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i literally want you to follow me


The words spoken by Jesus

The Literal Physical Truth of the New Testament

On refuting a primitive and simplistic notion of God

"The spirit of the Creator and Sustainer is upon me; the Creator and Sustainer has appointed me to preach the Creator and Sustainer's word to the poor; the Creator and Sustainer has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that the captives shall be released and the blind shall awaken, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that the Creator and Sustainer is ready to give Life to all who come to the Creator and Sustainer."

a warrior is not required to sacrifce himself

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

"This is the first and greatest admonishment:

Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

The second most important is similar:

Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.

All the other admonishments and all the admonishments of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others."

"Humble men are fortunate for God's word is given to them.

Those who grieve are fortunate for they shall be comforted.

The meek and lowly are fortunate for the whole Earth belongs to them.

Content are those who long to be just, for they shall be completely satisfied.

Content are the compassionate and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.

Content are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God.

Content are those who strive for peace they shall be called the sons of God."

"Beware of false teachers who come. You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. Different kinds of fruit trees can quickly be identified by examining their fruit. A variety that produces delicious fruit never produces an inedible fruit. And a tree producing an inedible fruit can't produce what is good. So the trees having the inedible fruit are chopped down and thrown on the fire. The way to identify a tree (or a individual) is by the type of fruit produced. Not all who sound religious are. They may refer to me as 'Lord,' but still won't find the Kingdom of God, for the decisive question is whether they live by the Law of God ."

"Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The path to spiritual corruption is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose the way of spiritual corruption. The gateway to Life is small, and the way is narrow, and only a few ever find it."

"Do not be anxious about tomorrow;
live one day at a time."

"Do not worry about things:
food, drink, clothes, for you already have life."

"Do for others what you want them to do for you
and others will treat you as you treat them.

blind mind

"Woe to the creatures which see and know not what they see,
which stand and know not upon what they stand."
- Tract Hagiga, Chapter II translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

"Lift now the lid of the jar of heaven.
Close those eyes that see only faults,
Open those that contemplate the invisible."


"Why worry about the small things in the eye of a brother when your eyes can not see ? Should you say, 'brother, let me help you get the small things out of your eye,' when you have no vision?' Hypocrite! Remove the blinders from your eyes, then you can see to help your brother."

stone foundation

"All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won't collapse, for it is built on solid rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on shifting sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash."

"Beware of the teachers of religion !

For teachers of religion love to wear the robes of the rich and scholarly, and to have everyone bow to them as they walk through the markets. The teachers of religion love to sit in the best seats in the synagogues, and at the places of honor at banquets, but they shamelessly cheat widows out of their homes and then, to cover up the type of men they really are, they pretend to be pious by praying long prayers in public. It is hard for those who trust in riches to believe in God's word. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to hear and believe God's word."

versional idiot

idiot - 1250-1300; Middle English < Latin idiỡta < Greek idiốtẽs
private person, layman, person lacking skill or expertise, equivalent to idiỡ-
(lengthened variant of idio- idio-, perhaps by analogy with stratiỡtẽs
professional soldier, derivative of stratiá army) + -tẽs agent noun suffix

Authentic or counterfeit?
How would you recognize counterfeit Christianity?

Unknown Source - Where does the message come from?

Is the message acturately sourced or is it based on fanciful imaginative concepts and positive thinking?

Divergent Message - What is the substance of the message?

For the true teacher, Christ is central. You will recognize them by the spiritual fruit of their lives.

Disparte Position - In what position will the message leave you?

The true teacher teaches the acolyte how to escape the spiritual corruption of the Veil of Cognitive Bias while the counterfeit teacher points a distracting finger and says "look over there!"

Peculiar Character - What kind of people does the message produce?

The true teacher edifyingly pursues goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and compassion. The counterfeit teacher is marked by arrogance, prejudice and slander and his flock will act and think like him.

Different Appeal - Why should you listen to the message?

The true teacher appeals to heart in an attempt to awaken compassion and reveal the methods the counterfeit teacher uses to appeal to the animal material side of human nature. The counterfeit teacher asks, "What do people want to hear?

Multicolored Fruit - What result does the message have in people's lives?

The true teacher is effective and productive in his or her knowledge of Jesus Christ while the counterfeit is "like a spring without water." They promise much but produce little. Is the fruit organic and full of life or is it GMO and marked with death?

Direction - Where does the message ultimately lead you?

The true teacher will elevate your understanding of reality while the counterfeit will attempt to confuse your understanding. Here we find the most disturbing contrast of all. The true teacher points you at the door you have to walk through while the conterfeit opens a door into his imaginative conceptual construct, grabs you by the pants and roughly shoves you through the door slamming it shut and trapping you in a false reality.

Symptoms of false teaching:

Be wary of zeal. Showmanship may hide lack of substance.

Be wary of credentials. They are not proof of knowledge, understanding or wisdom.

Be wary of novelty. Is this novelty part of a natural evolving understanding or is it just new words clothing old dead concepts ?

Be wary of sensational entertaining worship and look for the inward invisible work of the Creator and Sustainer within the hearts of the flock.

Be honest in appraisal and judgement. Don't put the blinders on!

False understanding starts incrementally and grows as more layers of the Veil of Cognitive Blindness are added over time.

Avoid the mental contagion of the crowd - a superficial readiness to believe anyone who talks cleverly and earnestly.

Avoid ingnorarrognace and reject the false hypothesis that those good at rhetoric are honest !


"A farmer went out to his field to sow grain. As he scattered the seed on the earth, some of it fell on a footpath and was trampled on; and the birds came and ate it as it lay exposed. other seed fell on shallow soil with rock beneath. This seed began to grow, but soon withered and died for lack of moisture. other seed landed in thistle patches, and the young grain stalks were soon choked out. Still other fell on fertile soil; this seed grew and produced a crop one hundred times as large as he had planted. If anyone has listening ears, use them now!"

"The seed is God's word to men. The hard path where some seed fell represents the hard hearts of those who hear, but then spiritual corruption comes and steals God's word away and prevents people from believing and finding salvation. The stony earth represents those who enjoy listening to sermons, but somehow God's word never really gets through to them and doesn't take root and grow. They know that God's word is true, and sort of believe for awhile; but when the hot winds of persecution blow, they lose interest. The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God's word but whose faith afterwards is choked out by worry and riches and the responsibilities and pleasures of life. And so they are never able to help anyone else to believe God's word. The fertile soil represents honest, good hearted people. They listen to and cling to them and steadily spread them to others who also soon believe God's word."

"If, as my disciples , you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded. All that is now hidden will some day come to light. If you have ears, listen! Be sure to put into practice what you hear. The more you do this, the more you will understand what I tell you."

"Who ever heard of someone lighting a lamp and then covering it up to keep it from shining? No, lamps are mounted in the open where they can be seen. This illustrates the fact that some day every thing shall be brought to light and made plain to all. So be careful how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall be given more; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."

"If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend,
I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before God."

knock and the door will be opened

and you will be given what you ask for.

and you will find.

and the door will be opened.

For everyone who asks, receives.

Anyone who seeks, finds.

If only you will knock, the door will open."

Jesus called - he wants his religion back

The Literal Physical Truth of the New Testament

"Modern New Testament scholarship has shown that we know far less
about the historical Jesus than we thought we did." - Karen Armstrong

The New Testament did not fall out of the sky a complete book.

The books of the New Testament were not all written at the same time, were not necessarily written in the order they appear nor were they even originally written in the same language.

All Christian documents in existence from before the 4th century are on papyrus.

Since papyrus is fragile, only fragments of these works have been preserved.

Before the invention of the printing press in the 15th century all documents had to be copied by hand, a laborious process that invited all kinds of variations: misspellings, altered wording, grammatical corrections, stylistic improvements, insertions, omissions, etc.

No two New Testaments written before the 15th century are identical !

20th century versions of the New Testament are primarily based on parchment uncial codices of the 4th through the 9th century. Many of the earliest of these, like Sinaiticus, have undergone extensive "correction" by later scribes.

Many New Testament versions have marginal notes added by other scribes. These marginalia were often copied into the main text of later versions.

In the Codex Bezae, penned in the 6th century, the left hand page is the Greek and the right hand side is Latin. As many as nine correctors worked on the manuscript between the sixth and twelfth century.

A passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him nothing came into being. What has come into being in him is life. And the life was the light of humanity."

In the Codex Washingtonensis, sometimes called Codex Freerianus, penned in 5th to 7th century, paleographers have deduced that the original scribe corrected some of his own errors. He was followed by another who made revisions. Finally, two later hands made a few additional changes.

Codex Washingtonensis is variegated in its representation. It is conjectured that the exemplar or a distant ancestor that the scribe was copying from was one that had been pieced together out of fragments of several manuscripts. Therefore, readings representative of all of the major text types can be found in this manuscript.

A passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him no single thing came into being. What has come into being in him (is or was) life. And the life was the light of humanity."

The Codex Alexandrinus, penned in the 5th century, is largely an Alexandrian witness, it belongs to the Byzantine family which is the oldest example in the text of the Gospels.

A passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him no single thing came into being. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."

A later Codex 666, 12th or 13th century reads as follows:

A passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him no single thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."

Corrected passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him no single thing came into being. What has come into being was life in him; and the life was the light of men."

Jewish attitudes toward translations of their scriptures developed over time.

By the 2nd century before the birth of Jesus, it was often necessary for the readings in the synagogues to be interpreted from Hebrew into Aramaic. A later Talmudic injunction by Rabbi Simon ben Gamaliel said that Greek was the only language into which the Torah could be accurately translated.

The Septuagint was the Greek translation named 'according to the seventy' for the group of Hebrew scholars that translated the Old Testament into Greek. The Septuagint found widespread use in Hellenistic culture as well as Jerusalem which had become a cosmopolitan city.

Several factors finally led most Hebrews to abandon the Septuagint including: the fact that Greek scribes were not subject to the same rigid rules imposed on Hebrew scribes; that Christians favored the Septuagint; and the gradual decline of the Greek language among Hebrews after most of them fled from the Greek-speaking Roman Empire into the Aramaic-speaking Persian Empire when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans.

The earliest and most explicit testimony of a Hebrew canonical list comes from Jewish historian Josephus. Josephus wrote about a canon used by Jews in the first century AD. In the writing of Josephus in 95 CE he divided sacred scriptures into three parts, five books of the Torah, thirteen books of the prophets, and four books of hymns.

Sapiential Books or Books of Wisdom is a term used in biblical studies to refer to a subset of the books of the Old Testament in the Septuagint version. There are seven of these books, namely the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Book of Wisdom, the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), and Sirach. The Testament of Job is a book written in the 1st century BC. The author of Wisdom of Solomon was an Alexandrian Jew during the silent persecution initiated in Egypt under Caesar Augustus. The Wisdom of Sirach is a work of ethical teachings written by the Jewish scribe Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira of Jerusalem approximately 175 BC. Ecclesiastes includes the presence of Persian loan-words and Aramaisms which point to a date no earlier than 450 BC and no later than 180 BC, when Eliezer ben Sira quotes from it.

The early Christian Church continued to use the Septuagint, since most of its earliest members were Greek-speaking and because the Messianic passages most clearly pointed to Jesus as the Jesus in the Septuagint translation.

When Saint Jerome started preparation of the Vulgate translation of the Bible into Latin he started with the Septuagint.

Scribes of the New Testament, also written in Greek, quoted from the Septuagint frequently, though not exclusively, when relating prophesies and history from the Old Testament. Even when Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and other translations appeared, the Septuagint continued to be used by the Greek-speaking portion of the Christian Church.

The Eastern Orthodox Church still prefers to use Septuagint as the basis for translating the Old Testament into other languages, and the Greek Orthodox Church (which has no need for translation) continues to use it in its liturgy even today. Many modern Catholic translations of the Bible, while using the Masoretic text as their basis, employ the Septuagint to decide between different possible translations of the Hebrew text whenever the latter is unclear, corrupt, or ambiguous.

The Greek of the Septuagint has many idioms and phrases based on Hebrew, and the grammatical phenomenon known as attraction is common there. Some parts of it have been described as "Hebrew in Greek words". However, other sections show an ignorance of Hebrew idiom, so that the literal translation provided makes little sense. The translators usually, but not always, employed one and the same Greek word for one Hebrew word whenever it occurs. Thus the Septuagint can be called a mostly concordant translation. However, as in most translations of any literary work, often more than one Hebrew word gets translated into one and the same Greek word, removing some nuances from the text.

authoritative revsionism

In terms of its importance to the culture, art, and life
of the Middle Ages, the Vulgate stands supreme.

The Vulgate Bible is an early 4th century translation of the Bible into Latin made by Saint Jerome under the direction of Pope Damasus I and the Council of Rome ordered by the imperial Roman Emperor Theodosius I in 382 AD. The Vulgate takes its name from the phrase versio vulgata, "the common version", and was written in an everyday Latin used in conscious distinction to the elegant Ciceronian Latin of which Saint Jerome was a master.

The bedrock of imperial Roman Catholic Christianity is Saint Jerome's monumental work, the Vulgate, which was used to unite the remnants of the Roman Empire in Western Europe for over a thousand years from its dessimination after the Council of Rome to 1530 AD when Martin Luther translated the Bible into German.

Early attempts to render translations into vernacular tongues were invariably made from the Vulgate, as it was highly regarded as an infallible, divinely inspired text.

Even the translations produced by Protestants, that sought to replace the Vulgate with vernacular versions translated from the original languages, could not avoid the enormous influence of Saint Jerome's translation in its dignified style and flowing prose.

The closest equivalent in English, the King James Version, or Authorised Version, shows a marked influence from the Vulgate in the vigorous rhythm of its prose and poetry.

The Vulgate was designed to be both more accurate and easier to understand than its predecessors. The Vulgate was the first, and for many centuries the only, Christian Bible translation that translated the Old Testament directly from the Hebrew original rather than indirectly from the Greek Septuagint.

Saint Jerome was responsible for at least three slightly different versions of the Vulgate.

The Romana Vulgate was the first, but it was soon replaced by later versions except in Britain, where it continued to be used until the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Next was the Gallicana Vulgate, which Saint Jerome produced a few years later. It had some minor improvements, especially in the Old Testament.

The Hispana Vulgate is largely identical to the Romana Vulgate except for the book of Psalms, which Saint Jerome re-translated from the Hebrew for this version.

The Latin Bible used before the Vulgate is usually referred to as the Vetus Latina, or Old Latin Bible, or occasionally the Old Latin Vulgate.

The Old Latin Vulgate remained in use in some circles even after Saint Jerome's Vulgate became the accepted standard throughout the Western Roman Catholic Church. Some Gauls or Celts continued to prefer the Old Latin Vulgate for centuries.

selfless Jesus

The Old Latin Vulgate was not translated
by a single individual or institution,
nor even uniformly edited.

{see lost in translation}

Each book varies in quality of translation and style. The Old Latin Vulgate Old Testament books were most likely translated from the Greek Septuagint, not from the Hebrew.

The Clementine Vulgate is the one most familiar to Catholics who have lived prior to the reforms of Vatican II . Over the course of the Middle Ages, the original Vulgate of Saint Jerome had succumbed to the inevitable changes wrought by human error in the countless copying of the text in monasteries across Europe.There were efforts to purify the corrupted text, notably by Alcuin of York in the early 9th century during the reign of Charlemagne. This correction was the basis for the Paris edition that was widely disseminated among the clergy in northwestern Europe.

Though the advent of printing greatly reduced the potential of human error and increased the consistency and uniformity of the text, even the Vulgate as produced by Gutenberg was not entirely without mistakes as the several editions of the first printed work varied one from the other.

After the Reformation, when the Church of Rome strove to counter the attacks and refute the doctrines of Protestantism, the Vulgate was reaffirmed in the Council of Trent as the sole, authorized text of the Bible. To reinforce this declaration, an attempt was made to standardize the spelling and overall text of the Vulgate out of the countless editions written during the Middle Ages.

The actual first manifestation of this authorized text was sponsored by Pope Sixtus V (1585-90), known as the Sistine Vulgate, but was soon repudiated with the advent of the next pope, Clement VIII (1592-1605) who immediately ordered a new edition.

This Clementine Vulgate of 1592 became the official authorized Bible text of the Catholic Church until the 1960s, when worship in vernacular languages was first permitted.

The Nova Vulgata is currently the official Latin version published and approved by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Nova Vulgata was commissioned in 1907 by Pope Pius X of the Benedictine Monastery in Rome, though many decades would pass before it would be completed. The main difference between the Nova Vulgata and the Vulgata Clementina is that it takes account of the modern textual criticism of recent years and in places reflects the changes in such texts as the United Bible Society's critical text.

There are also a number of changes where the modern scholars felt that Saint Jerome had failed to grasp the meaning of the original languages.

The Nova Vulgata does not contain those books, found in some editions of the Vulgate, that are considered apocryphal by the Roman Catholic Church -- for example the 3rd and 4th book of Ezra. Its spelling also reflects a more Classical leaning than the Renaissance spelling of the Clementine edition.

The Nova Vulgata has not been widely embraced by conservative Catholics, as it sounds unfamiliar compared to the Clementine, a fact common in the history of the Bible as new translations attempt to supplant older, more familiar ones.

The Stuttgart Vulgate published by the German BibleSociety (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft), based in Stuttgart. This edition, Biblia Sacra Vulgata, seeks to reproduce the original, pure Vulgate text that Saint Jerome would have produced 1,600 years ago.

The Stuttgart Vulgate attempts, through critical comparison of important, historical editions of the Vulgate, to achieve the original text, cleansed of the errors of a millennium and a half's time. The main critical source for the Stuttgart Vulgate is Codex Amiatinus, the highly-esteemed 8th century, one-volume manuscript of the whole Latin Bible produced in England, regarded as the best medieval witness to Saint Jerome's original text.

listen to understand

Depending on your point of view, one of the beauties or one of the problems with the Bible is that, by carefully picking and choosing your passages, you can get anything you want out of it.

Using passages from the canonical gospels, scholars, theologians, and lay alike have ‘proven' that Jesus was a Pharisee, an Essene, a revolutionary Zaddikim zealot intent on overthrowing Roman occupation, a Kabbalist mystic, a Marxist, a supply-side Republican, and even a Taoist. (Of course others have also found passages to repudiate all of these assertions.) It is most likely that the historical Jesus of Nazareth was actually a Therapeutae/Tekton/Tannaim with lots of Essene friends.

Over time, as we all know, everything decays or becomes corrupt. This would have been the case with the original writings about Jesus. The written texts that now exist were not written by apostles of Jesus but rather were copies of texts of Jesus' teaching.

We have no way of knowing exactly what changes were made and what was added to the original texts dealing with Jesus but research suggests that the original texts were simply the statements and sermons of Jesus which were later elaborated upon.

Thousands of men spent their entire lives redefining the religion which we now call "Christianity."

There was much debate about who wrote what and what was true as opposed to what was heretical even in the first century after the birth of Jesus. The process of selection and status gradually evolved, and even the Bible itself tells us that what we currently have is not the full story or a complete image.
One generation removed from the living Jesus gnostic thought began to build Mystery upon the evolving myth of Jesus the Tekton.

Mystical Gnosticism is simply a religion of redemption - wisdom of truth gained through the coupling of experience with knowledge.

Clement of Alexandria used the term ‘gnostic' to describe anyone who had penetrated deeper into the Gnostic Mysteries .

The gnostic universally heralded Jesus the Tekton as the one who brought this Knowledge of the Truth.

"In Gnostic terms the body's site of power has been referred to as those of the 'sleepers' and 'wakers.' The 'sleepers' being those whose conscious self has yet to break through the layers of the body's social conditioning. The spiritual-somatic experience has been seen as a threat to hierarchical societies because it exists beyond their bounds of power. This is one reason why ecstatic experiences - whether through spiritual or other means - have been suppressed, outlawed, and discredited by religions and mainstream institutions alike. Ecstatic experiences that can break down human thinking patterns and conditioning structures are unnerving for institutions of social-political power. How can you control, regulate, and discipline a body/energy/experience that has no physical location?" - Kingsley L. Dennis

Titus Flavius Clemens, Clement of Alexandria, succeeded his mentor, Pantaenus, as head of the catechetical school at Alexandria to become the intellectual leader of the Christian community in Alexandria, Egypt for the last two decades of the 2nd century after the birth of Jesus.

Titus Flavius Clemens emphasized the permanent importance of the use of philosophy to understand the relation between knowledge and faith. As faith involves a comprehensive knowledge of the essentials, knowledge allows the believer to penetrate deeply into the understanding of what he actually believes and by so doing perfect his faith.

In order to attain the "faith of knowledge," to find the Truth, which is so much higher than the mere "faith of conjecture," or simple reception of a truth on authority, philosophy is permanently necessary.

hard battle

Faith in True Knowledge,

the TRUTH,

is the Foundation of Enlightenment.

To judge those who professed esoteric knowledge or the Truth all that was needed, Titus Flavius Clemens argued correctly, check to see if they lived a moral life which was the test of real wisdom. Against anti-intellectual pietists, Clement of Alexandria championed the ideal of spiritual enlightenment. Titus Flavius Clemens characterization of the real Christian as an intellectual whose life is a moral example for others influenced the development of the monastic ideal.

During the persecution of Alexandrian Christians, Titus Flavius Clemens found refuge in Jerusalem. Titus Flavius Clemens was succeeded at Alexandria by his brilliant protégé, Origen.

The Roman Catholics attempted early on to stamp out any train of thought, to destroy all branches of the gnostic mysteries and destroy any text of the Christian religion which did not strictly adhere to Roman Catholic dogma.

After the gnostic confrontation and until the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church was the overwhelmingly dominant force in Christianity. The rigid, entrenched mentality of Catholic orthodoxy must be taken into account in any reasonable examination of the Christian religion.

Schisms, dissensions, and new ideas were crushed by a pronouncement of spiritual death (excommunication) or physical death (inquisition/crusade.) This dogma was and is not to be challenged; dogma is inflexible to change:

God is supernatural (outside of nature); God is three-in-one, (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit); God requires humans to worship him as a human Emperor (descended God) on Earth is worshiped; that something called the soul (which exists outside of nature) is condemned by God to a place called hell unless one believes in and follows the religious dogma of whichever sect or cult one has joined or been born into; that to some, belief in their sect or cults religious dogma guarantees one a secure position in the nether realm of heaven; that to others good works and belief are necessary to gain admission to heaven, and that to still others good works, belief and a following of religious law is the only way to gain admission to heaven.

cathedral maze

The Roman Catholic Church needed then and needs now
to control the information made available to the public about Jesus.

Without a uniform religion the Catholics realized they would lose control of adherents. It was from this Roman Catholic Church that the ultimate lists of approved, canonical, and heretical texts issued.

Even within what is now the Catholic Church there has always been dissension.

The Synoptic Gospels, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark and Gospel of Luke, order of creation was debated and revised.

The Gospel of John was considered heretical and was added later.

Revelation was considered heretical and then added later.

The first commentary made on the Gospel of John was by the gnostics Ptolemy and Heracleon, as quoted by Irenaeus and Origen. The Gospel of John is a highly intellectual account of Jesus' life which would have required a good level of education and was penned by John the presbyter (priest) as opposed to John the Apostle who was an uneducated fisherman. John the presbyter penned Revelation as well.

Christian writers before 150 years after the birth of Jesus do not generally refer to any document (including the canonical gospels) as their source for Jesus' sayings.

The Synoptics were originally anonymous, and decisions of authorship came about in the 2nd century based on legend.

1st century Christianity and Judaism was practiced primarily as an oral cultural tradition.There are several references to the "words of Jesus". Early collections of Jesus sayings are more than likely, fragments still exist.

jesus i am

During this period of human history writing down long drawn out narratives was not the standard procedure while writing down the sayings of the Buddha, Confucious or Lao Tze was the standard procedure.

The Gospel of Thomas, which was discovered less than a century ago, is evidence that such collections originally did exist.

The idea that the Greek gospels are based on primitive collection of sayings (Greek: logia) goes back to the very first commentary on the gospels. Early in the 2nd century after the birth of Jesus, Papias reported that Matthew compiled the logia of Jesus which others interpreted as best they could. Papias penned, a 5 volume commentary on the sayings of Jesus from the accounts of second generation church leaders, labeled an Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord.

The Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord to this date provide the earliest record of the composition of the gospels. Papias' work is among the many texts claimed to be known to ancient Christians that were destroyed by the Roman Catholic Church.

From a fragment from the Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord by Papias we learn that;

Papias affirms that he received the sayings of the apostles from those who accompanied them, and he moreover asserts that he heard with his own ears Aristion and the presbyter John. Papias mentions them frequently by name, and in his writings gives their traditions. Papias relates other miraculous deeds, stating that he acquired the knowledge of them from oral tradition.

Papias also relates that he had received a wonderful narrative from the daughters of the Apostle Philip in Hierapolis. Papias relates that a dead man was raised to life in his day. Papias also mentions another miracle relating to Justus, surnamed Barsabas, how Justus swallowed a deadly poison, and received no harm, on account of the grace of Jesus.

Papias set down other things as coming to him from unwritten tradition, strange parables and instructions of Jesus - and some other things of a more fabulous nature. One of these predicts that a millennium after the Jesus' resurrection from death, when the personal reign of Jesus will be established on this Earth. Papias moreover hands down, in his own writing, other narratives given by the previously mentioned Aristion of Jesus' sayings, and the traditions of the presbyter John.

Papias has given in the following words regarding the Gospel of Mark:

"And the presbyter said this: Mark having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered. It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Jesus. For he neither heard Jesus nor accompanied Him. But afterwards, as I said, he accompanied Peter, who accommodated his instructions to the necessities, but with no intention of giving a regular narrative of Jesus' sayings. Wherefore Mark made no mistake in thus writing some things as he remembered them. For of one thing he took especial care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put anything fictitious into the statements."

With regard to the Gospel of Matthew, Papias has made the following statement:

"Matthew put together the oracles in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as best he could. The same writer used proofs from the First Epistle of John, and from the Epistle of Peter in like manner."

Papias also gives another story of a woman who was accused of many sins before Jesus, which is to be found in the Gospel according to the Hebrews.

This fragment of the Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord by Papias translated by the Reverend Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. Excerpted from Volume I of The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Reverend Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, editors); American Edition copyright © 1885

jesus said "build megachurches !"

History, a chronicle of a conflict,
is written by the winners of the conflict.

In the first few centuries, there were a number of conflicts over which direction the Roman Catholic Church would take. The earliest was Paul, a Hellenized Hebrew converted to the Zaddikim Cult, which already had a supernatural Hebrew Messiah, versus James, the brother of Jesus, also known as James the Just. The followers of Paul won out in a largely Hellenized population so it is no surprise Paul's writing dominates the New Testament. This form of Christianity is called Pauline Christianity.

Paul's conversion can be dated to a couple years after the crucifxion of Jesus of Nazareth, by his reference to it in one of his letters. According to the account in Acts, it took place on the road to Damascus, where he reported having experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus. The account says that "he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Saul replied, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!"In Galatians 1:16 Paul writes that God "was pleased to reveal his son to me." In 1 Corinthians 15:8, as he lists the order in which Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, Paul writes, "last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also."

Saul was a young Hellenized Hebrew Zaddikim fanatic charged with the execution and the seizure of disciples of Jesus. On the road Saul was struck with the realization that he could mold the evolving legend of Jesus, one of the last Tannaim, using the Zaddikim Messiah with which he had recently become aquainted. Within the Sanhedrin the last remaining elements of a Hasmonean high priest inner circle cult, the Zaddikim, still existed. The Zaddikim were an extremist apocalyptic sect whose stated aim was to invoke the intervention of supernatural powers to establish Israel as a sovereign realm. They had extremist Zealot followers they used a shock troops. And they had the Sicarii leadership.

"His whole state of mind shows the influence of the Gnostic lore of Alexandria, especially the Hermes literature, hence his strange belief in supernatural powers. Throughout Paul's writings an irrational or pathological element could not but repel the disciples of the Rabbis. The conception of a new faith, half pagan and half Jewish, such as Paul preached, and susceptibility to its influences, were altogether foreign to the nature of Jewish life and thought." - Kaufmann Kohler, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, New York

Modern scholars believe that Jesus preached mainly to Hebrews as Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist whose opinions he would have shared. James, as leader of the Jerusalem Church, taught both Aramaic and Greek speakers. Paul, as the 'Apostle to the Gentiles,' made the teaching of Jesus relevant and interesting to the polytheistic Hellenized gentiles.

In order for the fledgling Christianity to gain attention in the Hellenized culture, the religion had to obtain certain characteristics common to the other gods and religions of that time. There was a ready structural model to be found in the State religion of Rome which had adopted the myths of the Greek city states which had been spread throughout the Mediterranean by the Greek colonizers - the best known of which was Alexander the Macedonian who conquered all cultures from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas.

In the 4th century the 'official' form of Christianity, basically Pauline Christianity, was protected by Constantine, and formalized, as "Nicene Christianity" at the Council of Nicaea, 325, and was finally authorized by imperial sanction in the Theodosian decrees of 391 in both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire.

The Gospel of Thomas was one of the gospels that did not make the final cut and is a collection of over one hundred statements made by Jesus. Although it is known to be a corrupted text, as it was transcribed from Greek to Coptic, about half of the sayings have direct parallels to sayings recorded in the canonical gospels, and much of the other half can be linked theologically to the rest of the New Testament.

The existence of the Gospel of Thomas has been known to scholars since the origins of Christianity, but no copies were known to have survived any of the puritanical purges. The work is mentioned by the early Roman Catholic Church fathers in a negative context.

Throughout the text of the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus offers numerous ways to attain the kingdom of heaven. This makes redemption a personal thing for the reader and bypasses the need for a priest or an organized church hierarchy.

From an orthodox Catholic standpoint, the Gospel of Thomas would have been dangerously thought provoking.

Around 233, Origen, mentions the Gospel of Thomas on a list of Coptic gospels. In 1952 it was established that Papyrus 1 and 655 were also fragments of the Gospel of Thomas.

The Gospel of Thomas was never cannonized and was found to be heretical because it encourages the reader to think for himself!

Origen was the most prolific and influential Christian writer prior to the legalization of Christianity by Rome. Origen was responsible for the intellectual triumph of Catholic Christianity over the gnostic and pagan cults of Christianity.

Origen distinguished between different types of biblical interpretation, historical, moral and spiritual, and argued that biblical works were primarily theological compositions.

This created real problems of interpretation at the historical and moral levels and because of this Origen was condemned as a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church a century after his death. (see lost in translation)

The Roman Catholic Church has always fought against those who would use the path of knowledge to attain the kingdom of heaven; claiming that the path to heaven lies in unquestioning faith in precepts and pronouncements of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. This is also true of many of religious sects.

The First Council of Nicaea, held in Nicaea in Bithynia, convoked by the imperial Roman Emperor Constantine I in 325, was the first ecumenical conference of bishops of the imperial Roman Catholic Church, and resulted in the first uniform Christian doctrine.

Theodoret, speaking of the assembled bishops previous trials and tribulations under Emperor Diocletian, "Many like the holy apostles, bore in their bodies the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul, Bishop of Neo-Cæsarea, a fortress situated on the banks of the Euphrates, had been deprived of the use of both hands by the application of a red-hot iron. Some had had the right eye torn out, others had lost the right arm. In short, it was an assembly of martyrs."

"He said that the crimes of priests ought not to be made known to the multitude, lest they should become an occasion of offence or of sin. He also said, that, if he had detected a bishop in the very act of committing adultery, he would have thrown his imperial robe over the unlawful deed." - Eusebius speaking of the Emperor Constantine's opening speech

With the creation of the Nicene Creed, a precedent was established for subsequent 'general (ecumenical) councils of Bishops' (Synods) to create statements of belief and canons of doctrinal orthodoxy - the intent being to create unity of belief for the whole of Christendom.

The primary purpose of the council was to resolve disagreements in the Church of Alexandria over the nature of Jesus in relationship to the Father; in particular, whether Jesus was of the same or merely of similar substance as God the Father.

St. Alexander of Alexandria and Athanasius took the first position; the popular presbyter Arius, from whom the term Arian controversy comes, took the second. The council decided against the Arians overwhelmingly. The council also decided in favor of celebrating the date of the Christian Passover on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox.

Jesus said, "BANG !"

"The essential feature of that creed (Nicene) was the safeguard against any denial of the Son's divinity which, it provided, through the explicit statement that the Son is homoousion, or consubstantial, with the Father; not of an essence dissimilar to that of the Father, or even of an essence merely similar, but of the same essence. Only two of the assembled bishops, Theonas and Secundus, persistently refused to sign; and these were excommunicated and banished, together with Arius. Eusebius of Nicomedia and Theognis, while they subscribed the creed, refused to sanction the sentence against Arius. For this cause they were deposed and banished shortly after the adjournment of the council, but ere long were restored and regarded by Constantine with favor." - History of the Christian Church by Henry C. Sheldon of Boston University, Thomas Y. Crowell and Company, New York ©1895

The First Council of Nicaea was historically significant because it was the first effort to attain consensus in the fellowship of Christ through an assembly representing institutionalized Christendom. With the creation of the Nicene Creed, a precedent was established for subsequent general councils to create a statement of belief and canons of doctrinal orthodoxy hoping to create a textual source that would unify Christendom.

"Persistent attempts were made to poison the mind of Constantine against the most able champion of the Nicene creed, namely, Athanasius, who had become Bishop of Alexandria shortly after the adjournment of the council. Slanderous charges were urged, and finally had their desired effect (336) in securing the banishment of the iron-hearted bishop. Meanwhile, Arius had been recalled from banishment and restored to imperial favor, since he succeeded in convincing Constantine of his substantial agreement with the Nicene formula, and declared upon oath that he did not hold the faith for which he had been condemned. To complete his triumph and that of his friends, it only remained that he should formally be restored to church fellowship." - Henry C. Sheldon

Unfortunately that did not happen as Arius was poisoned through the machinations of Athanasius and he "deprived both of communion and of life."

After Emperor Constantine came Emperor Julian, Constantine's nephew, a philosopher and the last pagan Emperor. Following Emperor Julian came Emperor Valentinian I who sent his brother Emperor Valens to rule in the East.

"The tyrannical pressure of Constantius drove the Nicene party into the shade, and caused not a few instances of defection within its ranks. But unflinching advocates still sustained its cause. Athanasius, in particular, was unmoved by the storm of adversity, and his ardor was in no wise cooled by his repeated experience of banishment. The victory, therefore, had already been prepared for orthodoxy when the second ecumenical council assembled at Constantinople, in the year 381, under the auspices of the Emperor Theodosius. By that council the Nicene creed was successfully re-affirmed. Arianism appeared thereafter as a vanquished foe, and found little place except among certain of the barbarian tribes, in whose midst it maintained itself till the sixth century. " - Henry C. Sheldon

66 books

In 381 the Council of Rome, under the authority of Imperial Roman Emperor Theodosius I, concluded with Catholic Pope Damasus I issuing the following decree:

"Now, indeed, we must treat of the divine Scriptures: what the universal Catholic Church accepts and what she must shun. The list of the Old Testament begins:

Genesis, one book; Exodus, one book: Leviticus, one book; Numbers, one book; Deuteronomy, one book; Jesus Nave, one book; of Judges, one book; Ruth, one book; Kings, four books; Paralipomenon, two books; One Hundred and Fifty Psalms, one book; of Solomon, three books: Proverbs, one book; Ecclesiastes, one book; Canticle of Canticles, one book; likewise, Wisdom, one book; Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), one book;

Likewise, the list of the prophets: Isaiah, one book; Jeremias, one book; along with Cinoth, that is, his Lamentations; Ezechiel, one book; Daniel, one book; Osee, one book; Amos, one book; Micheas, one book; Joel, one book; Abdias, one book; Jonas, one book; Nahum, one book; Habacuc, one book; Sophonias, one book; Aggeus, one book; Zacharias, one book; Malachias, one book.

Likewise, the list of histories: Job, one book; Tobias, one book; Esdras, two books; Esther, one book; Judith, one book; of Maccabees, two books.

Likewise, the list of the Scriptures of the New and Eternal Testament, which the Holy Catholic Church receives: of the Gospels, one book according to Matthew, one book according to Mark, one book according to Luke, one book according to John. The Epistles of the Apostle Paul, fourteen in number: one to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, one to the Ephesians, two to the Thessalonians, one to the Galatians, one to the Philippians, one to the Colossians, two to Timothy, one to Titus one to Philemon, one to the Hebrews.

Likewise, one book of the Apocalypse of John. And the Acts of the Apostles, one book. Likewise, the canonical Epistles, seven in number: of the Apostle Peter, two Epistles; of the Apostle James, one Epistle; of the Apostle John, one Epistle; of the other John, a Presbyter, two Epistles; of the Apostle Jude the Zealot, one Epistle. Thus concludes the canon of the New Testament.

The remaining writings which have been compiled or been recognized by heretics or schismatics the Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church does not in any way receive; of these we have thought it right to cite below a few which have been handed down and which are to be avoided by Catholics as they are considered apocryphal.

Firstly we confess that the synod of Sirmium called together by Constantius Caesar the son of Constantine through the Prefect Taurus is damned then, now and forever.

The Itinerary in the name of Peter the apostle, which is called the nine books of the holy Clement; the Acts in the name of the apostle Andrew; the Acts in the name of the apostle Thomas; the Acts in the name of the apostle Peter; the Acts in the name of the apostle Philip; the Gospel in the name of Mathias; the Gospel in the name of Barnabas; the Gospel in the name of James the younger; the Gospel in the name of the apostle Peter; the Gospel in the name of Thomas which the Manichaeans use; the Gospels in the name of Bartholomew; the Gospels in the name of Andrew; the Gospels, which Lucianus forged; the Gospels which Hesychius forged; the book on the infancy of the saviour; the book of the nativity of the saviour and of Mary or the midwife; the book which is called by the name of the Shepherd; all the books which Leucius the disciple of the devil made; the book which is called the Foundation; the book which is called the Treasure; the book of the daughters of Adam Leptogeneseos; the cento on Jesus put together in Virgilian verses; the book which is called the Acts of Thecla and Paul; the book which is called Nepos'; the books of Proverbs written by heretics and prefixed with the name of holy Sixtus; the Revelation which is called Paul's; the Revelation which is called Thomas'; the Revelation which is called Stephen's; the book which is called the Assumption of holy Mary; the book which is called the Repentance of Adam; the book about Gog the giant of whom the heretics assert that after the deluge he fought with the dragon; the book which is called the Testament of Job; the book which is called the Repentance of Origen; the book which is called the Repentance of holy Cyprian; the book which is called the Repentance of Jamne and Mambre; the book which is called the Lots of the Apostles; the book which is called the grave-plate (?) of the Apostles; the book which is called the canons of the Apostles; the book Physiologus written by heretics and prefixed with the name of blessed Ambrose; the history of Eusebius Pampilii; the works of Tertullian; the works of Lactantius also known as Firmianus; the works of Africanus; the works of Postumianus and Gallus; the works of Montanus, Priscilla and Maximilla; the works of Faustus the Manichaean; the works of Commodian; the works of the other Clement, of Alexandria; the works of Thascius Cyprianus; the works of Arnobius; the works of Tichonius; the works of Cassian the Gallic priest; the works of Victorinus of Pettau; the works of Faustus of Riez in Gaul; the works of Frumentius Caecus; the cento on Jesus stitched together from verses of Virgil; the Letter from Jesus to Abgar; the Letter of Abgar to Jesus; the Passion of Cyricus and Julitta; the Passion of Georgius; the writing which is called the Interdiction of Solomon; all amulets which are compiled not in the name of the angels as they pretend but are written in the names of great demons.

These and those similar ones, which Simon Magus, Nicolaus, Cerinthus, Marcion, Basilides, Ebion, Paul of Samosata, Photinus and Bonosus, who suffered from similar error, also Montanus with his obscene followers, Apollinaris, Valentinus the Manichaean, Faustus the African, Sabellius, Arius, Macedonius, Eunomius, Novatus, Sabbatius, Calistus, Donatus, Eustasius, Jovianus, Pelagius, Julian of Eclanum, Caelestius, Maximian, Priscillian from Spain, Nestorius of Constantinople, Maximus the Cynic, Lampetius, Dioscorus, Eutyches, Peter and the other Peter, of whom one disgraced Alexandria and the other Antioch, Acacius of Constantinople with his associates, and what also all disciples of heresy and of the heretics and schismatics, whose names we have scarcely preserved, have taught or compiled, we acknowledge is to be not merely rejected but eliminated from the whole Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church and with their authors and the followers of its authors to be damned in the inextricable shackles of anathema forever.

"There is a certain power of immense and ineffable Light whose greatness may be held to be incomprehensible, of which power even the maker of this world is ignorant, and Moses the lawgiver, and Jesus your master." - Simon Magus

Creator Sustainer Council

In conclusion,

most of the books of modern New Testament, that most ‘Christians' subscribe too, where chosen by the Roman Catholics to be the ‘word' of God and any writing that did not fall within the dogma of the Imperial State Religion of Holy Roman Catholic Church was destroyed. Historical texts that could have shed light on what actually occurred when Jesus walked on the Earth and what Jesus actually said were destroyed for the sole purpose of elevating the Holy Roman Catholic Church to the position of intercessor to God. The Holy Roman Catholic Church defined the religion of Christainity by defining the books that would be included in the Bible.

It is extremely amazing that ‘Christian literalists' have ‘faith' and ‘believe' that the books of the New Testament are pure as the driven snow, have never been edited, corrected, redacted, combined, added to, re-edited, re-corrected and corrupted by the very group that Protestants condemn as a cult, the Imperial State Religion of Holy Roman Catholic Church of scribes/priests/monks, management and of course the chief executive officer, the Pope.

The truth is this:

If we look at the New Testament as a literal accurate account (like network and cable news?) of what actually occurred when Jesus walked the Earth then we will fail to ‘see' the truth within the text.

Jesus' original works were in words not in writing.

Many different men, with many different opinions, wrote down the oral accounts of the works, the words and the life of Jesus embellishing and refining as they saw fit according to their own belief system, a system unique to the individual believer.

If we understand that spiritual corruption is real we can learn to walk with God by understanding the Bible as a metaphorical allegorical guide for living embedded in a marvelous art work.

With this understanding we can respect every living thing that God has brought into creation for what it is: the spirit of God animating inanimate matter, life.

If you see life as a horrible, ugly thing then you have entirely missed the message of Jesus' word that Jesus gave his life to bring to you. Jesus told us that the attitude we have when living our lives is what saddles us with our own personal hell or showers us with our own personal heaven in this life on Earth.

Redemption comes from understanding one's own weakness' and working to correct those weakness'. Redemption frees the soul in this life, right now, as opposed to some mythical afterlife that has never been shown to actually exist in reality.

In this way we learn to walk with God, we learn to feel ourselves holding the divine spark of God's love, life, as a precious thing never to be taken except as required for basic sustenance.

"Catholics and non-Catholics alike need to recognize the fact that the church is a human institution, overseen by men with human faults." - Michael Miyamoto

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The Hidden Teachings of Jesus

Here follows many of the sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas:

Jesus, or rather, Christ Consciousness said, "Those who know all, but are lacking in knowing themselves, are utterly lacking."

Christ Consciousness said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all."

Christ Consciousness said, "I disclose mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries."

Christ Consciousness said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed."

Christ Consciousness said, "Do not lie, and do not do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed."

Christ Consciousness said, "I have cast fire upon the Earth, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes."

Christ Consciousness said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."

Christ Consciousness said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you will kill you."

Christ Consciousness said, "Images are visible to people, but the light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's light. The Father will be disclosed, but his image is hidden by his light."

Christ Consciousness said, "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart."

Christ Consciousness said, "Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye."

Christ Consciousness said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye."

Christ Consciousness said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father."

Christ Consciousness said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this flesh."

Christ Consciousness said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."

Christ Consciousness said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"

Christ Consciousness said, "I took my stand on the Earth, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came onto the Earth empty, and they also seek to depart from the Earth empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways."

Christ Consciousness said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lamp stand so that all who come and go will see its light."

Christ Consciousness said, "A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."

Christ Consciousness said, "If a blind individual leads a blind individual, both of them will fall into a hole."

Christ Consciousness said, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample them, then will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid."

Christ Consciousness said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so. As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves."

Christ Consciousness said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit. Good individuals produce good from what they've stored up; evil individuals produce evil from the wickedness they have stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil."

Christ Consciousness said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted. But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the kingdom and will become greater than John."

Christ Consciousness said, "An individual cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other. Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear."

Christ Consciousness said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."

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Christ Consciousness said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."

His disciples said to Christ Consciousness, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?"

Christ Consciousness said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you do not know it."

His disciples said to Christ Consciousness, "Is circumcision useful or not?"

Christ Consciousness said to them, "If it were useful, the Father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every regard."

Christ Consciousness said, "Congratulations to the individual who has toiled and has found life."

Christ Consciousness said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see."

Christ Consciousness said to her, "I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father."

"I am your disciple."

"For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness."

Christ Consciousness said, "Show me the stone that the builders rejected: that is the keystone."

Christ Consciousness said, "Congratulations to those who have been persecuted in their hearts: they are the ones who have truly come to know the Father. Congratulations to those who go hungry, so the stomach of the one in want may be filled."

Christ Consciousness said, "The Father's Kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and found a pearl. That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself. So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys."

Christ Consciousness said, "Why have you come out to the countryside? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see an individual dressed in soft clothes, rulers and your powerful ones? They are dressed in soft clothes, and they cannot understand truth."

Christ Consciousness said, "Often you have desired to hear these sayings that I am speaking to you, and you have no one else from whom to hear them. There will be days when you will seek me and you will not find me."

Christ Consciousness said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the Father's Kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ' The Father's Kingdom in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Father's Kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in spiritual corruption and you are spiritually corrupt."

"The Avatamsaka land is a product of our mind. Whether we live in the saha world filled with suffering, discrimination, and war, or whether we live in the Avatamsaka world filled with flowers, birds, love, peace, and understanding is up to us. Our understanding of the cosmos is a mental construction. All concepts come from our minds. If our minds are filled with afflictions and delusions, we live in a world of afflictions and delusions. If our minds are pure and filled with mindfulness, compassion, and love, we live in the Avatamsaka world." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Jesus was a decidedly nonviolent man. Jesus would have abhorred the death penalty, a government policy of which he himself was a victim. The sad truth about these unenlightened times is that were Jesus to return today he would likely meet the same fate at the hands of his most publicly fervent 'believers'." - John DeCure

"One thing ignored by the religious right is the grace exhibited by Jesus. Grace means second chance, and Jesus was a beliver of second chances. Each and everyone of us falls short in the eyes of God, and yet we all have the ability to become children of God and experience forgiveness. The love of Jesus and his grace are demonstrated throughout the Gospels. Jesus is not the God of the GOP, big business or the religious right. Jesus is the God of everyone who chooses to have a relationship with him. Jesus wants us to have second chances when we stumble or fall. " -Gary Swearingen

"Liberation theology has not fallen from favor among the religious people of Latin America. To refer to liberation theology as "Marxist Catholicism" is quite incorrect. Christian communities preceded Marxism by nineteen centuries and gave us a lifestyle of sharing and cooperation. Unfortunately, imperial Christianity, which developed in the 4th century, married the church to militarism and oppression. Liberation theology is the antithesis of imperial Christianity. We created small Christian communities to observe, judge and act on realissues in Latin America. Thus democracy, conscience and critical thinking became part of a vibrant spirituality. Liberation theology is the key to a future of religious and spiritual integrity." -Blase Bonpane, Director, Office of the Americas, Los Angeles

"In many ways Father Jon Sobrino exemplifies the best qualities of what it means to be a Jesuit. He has consistently put his skills as a very able theologian at the service of the poor, and for this, the rest of us in the international community are very much in his debt." - Father Keith Pecklars, professor of theology at the Jesuits' Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

Father Jon Sobrino is a surviving liberation theologist, part of a team of intellectual Jesuit priests based at the University of Central America.

Father Jon Sobrino was a close friend of Oscar Romero the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated by right-wing paramilitaries in 1980.

Father Jon Sobrino escaped death in 1989 when 6 priests, a cook and her daughter were slaughtered by Salvadoran soldiers as he was out of the country at the time.

Fernando Saenz Lacalle, a prominent San Salvador member of Opus Dei, has pushed the Vatican to silence Father Jon Sobrino for several years. Opus Dei supported the right-wing governments of Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet. Opus Dei's founding member Josemaría Escrivá believed in mortification of the flesh. Josemaría Escrivá's maxim on suffering: "Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. Glorified be pain!" Opus Dei is not what they appear to be - see Opus Dei Awareness Network.

Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith led a drive to stamp out liberation theology as it conflicts with imperial Christian theology.

Father Jon Sobrino has been silenced by the Vatican, he will not be allowed to teach or write.

"It's time that Americans concerned with illegal immigration start questioning our track record of befriending only the rich and powerful of Latin America while its wretched masses flood our frontiers." - Roger Carasso

Jesus' message has always been a message of tolerance, forgiveness, redemption, salvation and compassion.

Jesus guarantees the individual salvation by loving God (who granted every living creature life), allowing God's love to 'wash through one" cleansing the corruption of the soul and by living life always mindful of God's love as presented to mankind by Jesus.

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The True Message of Jesus!

On refuting a primitive and simplistic notion of God

Most people have a primitive and simplistic notion of God.

Most people have only a simplistic and primitive understanding of science.

Many intelleigent people have spent a lot of time thinking, debating and writing about something mysterious and profound, this something is usually referred to as "God." They are thinking, writing and debating about something far more elusive, complex and mysterious than the great-white-father-on-a-cloud that usually passes for "God".

The oldest and best universities were started by men who wanted to use the gifts of knowledge and reason that God had given them to better understand the Earth God had created.

As human beings we have had mutually shared emotional experiences. Emotions like compassion, empathy, anger, jealousy, embarrassment, happiness, contentment have been shared by humans since the dawn of time.

One of these mutually shared emotional experiences has been the emotion of mystical spirituality - a ‘feeling' of communion with God.

The ‘feeling' of communion with God is a common human experience that can not be fully explained by logic or reason because the object, God, is impossible for the human mind to fully conceptualize.

Although God may very well be impossible to fully conceptualize it does not follow that God, therefore, does not exist.

Compassion, peace and happiness can be defined as symbols of concepts but these symbols of concepts do not allow people to fully express the range of emotion they have experienced.

To deny the existence of compassion, peace or happiness because they cannot be accurately conceptually symbolized and expressed denys the memory of your own experiences.

Our inadequate and incorrect conceptualization of God stems from the fact that our conceptual order is analogous to looking from the apex of the cone of existence towards it's base which is an infinite distance away because it includes all of reality. The further from the apex one gets the less of the base, all of reality, of the cone remains within the field of vision.

We can only understand what we have a perspective on, the immediate reality that surrounds us in our position at the bottom of the cone. This is similar to the way in which we can only know the past, that which has occurred, and not the future, which has yet to occur.

Reality, on the other hand, is analagous to the perspective of viewing the apex from the a position on the bottom of the cone. The infinite apex of the cone of existence reaches to the vanishing point where God resides.

The ability to describe the mystical experience of seeing the apex of reality, of communing with God, is dependent upon the ability of the mystic to descibe that vision conceptually through metaphorical allegory to others whose base in reality may deviate from that of the mystic.

Every religion that has ever existed began based on the mystical experience of seeing the apex of reality, of communing with God.

In the attempt to convey an experience that, in truth, can not be put into words many mistakes are made.

Mystics, those that have seen the apex, have difficulty in symbolically conceptualizing that experience and in realting those symbolic concepts to others.

Part of this difficulty lies in the fact that we can easily realte experiences that have material reality - are tangible.

Experiences that have no material reality, that do not occur outside of the self, have no mutually shared conceptual symbology which can be used to relate them.

This is one of the reasons that God has been conceptualized by some as residing outside of nature.

Due to this conceptual inability common to all people to be able to adequately symbolize the experience of communing with God we have a multitude of religions that all claim to be the one true religion.

Adherents lose sight of the fact that God can never be adequately described by any individual as each of our individual perspectives is limited to the section of reality we inhabit at the bottom of the cone of existence.

God can not be adequately described because we each inhabit different realities at the bottom of the cone of existence - they may overlap but they can not be exactly the same.

God will always remain a mystery as we are unable to focus on the apex of existence, the vanishing point, where God's resides.

Martin Luther and countless others have claimed that people do not need an intercessor to commune with God and yet religious leaders tell their flocks that they must believe as the religious leader says - because that is what God wants them to do.

Religious leaders that claim a 'special' relationship with God fall into the sin of pride - and once they have they are no longer in communion with God which means they have no authority or right to speak for God.

At this point religion then becomes a way to get people to live within a set of proscribed laws or rules, accept hardships and even sacrifice for the religious leaders beliefs.

Religious adherents are ‘told' what to believe by these spritually corrupt religious leaders as opposed to having to work out for themselves the cone of existence and the reality of God.

Religious dogma has no place for critical thinkers. religious dogma demands blind adherence to professed conceptualization as opposed to communion with God.

Religious leaders fear and discourage direct communion with God as, once this occurs, they can no longer serve as intercessors.

Those that have been blinded by an incomplete and inaccurate conceptualization of God use a natural self-protective mechanism that acts as an emotional barrier to the Truth. This mistakenly causes them to hold onto a conceptualization of God that is false and which actually acts as a barrier to communion with God.

Superficial abstractions, conceptions and illusions only frustrate the individual in the long run.

Many people know, deep down inside, that religious dogma is a sham. They are told endlessly by spritually corrupt religious leaders that the only way for their children to grow up to be moral is for them to practice religion as if they believed the dogma to be true.

This perpetuates a false understanding of God and of humanities relation to God.

A compassionate God could never demand an individual fallible human to conceptualize and ‘believe' in Him in the exact same manner in which spritually corrupt religious leaders instruct an individual to conceptualize Him.

A compassionate God would not condemn an individual to hell for failing to conceptualize God in the manner approved by religious leaders.

God is compassionate or God would not have granted us life.

God could not be compassionate if the granting of life was meant to punish us, if living itself was evil.

This is exactly what Jesus was trying to get humanity to understand.

If you read the words of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) you see Jesus condemn ritual practices, flowing robes and gowns or special priestly clothing, public prayer, vain repetitive utterances, and the religious leaders of his time which he branded as insincere.

Jesus' Light

Jesus taught compassion is based on awe of God

awe of God produces pure unadulterated compassion

God's compassion can be experienced by each and every human.

To ‘feel' God's pure unadulterated compassion allow joy and contentment to permeate your life, making every moment of life worth living.

God's pure unadulterated compassion provides peace in troubled times, courage to move forward, and can turn simple happiness into real joy.

Jesus taught us to accept reality as reality is because accepting reality as reality is as opposed to how we wish it to be is what opens our hearts and minds to the compassion of God as shown by the existence of life on Earth.

An emotional breakthrough into truly living in freedom occurs when one accepts the uncertainty of life rather than ‘wishingand/or ‘praying' that life be different than life actually is.

Jesus life and teaching can be summed up in a sentence:

"Get along with each other, be kind to each other, help the poor, improve yourselves and your surroundings, give generously, enjoy life and do not worry, argue or fight."

Jesus accepts everyone !
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