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God: The Father

Names :

English: God

Malayalam: “Daivam “

Latin: Deus

Greek :Theos, Θεός

Slavic: Bog

Sanskrit: Ishvara

Arabic: Allah

Hebrew: El, Elohim

Judaism: Yahweh

Hinduism: Brahaman, Krishna-Vasudeva in Bhagavata or Vishnu and Hari

Theological Names

Omniscience: Capacity to know every thing

Omnipotence: All power / unlimited power

Omnipresence: Present everywhere

Omni benevolence: Unlimited / infinite benevolence(Kindness)

God is good: God is most often conceived of as the supernatural creator and overseer of the universe.

God is good: He alone is truly and fully good.  He is good without mixture of evil In Him all evils disappears.  Evil has no place in Him, just as darkness has no place in the Light. He can do no evil.  Evil does not come from Him.

He gave freedom to His Creation, freedom to reject the God, Thereby to choose evil. Evil is the denial of created being. Freedom is the root of evil.

When any being uses its freedom to deny and reject the good, it denies also being itself.

True created being is always good, like its creator.

Who is this God

“Who is this God, and where do we find Him?”,

I can only say with all who have known God, that there is no way we can grasp Him with our concepts or express His being with our words.

We can say many things about Him in a negative or metaphorical language.

God is not male or Female

He is neither male nor female, nor is He a neuter It.

The Creator has no gender, which is an attribute only of the created order.

He is Who He is, Who will always be, the “Great I am who I am”.He is without form or body, without beginning or end, without limit or extension, neither in space nor in time, not needing to become or grow into something he is now not, and therefore without change or movement, not dependent on or derived from anything else, everything else being derived from and dependent on Him. Who and where are not questions appropriate for the One who is Eternal and Infinite. Where He is not, there is only nothing. All good are comes from GodAll that is good not only comes from Him, but is also His presence.Where the good is, there God is present.

Wherever it shows up-in people of different faiths and religions, in people Who claim to believe in no God, in birds and animals, in trees and flowers, in mountains and rivers, in air and sky, in sun and moon, in sculpture and painting, in music and art, in the smile of the infant and in the wisdom of the sage, in the blush of dawn and in the gorgeous sunset. Where the good is, there is the kingdom of God. There God is present and reigns even when that presence is not acknowledged or recognised.

Know your God

We can sing to God,  Praise God, Thank God,  Bow before God,  Worship God,  Love God,  Serve God,  Repent and Return to God.

GOD is Incarnate: Jesus Christ

God remains beyond our comprehension, but God has come to us in a human form – a divine-human person with whom we deal better.  That person, Jesus Christ, cannot be mere instrumentality for our salvation. Christ remains God while being human.  This too is beyond our conceptual or logical comprehension In Christ we are seized by God’s incarnate love, and in union with Christ, we respond to God in faith and gratitude.

Religious populations

As of 2000 census, approximately 53% of the world's population identifies with one of the three Abrahamic religions (33% Christian, 20% Islam, (1% Judaism), 6% with Buddhism, 13% with Hinduism, 6% with traditional Chinese religion, 7% with various other religions, less than 15% as non-religious. Most of these religious beliefs involve a god or gods. They "believe there is a God".

God can variously be defined as:

The proper name of the one Supreme and Infinite Personal Being, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, to whom man owes obedience and worship; the common or generic name of the several supposed beings to whom, in polytheistic religions, Divine attributes are ascribed and Divine worship rendered; the name sometimes applied to an idol as the image or dwelling-place of a god.

The root-meaning of the name (from Gothic root gheu; Sanskrit hub or emu, "to invoke or to sacrifice to") is either "the one invoked" or "the one sacrificed to." From different Indo-Germanic roots (div, "to shine" or "give light"; thes in thessasthai "to implore") come the Indo-Iranian deva, Sanskrit dyaus (gen. divas), Latin deus, Greek theos, Irish and Gaelic dia, all of which are generic names; also Greek Zeus (gen. Dios, Latin Jupiter (jovpater), Old Teutonic Tiu or Tiw (surviving in Tuesday), Latin Janus, Diana, and other proper names of pagan deities. The common name most widely used in Semitic occurs as 'el in Hebrew, 'ilu in Babylonian, 'ilah in Arabic, etc.; and though scholars are not agreed on the point, the root-meaning most is "the strong or mighty one."

As known through natural reason — ("the God of the philosophers")

Holy Trinity

Numerous cults, like the Jehovah’s Witness and Oneness Sabellians, continue to misrepresent the historical doctrine of the Trinity by stating that the doctrine was formulated at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, thereby implying that the doctrine of the Trinity was NOT believed by the early Church.  This is a gross historical error.  Though we can say in one sense that the full formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity was written down in creedal form at Nicea and further clarified by the Council of Constantinople in A.D. 381, it would be a total distortion of history to say that the doctrine of the Trinity was not believed until Nicea.

So you may ask, “why did the doctrine of the deity of Christ/Trinity need to be explained”?  As the first and second century came and went, the Biblical doctrine on the Nature of God came under attack.  The attack, for the most part, took place upon the Deity (state of being God) of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the reason for the Council at Nicea.  The Arians, who got their name from the main proponent of their doctrine, a man named Arius, was teaching that the Lord Jesus Christ was NOT God Himself, but, a created lesser god not equal with the Father.  Nicea was NOT called to create the doctrine of the Trinity, but to confirm that the Bible taught Jesus was fully God in accordance with the already accepted teachings of the church. The Council of Nicea was Christological not Trinitarian, though it did address the issue.

It must further be noted that Trinitarian Christians do not believe the doctrine of the Trinity because some early Church father said too.  Nor do we believe it because of some creed or council decided for us.  We believe the doctrine of the Trinity because Scripture teaches that there is but one God (monotheism), and yet there is a person called the Father who is referred to in personal pronouns and is accredited with personal attributes, there is a person called the Son, who is referred to with personal pronouns and converses with the person of the Father, and there is a person called the Holy Spirit, who is referred to with personal pronouns and personal attributes.  Since we hold the Word of God in high esteem, we are forced to conclude that these three persons are the One God.

What follows is a small sampling of the understanding of the Nature of God, as understood by the early Church up through the time of Nicea in A.D. 325. This brief reading should settle the questions at hand.  Did Nicea CREATE or CONFIRM the deity of Christ/Trinity?

The Didache, which appears to have been a teaching manual for new converts, and is dated at between A.D. 60 to A.D. 80 (the latest date suggested in A.D. 150), states, “But concerning baptism, thus shall ye baptize.  Having first recited all these things, baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living (running) water....But if thou hast neither, then pour on the head thrice in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (J.B. Lightfoot, ed., The Apostolic Fathers, Eerdmans, 1976, p 126.)

Ignatius, writing around A.D. 110 - 120 in responding against those who denied the eternality of the person of the Son wrote, “We have also as a physician the Lord our God, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son and Word, before time began, but who afterwards became also man, of Mary the virgin .” (Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds. The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Eerdmans, 1975, vol. 1, p. 52.)

Another of the defenders of Orthodoxy, Justin Martyr, who lived between A.D. 114 - 168wrote, “For, in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, they receive that washing with water.”  (First Apol., LXI. ibid. Vol. 1, p. 183.)

Theophilus, a Greek who was converted to Christianity, was the first to use the word Trinity in writing ca. A.D. 170 to describe the relationship between the persons in the Godhead.  This book is an excellent study on the doctrine of the Trinity both exegetically from Scripture as well as from Church history.

Irenaeus, who lived between A.D. 130 - 200 and was a disciple of Polycarp who was in turn a disciple of the Apostle John, wrote against the Gnostics and stated, “Know thou that every man is either empty or full.  For if he has not the Holy Spirit, he has no knowledge of the Creator, he has not received Jesus Christ the life; he knows not the Father who is in heaven...”  (Against Heresies 3:16.)

Athenagoras, writing between A.D. 170 - 180 in response to the Greek thinking that it was absurd for God to have had a Son stated, “Nor let any one think it ridiculous that God should have a Son.  For through the poets (He is referring to the poetic Greek philosophers), in their fictions, represent [their] gods as no better than men, our mode of thinking is not the same as theirs, concerning either God the Father or the Son.”  (Roberts and Donaldson, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 133.)  It must be note that in the construction of this statement, “..either God the Father or the Son” that the word “God” proceeded by the word “either” demands that “God” is placed before both “Father” and “Son” so that it would render, “...either God the Father or [God] the Son.”

Athenagoras does not stop with his understanding of the Doctrine of the Trinity and Christology, but also has a well-developed doctrine of the Holy Spirit when he wrote, “The Holy Spirit Himself also, which operates in the prophets, we assert to be an effluence of God, flowing from Him, and returning back again like a beam of the sun.  Who, then would not be astonished to hear men who speak of God the Father, and of God the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and who declared both their powers in union and their distinction in order...” (ibid., vol. 2, p. 133)

Hippolytus, in his work Against the Heresy of Noetus, who was the forerunner of Sabellius wrote, “If, then the Word was with God and was also God what follows?  Would one say that he speaks of two Gods?  I shall not indeed speak of two Gods but of one; of two Persons however and of a third economy (disposition), viz., the grace of the Holy Ghost.  For the Father indeed is One but there is [another] Person because there is also the Son; and there is a third the Holy Spirit....The economy of the harmony is led back to one God; for God is One.  It is the Father who commands and the Son who obeys and the Holy Spirit who gives understanding; the Father is above all, and the Son who is through all and the Holy Spirit who is in all.  And we cannot think of one God, but by believing in truth in Father and Son and Holy Spirit.”  (Against the Heresy of Noetus, chapter 14.)  Hippolytus was born in A.D. 170 and dies in A.D. 236.  This commentary was on John 1:1.

Tertullian, writing between A.D. 190 and at the latest A.D. 240 though most scholars say no later than A.D. 220, was the first of the Latin writers to use the word Trinity.  He wrote, “The Word, therefore, is both always in the Father, as He says, ‘I am in the Father,’ and is always with God, according to what is written, ‘And the Word was with God;’ and never separate from the Father, since ‘I and my Father, [We] are one.’”  (Against Praxeus, chapter 8.)  Note:  John 10:30 which states, “I and my Father are one.”  The Greek word employed by John for “one” is hen.  It is in the neuter and not the masculine followed bysumas which is in the plural.  Therefore the transliteration of John 10:30 is “I and my Father, we are one.”  The plural “we” relates to the subjects “I” and my “Father”.  Two persons no matter which way you look at it.

Novatian who wrote no later than A.D. 250 stated, “He [Jesus] never either compared or opposed Himself to God the Father.  He remembered throughout His earthly ministry, that He was from the Father.”  (Ancient Christian Commentary, InterVaristy Press, 1999, vol. III p. 241.)  The word “from” is ek meaning an extension of one from another.  Jesus, as a person was the one from or out of another person the Father.

Gregory Thaumaturgus of Neo-Caesarea ca. A.D. 270 wrote.... [God is] a perfect Trinity, not divided nor differing in glory and eternity and sovereignty.  Neither, indeed, is there anything created or subservient in the Trinity, nor introduced, as though not there before but coming afterwards; nor, indeed, has the Son ever been without the Father, nor the Spirit without the Son, but the Trinity is ever the same, unvarying and unchangeable.”  (Beisner, God in Three Persons, pg. 81.)

We could continue to site quotes from the first three centuries of the Church, but, the point has been demonstrated.   Enemies of the Trinity, who either out of ignorance or deceit maintain that the doctrine of the Trinity was not taught by the early Church have clearly been refuted.  Please note that the last quote from Gregory Thaumaturgus was 65 years before the council of Nicea and that the first quote from the Didache, which gave the Trinitarian formula for baptism, was 265 years before the Council of Nicea and no less than 175 years and was possibly written before the Apostles John, Peter and Paul were martyred!

“… He alone exists… He has existed since all eternity, and His existence will have no end.

“He has no equal either in Heaven or on the Earth.

“The Great Creator has not shared His power with any living being…, He alone possesses omnipotence.” (The Life of Saint Issa, 5:16-17)

“The Eternal Lawgiver is one; there is no other god, but He. He has not shared the world with anyone, neither has He informed anyone of His intentions.” (The Life of Saint Issa, 6:10)

“… The Lord our God… is all-mighty, omniscient, and omnipresent. It is He Who possesses all wisdom and all light. It is to Him you must address yourselves to be consoled in your sorrows, helped in your works, and cured in your sickness. Whosoever shall have recourse to Him shall not be denied.

“The secrets of nature are in the hands of God. For the world, before it appeared, existed in the depth of the Divine thought; it became material and visible by the will of the Supreme.

“When you address yourselves to Him, become again as children; for you know neither the past, nor the present, nor the future, and God is the Master of all time.” (The Life of Saint Issa, 11:12-15)

“(He) is a Monocracy with nothing above It. … He is God and Father of everything, the invisible One Who is above everything…, Who is in pure light, Whom no eye* can see.

“He is the invisible Spirit. It is not right to think of Him as you think of gods, or something similar. … Everything exists in Him. … He is illimitable, since there was nothing prior to Him to limit Him. … He is immeasurable, since there was no one prior to Him to measure Him. … He is eternal. … He exists eternally. … There is no way to tell His quantity… He is not contained in time…

“He is life-giving Life. He is blessedness-giving blessed One. He is wisdom-giving Wisdom. He is salvation-giving and love-giving Love.

“He is motionless; He resides in calm and silence. … He directs His desires into His flow of Light. He is the Source of this flow of Light…” (The Apocryphon of John, 2:25-4:25)

“He is the Original Spirit” (The Apocryphon of John, 4:35; 5:10,15).

“This is the message which we have heard from… (Jesus), and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

“… The blessed… King, Who alone has immortality, dwelling in the Light…” (1 Tim 6:15-16).

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim 1:17)

 

The majority of these words of Jesus were not included in the New Testament by the Church leaders at the end of 4-th century after Jesus’ visit on the Earth. And this predestined the deflection of the majority of Christians from monotheism. They have almost forgotten God-the-Father, though He and the Path to Him were the essence of Jesus’ preachings. Thus, their ontological, epistemological, and methodological views became baseless.

Moreover, in Russia they developed an anthropomorphic*concept of God-the-Father, which is a typical feature of paganism. It is illustrated on the icon Trinity, where God-the-Father is depicted as an old man sitting on a cloud. And to the right of Him — sits Jesus. This notion was even accepted as the Orthodox Creed: “I believe… (in) the Lord Jesus Christ…, … sitting to the right of the Father…”.

But God-the-Father is not a flying old man. He is the Primordial Consciousness, immeasurable in Its vastness, filling the whole universal space in His Abode, and not anthropomorphic at all. He is really infinite. How can one sit to the right of the Infinite?

His Evolution and Us

We, inhabitants of the Earth, are used to measure time by days (the period of Earth’s rotation around its axis), subdivided in hours, minutes, and seconds, also by years, (the period of Earth’s rotation around the Sun) subdivided in months and weeks.

He — universal — has a different type of chronology. It is measured by Manvantaras, which cover billions of years.

What part of the universe does a Manvantara embrace? — who knows it, except Him? And for us it is of no significance.

A Manvantara is a cycle of development that consists of two phases — manifest and non-manifest. The first phase begins with a creation of the world and ends with an end of the world. During the second phase, there is no Creation; there is only He and the “building material” for new Creations.

At the beginning of each cycle, He gradually creates (materializes) dense substrate — the matter of planets. Then miniscule particles of energy are “sowed” on some of them. They begin to evolve on the crystalline lattices of minerals, then continue developing by incarnating into material bodies of plants, animals, humans. In the end, they must achieve such a level of perfection that they become worthy to merge into the Creator and thus to enrich Him with themselves. He guides the process of their growth, grants them a certain degree of free will— i.e. the possibility to make a choice in educational situations created by Him, the possibility to choose their path. We even have the possibility to choose whether we walk the Path of Evolution or the path of involution.

He loves us like His children. And He constantly offers us new possibilities for making right choices; we either accept or reject them.

In particular, He gave us Holy books containing instructions on how we should live. If we follow them, we become more and more perfect and closer to Him. If we do not comply with them, it may result even in becoming more distant from the Creator. Pain and suffering are the means that He uses to point out our errors. And the intensifying feeling of happiness, as we approach Him, serves as an indicator of our success.

We have to try to become “perfect as (our) Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48) and merge into Him as soon as possible: He calls us into His Embrace, to the supreme bliss of being in Him, in Mergence with Him.

“Blessed are you who have known temptations and flee from them! Blessed are you who are reviled and not esteemed on account of the love your Lord has for you! Blessed are you who weep and are oppressed by those without hope (for salvation), for you will be released from every bondage! Watch and pray that you do not come to be in the flesh (again), but rather that you come forth from the bondage of bitterness of this (earthly) life. … (And) when you come forth from the sufferings and passions of the body, you will receive rest…, and you will reign with the King, you joined with Him and He with you, from now on, for ever and ever! Amen.” (The Book of Thomas the Contender, 145)

To progress faster in our self-development in the direction to God, we can try to fall in love with Him. “… Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all the soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength…” (Mark 12:30) For it is the emotion of love that attracts and unites a human consciousness with a human consciousness, and a human consciousness — with the Consciousness of God.

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In the year 553, the leaders of the Christians communities established by that time, gathered for a “council” and decided “by a majority” to exclude from the Teachings of Jesus that part where the meaning of existence of humans and other living beings on the Earth was explained from the evolutionary standpoint. Thus the Teachings were deprived of their integrity and completeness. After that, people unable to find answers to many naturally arising questions began to fantasize. For example, they decided that the cause of our suffering on the Earth is the sins inherited from Adam and Eve, and therefore we are absolutely hopeless sinners; no efforts on self-perfection can help or are necessary, for it can only seduce us into the sin of pride… All we can do is to keep praying to “patron saints” and to Virgin Mary, begging them to beg Jesus Christ to have mercy on us, so that He sends us to paradise instead of hell…

But such beliefs cannot save anyone from hell, since they are directly opposite to the Teachings of Jesus Christ. He taught that people have to make efforts on perfecting themselves. In particular, He said: “… The Kingdom of God is being preached (by Me), and everyone is making efforts to enter into it” (Luke 16:16). He also never called us back to paganism.

We will continue discussing this subject in the following chapters, and now let us look at a few examples of what Jesus said regarding soul’s development in the course of its consecutive incarnations.

Watching a performance of talented singers, He told His disciples: “Where do their talent and skills come from? They could not possibly acquire such a perfection of voice and knowledge of the laws of harmony in the course of just one short life. Is this a miracle? No. Everything arises from natural laws. Many thousands of years ago, these people mastered their harmony and (these) qualities. And they came again to learn more…” (Tibetan Gospel).

And when the disciples asked Him about John the Baptist, Jesus replied: “And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who was to come. They who have ears, let them hear.” (Matt 11:14-15). On another occasion, He said: “… Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him… Then the disciples understood that He was talking to them about John the Baptist.” (Matt 17:11-13).

In between incarnations, said Jesus, righteous human souls resurrect in the non-material world and “… neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven” (Matt 22:30).

In a series of many incarnations, a human being develops in three main directions: intellectual, ethic, and psychoenergetic ones. The first line of development is the most difficult one, taking the longest period of time.

Differences between people in the level of intellectual development are well known not only in psychiatry, which classifies people into a number of categories: idiots, imbeciles, morons, physiologically feebleminded people, people with serious mental defects (partial dementia, schizophrenia, paranoia, etc.) — and the rest. The intellectual differences can also be clearly seen in the religious field.

For example, some people are only capable of performing “prayerful” bodily movements and panhandling “for God’s sake”. In Russian Orthodoxy the following verbal construction is widely used: “to pray at something”. This means to make standard bodily movements when facing an object of ritual value.

People of a higher intellectual level are capable of studying the Will of God for us and doing the necessary work on perfecting themselves, primarily from the ethic standpoint.

But there are people who are able to encompass the entire profundity of the knowledge about God; through self-sacrificial work such adepts achieve Godlikeness and merge with God, finishing thus the personal evolution.

The reason for these differences between people lies not only in peculiarities of the intrauterine development and childhood diseases, and not even in the upbringing or education, but primarily in the evolutionary age of the soul and the efforts on self-perfection which this soul has already made.

The Process of Creation. Multidimensionality of Space

During the non-manifest phase of a Manvantara, there are only the Primordial Consciousness of the Creator and “building material” for creation of matter and souls — protoprakriti and protopurusha. The process of creation begins with local densifications of protoprakriti, which forms dense substrate for organic life to exist on. “… She came forth, … she… appeared before Him in the shine of His light…, she became the womb of everything…” (The Apocryphon of John 4:25-5:5)

The duration of the process of a world creation is not measured in days, but in epochs; six “days” of the world creation is an example of an incorrect translation of the Bible. (If we admit that these were days in the usual sense, then it follows that the creation of the world took place about 6000 years ago. But archeological data indicate that people have existed on the Earth for about a million of years).

In the Gospel of Phillip, spatial dimensions are called in Greek — eons.

To explain fully with words, for example, the nature of the multidimensional structure of the Earth is impossible. One can only say that in the depth beneath each material object there are layers of increasingly subtle, pure, tender, clear light. These layers can be cognized only with the help of special methods of development of the consciousness. This is a Path of gradual refinement of the consciousness, strengthening and crystallization of the consciousness at each of the levels achieved. This is the Path to cognition of the Creator.

The end of the world is an inverse process of disintegration of the Creation.

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“He willed it and the world (of the Creation) appeared. In a Divine thought, He gathered together the waters, separating from them the dry portion of the globe. He is the principle of the mysterious existence of man (i.e. human corporeal form), into whom He has breathed a part of His Being.” (The Life of Saint Issa, 5:18)

“… He is life-giving Life…” (The Apocryphon of John, 4:1)

“… (He) has existed since all time and will still be after the end of all things” (The Life of Saint Issa, 8:6).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Creator manifesting Himself in the Creation through spiritual Adepts Who achieved full Self-realization (=God-realization) and merged into Him, and through Those Who have not entered into the Abode of the Creator yet but have achieved Mergence with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit supervises the activity of other spirits of earlier stages of evolutionary development. He also guides all successfully developing seekers, for example by giving them prophetic information. Jesus said the following about this: “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears (from the Father and Jesus)…” (John 16:13).

Long before Jesus said these words, the Holy Spirit participated in the preparation of Jesus’ coming (Matt 1:20) by giving people miraculous signs about His special mission (Luke 2:25-35; 3:21; Matt 3:16); later the Holy Spirit took part in organizing Jesus’ work on the Earth (Luke 4:1).

Sky — and Heaven

Where does God live, where can one find Him? The overwhelming majority of people involved in primitive forms of religion answer this question by pointing up to the sky, just as they raise eyes and hands when praying.

Where does the belief that God is above originate from? Maybe the reason is that on the Earth’s surface one sees suffering and temptations while in the sky — tranquil clouds, endless expanse, caress of the Sun, mystery of the Moon and distant stars?

But Jesus laughed at such speculations: “If your leaders say to you: ‘Look, the (Father’s) Kingdom is in the sky!’ then the birds of the sky will precede you.

“… Rather the Kingdom is within you and outside you” (The Gospel of Thomas, 3).

“(And) those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed…, they will marvel, and (having settled in the Kingdom) will reign over everything.” (The Gospel of Thomas, 2)

So, what does it mean — “within you and outside you”? And why the one who has found the Kingdom “will be disturbed” and “will marvel”?

We have already discussed the multidimensional nature of the Creation. All spatial dimensions exist right here — in the multidimensional depth beneath any material object, be it a stone or a tree or our planet or a human body. This is true also for any volume of space where there are no dense objects but only air. This is what is meant by “within and outside us”.

Thus, in order to find the Abode of the Creator, one has to direct the search not upward but depthward. First, inside one’s own body — by transforming the emotional sphere: renouncing coarse emotional states (first of all — various forms of enmity: not only anger but also condemnation, envy, jealousy, etc.) and cultivating subtle ones (first of all — all kinds of emotional love: tenderness, caress, ability to admire the beautiful and to attune to it, etc.). Usually, success in this work can be achieved with the help of cleansing and development of the chakras and meridians.

The further refinement of the consciousness is performed in the spiritual heart. The initial container of the spiritual heart — the anahata chakra — is a volume existing on the subtle planes within the chest of the body. The spiritual heart is a bioenergetic organ that produces the emotions of love. The ability to move the concentration of the consciousness into the spiritual heart enables one, in particular, to live in the world of light and love.

Jesus said about this: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matt 5:8). “Enter into your temple, into your heart. Illumine it with good thoughts and the patience and immovable confidence which you should have in your Father” (The Life of Saint Issa 9:12).

After the cleansing of the chakra anahata with the help of special methods, one can easily cleanse the whole organism: the organism has to be made so pure that it looks transparent to the spiritual eyesight.

Having purified themselves in this way, spiritual adepts gain the ability to see the Divine Consciousness, to see not with the physical eyes but with the eyes of the consciousness. This can be realized inside the expanded spiritual heart.

Now let us get back to the subject outlined in the title of this chapter: sky and Heaven.

It is not by chance that the word Heaven is different from the word sky. Assigning the same meaning to both of them is a misunderstanding caused by religious ignorance.

Heavens are the subtlest eons.

Though these eons are present everywhere — above us as well — there is no sense in trying to find them by looking up or even by flying up. God in the Aspect of the Creator and of the Holy Spirit is present in the subtlest spatial dimensions, which cannot be perceived with the physical eyes. One can see Him only having refined oneself (as a consciousness) to His level of subtlety; one can see Him not with the eyes of the body but with the eyesight of the consciousness.

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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of My Father Who is in Heaven!” (Matt 7:21)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that lead to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that lead to the (True) Life, and only a few find it!” (Matt 7:13-14)

“… One who seeks will find, and for one who knocks it will be opened!” (The Gospel of Thomas, 94)

Hell and Paradise

Apart from the material plane and the eons of Heavens mentioned above, there are other spatial dimensions that exist on the opposite (with respect to the Creator) end of the coarseness-subtlety scale. These are the layers of hell.

One can perceive them on some negative places of power.

Places of power [6] are characterized by the presence of some kind of dominant energy from non-material worlds, which affects the state of embodied beings, including people.

Places of power can be classified into positive and negative ones, according to their positive or negative effect. There are positive places of power that are extremely favorable for certain spiritual work or for healing. Negative places of power allow one to know what life in various eons of hell looks like.

The sizes of places of power vary from one meter to several kilometers.

It is important for us to understand what determines the state and the spatial dimension (i.e. hell or paradise) where people find themselves upon the death of their physical bodies. The answer is quite simple: in the other world, people remain in the same state to which they accustomed themselves while living in the physical body. One continues to exist in this state until the next incarnation, which usually happens after hundreds of years. This is why it is extremely important to master the control of one’s own emotions and not to live like an animal reacting reflexively to pleasant and unpleasant outer factors and to impulses of the body.

Various emotional states can be classified according to the scale of coarseness-subtlety.

Among the most coarse ones are hatred, fury, spite, horror, fear, despair, anxiety, jealousy, depression, resentment, feeling of being suppressed by someone, grief of separation, etc.

To the middle range one can assign such states as haste, impatience, sport or work excitement, sexual passion (passionate desire), etc.

Among the higher states of consciousness, there is tenderness (including sexually colored one), the states that arise when one attunes to harmonious phenomena of nature (morning, spring, coziness, calm, songs of the best bird singers, playing animals, etc.) or to appropriate works of art.

There are even higher states of consciousness. They are not present among the earthly emotions, and there is no earthly thing that can induce them. They can be cognized only in the higher meditations of Mergence with the Holy Spirit and with God-the-Father in His Abode.

Out of the three groups of states listed above, the first is called tamas, the second (intermediate) — rajas, and third —sattva. Tamas, rajas, and sattva, as earthly attributes, are calledgunas. The highest categories are transcendent to the gunas.

Man has a possibility to ascend from one guna to another and to higher levels by making spiritual efforts, but also can descend.

It should be stressed that the point here is not only about the ability to feel certain emotions, but about states of the consciousness habitual for a person. And the states habitual at the moment of the death of the body determine one’s destiny for hundreds of years.

Let each of us think: “Do I want to stay for so long in the states of the first category among other beings like me?”. This is what hell is.

If we blame for our emotions “them” — other people or certain circumstances — we are wrong. We ourselves attune to these bad people or circumstances, whereas we should attune to God, to the Divine that can save us from hell. Apostle Paul said about this: “… Shrink from evil, cleave to good!” (Rom 12:9).

For the same reason one should keep to the following principles:

“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who insult you and persecute you…” (Matt 5:44)

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary!…” (Matt 5:25)

“Blessed are the peacemakers…” (Matt 5:9)

“… Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles”. (Matt 5:38-41)

“Do not judge…” (Matt 7:1)

“… Do not condemn!…” (Luke 6:37)

“… Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul!” (Matt 10:28)

“… Give to everyone who asks of you. And from those who take away your goods do not ask them back” (Luke 6:30).

“Who are wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from Heaven, but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil!…” (James 3:13-15)

“They who claim to be in the light but hate their brothers or sisters are in the darkness!” (1 John 2:9)

“Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse…

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody…

“Never avenge yourselves!…

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink…

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good!” (Rom 12:14-21)

“Why do you judge your brother? … Each of us will give an account of oneself to God. Therefore let us stop judging each other. Instead, make up the mind not to put any obstacle in brother’s way.” (Rom 14:10-13)

“… If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore that person gently. But watch yourself, lest you also be tempted!” (Gal 6:1)

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers!” (Eph 4:29)

“… You must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips!…” ( Col 3:8)

“… Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult!” (1 Peter 3:9)

“… But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them!” (1 John 2:11)

“Such actions would not bring you to salvation, and you would fall into that state of moral degradation where theft, lying, and murder pass for generous deeds.

“… There is one miracle which is possible for (any) man to accomplish. It is when, full of a sincere belief, man decides to root out from the heart all evil thoughts, and to attain the Goal man forsakes the paths of iniquity!” (The Life of Saint Issa, 9:17; 11:8).

Perhaps, some readers may object: “To stay away from evil and to care only about one’s own salvation is egotism! And what about wicked people then? — should we let them do all kinds of bad things?!”.

You are wrong: we are speaking about states of the consciousness, first of all. Even fighting against criminals, against the most abominable human behavior — if this is our duty, it can be done without hatred, fury, aversion, but in the state of emotional calm and attunement to Divinity. And by hellish emotions we can only do harm — both to ourselves and to friends…

It is also important to understand that strong emotions storm not only inside the body. They create energy fields around it, which affect other people and can even make them ill.

If we follow the Christ’s principles, we will not be accustoming ourselves and other people to hell even when participating in earthly battles.

Let me repeat that the above said does not imply that one has to stay away from social life, from the needs of other people and not only of people. “There is no greater love than this: to lay down your life for your friends!” (John 15:13), said Jesus. Yet, when doing this, one should not feel hatred, anger, or contempt, but feel calm and love and keep the attention on the Highest Goal — the Heavenly Father. It is in this way that Jesus went to His death.

… While being in physical bodies, we can volitionally change our habits of living in particular emotional states with the help of the methods of psychical self-regulation and various meditative techniques. We can also receive help from other people — in order to become as good as possible. But once the body has died, it is impossible to change one’s status. And no one will be able to help. Jesus Christ did not take sinners out of hell; prayers of saints or of anyone else cannot do it either. One can change one’s own destiny only by oneself when living in the physical body.

 

Our destinies in the contemporary or future incarnations are affected by our vices. For example, if we ignore the pain of other living beings (not only of people) and make them suffer, then God will weave us away from this habit. How? By placing us in situations where we will suffer pain ourselves, so that we can — by experiencing pain — learn to be compassionate to the pain of others. In this way we program our destinies to become “hell on the Earth”, but in such conditions it will be much harder to refine emotions.

So, what should we do to get rid of vices that destroy us? — Repent!

 

Repentance

John the Baptist started his homilies with preaching the necessity of purifying oneself through repentance (Matt 3:2,6). It was rather new for his audience: at that time, Jews had a very peculiar form of “liberation from sins”. Once a year at the Easter time, they symbolically would shift their sins into lambs, then kill these lambs-“sinners” — as an “offering to God” and eat their dead bodies. Obviously, this kind of absurdity only increased their sinfulness in the eyes of God.

No, one’s sins cannot be shifted to anyone. One can wash them away only with one’s own sincere repentance.

It is repentance followed by an intellectual self-analysis that is the main purifier of the soul.

God always “shepherds” us as His “flock of sheep” (Jesusoften used this allegory) on the “pastures” of the Earth. He wants to make us perfect, so that we become worthy of enriching Him. This constitutes His Life; it is with this purpose that He creates material worlds. And He will never leave us, no matter if we want to know about Him or not, if we love Him or not, if we strive to become perfect and merge into Him or not.

Getting closer to Him through efforts on self-perfection brings true bliss to the seeker. Particularly “pungent” are the first contacts with the Divine Consciousness. Then, longer and longer periods of Mergence with It bring the Highest Bliss. These are the greatest rewards for our achievements on the spiritual Path!

But if we do not obey His Will, if we go in the opposite direction, we doom ourselves to suffering. This suffering is the “reward” for disobedience.

And the first thing we can do to save ourselves from suffering is to repent.

Neophytes in religion (to whom God is not Living Reality, but some abstract entity) quite naturally may ask: how should we repent?

Some people believe that one can repent only to a priest. And it is only through a priest that one can get “remission of sins”.

But the truth is that there is no “remission of sins” whatsoever. It is a wrong approach to the problem. The problem of repentance must be considered more seriously — it is not how to beg forgiveness, but how to get rid of vices. Consequently, the mechanism of repentance must be different. The religious ritual mentioned above is suitable only for children, beginners, and weak-minded adults.

In some Protestant Churches, the penitential work is organized much better. After the necessary preparation, believers repent before Living God, without intermediaries. The solemnity of the situation and support of the congregation contribute to the intensity of the emotion of repentance.

But not all people can come to such communities or to truly wise spiritual counselors, who can explain what one must repent of and how. Therefore, let us discuss the basic scheme of penitential work.

First, one has to gain an understanding of the fundamental matters of religious philosophy: what is God, what is the Evolution, what is the meaning of life. Then it becomes clear why we have to work on ourselves, what ideal we have to aspire to, what qualities we have to cultivate in ourselves and what qualities to get rid of, what is really a vice and what is only considered as a vice by people but not by God. For this purpose, it is good to begin with studying the words of Jesus and learning to distinguish Jesus‘ Teachings from what people have fantasized on the subject of Christianity. “… Learn from Me!…” (Matt 11:29), said Jesus.

Sometimes one may hear the statement that the “10 commandments” given by God to people through Moses are the “commandments of Jesus Christ”. If you come across such preachers, stay away from them: they have understood absolutely nothing, but try to teach others. In reality Jesus Christ gave Teachings about God and about the Path to Him which are much more profound than the whole Old Testament. They consist of tens of precepts-commandments.

And one more thing: if we think that we are good as we are and that there is no reason to change ourselves, then we are so far from the real spiritual work that we do not have even a slightest idea about its purpose. Because everyone — from beginners up to highly advanced adepts — can find in the Teachings of Jesus Christ possibilities for self-improvement.

Now let us discuss self-analysis. What people call sins is not the main point. Sins are but manifestations of our vices — features of the character, qualities of the soul. Sins help in the recognizing vices, but it is vices that one has to struggle against, not sins. And this is not a one-day job… To remodel oneself — i.e. to remodel the soul by cleansing it of bad qualities and instilling good ones into it requires years of arduous efforts.

In order to discern better a particular vice in oneself, it can be useful to trace all manifestations of this vice which occurred in the past — all sins of this line starting from childhood. And when this work is done, God may give us a chance to look into past lives in order to see the vice’s roots originating there.

The process of revealing vices and recalling specific sins must be accompanied by sincere emotional remorse.

But if in this process you suffer emotionally from self-pity because of the future retribution, then you are on a wrong way.

We have to feel compassion not for ourselves but for our victims — all those whom we made suffer physically or emotionally. And then we have to re-experience mentally each situation anew, but this time correctly.

If it is possible to redress the wrong in some way — even partly — we must certainly do it. If we ask forgiveness from God but ignore an existing possibility to redress the misdeed, we cannot expect a positive result: such repentance does not look sincere.

There can be no substitute for penitential work. The belief that one can get rid of vices through practicing meditation and various “cathartic” techniques is erroneous. Even if one was provided with an opportunity to enter the eons of the Holy Spirit or even to experience the Embrace of the Creator, this does not burn one’s vices away. They remain and keep manifesting themselves. This statement is not a hypothesis but reality.

Therefore, I advise you to stay away from such “novations” as the method of “shouting out” vices (it implies that all one needs to do is just to yell loudly, coarsely, and for a long time, in a company of associates, best of all); and from such “dubious” tricks of “getting rid of vices” as the following invention of a Russian “pastor” (before the Perestroika he was an instructor in a regional Communist Party committee); he preached: “Kill spiders! You will have 40 sins remitted for each spider you kill!” It is best to stay away from such fools, in order not to become “blind men led by a blind guide” (Matt 15:14).

… As a conclusion of this and previous chapters, let me repeat the main points:

People go to hell not as a result of some misdeeds, but because they accustomed themselves to living in hellish states of the consciousness during their earthly lives. And misdeeds violating the principle of non-causing unnecessary harm to other living beings predetermine the earthly hell.

The first and essential method of saving oneself from future hell is repentance — tracing in oneself all vices that cause ethical mistakes (sins) followed by the feeling of remorse; the basis of repentance is empathy with the victims of one’s own sinful behavior.

The true purpose of repentance is not to beg forgiveness for oneself but to get rid of vices.

The second direction of initial spiritual work is the refinement of the consciousness. It starts with the correction of the emotional sphere: refraining from coarse negative emotions and cultivating subtle positive ones, as well as accustoming oneself to paradisiacal states of the consciousness instead of hellish ones.

Jesus Christ

Many people considering themselves Christians believe that Christ is something like Jesus’ last name. Thus, these two words (Jesus and Christ) become closely related in their minds.

But the fact is that Christ is not a last name but rather a title or a post. Christos is a Greek word; its Hebrew equivalent is Moshiach, or Messiah in modern spelling. By these words they call the One who comes to the Earth from God-the-Father — as a Part of Him — to give help of the highest Divine level to incarnate people.

In order to understand this phenomenon correctly, one has to comprehend well all that was said in the previous chapters: that God-the-Father is One Consciousness and, at the same time, He is a totality of former human Consciousnesses merged into Him. These Consciousnesses were individualized in the past, but after attaining full spiritual self-realization and merging into the Father, They dwell in His Abode in the state of mutual mergence, forming a single Whole. This idea is expressed in the Gospel of John (1:4): “In Him (in the Father) was life; and the life was the Light of men”. There is a statement about the same in the Gospel of Philip (87): “The Children of the Bridal Chamber (the Abode of the Creator, where one merges with Him in Love) have one name (i.e. all They are God-the-Father now)”. But They — former human beings who became coessential with the Father — are capable of individualizing Themselves again for a time in the form of the Holy Spirit if it is necessary for the purpose of fulfilling a certain task of the Father.

Therefore, it is correct to say that Jesus Christ is a Part of God-the-Father and that it was not always like this — Jesus also has a human past. When was it? — in this or one of the previous Manvantaras? — it does not matter. It is only important that upon attaining full Perfection and merging with God-the-Father, He came to people from the Abode of the Father as a Part of Him with a Mission of helping them.

There were several Christs on the Earth during the history of mankind. They came to the Earth at different times and to different nations, creating every time a hearth of spiritual culture, giving knowledge about God, about the meaning of human life on the Earth and the Path to the ultimate Goal. Jesus Christ was One of Them.

From the description of Jesus’ childhood, we know that even at the age of 12 He astonished teachers of Jerusalem with His wisdom in a religious conversation (Luke 2:42-52).

The further period of Jesus’ life is described in two sources:The Life of Saint Issa*, Best of the Sons of Men and in the Tibetan Gospel. This is what is written in the former:

“When Issa had attained the age of thirteen years, the epoch when an Israelite should take a wife, the house where His parents earned their living by carrying on a modest trade began to be a place of meeting for rich and noble people, desirous of having for a son-in-law young Issa, already famous for His edifying discourses in the name of the Almighty. Then it was that Issa left the parental house in secret, departed from Jerusalem, and with merchants set out toward Sind…” (4:10-12).

In every land that Jesus visited during these years — India, Tibet, Persia — He healed the sick, raised people from the dead, opposed paganism, and preached about Universal God-the-Father and about the Path to Him. His favorite audience was people of lower social ranks; later it was the same in Judaea.

In the homilies in India, in particular, He taught:

“Worship not the idols, for they hear you not. Listen not to the (four) Vedas, for their truth is counterfeit. Never put yourself in the first place and never humiliate your neighbor.

“Help the poor, support the weak, do ill to no one, and covet not that which you have not and which you see belonged to another.” (5:26-27).

In Persia, answering questions of the highest priest of the Zoroastrian faith, He said the following:

“… Even as a babe discovers in the darkness its mother’s breast, so even your people, who have been led into error by your erroneous doctrine and your religious ceremonies, have recognized … their father in the Father of Whom I am the prophet.

“The Eternal Being has said to your people through the medium of My mouth: ‘You shall not worship the Sun (as God), for it is but a part of the world which I created for man.

‘The sun rises in order to warm you during your work; it sets to allow you the repose which I Myself have appointed.

‘It is to Me, and to Me alone, that you owe all that you possess, all that is to be found about you, above you, and below you.’”.

“But,” said the priests, “how could people live according to the rules of justice if it had no preceptors?”

Then Jesus answered, “So long as the people had no priests, the natural law governed them, and they preserved the candor of the souls.

“The souls were with God, and to commune with the Father they had recourse to the medium of no idol or animal, nor to the fire, as is practiced here.

“… The Sun is acting not spontaneously, but according to the Will of the invisible Creator, Who gave it birth.

“… The Eternal Spirit is the Soul of all that is animate. You commit a great sin by dividing It into a ‘Spirit of Evil’ and a ‘Spirit of Good’, for He is only God of Good, Who, like the father of a family, does but good to His children, forgiving all their faults if they repent them.

“The ‘Spirit of Evil’ dwells on the Earth in the hearts of those men who turn aside the children of God from the right Path.

“Therefore I say unto you, beware of the day of judgment, for God will inflict a terrible chastisement upon all those who shall have led His children astray from the right Path and have filled them with superstitions and prejudices!…” (8:8-20).

Also there is an account of some words that Jesus said to Tibetans:

“I came to demonstrate the human potential. What I do (let) everyone will be doing. What I am (let) everyone will be. These boons are for every nation, (they are) the water and bread of life.” (Tibetan Gospel).

Jesus “returned to the land of Israel” only at the age of 29 (The Life of Saint Issa, 9:1). It is that which He did and said there that became well known to the future generations.

Upon returning to the native land, Jesus with several disciples-assistants began to travel visiting many towns and villages. He worked wonders such as healing sick people and raising people from the dead, preached in synagogues, in houses, in the open air about what the Heavenly Father wants people to be.

Thousands of people listened to Jesus, witnessed miracles and got healed of their diseases. Some of them gave up their earthly occupations and joined Jesus in order to travel with Him and to learn from Him.

He taught them by explaining the Path to Perfection and by demonstrating the methods of spiritual healing and meditative techniques.

No doubt, He wanted to find them as people to whom He could give all the highest knowledge about the Father. He wanted them to enter the Abode of the Father together with Him. “Father! I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am!…” (John 17:24)

But when He said something that exceeded their ability to comprehend, they surprised Him with their lack of understanding; many left Him doubting the adequacy of His words and even His sanity… (John 10:19-20; 13:36-38; 14:5-7; 16:17-18; Luke 9:54-56, etc.)

Even His mother and brothers once came to the place where He was preaching to take Him home, for they decided that He was insane if He is saying things like that… (Mark 3:21,31-35)

At the end — after three years of teaching, giving discourses, working wonders — He was with only 12 male disciples (one of them was Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him later) and Mary Magdalene.

And where were the crowds of thousands of excited commoners who listened to His sermons, ate the food that He materialized for them, and got healed of various diseases?…

It turned out that these crowds did not need the Teachings about the efforts that one has to make in order to enter the Kingdom of God. They wanted Jesus only to heal, to pay attention to them… (Luke 9:11)

Jesus saw this and began to avoid the crowds. “… Crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places…” (Luke 5:15-16).

Yes, He healed some of them, but it could not continue like this forever. He wanted people to learn the true faith, to make personal efforts on becoming better. Then the diseases would go away by the Will of the Father… “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you, bear with you?!” He cried once because of hopelessness of this situation (Luke 9:41).

And the crowd, being stirred up against Him by the priests, got angry… “… You look for an opportunity to kill Me, (only) because there is no place in you for My word!…” He said once trying to bring them to reason… (John 8:37)

But it was too late: the crowd of resentful wanting primitive people got more and more angry because they could receivemore but were given too little…

Soon, the same people yelled to Pilate: “Crucify, crucify Him!”… (Luke 23:21).

“And they having taken the Lord pushed Him as they ran, and said: ‘Let us hale the Son of God, now that we have gotten authority over Him!’ And they put on Him a purple robe and made Him sit upon the seat of judgment, saying: ‘Give righteous judgment, you King of Israel!’ And one of them brought a crown of thorns and set it upon the Lord’s head; and others stood and did spit in His eyes, and others buffeted His cheeks; and others did prick Him with a reed, and some of them scourged Him, saying: ‘With this honor let us honor the Son of God!’” (The Gospel of Peter, 3:6-9)

… Why did the clergy not accept Him? There were no formal differences between them and Jesus as to the faith’s basis: they spoke about the same God-the-Father, they referred to the same Jewish Bible…

But in reality there were very important differences between them: Jesus preached Living God, Whom He knew very well personally; while the priests only believed in God without knowing Him. With the help of religion, they secured a good social rank and material well-being for themselves and therefore wanted to protect the foundations of their confession.

What did these foundations consist of? They consisted of a number of detailed religious ceremonials, rules of everyday life and repressive measures against their transgressors.

If there is such a confessional structure with temples, impressive shows in the form of worship services, an ideology pervading the whole society, and fear of God’s retribution inculcated in the minds of people, then the priests of this confession become very exasperated if someone disturbs this way of life: if this person says that it is wrong and that the priests are hypocrites who do not know God but deceive people…

It is always the case with “mass” confessions, which put the emphasis on ritualism and rules of conduct and inevitably forget Living God…

In Judaea at that time, the one who opposed religious hypocrisy was Jesus Christ — a Messenger of God-the-Father.

… Jesus knew from the Father that the end of His earthly life was coming. He knew also what kind of death He was going to die.

Could He avoid it? — Of course, He could! He could simply leave Judaea together with His disciples, and all would have been satisfied; people would have settled down and forgotten about Him.

But He did not leave. Why?

Because if He had done it, no one would have remembered about Him after a few years, there would have been no Christian Churches, no New Testament…

This is why the plan was different.

The plan was, first, to fulfill all the prophecies about the earthly life of the Christ-Savior to come — to the extent that “not one of His bones will be broken” and “they will look at the One they have pierced”. That is, when the soldiers broke the legs of the two criminals crucified together with Jesus to make them die before the night, Jesus had left the body already, and the soldiers just pierced His side with a spear… (John 19:31-37)

Second, His death and the days that followed were marked by many miracles: darkness fell too soon, the curtain of the Jerusalem temple got torn in two ‘by itself’ (Luke 23:44-45), Jesus’ body disappeared from where it was placed, Jesus several times appeared to His disciples materializing a body, He had conversation with them, edified them.

But people were astonished most of all by the evident “Resurrection of Jesus from the dead”. Though these people were religious, they did not understand that after parting with the body every man arises in the other world with self-awareness in the non-corporeal form (Matt 22:30). Jesus proved this and did actually much more: with His Divine Power He dematerialized His body taken down from the cross and then several times materialized it again for some time.

His disciples, Paul, and then many others devoted their lives to preaching about the Son of God Who came to the Earth, was crucified, and then arose, Who taught about the Heavenly Father and about how to enter His Abode.

Jesus — about Himself

“… I came from God!…” (John 8:42)

“… He sent Me!” (John 8:42)

“… I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the Will of Him Who sent Me!” (John 6:38)

“… As the Father knows Me, I know the Father!” (John 10:15)

“I and the Father are one!” (John 10:30)

“The Father is in Me, and I am in the Father!” (John 10:38)

“… I declare to the world what I have heard from Him!” (John 8:26)

“I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence!…” (John 8:38)

“The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to Him!” (John 8:29)

“I can do nothing on My own!” (John 5:30)

“… I love the Father!…” (John 14:31)

“Righteous Father!… I have known You!…” (John 17:25)

“I came to bring Fire to the Earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)

“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me should not remain in the darkness!” (John 12:46)

“I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness!…” (John 8:12)

“I am the gate; whoever enters by Me will be saved!…” (John 10:9)

“I came that (you) may have life and have it abundantly!” (John 10:10)

“I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep!” (John 10:11)

“… I lay down My life for the sheep!” (John 10:16)

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow Me!” (John 10:27)

“… Learn from Me… and you will find rest!…” (Matt 11:29)

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life… If you have known Me, you would have known My Father also!…” (John 14:6-7)

“… I know from where I came and where I go…” (John 8:14)

“Where I go, you cannot come (now)” (John 8:21).

“For this reason the Father loves Me because I lay down My life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)

“… Abide in My love. If you keep My commands, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and abide in His love!” (John 15:9-10)

“Whoever is near Me is near the Fire, and whoever is far from Me is far from the Kingdom (of God)!” (The Gospel of Thomas, 82)

“Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me!…” (Matt 10:37)

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now!” (John 16:12)

“I go to the Father, because the Father is greater than I!” (John 14:28)

Spreading of Christianity

As we discussed already, to the regret of Jesus, He did not manage to find people who could quickly become similar to Him. The apostles probably were the best people in Judaea, but their psychogenetic age was not high enough to allow them to comprehend entirely and immediately the Divine knowledge.

One of the examples is a rebuke that Levi gave to Peter in the time after Jesus left the earthly life: “Peter, you are always hot-tempered!” (The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, 18:5).

It is known also that Peter was prejudged against Mary Magdalene because she — a woman — was one of the favorite disciples of Jesus and was especially liked by Him (The Gospel of Thomas, 114).

That is, Peter in the course of apprenticeship with Jesus had not learned to control his emotions, to live in cordial love, had not abandoned arrogance…

After the crucifixion of Jesus, His disciples shook up by His death and the miracles that followed tried to continue His work as much as they could. All they preached, and many of them started to work with their own disciples. For this purpose, most of them stayed among Jews. But Apostle Thomas went through Syria to the East, and where he could — from India to China — established Christian communities. Syrian and Indian Malabar Churches established by him exist till now.

The former persecutor and murderer of Christians Paul also joined them after being converted into the new faith personally by non-incarnate Jesus (Acts 9).

Some of Jesus’ disciples wrote their scriptures, which have survived to the present day. They were Matthew, John, Thomas, Peter, James, Philip, Judas (not Iscariot), Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, also Paul and indirect disciples of Jesus evangelists Mark and Luke.

According to the Gospels, John and Mary Magdalene were the favorite disciples of Jesus. The Gospel written by John is one of the best in quality and volume. He is also the author of three Epistles to disciples. The first Epistle contains many valuable precepts and pieces of advice.

But John also wrote two texts, which are very different from the scriptures mentioned above. The first of them is called The Apocryphon of John, the second one is The Revelation of John the Divine (Apocalypse), which is included in the end of the New Testament.

The Apocryphon was written by John soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, i.e. before he wrote his Epistles. One can see from it that though John was carefully writing down all precepts of the Teacher, though he encompassed the most important aspect of Jesus’ Teachings — the cordial love, he did not manage to comprehend with his mind during the time of communication with the incarnate Messiah the essence of His appearance on the Earth, and the essence of the Father Who sent Jesus. He asks God questions like these: “Why was the Savoir appointed? And why was He sent into the world by His Father? And who is His Father Who sent Him?…” (The Apocryphon of John, 1:20).

And he receives answers about the nature of the Father, the Holy Spirit, Christ, about the creation of the world

But then he is put to the test on intellectuality, which is typical of prophetic contacts: after about one third of the text, the narration changes its character, there are phases without any meaning or value… The God‘s intention in such a case is to see whether the listener understands this joke-test. John did not understand, did not stand the test on intellectuality: he took everything seriously, shared it with the fellow apostles, scrupulously wrote down everything.

A similar case happened when John wrote his Apocalypse that resembles a nightmare (at best). Its theme is not the Path to Perfection through faith, love, work on transfiguration of oneself, but menaces, prophecies of disasters and catastrophes. The text is void not only of Divine Love but also of any positive value for readers. It only distracts readers provoking them to fruitless reflections about the future, while God teaches us to live and work here and now.

The Apocalypse of John included in the New Testament became a test on intellectuality and spirituality, a test-temptation for millions of people studying Christianity. And many got tempted. The Apocalypse, in the end of the New Testament, as if “crosses out” and rejects the Teachings of Jesus about aspiration to God-the-Father and self-development through love. Thus, some people chose in the New Testament holy preachings of love, purity, aspiration to God-the-Father, while others “resonate” with the disgusting scenes of horror, pests, blood, rot. They pick with the mind at this dirt instead of attuning to good, beauty, instead of learning to love people, the Creation and the Creator.*

A similar thing happened to Nicodemus: he wrote a good Gospel about the last days of the earthly life of Jesus, but finished the narration with a description of his dream about Jesus’ leading sinners out of hell.

Another part of the New Testament, which is of dubious value and needs special discussion, is the Epistles of apostle Paul.

They are full of contradictions: from very valuable Revelations, preaching of tender love — to angry cursing of an intolerant “moralist”.

What is the reason for this? To understand it, one has to know the history of formation of Paul as a Christian.

At first he was an energetic and aggressive slaughter, torturer, and killer of Christians.

But once walking a road, he heard a voice of an invisible Interlocutor: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” (Acts 9:4). Though Paul was a slaughter and a sadist, he also believed in God. And he understood promptly what the matter was.

And the matter was that the Lord decided not only to stop this bloody tyrant, but also to use his remarkable fanatic energy for the good of Divine Providence.

And having obeyed to God, Paul turns from a violent persecutor of Christians into a restless propagandist of the Teachings of Jesus.

Paul wrote about this the following: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who strengthened me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry — the one who before was a blasphemer and a persecutor and insolent. But I obtained mercy, because being ignorant, I did it in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Faithful is the word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. But for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, as a pattern to those being about to believe on Him to Life Everlasting.” (1 Tim 1:12-16).

But all this happened after the crucifixion of Jesus. Paul never met incarnate Jesus and only some time later had personal contacts with His disciples. But after accepting Christianity, Paul yielded himself entirely to God’s guidance and with all his remarkable energy began to work on transfiguration of himself using, among other things, meditative methods granted to Him by God.

In addition to this, God assigned Paul with a special mission — to bring the new faith to the pagans of the Roman Empire outside Judaea.

Paul preached ardently, created new Christian communities, argued with religious leaders of pagans. Many times he was beaten to death, but each time God returned him into the body, and Paul again strove to fight.

Paul wrote many Epistles addressed to various Christian communities. In these Epistles, there are themes so contradictory that some historians even proposed a hypothesis that “moral teachings” were added to the Epistles by another person: so different in style and intellectual level their various parts are. But the explanation of these contradictions logically follows from the contradictions of Paul himself.

He simply could not manage to change himself completely. To transfigure into a whole Divine person, he would need 10 years of serene apprenticeship. But Paul had no such possibility, and he was struggling ardently with his former character — at the time between giving homilies, being beaten, wandering hungry and frozen, or being imprisoned…

So let us forgive him that highest Revelations from God he alternated with hatred against “homosexuals” and “adulterers”… It was also him who, for the first time in the history of Christianity, declared an anathema — a damnation on behalf of the Christian Church (1 Cor 16:22) — contrary to the Teachings of Jesus.

His Epistles did a lot of good to mankind, but they also became a powerful temptation for future generations of Christians — even more powerful than the Apocalypse of John. Because being included in the New Testament, they “legitimated” not only tenderness, kindness, harmony, forgiveness, but the opposite qualities as well: hatred, angry intolerance to those who are not “like me”, damnations…

It is Paul and John who developed an absurd theory that one can “wash out” one’s own sins with another’s blood, with another’s suffering. (We discussed this in the beginning of the chapter Repentance). They stated in their Epistles that innocently killed Jesus was a Lamb of God allegedly sent by God-the-Father as a sacrifice… to Himself — as atonement for the sins of people… “Since the law was weak as it acted through the flesh, God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sacrifice for sin…” (Rom 8:3), “… The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7), “… He is the propitiation (for God-the-Father) concerning our sins, and not concerning ours only, but also concerning the sins of all the world” (1 John 2:2), “… He was revealed that He might take away our sins…” (1 John 3:5)… As a result, it turns out that it is enough just to come to believe that Jesus was indeed a Christ — this is all we need to do: then our sins are remitted and paradise is guaranteed for us…

Christianity was established in the Roman Empire the hard way. There were persecutions, massacre of Christians. They were crucified on crosses along roads. But then other Christians voluntarily yielded themselves to the persecutors to die on crosses for the faith in order to become like Christ at least in this…

How much it is different from the contemporary “believers” who call themselves Christians, but are not capable of making efforts on improving themselves, for example “cannot” give up smoking!…

By the Will of God and thanks to personal feats of the apostles and other heroes, Christianity spread with time over a major part of Europe and then over the both Americas, Australia; there are many Christians in Asia, Africa. Today about one third of the Earth’s population professes Christianity.

… And now we have to come to an important understanding: the word Christianity has two fundamentally different meanings: Christianity as the Teachings of Jesus Christ and Christianity as what it was made to be by people in particular countries at particular historical epochs.

From the very beginning of Christianity and up to our days, there were true followers of Jesus among people considering themselves Christians, and there were people who just disguised themselves as Christians for the sake of satisfying their vile passions: the desire to rule over others, to rob, to torture, to kill… There were and are people who understood nothing of the Teachings of Jesus but consider themselves true believers; probably they are in the majority… Yet this book is not about the history of earthly Christianity, but about the Teachings of Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Will

One may ask: how did it come that God allowed bad material to be included in the New Testament?

The answer is: one of the main principles of God’s work on upbringing us is to provide us with the freedom of will, i.e. the right to choose one’s own life path. Do you want to go to Me? If yes — go! Take My hand, I will help you! If you want to go in the opposite direction — you may go, of course, but try to find Me anyway. I will be constantly reminding you about Me…

To where man aspires with the mind and consciousness is an important indication for God about how to help this person. For the sake of applying this principle, God allows including tempting information even in Holy books which describe the True Path.

We can consider this as lessons on psychology given by our Highest Teacher. These lessons include frequent tests on how much we have advanced spiritually, on the levels of our intellectual and ethical development.

In relation to the above said, it is appropriate to give a few excerpts from the New Testament. The first one is from the first Epistle of Paul to Corinthians (6:12): “All things are lawful to me, but not all things profit…”.

The same was said by Jesus: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin, (but) it is necessary that such things come…” (Matt 18:7).

The principle of the freedom of will implies that the results of each stage of the educational process are reviewed periodically instead of punishing or rewarding for each decision taken by the person. To illustrate it, Jesus narrated a parable about a sower (Matt 13:24-30):

A man sowed good seed in his field. But while the man slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat. But when the blade had sprung up and had produced fruit, then the darnel also appeared. So the servants of the householder came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then where have the darnel come from?” He said to them, “An enemy did this”. The servants said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them up?”. But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. And in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the darnel and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary.’”. In this parable “seeds” are true or false information. Thanks to it, the field can give good “harvest” as well as “darnel”. So time is needed for everyone until the “harvest” to choose through personal quest, personal decisions what I want to become: “wheat” or “darnel”.

When something tempts you, Jesus advised to make harsh decisions for the sake of your own good: “And if your hand or your foot causes you to offend, cut them off and throw them from you. It is better for you to enter into the (True) Life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire (of hell). And if your eye offends you, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter into the Life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.” (Matt 18:8-9).

This kind of struggling with oneself is also a manifestation of the freedom of will.

And it is through the use of the freedom of will that we form our destinies.

… But the freedom of will is not unlimited.

God interferes when we have to make a change in our lives, but our inertness prevents us from doing it. Let us recall, for example, the dramatic changes in the lives of people who were lucky to become personal disciples of Jesus, or the dramatic change of Paul’s way of life, the destinies of many people who were saved from the darkness of ignorance by the Teachings of Jesus Christ.

God interferes also when people intend to do something that must not happen, something that would harm the spiritual progress of embodied souls. If we see it in another way, then we misunderstand something, we are confused.

God possesses perfect Love, perfect Wisdom, perfect Power. He cannot overlook something, miss something. He has no enemies who are capable of struggling effectively against Him. Fairy tales about His battles with the devil are nothing but fairy tales; as for the people who take them seriously — … this characterizes their intellectual level… God can materialize or dematerialize anything, for example — dematerialize the body of a villain who intends to do something that must not happen (objectively!).

And if something like this happens, it means that it had to happen, and God knew about it. Our task then is to try to understand the reason.

We have to learn to trust Him. (Though we should not do foolish things for which He needs to cause us pain).

If the conscience is clear, one has nothing to fear! But if it is not clear, then one has to repent sincerely and redress the wrong.

And if we have the clear conscience but are afraid of some earthly things (except for causing unintentionally harm to others), then our faith is weak, our love for Him is weak. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear… The one who fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18) “Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear, you are of more value than many sparrows!” (Matt 10:29-31)

And when someone says that there is no God, because there are earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, or that He is evil and therefore I don’t want to believe in Him, or that He cannot overpower the devil… — then let us understand that God’s intention for people does not consist in creating for them a paradise on the Earth. If there were a paradise on the Earth, then we would have no powerful stimulus to advance somewhere else.

On the contrary, we should remember that we have to live on the Earth actively, not lazily, otherwise He will hurry us through pain — for our own good.

The life on the Earth is not the True Life. It is only a short educational course, a possibility for us to become better, to correct our destinies for the sake of the life to come, to get closer to the Ultimate Goal.

And if there were no wars and other calamities, then it would be impossible to display self-sacrificial heroism for sake of others or, on the contrary, to betray as a result of being afraid of pain or death of the body…

Earthly cataclysms are but an accelerator of the evolution of people involved in them. It is an opportunity to become better.

 

Destiny

It was mentioned already that the evolution of each soul goes on for many thousand years, and intervals between consecutive incarnations are longer than periods of life in the embodied state. From this it follows that the main life of every one of us goes on in the non-corporeal form; from there we observe all wandering in the material illusions of many other incarnate people.

But when an incarnation begins, during the years of early childhood we forget completely everything that was before the birth on the Earth: the life in the new incarnate state is too different from the previous life, because the perceptional capabilities of the consciousness after incarnation into a physical body get significantly reduced. The consciousness becomes capable of perceiving only that part of information which it receives through the material organs of sense of its new body; the former freedom of movement at the speed of thought and the ability to perceive everything directly without the organs of sense get forgotten.

Though one forgets everything that was before the birth in a material body, one’s life does not start over — it just continues. And the destiny formed in the previous incarnation unfolds accordingly.

Having been born on the Earth, every one of us already has one’s own destiny, which is nothing but a plan of one’s future development devised by God. It is an innate destiny line; it is developed taking into account what one has to learn in the coming earthly life.

As soon as children reach the age when they become capable of making ethically important decisions, they get more opportunities to influence their destinies, to change them to better or to worse.

Correct or wrong upbringing of children can have a significant effect on their lives. But we have to remember that all conditions — the parents capable of giving particular education and the social environment where the birth took place — all these were also planned by God according to one’s destiny.

The abilities of an incarnate person are not unlimited. They are limited mainly by the level of the person’s intellectual maturity, which defines the ability to comprehend information of a certain degree of complexity.

For example, the abilities of an oligophrenic person are very limited. But who is this oligophrenic person? Is the only reason for oligophrenia that the parents were alcoholics, or that the mother had a pathology of pregnancy? No: God knew these circumstances before He sent this soul into this body. And this soul has its own destiny. For the parents, this is a manifestation of their destiny as well. And they gave birth not to a poor person suffering oligophrenia, but to a soul that has not developed the intellect yet in the course of its personal evolution.

On the other hand, people who succeeded in intellectual self-development during their past earthly lives and accepted the correct direction of spiritual development in the current incarnation can do quite a lot, including attaining personal self-realization and helping others to advance to this Goal.

Intellectual Development

The New Testament provides us with an opportunity to see the religiosity of people of different intellectual levels.

The highest level is represented by Jesus Christ. Not even His personal disciples could comprehend with the mind all the profundity of His Teachings.

The second level is represented by the closest disciples of Jesus, who tried to understand the Teacher and partly succeeded in this.

The next level is people of a high social rank who knew and followed the earthly religious traditions concerning rituals and rules of conduct. But they were not capable of apprehending the living words of God.

And the lowest level is people capable of thinking only according to the following scheme: “They give me — it’s good! They stop giving me — it’s bad!”.

The developed intellect of a person does not imply that the level of ethical development of this person is also high. But ethical self-development is not possible without a developed intellect. Therefore, if we seek spiritual self-realization, we have to work on the intellectual self-development as well.

What contributes to this development? First of all, getting education, various kinds of labor (especially, creative ones), work with books, taking part in theoretical search. The modern society, highly developed in the scientific and technical aspects, is a very good possibility for applying the mind and developing it.

… The translation of the New Testament (into Russian, for example) is far from being perfect. The profound meaning of some statements of Jesus was “cut off” by translators, who were incapable of understanding His ideas.

But one error in the translation had a disastrous effect. It is the phrase “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 5:3). Many readers concluded from it that Jesus preaches the intellectual primitivism and parasitism.

But Jesus meant a completely different thing! He said about the future blessedness not of panhandling parasites, but of people who renounced striving for material wealth and who did it not due to laziness, drunkenness, or other reasons like this, but due to spiritual creed — “due to spirit” and not “in spirit”.

Those will be blessed in the Kingdom of Heaven who renounced possessing earthly things, renounced seeking earthly wealth because the Heavenly Father will be their Wealth if they dedicated themselves to aspiring for Him. “Do not lay up treasures on the Earth…, but lay up treasures in Heaven… for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt 6:19-21), — this is one of the most important postulates of His Teachings.

Regarding wisdom, Jesus taught the following: “Ignorance is the mother of all evil for us. Ignorance will result in (spiritual) death. Those abiding in the Truth will be perfect when all the Truth is revealed (to them). … How much it is stronger than ignorance and error! It gives Freedom.

“Logos (Jesus) said, ‘If you know the Truth, the Truth will make you free. Ignorance is slavery. Knowledge is Freedom!’

“If we know the Truth, we will find the fruits of the Truth within us.” (The Gospel of Philip, 123)

“… Be wise… and simple!…” (The Gospel of Thomas, 39)

What Is Christianity?

Christianity implies, first of all, accepting and realizing the Teachings of God given by Him for the embodied people through Jesus Christ.

What does these Teachings consist in? Let us consider their main postulates:

 

1.Be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48).

2. I and the Father are One (John 10:30).

3. I am the Vine (John 15:1-5).

4. Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father (John 10:15).

5. I love the Father (John 14:31).

6. O righteous Father! I have known You! (John 17:25).

7. And learn of Me (Matt 11:29).

8. God is Love (1 John 4:16).

9. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Mark 12:29-30).

10. You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).

 

These are the main principles of Christianity. In them one can see the appeal of Jesus to people to become like Him. And to cognize the Heavenly Father, like He did.

In the New Testament, there are many precepts that can help realizing this appeal of Jesus, if one follows them. They call us:

·          to be absolutely honest in relationships with other people, to have no debts, not to misappropriate,

·          to take care about well-being of others more than about one’s own,

·          to be peacemakers,

·          to be affectionate and tender with each other,

·          to help others in everything good,

·          to forgive, not to avenge, not to damn,

·          not to hate, not to get involved emotionally in judging others,

·          not to seek accumulating the “worldly” wealth: otherwise one can miss the possibility to accumulate the spiritual wealth,

·          not to be afraid of the attacks of aggressive primitives, who can harm only the body, but cannot harm that with which we appear in front of the Heavenly Father after death of the body, i.e. not the soul,

·          not to drink,

·          not to be arrogant, on the contrary, to be humble and respect others,

·          to strive to do all that we can for helping other people spiritually,

·          not to be keen on sexuality so much that it, instead of God, becomes the center of one’s attention; the personal search for God and service to Him should always be of the primary importance in one’s life.

I will give just several excerpts:

 

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another! As I have loved you, you should also love one another! (John 13:34)

And above all things have fervent love… for love will cover a multitude of sins! (1 Pet 4:8)

If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (1 John 4:20)

Beloved! Let us love one another! For love is of God!

The one who does not love has not known God, for God is Love! (1 John 4:7-8)

If we love one another, God dwells in us!… (1 John 4:12).

Owe no one anything, except… love! (Rom 13:8)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. … He who fears has not been perfected in love! (1 John 4:18)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass…

And though I have prophecies, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to move mountains, and do not have love, I am nothing.

And though I give out all my goods to feed the poor, and though I deliver my body to be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing.

Love has patience, is kind;

love is not envious, is not vain, is not puffed up;

does not behave indecently,

does not seek her own,

does not get angry,

thinks no evil.

Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth…

Love never fails, even if prophecies will be abolished and tongues will cease… (1 Cor 13:1-8)

Love your enemies! Bless those who curse you! Do good to those who hate you!… (Matt 5:44).

Blessed are the peacemakers!… (Matt 5:9)

Judge not!… (Luke 6:37)

All things, whatever you desire that men should do to you, do even so to them… (Matt 7:12)

Give to everyone who asks of you, and from him, who takes away your goods, do not ask them again! (Luke 6:30)

If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matt 6:14-15)

Who is wise and knowing among you? Let him show his works by his good conduct with meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and strife in your hearts, do not glory and lie against the truth: this is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is… devilish. (Heb 3:13-15)

For such is the Will of God, doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish men! (1 Pet 2:15)

He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness until now. (1 John 2:9).

Let love be without hypocrisy!

Shrink from evil, cleave to good!

Be in brotherly love to one another!

Lead one another in honor! (Rom 12:9-10)

Bless those who persecute you! Bless, and do not curse! (Rom 12:14)

Repay no one evil for evil! (Rom 12:17)

Do not avenge yourselves! (Rom 12:19)

if your enemy hungers, feed him. If he thirsts, give him drink! (Rom 12:20)

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good! (Rom 12:21)

Why do you judge your brother? Or also why do you despise your brother?

Each one of us will give account concerning himself to God!

Then let us not judge one another any more!

But rather judge this, not to put a stumbling-block or an offense toward a brother. (Rom 14:10-13)

Brothers, if man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted! (Gal 6:1).

Let not any filthy word go out of your mouth! But only good, so that it may give grace to the ones hearing! (Eph 4:29).

When you are invited by anyone,… do not recline in the chief seat!… For whoever exalts himself shall be abased, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted. (Luke 14:8-11)

Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal! But lay up treasures in Heaven!…

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matt 6:19-21)

All things are lawful to me, but not all things profit… (1 Cor 10:23)

You cannot serve God and mammon1! (Matt 6:24)

For what is man profited if he shall gain the whole world and harm the soul? (Matt 16:26)

Again, you have heard that it has been said to the ancients, “You shall not swear falsely, but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all!… But let your word be, Yes, yes; No, no! (Matt 5:33-37)

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess! But be filled with the Spirit! (Eph 5:18)

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak! (Rom 14:21)

Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in carousings and drinking; not in co-habitation and lustful acts; not in strife and envy! (Rom 13:13)

Let no one seek his own, but each one another’s! (1 Cor 10:24)

In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves! (Phil 2:3)

The one who does not gather with Me scatters! (Matt 12:30)

Do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul!… (Matt 10:28)

Put off… anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, shameful speech out of your mouth! ( Col 3:8)

Let My joy remain in you and your joy be full!

This is My Commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you! (John 15:12-13)

These things I command you, that you love one another! (John 15:17)

 

Let every one of us tests oneself: so did I understand that which Jesus taught and teaches now?

For Christianity is exactly this! This is what Jesus taught and teaches! All the rest is perversion, sectarianism.

One can become more fully acquainted with an analysis of the Teachings of Jesus (with use of some apocryphal Gospels) on this site. But now let me just stress that Jesus, in His earthly life known to us, also taught His disciples the meditative methods that are essential for cognition of the Heavenly Father.

In the New Testament it is said about this, in particular, in the Jesus’ statement “God is Spirit and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). What is meant here is that one has to go to God with correct understanding of the nature of God and evolutionary tasks of man. And one has to worship Him not by bodies, not by “religious” bodily movements, but by souls, which gradually get liberated from dependence on the material bodies with the help of meditative methods of self-perfection.

A rich experience of meditative work done under the guidance of Jesus one may see in the epistles of the Apostles John, Philip, Thomas, and also Paul.

The established practice of many Christian churches includes public worships, ritualism. However, it was not present in the Teachings of Jesus. One may ask, is it good or bad?

On the one hand, we should clearly understand that God is present in churches not more than outside of them, and that one has to seek Him in the Depths of the universe, not in the material ritual objects or buildings.

On the other hand, worshipping practice in churches emerged as a natural need of people with common spiritual interests to come together just for the sake of emotional communication with like-minded persons, exchange of ideas and experience, for the sake of helping one another, learning.

Ritualism also may be useful: it favors calming of mind when assembled people attune to perceiving of the Divinity. Against this background, many of them for the first time get proof of the reality of the mystical: they feel touches of invisible hands, energy flows emanating from icons, thoughts and even voices of invisible interlocutors…

For some people these are manifestations of God, for others manifestations of demons… It depends on the level of ethical purity of each particular person.

The ethical purity of the “flock” largely depends on the level of ethical advancement of the “pastors”. This is the main problem… Because often, under the guise of Christianity, they preach something directly opposite to it…

… Yes, when we discuss differences between the established religious directions, we should put the emphasis not on the ritualism. The ritualism is not the point! Let the ritualism of different directions remain as it is! The problem is that they lack the complete picture in understanding the beingness of the Universal Consciousness, in understanding Its evolutionary aspect, in particular!

 


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