There are two ways,
one of life and one of death,
but a great difference between the two ways
The Original Disciples: Those followers and disciples who walked and talked with Jesus daily -- the very people who he personally taught -- those who could ask Jesus any question, and have Jesus explain his answer in fullness and depth -- all witnessed to the fact that Jesus was a true holy man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law of God within his own mind and being. They affirmed what Jesus personally taught them -- i.e., that he (quoting) "...was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ (Anointed) of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity" (see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). And Jesus personally taught and guided them into the path where they were in the process of fulfilling the Law, and themselves becoming the Anointed (Messiah Christ). What does it mean to "fulfill the Law"? Why hadn't "the rest of mankind observed the Law completely"? If what Jesus taught his followers that "Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ", then the most important question for all followers of Jesus is: What must they, and other people do, to fulfill the Law and become the Anointed (Messiah/Christ)? And if what Jesus said with respect to the fact that he (Jesus) "was a man in like sense with all humanity", then there is no salvation in worshipping Jesus without doing what he taught to his closest of followers.
When this Gospel fact is understood, it confirms the reality that the Kingdom of God is within us -- at the core of our mind and being -- that each of us is the prodigal son/daughter of the Most High -- and to use the scriptures as the Key of Knowledge, the scriptures must be turned within our own Mind and Being. The problem was that unlike the Essene Ebionite Nazirenes who were the authors of our Gospels and other scriptures, the vast majority of the Gentiles had no conception of an inner Kingdom. The Gentiles knew nothing about the Natural Laws of Creation that develops and perfects the Soul over the course of many lifetimes -- a reality which prompted the disciples of Jesus to pose the question: "'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'". When his disciples asked him to clarify the cause of the man being born blind because of sin, Jesus did not at all correct them. Why? Because it is an historical documented fact that both the Pharisees and the Essenes understood the evolution of the Soul over the course of many lifetimes (see Biblical Foundation Mindset http://ChristianReincarnation.org#BiblicalFoundationalMindset ). So how did Jesus answer this question pertaining to reincarnation that was presented to him? Jesus presented them with a third reason why a person is born blind (see The Three Causes Of Human Blindness http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#ThreeCausesOfHumanBlindness ). And without an understanding of the Law that Jesus taught his followers to prevail over, it would remain impossible for the Gentiles to understand how a Soul evolves and becomes Anointed (Messiah/Christ) and enters into a Coverture-Union with the Mind of God (Logos/Word/Son see Coverture-Marriage - Was Jesus God? http://BrotherOfJesus.org#CovertureMarriage ). What is a Coverture-Union with the Logos/Word/Son of God? It is that condition when a a person becomes At-One with the Mind of God (see At-Onement With The Logos/Son Of God http://BrotherOfJesus.org#AtOnement ), which enables God to speak directly through the person.
Jesus openly stated that it was not his words, but those of God who spoke through him. When confronted by the Pharisees, and asked: "The Jews were amazed and asked, How did this man attain such learning without having studied? My teaching is not My own, Jesus replied. It comes from Him who sent Me" John 7:15-16). And then Jesus stated: "If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether My teaching is from God or whether I speak on My own" (John 7:17). What does it mean that ANYONE who does the will of God will know the source of the words that Jesus spoke? It means that anyone who does as Jesus taught and fulfills the Law within them, that they will become Anointed in accord with their ability to receive the Anointing. And having fulfilled the Law and been Anointed, that they will be able to communicate directly with God.
The Spiritual Meaning And Fulfillment Of The Law: When most people hear about the Law of God, they envision the Law of Moses -- but the whole of the Torah is an allegorical blueprint of your own mind. Can the Torah or Law of Moses be read literally or historically? In the Zohar which is the teachings on Jewish Mysticism it warns: "Thus the tales related in the Torah are simply her outer garments, and woe to the man who regards that outer garb as the Torah itself, for such a man will be deprived of portion in the next world..." Thus, to see and observe the literal/historical teachings Law or Torah, such an observance "will deprive [that person] of a portion in the next world..." Why? Because the outward observation of the Law in ritual and tradition fails to fulfill the Law within the mind of the seeker as Jesus taught his disciples. Wherein the Zohar further explains: “The narratives of the doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only on the garment, that is upon the narrative of the doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers”. Moses Maimonedes, one of the most respected of Jewish theologians, historian, and Talmudist, wrote about the nature of scripture: “Every time that you find in our books a tale the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit”. Which explanation is in perfect agreement with the Church Father Origen who stated of the scriptures: “Scripture contains an unhistorical element in-woven with the history, in order that the worthlessness of the latter may drive us to seek the spiritual meaning” (Origen quoted under Origen Adamntius; The Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics). Further explaining in De Principiis that: “Where the word found that things done according to the history could be adapted to these mystical senses, he made use of them concealing from the multitude the deeper meaning; but where in the narrative of the development of super-sensual things, there did not follow the performance of those certain events which were already indicated by the mystical meaning, the scripture interwove in the history the account of some event that did not take place, sometimes what could not have happened; sometimes what could but did not.” What this means is that the vast majority of Christians have no idea as to the spiritual meaning of the Law or the allegorical scriptures. Which is why they can't even begin to relate to or understand the witness of those who walked and talked to daily that Jesus taught them the spiritual meaning of the Law so they could become the Anointed. It is an historical fact that the Essenes and Ebionite Nazirenes did not observe the Law in the manner of the Jews. That the Essene Ebionite Nazirenes had been enlightened by Jesus as to the spiritual meaning of the Law, and did not observe it outwardly in ritual and tradition in the manner of the Jews, is the reason why Epiphanius wrote that they "do not accept Moses' Pentateuch in its entirety; certain sayings they reject... stating Christ has revealed this to me, and will blaspheme most of the legislation" (Panarion 30.18.7-9). Jesus taught them the spiritual meaning of the Law that each person must fulfill within their own mind and being, in order to become Anointed (Messiah/Christ). For them to be accused of "blaspheming most of the legislation", means that they did not at all observe the Torah in accordance with the letter of the written word -- but rather, they understood the allegorical symbolism that was applicable to unlocking the inner door to the Kingdom.
Why is this important to the modern believer today? It is in fact the destiny of all the prodigal sons and daughters to be of an Anointed Mind, and restored to the Edenic Kingdom with their Heavenly Father by achieving the necessary Wholeness and Anointing -- as personified in the words of Jesus: "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17). Before this verse can be understood we must first understand what it means to be Whole. Which provokes the question: How is Wholeness achieved? The answer is by fulfilling the Law within one's own mind and being. And what this means is that, contrary to the dogma of the modern Church, if Jesus is the savior who every person needs for salvation, then Jesus himself said the Church was wrong, and those who are Whole do not need him. And as a physician, Jesus did not come for the salvation of those who are Whole, but only for those who are sick and in need of a physician. And in total opposition to Church dogma, what this also means is that at the time the historical man Jesus walked the face of the earth, there existed people who he portrayed as "whole [and] righteous" who did not need Jesus the physician. Jesus openly states that his mission as a spiritual physician is not for them, because they achieved the necessary Wholeness without him, by embracing and fulfilling the Law within their own mind and being. Therefore the question must be asked: Does everyone need Jesus as the modern Christian maintains? While Jesus himself said that those who had achieved Wholeness did not need him as a spiritual physician -- i.e., They that are whole have no need of the physician..." -- and that with effort, all of mankind is capable of achieving a condition that Jesus portrayed as "whole [and] righteous", which means that the people who did achieve Wholeness, were not sick, and in Jesus' own words were not in need of him (Jesus) as a physician to heal them. Which means that the whole foundation of modern Church dogma is man-made and in error.
While the teachings of Jesus were understood and had been embraced by the Essene Ebionite Nazirenes, the Gentiles worshiped Mithra the sun-god, the Isis/Easter the moon-goddess, as well as the stars and even the emperors. Quoting the Wikipedia "The Roman imperial cult identified emperors and some members of their families with the divinely sanctioned authority (auctoritas) of the Roman State. Its framework was based on Roman and Greek precedents, and was formulated during the early Principate of Augustus." The Wikipedia states of Augustus that "Caesar Augustus (23 September 63 BC – 19 August AD 14), also known as Octavian, was the first Roman emperor, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. His status as the founder of the Roman Principate (the first phase of the Roman Empire) has consolidated a legacy as one of the most effective leaders in human history". Therefore, the Gentiles worshiped the man Jesus, because they had no understanding of how to fulfill the Laws to become Anointed in the manner that Jesus taught, and they did not understand how the Laws evolved the Soul over the course of many lives.
Jesus Taught How To Become The Christ: The Original teachings of Jesus was the path for the lost prodigal sons and daughters to become the Anointed that reveals all Truths and Knowledge to the seeker. In the parable, the prodigal son had fallen under the control of the Citizen of the Far Country. And after great suffering, the transition point is portrayed as: "But when he came to himself" (Luke 15:17) -- which portrays the process of fulfilling the Law that opens the mind to fulfill the adage to Know Thyself -- i.e., your True-Self that is the divine offspring of Creator-God -- which is the seeking and restoral of your True-Self that is a Being of Light (see http://BeingOfLight.com ). And this is why Jesus is quoted as stating in the Gospel of Thomas: (3) Jesus said ...But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty"
The Hebrew word for Anointing is Messiah -- the Greek word is Christ -- the original Gospel teachings presented the path for the seeker to become the Anointed, just as their elder brother Jesus did -- i.e., "Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20:17). To the degree that "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, 'I said, You are gods '?" (John 10:34). Those who walked and talked with Jesus daily witnessed to the fact that not only did Jesus become Anointed by fulfilling the Law within his own mind and being -- but he taught his disciples how they must fulfill the Law within their own mind to become the Anointed. That each of us must seek to become Anointed, is portrayed in the words: "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you" (Gal 4:19). Which means that each believer or follower of the Gospel teachings begin in a state of immaturity, and they must advance and evolve through the transformative process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening while the Anointing (Messiah/Christ) begins to Enlighten their minds and as the lost prodigal son, is restored to the Edenic Kingdom. Sincere believers must therefore turn from the carnal outward understanding of the flesh -- i.e.,: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom 8:6). The religion of the Gospels was spiritual -- to the degree that believers were taught not to look to the historical man Jesus or any other teacher, but rather the indwelling Spiritual Living Messiah/Christ as their savior and revealer of truth: “Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according o the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (2 Cor 5:16). This Spiritual Anointing (Messiah/Christ), over the historical Messiah/Christ in the flesh, was what biblical scholar Rudolf Bultmann was speaking of when he concluded that the “…Christian faith is, and should be, comparatively uninterested in the historical Jesus and centered instead on the transcendent Christ” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 electronic edition).
In the quotation of 1 John 2:27 it states that you don't need any other teacher if you seek to do as Jesus taught -- to fulfill the Law, and become Anointed. The scriptures are sacred -- and when turned within your mind as the Key of Knowledge (see The Application Of The Key Of Knowledge http://KeyOfKnowledge.org#ApplicationOfTheKeyOfKnowledge ), the Gospels guided the seeker to become the Anointed and gain entrance into the Inner Kingdom -- i.e., "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45). Notice that Jesus did not teach them the esoteric meaning of the scriptures -- he opened their minds to understand a reality which they already possessed within them. Why is the prodigal son/daughter not consciousness of this inner Self and the Kingdom? Because organic man who dwells under the control of the Citizen of the Far Country, dwell in the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see TheCall To The Wedding Banquette http://TheCall.Nazirene.org ). And it is this suppressed condition of mind that is the cause of organic man's Spiritual Amnesia http://AnInconvenientTruth.org#SpiritualAmnesia -- causing them not to remember when they dwelt in the Edenic Kingdom with their Heavenly Father.
The Gentiles and the Orthodox Church which surrendered the validity of their teachings to the religion of the Emperor Constantine, did not utilize scriptures to reverse the condition of Spiritual Amnesia -- and neither did the Gentiles have any understanding of the Natural Laws that bring about Wholeness and Perfection in the prodigal sons/daughters of the Most High. And in their carnal ignorance, the Gentiles attempted to interpret the scriptures as historical accounts -- instead of allegorical spiritual accounts that act as catalysts to overcome the condition of Spiritual Amnesia. And in warning to this grave misinterpretation on the part of the Gentiles, the Apostle Peter warned that if another person teaches you the meaning of the scriptures -- or you subject your interpretation to organic human reasoning -- that you will find yourself unable to understand the spiritual meaning of the scriptures. Quoting from http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#ClementScriptures
In the Homilies of Clement the Apostle Peter is quoted as warning: "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". If we ask the question: What is being said to the believer who desires to be faithful to the Gospel Teachings? By design, the scriptures cannot be understood by the outward-looking Linear spheres of mind. And this fact is confirmed when the Apostle Peter stated: "when the law of God (scriptures) is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind"? Why? Because the scriptures are composed in a symbolic language that can only be interpreted and understood by the inward-looking Intuitive spheres of mind. The outward-looking Linear spheres of mind attempts to interpret all things literally and historically and outwardly in the wrong direction -- which is why Peter warns that "...For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself". Further, Peter warns that "...For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". What this means is that if you attempt to interpret the scriptures in accord with a Biblical Commentary -- or in accord with the teachings of a Church -- or from a human thought-perspective -- that you will not only fail to understand the meaning of the scriptures, but you will alienate and disenfranchise your mind from the true spiritual meaning. Why? Because the scriptures are composed in the allegorical language of the Soul that employs allegorical catalysts that are used to develop the inward-looking Intuitive Spheres of Mind.
Jesus commanded his followers to reject the faux-teachers of this world, and seek out and learn only from the True Prophet within them (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ). The Apostle Peter warns that if you seek another Teacher other than the Anointing of your own mind, that your baptism (the Wedding Garment) has been tarnished, and is no longer valid. The Apostle Peter is quoted as warning : "But the ways in which this garment may be spotted are these: If any one withdraw from God the Father and Creator of all, receiving another teacher besides Christ (the Anointing), who alone is the faithful and True Prophet" (see The Sin Of The Defiled Wedding Garment http://TheCall.Nazirene.org#DefiledWeddingGarment ). The only valid teachings from an Original Gospel perspective, is how to fulfill the Law and become the Anointed (Messiah/Christ). Church doctrines and man-made dogma is a rejection of the Gospel that causes the person to "...withdraw from God the Father and Creator of all ...and rejecting Christ". There is only one restored Gospel source that conveys to the seeker how to fulfill the Law and become the Anointed -- which was written by the original author of the Gospels, and can be found at http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com .
The Spiritual Law Of The Gospels: Did the original followers who were personally taught by Jesus know the truth when they said that Jesus became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law? Does the Law track and monitor our thoughts as expressed in the command: "…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:5) -- and is the substance of every word judged? As attested to in the statement of Jesus: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matt 12:36). Thus, the question: Did Jesus really mean these words that presented a reality whereby each thought and word that a person speaks, will be evaluated and appropriately responded to? In the words of Jesus: "for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:37). The the question: How will this justification or condemnation of our words be measured and brought about? When Paul warned the faith-based Christians: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him...;” (1 Cor 2:14), he confirmed the fact that the mind of the Christian must evolve and advance, in order to comprehend the spiritual meaning of the Gospel teachings. And when rightly understood, all judgment and evaluation of our words, thoughts, desires and deeds is brought about at the time of occurrence. But how is this accomplished?
In using the image of Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings, the meme provides us the answer in the words: Imbalanced Thoughts, Words and Actions cannot pass through the process of the spiritual checksum-attribute that is embedded in the Laws of Creation as explained at the subheading The Spiritual Osmosis And The Narrow Gate http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Osmosis . In modern computer terminology, the term checksum is a representative of a block of implanted code that is used to check the integrity of a data string or transmission that is necessary to evaluate the wholeness of the message. In the case of the Laws of God and Creation, there is the equivalent of a checksum embedded in the Natural Laws that evaluates the Impressions, Thoughts, Words and Deeds or each person for Wholeness that is necessary to spawn and bring about growth and development in the mind of the person. In the same way that junk food is not beneficial for the nourishment of the body, neither can imbalanced junk-thoughts, erroneous beliefs and actions bring about development or growth of the consciousness of the person. What has been traditionally called the Law of Three -- the Law of Seven -- both of which portray separate action-intervals within the Law of Octaves, act as a type of checksum implanted into the Laws of Creation that functions as the Osmosis Testing system for what the Gospels portray as the "narrow gate" of the mind and the Consciousness of Creation. In the same way that our cells are surrounded by a membrane that selectively allows only what the cell needs to enter, what is portrayed as the "narrow gate" can be portrayed as a mental/spiritual-membrane that only permits Whole Impressions and Thoughts that can bring about the process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening about to enter therein. The term Cell Membrane is defined as "a gatekeeper, guardian, or border guard" that protects the organism. When rightly understood, what is portrayed as the Law of Octaves is the protective barrier of the "narrow gate" that acts as a gatekeeper that insures developmental Wholeness of the Mind of man beyond that level of what can be portrayed as Organic Consciousness. And what this means is that embedded in the Natural Laws of God and Creation is a checksum osmosis-membrane that insures Wholeness and Balance in the development of the mind beyond organic (natural) levels of consciousness.
Where man in his natural organic state of consciousness looks upon the Laws of God and Creation as a verbal declaration given by God for mankind to follow and adhere to, the person who has matured and evolved toward Wholeness of Mind and Consciousness, is able to comprehend how the Laws of God are Dynamic and Universally Active in the life of mankind and all of Creation. When Jesus said: "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17), what was being confirmed was that those people who embraced Wholeness of Words, Thoughts, Desires and Deeds were able to mentally and spiritually advance beyond what is portrayed as natural and organic levels of human consciousness. It is important to be cognizant of the fact that herein, Jesus stated that a person does not need him as their savior in the manner promoted by modern Church doctrines. That in the same way that there is a checksum osmosis-membrane ingrained in the Law of God that recognizes Wholeness, there is also a provision embedded in the Laws that enable a man and a woman who have achieved Wholeness in their Marriage-Union, to prevail over all division and duality, and achieve a condition of At-Oneness with their Heavenly Father (see At-Onement With The Logos/Son Of God http://BrotherOfJesus.org#AtOnement ). And in accord with the Laws of Creation, a man and a woman who enter into a Spiritual Marriage, have the ability to advance and evolve through the process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening that is brought about by the Laws of Creator God to advance them into a natural state of Wholeness and Completion. And if we pose the question as to how this is brought about and accomplished? The provision to bring advancement beyond organic consciousness was embedded in the Laws as a checksum that insures proper development of the seeker as portrayed in the words: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isa 55:8-11). Thus, within the Laws of Creator-God there is a testing or checksum osmosis-membrane that insures success in the growth and development of the prodigal sons and daughters that insure their development and advancement that enables them to return to the Edenic Kingdom -- and this advancement of each individual is guaranteed as expressed in the words: "...So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it".
With respect to the above statement: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts..." -- the thinking of man and the doctrines of the Church are carnal and earthly, and always miss the mark and inhibit the progress and advancement of mankind. But those who understand and seek to fulfill the Law of God within their own mind and being as Jesus taught, are able to advance and mature and begin to be nourished by the Thoughts and Teachings of God that is conveyed to sincere seekers from the One Teacher which the disciples of Jesus portrayed as the True Prophet (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ). And thus the words: "...For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth". Thus, those who make themselves the "good ground" in the parable of the Sower and the Seed (see http://SowerAndTheSeed.Ebionite.com ), are able to bring about the transformational process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening portrayed in the words: "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" ( Mark 4:1-9 ). Those faith-based believers and pseudo-Christians who lack the necessary Wholeness, are portrayed in the words: "And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop". And these complacent Christians who lack development are those who are portrayed in the words: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" (Matt 7:21-23). Who and what is the "lawlessness" portrayed by Jesus? It is the complacent believer who adheres to the pseudo-dogma that Jesus nailed the Law to the cross -- and therefore they make no real effort to fulfill the Law of God -- wherein they fail to embrace the necessary Wholeness of Mind that evolves them to spiritual maturity and transforms them into the Living Consecrated Final Temple (see The Living Consecrated Temple http://TheConsecratedLife.com#temple ).
These words of rejection apply to the modern faith-based Christian where it proclaims: "You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you: ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men’” (Matt 15:7-9). "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). And this is why Jesus warned those who would call themselves his followers and believers: “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 10:38-39). The requirement that has been set forth is that “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:45). In the words of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa: “…it is imperative on all those who have an equally earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal unless they travel by the same ways”. And this is why the requirement was set forth by Jesus with respect to his disciples and followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48).
Why is this reality of Law important in the life of the Christian? If those who Jesus personally taught who said that he was a holy man who fulfilled the Law within his own mind were correct -- and he instructed his followers to fulfill the Law within their own mind and being in order to become Anointed in the manner that he taught -- then all the modern Christians who believe that Jesus was God, is in error. Does it matter? Yes, because the two mindsets are totally opposite. If, as his original followers witnessed, that Jesus was a man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ), and entered into a Coverture-Union with the Mind/Word/Son of God -- and he taught them what they needed to know and do for themselves to become Anointed and enter into a Coverture-Union with the Mind of God -- then this would be the goal of every follower of Jesus. Which would confirm the statement of Jacob, the Brother of Jesus who they call James, that "faith without actions" is dead (see James 2:26).
Jesus Knew Their Thoughts: The Gospels state that Jesus knew the thoughts of the people to whom he was speaking to. It is written: "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?" (Matt 9:4). And again: "And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand" (Matt 12:25). In understanding the thoughts of the people he was speaking to, it is written: "And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples" (Mark 4:33-34). The key statement is in the words "as they were able to hear it" -- meaning that he knew their thoughts and spoke in accordance with the level of their development and their ability to comprehend the Higher Mysteries of the Soul and the Kingdom. The Consciousness of a person deepens and expands in accord with the "frequency and vibration" -- which is manifest in their level upon level of their mental development and enlightenment. In understanding their thoughts, Jesus could observe their ability to understand the Gospel teachings as a matter of the fulfillment of the Law, and comprehend man's higher Soul and spiritual reality, by each step in their level of "frequency and vibration" of mind.
In the same way that a fetus is incapable of comprehending the realities of this world, so too is organic man incapable of comprehending his own higher Soul and Spiritual reality. That organic man is incapable of comprehending the spiritual meaning of the scriptures and the Gospel teachings -- was also confirmed by Paul who could only convey what he portrayed as the "milk" of the Gospel for "babes in Christ" -- i.e., "And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal" (1 Cor 3:1-3). Thus, because these baptized and confirmed Christians had not evolved through the transformative process which is portrayed in the article in the Encyclopedia Britannica under the heading, The History of Christian Mysticism, where it reads: “Although the essence of mysticism is the sense of contact with the transcendent, mysticism in the history of Christianity should not be understood merely in terms of special ecstatic experiences but as part of a religious process lived out within the context of the Christian community. From this perspective mysticism played a vital part in the early church. Early Christianity was a religion of the spirit that expressed itself in the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness”. What this means is that the purpose and objective of the original Gospel teachings was to bring about the a higher evolved condition of mind portrayed in the words: "...Early Christianity was a religion of the spirit that expressed itself in the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness”. And what Paul confirmed was that those Christians who remained at the "natural" level of organic consciousness without evolving through the transformative process could only be taught the doctrine of Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2). Why, because they were not yet spiritual men -- but rather, they were men of flesh and still very much “babes in Christ”. Paul then explains that: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able” (1 Cor 3:2).
It is important to be conscious of the fact that the Christians that Paul was making reference to, were baptized and confirmed Christians who were yet of an organic consciousness (see Animal-Soul http://AnInconvenientTruth.org#animal ). What Paul attested to was that organic man who has yet to evolve through the the transformative process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening, could only comprehend what Paul portrayed as the milk of the Gospels because they were incapable of comprehending the spiritual meaning of he Gospel teachings. Which means that belief in Jesus and him crucified from an historical perspective, was the "milk" of the Gospel -- i.e., a belief that faith-based Christians who were still of a natural organic consciousness hold and embraces, prior to evolve through the transformative process that enables them to begin to comprehend man's higher Soul and Spiritual Reality. Which is why Paul warned: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14). The NLT translation reads: "But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means". What is the difference between a Christian of a "natural" mindset, and one who is "spiritual"? Thus, it is imperative to ask the question: What is the "natural man"? The condition of mankind that Paul is making reference to, would just as well be portrayed as "organic" -- or, of the physical body. The "natural man" , is the "organic" human being. Therefore, mere belief in the historical man Jesus does not in any way transform the person from the "natural man", and change his "frequency and vibration" of mind into a "spiritual man". that is capable of being mentally nourished by the "solid food" or higher spiritual meaning of the Gospel that requires "...the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness” -- which is not a condition of mind that is the result of faith and belief in the historical man Jesus.
To those who think they know -- and can ascertain the truth -- from the perspective of the natural organic consciousness of man and the mindset of the faith-based Christian believer, Paul warned them that: "If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know" (1 Cor 8:2). Why? Until they have transformed the mind step by step in the process of "...the heightening and enlargement of human consciousness” beyond organic levels of human consciousness and fulfilled the Natural Law that Jesus taught his followers and disciples how to prevail over, it will remain impossible for faith-based Christians to comprehend the spiritual meaning of the Gospels or their own higher Soul-Reality. And Paul fully recognized his inability to convey the spiritual meaning of the Gospel to the body of faith-based Christians to the degree that he asked the Ephesians for them to pray for him, saying: "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak" (see Eph 6:19-20). What is the meaning of the word "mystery"? Thayer's Lexicon states that it is a "hidden thing, secret, mystery... confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals. A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding. Of God: The secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men... in rabinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense of an Old Testament saying...". Which means that when you base your beliefs upon a literal understanding of the scriptures, then you have inhibited and obstructed yourself from achieving any degree of fulfilling the objectives of the Gospel purpose and teachings.
In reading these words, a man of true insight and intellect would want to know why mankind in his organic condition -- a believer who is a baptized and a confirmed Christian -- a person who has called upon the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior -- would reject what Paul calls the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of God as absolute utter "foolishness"??? While modern Christians believe they know, Paul warns them that they do "...not yet know as he ought to know". Foolishness is something that the Christian believer would reject as inconceivable -- regardless of the fact that it is the Truth -- and is beyond the Christian's organic consciousness to comprehend. In accord with the teaching of Jesus that the Kingdom is within us (Luke 17:20-21) -- which enables a sincere seeker to make the inward journey into the Kingdom -- the testimony of Paul that he was "..caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Cor 12:4-5) -- an intelligent man would immediately question as to why "...it is not lawful for a man to utter" what a Disciple who enters the Kingdom experiences? The answer: It is impossible of the mind of organic (untransformed) man to comprehend his own higher Soul and Spiritual Reality. In his Epistle to the Trallaus the first century elder Ignatius speaks of the Mysteries of the Gospel and the Kingdom, and writes: “Might I not write to you things more full of mystery? But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes. Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”. What is the difference between the organic and highly refined spiritual consciousness?
In understanding their thoughts, Jesus knew that he could only convey the Higher Sacred Knowledge to those who had prepared themselves to receive and understand the Mysteries of the Soul and Creation. How is a person prepared? Where the Gospel proclaims : “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 3:2) -- the Churches preach Repentance because they lack the ability to understand. The original Greek literally means to “change the mind”, which conveys a message of great depth that is not apparent in our English translations today which spiritually means to "open and unloose the mind" (see http://GateOfEden.com ). To correctly phrase the thought that is being expressed, the true meaning is to “Open and unloose the mind, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. What does it mean to "open and unloose the mind"? The Amplified Bible states: “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” What this means is that those who truly repent by "opening and unloosing the mind", have the ability to enter the Kingdom. This is truly important for the person of faith to come to terms with -- for it is the beginning of The Way. When we begin to put these words into their proper context with respect to the Kingdom within (Luke 17:20-21), then we can see that the Gate of Eden which in the New Testament is portrayed as the "narrow gate" (see The Narrow Gate And The Enigma Of The Law Of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Intro ), can only be entered by unloosing the mind from the anchor of the doctrines and thinking of men -- opening the mind to the inner reality of the Kingdom -- and this can only be accomplished by living one's life in strict accord with the Commandments and Teachings to bring about a change of "frequency and vibration" of Consciousness, though the fulfillment of the Law that Jesus taught his disciples.
When Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders that the “…tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matt 21:31), such a statement simply has no place within the present day understanding of Christian doctrine. Because modern commentaries are without a means to explain these words of Jesus, most Bible commentaries simply ignore the implications of this passage of scripture. One widely used commentary attempts to correct the text by changing the words to “instead of” -- which would then make the meaning doctrinally correct and read: “The tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God instead of you”. Modern Christians can't understand this important teaching, because the Church suppressed, removed and even outlawed the teaching on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to Wholeness and Perfection over the course of many lifetimes. And in this verse of scripture we are presented with one of the core reasons why the original followers of Jesus believed differently than most Christians today. The question that must be posed is: When will the chief priests and elders enter into the kingdom? Modern Christian doctrine states that because of their disbelief and rejection of Christ, they will be cut off from the face of God, and condemned to eternal judgment. And yet we cannot deny the fact that Jesus' own words convey the message that there will come a time when the chief priests and elders will also enter the Kingdom of God -- and it will be in a future lifetime when physical death and rebirth frees them from the shackles of their doctrinal beliefs -- after the tax collectors and harlots who believed in their present life, repented, "opened and unloosed the mind", and were able to gain entrance into the inner Kingdom. Meanwhile, the chief priests whose minds were anchored to the carnal by their doctrines of belief, could not bring about the necessary "frequency and vibration" that opened the "narrow gate" within them -- which is also true of the modern Christians who have embraced and cling to the doctrines of pagan Rome.
When Jesus said: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46) -- Jesus could see and detect the level of Law that each person had fulfilled, by the "frequency and vibration" of their Consciousness. Those who merely called and professed belief in Jesus, had ignored the fulfillment of the Law that he taught, and they lacked the necessary transformative change of their mind. What did Jesus say? "For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt 5:18-20). The Gospel of the Nazirenes preserves the original meaning where it is written: "They who believe and obey will save their souls, and they who don't obey will lose them. For I say to you, That except your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Why? Because the Law monitors your every impression and thought in the process of bringing about the transformation of the mind (see Spiritual Osmosis And The Narrow Gate http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Osmosis ). When the above is understood, repentance can also mean that one releases themselves from the shackles of carnal thinking and man-made dogmatic doctrines of belief -- i.e., beliefs that inhibit spiritual growth and development.
Unlike the scribes and Pharisees who threw away the Key of of Knowledge in their outward carnal interpretations of the Law, unless you embrace the Law within your whole mind and being, so as to bring about the transformation of Consciousness, then you are "unlawful" -- i.e., "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" (Matt 7:21-23). Where the scribes and Pharisees observed the Law outwardly in ritual and tradition, Jesus taught his followers the spiritual meaning of the Law, and how to fulfill the Law within their own mind and being.
When questioned by his disciples as to why he spoke differently to them than he did to the multitudes, Jesus explained: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand” (Mark 4:11-12). What this means is that when his original followers stated that Jesus became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law, Jesus knew their thoughts -- and conveyed this teaching as the means which they and all of mankind was to follow in his footsteps. Why? Each of us is the lost prodigal son or daughter. And without a change in "frequency and vibration" of mind, we will remain carnal in our thinking, and squander away our opportunity to be restored to the Edenic Kingdom. Modern Christians remain carnal in their thinking -- unable to understand the spiritual meaning of the allegorical text of the Gospels -- alienated from the inner Kingdom -- because they remain focused on Repentance instead of Change through "opening and unloosening" the mind by embracing the transformative process of the Law. In not understanding the spiritual meaning of the scriptures, modern Christians maintain that Jesus nailed the Law to the Cross -- totally ignoring the statement in the Epistle of James: "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10) AND "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven".
In knowing their thoughts, Jesus knew that the vast majority of people he spoke to could not understand the Law and how it worked to prepare the person to achieve greater understanding of the Soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom. But his disciples who had set themselves apart from the multitude of people -- were no longer being taught by "blind guides" -- they began to fulfill the Law of God by living the Law in word, thought, desire and deed, in the manner that Jesus taught them -- level upon level they climbed Jacob's Ladder through the transformation of mental-expansion and spiritual deepening brought about through the changes in "frequency and vibration" which is the result of embracing the Law that Jesus taught (see http://CausalFactor.Nazirene.org#JacobsLadder ) -- and this enabled them to begin to comprehend what the vast majority of people could not.
The Law And The New Covenant: Jesus inaugurated the New Covenant when as your brother, he was the first of the prodigal sons to complete the cycle from the Alpha to the Omega and be restored to the Edenic Kingdom. What is the New Covenant? Contrary to popular belief, the New Covenant is defined in the words: “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest” (Heb 8:10-11). Thus the enigma of human consciousness is set forth in the question: Is the mind of an infant empty? Or does the infant possess the innate ability to tap into a pre-existing source of knowledge within the child's deeper consciousness that exceeds all of the wisdom of this world that he could be taught in the traditional manner? But even more important is the fact that those people who believe in, and embrace, the New Covenant teachings, reject the outward rites and rituals of traditional religions, and seek to open their minds and connect to the Inner Source of Knowledge which is the spiritual objective of the New Covenant. And as each of the original followers began to fulfill the Law within themselves, only then was Jesus able to open their mind to the spiritual meaning of the scriptures -- i.e., "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45). Notice that Jesus did not teach them the esoteric meaning of the scriptures -- he opened their minds to understand a reality which they already possessed.
Jesus commanded his disciples not to be called, or go to, a teacher of this world (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ). In the Homilies of his disciple Clement, the Apostle Peter is quoted as stating: "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". If we ask the question: What is being said to the believer who desires to be faithful to the Gospel Teachings? By design, the scriptures cannot be understood by the outward-looking Linear spheres of mind. And this fact is confirmed when Peter stated: "when the law of God (scriptures) is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind"? Why? Because the scriptures are not historical accounts -- they are composed in a symbolic language of the Soul (see The Original Spiritual Language Of The Gospels http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#OriginalLanguage ) that can only be interpreted and understood by the inward-looking Intuitive spheres of mind. The outward-looking Linear spheres of mind attempts to interpret all things literally and historically -- which is why Peter warns that "...For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself". Further, Peter warns that "...For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". What this means is that if you attempt to interpret the scriptures in accord with a Biblical Commentary -- or in accord with the teachings of a Church -- or from a human thought-perspective -- that you will not only fail to understand the meaning of the scriptures, but you will alienate and disenfranchise your mind from the true spiritual meaning. Why? Because the scriptures are composed in the allegorical language of the Soul that employs allegorical catalysts that are used to develop the inward-looking Intuitive Spheres of Mind (see The Purpose Of The Scriptures http://GospelCosmology.Ebionite.com#PurposeOfTheScriptures ).
Those who call themselves the followers of Jesus, and have learned from a teacher, a clergy, a prophet or adopted the beliefs or doctrines of a Church, have rejected the Gospel teachings. Quoting the Apostle Peter in the Homilies of Clement: "But the ways in which this [wedding] garment may be spotted are these: If any one withdraw from God the Father and Creator of all, receiving another teacher besides Christ, who alone is the faithful and True Prophet" (see The Sin Of The Defiled Wedding Garment http://TheCall.Nazirene.org#DefiledWeddingGarment ).
The Blueprint Of Your Own Mind: The authors of the scriptures were seekers of a mature spiritual mind and vision who had been taught by The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher that Jesus commanded to seek out. And having been taught by the One Teacher, they did not write historical narratives for seekers to blindly believe and grope in the darkness of this shadow-world. While they did use an historical facade in order to make the scriptures appear relevant for immature believers, but the quasi-historical is used for the same reason that Jesus taught the multitude in parables. The allegorical text that possessed a deeper meaning of mind and spirit was necessary so that elementary believers could relate to the written text of the scriptures. But as the person progresses, it is imperative to understand the Law that the original followers of Jesus attested to the fact that he fulfilled -- and taught them to do the same -- and they used the scriptures as a blueprint of mind which employed allegorical catalysts in their quest to make the inner journey into the Kingdom (Luke 17:20-21).
What is being allegorically personified in the Gospels? When you open the scriptures, every number, name, place and city has a mental and spiritual meaning attached to it that portrays a reality of your own mind. Jerusalem is not a geographical city -- but rather, the name Jerusalem in the scriptures is an allegorical symbol that portrays a condition of mind and being. Therefore, it can be stated that there is a Jerusalem of this world that is meaningless to the seeker, and a Spiritual Jerusalem the immature believers have do not have any understanding of what is being signified. The portrayal of the twelve disciples, allegorically represent the twelve spheres of your own mind as patterned in the Tree of Life (see http://TreeOfLife.Nazirene.org ) -- a reality of Mind that if you fulfill the Law and are able to eat the fruit "...from the tree of life and eat, and live forever" (Gen 3:22-23) -- of which it is said: "To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God'" (Rev 2:7). The cities through which Jesus and the disciples are portrayed as having traveled through, are the Seven Spiritual Centers which are the source of bio-energy that enters your body from your Source of Being in your Higher Soul-Self (see http://SoulSelf.org ). Those portrayed as Jews who crucify the Christ, are representative of those aspects of mind that interpret the scriptures or Law of God outwardly in ritual and tradition -- just as the vast majority of Christians do today. Using an historical facade, the Gospels aren't about a man named Jesus -- but rather, all that is allegorically personified in the meaning of the name Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus. In one respect, the name Yeshua represents a vibration and frequency of mind that each person must achieve to bring about the next stage of birth. And in the allegorical Books of Moses, this is why the name Moses which is representative of The Law, could NOT bring the twelve tribes of Israel across the Jordan -- which could only be accomplished by achieving the vibratory frequency portrayed in the name Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus i.e., "And the LORD commissioned Joshua... Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you” (Deut 31:23). What this means is that only when you achieve the vibratory frequency and reality of mind that is represented in the name Joshua/Yeshua/Jesus, can you be nourished by the fruit of the Tree of Life, and gain entrance into the Inner Kingdom -- "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates" (Rev 22:14). So, by "washing and purifying our physical self and detaching ourselves from the thinking and lifestyle of this world", we begin to be nourished by the fruit of the Tree of Life. "To him who overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna" (Rev 2:8-17), this "hidden manna" is the the Sacred Knowledge or the Divine Manna that can only be imparted to the seeker directly from the Indwelling Logos and True Prophet -- "To him who overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna" (Rev 2:8-17), this "hidden manna" is the the Sacred Knowledge or the Divine Manna that can only be imparted to the seeker directly from the Indwelling Logos and True Prophet (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ) -- who is the ONLY TEACHER that Jesus commanded to seek out and learn from.
While the Law (Moses) is necessary to bring you to the Gate of the City, the Law could not bring the Children of Israel across the Jordan -- which could only be accomplished by achieving that reality of Mind portrayed in the name Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus. But what is the meaning of the Jordan -- i.e., Crossing over, or the baptism in the Jordan, is representative of the "passing from the natural to the supernatural". And this can only be accomplished when Wholeness, Completeness and a degree of Perfection is achieved -- i.e., "Therefore, you must be Perfect, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect" (Matt 5:48). And this perfection is the embodiment and meaning of the name Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus -- and only when you as a seeker personify what the reality of the name Yeshua within your own mind and being, can the next stage of birth be achieved. Which means that the Gospels are not so much about an historical man Jesus -- but rather, it is about you and YOUR twelve sphere of mind which is allegorically portrayed as disciples, the flow of bio-energy from the seven cities within you -- and the fulfilling of the requirement in the words: 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... then will you enter the kingdom". That this ultra-important verse which was removed from the Gospels, has been restored in an Epistle from the first century, is easily proven at http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Clement . That each person not only can, but has the eventual destiny to become all that is personified in the name Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus, is confirmed in what is known as the (Secret) Book of James (The Apocryphon of James at http://gnosis.org/naghamm/jam-meyer.html ) where it is written with respect to the composition of the original Gospels that were composed in Hebrew Characters (see The Original Spiritual Language Of The Gospels http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#OriginalLanguage ): "You have asked me to send you a secret book revealed to Peter and me by the master, and I could not turn you down, nor could I speak to you, so I have written it in Hebrew and have sent it to you, and to you alone. But since you are a minister of the salvation of the saints, try to be careful not to reveal to many people this book that the savior did not want to reveal even to all of us, his twelve students. Nonetheless, those who will be saved through the faith of this treatise will be blessed. Ten months ago I sent you another secret book that the savior revealed to me." In the Gospel it is stated of organic man's inability to understand the spiritual meaning of the scriptures and the higher reality of their own Soul: “First I spoke with you in parables, and you did not understand. Now I am speaking with you openly, and you do not grasp it. Nevertheless, you were for me a parable among parables and a disclosure among things revealed. Be eager to be saved without being urged. Rather, be fervent on your own and, if possible, outdo even me, for this is how the father will love you" That each person can only see and comprehend in accord with the vibratory frequency of their own mind, is explored at The Eyes Only See At The Level Of Comprehension http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TheEyesOnlySee .
What is being stated by Jesus is that each person must: "Be eager to be saved without being urged. Rather, be fervent on your own and, if possible, outdo even me, for this is how the father will love you" This means that anyone who is eager and fervent on their own, can "outdo" the man Jesus of his brother. Which confirms the statement with respect to the prediction that the followers of Jesus will be able to perform the same miracles that the Gospels state that Jesus performed: "Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these" (John 14:12). This ability that the followers of Jesus would be able to do and know all that Jesus did, was in the Book of Acts prior to it being severely corrupted and rewritten by the fourth century Church. With regard to the condition of the Bible we presently use: The surviving Greek texts of the book of Acts are so radically different from each other, that it has been suggested that perhaps there were multiple versions written. In his book The Text of the New Testament, Dr. Vincent Taylor writes that "The manuscripts of the New Testament preserve traces of two kinds of dogmatic alterations: those which involve the elimination or alteration of what was regarded as doctrinally unacceptable or inconvenient, and those which introduce into the Scriptures proof for a favorite theological tenet or practice". Regarding this serious problem presented by the example of Codex Bezae, Dr. Vincent Taylor writes that: "It is characterized by a series of remarkable omissions in Luke, especially in chapters XXII and XXIV, and by many striking additions and variations in the Acts" (The Text of the New Testament, Dr. Vincent Taylor). How would these "remarkable omissions" and "striking additions and variations" effect the dogmatic beliefs of the modern Christian? The corruption of the Gospels was so egregious, that the Ebionite Nazirenes and the Spiritual Christians who rejected the religion of the emperor came together and buried seven (7) libraries of scriptures which is documented at Can I Get An Original Pure Copy Of The Scriptures http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#PureCopyOfScriptures . And if the true purpose of the Gospels is to become all that is personified in the account of Jesus, then modern Christians have been duped into throwing the teachings of Jesus away.
The Ultra-Important Verse Removed From The Gospels: What does it mean when Jesus stated that you must "turn about", and become as a little child in order to "enter the Kingdom"? Do you understand this requirement set forth? In the Gospels the disciples portray themselves as children -- i.e., "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?" In the Gospels, Jesus places particular attention and importance on Children who are often referred to as the "little ones". Jesus taught his followers that they can only receive the Kingdom as a child -- i.e., "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15). Believers are warned that if they fail to "turn about", and become as a child, they cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven (Mt 18:3; 19:14). But this provokes the question: What does it mean to "turn about", and become as a child? Modern Christians have been denied the answer to this ultra-important question, because the Church removed a teaching on becoming a "little one". (see The Removed Verses On The Children http://BrotherOfYeshua.com/children.htm#TheRemovedVerses ).
If we pose the question: How did you begin your journey into this life? There is a threefold answer that because of the removal of this teaching, few modern Christians are even prepared to "enter the Kingdom". Why? Because, like many other important spiritual concepts on entering the Kingdom, the teaching was so against the man-made dogma of the Church of Rome, that it had to be totally removed from the canonical Gospels? The answer is what you, as a follower of the Gospel teachings, must become to receive the Kingdom. After Jesus stated at Mark 9:37: "Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me", the original (uncorrupted) Gospels presented an explanation with respect to what it meant to "turn about" and become a "little one". But what Jesus said so offended the Roman Emperors who ruled over the Church, that the words of Jesus was removed. Instead of responding within the context of the message, the removal and insertion of verses makes the text appear to be a channel change on a radio or television: Picture Jesus standing with a child in his arms, teaching His disciples about the "little ones"; and John, totally ignoring what Jesus was saying, changes the subject, and instead replies: "Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us". Then, as if the channel gets switched back to the original station, the message reverts back to the first script and reads: "And, whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea".
While the reply of Jesus was a simple message, the teaching supported the original foundational paradigm of the Gospel teachings which totally undermined the corrupted doctrines of the fourth century Church of Rome. And this suppressed teaching that was removed from the Gospels read: "For there are some children, which were so born from their mother's womb; And there are some who God returned, and were made the children of men; And there be children, who have made themselves children for the kingdom of heaven's sake." Which means that when you fulfill the requirements set forth in the words, "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", you will have prevailed over your inherent duality at that level, and become a Child at the next stage of birth -- i.e., "For there are some children, which were so born from their mother's womb; And there are some who God returned, and were made the children of men; And there be children, who have made themselves children for the kingdom of heaven's sake" (see also The Missing Verse Removed From The Gospels http://BrotherOfYeshua.com/children.htm#TheMissingVerse ).
What is signified? Since all of mankind is born from and out of the womb of woman, what is signified in the verse that was removed by the Church? Those who are portrayed as having been born children from their mother's womb -- i.e., "For there are some children, which were so born from their mother's womb" -- have entered this life without debts that the Laws placed upon them. When Jesus was asked about the man born blind, there was three causes presented (see The Three Causes Of Human Blindness http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#ThreeCausesOfHumanBlindness ). The first was blindness due to the sin of the man in a previous live. The second was caused by the sin of the parents who failed to properly develop him to fulfill the Laws of God. And the third was organic blindness which is true of all people who are born in what Jesus taught was the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see The Cause Of Organic Human Blindness http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#OrganicHumanBlindness ). The Gospels, as with all scriptures, are not historical -- but rather, they are allegorical events of the mind of the seeker. What is therefore portrayed as the Virgin Birth, is the non-physical subsequent stages of birth that each person must bring about, in order to be born a child (or little one) of the Kingdom. Therefore, those who are portrayed as being "born from their mother's womb", have been born of woman instead of a non-physical virgin birth from the Holy Spirit. Which means that their thinking and mindset is of the earth. Their condition of birth is in accord with their past levels of achievement which in the parable of the talents, is in accord with the talents received (see Spiritual DNA And The Allotment Of Talents http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#SpiritualDNA ). What this signifies is that in the parable, those who receive one talent, have not advanced, and remain carnal in their mindset and thinking; while those who have received two talents, have developed somewhat over the course of their Soul's previous lives; and those who have received what is personified as five talents, have greatly evolved and developed over their Soul's previous lives. Thus, the statement: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7) -- or, as explained by the pre-Nicene Church Father Origen: “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis). Why did the Church Father Origen openly write about the pre-existent Soul that evolves to perfection over the course of many lives? Because as the greatest pre-Nicene Bible Scholar, Origen had access to the Gospels prior to their being corrupted (see Can I Get An Original Pure Copy Of The Scriptures http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#PureCopyOfScriptures ). Of course, Origen examined the Gospels prior to these versed being removed (see The Removable Of The Mystery Of The Children at http://ebionite.com/BibleCorruption.htm#children ). In the case of the verse that was removed on the "little one's", even the Commentary of Origen was corrupted where the teaching on the children was noted (see The Corruption Of Commentary Of Origen http://BibleCorruption.com#CorruptionOfOrigen ). All the teachings on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to perfection over the course of many lives was either corrupted or removed.
In contradistinction, those who are portrayed in the words: "...who God returned, and were made the children of men", indicates those who have been born under debt to others, are therefore born under the Laws associated with what Jesus portrayed as The Prison (see The Purpose Of The Natural Laws And The Prison http://CausalFactor.Nazirene.org#ThePrison ). In common English Language, this process of growth and development can be portrayed in the words that, what goes around, comes around -- as you sow, so shall you reap -- or, in the words of Jesus, as you do unto others, the same will be done back unto you. What this means is that if you do good to others, then the Laws will return back to you the good that you did. And if you persecute and do evil unto others, then this same evil and persecution will be returned back to you. This is the Law that develops each and every Soul to their full potential of mind and being, by returning back to each Soul the fruit of that Soul's own words, thoughts, desires and deeds. And with respect to the debts incurred by your actions to your brothers and sisters, when Jesus stated "Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing" (Matt 5:26) -- no progress can be made from life to life, until that Soul "...hast paid the uttermost farthing" with respect to the debts that have been incurred. Therefore, the question is: How many lives will that Soul have to live, until the debts have been repaid? In being released from the prison, only then can they once again be born debt free as personified in the words: "For there are some children, which were so born from their mother's womb"?
Many in the Gentile Church did not understand the evolution of the Soul over the course of many lives -- and they rejected the above noted statement "...who God returned" back into this world. If God returned each Soul back into this life in accord with the condition each person brought about in their lives, then the priests and secular authorities who used religion to control the people, could not peddle their man-made dogma that shackled the people to ignorance. In his writing De Principiis, the pre-Nicene Church Father Origen explains: “For God the Creator makes a certain vessel unto honor, and other vessels to dishonor; but that vessel which has cleansed itself from all impurity He makes a vessel unto honor, while that which has stained itself with the filth of vice He makes a vessel unto dishonor. The conclusion from which, accordingly, is this, that the cause of each one's actions is a pre-existing one; and then every one, according to his deserts, is made by God either a vessel unto honor or dishonor. Therefore every individual vessel has furnished to its Creator out of itself the causes and occasions of its being formed by Him to be either a vessel unto honor or one unto dishonor" (see The Early Church On Predestination http://ChristianReincarnation.org#predestination ).
What is most important to the followers of Jesus and the Gospel teachings of TheWay, is the requirement to fulfill the last part of the suppressed statement on the children: And there be children, who have made themselves children for the kingdom of heaven's sake"? Basically, the process is embedded in the meaning of the Greek text at Matthew 18:3 where the King James Version (KJV) states: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven". But what is presented in the original language is very different than what is presented in the KJV where the Amplified translation correctly states: “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven".
The Devil's Offspring: When the original followers of Jesus expressed the need to fulfill the Law, it was not the literal allegorical text of the Torah which is observed in outward ritual and tradition in the manner of the Jews that Jesus portrayed as the "devil's offspring" (see The Devil's Spawn http://DevilSpawn.Ebionite.com ) -- but rather, the Universal Law of Mind, Consciousness and Spirit that is allegorically presented and functioning within each and every one of us. The Logos or Word of God that is portrayed as the Son of God, is within each of us -- and by fulfilling the Law, Jesus entered into a Coverture-Union with the Logos/Word/Son of God (see Coverture-Marriage - Was Jesus God? http://BrotherOfJesus.org#CovertureMarriage ). Therefore, when the Ebionite Nazirene were portrayed as being Torah Observant, the Law was therefore observed in the exact manner that Jesus said was necessary -- i.e., "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life" (John 6:63). The early Church writer Epiphanius wrote that the Ebionites "do not accept Moses' Pentateuch in its entirety; certain sayings they reject... stating Christ has revealed this to me, and will blaspheme most of the legislation" (Panarion 30.18.7-9). For them to be accused of "blaspheming most of the legislation", means that they did not at all observe the Torah outwardly in accordance with the letter of the written word in the manner of the Jews -- but rather, they understood the allegorical symbolism that was applicable to unlocking the inner door within each of us to the Edenic Kingdom within us. Therefore, the Ebionites used the scriptures as Jesus taught as the Key of Knowledge ( http://KeyOfKnowledge.org ) by turning the scriptures within their own mind and being, in the transformation of the body into the Living Consecrated Temple of the Most High. And this is why Jesus commanded his disciples to pick up their own cross and travail in TheWay -- following in his footsteps.
Jesus The Pattern For All Of Mankind: That the historical man Jesus was a pattern for all of mankind because of his success in overcoming and fulfilling the Laws within himself, is demonstrated in the words: "He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ..." And this confirms this statement with respect to the true potential of all of mankind that Jesus taught, as demonstrated in the words of Hippolytus when he wrote that this body of original core followers and disciple believed that when anyone "...thus fulfill the law, they are able to become Christs" (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34 - see http://Ebionite.com ). Which means that what Jesus accomplished, is in fact the eventual destiny of all of mankind who are portrayed as the lost prodigal sons and daughters of their Heavenly Father. And this is why Jesus taught that he was our brother -- i.e., "Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20:17 NIV). That the historical Jesus was a true holy man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Royal Law within himself, is attested to at Acts 2:22 where Jesus is portrayed as "a man, attested to you by God" -- and this was demonstrated by God performing "mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst". If Jesus was himself God incarnate as believed by the later Romans, then these words portraying Jesus as a man approved by God through the works and wonders that God did through him, never would have been presented in this manner.
The Consecrated Life: It was the living of the necessary Consecrated Life that Jesus ordained, and the seeking of the Kingdom within, that enabled the historical man Jesus to become the Messiah, and At-One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God -- a path and teachings that the modern Church totally rejects based upon the doctrine of faith apart from one's actions which was instituted by Martin Luther. And the reality that Jesus, the man, became the Anointed, and At-One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God, is especially demonstrated in the words of Edward Gibbon with respect to the original position of the Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus that he was in “...supernatural union of a man and God... In their eyes, Jesus of Nazareth was a mere mortal, the legitimate son of Joseph and Mary: but he was the best and wisest of the human race, selected as the worthy instrument to restore upon earth the worship of the true and supreme Deity. When he was baptized in the Jordan, the Christ, the first of the aeons, the Son of God himself, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, to inhabit his mind, and direct his actions during the allotted period of his ministry” (Gibbon; The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, V.4, P.366).
A Purely Spiritual Kingdom: When questioned by Pilate, Jesus said that his Kingdom was not of this world: "Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight... but now My kingdom is not from here'" (John 18:36 NKJ). The reality of this inner Kingdom was further confirmed when Jesus stated to the Pharisees: "Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21 NKJ). And that this was the original Ebionite Nazirene teaching on the Kingdom is further documented by Edward Gibbon in the Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire where he writes: "Among the Christians who were brought before the tribunal of the emperor, or, as it seems more probable, before that of the procurator of Judaea, two persons are said to have appeared, distinguished by their extraction, which was more truly noble than that of the greatest monarchs. These were the grandsons of St. Jude the apostle, who himself was the brother of Jesus Christ. Their natural pretensions to the throne of David might perhaps attract the respect of the people, and excite the jealousy of the governor; but the meanness of their garb, and the simplicity of their answers, soon convinced him that they were neither desirous nor capable of disturbing the peace of the Roman empire. They frankly confessed their royal origin, and their near relation to the Messiah; but they disclaimed any temporal views, and professed that his kingdom, which they devoutly expected, was purely of a spiritual and angelic nature."
The grandsons of Jude devoutly expected the Kingdom to come within them, because they understood how man must fulfill the Law within one's self -- thereby becoming the Living Temple of the Most High. The Ebionite Nazirene Disciples of Jesus understood the words: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 5:17-20).
Subject Matter Index
Tesla - The Bridge Between Religion And Science http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#bridge
Tesla - Frequency And Vibration Of Mind http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Tesla
Spiritual Osmosis And the Narrow Gate http://TheLawOfOctaves.com@Osmosis
The Divine Pattern Of Mind And Creation http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#DivinePattern
Original Sin And Spiritual Osmosis http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#OriginalSin
Accessing The Universal Source Of Knowledge http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#UniversalSourceOfKnowledge
The Limitations Of Science http://TheLawOfOctaves.com@LimitationsOfScience
The Scientific Revolution http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#ScientificRevolution
Energy Consciousness http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#EnergyConsciousness
The Plight Of The Prodigal Son http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#ProdigalSon
The Process Of Fulfilling The Law http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#OctavesFulfillingLaw
The Seduction Of The Prodigal Son http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#SeductionOfProdigalSon
The Narrow Gate And The Enigma Of The Law Of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Intro
The Eyes Only See At The Level Of Comprehension http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TheEyesOnlySee
The Test Of The Law Of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TheTest
The Cosmology Of Mind - The Law Of Octaves And The Narrow Gate http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#CosmologyOfMind
The Formula For Wholeness And The Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Formula
The Law Of Octaves And The Cross http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TheCross
The Sixteen Crucified Saviors http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#SixteenCrucifiedSaviors
Wholeness And The Cross http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#WholenessAndTheCross
The Four Gates Of The Mind http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#FourGates
Wholeness And Same-Sex Unions http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#SameSex
Edgar Cayce And The Law Of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Cayce
The Essence Of A Coverture-Union Marriage http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Essence
Balanced Wholeness http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#BalancedWholeness
The War On Women http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TheWarOnWomen
The Foundation Of A Coverture-Marriage http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#FoundationOfACovertureMarriage
Cosmic Ovum And Sperm http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#CosmicOvumAndSperm
The Coverture-Marriage And The Tree Of Life http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#CovertureMarriageTreeOfLife
The Laws Of Nature And The Law of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com/#TwistingOfTheOctaves
Man And Woman And The Four Gates Of The Mind http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#ManWomanFourGates
The Laws Of Nature And The Law Of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#TwistingOfTheOctaves
The Limits Of The Organic Mind -- Linear Thought And Fragmentation http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#LimitsOfTheOrganicMind
The Octaves And The Fulfilling Of The Law http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#OctavesFulfillingLaw
The Application Of The Law Of Octaves And The Real Trinity http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#
The Twisting of Law at the Third Interval http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Third
Satan - The Gravity Of Mind And Spirit http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#Satan
The following is quotations from biblical scholars, experts and historical authorities who are quoted in the article, Bible Corruption (see http://BibleCorruption.com ), and is compiled in the below for the convenience of the reader:
In the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, where he warns us that: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy" -- which orthodoxy was to bring the text of the Bible into conformity with the doctrines and tenets of the Church of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
In his book The Text of the New Testament, Dr. Vincent Taylor writes that "The manuscripts of the New Testament preserve traces of two kinds of dogmatic alterations: those which involve the elimination or alteration of what was regarded as doctrinally unacceptable or inconvenient, and those which introduce into the Scriptures proof for a favorite theological tenet or practice".
An important truth is contained in the Epistle of Peter to James where it is stated: "Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants. If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error. Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others."
Those outside of the original Ebionite/Nazirene core of disciples and followers of Yeshua/Jesus, were quick to corrupt all the copies of the scriptures that were given to them. And this fact is confirmed to us by Dr. F. H. Scrivener where he writes that: "In the second century we have seen too many instances of attempts to tamper with the text of Scripture, some merely injudicious, others positively dishonest". Scrivener states that "it is no less true to fact than paradoxical in sound, that the worst corruptions to which the New Testament has ever been subjected, originated within 100 years after it was composed: and that Irenaeus and the African Fathers, and the whole Western, with a portion of the Syrian Church" used inferior manuscripts (F.H.Scrivener, Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament). Dean Burgon quotes Gaius (AD175-200) who speaks of the source of corruptions that survive in the early papyri: "The Divine Scriptures these heretics have audaciously corrupted. Laying violent hands upon them, under pretense of correcting them." (Burgon, The Revision Revised, p. 323). Eusebius (Eccleastical History), citing the second century Church Father Clement of Alexandria: "The worst corruptions to which the New Testament has ever been subjected originated within one hundred years after it was composed." In the words of Colwell (What is the Best New Testament Text?, p.119) "The first two centuries witnessed the creations of the large number of variations known to scholars today. In the manuscripts of the New Testament most variations, I believe, were made deliberately." G.D. Kilpatrick (Atticism and the Text of the Greek New Testament, pp 125-131): "Deliberate changes in all text types appear to antedate A.D. 200..as distinct from errors... all categories of deliberate alteration... are present in both groups. Tatian is the last author of make deliberate changes. The vast majority of deliberate changes were older then A.D. 200. They came into being in the period A.D. 50-200."
In his book, Introduction to the New Testament, B.W. Bacon wrote: "The Christian can only mitigate the disrespect he feels for plagiarists and impostors by the reflection that the conscience of the second century had practically no recognition for those literary crimes, rampant as they then were in the Church" (p. 168). Yet it is the product of these "literary crimes" that believers put their faith in when they read their Bibles today!
Something which no sincere believer today should take lightly is the charge against Christians by Celsus, the second century Epicurean philosopher, who alleged that: "Certain Christians, like men who are overcome by the fumes of wine and care not in the least what they say, alter the original text of the Gospels so that they admit of various and almost indefinite readings. And this, I suppose, they have done out of worldly policy, so that when we press an argument home, they might have the more scope for their pitiful evasions". Celsus concludes that because of the wholesale rewriting and corruption of the text of the scriptures, that this fraud has made all of Christianity a bogus lie: "It is clear to me that the writings of the Christians are a lie, and that your fables are not well-enough constructed to conceal this monstrous fiction: I have even heard that some of your interpreters, as if they had just come out of a tavern, are onto the inconsistencies and, pen in hand, alter the originals writings, three, four and several more times over in order to be able to deny the contradictions in the face of criticism." (R.J.Hoffmann's Celsus: On The True Doctrine, Oxford University Press, 1987).
To which allegation the third century Church Father Origen replied: "Besides, it is not at all fair to bring this charge against the Christian religion as a crime unworthy of its pretended purity; only those persons who were concerned in the fraud should, in equity, be held answerable for it" (Origen, Contra Celsus).
What we fail to realize today is that during this period, every single document was edited and revised to confirm the doctrine of the Roman Church. The noted Church Historian Eusebius quotes the Church Father Dionysius (Hist. Eccl., Bk. 4. 23), who reports that his own epistles had been tampered with: "When my fellow Christians invited me to write letters to them I did so. These the devil's apostles have filled with tares, taking away some things and adding others. For them the woe is reserved. Small wonder then if some have dared to tamper even with the word of the Lord Himself, when they have conspired to mutilate my own humble efforts".
Eusebius writes of a number of sects of Christians of his day: "Therefore they have laid their hands boldly upon the Divine Scriptures, alleging that they have corrected them. That I am not speaking falsely of them in this matter, whoever wishes may learn. For if any one will collect their respective copies, and compare them one with another, he will find that they differ greatly. Those of Asclepiades, for example, do not agree with those of Theodotus. And many of these can be obtained, because their disciples have assiduously written the corrections, as they call them, that is the corruptions, of each of them. Again, those of Hermophilus do not agree with these, and those of Apollonides are not consistent with themselves. For you can compare those prepared by them at an earlier date with those which they corrupted later, and you will find them widely different. But how daring this offense is, it is not likely that they themselves are ignorant. For either they do not believe that the Divine Scriptures were spoken by the Holy Spirit, and thus are unbelievers, or else they think themselves wiser than the Holy Spirit, and in that case what else are they than demoniacs? For they cannot deny the commission of the crime, since the copies have been written by their own hands. For they did not receive such Scriptures from their instructors, nor can they produce any copies from which they were transcribed".
Under the title of Bible in the Church, the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics writes: "In the first two centuries nearly all the various readings of the New Testament came into existence, the majority of them by deliberate alteration of the text, many for the sake of style, and several in the interests of dogma… Often readings were rejected as falsifications of heretics, but often the heretics were right in their counter-complaint… Every province, every order, every monastery, has a tradition of its own…" If every province, every order, and every monastery in the first two centuries had their own version of the scriptures which supported their favorite doctrines of belief, then we must seriously ask the question as to what has been passed down to us today? Show me the modern Christian who promotes the idea that their beliefs are from God because they are supported by the scriptures, and I will show you believers who have failed to follow the advice of the Apostle and "Test all things".
Quoting Prof. Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Prof. Burrows writes: “There are those who believe or assume that the Greek and Hebrew texts from which our translations are made are infallible. No person who has studied textual criticism at all could believe that. The most conservative scholars in the most conservative churches recognize that the text has become corrupt at many points in the course of its transmission. If that were not already well known and universally admitted, the Dead Sea Scrolls would demonstrate it conclusively.”
In the Preface to the Revised Standard Version of the bible this notable statement is made regarding the need for a revision of the English translation: "Yet the King James Version has grave defects... was based upon a Greek text that was marred by mistakes, containing the accumulated errors of fourteen centuries of manuscript copying. It was essentially the Greek text of the New Testament as edited by Beza, 1589, who closely followed that published by Erasmus, 1516-1535, which was based upon a few medieval manuscripts. The earliest and best of the eight manuscripts which Erasmus consulted was from the tenth century, and he made the least use of it because it differed most from the commonly received text; Beza had access to two manuscripts of great value dating from the fifth and sixth centuries, but he made very little use of them because they differed from the text published by Erasmus".
In the publication, The Fraternal Visitor, this assessment was made concerning the falsification of the scriptures: "Codex B (Vaticanus) would be the best of all existing MSS, …if it were completely preserved, less damaged, (less) corrected, more easily legible, and not altered by a later hand in more than two thousand places. Eusebius, therefore, is not without grounds for accusing the adherents of Athanasius and the newly-risen doctrine of the trinity of falsifying the Bible even more than once" (Fraternal Visitor 1924, p. 148; translated from Christadelphian Monatshefte).
Sir William Whiston in his Second letter to the Bishop of London, 1719, p. 15, further confirms that it was the so-called orthodox church which was directly responsible for all the interpolations and corruptions: "We certainly know of a greater number of interpolations and corruptions brought into the Scriptures by the Athanasians, and relating to the Doctrine of the Trinity, than in any other case whatsoever. While we have not, that I know of, any such interpolation or corruption made in any one of them by either the Eusebians or Arians."