The Gospels And The PreExistent Soul That Evolves To Perfection In Many Lifetimes: What is demonstrated conclusively in the above is the fact that the whole of the Gospel message and teachings is largely dependent upon the advancement and evolution over the course of many lifetimes that the soul has lived, in order to attain to that level where they can “enter in the House with the Lord”! As stated in the above, the literal text of the Torah/Old Testament which Paul calls the “letter that killeth”, is a portrayal of the Law of Action and Reaction — i.e., the Mosaic Law of Karmic Retribution. Again, as detailed in the above, the parabolic teachings in the Gospels that are designed to convey important esoteric truths to the few who are said to be In The House — while concealing from the multitude of hearers the inner spiritual meaning — instructing each hearer in accord with their own spiritual level or condition in relation to the ground in the parable of the Sower And The Seed — is totally dependent upon the spiritual victories that each soul has accomplished over the course of the previous lifetimes that their soul has lived. This spiritual reality was an integral part of pre-Nicene Church doctrine as set forth in the words of the Church Father Origen when he wrote that “Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis – see The Early Church On Predestination). And while the Gospels in their original condition openly declared these truths more openly than they do at present — prior to their corruption by the Christians who called themselves Orthodox, and entered into a covenant with Pagan Rome (see http://BibleCorruption.com ) — as demonstrated conclusively in the above, the whole of the core Gospel principles is totally dependent upon the evolutionary journey of the soul over the course of many lifetimes.
The important question was presented to Jesus: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (Matt 19:16 ESV). And Jesus replied: “If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” One must keep the Commandments in order to fulfill the Law — with the objective being to fulfill the Law within one’s self in order to become transformed into the Final Temple. To fulfill the objectives of the scriptures, and become transformed into the High Priest of the Living Temple of your body-mind — which enables the disciple to enter in at the Holy of Holies within one’s self, and receive the Gnosis that only the Logos/Son of God/True Prophet can bestow upon one who is truly faithful — the seeker must live the necessary Consecrated Life that transforms their lower animal nature into a perfect sacrifice in their Living Temple. Quoting from the AskMoses.com article on the Final Temple:
The Final Temple: With the destruction of the Second Temple, G-d changed His mode of interaction with the universe. Until the destruction, the Temple was the window to G-d; spirituality had a physical home in Jerusalem. The Kohanim offered the daily sacrifices, the daily routines went uninterrupted, daily personal prayer was redundant.
With the destruction, G-d destroyed the physical Temple and made it a spiritual place… We cannot find G-d in Jerusalem; we must find Him in us
With the destruction, G-d destroyed the physical Temple and made it a spiritual place. He took that window and placed it within us. Instead of traveling to Jerusalem, G-d wanted us to find Him in our inner Jerusalem. Now, our bodies are our Temples, our souls are our windows, our minds are our Kohanim and our animal instincts are our sacrifices. We cannot offer physical sacrifices three times a day, but we can pray three times a day. We cannot attend Temple services three times a day, but we can tap into our souls three times a day. We cannot atone for our shortcomings by sacrificing animals, but we can sacrifice our inner animals—our hormones, our lusts, our desires, our beastly compulsions. We cannot find G-d in Jerusalem; we must find Him in us.
This was G-d’s Master Plan. By exchanging a sweeping, dramatic outdoor concert of public spirituality for an internal, personal, private experience, G-d was bringing Himself even closer to humanity, laying the groundwork for the Third and final Temple—an age that will synthesize G-d’s presence inside our hearts and minds and in the world around us in a totally new reality: the Era of Moshiach.
What is allegorically presented in the Torah and the Old Testament, is the esoteric knowledge that a disciple needs to perfect the Laws within his own body and mind, and become transformed into the Final Temple. When Jesus stated that who desire to be his follower, and do not themselves pick up their own cross and travail in TheWay, are not worthy of entering into Life. Thus, the crucifixion itself is an allegorical portrayal of the Final Stage of Birth — and those who fail to bring about the process within themselves, cannot return to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination. And this process of birth is presented in the words: “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22 NKJ).
The beginning of the process is the keeping of the Commandments — and especially in the manner that Jesus taught throughout the Gospels and the Sermon on the Mount. With respect to the outward rituals of the Jews, the early Church writer Epiphanius quotes the Gospel of the Ebionites/Hebrews where Jesus states: “I have come to destroy the sacrifices” (Panarion 30.16.5) — because these sacrifices must be brought about within the body-mind of the disciple. And in condemnation of the outward ritual observance of the Law by the carnal Jews it is written: “He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as if he breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine’s blood; he who burns incense, as if he blesses an idol. Just as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations, So will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight”(Isa 66:3-4 NKJ). Taking this condemnation of the ritual observance of the Laws even further: “The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me? says the LORD. I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations– I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isa 1:11-17 NIV).
What did Jesus teach regarding the Law? “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:17-20 NIV).
How different modern Christians perceive what the scriptures actually convey is easily demonstrated by using our very own Bibles. 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 RSV), such a statement simply has no place within the present day understanding of Christian doctrine. Because we are without a means to explain Jesus’ words, 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”. 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 at a time after the tax collectors and harlots who believed, repented, picked up their own crosses and followed in TheWay.
The question that we are presented with is how long must each of us who are the prodigal sons, travail in this, the Far Country, before we come to our senses and “turn about”, and begin the journey in TheWay that returns us to the Edeninc Kingdom of Origination? Jesus commanded those who would be his followers: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt 7:13-14 NKJ) — i.e., “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14 NKJ). With respect to the word that translators commonly render “destruction”, the true meaning in no manner represents what is actually being presented. Quoting the footnote on this word in the Schofield Reference Bible which reads: “There is no thought in these various words of annihilation but of something that is ruined and thus unsuitable or unable to fulfill its original purpose”. And it is not until we come to understand the meaning of the Gospel of Thomas saying 84 (see Man As An Embryonic Soul-Image), can we even begin to understand what is being taught in these verses. The answer is found in Paul’s statement regarding the thinking, mindset and lifestyle of the people of this world who dwell under the power and control of the “Citizen …of the Far Country”: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world…” (Col 2:8 NIV).
As a lost prodigal son, how many lifetimes travailing in this world will be required before you keep the Commandments, begin the process of the transformation of your body-mind into the Final Temple? How many images of your higher soul-self will be generated into this world “…that is ruined and thus unsuitable or unable to fulfill its original purpose”, before you begin to overcome the Law within you, and begin to draw nearer and learn from the One Teacher that Jesus said to seek out? How many lifetimes will you read the sacred word of the scriptures through the dogmatic filter of the doctrines of carnal men, before you embrace the words of Peter when he warned: “…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”.(see The Spiritual Disenfranchisement Of The Mind).