In Vatican City, lies perhaps the world’s greatest library, aptly named the Vatican Library. Recently, certain documents were made public by the Vatican from its Secret Archives which lie in a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Nevertheless, the files concerning the Vatican’s role in World War II and the Holocaust and their relationship with Hitler are still completely under wraps, as are many other documents (i.e. any documents about the Vatican and its faith which are too dangerous for the general public to know about).
To add to the intrigue, the Vatican has in recent years constructed a new telescope at its observatory on Mt Graham (in Arizona). The telescope has been named Lucifer which is a direct reference to what they are looking for (i.e. the return of Lucifer). In that vein, Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a member of the Vatican Curia, has previously gone on television a number of times to talk about the extraterrestrial phenomenon and has stated that extraterrestrials are real – that they exist.
Father Jose Funes, the Director of the Vatican Observatory, went even further in his infamous “The Extraterrestrial is My Brother” interview by stating that Christians will eventually need to reevaluate their faith and come to a new understanding of the Bible. In effect, the Word of God will morph into the Word of the extraterrestrial gods. This is something that I have previously gone into some detail about in previous posts such as “Who Were the Gods of the Bible?”, “Whose God Is It?” and “The God Below God”.
The real Vatican Surprise, though, is when they announce that mankind’s savior is an extraterrestrial. They will undoubtably state that, since God was an extraterrestrial, Jesus was the son of a union between an extraterrestrial (The Holy Spirit) and Mary. As for fate of the Catholic Church, the Vatican believes that the prophecy of St. Malachy will come to pass and that the current pope will be the last!
For more on this subject, you can read Tom Horn’s series “Exo Vaticana” (www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas186.htm).
The enduring question of the ages remains: Just who was Jesus? Millions revere him and possibly even await his return. They all claim to know the truth about Jesus. Some say that he was God, others say that he was the son of God and yet others say that he was simply just a man.
Yet, the vast majority of people in the world don’t even worship him. Islam, for example, considers Jesus to be a prophet (but not the messiah) and Judaism says that Jesus, a Jew himself, didn’t meet the Old Testament requirements for their messiah. Despite the fact that Judaism did not accept Jesus as their messiah, Christianity did. At least, that is, Emperor Constantine and the Holy Roman Empire did.
The interesting thing about Jesus is that he hardly appears in the Bible. There is actually more Christian scriptures about Jesus that aren’t included in the Bible than stories that are included. To the extent that Jesus does appear in the Bible, it’s primarily in the gospel stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Unfortunately, those stories happen to conflict in certain respects. So one has to wonder just exactly who was this person who is arguably the greatest man who ever lived and why is there so little information about him in the one place that you would expect to find it(in the Bible)?
To begin with, the historical Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary person. He was a member of a royal family descended from King David, through his father Joseph. The Magi did not visit the new-born child because they were expecting the birth of God, since the concept of a spiritual messiah was unthinkable to the Jews. They came to pay homage to an important royal birth. It was the birth of someone who, according to tradition, might grow up to someday to be their messiah by delivering the Jews from their oppressors, the Romans.
But why wasn’t more said about Jesus in the Bible? There should have been volumes written about him, not just the few gospels that we find there. Why, for example, were the gospels of Mary, Phillip. Peter and Thomas, among many others, intentionally excluded from the Bible? Even some of Paul’s letters were not allowed into the Bible. Upon reading these documents as well as other important 20th century finds like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library, one thing becomes very clear. Christianity didn’t suddenly appear completely intact as we know it today. For the first 300 years following the crucifixion, Christianity took many different forms. Some of those forms stood in stark contrast to others. For example Paul’s teachings were completely different from the Church of Jerusalem which was headed by James, the brother of Jesus.
The early Christians were expecting the apocalypse and the return of their messiah. By the second century, it was somewhat obvious that the messiah would not return. Instead, Jesus was transformed into the Logos, a revision of a much older Greek concept. Western Civilization would be converted into a Hellenized version of Judaism. In retrospect, had any of the gospels of Mary, Phillip, Peter and Thomas been included in the Bible, Christianity might very well have looked very different today. Instead with the Council of Nicaea in 325AD, Christianity became the Roman imperial theology.
All other ways of worshipping Christ were declared by church leaders to be heresy. All other writings were burned wherever possible and people were told that they were not to read them. The true teachings of Jesus were suppressed. Christians would never learn that Christ came as an evolutionary step in the growth of mankind, as an example of a fully-evolved human. That same Christ energy is encoded in our DNA and therefore there is no need for Christ to return. You see, he’s already here.
Growing up as a Christian, I always wondered why Christianity chose a Jew to be their savior. Somehow it just didn’t compute. For that matter, why did Christianity accept Jehovah as God when he was in reality the personal god of the Chosen People?
In reading the Bible stories, it’s clear that Jesus set out to fulfill prophecy, from riding into Jerusalem on a donkey to allowing himself to be caught by the Romans and crucified. There’s just one catch. The biblical concept of a messiah was one of a Jewish messiah which was strictly for the Jewish people, which by definition excluded the Gentiles. As part of their culture, Jews believed that a messiah would be their king who would lead them to victory over their oppressors; King David was a prime example. However, a spiritual messiah (such as Jesus) would have been all but unthinkable.
Other interesting sources on this subject are the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible itself. The Dead Sea Scrolls indicate that there could be two messiahs at any one time, one a king descended from David and one a high priest descended from the priestly caste of Aaron. In addition, some people of Jesus’ time actually believed that John the Baptist was the messiah (see the Gospel of Mark).
The ultimate problem is that the Jews never accepted Jesus as their messiah because he didn’t qualify according to their reckoning and according to their culture (see, among other things, the Book of Isaiah). Interestingly enough, Christians who believe in the virgin birth might be surprised to learn that this alone would make it impossible for Jesus to be the messiah. The reason is that the messiah had to descend from the House of David and Jesus could only have descended from David if Joseph was his biological father.
Down through the ages, there have been many pretenders who wished to be the messiah or whose followers generously bestowed that title on him. Of course, the world is still waiting for the one who will supposedly usher in a new age of peace. According to the Book of Isaiah, it will be a time when the whole world will worship the one god of Israel and when all Israelites will have been returned to their homeland; and it will be a man who will be referred to as Immanuel. Obviously, he hasn’t come yet.
An ancient Egyptian manuscript has just recently been translated. Written in the Coptic language, this Christian text has an interesting spin on the Last Supper story. Namely, that Jesus could change shape and form. That in and of itself may not mean much, except that it throws new light perhaps on several of the other biblical stories.
Biblical scholars and theologians have never been able to adequately explain the post-resurrection stories about Jesus. The ones where Jesus appears separately to the disciples and Mary Magdalene but they do not recognize him. In Mary’s case, she thought Jesus was a gardener and the disciples thought that they were talking to a total stranger. What’s more Jesus did not allow them to touch him. How could he when he was not in physical form? Finally, Jesus simply disappears right in front of the disciples!
In order to understand how those things are possible, one needs only to turn to quantum physics. In his book ,The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot elaborates on this process as follows: “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time: The brain is a hologram folded in a holographic universe!” In the movie, The Matrix, Morpheus stated it much simpler when he said, “What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
Just as Morpheus stated, we create our reality as a result of our brains interpreting electrical signals received from our physical senses. For example, our eyes “see” in 2D and transmit a 2D electrical signal to our brain which converts it into a holographic 3D image. This image is then displayed in an area of our brain, all of which gives us the perception that we are actually seeing a real object outside of ourselves. This area of the brain that sight takes place in is not only incredibly small, but contains no light whatsoever!
Albert Einstein said that, “Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one” and distinguished scientists like David Bohm, Alain Aspect and Karl Pribram agree. In that vein, Einstein was the first to realize that space and time were constructs. However if space/time is a construct (someone built them), then who are we and what exactly does that make Jesus? Keep in mind that we’re talking about the Jesus who the disciples couldn’t recognize or touch. In effect, we’re talking about… a holographic Jesus.
Of course, believers think that they already know the truth about God – their sacred books tell them so. Each religion’s sacred book is considered by their followers to be the one and only Word of God because, for them, truth is in the eye of the beholder. What new words of wisdom can you tell people who proclaim that they are God’s chosen people (as if God would ever choose one of his children over another). Under those circumstances, what’s a prophet to do other than to keep on blogging?
“Since no one really knows anything about God, those who think they do are just troublemakers.”
– Sufi mystic Rabia Basri
The other day a friend of mine announced that he was leaving the Church (he’s Christian) but that he was considering accepting Jesus as his savior before he dies – just in case. He described it as buying insurance to heaven! It kind of reminds me of the old Eddie Money song “Two Tickets To Paradise.”
Zig Ziglar, who was once referred to as the world’s top salesman, referred to Jesus as the greatest salesman ever. After all, how else could you get a free pass to paradise? However, this idea of accepting Jesus as the messiah just before you die takes the idea of salvation to an even more absurd level. More than one Christian that I know are living out their lives in the expectation that Jesus will save them in the end regardless. Regardless!! Is there no personal accountability for one’s actions during their lifetime?
In many older civilizations, people didn’t fear death but rather celebrated it. So the larger question that this issue raises is why all the emphasis on the fear of death and how did we get to this point? For starters, belief systems (such as religion) are based on other people’s opinions. Those opinions might be based on another person’s own personal experience or they might, in turn, be based yet on someone else’s opinion; and so and so on down through time until the source is but vaguely remembered, if at all. People rarely stop and ask the question: Where does the belief system come from and why should I believe it? Rather, they blindly accept it because it was passed on to them as part of their culture or tradition.
Now, Christianity understands death based on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, a belief which is a central tenet of their faith. However as Carl Jung so eloquently stated, Christ’s rise from the dead is intended to be understood symbolically, not literally. The Dead Sea Scrolls shed new light on the fact that the Jerusalem Church (at Qumran) led by Jesus’ brother James did not accept the Christian theology. This is also evidenced by Paul’s own letters which are included as part of the New Testament.
In part, the problem stems from the Old Testament belief in the coming of a messiah. In Jewish custom, a messiah was a king who would deliver them from their oppressors. Actually, every King of Israel was considered to be a messiah (e.g. King David). Essene texts actually refer to two messiahs, one a king descended from King David and the other a high priest descended from the priestly caste of Aaron. In that regard, many of John the Baptist’s followers actually considered him to be a messiah as he was descended from Aaron. Jesus has long been considered a messiah by Christianity because he descended from King David down through his father, Joseph. However if you believe in the virgin birth, that would seem to disqualify Jesus on those grounds.
But the biggest problem lies in the fact, as Carl Jung said, that Christianity believes in the literal translation of the Bible. Like all religions, Christianity was intended for the masses while the truly enlightened received the real message from secret societies. Even today, secret societies pass down privileged information which is disclosed only to their initiates. Beginning generally with the great Greek philosophers, the secrets of enlightenment were passed on through something called The Mysteries. The Bible confirms the process of hiding the truth from the masses in a number of places, including Romans 16:25 (“Now to him that is of power to establish you to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.”) and in Matthew 13:11 ( “To you, the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, the masses, it has not been given.”
One of the secrets of The Mysteries and the true meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is that we can and do overcome death because death is simply an illusion. It is only the body (matter) which decays and dies. In order to understand the nature of death, one must realize that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience. As spiritual beings that exist simultaneously in more than one dimension, our 3rd dimension consciousness is only aware of the sensory experience in this dimension. When we die, we simply cease to have those 3rd dimension sensory experiences, but we continue to exist in other dimensions. (in a religious sense, we go to heaven).
One of the main reasons for the Christ Consciousness to enter our world was to reveal this secret of the ages about the nature of life and death. Unfortunately, that message was co-opted, with the true meaning eventually buried under the weight of church dogma. As perhaps you’ve heard me say before, “A church and a religion are not required (to understand God)…and never intended.” So, who’s still interested in two tickets to paradise?