Sunday, March 1, 2015

Christianity Before Jesus

I was recently sent an email which stated:
My name is Charley and I cam across you web site a few days ago. The one. Christianity Existed Before The Birth Of Jesus.  I am very impressed with it and am downloading other writing of yours to a flash drive to read and research.

I was amazed to see a like minded person to much of what I have been shown the past few years on this page I mentioned above. I have searched the internet to find others who think like I do and you are one of a very few that I could find.  Most people are so deceived by the RCC and the false teachings and beliefs they inserted into the human race 1000 yrs ago. Although I have witnessed to many over my 53 yrs I have had no one change any of their ideal or comprehension of scriptures no matter how much I show the difference and support the proof with scriptures. I know how sad to see this happen. So Thank you for being there and Be Blessed and continue to do what you can.
Charley
 
To which I replied:
We dwell within the Mind of God.   There are Universal Pattern and Laws that control all of Creation.   And this is why there is similarities among the sacred writings of all religions as presented at the subheading Is The Gospel Copied From Another Religious Source.   And what can be called the Divine Manna or Sacred Knowledge of Higher Mind and the Kingdom (Gnosis), can be tapped into by transforming the body-mind into a fit foundation for the Higher Self to in-dwell within our consciousness.   A man could be born on an island -- totally removed from any of the religions of the world -- and if he seeks the Truth and the Kingdom within his own mind, he will be able to tap into that Inner Source of Divine Knowledge.  What is therefore important to understand, then, is that what we today call religion is in reality philosophy -- or religious-philosophy -- because genuine religion is not blind belief, but the lifestyle and mindset necessary to prove one's religious-philosophy -- i.e., the means by which the seeker can tap into and draw out from within the Divine Manna or Knowledge of the Logos (Mind) of God.   

Perhaps the greatest obstacles to tapping into the Source within, is the beliefs and perceptions that the seeker adopts.   And the problem is portrayed in the analogy of Plato's Cave (see Plato).   We are dwelling in a three-dimensional realm -- and yet, our own, and all of higher reality, is twelve-dimensional.   What is portrayed as shadow-images in the analogy of the Cave, are allegorical images impressed into matter of a higher reality which our physical senses only perceive a fragment of.   But when we begin to understand what we are seeing, and begin the process of transforming the mind, only then can we begin to perceive more of our true higher reality.   And this is why the Gospel of Thomas states: (5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you .

In the Genesis account woman is portrayed as having been drawn from man -- thus, a part of him -- as a help-meet -- but few people actually understand what this term which was translated out of the Hebrew actually means.   Rather than reinvent the wheel, I will quote from a web article that fits my purposes at http://www.womeninthescriptures.com/2010/11/real-meaning-of-term-help-meet.html :
 In Hebrew the two words that "help meet" are derived from are the words "ezer" and the word 'k’enegdo".
Ezer which is commonly translated as "help" is really a rich word with a much deeper meaning. In her book Eve and the Choice Made in Eden, Beverly Campbell explains,
“According to biblical scholar David Freedman, the Hebrew word translated thee into English as “help” is ezer. This word is a combination of two roots, one meaning “to rescue”, “to save,” and the other meaning “to be strong.” Just as the roots merged into one word, so did their meanings. At first ezer meant either “to save” or “to be strong,” but in time, said Freedman, ezer “ was always interpreted as ‘to help’ a mixture of both nuances.”
Diana Webb in her book Forgotten Women of God also clarifies this word by explaining,
"The noun ezer occurs 21 times in the Hebrew Bible. In eight of these instances the word means “savior”. These examples are easy to identify because they are associated with other expressions of deliverance or saving. Elsewhere in the Bible, the root ezer means “strength.... the word is most frequently used to describe how God is an ezer to man. "
For example the word "ebenezer" in 1 Samuel 7:12 is used to describe the power of God's deliverance. "Eben" means rock and "ezer" means "help" or "salvation". Ebenezer therefore means "rock of help" or "rock of salvation". The root "ezer" is the same word that God used to describe to Adam who Eve was. She was not intended to be just his helper or his companion, rather she was intended to be his savior, his deliverer.

The other part of the term "help meet" which is commonly translated as "meet for" or "fit for" is the word "k’enegdo". It is hard to know exactly what the word k’enegdo means because it only appears once in the entire Bible. Yet Diana Webb explained that,
"Neged, a related word which means “against”, was one of the first words I learned in Hebrew. I thought it was very strange that God would create a companion for Adam that was “against” him! Later, I learned that kenegdo could also mean “in front of” or “opposite.” This still didn’t help much. Finally I heard it explained as being “exactly corresponding to,” like when you look at yourself in a mirror."
Eve was not designed to be exactly like Adam. She was designed to be his mirror opposite, possessing the other half of the qualities, responsibilities, and attributes which he lacked. Just like Adam and Eve's sexual organs were physically mirror opposites (one being internal and the other external) so were their their divine stewardship designed to be opposite but fit together perfectly to create life. Eve was Adam's complete spiritual equal, endowed with a saving power that was opposite from his.

Our true self -- i.e., our Soul-Self -- is a Being of Light ( http://BeingOfLight.com ) that has no sex, race or physical body as we do in this world.  To become our True Self, we would have to undergo the process of transformation whereby the mind is greatly expanded and deepened.   Our three-dimensional mind would have to expand to accommodate our twelve-dimensional Soul-Self.   In the same way that when the essence of man and woman is brought into oneness in an embryo, that the necessary expansion to form a body begins, so too does the Union of Man and Woman HAVE THE POTENTIAL to bring about this expansion of the self as explained in the article The Tree Of Life And The Divine Marriage PART 1 and PART 2.  And this merger and possibility of expansion is represented in the Gospel of Thomas in the saying They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?" Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female;  ...then will you enter the kingdom." 

I use the term that every man and woman has the POTENTIAL to bring about this expansion of the self, because few people understand the higher reality of the Soul or Soul-Self (see http://SoulSelf.org ) -- few people understand the higher purpose of woman from the perspective of man -- and few people are willing to live the necessary life to bring this transformation about in their own lives.   In the above quotation the author states that their divine stewardship designed to be opposite but fit together perfectly to create life -- yet, procreation when rightly understood, must be seen as a bi-product of the joining of the two halves -- with the higher spiritual objective being the primary reason.   The tree-dimensions of man, and the three opposite dimensions of woman, have the potential to become six-dimensions that can initiate and forum the necessary environment for the in-dwelling of the twelve-dimensional higher Soul-Self.   Quoting from the article you cited at Christianity Existed Before The Birth Of Jesus 

Archaeologists have demonstrated that the word Christos, which we render Christ, has been found not only on Pagan temples, and used in relation to those who were said to be the sons of the Pagan gods, but the term was also engraved on tombstones and other Pagan artifacts prior to the time of Jesus. In the Greek and Roman mystery religions of the time, the Christos was the Anointing of the Logos, and the Christian was the follower of the Anointed. In the writings of Clement of Alexandria we find it explained that: "Those who lived according to the Logos were really Christians, though they have been thought to be atheists; as Socrates and Heraclitus were among the Greeks, and such as resembled them" (Strom. bk. i, ch xix).

Eusebius, the great historian of the early Church, admits that the religion that is called Christianity was known to the ancients (Eccl. Hist., 1, ch iv) and writes that the religion of Jesus had "...been known among all nations, nevertheless our life and our conduct, with our doctrines of religion, have not been lately invented by us, but from the first creation of man, so to speak, have been established by the natural understanding of divinely favored men of old... What then should prevent the confession that we who are of Christ practice one and the same mode of life and have one and the same religion as those divinely favored men of old? Whence it is evident that the perfect religion committed to us by the teaching of Christ is not new and strange, but, if the truth must be spoken, it is the first and the true religion".

Modern Christians who erroneously believe that Christianity started with Jesus, will be unable to relate to the words that "our doctrines of religion... have been established by the natural understanding... and [is] the same religion as those divinely favored men of old". The early Gentile Christians knew this fact, and it was for this reason that a copy of Plato’s Republic and other such writings was contained among the writings preserved in the recently discovered Nag Hammadi Library of early Christian writings.
St. Augustine wrote: "That, in our times, is the Christian religion, which to know and follow is the most sure and certain health, called according to that name, but not according to the thing itself, of which it is the name; for the thing itself which is now called the Christian religion, really was known to the ancients, nor was wanting at any time from the beginning of the human race, until the time when Christ came in the flesh, from whence the true religion, which had previously existed, began to be called Christian; and this in our days is the Christian religion, not as having been wanting in former times, but as having in later times received this name" (Opera Augustini, vol. i, p.12).

When we begin to understand the common root of all religion, only then are we able to comprehend with clarity that it wasn’t so much that the Greek and Roman world was converted to the teachings of Jesus, but more appropriately, the teachings of Jesus came to be a part of the existing religious world, which came to be outwardly known as Christian. After Constantine silenced the true followers of Jesus with the power of the sword in the fourth century because they refused to accept the religion of the emperor, all that was left was the Gentile church which was very Pagan in nature, that had come to be known as Christian. 
 
This concept of the Revelation of man's Natural Religion, was of course in our more modern times attested to by the Deists who formed the foundational bedrock of the Constitutional Government of the United States (see http://ThomasPaineRedux.com ).   And when rightly understood, it is drawn from the very essence of mankind as an indigenous aspect of his mind and being.   One can even say that the knowledge that I am writing about, is the birth-right of mankind to possess -- but has been suppressed and robbed from man, by the religious and secular authorities of this world who keep him enslaved for their own purposes.   That the historical man Jesus and his disciples embodied the process into a pure path for the seeker/disciple to embrace, was the purpose and objective of the Original Teachings of TheWay -- which, because of the corruptions of the Church, is relatively unknown today.   

 

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