Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christian Deism - Is It Christian? Deism? Or Something Else?

Having come across the web sites of John Lindell who operates a number of Christian Deism websites, I sent him an email bringing his attention to the restoration of the essence of Deism on the American Spirituality web site.  To which Brother John responded: The author has some interesting views.  I doubt that the author has any evidence of being the reincarnation of Thomas Paine.  Also, the author's understanding of deism is incomplete (in my view).  The author's views (gnosticism, reincarnation, allegorical interpretation of scriptures, etc.) are well known. Deists believe that our Creator designed human beings to care for each other.  (See my essay, "Christian Deism:  Religion of the Golden Rule.") Using human observation, experience, and reasoning, a person can discover this from the design of our human nature.  "Happiness" is the satisfaction we feel within ourselves when we live as we are designed to live.  This is not some special knowledge that only a few can discover.

People who portray themselves as modern Deists take the position that they possess a truth that believers in traditional religion fail to understand -- i.e., that truth can be realized strictly by the use of Reason.   Yet, they have no answer when confronted with the vast differences exhibited in the reasoning among intelligent people as explored in the subheading Do Atheists Prove The Deists In Error?   Which means that unless the Deists can begin to explain the great variation in perception and comprehension that exists across the spectrum of those who rely upon Reason, they will remain intellectually irrelevant.  Further, there are some very intelligent minds that function within the confines of what the Deists portray as traditional revealed religion -- and the fact that they see the world differently than the Deist believer or the Atheist unbeliever, only confirms the great differences and variations that exist across the spectrum of men of Reason and Intellect.    Not to understand why intelligent men of Reason perceive the world very differently -- and oft times in reverse of each other -- indicates the existence of a great void in the person's use of reasoning, that the alleged use of reason itself becomes an obstacle to achieving an enlightened understanding.   God is the most Intelligent and Rational Force in all of Creation -- that there is a reason and a cause for all things, means that until one comes to understand why men of Reason perceive the world differently, then the use of Reason alone cannot be set forth as a viable solution to traditional faith-based religion.

While the Deists openly claim extraordinary thinkers such as Einstein as their own (see Einstein's Belief In God), they ignore conclusions of his superior reasoning skills.  Shortly after his 50th birthday, Einstein gave an interview during which someone asked him, "Do you believe in God?" Einstein responded, "I'm not an atheist. I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying laws but only dimly understand these laws".  

What is the solution to the dilemma raised by Einstein?   It is not until we begin to resolve the riddle of why the biblical authors condemned all sects based upon "human opinion" and organic reasoning (see The Spiritual Diaspora), that the answer to the dilemma begins to emerge and bestow clarity on a reality that has immersed mankind in a sea of intellectual conflict and absolute confusion.   How does man overcome what Einstein portrays as an intellectual dilemma that "...is too vast for our limited minds?"   Does it matter that we do "...not understand the languages in which the [scriptures] are written?"   And while the Deists proclaim that they alone possess the solution to the dilemma, men of Reason recognize their intellectual impotence as demonstrated by their irrelevance of not being able to even begin to offer an explanation with respect to offering a reasonable solution to the problems raised by Einstein and the Conflict of Reason (see Do Atheists Prove The Deists In Error? ).   While the Deists claim to recognize the pervasiveness of The Laws of Nature And Nature's God, Einstein is correct in his assertion that mankind dwells in the abyss of confusion because he "...sees the universe marvelously arranged and obeying laws but only dimly understand these laws".     In exploration of the conceptional positions raised by Einstein, the time has arrived for men of Reason to move beyond the dilemma of empty rhetoric that offers no real tangible answers -- and therefore I offer my below reply to John Linddell who I quote in the opening of this article, and runs the Christian Deism ministry and web sites:
 
Greetings Brother John:

For the record, while it is true that my soul also lived as Jacob the Brother of Jesus, as well as Thomas Paine and others throughout history, this bit of soul-history is only to make you aware of the perspective that is being presented to you.   In quoting the Age Of Reason: "It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication -- after this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him."

Since my claims as to who I lived as in the past is from your perspective second hand revelation, then you would be a fool to accept such a claim on face value.   Yet, for me to say to you that I am merely expressing my personal opinion based upon gravely misleading book-knowledge, would be a deceptive lie.   What I write about cannot be found in any books -- and throughout most of history, has been declared to be heresy by the Church.   But in view of the fact that you have attempted to present to your readers the meaning of the Gospels -- some of which I either authored the original, or personally knew others who also authored original versions of the Gospels -- and you have also attempted to present to your readers an interpretation of the writings of Thomas Paine -- setting forth a religion which you portray as Christian Deism (seehttp://ChristianDeism.com/ ).   To the degree that you request donations to support your work with respect to your personal reinterpretation of important works that I authored in previous lifetimes -- important teachings that you misrepresent in your dogmatic philosophical positions -- and for this reason, the very Laws have moved me to respond back to you.   Since as a Deist you should understand the Law of Cause and Effect, if I failed to respond to you in the endeavor to portray your positions in the Light of Higher Reasoning, then I would myself be held accountable to those Laws.   

In the article entitled: Could Thomas Paine Do What The Apostle Paul Said Was Impossible, I establish the fact that Thomas Paine considered the written text of the scriptures to be allegorical -- i.e., meaning, to cloak a deeper spiritual truth beneath the allegorical text which Paul portrayed as the "letter that killeth [and] Jewish folktales" (see Shackled In The Abyss Of Absolute Ignorance).   And in the same way that the later Church totally misunderstands Paul's condemnation of the ritual observance of the Law of Moses, unless you understand why Thomas Paine rejected the literal interpretation of the scriptures, then you can never come to understand either the objectives of his writings, or the true depth and objectives of the essence of Deism.   

From the perspective of Reason, if there was no means to Prove the Truth, then the Deist perspective is merely another unproved opinion that may or may not have any basis in fact.   Using Thomas Paine's own position as stated in the above, if God did not enlighten the faith-based Theist to that rationale expressed by Deists, then they are right to reject said position.   And this is why most Atheists and intellectual Christians reject your assertions based upon the arguments of Reason.   In fact, unless you understand the reason why Thomas Paine portrayed the scriptures as allegorical, then all the Deist arguments for the use of reason all collapse on the dung heap of countless unproven and for the most part worthless opinions.   Which when properly analyzed using Reason, what you would be promoting would best be portrayed as "Revealed Deism".   

From the perspective of one who has composed scriptures (declared to be heresy by the later Church who corrupted the Gospels [see http://BibleCorruption.com ]), the scriptures were intentionally written so that only an idiot (in the words of the Church Father Origen) would believe the literal text -- to the degree that inconsistencies were intentionally written into the text (see Inconsistencies) -- along with blatant historical errors and frauds -- so that intelligent readers would reject the validity of the literal text -- and seek out the deeper meaning.   Which means that the use of Reason, in contradistinction to blind belief, is an important part of the very purpose and objective of the scriptures.   And all of these truths are all presented in the article The Key Of Knowledge (see http://KeyOfKnowledge.org ).   In fact, the reason that Jesus condemned the leaders of the Jews as being blind guides who were leading the people in the wrong direction, was because they had thrown away The Key Of Knowledge.   And throughout my writings I lay the same charge of fraud against the leaders of the Christians -- as well as virtually all traditional (revealed) religions, because each has also thrown away The Key Of Knowledge.   

In view of this fact, let me pose the question: Wouldn't it be cruel of Jesus to condemn the religious authorities as frauds and scammers, if it was beyond their ability to understand and apply what he portrayed as the Key of Knowledge?   I would say that if Jesus condemned the leaders of the Jews for something that was beyond their ability to rectify, then Jesus was himself a cruel fraud.   And the fact that the leaders of the Christian Church have knowingly followed in the footsteps of those who Jesus condemned, is a cruel victimization of the congregation of believers.   Which also means that if I ignore what you promote with respect to your reinterpretation of both the Gospels and the Deist based writings of Thomas Paine, then that would make me a part of the hoax and fraud that is being perpetrated upon the people. 

There is a Divine Design that is written in the Language of the Soul with which all of Creation is composed in.   The authors of the scriptures were dependent upon the wise observant men of reason to be able to decipher this language based upon what they observed in the world, to learn this Language which the Laws of Nature used to compose the images that have been set before us when you look out at the world, and then apply this Language to perceive and understand the true meaning of the scriptures that lay preserved and concealed beneath the allegorical text of the written text.    And it is this application of the scriptures by turning them within one's own self that is portrayed as the Key of Knowledge that reveals to the seeker the Laws and Forces of Mind and Being -- the knowledge and application of which, then enables the seeker to gain entrance through the higher soul to the Kingdom that Jesus declared could be entered by "opening and unloosing the mind" (see http://GateOfEden.com ) -- which then enables the seeker to learn directly from God (see The True Prophet).   Thus, bypassing the error of "priestcraft" that seeks to enslave the people for their own monetary and political gain. 

Men of higher Reason who understand the reality of the Natural Laws, will comprehend why the immature minds of believers are drawn to the literal message of the Gospels.   By design the scriptures act as catalysts which invoke Laws within the mind of the believer to connect them to their inner source of being -- and this process has been inhibited by the dogma of "priestcraft" that keeps them carnal and earth-bound in their thinking -- thus, remaining in an immature state of advancement.   And it is what Jesus portrayed as the application of The Key Of Knowledge that enabled them to bring about the intended Heightening And Expansion Of Mind that brought about the intended higher development of Reason, Knowledge, Intellect that has the potential to free them from the shackles and depths of carnal ignorance promoted under the umbrella of the Church.   In the same way that an immature child can't think and reason in the manner of a mature adult, merely telling the faith-based Theists to use their God-Given Gift of Reason to understand what is beyond their organic comprehension, is a worthless endeavor (see  Could Thomas Paine Do What The Apostle Paul Said Was Impossible.    Yet, while they have attempted to ignore the implications, their own Gospels condemn and reject those believers who throw away the Key of Knowledge (see The Third Fatal Mistake - Not Proving The Truth) -- which provides the person of Reason the facility to begin to nudge open the door of higher understanding to those who Paul portrayed as too carnal to grasp the true meaning of the Gospel -- i.e., “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ (1 Cor 3:1 NAS).   With Paul further explaining that what is known as the testimony of Jesus Christ and him crucified is the "milk" of the Gospel -- meant for entry-level believers who have only begun their journey in TheWay -- wherein Paul warns:  I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal (1 Cor 3:2).

Perhaps you would do well to learn about the higher application of The Laws Of Nature And Nature's God as set forth in American Spirituality, and since you also claim to be Christian, if you fail to understand the proper application of The Key Of Knowledge, then you consign yourself to being what is portrayed as a "blind guide" who leads others in the wrong direction.  That the dogma of "priestcraft" has absolutely nothing in common with the original teachings and objectives of the Gospel, has since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi Library become a matter of factual historical record -- i.e., Dead Sea Scroll expert A. Powell Davies professed: “Biblical scholars were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been”. (see Christ Before Jesus).   And this same article proves the assertion of Deists that the Gospels were corrupted by the later Church, and demonstrates that Jesus was a man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) at his baptism in the Jordan (see TheTenWords.com ).       

GodSpeed in TheWay,

Thomas Paine Redux
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In the pre-Nicene Church (325AD) there existed a body of mature Christians who could easily explain all spiritual concepts presented in the Gospel accounts.   These early Christians never relied upon (blind) faith, because they possessed sure Spiritual Knowledge.  This enlightened core of Spiritual Christians understood that God is the most Rational and Intelligent Force in all of Creation -- that there is a reason, a causal factor, and even a higher purpose for all events that transpire in this world -- and these Spiritually Mature Christians knew and comprehended all important reasons for every concept set forth in the Gospel teachings.   But this enlightened intellect of the core body of Spiritual Christians presented a serious threat to the political leaders, and they were hunted down as heretics and murdered.

A wise man knows that history perpetually repeats itself -- and in the same way that it was said of Mao's Cultural Revolution that "Many intellectuals were sent to rural labour camps, and many of those who survived left China shortly after the revolution ended. Many survivors and observers suggest that almost anyone with skills over that of the average person was made the target of political 'struggle' in some way".   In much the same way the Nicene Church was taken over by Pagan Rome, and the whole body of Spiritually Mature Christians were hunted down as heretics in order to silence all opposition to Imperial Rule over the Church and its ordained manmade doctrines of belief (see Atheists Never Exposed To Original Gospel Teachings).   To the degree that neither the faith-based body of believers, or their non-believing critics, have any idea that one of the primary objectives of the Original Gospel Teachings is as a true System Of Education And Enlightenment.    To the degree that from the perspective of man's higher reality, his present systems of education do more to inhibit genuine knowledge and the development of man's intellect, than to nurture and foster man's ultimate intellectual development and spirituality maturity.  

Quoting the article An Inconvenient Truth"...the scriptures are exactly what the original authors intended them to be.   And if we then pose the question: What are the implications of this fact?   While you may have read and even studied countless opinions of scriptural interpretation and commentary -- and you may have even undergone the formal study of the scriptures yourself -- but unless you understand how to apply what Jesus portrayed as the Key of Knowledge -- and unless you properly apply the Key of Knowledge in accord with the original intent and objectives which the authors composed these sacred writings -- then your assumptions about the meaning of the scriptures will amount to just one more of the infinite opinions as to just what the scriptures mean."

In the above article I portray the faith-based believers as a type of mule -- a body of believers who are necessary to preserve allegorical scriptures that contain a body of essential truths which if they were able to read literally, they would burn the scriptures as the work of the devil.   But the authors of the scriptures who are obligated to both preserve and conceal this essential body of spiritual knowledge that is beyond the comprehension of the faith-based believers, compose the sacred writings so that those who possess the Key Of Knowledge will be able to retrieve this body of knowledge declared heresy by the pseudo-spiritual leaders of the Church, in order to make this body of spiritual knowledge available to the few who are able to use it.   


The Gospel Of Thomas declares: "...But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty"  -- and thus, the only valid application of the scriptures is the knowledge of the Forces and Laws that apply to one's own Cosmology of Mind and Being -- and to apply them within one's own mind and being, in search of the Inner Kingdom (see The Inner Kingdom And The Key Of Knowledge).

  Scriptures Written By Mystics Who Were Hunted Down As Heretics: A few facts to consider is that the scriptures were written by Mystics who (1) possessed a Knowledge that the biblical authors portrayed as incomprehensible to the congregation of believers (see Mystery Of The Gospel) -- (2) whose higher spiritual vision of what they portrayed as Essential Truths, was in fact outlawed by the later Roman Church as heresy.   (3) Which threat of death forced the biblical authors to use a special CODE which they portrayed as the Key of Knowledge -- (4) which CODE permitted them to preserve and conceal their Spiritual Truths from the eyes and understanding of the ordinary reader and believer whose Paradigm of Thinking and Mind is totally earth-bound.   And, it must be noted, that if the vast majority of Jews could perceive the the inner meaning of the Torah -- that if the Fundamentalists Christians could perceive the inner meaning of the Gospels -- and if believers, critics and supposed experts alike who only see the letter of the written word, could even for a moment perceive the true inner meaning of the very scriptures they promote or question, they would all equally condemn and reject the Great Truths that were preserved beneath the cloak of the allegorical text which Paul portrayed as "the letter that killeth" -- labeling the meaning as diabolical heresy.   Why?   Because the condition of their mind is carnal and bound by the thinking of this world.   Moreover, because they don't at all understand how to apply what Jesus portrayed as the Key of Knowledge to the scriptures and unlock the true inner spiritual meaning -- and neither are they even prepared to apply the Key of Knowledge to unlock the mysteries of life itself -- they continue to promote what they outwardly condemn and reject as heresy. 


Therefore, when confronting the true reality of the scriptures one must first ask themselves: Why would the authors of the scriptures openly write about mysteries that would be incomprehensible to the people?   Mysteries that would invoke the wrath of their religious and secular leaders?   To the degree that throughout most of history they have been hunted down, tortured, perhaps burnt at the stake, and murdered in a most painful manner?   And what is the substance of this body of knowledge that "revealed" religion has relentlessly sought to suppress and destroy.   It is the application of the Law of Nature and Nature's God as they apply to the Forces and Laws of the seekers own Cosmology of Mind that enlightens their Reason and Intellect to the Higher Reality of all the Mysteries of the Soul and Creation -- and thus, overcoming the dilemma noted by Einstein with respect to carnal man's enigma where he "...sees the universe marvelously arranged and obeying laws but only dimly understand these laws".






Saturday, October 20, 2012

Natural Law And American Exceptionalism

Excerpted From American Spirituality:

It is virtually impossible to comprehend the reality of the American Experience, without a knowledge and appreciation of what is portrayed in the words The Laws Of Nature And Nature's God.   Our Constitutional Framers not only possessed a working knowledge of these Natural Laws of Nature and the Heavens, but they understood how to manipulate and invoke them.   When our astronauts flew to the moon, while it is true that rocket propulsion was used to escape the earths gravity and limiting factor of its organic atmosphere, the astronauts then utilized the Natural Laws to escape the pull of the earth, and permit the spacecraft to be pulled to its destination.   Scientifically, this would be portrayed as slingshot paths that are called Gravity Assist Trajectories.  They use the gravity and motion of planets to pull a spacecraft into a new path.   Quoting the article on Navigation in space: "Gravity is a very important force. Every object in space exerts a gravitational pull on every other, and so gravity influences the paths taken by everything traveling through space. It is the glue that holds together entire galaxies. It keeps planets in orbit. It makes it possible to use human-made satellites and to go to and return from the Moon. It makes planets habitable by trapping gasses and liquids in an atmosphere. It can also cause life-destroying asteroids to crash into planets.   ...Consider Voyager 2 ... the spacecraft's arrival was carefully timed so that it would pass behind Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun. As the spacecraft came into Jupiter's gravitational influence, it fell toward Jupiter, increasing its speed toward maximum at closest approach to Jupiter. Since all masses in the universe attract each other, Jupiter sped up the spacecraft substantially, and the spacecraft slowed down Jupiter in its orbit by a tiny amount, since the spacecraft approached from behind. At this point, Voyager 2 had been sped up enough by Jupiter's gravity to get a speed greater than Jupiter's escape velocity. As it left, it slowed down again, but it never slowed all the way to the speed it was before getting to Jupiter. It left the area near Jupiter faster and in a different trajectory. This technique was repeated at Saturn and Uranus.  Gravity assists can be also used to decelerate a spacecraft, by flying in front of a body in its orbit. When the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter, passing close in front of Io in its orbit, Galileo experienced deceleration, helping it go into orbit around Jupiter. "    
So, our scientists in understanding the Natural Laws, timed their sequences where they initiated rocket burns to take advantage of the natural movement of the planets, where they could then manipulate these Natural Forces to bring about the results which they envisioned.   When our Constitutional Framers sited The Laws of Nature And Nature's God, what they were referencing was man's ability to time and take advantage of the Laws and Forces of body mind and spirit to bring about and invoke a higher state of consciousness, which permitted them to possess the vision and knowledge necessary to apply this knowledge of the Laws to the birth and development of the United States -- which harnessed and invoked the Laws to manifest an environment where what we portray as American Exceptionalism could be fostered and brought about in the lives of the American People and the world.    The problem is that the Atheist who envisions a Utopia on earth, as well as the faith-based religious believer who envisions the Kingdom coming upon the earth, both reject the very knowledge of the Natural Laws which are necessary to institute and bring about the Destiny they envision.   And if I make any reference to the Deists who did possess to varying degrees an understanding of the Laws, both the Atheist and the Theist envision a misguided group of intellectuals who have invented some alternative theology which they portray as a reason-based quasi-religious cult.   And if I say that the body of esoteric knowledge of the Laws and Natural Forces is necessary to begin to acquire Higher Spiritual Knowledge, both the Atheist and the Theist portray this whole concept as heresy.   Yet, if both the Atheist and the Theist are to bring about the very utopian and kingdom destiny which they envision, it will be necessary to possess this higher esoteric knowledge of the Natural Laws to bring about the very objectives they hope and pray to come upon the earth.   In the same way that you can't escape the earth's gravitational pull and navigate a spacecraft to the moon without the essential knowledge of the Natural Laws, man's utopian quest will remain elusively beyond his reach, until he acquires the knowledge of the Higher Laws of Nature and Nature's God.  
What, then, is the solution to the dilemma?   From the perspective of the Atheist and the Theist who are so locked into their world-view that they are both equally enslaved by their own variety of dogmatic shackles, the only possible solution is for someone who they deem a heretic to arise and convey to both, what they both desire, but don't want to hear the details about how to achieve the very objective visions they hope and pray to bring about.    Both the Atheist and the Theist are in denial with respect to the idea that not only does the Natural Laws control all events in this world -- but that ordinary men can possess a working knowledge of these Natural Laws and Forces of the Earth and Heavens.   So, by virtue of their dogmatic denial, they both have been responsible for driving governments, religions and cultures throughout man's long residence upon the earth, into a perpetual state of ruin -- a state of ruin that has been recorded in the annuls of history in the countless images of the suffering, death and destruction of the people they ruled over.   Yet, it can be proven that the historical man Jesus not only possessed an enlightened knowledge of the Natural Laws -- but the original Gospel message proclaimed that he arose to a state of Supremacy by fulfilling these Laws within his own mind and being.   And that this body of esoteric knowledge could only be revealed to his closest disciples, because both the political and religious leaders of that time were incapable of comprehending this Sacred Body of Knowledge.   In much the same way, our Constitutional Framers who possessed this knowledge of the Natural Laws to various degrees, formed a government that would not only bring true change to the governments of the earth, but would invoke the Natural Laws in such a way, that what is portrayed as American Exceptionalism was brought about on the world's stage.   And in the same way that the Church threw away and suppressed the esoteric knowledge of the Laws and Natural Forces that had the potential to transform man into the fulfillment of his ultimate Destiny, so too has the American People permitted both church and state to throw away the knowledge of The Laws of Nature and Nature's God, and is presently in the process of undermining the very foundation of American Success and Achievement. 
In virtually all the instances that the prayers of man has been answered, and the Hand of God has Moved and Interceded in the plight of mankind -- with God throwing man a life-preserver that will assist him to escape the quagmire of ignorance which man has immersed himself in by virtue of the very expression of his freewill misused to enslave himself in lifetimes of self-imposed suffering -- this Gift is always thrown away and rejected to the point of being portrayed as heresy.   The original Gospel portrayal of Jesus as a man who fulfilled and perfected the Royal Law within himself to prevail and overcome, was deemed heresy and rewritten by the Church (see The Ten Words).   That those who possessed this esoteric body of Knowledge was a threat to the worldly authority and power over the people of both the secular and sectarian rulers, meant that this body of sacred knowledge had to be preserved and protected from destruction -- so it was hidden and concealed within the allegorical body of the scriptures that carnal men used, in order to make it available in the future.   Thus, the various scriptures were then composed in what can be called the Language of the Soul -- utilizing the same allegorical symbolism that all of Nature is composed and written in -- which necessitated what Jesus portrayed was the proper use of the Key of Knowledge applied to the allegorical text of the scriptures -- to see beneath the cloak of the allegorical text -- revealing the knowledge of the Laws and Forces of Mind and Being that lay concealed from the vision and perception of the profane who were used as a type of mule to transport and safeguard the body of esoteric knowledge which they were incapable of understanding (see Key of Knowledge).   
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Could Thomas Paine Do What The Apostle Paul Said Was Impossible?

While the title of this article may on the surface appear strange, is raises a question that has plagued Christians over the course of its history since the Church's inception.  While the vast majority of Christians have chosen to ignore the warning of Paul with respect to the impossibility of the mind of "natural" man to understand the higher reality of the soul and what he portrayed as the Mysteries of the Kingdom (see Mysteries) -- warning the congregation of Christians who he had personally taught, that as "babes in Christ" they were too immature and carnal to comprehend the spiritual meaning of the Gospel.  With Paul going so far as to warn the congregation of Christians that if the spiritual meaning of the Gospel was somehow revealed to them, that they would condemn this higher wisdom as utter "foolishness"!!!

The reality of this world is that all people exist at greatly varying levels of intellect -- with a very high percentage of mankind virtually incapable of even using the higher cognitive power of Reason.   And Paul's confession that he was not only incapable of revealing the true meaning of the Gospel to the very people he had himself taught, but that if he were to speak openly about the higher reality of the soul and the mysteries of the Kingdom, the very people he taught would reject what he states.  But even more important than acknowledging that this condition does exist across the spectrum of humanity, is for the person of higher reason to understand why it exits.   The onus, then, is not upon the great mass of faith-based believers to understand what requires an evolved condition of Reason to comprehend this reality of the Natural Laws that has suppressed their cognitive skills -- but rather, that segment of the population that does recognize this fact of Natural Law, to understand why the majority of people are incapable of comprehending not only the true meaning of the Gospel, but the very higher realities of life itself.

When Christians today open their Bibles they ignore the statement that those who were portrayed as being In The House, were taught in a totally different manner than those who were said to be "outside".   In not understanding that the pre-Nicene Church was a true spiritual healing center where the inner core of Spiritual Christians were taught very differently than the common believers who were imbued with a heathen and pagan mindset (see The Secret Doctrine Of Christianity), they have no idea that the position of the pre-Nicene Church was that the allegorical doctrine that is believed today is representative of entry-level Christianity that was  “preached in the Churches… for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are led on to live better lives by their belief” (see Exoteric Doctrines Designed For Entry-Level Believers).    

The Spiritually Disenfranchised Church: In the post-Nicene Church the dogma of a series of Roman Emperors became the only acceptable Christian beliefs (see The Corruption Of The Church).   And during what is called The Age Of Enlightenment, disputes arose over what can be portrayed as a Deist vs a Theist perspective of God.  Quoting the Encyclopedia article on Deism: ...Prior to the 17th century the terms ['Deism' and 'Deist'] were used interchangeably with the terms 'theism' and 'theist,' respectively.  ...Both [theists and Deists] asserted belief in one supreme God, the Creator... and agreed that God is personal and distinct from the world."   So if, from an enlightened perspective, we ask the question as to what was the difference?   The answer can only be understood in light of Paul's statement that the Christians of a "natural" mind were simply too immature to understand the higher Mysteries of the Kingdom -- and basically they were only capable of a very simple and limited comprehension of the True Gospel Message -- which means that Paul was correct when he stated that the majority of people are simply too "carnal" to comprehend the higher revelations of the Gospel Message.

Where Paul portrayed himself as an "ambassador in bonds" who could not speak to them plainly because of their lack of spiritual maturity (see Mysteries) -- going so far as to state that he was barred from revealing greater wisdom as being "unlawful" for him to do so -- what Paul warned was that the true reality of God was -- and very much remains -- incomprehensible to the immature minds of the faith-based Christian believers.   But herein lies the problem to the dilemma -- i.e., Reason alone cannot solve the problem, unless one understands why the True Meaning of the Gospel could never -- and was never -- revealed to the believers of the simple-faith!!!   And while it may be true that "All men are created equal" -- unless one comes to understand why equal does not mean or equate to the same, then the dilemma that immerses mankind under a cloak of ignorance can never be resolved.

Thomas Paine was an enlightened visionary who saw and understood what Paul warned the Christian converts with respect to the limitations of their "natural" organic mind and thinking.   And in his positions found in his writings, Thomas Paine understood the nature of the problem that anchored the Christian world to a condition of profound ignorance.   In that article entitled Of The Religion Of Deism Compared With The Christian Religion, Paine hit the nail on the head when he writes: But the Church of Rome having set up its new religion, which it called Christianity, invented the creed which it named the Apostles's Creed, in which it calls Jesus the only son of God, conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary; things of which it is impossible that man or woman can have any idea, and consequently no belief but in words; and for which there is no authority but the idle story of Joseph's dream in the first chapter of Matthew, which any designing imposter or foolish fanatic might make.  It then manufactured the allegories in the book of Genesis into fact, and the allegorical tree of life and the tree of knowledge into real trees, contrary to the belief of the first Christians, and for which there is not the least authority in any of the books of the New Testament; for in none of them is there any mention made of such place as the Garden of Eden, nor of anything that is said to have happened there.  But the Church of Rome could not erect the person called Jesus into a Savior of the world without making the allegories in the book of Genesis into fact, though the New Testament, as before observed, gives no authority for it. All at once the allegorical tree of knowledge became, according to the Church, a real tree, the fruit of it real fruit, and the eating of it sinful. As priestcraft was always the enemy of knowledge, because priestcraft supports itself by keeping people in delusion and ignorance, it was consistent with its policy to make the acquisition of knowledge a real sin.

In reality, what Thomas Paine was in fact stating was that in its quest to empower the new religion, the Church of Rome in the manner of the Pharisees, threw away the Key of Knowledge -- which not only inhibited the very objective and purpose of the Gospel Message -- but further flat-lined the mental and spiritual development of the faith-based believers -- and because of their mental-suspension, rendering the use of the God-Given Gift of Reason virtually impossible.  From the perspective of the Original Authors, both inconsistencies and unfactual bogus events were intentionally written into the body of the text, in order to inhibit the literal interpretation (see Inconsistencies).  And while the Church remains in denial of the fact that the New Testament itself states the exact same thing with respect to the the fact that the scriptures were intentionally composed so that the intelligent seeker would reject the written meaning of the written text (see The Spiritual Diaspora).

The proverbial question then becomes: (1) Why would the authors of the scriptures intentionally write what was historically inaccurate; (2) why would they insert countless inconsistencies into the textual body; (3) why would they portray a counterfeit image of god that would be rejected by men of reason???   It must also be noted that the early Church Father who has been portrayed as the greatest teacher second only to the Apostles, portrayed those who believe the allegorical accounts of the written text to be "idiots" (see Mystery Of The Gospel).   And thus, the most important element of the question: Why did the Original Authors compose the scriptures in this manner that most faith-based Christians would portray as factually inaccurate and untruthful?   Since the time that man first set foot upon the face of the earth, those who knew the truth with respect to man's higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom, were hunted down by violent irrational superstitious mobs led by those who Thomas Paine portrays as "priestcraft" and despotic leaders.  

The Law is that those who are entrusted with the knowledge of the Truth, are obligated to protect and preserve the Truth -- just like they are obligated to guide sincere seekers in their quest to learn and possess the Truth.   And in the same way that Paul confessed that it was not even "lawful" to openly reveal the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom to profane ears of those who Jesus portrayed as "dogs and swine", the Original Authors were obligated to embed important esoteric truths beyond the perception of the carnal faith-based believers who would destroy the Truth if they were aware of its presence concealed within the allegory of the written word which Paul portrayed as the "letter that killeth [and] Jewish folktales" (see Shackled In The Abyss Of Absolute Ignorance).

All of Creation has been brought forth in accord with a Divine Design -- composed in the Universal Language of the Soul -- a language which can be learned through a conscious observation of Nature which is written in the same Universal Language -- and this fact is confirmed by Paul who wrote: "...because that which is known about God ...for God made it evident to them.  ...being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse" (Rom 1:19-20 NAS).

Admittedly, it is not as easy to look out at the world and understand God, the Divine Design and the Language of the Soul -- and so, wise visionaries created the scriptures to both use as a text book, and as a catalyst to bring about the seekers mental and spiritual maturity.

All Knowledge of the reality of Creation and the relationship of God and Man, can be conditioned upon the statement in the Gospel of Thomas: "...But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty"   (see The Unknown Self - The Reality Of The Soul).   That the Atheist remains totally lost in a world of intellectual poverty, and the Theist remains shackled by an immature understanding of God, is the direct result of their own failure to Know Thyself -- and comprehend the Cosmology of Mind and Being.

Quoting from: Do Atheists Prove The Deists In Error?  When rightly understood, while man's physical maturity is, for the most part, the organic expression of Natural Law -- whereby, growth and development from infancy to maturity is totally controlled by the Natural Laws -- this is not the case with man's state of mental maturity.   Because man has freewill, man's mental maturity is the result of a great many variable factions -- one of which is seen in the fact that the Natural Laws which support his physical development, only support those areas of mind that are supported by the needs and appetites of the physical body-vessel -- and while man has an innate potential of mind that few intellectual and philosophical schools of thought can even begin to envision -- in order to bring about this higher development of mind which remains totally elusive to those bound by "natural" organic reasoning, one must learn to invoke and embrace the Higher Laws that supercharge one's efforts.

What this means is that the very Natural Laws that insure physical development, also have the effect of not only limiting mental development beyond the physical needs and appetites of the physical body-vessel -- but you must overcome the limiting factor of the very Natural Laws of the Physical that promotes development to a certain level of maturity, in order to begin to develop and gain access to man's higher potential of mind and being that is not supported by the Natural Laws of the Earth.   In the same way that we don't have to manually bring about the physical development of an infant -- but rather, maintain the child within the construct of the Laws that brings this development about -- mental development beyond what is supported by the physical is brought about by the invocation of the Higher Laws working within man's own mind and being in a directed manner that brings about certain changes within his consciousness.   Which means that only when these Natural Laws are properly and intelligently invoked in a mental-environment that is conducive to the development of reason and intellect, is the consciousness of man freed from its organic limitations -- and it is this enlightened vision and reason that causes the Theist and questioning Atheist to mature into a Deist perception of God and Creation -- and even this higher perception and understanding comes in increments that would drive this higher vision into entry-level Alpha-Deists and matured Omega-Deists in their levels of Enlightened Comprehension.    In the same way that a fetus does not pop out of the womb in the form or a mature man or woman, the process of mental development beyond what is supported by the Natural Organic Laws of the earth, in much the same way can only bring about this growth and development in incremental steps -- level upon level.    And thus, the little understood statement: "Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little" (Isa 28:9-10 NKJ). 

When the Key of Knowledge is properly applied to the scriptures in the manner that Jesus taught, what is revealed to the seeker is the very Laws and Forces of Mind and Being that acts as a catalyst to stimulate and bring about the objective of the Heightening And Expansion of Mind.   And this essential Knowledge of the Laws of Creation, the Cosmology of Mind and Being, and the Universal Language of the Soul which the Divine Symphony of Creation is composed in, is preserved and protected within the allegorical accounts of the scriptures to be revealed only to men of rational wisdom who are sincere seekers of Truth.

Thomas Paine Redux
American Spirituality