeserved; it is just that David, again, never seems to consider his own shortcomings – for again, these would be the very words of Uriah’s against David! With those words he passed judgment on himself.
But God is slower to anger, for when David praises the Eternal, saying of God’s enemies, “I hate them with a perfect hatred, I count them as enemies to myself,” the spirit immediately rebukes him. The very next words David is moved to speak are these: “Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and try my thoughts; see if I am taking a wrong course...” (4)
And the Eternal did indeed illuminate his heart, and corrected these wrong courses, and David learned to be merciful when he could. And of course, Jesus shines far beyond this, sharing with us the message that love is above all else, and demonstrating this very thing in a way almost beyond our ken, actually asking God’s forgiveness of his murderers – even before he was dead by their hands. Amazing!
The scriptures record that after Jesus was arrested, “Then Judas his betrayer saw he was condemned, and repented; he brought back the thirty pieces to the high priests and elders, saying, “I did wrong in betraying innocent blood.” Here we see that Judas repented, and though repentance might not stop a punishment, it absolutely must bring forgiveness in the end.
In fact, though the scriptures record the obvious hostility the other apostles held for him, certain facts cannot be ignored, for though Judas betrayed Jesus first, it remains that all the apostles betrayed him.
But what did Judas do? Here was a man so broken over his role in Jesus’ death that he could not bear to live any longer. So he immediately killed himself that he might stand before God at once to beg for mercy and forgiveness. And this he set out to do before Jesus had even died. Such was the shame he felt at his behavior. But all the apostles, indeed all of mankind, were guilty of letting Jesus die unjustly. For the scriptures record this prophecy: “The time to free my folk had come, I looked but there was none to help, I was amazed that there was none to aid; so my own power gained me victory.”
In short, the actions of Judas were no worse than the other apostles, for they too were guilty. We simply cannot disregard the facts that indicate some final merit on Judas’ behalf. Divorced for deeds he did not commit, one might also inquire who represents Jacob in all of these things!
Indeed, though Judas betrayed Jesus first, all of the apostles abandon him to his death – except Judas! He is the only person in the entire world defending Jesus in his darkest hour, the only one trying to stop what is about to happen. Having repented of his actions, he went back to the high priests and elders, saying, “I did wrong in betraying innocent blood,” but they rejected his plea and said, “That is your affair, not ours.” In fact, both Jesus and Judas hung on a tree so to speak, and both died at the same time. And while this does picture the separation of good and evil, it also symbolizes their unity, for Jesus said of Judas, through David, “you are an equal of my own.”
Despite the many arguments that could be engaged in studying these facts, here is the bottom line: Judas found salvation.
As a final note, here is an answer to Isaiah’s parable questions of “Who is as blind as my servant, as deaf as my messenger: Who is as blind as the Eternal’s devotee, as blind as the Eternal’s servant?”
The answer is that no one was as blind as Jesus. The mistakes he made that are revealed as he grows up before our eyes are proof he had much to learn. But typical of some parables, the meaning runs deep, for the reason the others questioned are not as blind as Jesus is because they see even less. The elect are blinder because of sin and the lost even more so, since their very light is darkness.
Why does the spirit of Jesus, speaking in the Old Testament, call Satan the “shining star of the dawn,” but when Jesus comes in the flesh he calls himself the “bright star of the morning”?
Because the dawn always becomes morning is the answer. This is one of the things Jesus meant when he said, “If any house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand,” and again, “If Satan rises against Satan, then his kingdom comes to an end.” This saying from Jesus speaks of his own past.
This makes perfect sense when we think about it. We are trying to separate ourselves from the evil influences within us, and if we hold out faithfully until the end, then with the spirit’s help we will have accomplished that division, thereby crossing over into eternal life. This is why Peter told us to hold on faithfully until “the day dawns, and the day star rises within your hearts.”
This is delightful good news. Again, the dawn always grows into morning with its vastly greater light. Since Jesus is giving us all that is his (just as his father did for him), the only possible conclusion is that we who follow the christ Jesus are satans desiring to change our selfish ways. After all, it was on Earth that we were created, and it was to Earth that Satan fell in the beginning.
These things are in agreement with the scriptures, but far more importantly, they are also in perfect agreement with our hearts if we are honest with ourselves. The truth is that we must stand in disgrace to look back on the way we once acted and thought. Indeed, even having repented, we would be humiliated if others could hear some of the thoughts with which our hearts are so often occupied.
No wonder Jesus rebuked Peter so sharply for saying “God forbid,” when Jesus told him that he (Jesus) was going to die very soon. For Peter, though he loved Jesus, was still double-minded and uncommitted to endure the cost of changing his heart, whatever form it might take, and so he hoped that Jesus might somehow fail as a christ. And what was that sharp rebuke of Jesus to his friend Peter? Namely this, “Get behind me you Satan.”
Understanding what we are, and the emptiness from which we were first made, helps us better understand our life and the events within it as we grow. For all of the patriarchs and apostles held that the next life was even better, and genuinely accepted the close of their lives here, looking forward to leaving this prison and entering the true life to come.
Note that I use the word prison to make clear that this life we have now, some of it very joyful, is as angry as a loving parent gets with his wayward children.
The spirit of Jesus says in the Old Testament, in speaking of the coming age: “If anyone still prophecies, then the father and mother who bore him shall tell him, you must die, for in the name of the Eternal you are speaking lies.”(1)
The reason why prophecy must die is because the spirit is given to all of us. Therefore we all have access to the same information. In the spiritual realm, equality of all members partaking in the spirit of love is a constant reality. So if we prophecy about another member of the spirit, in essence to declare their future to them, then we have placed ourselves above an equal. Such an attempted fortune telling, as if they were a dead object instead of another living being, is not only speaking lies, but wickedly conceited.
That kind of sinless world is what this age is supposed to try to be like, so how can we ever prophecy about our brother or sister and not incur some sort of guilt? (Note that prophecies are different than revelations, which are given to aid us occasionally.) The elect absolutely reject new prophecy and strive only to develop the fruits of the spirit that do not wear out and perish from one age to the next.
For the spiritually dead, the self-centered prophecies of a child can come to life and hold some truth of the future. However, the past few paragraphs help explain why some people rightly reject almost everything about the christ named Jesus. They had already taken “love one another” to heart, or will by some other example, so all prophecies concerning Jesus, even the true ones, are meaningless to them. Jesus understood those people who had already taken love to heart by the time he made his appearance in the flesh, and never once wickedly tried to force those childish boasts from his youth on anyone. “The old wine is good enough,” is what Jesus said about the people that rightly rejected him as their lord.
About Job and the tragedies that befell him, God said to Satan, “It was idle of you to entice me to undo him.”
However, in another place, the scriptures contradict that God would ever do such a thing, for they say, “It is impossible for God to be tempted by evil.” Can we resolve what looks to be God having been tempted to cruel and unjust behavior? We cannot, though we can understand what transpired.
What happened to Job, (the description that follows is not complete, but is the best I can express), is that the essence of who he once was had a conversation with the essence of who he eventually became. The talk was about himself at a stage of his growth that was after one age, but before the other, though he did not know it at any time during these phases. In short, Job past and Job future were discussing Job present. Note that all three stages are past now.
Another perspective in describing these events, seemingly different, but essentially not, (again my expression of these facts is not complete), is that the spirit of Job’s bride was unknowingly having a conversation with her exact same self about him. Unlike my previous example, she is at the same level of spiritual development in both dimensions, though she does not know she is talking to herself in either dimension. Nor did she yet comprehend Job was her twin spirit and soul mate in either of these perspectives.
If we merge these two descriptions of the events we begin to form a clearer picture of what took place. We also see that a god certainly can be tempted by evil.
However, do not think it was anyone but Job and his beloved conscience who were primarily responsible for his problems. In short, the satan in him along with the god in him were both jealous and prideful over his wealth, position, and character, which provoked them to the point where they hurt themselves in an effort to be regarded as better than the other.
Happily, only love has any lasting influence, so Job and his beloved eventually emerged wiser from these accidental self-inflicted wounds.
Time Does Not Exist
Time does not exist to the sinless because they live eternally and have life inherent. Time is simply a result of sin, used as a means of measuring things by mankind. In fact, to anyone without sin, time itself can actually be molded as if it were clay, for anything without life can be molded in any way sinlessness desires.
Just as good and evil are opposite, and life and death opposite as well, so it is that eternity and time are opposite. So time is lifeless by its very nature, and as such, is utterly meaningless to the sinless.
Another way to understand that time is only real to the sinful is to realize that today is actually still the seventh day in the week of creation, the Sabbath day when God rested.
The term “day” as used in the story in the book of Genesis that describes our creation is strictly a metaphor pertaining to phases of our growth. The story is now so altered from its oral origin and retellings in the subsequent writing and rewritings that most of its meaningful information is long gone. However, it is interesting to note that Jesus said he would rebuild his temple in 3 days. Since Jesus and his bride are twins spiritually, it would be fair to conclude that she would also be using the same metaphor of 3 days. Therefore, at their rapture/reunion into one again, their new world will have been created in 6 days.
Recall what Adam and Eve were told about the tree of knowledge of good and evil: “On the day you eat from it you will surely die.” This death was spiritual, not physical, for Adam and Eve lived for years after they sinned (as we think of time), and mankind itself still lives. Therefore, we can be sure that today is still that same seventh day on which God rested. In fact, it is still virtually the same instant we sinned.
It was for good reason that Jesus chose these words to question his adversaries who criticized him for working on the Sabbath: “Which of you if his sheep falls into a pit will not immediately lift it out on the Sabbath?” And, again, he said, “My father has continued working to this hour, so I work too.” So we see that though God was resting he immediately came to our rescue when we fell into the pit of sin, just as any mother and father would immediately rise up to the sudden anguished cries of their child.
When people ask for something by which the spirit is moved, but the requests are in some way in conflict with each other, one possible result is that different realities come to exist in the same place and at the same time.
For example, two people could stand next to each other looking out over the horizon, and one of them might see pouring rain while the other sees only sunshine. If they talk about the weather, both of them will hear conversation fitting to their own perceptions. This is not some conscious or unconscious telling of lies to each other, but rather it is two souls accepting each other’s right to coexistence with some heartfelt differences between them.
Different realities may also come to exist when the spirit is protecting one soul from accidentally or intentionally injuring another. And there are other reasons for such things to happen, as well. Furthermore, not only does the spirit allow such things to happen, they happen frequently, though we seldom see it.
Nevertheless, when we begin to understand the incredible power of the spirit, we realize that such things not only could happen, but that they must happen. The spirit never kills any good thing.
When God asks, “Is anything too hard for me?” and Jesus tells us “All things are possible for them that believe,” then we can be sure that if the creator of heaven and earth really wants it, then the spirit will handle such a small thing as the weather. This same spirit will also act as guardian and interpreter to protect against the confusion that would result from one person’s requests or hopes interfering with someone else’s. However, if we want someone else’s will to affect our own reality, such as a prayer for healing, then the parties involved may both see a new mutual reality.
More important are genuine thoughts of good will towards us from others, which sometimes not only affect our physical reality, but may bring us joy and even help transform our spirits. It is no small blessing when someone feels affection for us, and when others are moved to hope good things happen to us for no other reason except that they like us, we are blessed indeed.
Because of its very nature, examples of different realities in the same place at the same time are rarely recorded in the scriptures, but there are a few. For instance, at Pentecost many saw tongues of fire and heard the triumphs of God in foreign languages, but others heard only gibberish. Then at a later date, when Paul is rebuked for his persecution of believers, the spirit of Jesus appears to him in the form of a blinding light to speak to him. However, Paul’s companions see nothing at all, though they hear the voice as Paul does. And Stephen saw Jesus in heaven, but his murderers saw nothing and only shrieked that he was a blasphemer as they stoned him in a jealous rage.
Yet another excellent example of different realities happening concurrently is shown by what Jesus said about the rapture of the believing. When he is asked about those people, “Where will they be taken?” Jesus replied, “Where the carcass is the vultures gather.”(1) So these people stayed right where they were and simply crossed directly into the spiritual kingdom, having left the flesh behind.
Clearly then, a spiritual realm (paradise) exists right here in the same place we are, we just cannot see it very well because of our nature.
“The meek shall inherit the earth,” Jesus said. And though it will not be the same world we know now, recall that it was here on earth where paradise was to begin with.
The Bride of Christ
Jesus said that John the Baptist was a better man than any other who had ever lived, while John the Baptist said of himself that he was not even fit to untie the strap on Jesus’ sandal. Who then is the actual bride of the christ Jesus? And what does she look like, since scriptures record by way of parables that she is Jacob, the planet earth, and also the New Jerusalem from heaven?
The direct answer is that each of us is our own christ’s bride, and vice versa. And as to the appearance of the bride, she looks the same as the groom – spiritually speaking.
Every pair of members that are joined into one physical body (arms, legs, eyes, etcetera) are always essentially identical twins. Likewise, the marriage of the christ Jesus is to an equal.
Interestingly, in paradise, the next age, heaven – whatever you prefer to call it – whenever Jesus and his bride behold each other, they appear to each other as either male or female, constantly shifting to whatever opposite gender they feel like at the moment. There is no thinking about this and it is not even noticed by them, for they do not regard it as meaningful. This happens because they share everything they are completely. Understand they are one entity, one being.
In a sense, they give control of each other to each other, subject to love, because of love.
What this means is that Jesus and his bride are to be married into one body that is equally male and female, equally give and receive. A better word for this kind of marriage is actually “reunited,” but this time the union’s conscience will be ruled by love instead of self.
This “one body” of equal parts give and receive is the physical example of the spiritual principle of the sinless having life inherent. And the one physical and spiritual body that they comprise is only a part of the greater spiritual body that they comprise with their father and mother, who are themselves but a part of the even greater body of the spirit itself.
They must be equally give and receive. For Jesus and his bride, while they are as one body and spirit with each other, and as one spirit with everyone else ruled by love, they nevertheless receive as much as they give. Because in their case, they give more to their children than they receive, while they receive more from their parents who are also gods than they give to them; and between themselves, the giving and receiving is equal.
Every individual sinless spiritual body has eternal life inherently and is give and receive in equal proportions.
Equality and the Sexes
Our physical bodies testify to God’s desire for equality between the sexes. Just look at our own bodies to see the obvious evidence. Every pair of twin members is essentially equal: Arms, legs, eyes, ears, all basically the same, yet joined together into one body. This is a good analogy for what God wanted Adam and Eve to accomplish and is one of the reasons why he said that the two are to become “one flesh,” though fulfillment of this is only possible through the spirit.
Unbelievers and spiritually immature people look at their physical uniqueness as compared to the other gender, then try to reason that they have the better temple. But this kind of attitude always proves ruinous to a marriage, since equality is absolutely required for harmony. Jesus said, “The flesh profits nothing.”
Jesus also said that a husband and wife are to become “one flesh.” Obviously then, the male also becomes female, and the female also becomes male. A physical example of this is plainly seen in the way every child resembles both of its parents, regardless of its gender.
If we think about the creation of Adam and Eve, the only conclusion about equality is that they were equal from the start. Different in some ways, yes, but that Eve had to have been Adam’s equal becomes clear after reflecting on the matter, for there Adam stood – unhappy in Paradise!
How can that be? God was there, as was a multitude of other creatures, yet Adam was not satisfied. This is because he had no one just like himself to be with; an equal was needed. When Adam was alone in the world, his Creator had more abilities than he had, and was also capable of giving more to him than he could receive or return in response. Likewise, all of the animals had lesser abilities than Adam had, and Adam was capable of giving more to the animals than they could receive, or return to him in response. This eventually caused Adam to feel a lack of satisfaction and fulfillment. But Eve solved the problem completely. Here was a being that could receive everything he could give. And not only would that be exactly enough for her, she could return just as much as she was given.
So we see that Eve allows Adam to have a companion with equal total abilities, instead of forever being inferior or superior in total abilities to every other being. Moreover, she ended his feeling of aloneness, since she was clearly and undeniably like himself. Also, and this is very important, Eve provided Adam with a feeling of identity in the midst of infinity, a reference point, so to speak. This is very noteworthy, for “I am” may be the core of what we were given, the essence of original thought, but eventually one asks: “What am I?” and in their union Adam and Eve behold their ever-changing, never-changing answer.
About husband and wife, an enlightened scripture also says, “No man ever hated his own flesh.” If we really think about this, the only conclusion is that a person’s true mate is exactly what they would be if they were that sex. After all, God did exactly this for Adam, and he does not do any less for his loved ones today – if only we let him, for he is infinitely capable of finding a way to get the right two people together. In fact, most of us do marry the person God wanted us to, but our sinful natures blind us to this truth; and the curses we utter against our mate is actually testimony against ourselves.
What has Jesus told us about equality? Just the entire truth with a single question: “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Therefore, regarding marriage, we need to understand that our closest companion and dearest friend can accept us believing that they are a little different, but never that we believe they are a little inferior.
Now if a man and a woman are supposed to join together and become “one flesh,” then how much more appropriate would it be for the man and woman to join together into one spirit? The answer is, very appropriate, and this is exactly what God wanted Adam and Eve to do. After all, the Creator himself is spirit, and he is as One spirit with all the Living. Jesus himself said, “I and the Father are One.” This is spiritual Oneness, not physical, and it is the same way that Jesus wants us to be with him. Jesus and the Father are not one flesh though, and neither are we with Jesus. But a man and a woman are as one flesh, so if any two should ever be as one spirit, it would have to be those who are also one flesh as well!
The point of all this is that two sinless beings who were literally perfectly matched for each other did not just look at each other, then go on their separate ways without reacting. Rather, like two magnets of opposite attractions, they saw each other and leapt for joy, immediately locking together in spiritual intercourse. We can be sure they began growing into one spiritual body composed of the two from the very moment they met; their spirits literally transforming their flesh, as he who was spiritually give and receive (and physically give), combined with her who was spiritually give and receive (and physically receive). The purpose of it all being that they should learn about love and its two directions, namely give and receive; and at the same time, to be each other’s true companion – so much so that they are literally the missing part of each other!
Earlier, I noted how our individual bodies show God’s desire for equality, since every pair of twin members are essentially equal. Notice also, that the single members are always at or near the center, shared by each side and linking the two halves into one complete body.
This growing together into one perfect spiritual body, with equal and perfectly matched halves sharing all the unique single members between them, was exactly the transformation that Adam and Eve’s spiritual intercourse created within them. It transformed them physically, too, since sinless spiritual giving makes the flesh anything it wants, and what these two reflections of each other wanted was oneness. No doubt this new being of the two become as one spirit and one flesh, in addition to their individual identities, far surpassed their separate abilities and differed vastly from the flesh we know today.
Now at some point after Adam and Eve were completely as one with each other (probably incalculably long after they were), they wondered what would happen if they ate from the tree of knowledge (a parable), and so the temptation came to them and they eagerly accepted. The fact is, they both did exactly what they wanted, then with their new nature already in place, stood there and lied to their God by blaming their deeds on another.
The result of their sin is that they immediately began to grow apart, actually tearing apart, because their new nature was completely selfcentered. Instead of sharing everything in total oneness, they now possessed the unique members individually, like before they came together without sin in the beginning. But now the flesh was deformed and defective.
What would the original sinless bodies of Adam and Eve have looked like compared to the bodies we have now? This is unknown, and unimportant, but that they were different is certain. The original bodies were created by sinless God, but the new bodies we now inhabit were the result of the one body they had become being torn in two by sin.
Imagine if your own body was waging a war for possession of your single members, the right and left halves struggling furiously for sole possession of the single central pieces like the heart, stomach, and liver, and all the other single pieces that are now shared equally. What incredible damage would be done to you as your sides tore these members away in selfishness. Imagine if the body you have now was torn in two down the middle from groin to head. What abilities would either of the two leftover pieces have compared to your whole body? This is exactly what Adam and Eve did to each other after they sinned, leaving each other with a mere shadow of the body they once shared.
As a consequence of this, the unique members were no longer shared equally in between the two of them as one body. The most noticeable of these single members are the two faces of love, give and receive, and the physical counterparts to these two members are mainly the reproductive systems. Now instead of sharing them though, their new nature of self-centeredness led them to fight to keep these single members all to themselves. When the fight to possess these members was finally over, Eve possessed the receive, and consequently Adam was left possessing the give.
Eve prevailed in this battle, not because she was formed with physical receive at creation, (remember they had become as one body and both were spiritually give first), but rather, she possessed the receive because she was slightly more selfish, since she had been corrupted by sin for a slightly longer period of time.
But this is not a thing of shame for women because Eve sinned first only because she was tempted first. This is certain, for both Adam and Eve were of the very same flesh, and both had the same sinless spirit within them. In fact, if Adam had been tempted first, then he would have sinned first and possessed the receive, consequently becoming the female as they tore apart from the oneness they had become.
But the physical damage is not the real damage, at least by comparison. The real disaster is what it represents, namely spiritual damage. This is because not only were they separated from being as one body and spirit with each other, they were also separated from being as one spirit with God and the infinite collective combined spirit, the “from everlasting to everlasting.” In choosing sin they were cut off from all of this.
There was other profound damage between Adam and Eve. Now, instead of clothing one another with each other, so to speak, they were apart, and unable to rejoin because they were filled with sin, (except in a minimal physical way, which is almost nothing by comparison). No wonder they were ashamed of their nakedness. God, who moves as One, was about to behold them who had also been as one, but who were not any longer. Even worse, since they sinned, they were no longer as one with the spirit either. The multitude of catastrophic changes in their now separate bodies was shameful evidence that all had been lost in a moment.
Though we cannot be certain of the details, a mere look at our bodies indicates a host of things gone wrong. For example, men and women are generally mismatched in size and strength. How can this be? The spirit has said that a husband and wife are to be “one flesh,” but the flesh is meant to be equal halves, with all the unique single members in the center to be equally shared by each half. But this physical inequality has not resulted from God’s desire to shame or punish women, but rather to serve as witness that any victory in sin (fighting to possess receive) will result in a loss. However, women incur no permanent disadvantage in generally having less physical size and strength than men, since the flesh ultimately profits nothing. Furthermore, there is never any shame in it, for the spirit shows us that Eve only did what Adam would have done if he had been tempted first.
The bodies we have now bear signs of a host of other things gone astray, not least of which is that the unique single members cannot be shared (except in the most minimum way, which provides little real insight to our mate’s unique perspective).
Even worse, who could fail to notice that the bodies we have now often become ill or diseased? Ultimately, they fail miserably. In other words, we die. Death is the most profound symbol of sin that we know, and that we have absolutely no hope in the flesh is understood by all.
Next, consider the incredible mind Adam and Eve had. They communicated with everyone, whatever their position, whether it was God or any of the many other creatures they shared earth with. This was done more easily than we now talk person to person. To say that we are now mentally handicapped by comparison is an incredible understatement, for the reduction in our mental faculties is like being in a coma compared to what they shared.
And what of the glorious countenance they possessed. Moses, who was a sinner like us, literally had his face aglow after talking to the lord. Adam and Eve, without sin, and who talked face to face with God every day, would have been absolutely radiant. Like pure sunlight, Adam and Eve shone quite literally like stars!
What do we have now? We perspire, urinate, and defecate. This is a long way from emitting light!
Excretions of these kinds were forbidden in the presence of the spirit of the lord under the old law, and as such, are proof that they either did not exist, or were something different than what they are now. These are just a few of the many things in our physical framework that show we are out of line with spiritual perfection, though everything that is speaks parables to us from which to learn things.
But there is one more thing that needs discussing since it is so remarkable, namely, that women menstruate. This kind of bleeding does not exist in a sinless world, since the old law declares women defiled whenever they had their periods. This is a profound symbol of two things. First, that Adam and Eve literally tore themselves apart in self-centeredness. Second, it represents sin. But not the woman’s sin, it represents the children’s (serpent’s) sin.
This can be seen by noting the fact that most women have their periods approximately in time with the lunar cycle. But in an amazing parable, the lord pictures the man Jacob as a woman with the moon under her feet,(1) This symbolizes sin having been utterly conquered. In other words, “our enemies made a footstool for our feet,” as David foresaw and recorded in the song book called Psalms. And Jacob as a woman symbolizes the unity of man and woman at the same time as sin is done away with.
All of these examples having been given, we can see clearly that today’s bodies are not like the original bodies of Adam and Eve, and they are profoundly less than the glorious combined body they once shared without sin. Nevertheless, our currently damaged physical bodies still retain a symbol of give for man, and one of receive for woman, at opposite places. Why is this? Again, because give and receive are the two sides of love and completely equal in value.
Some arrogant men will be quick to twist the rebuke Jesus once gave to a woman, when he asked, “Is it not better to give than to receive?” But those who do are far astray. It was a question, not a statement of fact. The question Jesus posed was an inspired response, designed to silence the arrogance of a female who clearly hoped that being a woman was superior to being a man, but knew in her heart it was not. The truth is that one gender is as good as another.
If you doubt this, and think that give is somehow superior to receive, consider that receive is a must for fulfillment, since how could you give if no one will receive it? Furthermore, the receive must be equal to the give or dissatisfaction begins on the part of the one who is giving. Also, remember that true give, gives completely, even the ability to give is given. Anything less than that and receive begins to be dissatisfied. This unlimited giving and receiving explains how Adam and Eve could be one flesh, since their sharing was totally complete at all times, given back and forth by their spirits without sin, however their hearts desired. Knowing this is a key to understanding the parables of rejecting the equality of give and receive that are called “the worm that does not die” and “the fire that is never quenched.”(2)
Love and reason both conclude that Adam and Eve, while slightly different than each other, are in no ways inferior to the other.
That “give” is explained before “receive,” when a spark of love tried to explain itself to the dead, is all that was ever righteous in the old law of Moses when talking about the gender split that resulted from our fall into sin.
Here is an analogy to explain that another way: If we are dead (standing still) and come to life (begin to move), then one day we will walk. When we try to explain what has happened, we will have to describe how one leg moved first – but both legs are equal! One leg was faithful and trusting in allowing the other to guide it for a moment, while the other was faithful and trusting in having to stand alone for a moment, keeping its word to deliver the other leg to its intended destination, which then reset itself bearing half the weight again. So we begin to walk, spiritually speaking.
Now we could continue to move in such a fashion, stopping and starting in the same order, over and over, but it soon becomes apparent that walking is much easier if we simply share the leading and following. But all of this is a simple physical example, for in the next age we will be as one with our beloved conscience, simply translating ourselves wherever our heart desires. This behavior, when joined in the spirit of love to other life entities is the beginning of our own omnipresence and omniscience.
It is important to remember that women also bear symbols of give. Breasts generally serve no purpose for a man, so does this mean that men do not give to children, or that women give more? Not at all, they only symbolize who generally goes first in giving to children. Again, this is when the spiritual tries to explain itself to the physical, manifesting examples of itself as best it can in what little remains of our former structure.
But all of these things are dead now, for the old covenant, physical in design, has been replaced by the new covenant, which is completely spiritual in design. This is proved by the spirit being given to any who will accept it, and any women in the spirit will most assuredly give first to a man still rejecting the authority of love. But then again, giving love first is not really love if it does not allow equality. True love always allows equality, regardless of who started. In fact, true love forgets who started. It simply does not care!
Common sense alone shows us our best friend has to be slightly different. Only you can be you. Only I can be me. The moral of all this is, stop insisting a little bit different is a little bit inferior. We cannot ever find happiness by insisting our mate is somehow inferior to our own self. Such an attitude cannot long be hidden from one’s beloved, and any one of us would be inconsolably grieved to hear our very own soul mate call us a subordinate. Again, Jesus has revealed the entire truth with a single question: “Can two walk together unless they be agreed?” Surely this makes sense. If the two are to be as “one flesh,” how will it be if one half is inferior? Picture an entire body with one arm shorter, one eye dimmer, one ear deafer – what a hardship that would be. If one leg is shorter than the other, how will they walk together in agreement?
Now I ask another question – answer it honestly: Who among us has not wondered what it would be like to be the opposite sex? Not like some of the young take to heart, but rather in a way led by the spirit, so we could really know what each other’s unique differences are like? That would be great. What a terrific gift, to let your companion experience your unique temple. (More accurately, I could say “experience the other side of their temple.”) Still, there exists an even better gift, the actual sharing of each other’s minds. Wow! These are amazing things, yet none are as great as the best gift of all, the one that was given to us all, for all of these things are the result of us having been given love, the power and gift of life itself.
Lastly, look at some truly profound scriptures, things that are difficult to comprehend mentally and harder to explain with words. First, what does the spirit mean when it says, “Ask now and inquire, if ever a man is with child...what day is like it? An hour of travail for Jacob; but he shall come through it.”(3) A true prophecy also foretells that “frail woman becomes manly.” Even more amazing is the revelation vision that a christ gave to the apostle John, showing Jacob as a woman giving birth to a christ.
There are a lot of meanings in these parables, but I am moved to let the reader solve these cornerstone things on their own. However, I will note that Jesus called mankind the “sons of women,” but called himself the “son of man.”
Jesus said that we should treat others the way we would want to be treated, and he also said that however we judged others, the same method would be used to judge us. This being the truth, it would be wise to treat and judge our very own mate as an equal. Refusing equality always prevents a union from finding true happiness, the result being walking together limping, or even worse, walking alone.
One final question to the satan in all of us: If we are not willing to be an equal with our very own perfectly matched companion, then who would we ever be willing to call an equal?
Fill in the blanks: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, _____, _____, _____. I believe the next numbers are eight, nine, and ten. What do you think?
In the same way, the mature believer develops a clear understanding of spiritual things that are not written in the scriptures. But we can know them, even if we have not actually seen or heard them before.
In fact, there comes a time for the spiritually mature when limiting discussion of spiritual things to only the scriptures is not only tiresome and remedial, but absurd.
Understanding even progresses to an advanced point where spiritual things become so deep and personal that discussing them aloud seldom happens at all. Instead, most discussions of spiritual matters quietly take place between our conscience soul and the spirit within us. And as we become advanced in our understanding, we discard the immaturity and serious fallibility of written guidance, entrusting our souls to the vastly superior authority of the spirit of love within us.
This means that both the scriptures and church attendance become remedial as we grow in the spirit of love. This is much the same as children progress to calculating higher math and leave behind the discussion of the ten basic numbers they once studied in depth. Imagine mathematicians forced to study the addition or multiplication tables their entire lives. It would be ridiculous. Yet for children, basic math is a challenge and delight to master. The same can be true for studying the scriptures, at least the enlightened bits and pieces they contain. But the serious student of life will find that the spirit of love, and God’s creation itself, hold so much more spiritual enlightenment as to render any religion and its scriptures virtually useless by comparison.
Remember what Jesus said to the apostles: “I have many more things to tell you, but you cannot bear them at present. But when the helper comes, he will reveal all things.”(1) So we see that there are many more things to be revealed to us which were never spoken of by Jesus.
In fact, spiritual maturity does not require any study of the scriptures whatsoever, or any kind of church going. Suffice to say, only love, which brings with it the fruits of the spirit, is necessary for growth.
In short, any religion and its scriptures are of little value to the vast majority of people, and of no long term value to anyone. However, no one who is advanced in their understanding who would ever curse the christ Jesus, (not even those elders who rejected him, of whom Jesus approved, saying of their reasoning, “the old wine is good enough”). In short, only a demon would curse someone for repenting of selfishness and deciding to love others.
So study whatever scriptures you want. Attend a church if you want. An open heart and mind will usually gain a little from listening to someone else’s interpretation of God. But expect to outgrow such things if you are really seeking answers to life’s questions. We were made by our god, and in our god’s image, and dwell in a world created by his power. Therefore, all of the answers to life’s questions are automatically to be found within us, and around us.
Churches and scriptures are all man-made, so even if they avoid the crime of telling us how and what to think, they are still other people suggesting those things. What we are, by definition, must outgrow such tutoring and find us thinking for ourselves. Not only would such a proxy be bad for spiritual adults, it is not even permitted, for to presume authority to think for a peer is as wicked as any conceit ever known. We have all been given the vastly superior spirit of love that lives within us, and this is the only true word of god for each of us.
The physical representation of god can be seen in the world on which we dwell. It is also seen in a limited way in our individual bodies, in which our own spirits dwell. Along with our own spirit, the spirit of god can also dwell within us. This is a fact, for having been made in god’s image, the spirit automatically shares everything good that we are able to receive. Mere common sense reasoning about the nature of god confirms this must be so, yet even without reasoning, we somehow innately know that we can share this spirit and have access to its tutelage whenever we want. In short, every one of us can communicate directly with the spirit of god, which communicates back to us on the highest level each of us is able to comprehend, always doing so guided by its endless love.
Paul once rebuked a church that was interested in keeping the old physical laws, asking: “Did you begin with the spirit, only to end with the flesh? Are you such fools?” This is terrific logic, but Paul did not see how far it goes.
Not only does Paul’s excellent question also apply to us about his own interpretation and subsequent teachings about “what god says,” it even applies to a man as inspired as Jesus, who was also flesh. We must follow the spirit of love. Jesus rightly rejected being called “good” by an admirer, for Jesus replied to him, “Only God is good.”
We begin life with the eternal, invisible word of god speaking within us, surrounded by a temporary visible word of god around us. Can anything spoken by any person replace that authority? Are we such fools?