C3.01: American Spirituality

 

By Divine Design, the Laws moved the hearts and minds of men in the creation of the United States which has brought about and manifest what is often portrayed as Exceptionalism in the world today.  And the Spiritual Foundation and Roots of the Nation was brought forth by our Constitutional Framers — a group of souls that are perhaps best portrayed as The American Gnostics.    Our Nation was conceived in Spirit, and born from the wisdom and efforts of truly advanced spiritual souls who entered the world in the 18th century to create a foundational environment that would permit mankind to aspire to his highest potential in all things — and especially in the development and manifestation of his latent spirituality.   Thus, this core group of our Constitutional Framers who I portray as American Gnostics, were drawn from the upper echelons of all religious paths — and especially Christianity which “…they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion” which they embraced — and they were for the most part called Deists, because of their enlightened understanding of the Laws.   The Encyclopedia defines Deism as: “Deism holds that God does not intervene with the functioning of the natural world in any way, allowing it to run according to the laws of nature that he configured when he created all things. …Prior to the 17th century the terms [‘Deism’ and ‘Deist’] were used interchangeably with the terms ‘theism‘ and ‘theist,’ respectively.  …Both [theists and Deists] asserted belief in one supreme God, the Creator… and agreed that God is personal and distinct from the world. But the theist taught that God remained actively interested in and operative in the world which he had made, whereas the Deist maintained that God endowed the world at creation with self-sustaining and self-acting powers and then abandoned it to the operation of these powers acting as second causes.” 

When rightfully understood, what the Deists understood that the theists did not, is the reality that the Laws of God that were brought into existence and being at Creation, supported and sustained all realities of this world — that these Laws were never suspended in order to provide one group of men an advantage or special dispensation over other groups of men.   What this means is that the Laws of God are predictable, rational, logical, and are totally uniform in their application in the lives of all of mankind.   Moreover, because these Laws in their higher purpose respond to man’s thoughts, desires and actions, they exist in the manner of a Living Bio-Feedback machine that brought about the higher spiritual objectives with which God imbued all of Creation with in the beginning.   What this means is that no one is exempt from the Laws and the Will of God — no one has an unfair advantage over their brothers and sisters — that all of mankind has a common destiny that is controlled, orchestrated and brought about by the Laws — and that there is a higher purpose for all things than what man can envision in his unenlightened state of mind.

They understood that the only way for a believer to know the Truth that will set them free, is to live in accord with the spiritual truths and principles that permits God to Anoint the mind of the seeker/disciple.    Unbeknown to both religious and non-religious Americans today is the fact that one of the primary objectives of the teachings of Jesus that were associated with the path of TheWay, was the “heightening and expansion of the mind” — thus, bringing about a highly evolved and spiritual condition of mind and enlightened state of consciousness (in summary see The Heightening And Expansion Of Mind).    But this original objective became corrupted, eradicated and eventually outlawed, when the most carnal group of pseudo-priests permitted the Church to become adopted as a puppet of Pagan Rome in the fourth century (in summary see Government Intrusion And Takeover Of Religion).   And again, unbeknown to the modern believer and unbeliever alike, is the fact that the original teachings of TheWay was in fact a system of education and enlightenment (in summary see Religion As A System Of Education).

In the same way that the historical man Jesus and his core disciples entered into this world at the beginning of our Common Era to inaugurate a much more pure and enlightened system of religion known as TheWay — which in its corrupted state, has come to be known as Christianity today (in summary see The Corruption Of The Church) — many of these same advanced souls entered into this world in the 18th century to create a foundational environment that would permit mankind to aspire to his highest potential (see The Perfect Seed).   And in understanding the Laws within which all of mankind and Creation moved — the Deist Framers of our Constitutional form of government understood the foundational environment that was both necessary, and would promote the growth of the Living Word that the Gospel declares is sown in the hearts of all of mankind — who is biblically portrayed as the prodigal sons and daughters of the Most High God who are lost in this, the Far Country, under the control of the god of this world (citizen of the Far Country).   But the fact that the truly enlightened Christians have been condemned by the Church, and historically portrayed as heretics, the question then becomes: By what name do you call an evolved and matured Christian whose spiritual knowledge has enlightened him far beyond the very limited knowledge and understanding of the faith-based believer?   While they can be portrayed as American Gnostics — they were often called Deists, because over the course of many lifetimes they had submitted themselves to the spiritual process of TheWay, and were themselves enlightened spiritual souls.   But who were the Deists?   Quoting the Wikipedia under DeismHistory of religion and the deist mission.   Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by “priests” who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general.   According to this world view, over time “priests” had succeeded in encrusting the original simple, rational religion with all kinds of superstitions and “mysteries” – irrational theological doctrines. Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the “mysteries” on faith and on the priests’ authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical “mysteries”, confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation. The priests consequently enjoyed a position of considerable power over the laity, which they strove to maintain and increase. Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as “priestcraft”, a highly derogatory term.  Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of “priestcraft” and “mysteries” from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion.

To the detriment of the congregation of believers of all of man’s religions, the above position of the Deists is correct.    At its Source, religions such as Christianity are Pure and Spiritual — but once these religions are placed in the hands of priests who (1) lack the spiritual maturity to fully comprehend the purpose of the teachings from a Spiritual Objective — (2) and they recognize the reality that the position of priest is a position of power and influence over others that often garners great wealth and political influence — both the original objectives of the religion, as well as the teachings themselves, very quickly become corrupted.   From an historical perspective, the perfect example of the clergy of the third century is that of Paul Of Samosata (seehttp://nazirene.org/unfaithful2.htm#clergy ), where Edward Gibbon writes in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that Paul “…may serve to illustrate the condition and character of the times …Paul considered the service of the church as a very lucrative profession …Against those who resisted his power, or refused to flatter his vanity, the prelate of Antioch was arrogant, rigid, and inexorable; but he relaxed the discipline, and lavished the treasures of the church on his dependent clergy, who were permitted to imitate their master in the gratification of every sensual appetite. For Paul indulged himself very freely in the pleasures of the table, and he had received into the Episcopal palace two young and beautiful women, as the constant companions of his leisure moments”.   Thus, Paul of Samosata who Gibbon states is merely an example of the clergy who portrayed themselves as Orthodox, corrupted the teachings as stated in the above position of the Deists — i.e., “…Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the “mysteries” on faith and on the priests’ authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical “mysteries”, confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation.”

Just as important is the (above) statement that “…Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as ‘priestcraft’, a highly derogatory term.  Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of ‘priestcraft’ and ‘mysteries’ from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational.  In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion.”   The original “…stripping away of [pagan] ‘priestcraft'” is historically known as the Reformation.    But herein lies the crux of the problem — i.e., the leaders of the Reformation such as Martin Luther were themselves priests of the Roman Church, and they did not at all understand the original teachings which had been declared to be heresy by the Church of Rome.   And in not understanding the spiritual meaning of the scriptures (see An Inconvenient Truth) — or, the objectives of a Pure Spiritual Religion — Martin Luther’s ignorance became an anchor that further cloaked the Church in an abyss of profound ignorance as to the meaning and objectives of the original Gospel Teachings.   Any time a philosophy or theology is born out of a reaction to a condition of this world — and in this case, Martin Luther created a reactionary doctrine in response to the absolute corruption of the Church — as exemplified in his letter to Pope Leo X on September 6th, 1520, where Martin Luther wrote of the Christianity of his day, that the church, “…once the holiest of all, has become the most licentious den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the kingdom of sin, death, and hell. It is so bad that even Antichrist himself, if he should come, could think of nothing to add to its wickedness” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes).   Yet, as predicted by the Apostle Paul, the AntiChrist not only ruled the Church since the fourth century (see Church of the AntiChrist) — but as Paul predicted, the AntiChrist sat on the thrown of the Church and was worshiped as God.   And with regard to Paul’s assertion that these things would come to pass, the Adam Clark Commentary writes of this passage of Paul’s Epistle: “[Except there come a falling away first] We have the original word apostasia in our word apostasy; and by this term we understand a dereliction of the essential principles of religious truth, either a total abandonment of Christianity itself, or such a corruption of its doctrines as renders the whole system completely inefficient to salvation. But what this apostasy means is a question which has not yet, and perhaps never will be, answered to general satisfaction” (from the Adam Clarke Commentary).   Martin Luther and the Protestant reformers who did not understand the original teachings and objectives of TheWay — and thus, could not comprehend the reality of the warning that what was left was “…a dereliction of the essential principles of religious truth, either a total abandonment of Christianity itself, or such a corruption of its doctrines as renders the whole system completely inefficient to salvation” — and in many respects they further alienated the Christian Community from the original objectives of a Spiritual Religion — the tenets of which they did not at all understand.     

When rightfully understood, the scriptures which had been thoroughly corrupted by the Church of Rome (see http://BibleCorruption.com ), remained a total enigma to the very carnal thinking of Martin Luther.   Why?   Because the scriptures were spiritual — composed and written by spiritual men who understood what has come to be termed The Laws Of Nature, and Nature’s God — and Martin Luther was totally carnal in his thinking — and as Paul himself warned, the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom remained a total and inconceivable enigma (seeMystery Of The Gospel) to the very limited awareness and thinking of Martin Luther and most of the leaders of the Reformation.   And in not being able to justify and explain in rational sense the biblical doctrine of Divine Providence where it is stated that all the events in the life of mankind have been predestined and scripted by God, Luther made the fatal error of condemning the use of reason — i.e.,  “Reason”, writes Luther, “is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God” (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes).    Like a true politician, when confronted with a reality that revealed his ineptness, Luther either avoided acknowledging the subject, or portrayed it as heresy.   And because the leaders of the Reformation such as Luther and Calvin could not even begin to answer the biblical dilemma that was set before them, they promoted what can only be called The Doctrine of Insane Irrationality.   What is this doctrine?   While meekly admitting that the God they believe in and promote is that of a monster and madman, they also warn the Christian community that if they so much as question the insane irrationality with which God moves in his dealings with man, that they will be rejected by the madman God, and condemned to eternal hellfire — just for questioning God’s irrationality.     Reject even the use of the mind, proclaims Martin Luther and Calvin!   “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has”, writes Luther, because he is missing a primary piece of the Gospel that is necessary to even begin to understand the essence of the concepts and spiritual objectives of what the Gospels and New Testament scriptures teach.   And it is this dogmatic foundation of profound ignorance that resulted in the reality that it can be factually stated that the faith-based religion of the Church which has evolved out of the Reformation, has in fact been promoted under a self-imposed Vow Of Ignorance.   And when rational thinkers questioned the often irrationality and required suspension of reason that Luther championed, he condemned himself to the embodiment of spiritual ignorance, when he condemned the very gift of reason that separates man from the brute beasts of the earth.   The result was that the image of God that the Church painted in what came to be known as Calvinism (see The Great Paradox Of Free Will), was nothing less than horrendous and even diabolical.   And while the modern Church has attempted to soften what the Bible states about Predestination — and divert attention away from what the scriptures actually state — the fact that the body of believers fail to understand the Laws that bring about all events in this world, has immersed the Church itself in a sea of profound spiritual ignorance.    The congregation of Christians who emerged out of the Reformation could be portrayed as Mushroom Believers — in that, in rejecting even the use of the mind they dwelt in dark ignorance promoting manmade dogma that poisons the minds of the blind-believers to the degree that they are rendered spiritually dysfunctional and impotent.     And while the Deists who formed the Constitutional bedrock of our Constitutional form of government understood the necessary process of restoring and vitalizing the teachings of Jesus to their original form — i.e., “…Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of “priestcraft” …from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion” (see Wikipedia under Deism).