The Secret Religion
Down through the ages, man has forever been in search of God. One of the by-products of that search is religion. From Hinduism to Buddhism to Zoroastrianism to Judaism to Christianity to Islam, these religions have had one thing in common – sacred knowledge about the Divine that has never been given to the masses. I call this sacred knowledge The Secret Religion. That’s because almost every theology comes from a common source of esoteric beliefs in the Divine (what is generally referred to as The Mysteries). Whether by Krishna, Buddha or Jesus, this Sacred Knowledge was taught under the veil of allegory and symbolism, and in Jesus’ case parables.
What has kept the Secret Religion secret is that only those who are selected for initiation are taught the Mysteries, and then only through the use of allegory and symbolism. This kind of information was given only to those that, as Jesus said, had eyes to see and ears to hear. Biblical figures like Abraham, Moses and Jesus were all Initiates into the Secret Religion while Paul was taught personally by Jesus in a post-resurrection period that was much longer than the normally accepted forty days.
The Bible makes a number of references to the Secret Religion. For example, Paul mentioned it several times himself including: “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery….Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men….” (Ephesians 3:3,5); and “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” (Romans 16:25); and finally “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew….(Corinthians 2:6-8). Jesus also referred to the Mysteries in speaking to his disciples: “No mystery is higher than the mysteries ye seek after, save only the mystery of the Seven Voices and their Nine-and-Forty Powers and Numbers; and the Name which is higher than them all, the Name which sums up all their names, all their lights, and all their powers” (from The Books of the Savior); and “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” (Matthew 13:11).
Certain parts of the Secret Religion have found their way into various theologies, although perhaps in a somewhat different form. For example, the Trinity is hardly an original Christian concept. It has been taught by many philosophies and religions (from India to Mesopotamia to China to the Greek philosophers). The Hindus referred to the Logos as the Lord, the highest level of consciousness. The biggest difference in the Trinity concept is that most theologies, other than Christianity, believe in an Absolute entity, a First Cause, from which the Trinity sprang. For example, Plato, who was an Initiate into the Mysteries, taught that, “Beyond all finite experiences and secondary causes, all laws, ideas and principles, there is an Intelligence or Mind, the first principle of all principles, the Supreme Idea upon which all other ideas are grounded.” Plato’s concept did not relate to the Creator or to the Father, but, as Plato said, to the Primal Cause.
Today, few realize that this Secret Religion has existed alongside the various religions for thousands of years. Accordingly, they have not read the Gospel of Thomas or even know that it exists. The Gospel of Thomas opens by saying that contained in the gospel are the secret sayings of Jesus. Incredibly, the Gospel of Thomas, with its secret sayings of Jesus, are not in the Bible… because such mystical literature is usually hidden from those who are not spiritually prepared to receive it. For those who are not spiritually prepared, they receive only a bible. We wouldn’t want to confuse them with the Word of God as it was originally written, now would we?
“Men fight about religion on earth; in heaven they shall find out that there is only one true religion – the worship of God’s Spirit.” – Max Muller