Transmigration of the Soul....
Transmigration of the Spirit...
Being born again...............?
Will we experience our own form of transubstantiation...?
Modern day Antinomianism - the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience to a code of religious law is necessary for salvation...!
Today, culturally shaped religious legalist-modernists have simply borrowed in part, accepted portions from God's eternal plan of salvation. They have shaped and codified their own contemporary plan of salvation, which they employ and deploy in order to teach, demand adherence and loyalty to, as 'the plan of salvation' to would be converts and their church members.
The Catholic Church was one of the first and most notorious major religious organization in the world to modify the plan. The Catholic Church even demanded on more than one occasion that certain 'canonical texts' be altered in order to comply with its praxis. And today, there are still roughly 1.2 billion Catholics that represent 1 out of 7 humans worldwide, in spite of the Protestant Reformation and the growth of Protestanism!
God's plan of salvation has been shoved into the background not only by the Catholic Kingdom, it has been shoved into the background by most religious organizations today, with ministers and religious substrate organizations that have set out to build their own fiefdoms. The manipulation of God's word (I am not referring to the already manipulated canon), and God's plan of salvation is apostatic!
Remember, Psalms 119 - King David loved the Law of the Lord, the same Law that Christians today are surreptitiously and erroneously being taught to adhere to only in part, by ministers and clerics in Christian churches! The ones who are not innocently misteaching the word of God, have their own agendas that will explain the reason for their bastardizations of God's Law!
A prominent television minister recently confessed that 80% of what he had been teaching in the past was junk! Many of us knew all along that he was teaching junk gospel, and we warned others to simply ignore him. The real question is, how much damage did Creflo do during the decade-long period that he engaged in his 'junk ministry' on America's airways? He is not the only minister that has been guilty, needs to change course or to be singled out.
Many ministers, noticeably on America's airways today, are teaching a modified and 'spiritually incorrect form of the Gospel' that is intended not to offend anyone. Hopefully Creflo has changed course as promised - and others of our mega-prosperity-get-rich-quick-using-the-Gospel-for-personal-gain-and-popularity-ministers will follow suit (in addition to those clerics who are not on the television or radio).
We are in the middle of a crisis in Christian America and abroad today, given the numbers of individuals who are imbibing from these replacement ministries as they listen dutifully to them and purchase tapes, cds and books from them! Whose purpose are they really serving?
They serve Satan's purpose: Jesus once exclaimed to the Pharisees that you have heaven shut up, you are not going into the Kingdom and you are preventing others from entering into the Kingdom. Too many clerics today are unwittingly and some purposely so 'tools of Satan'. These ministers, similar to the Pharisees of scripture are actually preventing individuals en masse from being born again, and entering into the Kingdom of God.
They have convinced their listeners and followers to remain trapped within culturally shaped and diluted religious dogma and paradigms. They have encased into bondage, those would-be overcomers by trapping them inside of manmade religious archetype churches and centers, that are pastored by misinformed or misguided clerics!
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In my previous post I discussed the futility of those church men and women whose focus is on constructing buildings, or developing organizations and memberships in order to pacify the soul and to instead pursue personal religious objectives. Taking the topic one step further, what if anything does religion have to do with conversion and redemption, which is "God's objective for human beings" today, anyway?
Religion is a man made construction, Adam's son Cain (also the first murderer) was also the first human being to practice 'religion'. Cain's children who were born into the 'cursed cities' that he built, also joined his denomination. Most of religion today, is essentially derived from the Cain denomination.
And as a result of Cain's self-devised religion, wherein he offered an earthly sacrifice to God; the first individual to die, his brother Abel, was murdered because of religious denominationalism - Cain's religious denomination! Wars are currently being fought in the Middle-East as a consequence of denominationalism, among other things. A religious component is often present in most earthly skirmishes. The last man to die, I predict, will die just as the first man did - as a consequence of religious denominationalism.
I. First let's hone in on the critical discussion that took place between Jesus and Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The substance of their night time discussion is recorded in John Chapter 3.
3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
II. Nicodemus risked excommunication for even talking to Jesus, and as a result he visited Jesus by night. He recognized that there was something special about Jesus, and not to disappoint him, Jesus shared things with Nicodemus that were beyond his comprehension - things that he apparently had never heard or given consideration to before (even during his religious-teacher tenure). We can tell that, given his response to what Jesus divulged.
As Jesus launched into a discussion about being born again, just consider how this would have sounded to someone who had never heard the phrase before, in comparison to those of us today who have heard the phrase over and over again. Today, the phrase 'being born again' has become completely diluted. The Jehovah Witnesses recently taught that the Holy Ghost was 'undiluted nothing'.
Nicodemus however, took Jesus' commentary literally, regardless of how fantastic it sounded. Why? He recognized that Jesus was a teacher, who unlike himself had been sent from God! Planet Earth is lacking teachers today, who have been sent from God!
We know that Nicodemus took Jesus seriously because he questioned him, thinking out loud, how could a man enter back into his mother's womb and then be born a second time; could he fit back into her womb? And what if the mother had passed on, how would the second birth be accomplished? Nicodemus must have thought within himself that this must be the illusive 'fountain of youth', for if it could be done, humans could live over and over again by periodically re-entering the womb.
And Nicodemus like most humans at the time was aware of what was believed to be the exclusive manner by which biological creatures could be born into (this world). According to human knowledge, understanding and empirical evidence at the time - a biological creature, human or animal must be conceived in the mother's womb (we know today that there are exceptions to the rule). And following the gestation period and when the fetus has been carried to term, the fetus must pass through the mother's birth canal, in most instances, in order to be birthed into 'this world'.
Albeit others believed later that babies transported to the mother by a stork. Don't laugh, for once you read further, Jesus explained to Nicodemus that being born anothen is comparable to being carried about like the wind, blowing from place to place. A pre-pubescent child announced to his unexpecting mother one day, that he knew how babies got here.
Years ago, a mother told me about a discussion that she engaged in with her prepubescent child regarding, how babies got here. Her son explained to her surprise that he knew how babies at least were born. According to her son, the baby was first placed into the mother's stomach. His mom was surprised at her precocious child and at the extent of his knowledge, so she inquired further asking him, but how does the baby get out of mom's stomach? Her son answered, that's easy mom, the baby slides down the mother's tongue!
Having said that, Jesus was not talking about a new birth that would result from an individual climbing back into its mother's womb and subsequently being 'born all over again' (Job once referred to Earth as the womb that he came from and would return to someday). Jesus, instead, introduced Nicodemus to a completely new paradigm. Jesus was talking about 'being born into another kingdom or realm' altogether without the womb of a human mother!
Humans have always wondered about the origins of the Earth, as well as the origins of the human species'. Aside from the womb, how ever did the first humans get here, many have speculated? And we all know that are many theories being bandied about to this day, that attempt to explain human origin, including evolution and intelligent design theory.
And let me add here that in relationship to what was written in the poetical Book of Job about the Earth as womb (Job said naked I came from it, and naked I will return to it), Job was not referring to a reprise into his mother's womb. Many premodern humans viewed the earth as the womb that not only sustained them until they could be born and live independent of it; they viewed the womb-Earth as being essential to sustain them throughout life - and until they returned to the womb Earth from which they came!
The phrase 'mother nature' speaks to that idea. Mother nature, the Earth womb, provided everything that humans and animals required in order to live. It was only recently, that humans learned to live apart from the Earth for brief periods of time. Their failure to return to the Earth or to create and sustain artificial life support systems to be used when they are apart from the Earth, will result in death!
Men and women who stay up in the space lab for extended periods of time, depend on life support systems that were created on earth.
Long before present day humans arrived on the scene, many individuals on Earth had already concluded that 'a god' was responsible for the creation of the earth, and all of the organisms that were apportioned to the Earth. And most humans, based upon what we understand have historically understood that there was another unknown realm or place where 'the god' creator resided, (while humans were restricted to the earth).
Why did the 'god being' reside elsewhere? Because, 'the god' creator was not a biological being, and therefore 'it' had to exist in some other extra terrestrial space or plane; a place where carbon-based humans (that require oxygen and hydrogen in order to survive) could not survive.
Jesus confirmed that what humans speculated about was true after all, and that in fact there were other 'kingdoms or realms' in existence, and these 'extra-Earthly kingdoms or realms' were inhabited' by non-humans and fully operational.
Jesus also confirmed that life which existed in other (non-human and non-matter) beings - preceded human life and actually existed, persisted and thrived eternally in another plane long before humans were created. And mercifully Jesus explained that there was a way in which humans could enter into the other kingdom. Nimrod tried to get there by building a tower into heaven.
Post-modern humans are trying to get there via space shuttles, rocket-propelled devices and by sending probes into outer space which they hope to follow someday!
Jesus went on to explain to Nicodemus that it was possible for humans to be born into another existence, more specifically the Kingdom of God - although human beings could not be born into that other kingdom given their restrictions to current carbon-based bodies, or as a result of any other natural means.
Why? Because the biological world and the spiritual one have different compositions. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, that which is of the Earth is of the earth, and that which is of the Spirit is of Spiritual substance!
How can this be Nicodemus ruminated? Jesus explained, without upbraiding him that just as beings are born into this world, extra terrestrial beings are born into other worlds by a different although comparable method. The Hebrew people we understand believed in multiple heavens and other spiritual realms. Assuming that is true, one can understand how a teacher like Nicodemus (and even today's teachers) can teach about something that he or she does not fully understand.
Was Jesus talking about transmigration of the soul or Spirit? In Jeremiah chapter one, Jeremiah received an inspiration from God that helped him to understand his divinely appointed purpose in the human realm; in other words the reason why Jeremiah was placed here in this realm in the first place. In so doing Jeremiah understood that there existed another pre-existent state that was and is apart from the earth and that exists apart from the human body.
Also in that other realm, God knew Jeremiah in a preexistent out-of-body state. In other words prior to Jeremiah's having been placed into the womb (that would carry to term the human body that Jeremiah would occupy outside of the womb), God and Jeremiah knew each other. Where is this non-material realm that we cannot observe with our natural senses? All of us wonder about it from time to time?
Where is this non-observable kingdom that Jesus talked about, located. Astrophysicists, parapsychologists and psychics often refer to it as a parallel universe!
The field of Astronomy is proof alone that humans are interested in what's out there. Astronomers study stars, black holes in space, pulsars, planets, cosmic dust and the beyond. Their objectives to name a few, are to understand better the origin of the Universe, all of its content, and other realms of existence. Listening devices have been strategically placed around the earth that are capable of piercing into deep space.
Some researchers hope to pick up a signal, or to hear some auditon from deep space that will prove that there are other extant extraterrestrial life forms out there somewhere. Most humans believe without question that there is other life or subterranean beings that may be similar, inferior or superior to humans. Trillions of dollars have been spent in order to determine whether human conjecture might be based in fact!
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 12, verses 1 through 4, wrote about an out of body experience that he had, where being caught up in another dimension he received revelations just as Jeremiah had done centuries before (before Jeremiah had been placed into the carbon womb).
In the synoptics, we are told of a fantastic experience, when on the Mountain of Transfiguration the Apostles were permitted to look through the seam (that separates this visual plane from the other), and witness some of what was taking place in the spiritual realm. The Apostles observed Moses and Elijah, both of whom had left-behind their human bodies. In fact, both of them appeared alongside Jesus.
Hey somebody out there, I thought those guys were dead! For after all the boy Pharaoh King Tutankhamen's dead body is being transported all over the world, where voyeurs can view his dead remains. Then how could Moses and Elijah jump out of bodies and reappear with Jesus? The Apostles would have recalled when Moses was summoned up into the mountain in order to die. And we know that Elias who jumped into the body of John the Baptist died, because his head was chopped off while his spirit inhabited the body of John the Baptist!
These folks were indestructible!
Jesus further explained, that instead of being born through the natural process (God made humans male and female for procreation purposes) of a male's seed joining together with a female's egg, that there is a comparative process by which men and women can be reborn. The latter would take place by the joining of the spiritual seed with 'the bride of Christ', which would result in newly created beings that would eventually be propelled into other parallel or non-parallel universes, once their current bodies of this tabernacle were dissolved.
For some, what Jesus taught is still too much of a leap beyond the human intellect - it is too far-fetched. Some of you are wondering now, has the Rev lost it? Frankly, it is not uncommon for the ministers that God sent to be looked upon with suspicion. Jesus was looked upon with suspicion himself given what he taught, in fact Jesus was rejected by religious organizations that claimed to be serving God.
The religious world was in such a shape, even at the Temple that was attended by priests and levites, that Jesus told his followers to simply ignore the temple. Instead he sent them to an upper room 'store front', instructing them to wait there until you be endured with power from on high. Can you imagine what would have took place if the Holy Spirit descended upon the Temple and men 'and women' began to speak in tongues.
I will tell you, the Temple security would have come and tossed each and every one of the 120 into the streets. And essentially that is what has taken place in the world of Christendom today. The so-called church has been co-opted and turned into something other than the church that Christ established!
III. Breaking Up With Satan [See scriptures 7 - 9].
Don't be awed by the fact that I said that you must be born again. Nicodemus like most of us assumed that one's initial birth would be exclusive. Jesus explains that the new birth is non-biological, but just as the wind blows about and you cannot determine where it originated or ends up, you will not be able to use human detection methods, especially the use of the senses - to determine how in human terms one becomes born again. In other words, 'those who are born again' are being born via non physical means - and the phenomenon of spiritual regeneration is not humanly observable.
Satan rules this Kingdom, he is the Prince of this world; Satan became the Prince of this world the minute that Adam submitted to Satan. Satan originated in the other Kingdom. Satan was and is not a human carbon being. Everyone in this earthly kingdom is affected by Satan's rule over this dominion. Escaping from this corrupted domininion into the other world, means escaping from this corrupt world where Satan was previously exiled.
In effect what humans who follow Christ are really doing, is breaking up with Satan. And the breakup is being is being done in the same manner that one breaks away from a previous relationship with a girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse that either one was previously involved! It is a matter of leaving the old and joining oneself with to the new - that is what born again Christians have done. To put it another way, similar to the ancient Hebrew marriage, where the groom essentially went to the bride's house and gathered her and took her back to his place, Jesus came to gather the bride - Church, and all that were in her womb, and to take them back to the place where the transcendant Christ resided.
In 2 Corinthians cahpter 5:17-19, the Apostle Paul explains that if you are born into Christ, any human or carbon-based individual, goes through a process of transformation, and that individual becomes an entirely new creation. If you will allow me to say, a whole new species! We become spiritual beings that exist in human carbon bodies for the time being, however, once these carbon bodies are shed the spiritual being is wholly transformed and translated into the other realm where God exists!
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
I was saddened many years ago when members of a church who were under one of the most distinguished ministers in this country came to me for help. Why? First of all these friends who belonged to my friend-pastorss church said, our pastor does not teach the whole bible. In fact they said, as capable of a teacher that he is - he avoids texts in the bible that refer to being born again, or scriptures that refer to the gifts of the Spirit. My friends explained that they wanted all that God had for them.
And then they asked me the toughest question of all, "should we leave the church that we grew up in"? I answered, well let's not be hasty. Perhaps your role, assuming that what you told me was accurate and not just perception, might be to assist in bringing all of God's truth into your church. Otherwise, to just walk about would be tantamount to abandoning individuals and the pastor for that matter, who needed to receive all of God's truth.
I was traveling and ministering in another state recently where I attended a minister's meeting, and this pastor was present. In response to something that I said in fact, totally away from this subject, this pastor said, "my young people in my church listen to me". I wondered then, has he ever begun teaching the whole plan of salvation, or is he still oblivious to it?
For if not, he would still be in the state that Apollos the eloquent teacher from Alexandria was in, who despite his oratorical skills - Aquila and Priscilla took him aside in order to fill in the blanks. In other words they had to expound the complete truth to a man who was well respected, whose oratorical skills were superior to their own, but still a man who did not fully understand the plan of redemption! Apollos, like Nicodemus and many others before him were only teaching what they understood - and given their command of audiences, they could in the final analysis be dangerous individuals!
And by and large, that is what is taking place in the United States if not the world today. Like the people at Corinth who Paul chastised, some were following Cephas, some Paul, some Apollos..., may individuals in religion organizations today are following their preferred choice for a leader! People custormarily make their decisions based upon personal choice, appearance, ability, degrees, programs in the church, number of members in the church, number of singles in the church, the minister's oratorical skills...! Conversely, the scriptures read, "I will give you pastors according to mine heart that will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Most individuals in religious organizations today reject that scripture that is found in the writings of Jeremiah, and instead they follow after the person that they like. And they follow that person for a myriad of reasons - even those who later turned out to be a cult figure like David Koresh or Jim Jones. And truly as a result of the blind leading the blind, many have fallen into an inescapable ditch, and they find out that they have when it is 'too late'.
IV. Nicodemus the teacher was confused, and asked increduously, how can these things be? Nicodemus like too many religious leaders, including the minister who I referred to before, a man who taught others for years - had absolutely no idea of what the plan of salvation was about. Jesus went on to explain it to Nicodemus, given his status as a teacher - his heavenly appointed job was to teach the people. If the teacher doesn't know, then how can the students be taught?
And, 'if the student hasn't learned, then the teacher hasn't taught', some say! What have teachers taught and what are they still teaching, those who were and still are still in the dark state that Nicodemus, Apollos and others had been in? Typically they teach religion, theology, religious sacrifice, religious history, religious theory and feel good humanistic motivational messages.
3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Many prominent ministers that I hear on television, and some that I have debated do not understand the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. One minister argued that the singular purpose of the Holy Spirit was to 'empower believers to be witnesses'. He argured that the Holy Spirit had nothing to do with spiritual transformation. God help us I thought! In 1 Cor 15:21-26, vs 36-40 and vs 51-56, Paul explains the plan of Salvation (see my previous post, i.e., 1st Adam, corruption, 2nd Adam, deliverance, freedom from corruption and the ultimate defeat of death). God intended for his initial creation to live, not die!
None of what Paul taught had anything to do with simply being religious, or with what one would expect by simply becoming a member of a religious organization even if it called itself a church. Jesus', our ark, was sent here to undo what Adam did by listening to Satan (whereby sentencing all humans that were born of his seed unto eventual and unavoidable death). Jesus came to stop the bleeding. Jesus was concerned about our eternal destiny. His purpose was to defeat sin and death and therefore Satan, in order to save that which was lost.
It was clearly never God's intentions for humans that were created from the earth-clay, those that had the God-breathed breath of life in them, would ever return back, decomposed, to the rudimentary clay from which they sprang, and thereafter take up permanent residence in a graveyard! That was not God's plan for the life-creature that was made in God's image!
And the purpose of ministry was that his ministers would continue what Jesus started, rescuing the fallen from the curse and the last enemy death!
V. Jesus continued to educate Nicodemus, explaining that the plan of God was not to condemn or allow man to stay in his current dying state, but rather it was God's purpose to redeem man through a process of spiritual regeneration into a different being that would reside in a completely different plane, until transferred permanently in a non-earthly realm.
Why? Adam's failure resulted in all humans carriers receiving the first Socially Transmitted Disease, a death sentence, that is the consequence of the corrupted DNA that was passed along to each one of us. And as a result humans could not reach the next stage of human evolution that had been pre-scripted in God's plan (See John 1:1-3), not until Jesus was sent to be the antidote.
Adam's seed-DNA, before Jesus came, was irreversibly corrupted. Therefore since all humans were derived from the seed of the first Adam (Read 1 Cor chapter 15), the beginning of a new creation would require that a completely different seed, a second Adam's (Jesus Christ) seed, be used to incept a whole new creation that was born again and apart from the 1st Adam's seed.
As John wrote about in the 1st chapter of St. John, Jesus was that light, a light that is taught about in the field of Quantum Physics. This light was superior to the lamps, ceiling fixtured glass encased filaments that we are accustomed to today. In fact this light was and is superior to the light of any Sun. This transluscent light..., is responsible for all creation. And anything that is observable or perceivable is observable and perceivable as a result of this 'creating light'.
If one were to turn off the light, or conversely if they failed to turn the light on, he or she wouldn't be able to see anything. Like those who live in literal darkness, without the light we would simply be groping around and trying to feel our way through the darkness!
Today, humans have succeeded, marginally, in creating lasers, that are powerful enough for use in destroying cancer cells and that are being used for other purposes. However, laser light is a poor man's imitation of what the superior light is capable of doing and creating. That light apparently lit up the earth and perhaps the universe before there was ever sun, moon or any other celestial light.
God showed me something years ago, and like Paul, whether I was in the body or not I cannot tell you. However, God showed me a church on earth that was encased in a light that shone upon it that was came directly from a Temple in Heaven. Folks, not every church building or organization on earth is connected by the light to the Temple in Heaven! You had better be certain that your church, or more importantly you are connected to the light!
VI. Some humans Jesus said, will not come to the light. Isn't it interesting that with respect to death and dying, those individuals who have reportedly crossed over and returned, express that after the 'metaspiritual release' from their human confinement, that they experience a great light - a light that can be observed without human organs.
Paul wondered in Romans the 7th chapter, who would deliver him from this body of death? Others reported that they had seen a 'great light', Paul even saw the light himself! And that light left Paul, arguably, with a 'chronic opthalmic' condition!
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
VII. Action followed Explanation:
Immediately after Jesus taught his disciples they departed into Judea. Why, to perform more miracles? No, instead, they went and began to enact the first stage of transformation, teaching and baptizing those individuals who came to the light.
The Holy Spirit Baptism-distributed a gift to all mankind, descended and fell upon his disciples, just as Jesus promised prior to his departure from planet Earth.
3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Analysis: Some bystanders were puzzled by what was taking place and being said, and they approached John - seeking an explanation for what was taking place. John, explained that the one who had come down from above, was far more important than the one that is of the earth. Forever O Lord thy word is settled in heaven, the scripture reads. Wait John, I thought Jesus was your cousin?
John explained that what comes from above is superior to its earthly microcosm. Everything on earth was either created by or descended from that which is from above. Jesus came to Earth not only to effect the transplantation of the spiritual seed, but in order to effect the transmogrification of the human soul, eventually to a new habitation in an unseen divine and spiritual realm. In some cultures this is what is referred to as transmigration of the soul or spirit!
In other words the soul travels from one body into other. You would not kill a pesty fly or erachnid in a culture that believes that the soul of a late ancestor or deceased mother or father may have transmigratied into the body of a fly or erachnid!
3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
Enlightenment: The words that are being spoken here are not earthy, these are the words of the creator and sustainer God. And according to God in order to be transformed, one must hear the son and believe the message that he brought (which entailed entering into the process of transformation, that began with Jesus the prototokos).
3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
IX. Religion the non-sequitur:
What does this have to do with religion, factually very little. What does this have to do with God's church? There is a distinction between God's church and the church on earth today. Most religious organizations on earth today practice religion, - the acts, duties, religious piety, rules and regulations are human inventions that have been elevated to sacred status by most religious institutions.
And what most religious organizations insist that their members adhere to today are simply religious rules and manmade practices, that will have nothing to do with ultimate transformation. Eucharist, for a church in the San Francisco Bay area meant having a dance in place of a fellowship dinner, that was followed by the injestion of beer and crackers! Er herm!
I stun many individuals when I say this, however, I do not believe that the entity that we refer to as God is very religious. I do not believe that Jesus was very religious. For as a practical matter, everything that Jesus taught and that the Holy Spirit taught were practical if you think about it, consider prayer as an example. To most humans prayer has become some highly ethereal exercise that one engagess in, so that they can talk to God. Some loved to in Jesus' time, to stand and make some great demonstrative exercise out of prayer.
From God's perspective, I understand that prayer is simply a way to communicate with God - minus all of the hyperbole, acting out and drama that is typically associated with prayer. God's people are taught to simply go into your secret 'phone booth' and get on the phone and talk to God. When Jesus prayed, he simply talked to God.
The process of regeneration or rebirth much like the process of natural conception and reproduction is formula driven. In other words, you do this, you do that and a new life will be formed and subsequently born - whether you slobber, cry, scream, roll, holler, have an organ playing in the background or a minister screaming 'yah yah yah', at the top of his or her lungs into your ears.
In other words, just talk to me God is saying, I hear you! Paul explained in Romans the 8th chapter that most believers do not know how to pray, or the manner in which they should engage in prayer. No matter what language one uses in order to speak to God, or if one simply meditates a prayer within their mind - the trilingual God, understands, because God reads your mind!
Much drama and entertainment surrounds the process to the extent that a whole new religious cottage industry has grown up around what God apparently intended to be a simple act of communication between man and God. Most of the conversions that took place in the scriptures, were a less than demonstrative dramatization - many times there was a simple act of one man teaching another man the formula. And once the recipient understood and acted upon the formula, the Spirit (not always so religious itself) kicked in and completed the process of transforming one that was born of corrupted DNA, into transformative spiritual DNA!
It simply worked in a similar manner that the Law of nature works. All one had to do was prepare the ground, plant the seed and allow the light and water to do its part. Within God's plan, the ground of the human heart is prepared, the seed is dropped into it and watered, and the Law of God kicks in and new life is created!
What is so hard about that? The problem that we have on earth today is that everyone has joined some religious institution where they believe that by so doing, they have done what is neccessary to enter into a heaven, which is a non-human construct! However, I do not believe that mixing human DNA with religious mantras, false-humility, intonations, sacrifices and recitations makes one bit of difference in being transformed! Consider all of the religious nuts who are walking around. Consider all of the humans who are obsessed with some repetitive form of religious ideation(s).
You can be born again at this instance but not as a consequence of saying some magic words that some preacher has taught you to say. You can't just say 'I believe', and that is the end of it. For if you truly believe then actions follows your purported beliving. In other words if you believe Jesus, you will do the things that Jesus taught. If I told you that a crazed and wild grizzly bear was about to run up to wherever you are and eat you and that you had to escape if you did not want to be eaten, you would have to make a choice.
You could ignore me! Or on the other hand you could say, Rev, I believe you, although you could still sit there and say that you believed my message as the bear gnawed on your flesh, given that you ignored a portion of my message. The message was not believe me and do nothing, the message was believe me and get up and escape!
Some people are doing the latter, they are simply saying Jesus I believe you, however, they are not obeying the message that they claim to believe. Jesus' reply would be, then how come you don't do the things that I said do, instead of what some preacher who short-circuited my message may have taught you to do.
Some will argue, well my preacher said that salvation does not require works and that is a free gift that resulted from the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that is true. However, Jesus did require that you take some action steps yourself. For just as you cannot reproduce a human fetus by sitting there and looking at your male or female counterpart, you also have to take the steps that were prescribed by Jesus in order to intiate the process of spiritual reproduction in your life.
Besides, if nothing is required for you to do, why are you going to church?
The gift is free, however, the act of accepting the gift is strictly a voluntary process that requires action on your part.
A Closing story: The misunderstood transformative work of the Holy Spirit. I will end with a story. I was speaking with a friend some years ago who explained that factually she did not know where children came from, even after she was married and bore children. This woman was raised in the south and to a family that did not believe in discussing reproduction with their kids, even prior to marriage.
And as a result when this woman grew up and married, she had absolutely no understanding about sex or sexual reproduction. She admitted that her husband introduced her to some private exercise that they would engage in (under the covers) from time to time, however, she didn't have an inkling that other human beings and married couples were engaging in the same 'pleasurable' behavior.
Where did babies come from as far as she knew? She was always under the impression that babies came automatically - after you got married
and by some process of osmosis she supposed, is my best guess. In other words if you got married the babies would simply come. And the proof was in the pudding as far as she was concerned, for after she married the two of them ended up with 5 or more children!
We might be shocked at her naivete, but let me suggest that many of you are just like this woman was when it comes to understanding what it means to be born again. Some of you have not been taught because your spiritual parents do not understand spiritual reproduction and what it means to be born again, they simply do not understand it. Some others have been mistaught, they believe that if they were to marry a religious institution, or repeat the magic words at the altar on Sunday morning that the baby (their rebirth) would automatically follow.
Folks, based upon what I understand that is not necessarily so, and there is more to it than the pre-packaged salvation that some ministries are offering you. Some individuals stand at the altar and proclaim that they believe simply because that is what they are taught to say.
Ask them 5 minutes later what is it that you believe and they couldn't tell you, and instead they would say, I simply repeated what the minister told me to say. Some of you reading this blog have not been born again. And, because you have not experienced the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, you are not in the Kingdom of God, albeit, you may be a member of a church.
And finally, following the death of the Adamic-DNA body, you will not enter into the domain of God's Kingdom (that Jesus went away to prepare - John 14), even though you may have spent the majority of your life in a religious setting working your buns off, or repeated the magic words that some misinformed Nicodemus/Apollos-like well intentioned teacher may have told you to say.
None of these things will facilitate your conversion from earthly DNA into spiritual DNA! I would liken it to going to the surgeon who would explain to you what must be done surgically in order for your life to be preserved. And when asked by the surgeon, do you believe what I have told you? And you would likely answer I believe you. However, while the surgeon prepares to proceed with the surgery, you go away believing that you have been saved, because you believed what the surgeon told you, even though you did not allow the surgery to take place. The end result is that you are still dying.
I caution you to not miss out on the next stage in God's evolutionary plan, because you stopped at religion!
Peace & Grace
Reverend C. Solomon
Apples of Gold In Pictures of Silver [Prov. 25:11b]
Addenda: If you haven't done so already, ask God to come in and to change your DNA. And after you have asked him, don't just go off and join some auxiliary in the church feeling that your works will save you.
Do not do another thing until you know that you have been born again. And how will
you know that you have been born again? It won't be because you have
received a spiritual gift as some ministers teach. Many
individuals have received spiritual gifts, and they
are not born again. The disciples were
imparted spiritual gifts on their
first missionary journey,
yet they had to go
Jerusalem (where the Spirit was) in order to 'be born again'.
The Spirit of God will transform you, 'from above'. That Spirit will seal you with the Holy Spirit of promise. Also, as long as you are unsure about whether you are
born again or not, persist unto God lets you know for a fact that the
transformation has occured!
Again, ask God to change your DNA! Today's churches and ministers
have trapped individuals, and convinced them into believing that all
they have to do is join the church, or come down to the altar
and say a few magic words and then they are born again.
Can it happen right then and there at the altar? Of course it can and it can happen before you reach the altar or even leave home. However, for many individuals (and they know it) it did not happen the day that
they walked down to the altar - and it hasn't occured
yet - they know in their hearts that they have
not been born again!
Allow the Holy Spirit to do its work in you!