The Audacity Of Abject Ignorance: After reading the foregoing where the biblical authors warn that it is impossible for a man of a “natural” human consciousness to read the literal text of the scriptures and discern the truth, and understand the inner spiritual meaning of the written word, every SINCERE Christian should want to know why Paul warned that it was impossible for the baptized and confirmed Christians to understand the true meaning of the scriptures, and why these same baptized and confirmed Christians would reject the higher knowledge of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom as utter “foolishness”? This is not a reality that the intelligent and conscientious seeker can just skim over and ignore. Further, that the body of Bible readers are warned that whatever is written in the text possesses a deeper unseen meaning that is incomprehensible from a “natural” human perspective, also simply skipped over and ignored by the vast majority of faith-based believers. Which is why Paul warns that you cannot simply read the written word of the scriptuers and discern the higher truth of the Gospel — even portraying the literal text of the scriptures as the “letter that killeth [and] Jewish folktales” (see 2 Cor 3:6; Titus 1:14). Yet, the vast majority of Christians throughout history have chosen to totally ignore this warning — to the degree that the Christian world has come to embody the reality portrayed in the very words of Jesus when he was asked why he only spoke to the multitudes in parables, and stated: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV). Which reality of imposed deafness, blindness and barrier to understanding prompted the Wycliffe Bible Commentary to write that: “…the initiate was instructed in the esoteric teaching… which was not revealed to outsiders… The mystery of the kingdom in its ultimate development is the full-orbed message of the Gospel (Rom 16:25-26). The purpose of parables was to instruct the initiates without revealing the items of instruction to the ones who were without. This is in keeping with the Biblical principle that spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…” With the far-reaching implications embodied in the reality that “…spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…”.
What is clear is the fact that neither Jesus or Paul could speak plainly to the people they taught. Jesus went as far as stating that the “…secret of the kingdom of God” only belonged to his select few disciples who had left home and totally abandoned the ways of this world — which embodied the meaning and condition of mind portrayed in the word Ebionite, meaning the “poor-ones” — and followed Jesus daily. Allegorically, in the greater parbolic foundation of the scriptures, each of the cities and villages that Jesus and his disciples are portrayed as entering — teaching and healing the people by restoring them to Wholeness — corresponds to the centers of the seeker’s own mind that must be evolved and transformed. But this is only understood by the few who themselves travail in TheWay, and strive to bring about their own threefold (physical, mental and spiritual) transformation that enables them to evolve beyond the “animal-soul” level of organic man.
Paul portrayed the faith-based Christians as “babes in Christ” who were only capable of receiving the “milk” of the Gospel because they were still “natural” organic men who was said to be of an “animal-soul” level of spiritual immaturity. Which provokes the question: What makes the modern person — and even the modern believer — any different than the baptized believers who Paul personally instructed and taught? Sadly, the only answer is: Absolutely Nothing! In the same way that Paul warned that because of the immature condition of mind that he portrayed as still being of a “natural” (human) consciousness, the Christians who he personally instructed into the “traditions” of the Christ, were only capable of receiving the “milk” of the Gospel — and would reject the higher knowledge of the Gospel as utter “foolishness” if he was to dare to even speak of man’s higher soul and spiritual reality. Why? Because in the same way that an infant does not possess the developed facilities of mind to comprehend at a university graduate level, neither does “natural” organic man possess the necessary facilities of mind to comprehend either the spiritual meaning of the scriptures, or the higher reality of their own Soul. And this inability of those who Paul portrayed as “natural” organic man to comprehend the higher knowledge of the soul and spirit was referenced by the 2nd century Bishop Clement of Alexandria in the profound statement: “The Lord… allowed us to communicate to those Divine Mysteries, and of that holy light, to those who are able to receive them. He did not certainly disclose to the many what did not belong to the many; but to the few to whom He knew that they belonged, who were capable of receiving and being molded according to them”.
That the higher spiritual knowledge and meaning of the Gospel could only be received by those who had properly purified and prepared themselves to receive this higher knowledge, was presented in the words of the Church Father Origen when he explained: “Whoever has clean hands, and therefore lifts up holy hands to God… let him come to us… Whoever is pure, not only from all defilement, but from what are regarded as lesser transgressions, let him be boldly initiated into the mysteries of Jesus, which properly are made known only to the holy and the pure… To those who have been purified in heart, he whose soul has for a long time, been conscious of no evil, especially since he yielded himself to the healing of the Word, let such a one hear the doctrines which were spoken in private by Jesus to his genuine disciples”. Which provokes the all-important question: How does a person become spiritual? The long ignored answer is that there are no shortcuts or dispensations — and that the only means to fulfill the requirement which brings about the transformation of the seeker is for them to live and sincerely embrace the Original Gospel Teachings in word, thought, desire and deed. With the bottom line being that to Possess the Truth, one must surrender and themselves become Possessed by the Truth — and the Truth, alone. And until the seeker/disciple begins to bring this transformative condition about in their daily lives, they will remain deaf, dumb and blind to both the true meaning of the scriptures, as well as the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Which is confirmed by the Apostle in the words: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught” (1 Cor 2:6 KJV). Throughout all of Christian history, the body of believers who Paul portrayed as too “carnal” to receive and understand the higher knowledge of the spirit, have been unable to understand the Apostle’s words when he wrote: “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Cor 13:10 KJV). The dilemma is that if a Christian fails to go beyond the milk of the gospel, “that which is perfect” can never come. The carnal believer never embraces the words: “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:17 KJV).
As stated in the above, while the word Gnosis portrays a type of Knowledge, it in no way means the knowledge of this world that can be taught by other men, written in books, or received from any other Source than directly from God. Under the heading of Gnosticism, the Encyclopedia Britannicastates: “Among the majority of the followers of the movement, ‘Gnosis’ was understood not as meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘understanding’, in our sense of the word, but ‘revelation’. These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that they possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret. This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation. It was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted. It was laid down in wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various circles”. Those Christians who had prepared themselves to receive the Higher Knowledge imparted directly to them by the Logos, must be understood as the Christians who Paul portrayed as having gone beyond the “milk” of the Gospel, and were able to receive the “solid food” from Spirit — i.e., “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit” (1 Cor 2:10 KJV).
Regarding these two groups of Christians — i.e., the faith-based entry-level Christians who could only be given what Paul called the “testimony” of Christ- – and the mature Christians who were no longer in need of the “milk” of the Gospel intended to nourish “babes in Christ”, Smith and Wace’s Dictionary of Christian Biography states: “We have no reason to think that the earliest Gnostics intended to found sects separated from the Church and called after their own names. Their disciples were to be Christians, elevated above the rest as acquainted with deeper mysteries, and called Gnostikoi because possessed of a Gnosis superior to the simple faith of the multitude… They also boasted to be in possession of genuine apostolical traditions, deriving their doctrines, some from St. Paul, others from St. Peter, and others again from Judas, Thomas, Philip, and Matthew. In addition moreover, to [this] secret doctrine which they professed to have received by oral tradition, they appealed also to alleged writings of the apostles themselves or their disciples”. Which, while ignored by the faith-based Christians, is confirmed in the ignored words of Jesus when he was asked by his disciples why he ONLY spoke to the multitudes in parables: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV).
The disciples and original Ebionite Nazirene followers of Jesus understood that they could know and possess all the Spiritual Knowledge (Gnosis) that Jesus possessed — and they were able to do all the works that Jesus did — because he was a man just as they were. The original Gospels taught that Jesus was a holy man who became At-One with the Indwelling Logos — with the voice of the Father saying to mankind at the baptism in the Jordan: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (see TheTenWords.com ). But these words of God that were spoken as much about Jesus as they were about all of mankind — and in reference to Jesus becoming the Son of God at his baptism in the Jordan — was changed and corrupted in the fourth century. To even suggest as the Church has done, that the very disciples who walked with Jesus daily — talked with him daily — the disciple who Jesus personally taught about God and both his and their relationship to the Father — those who Jesus said were a witness to the Truth and TheWay — that these same disciples (in the words of the later Church leaders) were too ignorant, or too Jewish, to understand what Jesus taught — must be representative of the greatest religious fraud and deception known to man. And yet, regardless of the facts, this same fraud and deception continues to be preached from the pulpits of most Churches — spiritually disenfranchising the Christian world to this very day!!!
Contrary to what the later deception which the Church of Rome promoted, the Gospels emphatically state that these same disciples were representative of a witness to the Truth and TheWay that Jesus taught — and to even suggest that they were themselves too ignorant, or too Jewish to understand these teachings, is representative of the greatest religious hoax that has ever been perpetuated upon mankind. The Book of Acts testifies to the fact that Jesus further instructed the disciples through the Holy Spirit — i.e., “after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen” (Acts 1:2-3 NIV). And these same disciples witnessed to the fact that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38 NIV). They portrayed Jesus as “…a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst” (Acts 2:22 NKJV). But in the fourth century the segment of the Church who entered into a covenant relationship with the Pagan Emperor Constantine not only rejected the witness of the disciples who personally knew Jesus, that he was a man who was Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by God — but they changed the very words of God spoken to mankind — i.e., “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”.
What these original Ten Words spoken by the Father to mankind presented, was that the original Ebionite Nazirene disciples of Jesus remained totally faithful to the Gospel teachings. If, as the very words of God spoken to mankind stated, that Jesus became the Messiah (Anointed) and Son of God by living the necessary Consecrated Life that enabled him to fulfill the Law within himself, then the truth of the Gospel is found in the witness of the Ebionites who held firmly to the position that Jesus “…was justified by fulfilling the Law. 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” see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). With the true objective of the original teachings presented in the words of Hippolytus where he stated that the original Ebionite Nazirenes “…assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity“ (see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). Which means that every man and woman who walks the face of the earth has the same potential as their elder brother Jesus — if the Gospel teachings of TheWay are intimately embraced and followed to their spiritual conclusion.
When the Ebionite Nazirenes make reference to the Law, this very much includes the Laws of Creation as portrayed in the words “…the designs/laws found throughout Nature and all of Creation”. That the historical man Jesus was a pattern for all of mankind because of his success in overcoming the Laws, 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 they believed that when anyone “…thus fulfill the law, they are able to become Christs” (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34 – see http://Ebionite.com ). 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).
When the scriptures portray the need to fulfill the Law, it is not the allegorically portrayed Law presented in the Torah and Old Testament scriptures — but rather, the Law that evolves our mind and consciousness which enables us to attain Spiritual Maturity. All of Creation is moved and controlled by Laws. When a sperm and ovum are united to form an embryo — and that embryo begins to evolve into a fetus and infant — it is the Natural Laws that brings about the necessary development that forms the living body that is able to accommodate the mind of man. When mankind emerges from the womb of its mother, man enters what can be portrayed as the womb of mother-earth — and this secondary womb provides the environment for the mind of man to develop and mature. BUT, while the formation of a physical body is completed in accord with the universal requirements of mankind — in the development of mind the very process requires the person to make choices in their lives. Where the formation of the body can be portrayed as robotic, this is not the case in the formation of the mind that must be built level upon level of comprehension. And while The Law functioning within our mind has the potential to evolve each of us to the zenith of comprehension, true development can only be brought about when man has the ability to make choices, and then learn from the choices he has made. And it is the Natural Laws functioning within each of us that is the controlling factor of our development — and the catalysts for the controlling factor of the Laws working within us, is based upon the choices we make as set forth in the subheading The Living Bio-Feedback Organism that molds and interacts with us, step by step, in accord with the choices we make throughout every aspect of the life we are living And while what is referred to as the Law or Torah of God has been set forth in the written text of the scriptures, what is presented is an allegorical portrayal of the Laws and Forces of Mind and Consciousness within the spectrum of the Cosmology of Mind and Being. And that what is presented in the literal text of the scriptures is allegorical, is why Paul portrayed the written text of the scriptures as “letter that killeth [and] Jewish folktales” (see 2 Cor 3:6; Titus 1:14). And it is the Higher Law that is spiritual and allegorically portrayed, that the historical man Jesus fulfilled within himself to become the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) and move into a state of At-Oneness with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God. 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.