Sunday, August 14, 2011

Answers to Questions, Part 3

[5/9/17] Note that my "Answers to Questions" posts were made at the beginning of my "understandings", so these answers are somewhat colored by my Christian background.  My "answers" hasn't changed so much as these should be taken with the understanding that there are "fuller" answers.

Q: Is the Bible true?
A: The Bible has truths in it, but to say that it is the only truth means that God has stopped communicating with the creations.  This does not make any sense.  To put things into perspective, you must realize that the Bible is a collection of stories and writings written down over centuries through verbal dictation and copied manuscripts.  The key question, however, is what is the source of the message?  Many believe they are messages from God and therefore infallible.  I believe that the messages are spiritual insights gained by many who have had out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, through meditation like states and other methods that put someone into a deeper consciousness, or are psychically capable, and have spoken or written the message down through their interpretations of the experience or message.  Interpretation cannot be helped.  All messages from the spirit world come through the glass lens of the receiver and is translated into the language, local beliefs and culture of the receiving person.  Communication outside the physical body is through emotions and thoughts (feelings, pictures, sounds, senses: universal communications), not words and speech which are local to a region and peoples.  Because of this, some ideas come through to the receiver in a way they would understand, but may not necessarily interpret it appropriately.  This has always been true as it was then.  You see mediums today who channel messages from the spirit world that must interpret what they are receiving or they will simply forward the message to another and the recipient must interpret that message using their knowledge.  I mention this because you can find many books today that speak of the spiritual nature, and yet the majority of people do not worship or exclaim these writings as the message of God.  But back when the Bible came about, they were handled and passed down by the religious leaders because those who had psychic gifts were predominately a part of or joined the religious order in order understand what they were receiving.  Over time, these messages with the receivers interpretations were presented to their followers as edicts from God without questioning or reinterpretation.  The stories in the Bible are not simply words to obey as written.  This should have been made obvious when Jesus said he spoke in parables.  If the Jews did not understand the true message from the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus after thousands of years, can anyone truly say the true message of the New Testament was received properly?  Those who point out the contradictions of the Bible and the believers who refute these contradictions prove to the fact that the message is interpreted and based on the reader's ideas of reality, come to different conclusions.  Therefore, one should try to determine if they understand the message hidden in the bible and whether that message makes sense in context of a spiritual world.  This can only happen when you release your conceptions and dogmas of religious principles and seek a deeper truth, that of a spiritual truth.  The message of the Bible is a spiritual one hidden behind the physical words.  In other words, if one reads the words as it would be applied to the imaginary "you", the human form, then you do not see the true message as all spiritual messages are targeted to our true form, that of our soul.

Q: What about Jesus?
A: What people do not realize about Jesus was that he was not the only "Christ" figure in the story.  And yet, the Christian movement mainly focuses on Jesus.  From my understanding, the Christ figure is really composed of John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, and Paul (Saul).  John represents the passage of the old to the new.  When John baptized Jesus, it was to signify the cleansing from the old to the new, which is moving from the focus of the body to that of the soul.  That is why John was such a minimal part of the story, even though John was worshiped by his followers in the same way as Jesus, and he made way for Jesus.  Jesus is the embodiment of the soul.  His life characterized what spirit life is like, what we are like in spirit.  Jesus expressed all his emotions no differently than we do: love, sadness, anger, and I believe other emotions that are not necessarily considered "good".  But as I mentioned in my other posts, emotions exist and are not bad.  They are a part of us, but we are to use all emotions in a positive way as emotions and thoughts are both transmission of energy we use to expression ourselves.  Jesus could do things beyond what we believe we can.  This is the outcome of the soul manifesting its reality upon the physical realm.  He was demonstrating to us what it is to be living in spirit while in the flesh.  Christhood is the same concept as enlightenment, which is to attain a full body/soul connection such that the soul is free to act from its creative consciousness while in physical form.  Jesus' story is not a message of salvation of our bodies or even our souls.  It is a message of awakening of our soul so that it is no longer enslaved by the body and the beliefs we hold about what is and isn't possible.  That is the misinterpretation of the message of salvation.  In other words, we are not saved to enter heaven.  We are saved by awakening our unconscious "self" in the body.  That is heaven, to be freed of the illusion of life and the limitations of prejudice and ignorant beliefs.  Paul was the carrier of this message, but for some reason, Paul did not carry the full message and will return to correct this.  That is the second coming of Christ.  It is said that Paul will return as the Christ to correct the mistake of institutionalizing the message of spiritual salvation into a religious dogma.  When Jesus came into flesh, he knew his purpose in life.  Paul also knew before he was born that he was to take part in this drama, but the letters he wrote misconstrued the message of Christ.  After Paul was taken to heaven (most likely a near-death experience) where Jesus met him the first time and converted him, he preached the message, but interpreted the message through the lens of his religious upbringing as can be seen in his writings regarding his membership in the religious community.  Although he did not remain a part, it was this "tainting" of the message through interpretation that we have a religious Christian message today.  There were other Christian teachings not mainstream that carries a different message, but those have long been suppressed by the Catholic movement after Emperor Constantine created the Roman national religion.

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