The Hidden Reality Of The Old Testament: At the time that the Torah/Old Testament was written, the people were nomads who sacrificed not only animals, but sometimes other people and even their own children to the gods and powers of this world. Thus the question: If God did not require animal sacrifice and the whole gamut of rituals in the Old Testament that Paul portrayed as worthless, then why was the Old Testament written in this manner that deceived the people into performing these rituals? That the scriptures not only possess an inner meaning that is not apparent to the mind of organic man — and the scriptures must themselves be turned within one’s own mind and being as the The Key of Knowledge, is the reason why Jesus condemned the whole system of animal sacrifice in a temple made with the hands of men (“…the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” – Acts 7:48) — “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16 NKJV). Even such rituals as circumcision was in use among the Jews before Moses, and was nothing more than a custom that the biblical authors used because the Jews would not have accepted the Torah if it was rejected — and the biblical authors used the custom in an allegory to present a higher truth of the spirit. Thus, Jesus states: “Moses commanded you to circumcise your sons. But it wasn’t really Moses who gave you this command. It was your ancestors…” (John 7:22 CEV). In like manner, while the sacrificing of animals is a worthless endeavor, if the scriptures were not written so that the literal text appeared on the surface to confirm that God demanded animal sacrifice and heathen worship in the form of worthless rituals, then the scriptures would not be embraced and promulgated by the nomadic heathen tribe that called themselves Jews. That the Torah is totally allegorical, and conceals from the masses the true meaning, is demonstrated in the portrayal of the Final Temple. Concealed within the allegory of building a temple, was the body of esoteric instructions and knowledge necessary to transform the seeker/disciple’s own physical body and mind into a Living Spiritual Final Temple. And in building this Living Spiritual Temple within the construct of one’s own body and mind, the seeker/disciple fulfilled the objective of becoming the High Priest who had the power to enter in at the Holy of Holies, and gain access into the Kingdom within.
When Paul warned that the “natural” mind of man was incapable of comprehending the higher reality of the soul — the Mysteries of the Kingdom — and the true reasons for man’s sojourn in this world which Jesus portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son as the Far Country — without understanding the important reasons why it is impossible for the organic mind of man to comprehend his own higher reality, mankind will remain lost and wandering in this world in pursuit of a spiritual reality that he can never achieve. Because the Truth could not be literally written, Judaism was therefore what is known as a Mystery religion — and the common Jews were used in the manner of mules who preserved their scriptural Trojan Horse, for those who were intelligent enough not to be seduced by the absurdities of the written text. In the words of Moses Maimonedes, one of the most respected of Jewish theologians, historian, and Talmudist, where he writes 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”
The objective of Judaism is to become transformed into Spiritual Israel. In the exact same manner as the enlightened Jewish Rabbi’s, the early Christian Church Father Origen writes: “It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.” And with regard to what would otherwise be historical symbols and events that would appear to us as the knowledge of superficial episodes of the past, Origen writes: “I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed” (Origen – Huet., Prigeniana, 167 Franck, p. 142). Students of Hebrew Mysticism will perceive that what the third-century Christian Church Father Origen wrote was no different than what is contained in the Zohar, where it states: “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”. The Jewish mystic who spends his life seeking the inner meaning of the written word that the natural mind of man is incapable of seeing, has warned: “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…” (the Zohar quoted in No Jew Has Read The Torah). Peter said what appears to be historical never happened. Paul called the literal text an allegory. These same truths are again conveyed to us in the words of the Church Historian Eusebius: “Many were led astray by reading the allegorical contents of the scriptures literally in the method of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”. What these symbols truly mean is perhaps best expressed by G.R.S. Mead in his celebrated work, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, where he explained that, once properly understood, the true meaning of what is “…projected onto the screen…” of the scriptures, “…was in reality a picture of their [man’s] own minds”.
The Church Father Origen went one step further and reasoned that “…What man is found such an idiot as” to believe these forms and symbols literally, and not to understand “…that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed”? (see Mystery). In the same way that when a beast becomes conditioned to its environment, when the mind of man is ruled over by his lower animal nature, he will believe virtually anything — i.e., Pagan sacrifices, virgin sacrifices, belief in a warring and conquering god, belief in a vengeful god that is even more evil than the most vile of mankind. As stated above, the Apostle Peter warns that the enigmas of the scriptures which he portrays as the “mystery of the books with the power to deceive” (see Power To Deceive), were intentionally inserted into the body of the text as a test to the reader. Peter portrays the Gentiles as being easily deceived, because they are accustomed to believing bad things about God. Thus, the god of the Old Testament has been insightfully portrayed as resembling the Wizard of OZ — i.e., a magical nut case behind the curtain who liked physical circumcision, genocide of non-Jews including killing every woman & child — a god who made man, then repented he even made man and killed everyone on earth but Noah and his immediate family — a god who kills a man for trying to steady the ARK, a voodoo god who loves animal sacrifice and blood sprinkling, a god who sacrifices his son. The scriptures are very clear, it’s all allegorical about the Kingdom within. The reader is warned in John 6:63, that reading the scriptures literally has no profit at all (“the flesh profiteth nothing”) and leaves the reader spiritually bankrupt : “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”.
What Moses Maimonedes is stating in the above, then, is that there exists many parts of the scriptures that are literally and historically not true — going so far as to even portray portions of the written texts as being “…repugnant to both reason and common sense”. And if this is true, how can any intelligent reader of the scriptures, whether believer or critic, make the claim that they know what it being stated, when the scriptures were intentionally written so that only an initiate could perceive the true meaning? Why was unhistorical events that were “…repugnant to both reason and common sense” even inserted into the scriptures in the first place? Because much of what was presented was exactly as Paul portrayed it — i.e., “Jewish fables” (Titus 1:14). The question must therefore be asked: Why did the authors of the scriptures weave their truths within and around “Jewish fables”? Because if their writings did not conform to the very heathen and superstitious beliefs of the nomadic tribe who called themselves Jews, the writings themselves would be rejected and destroyed. And because the Mystics recognized the journey of the soul, they understood that they, or the future images generated by their own soul — would need the wisdom and knowledge contained within the scriptures in the future.
Isn’t Paul stating this exact same truth when he writes to the Galatians who are attempting to embrace Jewish ritualistic ways, and states: “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” And then Paul goes on to explain to those who want to attempt to read the written word literally, in an historical context as Christians do today: “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory” (Gal 4:21-24 KJV).
That the Jew who remained of a natural carnal mindset could not see beyond the symbols of the allegory, and their eyes and hearts were hardened so they could not comprehend the true meaning of the scriptures, is readily understood where Paul states that “their minds were blinded” by God, “for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament… even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart” (2 Cor 3:14-15 KJV). The time has come for this vail to be removed from the eyes of all Jews. What modern non-Jews fail to realize today, is the reality that all men of the flesh are equally blind to the True Torah of God! Because the Christians have adopted the ways of the carnal Jews, the same vail is upon their own hearts and minds.
From a spiritual perspective, when the Jews worship the god of the literal word — with rituals, animal sacrifices, incense, in a temple made with the hands of men, it can truly be said that the Jews worshiped a false god — a god which the Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians portrayed as a Demiurge that created the mental world in which they lived. And what was it that the scriptures used by the Jews said: “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).
Why does the Most High God take no pleasure in rituals, sacrifices, incense, Sabbaths and New Moon festivals? In the words of the Church Father Origen: “I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed.” And in the words of Paul: “Which things are an allegory.” And in the words of the Jewish Mystic: “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”.
In recognizing Jesus’ words when he stated that the god of the Torah Observant Jews was the Devil — the Spiritual Christians who were called Gnostics, understood what was being implied when they said the god of the Jew was a lesser god who was a Demiurge. Why a Demiurge? Because they were literally controlled by their inherent carnal mindset — i.e., the beliefs of the carnal Jews which included all that they saw and understood, was interwoven through the filter of their doctrines in accord with the heathen vision of their god that they believed in. And Paul correctly warned that you can’t be saved by the outward ritual works of the written word of the Law — that the reader of the scriptures who failed to understand the allegorical manner they were composed in, embraced what Paul portrayed as the “letter that killeth”. Peter called the written words of the scriptures the books that have the power to deceive. Why? Because the literal written word of the scriptures portrays the Left Hand of God, while the inner spiritual meaning that lies beneath the allegorical garb, reveals the Right Hand that can sustain and save. The Left Hand is the reflective reality — i.e., Lucifer — and this reflective reality is called the Bringer of Light, because the reflective reality is a corrective response to our actions in this world — i.e., the fruit of our past words, thoughts, desires and deeds that through confrontation, forces an upward movement towards completion. Thus, the reality of the words with respect to the Laws that, as you do unto others, the same will be returned unto yourself. The Old Testament has often been portrayed as the Mosaic Law of retribution — i.e., an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. And what is actually being conveyed is the Law of action and reaction — often called the Law of Karma. When a child misbehaves, a parent applies a corrective action in accordance with the needs of the child. And in the scriptures this great truth is revealed in the words: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal 6:7 NKJ).
Thus, while the multitude of Jews celebrated dead rituals and traditions, the wise were able to utilize these same scriptures and apply what Jesus called The Key of Knowledge to reveal the concealed and preserved esoteric truths that were hidden within the body of the text which Paul stated was the “letter that killeth”. And this is why the Jews were portrayed as being blind, and the Spiritual Christians portrayed them as worshippers of a Demiurge — or a god of their own making that created the illusions of the world in which they dwell.
Again, if we pose the questions: Why aren’t the scriptures written plainly? So that everyone can read and understand? Further, the question must be posed: If it is true that the outer text is just a quasi-historical cloak that is merely concealing the inner message that is beyond the vision and understanding of the vast majority of readers, wouldn’t it be dishonest for the authors of the scriptures to not only conceal the truth from the reader — but actually create a writing that can be compared to a type of Trojan Horse? The fact that there exists a body of esoteric knowledge that is hidden in an allegorical language so it cannot be seen and detected by the community of believers who use these scriptures, just doesn’t make sense to the average person with a very limited and shallow understanding of the Divine Providence and Objectives of Creator-God. While Jesus commanded to call no man on earth your father — because you only have One Father who is your Heavenly Father — the vast majority of Christians simply fail to understand the reality of Jesus’ words. And when the Pharisees accused Jesus of blasphemy, he replied to them: “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, You are gods ‘?” (John 10:34 NKJ – see Ye Are Gods). And indeed, if the essence of what is portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son does in fact apply to each person, then the vast majority of mankind is simply not prepared to understand their true spiritual reality as the divine offspring of Creator-God. In fact, they condemn such a reality as blasphemy.
Where the average person would look upon the reality of God as a King who demands obedience — they would see themselves as subjects which God demands obedience, and punishes those who disobey His Mandates. Thus, the whole concept of a concealed truth that is beyond their ability to even detect in what they consider to be the Written Word of God to all of mankind, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. As subjects, they only need to know the legal requirements that God sets forth for them to observe, and to heap praise upon Him as their ruler and king. And when the historical Jesus — i.e., a true Holy Man — came to teach them, they made him a pagan sacrifice that bestowed upon believers a license to live a heathen life in sin. Yet, such a mindset is the product of a totally immature understanding of both themselves, and God. When properly understood, there is no such thing as a God who punishes — but rather, there are Laws that control each of our development, in order to insure that each and every prodigal son fulfills their Divine Destiny that was inaugurated in the Beginning. In the parable, when the prodigal son commenced his journey into the Far Country, his thinking was totally immature, and he did not at all understand the ramifications of his actions. Further, because he was of an immature mindset and understanding, he did not comprehend the ramifications of his lifestyle while in the Far Country. All our actions have consequences — and it was the “…riotous living” which squandered away the prodigal son’s inheritance — i.e., the very vital life-force that animates his mind and being — that robs the prodigal son of the ability to both remember his more distant past, and possess the depth of mind to comprehend his own higher soul-realty.
This world is portrayed as spiritually barren — the valley of death that for some people can be portrayed as a type of hell — and when the allegorical meaning of swine is understood, mankind’s reality in this world is presented in the words of the parable: “…And when he (the prodigal son) had spent all (his inheritance), there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him” (Luke 15:13-16 KJV). The Amplified Bible version adds some important elements to the parable that is not apparent when translated into English — i.e., “And He said, There was a certain man who had two sons; And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the part of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided the estate between them. [Deut 21:15-17.] And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living. And when he had spent all he had, a mighty famine came upon that country, and he began to fall behind and be in want. So he went and forced (glued) himself upon one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs. And he would gladly have fed on and filled his belly with the carob pods that the hogs were eating, but [they could not satisfy his hunger and] nobody gave him anything [better]” [Jer 30:14.] (Luke 15:11-16 AMP).
What does it mean for the son to be portrayed as having “…forced (glued)” himself to the Citizen of the Far Country? Thus, what we see is that once the prodigal son was “glued” to the Citizen of this world, that he remained under the total control of what Paul portrayed as the god of this world. Unable to think or reason independently — and very much imbued with the cultural mindset and lifestyle that maintained his existence as a slave to his worldly master who ruled over every aspect of his thinking and life. And this is true of all of mankind — who has been enrolled in God’s Divine School House where the prodigal sons evolve to maturity through the process of having their own actions returned back upon them — i.e., good, bad or indifferent.
Without understanding the identity of the elder son who maintained himself in absolute harmony with the Will of the Father, the parable itself will make little real sense to the reader — i.e., “But his older son was in the field; and as he returned and came near the house, he heard music and dancing. And having called one of the servant [boys] to him, he began to ask what this meant. And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed that [wheat-]fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and well. But [the elder brother] was angry [with deep-seated wrath] and resolved not to go in. Then his father came out and began to plead with him, But he answered his father, Look! These many years I have served you, and I have never disobeyed your command. Yet you never gave me [so much as] a [little] kid, that I might revel and feast and be happy and make merry with my friends; But when this son of yours arrived, who has devoured your estate with immoral women, you have killed for him that [wheat-] fattened calf! And the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was fitting to make merry, to revel and feast and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!” (Luke 15:25-32 AMP). That the elder son is not representative of a person or people is demonstrated in the words that this elder son has perpetually “…served [the Father], and [has] have never disobeyed [the Father’s] command”. Why can’t the modern believer understand the nature and identity of the elder son? Because they, like the Pharisees, have thrown away The Key of Knowledge.