Animal Sacrifice And The Living Temple: When the original Ebionite Nazirene disciples and 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 was being made reference to — but rather, the Universal Law of Mind and Spirit that is allegorically presented and functioning within each and every one of us. 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 to the Kingdom.
In recognition of the existence of man’s lower animal nature that not only rules over man’s consciousness, but in the words of Paul presented above limits his comprehension and development, it is important to understand man’s motivation to perform animal sacrifice as a part of his religion. Which provokes the question: Did God in the Old Testament require animal sacrifice? Lets begin my answer to this question by quoting 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”.
When understood from the perspective of the original authors of the scriptures, what is presented in the scriptures is a blueprint of the seekers own mind — the levels and forces of consciousness — and the Laws that control every aspect of the person’s life. And while the scriptures may appear as historical accounts, this is merely the facade that enables the authors to present the inner spiritual meaning which portrays the mental development and spiritual events in the life of the seeker in search of Higher Truth. Which raises the question: Why would the scriptures contain (allegorical) fabricated “…stories which is repugnant to both reason and common sense” — which I might also add was why Paul portrayed these stories as the “letter that killeth” [and] “Jewish fables” (see 2 Cor 3:6; Titus 1:14). Why? The answer goes to the core of our own holographic reality — and the fact that whatever we perceive in the outer world, is merely a reflection of the inner reality of our own mind and being. And that primitive man the world over is often observed performing animal sacrifice, is because he is externalizing his own animal nature which he perceives in the outer world. Innately he senses that his own animal nature must be transformed — and so, he engages in the (outward) ritual of animal sacrifice — doing outwardly, what he must accomplish within himself. Quoting from http://TheConsecratedLife.com :
And when AskMoses.com states that we must sacrifice our inner animals, is this any different than the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel of the Nazirenes: “For they, making a god of their belly, sacrificed to their God the innocent creatures of the earth, in place of the carnal nature within themselves. And eating of their flesh and drinking of their blood to their own destruction, corrupted their bodies and shortened their days, even as the Gentiles who did not know the truth, or who knowing it, have changed it into a lie.”
Only those who make their body-vessel a Living Temple — and in the words of AskMoses.com, they must “…sacrifice our inner animals—our hormones, our lusts, our desires, our beastly compulsions” — and is this any different than the words of Paul when he commanded the Gentiles to “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV)? Or the requirement that “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”(Rom 8:13 KJV): Which means that we must transform the beastly predator of carnal man’s lower nature, into an unblemished perfect lamb that is a fit sacrifice on the altar of our Inner Living Temple. And this state of required purity and consecration is exactly what is stated by Isaiah where it is written: “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it” (Isa 35:8 NIV).
It is important to recognize that under the Law of Moses, the Jews were ONLY permitted to perform animal sacrifice in ONE place — i.e., the Jerusalem Temple. And when it is understood that the temple in Jerusalem was an allegorical portrayal of the Living Temple that the seeker/disciple must transform in their own body-vessel (see The Living Temple), then it is their understanding that it is their own lower animal nature that must be raised up as an unspotted lamb, and sacrificed on the altar of their own transformed body-temple. Which is why the literal text of the Old Testament is portrayed as the “letter that killeth” when the Jews fail to understand the spiritual meaning of the allegorical text, and apply what Jesus call the Key of Knowledge ( http://KeyOfKnowledge.org ) — turning the scriptures within their own consciousness, mind and being. Yet, the message and meaning is of the utmost importance.
As explained above (What Difference Does It Make), man is of the fourth kingdom — with the lower three kingdoms of mineral, vegetable and animal as part of his earthly consciousness. That man’s lower animal nature in many instances rules and controls his consciousness and being (see Ruled Over By His Lower Animal Nature), which is the cause of much of the violence and brutality in the world. And because we fail to comprehend the Cosmology of Mind and Being ( http://SoulSelf.org ), and remain ignorant of the fact that in many people what we have is the beast walking in the forum of man, there are countless elements within our modern culture that actually causes and supports the beast in man to prevail in our society. Further, Paul emphatically warns that Christians and Jews who remain at the level of what he portrays as of a “natural” organic human consciousness, are incapable of comprehending either the higher reality of the Soul, or the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures, because as Paul asserts the faith-based believers of a “natural” mind are of an “animal-soul” level of consciousness and understanding (see What Difference Does It Make) — and therefore remain totally carnal and earth-bound in their thinking because they are ruled over by their lower animal nature.
The heathen and pagan mind of the mainstream of Gentiles always had great difficulty in understanding the difference between the man Jesus, the Indwelling Logos/Son of God which is representative of the Mind of God (see The Logos), and the One Teacher which Jesus commanded all who would call themselves his disciples and followers, were to seek out and learn from (see The True Prophet). And it was the living of the necessary Consecrated Life that Jesus ordained, and the seeking of the Kingdom within, that enabled the historical Jesus to become the Messiah, and At-One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God. And this 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).
The historical and spiritual factualness of these words can be proven when one understands the original words that were spoken to the man Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River — when the Voice of God stated: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” — which means that the historical man Jesus was a man who became the Messiah/Christ when he overcame the Laws and became Anointed by God. That the later Church of Rome which existed as a puppet under the pagan sun worshipping Emperor Constantine, censored and changed the very words of God spoken to mankind, is the primary reason why the Christian world remains shackled to the abyss of spiritual ignorance to this very day. In the article The Ten Words, it will be demonstrated that all the pre-Nicene Christian authors who quoted the baptism sequence in their copies of the Gospels, confirmed that prior to the fourth century editing of the scriptures by Pagan Rome, that the Gospels confirmed that Jesus was a holy man who became the Lord’s Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling and overcoming the Laws. Moreover, in addition to the six (6) pre-Nicene Christian authors who are cited in The Ten Words, this fact is further confirmed in the more ancient surviving biblical texts that modern translators continue to ignore to the spiritual pearl of the Christian world today. That the modern Church continues to reject the very words of God spoken to mankind, in favor of the censored and corrupted words of the fourth century Emperor of Pagan Rome, is the reason why the modern Church which has caused itself to be spiritually flat-lined, only possesses what Paul portrayed as the “elementary” doctrines that the Church Father Origen defined as being “…preached in the Churches …for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are led on to live better lives by their belief” (see Origen, Contra Celsum).
If the original Gospels and the witness of the original disciples and followers of Jesus is true — and the objective of the original teachings is to bring about a condition of mental and spiritual maturity — thereby enabling each follower of TheWay to become the Anointed (Messiah/Christ — then it can be stated that the modern Church dogma has virtually little in common with the original teachings of TheWay. The difference being whether Jesus was a holy man who became At-One with the Indwelling Logos (aka Son of God/True Prophet), or whether the Church of Constantine was correct in their assertion that Jesus was God-Incarnate? The Adam Clark Commentary with regard to the passage at Hebrews 1:5 where Paul quotes the original Gospel statement that the Father said of Jesus: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” Where the Adam Clark Commentary states: “This most important use of this saying has passed unnoticed by almost every Christian writer which I have seen; and yet it lies here at the foundation of all the apostle’s proofs. If Jesus was not thus the Son of God, the whole Christian system is vain and baseless:…” If the original Gospels are correct — which teaching was confirmed by the original (Ebionite/Nazirene) disciples and followers of Jesus — that he was a Holy Man who became At-One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God who was portrayed as The True Prophet, then the whole focus of the modern Church dogma is indeed “…vain and baseless”.