Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Blog

How Exactly Does Jesus' Death Takes Away Sin?

This is My Easter Blog, and my Spring Equinox Blog since thats what Easter (Festival of Ishtar) really is. If you are one of my Christian friends, I ask that you take the time to read this short article. I will clarify for you something you have never heard from the pulpits. 

So, how does it work ... this sacrificial process? The Bible says that GOD said he will hold no children responsible for their Fathers sin. The Bible also says God keeps no records of wrongs. God also tells the Hebrews that their burnt offerings stink and do nothing for him.

So, then how do we reconsile this? How does a man dying an excruciating death on a cross take away the sins of the world? I am sure that I am not the first to ask this question. Nor will I be the last. 

Well. when you take it literally, and only literally ... it doesn't. Hear me out for a moment. One person cannot take on the karma or effect of someone else's sin (wrong thinking or action). If I commit a crime, my son cannot go to jail for me in my stead. 

However, when we look at the Jesus story ... in the deeper way that it was meant to be interpreted - it all makes perfect sense. Now, keep reading. Don't give up on me now.

You see, within the deeper lesson it is found that Jesus, is also representative of everyman ... not just one man. Jesus represents the mankind part of all of us, and the Christ represents the Divine Spark of God part of us that is buried within each person (The Begotten Son). Our Divine Spark ... is our Christ consciousness. But it must be resurrected. for it lies dormant, or inert.

Jesus ... the base animal nature ego-centric "man" must die (be extinguished) in order for the Divine Man ... the Christ ... to be able to resurrect within each of us. Much in the same way that a butterfly cannot return to being a caterpillar or the ways of a caterpillar, a Christ (or Divine one) cannot return to being just a man again.

As Paul said in the Bible,the old man must die before the new man can resurrect. Adam must die, before Christ can live. Paul also said that he travails in labour until Christ be born within us ... and that WE are the body of Christ.

So now we get to the meat and potatoes of the allegorical and metaphorical side of the crucifixion and the resurrection. As "Jesus" the sinful "man" in each of us human beings dies, the "Christ" within each of us human beings will resurrect. And there is no turning back.

This event was not meant for just one man named Yehushua (Jesus/Iesus) who wandered the hills of the Galilee ... but it is OUR story. The Bible clearly states: "as He is, so are we in this world." Jesus said: "you will do greater things than I." He did nothing without the "Father" ... the Divine guidance available to all men.

The entire Bible was written with deeper meanings contained in each story as allegory, not to be taken as only literal history. These are lessons for US to learn ... not historical ... but usable every single day by every man, woman, and child. Whether it literally happened or not is not as important as "does it happen."

So when Jesus (mankind) crucifies himself and the "old" man dies, the "new" man resurrects and can sin no more. Just as the butterfly can no longer be a caterpillar. The sins of the world are taken away by THIS process.

Whether you choose to accept this or not, the Bible in the original Greek says that Jesus was "A" son of God (yios tou Theou) The translators from Greek to Latin and ultimately English in the 1611 KJV Bible ... took liberties and made him "THE" Son of God (O yios tou Theou). This is a subject that I can spend days on, but thats for another blog.

The majority of todays modern Christianity believes strictly in only a literal Jesus Christ who literally and historically died on the cross ... . But you must understands the Inner Mysteries of Christianity to get the full meaning of this ancient scripture. Otherwise it holds no personal meaning or effect.

And as for Easter, Spring Solstice, it was a Pagan holiday ... as is the entirety of Christianity's inner and esoteric teachings. The pagan holidays were specifically aligned with Christian celebrations to find as many converts to Roman Christianity as was possible. The deeper message has never changed. Seek and you shall find.

Just remember, when YOU change ... when you transform - or better yet - when you go through a metamorphosis such as is spoken of in Romans 12:2 ... you will then fully understand how Jesus (the old man dies) and you are morphed into the Christ. You will never sin again. By Jesus/man dying and Christ/Divine resurrecting within you ... you can sin no more. Ever. There is simply no turning back.

This is the deeper message of this passage. This is the "pearl of great price" hidden in the field. This is "Revelation" ... the Apocalypse (meaning in Greek "an unveiling from that which was hidden). 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Apotheosis of Man

APOTHEOSIS

The goal of the Orthodox Church is Theosis. Let's look at how they arrived at this goal, and how scriptures tell us that we too can become the Christ - the annointed of God - the Divine Spark:

a·pothe·o·sis
əˌpäTHēˈōsəs/
definition: "elevation to divine status"

"Apotheosis" literally means the process of becoming divine.  Here,  George Washington is sitting in the heavens, literally made into a god.

Photograph of Constantino Brumidi’s 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington’s apotheosis — or elevation to the rank of a god. In the painting, Washington has ascended to the heavens. He sits in the center of the image, with a rainbow at his feet. The female figures to his right and left represent Liberty and Victory/Fame.

It is the goal of these scriptures to enter into the very essence of God. That which is ALL things. Consciousness, Spirit, energy, all of existence.

Jesus did it, and tried to tell us in his mission here that the Christ Principle is within ALL of mankind:

JOHN 10:34 (Jesus)
"Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS'?"

GALATIANS 4:19 (Paul)
"My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you. "

1 JOHN 4:17 (John)
"... because as He is, so also are we in this world."

Apotheosis (from Greek ἀποθέωσις from ἀποθεοῦν, apotheoun "to deify"; in Latin deificatio "making divine"; also called divinization and deification) is the glorification of a subject to divine level. In theology, apotheosis refers to the idea that an individual has been raised to godlike stature.

APO: from the Greek APO: "from, in descent from"

THEOSIS:

Theosis is the belief, mostly found within the Eastern Orthodox Church, that Christians can experience a union with God and become like Him so much that they participate in the divine nature.

In Eastern Orthodoxy deification (theosis) is a transformative process whose goal is likeness to or union with God. As a process of transformation, theosis is brought about by the effects of katharsis (purification of mind and body) and theoria ('illumination' with the 'vision' of God). According to Eastern Orthodox teaching, theosis is very much the purpose of human life.

To recognize the Christ within each of us, and to connect with that Divine essence, is the purpose and goal of our Spiritual nature.

Just a thought ...

~Justin Taylor, ORDM/OCP