Did Jesus come to start a fear-based religion?

By Kim Michaels

Was Jesus a hellfire and brimstone preacher?

It is the Christian religion that has given rise to the concept of a “hellfire and brimstone preacher.” It is thus relevant to ask whether Jesus himself was such a preacher? For some the obvious answer will be a ”No,” but let us take a closer look.

Again, it is easy to see the contrast between Jesus and those who represented the established religion of his time. If Jesus had been like them, there would have been no conflict between them. The very fact that the established religion saw Jesus – among many other preachers of alternative forms of spirituality – as one who had to be silenced with all means demonstrates that Jesus was seen as a threat. Why was Jesus a threat to a well-established religion that even had the military backing of the Roman empire? Might it be because the established religion was based on fear, whereas Jesus preached a message based on love?

Fear is an emotion, a mental condition, meaning that it is something that takes place inside the psyche of individual human beings. As modern psychology has demonstrated, fear is closely linked to control. The greater the fear, the greater the need to control one’s environment, including other people, in order to alleviate the fear. And those who are driven to control others out of fear will often use fear in their attempts to control others.

A brief look at history will demonstrate a basic dynamic, namely a power struggle between the general population and a small elite seeking to control the population in order to secure and maintain special privileges for themselves. The members of the elite are afraid of loosing their power over the people, and although they often have physical power, they know it is not enough. As various revolutions have shown, once the people refuse to comply, the elite will always lose. Thus, members of a power elite also seek to control the population through fear. The historian Arnold Toynbe talked about a creative minority seeking to free the population from the control of a dominant minority.

The basic dynamic is that the dominant minority can have great military power, but they are so vastly outnumbered that they cannot control the population through force alone. Thus, they must seek to suppress the population’s desire for freedom, and the most effective way to do this is through fear that makes the people feel powerless. An honest look at history will demonstrate that one of the most effective ways to induce fear into a population is indeed religion. History has several examples of a dictatorial state apparatus working in close cooperation with a religious apparatus, thus attaining the elusive goal of being able to control people’s outer actions through force while at the same time controlling their minds through fear. Unfortunately, Christianity became one of these examples, as we will discuss in more detail later.

In Jesus’ society, the dominant minority was made up of the Jewish religion and its hierarchy, which was in close cooperation with the Jewish king who was in alliance with Rome. As a result, the population was divided into the “haves” and the “have-nots” with no middle class, and the majority of the people clearly felt suppressed and powerless. This leaves a simple conclusion. Either Jesus was part of the dominant minority or he was part of a creative minority seeking to set the population free from the power elite. It is rather difficult to see Jesus as part of the dominant minority or as loyal to its control of the people. Rather it is much easier to see Jesus as a kind of spiritual revolutionary who aimed to set the people free from the control of the dominant minority. This is, of course, underscored by the fact that the dominant minority had Jesus killed because they saw him as a threat to their power over the people. Yet how could the teachings of Jesus seem like a threat to an elite that was backed by the Roman empire’s inexhaustible military power? How could a sandal-clad, unarmed man walking around in Galilee possibly seem threatening to those in power? Might it be that Jesus attacked the very foundation of their power over the people?

What must a fear-based religion do in order to control the minds of the people? It must define a problem so severe that it induces fear, giving people the urgency to seek for a solution. It must then present itself as the exclusive way for people to solve the problem and alleviate their fears. In terms of the Jewish religion, it had done the following:

  • It had defined God as a remote being in the sky, a judgmental being who was constantly evaluating people based on their actions, judging them as being in accord with his commandments or being sins.
  • Those who acted according to the commandments would be rewarded by a future life in heaven, whereas those who sinned would be punished by a future existence in hell.
  • The key to entering heaven was to have the sins – that all human beings had committed – absolved.
  • The absolution of sin was the exclusive privilege of the priests of the Jewish religion, who had a monopoly on performing animal sacrifices in the temple.

For those who accepted this belief system as giving an accurate rendition of reality, it was clear that the key to one’s future existence was to be on the good graces of the priesthood of the outer religion. And depending on the individuals’ propensity toward fear, the priests could indeed have total control over a person. If you believe that whether you go into God’s kingdom or end up in a fiery hell depends on the external religion and its priests, then that institution has almost absolute power over you. And this seems to have been the beliefs of most people at Jesus’ time. The conclusion is clear. The Jewish religion of the time was a fear-based religion in which the religious leaders had considerable control over the minds of the people through fear.

Enter Jesus. Did he preach a fear-based message and directly compete with the established religion? If so, he would have had only one option, namely to preach a true hellfire and brimstone message and seek to make the people more afraid of him than they were of the religious establishment. Clearly, this was not Jesus’ approach. In fact, he seems to have done the exact opposite. He seems to have directly challenged the establishment’s claim to exclusivity by preaching a love-based message and by disobeying some of the basic pillars of the established belief system.

Jesus’ message of love

It can be somewhat difficult for a person who has grown up in a modern Christian religion to see Jesus’ message as a love-based message. The reason is, of course, that after Jesus’ time, the Christian religion was indeed turned into a fear-based religion. It is an undeniable historical fact that the Catholic Church of the middle ages was indeed an institution that sought to control people’s minds through fear. It was also closely aligned with the kings and noble class of the feudal society, likely extending the life of that elitist system for centuries. And, of course, this fear-based element is still clearly visible in some contemporary Christian churches with their hellfire and brimstone preachers. Thus, it may take a mental retooling, a new perspective, to see how truly love-based Jesus teachings are. This can be accomplished by looking beyond one’s own situation and trying to imagine how Jesus must have seemed to the people of his time, people who had clearly grown up in a fear-based belief system.

One of the pillars of a fear-based religion is that it presents God as a remote being who is beyond the reach of most people. The people of Jesus’ time clearly believed that their God could not be reached by them individually, which is why they needed the external religion and its priests to mediate between themselves and God. So how did these people look at the following statement from Jesus:

20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke, Chapter 17)

In these short statements Jesus is attacking two of the pillars of a fear-based religion. The people of his time obviously believed that the key to entering the kingdom was to faithfully observe the tenets, the rituals and the rules of the external religion. If you did so, you were pretty much guaranteed to enter the kingdom, which they obviously saw as a location far away from themselves. Yet Jesus is clearly saying that observing an external religion is not enough to get you to the kingdom. And in the second part Jesus is basically saying that we will never find the kingdom of God as long as we are looking for it outside ourselves. This was revolutionary stuff to the people of Jesus’ time.

As modern Christians we now have two basic options. We can either reason that Jesus was wrong and didn’t know the first thing about how to enter the kingdom of God. Or we can use our intuitive faculties to seek a deeper understanding of what is hidden behind these outer words. What was Jesus really trying to tell us here?

Remember, that the basic claim of a fear-based religion is that you cannot enter the kingdom of God by your own, inherent powers. You are somehow fundamentally deficient, and thus you can enter the kingdom only through the external religion. It is only through this belief in your own powerlessness that fear of an external authority comes into the picture. If you believe that you have the powers within yourself to secure your entry into the kingdom, why would you fear other people or an earthly institution? You might still fear that you would not qualify to enter the kingdom, but you would not fear that external forces could keep you out of it.

Now let us look at another basic pillar of a fear-based belief system, namely the idea that God is a judgmental God. Imagine how people who firmly believed in the Old Testament God would have reacted to the following statement by Jesus:

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. (John 5:22)

It seems Jesus is directly challenging the Old Testament image of the angry and judgmental God in the sky, the God who visited plagues upon Pharaoh, who told the Israelites to massacre the men, women and children of their conquered enemies and who threatened to smite people with this or that if they did not obey him. In fact, the angry God of the Old Testament could very well be seen as a being who is seeking to control people through fear. Or perhaps this God is the invention of an institution who is seeking to control people through fear. Yet can one love such a God?

Some modern psychologists say that there are only two basic emotions, namely love and fear and that we cannot truly love something if we also fear it. It is clear that the established religion of Jesus’ time wanted people to fear God, as that fear would naturally be transferred to the institution that had placed itself as the only mediator between the people and their angry God. Yet it is equally clear that Jesus did not want people to fear God. If he did why would he have made the following statement:

35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew, Chapter 22)

Can you really love the Old Testament God with all your heart, soul and mind? Yet Jesus clearly do want his followers to love God this way, and thus Jesus’ God cannot be the remote, angry being in the sky. Also, if Jesus had preached a fear-based message, why wouldn’t he have said, “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind?”

Jesus also seems to have wanted people to understand that God’s love for us is not a conditional love but an unconditional one. Otherwise, why would Jesus make the following statement:

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12: 32)

Imagine how revolutionary this statement must have seemed to a person brought up with the Old Testament image of the angry and judgmental God in the sky. What is Jesus actually saying here? Is he not saying that receiving God’s kingdom is not a matter of observing the external, fear-based religion, a religion whose main means for reconciliation with God was animal sacrifices? Instead, of all these external observances, Jesus seems to be saying that God truly wants to give us his kingdom, which means that the only condition we need to fulfill is that we must be able and willing to receive it. Yet this is not an external but an internal condition.

Again, imagine how this must have seemed to the leaders of the established religion of Jesus’ time. If the people had started believing what Jesus was saying, their fear of the external religion would have evaporated as the morning dew under a rising sun. Is it any wonder they started seeing Jesus as a direct threat to their power over the people, a power clearly based on fear?

Jesus’ wanted people to think

What is one of the main effects of a fear-based religion? It is precisely that it causes people to stop thinking about spiritual matters. Why so? Because a fear-based religion sets up a culture in which people are scared into following the interpretations, doctrines and dogmas presented by the leaders of the established religion. This is clearly seen in the scriptures, of how the scribes and Pharisees continually sought to trap Jesus into going against their interpretations so that they could accuse him of various offenses, especially the capital offense of blasphemy.

We human beings tend to have more questions about life than any doctrine can answer. In a fear-based religion, such questions are discouraged or even actively suppressed. The general attitude is that the official doctrines tell you everything you need to know about God, life and salvation. If you have questions that the doctrines cannot answer, then there is something wrong with those questions. If you will not be satisfied with doctrine, then there is something wrong with you. Yet if all people had accepted this approach, Jesus could never have attracted any followers, as they would have stayed within the fold defined by the dominant religion. They would have been afraid to think about what Jesus said.

How do they leaders of a fear-based religion arrive at their interpretations and doctrines? Obviously, they can do this only by using the intellect and by resolving matters based on fear. Those who seek to control others through fear must themselves be trapped in fear—otherwise why the need for control? The leaders of a fear-based belief system clearly do not want people to think, because that might cause them to see the inconsistencies or contradictions in official doctrines. Yet was Jesus such a leader?

Again, if he had been, why would he have been such a threat to the established religion. But we can find many clues in Jesus’ words and actions that clearly show that Jesus wanted people to think. Yet beyond thinking, Jesus also wanted people to use their intuitive faculties. We have already mentioned that Jesus denounced the lawyers for having caused the people to lose the Key of Knowledge. And through modern psychology it has become clear that fear is one of the primary psychological factors that causes people to either shut off or doubt their intuitive faculties. Fear causes people to cling to what is known, and the intellect is far more predictable than intuition.

Yet it is clear that Jesus wanted people to go beyond intellectual interpretations and use their intuitive faculties—he wanted people to think outside the box. As an example, take the following parable:

31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Matthew, Chapter 13)

Obviously, this parable is hard to understand even for modern people, but think about how it must have sounded to people in an ancient agricultural culture. The mustard plant is a weed that often grows wild in grain fields. It is big and bushy and can quickly crowd out valuable crops, and when there were no pesticides to control it, it was clearly seen as a threat. Why would Jesus compare the kingdom of God to a despised weed? Is it not plausible that Jesus wanted people to think outside the box? The real message here is not that the kingdom looks like a plant, but that the kingdom is so far outside of the orthodox, fear-based mental box that people cannot see the kingdom or cannot see it as something of value. Thus, until people are willing to look outside their mental box, they will never discover the real kingdom.

And then take the following quote:

7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew, Chapter 7)

It is clear that Jesus wants us to seek, and what could this mean? Does he perhaps want us to seek for something beyond the mental box created by a fear-based belief system that is dominated by an elite who seeks to use fear to control the population? And is it not clear, based on what we have discussed, that Jesus want us to seek with more than the intellect, namely our intuition? Is it not also clear that Jesus believes that when we do seek in this way, we will indeed find answers? How could Jesus be so sure? Was it because Jesus believed in his own promise?

Jesus’ promise of the Comforter

How could Jesus be so sure that if we are willing to look beyond a fear-based mental box and seek truth with our intuitive faculties, we will indeed receive an answer? He seems to have based this on a mechanism that he himself created, a mechanism that would be able to give us answers to any questions we have. Consider the following quotes:

16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John, Chapter 14)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (John 15:26)

Is it not rather peculiar that the Christian institution has largely ignored the Comforter, even though Jesus clearly considered it extremely important? Why would an institution that claims to represent Christ ignore or downplay a mechanism created by Christ? Could it be because that institution has become the exact same kind of fear-based religion as the one that had Jesus killed?

Look at the Catholic Church of the dark ages. Jesus clearly created the mechanism of the Comforter in order to give us a way to understand his teachings. That is why he said, “he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Yet can you see a person go before the Spanish inquisitors and say that the Comforter had told him something that contradicted Catholic doctrine? The person would have ended up burning at the stake.

The stark historical reality is that for centuries the official Christian institution was a fear-based religion that sought to control what people thought about Christ through doctrines that were enforced by the threat of death. People were not allowed to think, and they were not allowed to seek any understanding of Jesus’ message outside the official doctrines. Can you see that this can be based only on a desire to control people’s minds? Doctrines are predictable because they are defined by an earthly institution. The Comforter is unpredictable because it cannot be controlled by an earthly institution.

We will later take a closer look at what exactly the Comforter might be, but for now the point to be made is that Jesus would never have talked about a Comforter if he had wanted to create a fear-based religion. He would have given us clearly defined doctrines instead of something that might give us unpredictable answers.

Did Jesus want to start a religion like the one that had him killed?

It is obvious that it was the leaders of a fear-based religion who had Jesus killed. This is obvious because only fear causes people to feel so threatened that they think they have to kill someone. Given that Jesus so often challenged the leaders of the established religion, it seems obvious that he must have known that it was not a true form of religion. It is therefore obvious that Jesus did not intend to start another fear-based religion. Which means he must have intended to start an entirely different kind of spiritual movement.

It is  historical fact that for a large part of its existence, the Christian religion has been a fear-based religion. Given that this clearly cannot be in alignment with Jesus’ intent, we who are Co-Creative Christians are determined to develop an approach to spirituality that is not based on fear but based on a deeper understanding of Jesus’ message and intentions.

We are also determined to understand why Christianity became a fear-based religion and how we can help bring it back in alignment with Jesus’ intentions. We are not thereby seeking to condemn those who may prefer or have a need for a fear-based religion. We are simply seeking to make it clear that there is an alternative.

As Co-Creative Christians we recognize a basic dynamic of life. The basis for progress – the very reason why we are not still living like cave dwellers – is that we ask questions and expand our understanding of life. If a society stops asking questions, that society will stop its progress. And history clearly demonstrated that this will led to the downfall of that society, as was clearly seen in the Dark Ages and with other civilizations.

We hold that religion or spirituality to be a force for good, which means it must encourage people to ask questions and seek to help them find answers. This is clearly what Jesus intended when he told us to seek and when he gave us the Comforter. Thus, it is not in accordance with Jesus’ intent that Christianity became a tool for hindering progress by suppressing knowledge and stopping people from asking the kind of questions that lead to progress.

What kind of questions lead to progress? Questions that go beyond what is already known and thus cause people to think “outside the box.” As Co-Creative Christians we are determined to leave behind Christianity’s legacy of hindering progress. We believe that Jesus’ inner teachings are so profound and timeless that they can survive any kind of questioning. We believe that it is only by asking any and all questions that we will be able to rise above Christianity’s fear-based past and turn Christianity into the kind of love-based religion that will have relevance to people in the modern world.

Thus, we are committed to considering any and all questions with an open mind. We will not ignore the difficult questions, we will not brush aside questions by thinking “It’s a mystery” or that we are not supposed to know certain things about God or Jesus. We live in the modern age, the information age, and it has taught us that knowledge is not dangerous and that progress cannot be stopped We believe in the saying that “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” and thus we are committed to attaining greater knowledge. With all our getting, we are willing to get understanding.

We are supposed to know and we can know—by using our intuitive faculties, the Key of Knowledge and Jesus’ own Comforter. Yet it all begins with our willingness to ask questions—even if other Christians will not ask those questions. What is that to us—we will follow Jesus into the kingdom of knowledge.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

Setting the foundation for an open-minded approach to Christianity

By Kim Michaels

Co-Creative Christianity—what it is, what it isn’t

What is Co-Creative Christianity? Let us begin by exploring what it is not.

Co-Creative Christianity is not an attempt to start a new religion. It is not an attempt to start a new church or sect within the Christian religion. It is not an attempt to invalidate, replace or compete with existing churches or sects. It is not a dogma or doctrine. It is not even an organization. Then, what is it?

Co-Creative Christianity is a universal approach to spirituality, specifically focused on Christian spirituality. It is an attempt to fully explore the message, teachings and example of Jesus and relate them to our lives in the modern world—in a way that has both profound and practical meaning to the individual.

Co-Creative Christianity does not define an organization with conditions for membership. It does not define a dogma or doctrine that must be believed uncritically and accepted based on faith alone. It does not define a belief system that must be accepted as a whole – as an all-or-nothing package – but leaves it up to the individual what he or she will accept.

Co-Creative Christianity is an effort to explore the deeper meaning of what Jesus taught and what it means for people in today’s complex world. It is an initiative to offer understanding, insight and perspective that can enrich your life and help you grow toward a more full life experience. As such, Co-Creative Christianity is not a complete or closed belief system. It is an open-ended approach that can and will change over time, as society evolves and as the spiritual needs of individuals and groups change. It is a buffet where you can eat what appeals to you and leave the rest, coming back for more as the desire arises.

Co-Creative Christianity can be explored by anyone—religious or non-religious, Christian or non-Christian. It can be explored by members of any Christian church or sect. The only “condition” is a curiosity about life and the desire for a greater understanding. The very basis for Co-Creative Christianity is the following:

  • We recognize and consciously acknowledge that we do not have the full understanding of God, life and the teachings of Jesus.
  • We acknowledge that there is more to understand than what we have received so far.
  • We acknowledge that we have been given ways to acquire this greater understanding.
  • We acknowledge our desire to attain this greater understanding, so that we can use it to enrich our life experience.
  • We acknowledge our willingness to seek this understanding, even if it prompts us to look beyond the world view or belief system in which we are currently comfortable (or not so comfortable).

We must be as open-minded as the early followers of Jesus

Co-Creative Christianity acknowledges that as human beings we have a tendency to look at life from a certain perspective, a certain vantage point, a certain mental box. We also tend to generalize and think that our particular perspective is universal, meaning that other people – even those in different locations in the space-time continuum – look at everything the same way we do (and if not, they should). It is easy to look back at the time of Jesus and think that his early followers looked at him as we have been conditioned to look at him in the modern world. This, of course, is not historically accurate.

The early followers of Jesus had a vastly different world view than we have today. They likely had a vastly different view on religion and spirituality than we have today. As one obvious difference, there was no Christianity at the time of Jesus. Christianity was not a clearly defined religion with doctrines, an organizational structure, cathedrals and churches. There was not even a Bible as we know it today.

We have been conditioned to think of Jesus as a man who always had immaculate clothing and well-trimmed hair and beard. We might even have come to think that he had a halo around his head and thus was instantly recognizable. Yet the historical reality is that there was nothing about Jesus’ appearance that set him apart from other men. This is even demonstrated in the scriptures, as the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus needed Judas to point him out to them.

Given that there was no Christianity at the time, it is also clear that Jesus had no outer claim to authority. In fact, Jesus was repeatedly denounced and challenged by the hierarchy of the established religion of his time. It seems fairly reasonable to conclude that representatives of the established religion played a key role in having Jesus condemned to death and crucified. It is also clear that the established religion did everything in its power to prevent people from following Jesus. Thus, it is clear that those who were obedient to the external religion would not have dared to follow Jesus.

Historians have shown that at the time of Jesus, there was a certain upheaval in religious life, with many sects or individual preachers who offered an alternative to the established religion. The situation seems to have been somewhat similar to what can be observed today in what is often labeled the New Age movement and even to some degree within the Christian religion. Given that Jesus had no special outer appearance and no outer claim to authority, he would have appeared as simply one alternative preacher among many. So how did the early followers recognize Jesus as having something special to offer?

Co-Creative Christianity recognizes that the early followers of Jesus were not closed-minded followers of tradition. They were not conformists who blindly followed the established religion and its doctrines and hierarchy. They did not blindly follow the blind leaders. Instead, they were open-minded people who were willing to recognize that the established religion could not answer all of their questions about God and life. They had a natural, inherent curiosity, and when Jesus offered them teachings that answered their questions, they were willing to leave orthodoxy behind and follow him, even though Jesus’ lifestyle and teachings were very different from what was offered by the established religion. In short, the early followers of Jesus did not blindly obey an external authority but followed an internal authority, they were individual thinkers rather than group thinkers or non-thinkers.

Co-Creative Christianity acknowledges that if we – in the modern world – are to attain a deeper understanding of the message of Christ, we must be like the early followers of Jesus. We cannot be conformists. We cannot be blind followers of tradition. We cannot be respecter of persons in the form of a church hierarchy that claims an external authority. We must be willing to acknowledge when the established religion of our time cannot answer our questions about God, Jesus and life—or cannot meet other spiritual needs.

We must not allow our programming – that seeks to make us conform – to shut off our inherent curiosity. Had the early followers done this, they would not have dared to follow Jesus. They would have stayed within the fold of orthodoxy, and Jesus would have been preaching to the empty hillsides. Christianity would have died in infancy. Thus, if we are to attain a deeper understanding of Christ, we must dare to acknowledge our questions. And if the established religion of our time – even if it calls itself Christianity and claims to represent Christ – cannot answer our questions, we must dare to seek beyond doctrines and dogmas. We must be willing to follow what we know deep within ourselves, we must be willing to think about spiritual matters and we must dare to be individual thinkers who look beyond group-think.

Co-Creative Christianity acknowledges that the message of Christ is complex and far more profound than what can be captured in doctrines and dogmas. It is a message that must be studied and internalized by using the means defined by Jesus himself, means that are beyond the human intellect and the rational, linear, analytical mind. Co-Creative Christianity acknowledges that capturing the inner message of Christ is no simple task. Yet it is a possible task—or Jesus would never have gathered any followers. Thus, we are willing to do what it takes to qualify ourselves and dedicate our mental faculties to the task of truly knowing Christ.

What is the Key of Knowledge?

What was the mechanism that allowed the early followers to recognize Jesus as having more to offer than the established religion? We know that Jesus encountered thousands – probably tens of thousands – of people during his ministry. We know that some followed him because of outer “signs,” such as healings or other abnormal events. Yet we also know that many people must have encountered Jesus without recognizing anything special in him. What happened in people’s minds when they met Jesus? What was the psychological mechanism that caused some to accept him and some to reject him?

Co-Creative Christianity acknowledges that there were no outer signs that would automatically get people to accept Jesus. Likewise, there are no outer signs today that will automatically give us a deeper understanding of Jesus’ message. The deciding factor is an inner factor, a mechanism in the psyche of the individual. Thus, we acknowledge that if we are to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ teachings, we must be willing to look at ourselves and investigate whether we have the state of mind that allows us to internalize the teachings of Christ or whether something in our psyches block our entry into the wedding feast.

We have said that the early followers of Jesus were more open-minded than people who clung to the established religion. Yet what exactly does that mean? Is it, perhaps, related to what our modern world explains as the difference in how the two halves of our brains process information? We know that the left side of the brain is the seat of analytical and linear thinking, whereas the right side is the seat of intuitive, spherical or holistic thinking—or rather experiencing. What is the difference?

Analytical thinking is based on comparing a new idea to a mental “database” of what is already known and considered reliable, perhaps even “true.” Analytical thinking is based on rational, linear arguments for or against a particular concept. Thus, people who use the intellect can often present very intricate arguments for both sides of an issue. In fact, the intellect is often so good at coming up with arguments that it is impossible to determine which argument is the better one—based on the intellect alone. Which is why is is often impossible to reach a decisive decision based on intellectual arguments alone.

So what breaks the stalemate and prevents us from being paralyzed by intellectual arguments that never lead to a decision? In many cases, it is a fear-based mechanism that we will explore more fully later, where people have already decided what they want to be true. Thus, they consider only the intellectual arguments that support their belief while ignoring or belittling arguments that speak against it. All too often, an issue is decided based on the emotion of fear, and if both sides are driven by fear, conflict is the all-too-common result. Yet might there be an alternative, and might Jesus himself have spoken about it?

The following short passage describes an often overlooked concept that was obviously important to Jesus:

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luke, 11:52)

First, it should be noted that the term “lawyer” does not refer to practitioners of secular law, as it does today. It refers to a group of religious scholars or experts who were interpreters of Mosaic law. These people would typically use their left brains to present intellectual arguments for or against a certain interpretation of the Law. Yet the real point of interest here is the term “the Key of Knowledge.” What could it possibly mean, and why is it generally overlooked by Christian preachers?

It is obvious that the concept must have been important to Jesus, but the fact that it is used almost casually indicates that it was a concept that was familiar to and commonly used by Jesus and his disciples. What meaning did Jesus and his disciples see in this concept, what mystery is hidden behind this seemingly insignificant expression?

The concept is contrasted with the intellectual, analytical approach taken by the lawyers. Jesus makes it clear that the lawyers have actually prevented the people from using the Key of Knowledge, and is it possible that they have done so by claiming the intellectual approach as being superior? This would be very familiar to us in the modern world, where we also see a glorification of the human intellect and its rational, linear reasoning. For example, many scientists have raised the intellect to a position of not only superiority but even exclusivity. It is as if they see the intellect as the only way to process information and determine what is true. Even the religious world has many examples of intellectual interpretation of scriptures, filled with hair-splitting but ultimately inconsequential arguments. Certainly, Christianity has not escaped this intellectualization. Yet is it possible to fully appreciate Jesus’ message through the human intellect alone?

Certainly, this is not to say that the intellect is useless or inferior. However, even modern science has shown that the human brain has two halves that are the seats of two distinct ways of processing information. Science has also shown that both sides have advantages and disadvantages, meaning that only by using both forms of thinking can we get a complete and balanced view of an issue. Yet science – and common sense – demonstrate that in the modern Western world, the intellect has been glorified and the intuitive approach has been ignored or even suppressed.

Obviously, Jesus could not at the time have talked about the two halves of the brain, as no one would have understood him. Yet is it possible that Jesus was well aware of the intuitive faculties and their importance? Is it possible that it was precisely these faculties that empowered Jesus’ disciples and other followers to recognize that there was something unique about Jesus and his teachings? Is it possible that Jesus knew that only people with a well-developed intuition – people who had the Key of Knowledge – were able to recognize him and his teachings?

Co-Creative Christianity asserts that it is impossible to appreciate the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ words through the intellect alone. Attempting to do so is precisely what has split Christianity into numerous churches and sects, many based on a very specific intellectual interpretation of the existing scriptures—the letter of the law rather than the Spirit. This is what has caused numerous people to overlook the Spirit of Jesus’ teachings, becoming so lost in detail that they cannot see the bigger picture—they cannot see the forest for the trees.

Jesus does not seem to have been a linear, analytical preacher. He was in constant opposition to the scribes, the Pharisees and the lawyers—all people who did take an analytical, linear approach. Thus, Jesus seems to have been a creative thinker, an intuitive thinker, a holistic thinker. How can we hope to fully understand his message unless we are willing to do what his early followers did—acknowledge and develop the intuitive faculties? Perhaps by doing so, we will come to see subtle nuances that have been overlooked by 2,000 years of intellectual thinkers? Perhaps we can even develop an entirely new perspective that will empower us to relate Jesus’ teachings directly to the life experience we have in the modern world? For Co-Creative Christianity this is an opportunity that is too good to pass up. Thus, we must take a new look at the teachings of Jesus through our intuitive faculties. We must be willing to activate the Key of Knowledge.

A higher way to know

Although our modern world offers us a greater understanding of our intuitive faculties than what was available at Jesus’ time, much of the understanding is indeed intellectual. In other words, although left-brain thinkers have acknowledged the existence and value of right-brain thinking, they are still attempting to analyze intuition through the intellect. Yet how can the left brain fully understand the right, how can the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

Perhaps we need to consider that intuition is more than we generally recognize today. Perhaps Jesus was well aware of the higher potential of our intuitive faculties, having learned to use them himself and teaching it to his disciples. Take for example the following passage from Matthew, Chapter 16:

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Traditionally, Christians – and especially Catholics – tend to focus on the person of Peter as the central topic in these passages. But what if the central topic truly is the following sentence: “for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven?” What exactly is Jesus trying to tell us with this sentence?

The overall issue here is how we can recognize Christ, how people could recognize Jesus as having something special to offer. Jesus makes it clear that nothing of the earth could enable anyone to recognize Christ, but only “something” from a higher realm. Yet what exactly might this mean? Might it be that we cannot recognize Christ through the outer mind and the intellect alone? For example, one can readily find people in today’s world who use the findings of science to present intellectual arguments against religion in general and Christianity in particular. Yet each of these arguments can be countered with another intellectual argument. Thus, you find people who are completely convinced that God exists and people who are equally convinced that science has proven that God does not exist. And you rarely see intellectual arguments convincing anyone to change opinion.

The point is that what Jesus might be attempting to tell us – by using Peter as an example – is that we cannot recognize Christ and the truth of Christ through the intellect, the left brain, alone. We need to make use of the right brain, our intuitive faculties, in order to reach beyond where the intellect can go. The intellect works by comparing a new concept to a database of what is already known. But what if Christ is so beyond what we normally encounter on earth that Christ truth has no comparison? The intellect would then have only one way to deal with Christ truth, namely to distort it in order to pull it into the realm that the intellect can deal with. Yet the moment Christ truth is distorted and pulled down to the level of the intellect, we have lost its essence. We have taken a thing that be of God and turned it into a thing that be of men. And when we have done that, the reality of Christ has become just another concept that the intellect can argue for or against endlessly.

Christ truth might indeed be beyond the relative, analyzable knowledge that we have been taught in school and Sunday school. It might be something we can grasp only with the higher faculties of the intuitive mind. Jesus himself actually supports this view in the following statement:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

Again, could the expression to “worship him in spirit” be a reference to the higher intuitive faculties? The context of the quote is that Jesus was talking to a woman at a well and told her that she did not clearly know what she was worshiping. Was he saying that you cannot truly worship or know God through the outer mind or the intellect, but that you must make use of the mind’s ability to look at the big picture, to reach beyond the earthly realm and contact a higher realm?

As we will see later, the existence of such a realm can in today’s scientific world be explained as a realm of higher energy frequencies. In other words, the intellect might function only in the energy frequencies of the material realm. It can reason about what a higher or spiritual realm might be like, but it can only treat such a realm as a theoretical concept. Yet our mind has another faculty that allows us to go beyond treating the spiritual as a remote object that we study and speculate about. Instead, the intuitive faculties can give us a direct knowing, even a direct experience of something beyond what our physical senses and the intellect can detect.

Let us take this concept and apply it to the passage that follows the previous one with Peter—a passage often “overlooked” by Christian preachers:

21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

This is certainly a passage that it can be difficult to understand if we take it literally. In the passage just before, Jesus has said that Peter is the rock upon which he will build his church, yet now he is saying that the same Peter is Satan himself. How do we make sense of this?

One way is to take the focus off the outer person and look for a deeper meaning. As we saw above, the first passage might have been meant to show that we can know Christ only by reaching beyond the earthly way of knowing things, namely the physical senses and the intellect. Peter has demonstrated that he is capable of doing so, which is why he recognized Jesus as Christ and became his disciple. In other words, Peter clearly does know how to use his intuitive faculties.

Yet what if this second passage is meant to demonstrate something all of us do, namely use the analytical mind to override or color the insights we have received through intuition? For example, consider the saying that “First impressions are always accurate.” You can meet a person that you know nothing about, and upon seeing him, you get an inner sense that he cannot be trusted. Yet you then find out that he is a member of your church, that he knows so and so, that he has done so and so, and you then use the analytical mind to override your intuitive flash. So you do trust the person with your money, only to find out later that he indeed was not trustworthy.

What we see is that Peter did indeed use his intuitive faculties to recognize Jesus as the Christ. Yet he then used the analytical mind to impose a human expectation upon Jesus, an expectation that Jesus was like a king who should never be humiliated and killed by any humans. Peter had, so to speak, used the analytical mind to build a mental box for what the Christ should be like, and he was now seeking to make Jesus conform to this human expectation. He was seeking to force Jesus into his mental box. Jesus recognizes what is going on in Peter’s mind and instantly rebukes him in the strongest way possible. Obviously, it is important for Jesus to make it clear that the Christ will never conform to our human expectations – “the things that be of men” – but will always act based on “the things that be of God.” Is Jesus actually seeking to tell us that if we use the intellect alone, we will never be able to appreciate the fulness of his message? Only by using the Key of Knowledge will we be able to decode the true meaning.

This passage is potentially game-changing in that it opens up for an entirely new approach to Jesus and the true meaning of his teachings. We have seen that we can recognize Christ and Christ truth only  by using the higher intuitive faculties. Yet we have also seen how easy it is for us to let an expectation or belief in the outer mind color or even override our intuitive insights.

The deeper meaning might indeed be that Christ comes to show us a reality that is beyond what the intellect can fathom. This might indeed mean that Christ is beyond what can be captured and described with words, including the words of a religious scripture. That is why Jesus so vehemently opposed the scribes and Pharisees and their attempt to make him conform to the scriptures of the past and their – intellectual – interpretations of them.

We now see that if we want to know Christ, we must activate and develop our intuitive faculties. And we must constantly be alert to the danger of superimposing the beliefs and expectations of the outer, human mind upon what we receive as a non-linear (beyond words) insight from a higher realm. In other words, one of the purposes for Christ coming to earth may be to challenge our mental boxes that have become prisons for our minds. If we cling to those mental boxes and seek to “force” Christ to fit into them, then we will miss the central purpose of Jesus’ message. And thus we will be left in our mental prisons, for Christ will never conform to them.

We now have to consider what kind of religion we want to follow. Do we want a religion that gives us an outer doctrine and tells us to believe it based on faith alone? Or do we want a religion that seeks to help us use our intuitive faculties to gain an inner confirmation of the reality of Christ, a confirmation that is beyond words and beyond the intellect? We also see that no matter who we are and how we were brought up, it is very difficult to avoid creating a mental box about Jesus and his teachings. Thus, as Co-Creative Christians we recognize that it is our responsibility to continually seek to expand our mental box, so that we do not try to fit Christ into a box based on “the things that be of men.” This might indeed be a life-long endeavor, yet ultimately a rewarding one.

However, before we can truly begin this process, we need to deal with the uncomfortable topic of fear.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

Is there any basis for equating Christianity and Satanism?

By Kim Michaels

Is there any basis whatsoever for saying that current Christianity is a disguised form of Satanism or devil worship? Well, that depends on how you define Christ and how you define anti-christ—or the devil and Satan. Of course, most Christians will think they know how to define both, but what if the most common Christian definition was out of touch with, perhaps even in opposition to, the definition given by Jesus himself?

If you are willing to take a closer look, you can find evidence right in Jesus’ own words. Let us take a look at a Bible passage that many Christians – especially Catholics – conveniently overlook. Catholics, of course, are fond of quoting the first part of the passage, namely the one that – according to the official claim – proves that the Catholic Church is the only true church of Christ:

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew, Chapter 16)

Catholics claim this proves that Jesus gave Peter the actual, literal keys to the kingdom of heaven. And since Catholics claim Peter was the first pope and that the Catholic Church has an unbroken apostolic succession directly from Peter, it follows that the Catholic Church is the only true Christian Church and thus the only way to attain your salvation. However, that does leave a simple question.

Those who know a little bit about the history of the Middle Ages know that this same Catholic Church precipitated a number of undeniable historical events that are very difficult to reconcile with the commandments of Jesus. Do I need to mention them here? There was the burning of books, the massacre of the Cathars, the Crusades, the witch hunts, the Inquisition and the suppression of scientists—just to mention a few. Of course, there was also the wars between Catholics and Protestants, so I am not trying to say the Catholic Church is responsible for all of the atrocities committed in the name of Christ.

What I am saying is that it is an undeniable historical fact that a large number of atrocities have indeed been committed in the name of Christ. In my experience, most Christians are unwilling to truly recognize this fact, and the reason is that acknowledging it immediately gives rise to an unpleasant question, a question that I consider the central question about the Christian religion:

How is it possible that a religion which claims to represent Christ has been the cause of so many actions that are distinctly against the commandments of Christ—and thus deserve to be  labeled as anti-christ?

I mean, think about it. How can a religion claim to represent Christ but fail to follow his commandments? How can the leaders of this religion feel it is justified that they do not follow his commandments? These questions have been in my mind since I learned about the Crusades, and that happened around the age of ten. I simply could not fathom how people could claim to be followers of Christ – who told us not to resist evil but to turn the other cheek – and then go out and kill other people. Yet even more disturbing was the fact that these people claimed to be killing in the name of Christ and that they were doing the work of God. In other words, they were doing the work of God by violating the commands of Christ. There was – and still is – something that hurts my heart in acknowledging this undeniable discrepancy between the teachings of Christ and the actions of his self-proclaimed followers.

Do you see what I am trying to convey here? If we are willing to look at historical facts, it is undeniable that Christianity has been one of the most violent and intolerant religions in known history. Some say that 17 million people have been killed by the Christian religion, and while that number is likely too high, there is no credible historian who will deny that several million people have been killed by Christianity. Yet given what Jesus taught, how is it possible that even one person could be killed by the Christian religion? How is it possible that someone could kill another human being and be firmly convinced that the killing was sanctioned by Jesus and would further the works of Jesus?

As I said, to me this is the central question about the Christian religion, and I know it is a question that almost all Christians have in the back of their minds. I also know that the vast majority of Christians prefer to ignore it, and many have “reasoned” it away. Nevertheless, I believe it is high time for us to face it. We have been skirting the question for centuries, but I believe Christianity will have no chance of surviving in the modern world unless we face and resolve this existential question. How can Christians expect to retain any kind of credibility by continuing to live with such a glaring discrepancy between the teachings of Christ and the behavior of Christians? Just think about the following quote from Mahatma Ghandi, a Hindu who delivered the modern world’s most Christ-like example of what non-violence can do:

I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.

So for those willing to consider a possible explanation, let us take a look at the rest of the passage mentioned above:

21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Do you find this entire passage baffling at all? I always found it to be one of the most significant passages in the Bible. I mean, what a contrast. First, Jesus takes Simon, renames him Peter and then tells him he is the rock upon which he will build his church. Then, a few paragraphs later, Jesus rebukes Peter by calling him Satan and telling him to get behind him. Do you see that right here we have a clear indication from Jesus himself that it is indeed possible for human beings to be aligned with both Christ and Satan—perhaps even at the same time. So right here is an indication that there could be a possibility that Christianity can become so perverted that it is actually a religion of anti-christ. In other words, which “Peter” is the real foundation for the Christian religion—the “Rock” version or the “get thee behind me, Satan” version?

We have two basic options for interpreting this passage. Either Jesus was wildly inconsistent – bordering on mentally unstable – or there is a deeper meaning which – even after 2,000 years – very few people have discovered. I know many modern psychologists would love to label Jesus as schizophrenic, but I prefer to think Jesus knew exactly what he was doing. And that leaves me with the conclusion that in order to understand this passage, I have to look for a deeper understanding, an understanding that goes beyond the official doctrines of virtually every Christian church.

I am also left with the suspicion that perhaps there is a hidden message in this passage. Perhaps Simon or Peter is not only a specific person but is a symbol or example to teach us something about all of us? In other words, we all have the potential to recognize the reality of Christ, but we also have the potential to superimpose a human interpretation – the things that be of men – upon Christ and then prefer that interpretation to the reality of Christ—the things that be of God.

Is it possible that the violent past of the Christian religion can be explained by a tendency in the human psyche, a tendency that makes it possible for us to justify anything, even to feel it is approved by the highest authority? Is it possible that this schizophrenic quality of the human psyche makes it possible for us to take a true spiritual teaching given by Christ and turn it completely upside-down, until it actually becomes a religion of anti-christ? On top of that, the followers of that religion completely fail to see that they have perverted the original teachings of Christ, and the reason is that they have literally covered over the “things that be of God” with an interpretation – a mental image based on “the things that be of men” – that completely obscures reality. So they blatantly violate the teachings of Christ while being firmly convinced that they are the true followers of Christ and that they are helping Jesus bring the kingdom of God.

That is exactly what the Crusaders felt when they massacred Muslim women and children in order to recapture the Holy Land. And if we ignore or downplay these historical facts, we are only condoning the mindset behind it. And we are then allowing that mindset – which simply cannot be the mindset of Christ – to continue to dominate the Christian religion. As Jesus himself said, we cannot serve two masters. So let us get the skeletons out of the closet and expose who is the real master of the Christian religion.

Can we understand the true teachings of Christ by taking the Bible literally?

I am, of course, fully aware that even what I have said above will be enough for some Christians to say that I am the one who is of the devil and that only a person influenced by the devil could claim that their church is not the true church of Christ. They will base this on the “fact” that something or other I said is not in accordance with their particular interpretation of the Bible.

Incidentally, what are we to make of the readily observable fact that Christianity is the most fractured of all the major world religions, being divided into so many sects and churches that it is scarcely possible to count them? How do we explain that Christianity seems to be a religion that encourages disagreement and even open conflict? How do we explain that Christianity seems to encourage a form of thinking that we might call “black-and-white” thinking, meaning that you are either completely right or completely wrong, that you are either with Christ or with the devil?

I will return to these questions later, but at least part of the answer is – obviously – that Christianity is divided because so many sects interpret the Bible differently. In fact, several churches claim to have a literal interpretation of the Bible, but their literal interpretations are – literally – in opposition to each other. So they can’t all be literal interpretations, can they?

After centuries of animosity between Christian churches, we are no closer to any kind of understanding or reconciliation. In fact, you might have seen Christians from various churches get into heated arguments over who has the right interpretation of the Bible. And after hours of debate, the two sides either give up (sometimes with each one accusing the other of being of the devil) or agreeing to disagree. I would like to bypass this entire scenario by asking one of these questions that most “good Christians” feel one is not supposed to ask: Did Jesus want us to interpret the Bible literally or did he wants us to look beyond the words for a deeper meaning?

Let me just ask you to take a look at a quote I think many Christians tend to overlook:

18Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

21And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

22But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. (Matthew, Chapter 8)

So here is a young man who says that he wants to follow Jesus, but he is asking him for permission to go and bury his farther. And Jesus – instead of giving him a common-sensical answer – comes up with what can only be characterized as a cryptical statement: “Let the dead bury their dead.” Okay, would you please give me a literal interpretation of that statement? Are we to infer here that in Jesus’ thought world, corpses are running around burying other corpses? If we are not, then how can one possibly interpret this statement literally?

The simple fact is that there is no literal interpretation of this statement that makes any sense whatsoever. And thus we can only reason that Jesus did not want us to take this statement literally. Either Jesus was a rather insensitive person, a rather confused person or he was the kind of teacher who wanted his students to look beyond the outer words for a deeper meaning.

The latter option has quite a lot of support elsewhere in the scriptures. For example, Jesus was in constant conflict with the scribes and Pharisees, who were the fundamentalists of the Jewish religion. There are several examples of how they sought to draw Jesus into arguments based on their literal interpretation of the Jewish scriptures, even seeking to get him to go against their interpretation so they can condemn him. Jesus always avoids going into hair-splitting arguments and instead comes up with succinct statements that confound his opponents. Take for example the situation where Jesus is challenged because his disciples pluck corn on the sabbath. Jesus answers:  “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) That is almost a Zen koan—given before Zen had been invented.

Now take a look at another example, found in Matthew, Chapter 13 after Jesus tells the parable of the sower:

10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

This is a rather profound teaching, but unfortunately most Christians hardly pay attention to it because they reason it has nothing to do with them. By the mere fact that they belong to a Christian religion, they believe it is obvious that they are blessed with eyes and ears that see and hear—and thus Jesus was surely talking about someone else.

Yet is it wise to be so sure that we do not need to look at our own ability to truly heart he message of Christ? Especially when doing so would seem to be a clear violation of one of Jesus’s most pivotal commandments:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Matthew, 7:3)

So let us try to follow Jesus’ command to look at ourselves instead of pointing the finger at others.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

If Christianity has been perverted, how come no one ever noticed?

By Kim Michaels

The opening premise of this book is that the Christian religion has become so perverted that it literally teaches the opposite of what Jesus himself taught and demonstrated. Thus, while Christianity claims to be the only means to attain salvation, it can never take people to salvation. Therefore, Christianity is not honoring Christ but is instead seducing people into conforming to the lies of the seeming opposite of Christ, namely the devil and Satan.

This, of course, is a statement that will shock many Christians, as indeed reality will always be shocking to those who are emotionally attached to an illusion—and who are not willing to give up the convenient illusion in order to align themselves with the inconvenient reality. Yet it will also give rise to a logical/rational question: If Christianity truly has been a form of Satanism for much of its 2,000-year history, how come no one has realized this? In this chapter, we will examine the factors that cause people to be unable or unwilling to acknowledge the obvious.

The suppression of all non-conformists

Throughout Christianity’s long history, many people have indeed realized that there was something amiss in the Christian religion, but they have been either suppressed, burned at the stake or simply ignored. It is an undeniable historical fact that after the formation of the Roman Catholic Church, there was a period – lasting well over a thousand years – during which anyone daring to object to the Church would be forcefully suppressed. It is also undeniable that the Church burned all books that contained ideas contrary to its doctrines. Thus, the early Roman and Catholic leaders had almost unlimited power to do with the Christian religion as they pleased, and as will be discussed later, they did indeed distort the original teachings of Christ for reasons that were clearly political. And although later protestant Christians have attempted to remove some of the artificial elements inserted by Catholic leaders, no one has so far made an all-out effort to put back in what was taken out. Which is why there is currently no major Christian church that is even close to preaching the original message of Christ.

In today’s age, more and more people do indeed know – through an inner knowing – that Christianity cannot fulfill their spiritual needs. Yet they tend to leave Christianity silently, and they either join another religion, give up on all religion or follow a personal path without belonging to any outer system. So the situation around Christianity is much like that described in the fairy tale about the emperor’s new clothes. So far, no one has actually dared to openly declare what many have suspected, namely that Christianity does not serve the cause of Christ but instead serves to make people the blind followers of anti-christ. This book aims to break that stalemate by empowering those with open hearts to speak out in defense of the reality of Christ.

Let us next consider how so many people could have been fooled for so long by the deception that calls itself the religion of Christ? How can human beings come to believe in an illusion and then elevate it to the status of an infallible truth, which they refuse to question? To understand this, it is necessary to take a closer look at how the human mind works.

Rediscovering the key of knowledge

How is it possible, that he original message of Christ could become lost and replaced by a message that teaches a false salvation? One reason is that the original message of Christ cannot be fathomed by the human intellect, the linear, analytical mind. Thus, it was precisely the people who deified the human intellect that became the – often well-meaning – tools for distorting Jesus’ true message and turning it into a thought system that the intellect can fathom. This gives intellectually inclined people a sense that they are in control, and this allowed politically motivated people to use the intellectuals to create a religion that was perfect for suppressing the population—as opposed to Jesus’ aim of liberating people from any earthly oppressor.

To understand this process, it is necessary to recognize the limitations of the human intellect—yet the problem is that this cannot be done with the intellect. The intellect is not capable of “stepping outside itself” and looking at itself from a broader perspective. And that is why most of the people who are dominated by their intellects simply have no idea that their “sophisticated” reasoning is a closed circle.

Thus, the limitations of the intellect can be known only through another faculty of the mind. Jesus himself was clearly aware of this, as can be seen by the alert observer in his interactions with he scribes and Pharisees. They were the intellectuals of his day, and Jesus did not enter into intellectual discussions with them. Instead, he used short, baffling statements to confuse the linear mind, as in “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.”

Jesus knew full well that his message would not be acceptable to intellectuals. That is why he chastised the lawyers and accused them of having taken away the “key of knowledge.” He said that the lawyers had not been willing to use this key to enter the kingdom, and thus they had attempted to take it away so that no one else could use it either.

Let it be stated with clarity, that the concept of the “key of knowledge” is the essential key to grasping the true message of Christ. Let it be stated with clarity, that the Christian religion has become dominated by the lawyers and is still dominated by the lawyers. These people have taken the “key of knowledge” out of the Christian religion, and they are seeking to keep it away from the people to this day. The very fact that no mainstream Christian church even talks about the key of knowledge – or has made any effort to restore it to the people – demonstrates clearly that the lawyers are in control. In fairness, most of these modern-day lawyers are simply not able to grasp the significance of the key of knowledge, as it cannot be fathomed by the intellect. So the LIFE question now becomes:

Do you want to know what the key of knowledge is and how you can learn to make better use of it, thereby unlocking the inner message of Christ?

The key of knowledge is somewhat comparable to what modern science calls the “right brain” or the intuitive faculties. However, given that the intellectuals who dominate science have chosen to limit themselves to a materialistic paradigm, science has not even begun to understand the potential of the intuitive faculties available to human beings. Nevertheless, science has indeed developed ideas that can be helpful for understanding the key of knowledge.

Jesus attempted to make it very clear to those who “had eyes to see” and “ears to hear” that he was not preaching a message that came from the material world. Jesus stated that he spoke only what the father had given him to speak, yet very few Christians have truly understood the significance of this. In making such statements, Jesus was attempting to distance himself in a fundamental way from the lawyers, the scribes and the Pharisees, who were only looking at the old scriptures and using their intellects to interpret and reinterpret those scriptures. In contrast, Jesus brought forth a new revelation directly from a higher source. What was Jesus’ aim for thus distancing himself from those who dominated the religious life of his day? It was to liberate the people from being the blind followers of those who were blinded by their own deification of the human intellect, and thus could not see that they had created their own religious interpretation, that had lost the connection to the reality of Spirit.

In contrast, Jesus had made the supreme effort to become the open door, so that the Spirit of Truth could speak directly through him and thus give the people a true message—meaning a message that was not colored by the illusions of anti-christ and thus could empower the people to reconnect themselves with the Spirit. As Jesus said, “God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Take note that Jesus did not say that you should worship God through the intellect. Then what does it mean to worship God in Spirit and in truth? It means to develop your own intuitive faculties, so that you can have a direct, inner experience of the Spirit of Truth. That is one meaning behind the often ignored statement by Jesus, that those who believe on him shall do the works that he did. You do indeed have the potential to make use of the key of knowledge. If you did not, Jesus would not have spoken about it.

What Jesus was truly saying between the lines was, that he had no desire for people to accept his message out of intellectual reasoning. He desired people to go beyond the intellect and use their intuitive faculties to know – through an inner knowing – the reality and truth of what he preached and demonstrated. Yet this very essential aspect of Christ’s message has been almost completely lost, as the lawyers took over and created the official Christian religion, a religion that – as the Jewish religion that wanted Christ dead – is entirely dominated by intellectual interpretations and doctrines. (We will later examine who the lawyers truly are and why they are so hell-bent on taking away the key of knowledge.)

So how can science help you understand the intuitive faculties? Science has shown that the world is not made from two separate elements or substances. Your senses tell you that the world is made of solid matter and fluid energy. Yet science has proven that matter is not solid; matter is actually fluid energy that has temporarily been captured into a matrix. Matter is not solid; it only appears solid to the human senses.

The significance of this is that science has now proven that the world is not made of different substances but is made from one basic substance that can take on different appearances. This means that there are no impenetrable barriers, because everything is energy and energy is a form of vibration. Thus, the difference between the material realm and the spiritual realm is only a matter of vibration. You are not truly separated from God’s kingdom, as the mind of anti-christ wants you to think. In reality, the sense of being separated is an illusion that exists only in the mind, and it is a product of the fact that you have forgotten how to use your intuitive faculties. Thus you cannot experience vibrations that are beyond what your senses can detect.

Science has shown that the human senses have a limited range. For example, your eyes can only detect what is called visible light, whereas there are many forms of light that your eyes cannot detect. Yet what is the difference between red light and infra-red light? It is only a matter of the vibrational properties of the light waves. A slight shift in these properties can turn infra-red light into red light and thus bring it into the “world” that your eyes can see.

Do you sense the significance? What most people have not realized is that the physical senses have programmed them into accepting a specific world view. According to the senses, there is a fundamental difference between what they can detect and what they cannot detect. And this has given rise to the belief – exploited by most religions, including Christianity and materialism – that you are separated from the heaven world by an impenetrable barrier. Yet science has now proven that there is no such barrier, for everything is made from one substance that takes on different vibrations. Thus, the material world is made from the same substance as the heaven world, namely the substance that God created when he said, “Let there be light!” The material world is simply made from light of a lower vibration than the Spirit world, and because the physical senses cannot detect the higher vibrations of the Spirit world, people have come to believe they are separated from the spiritual realm. In reality the two realms are like two octaves on the tonal scale, and your mind has the ability to move effortlessly from one to the other.

This was fully known to Jesus. He knew that the human mind – made in the image and likeness of the divine mind – has the capability to experience the Spirit world through an intuitive experience. This leads to an inner knowing that the Spirit world is indeed real. Yet this knowing is fundamentally different from the outer knowledge of the human intellect. So what is intuition? Well, your eyes are instruments that are capable of detecting certain types of vibrations, namely those that fall within a certain spectrum of frequencies. Thus, you cannot “see” beyond this spectrum with your physical eyes.

Given that God must have known the capacity of your eyes and intellect, God would have known that they can form a closed circle from which it can be difficult for you to break free. Thus, God has given you another “sense” that can give you a direct perception of the higher vibrations of the spiritual realm. In other words, your intuition is a sense that can detect vibrations beyond what your physical senses can handle. Thus, your intuition – the key of knowledge – is your personal open door between the lower vibrations of the material realm and the higher vibrations of the spiritual realm. Now, let us look at what happens, when people have lost the key of knowledge and thus are confined to the physical senses and the intellect.

Why people reject Christ

What are the limitations of the intellect? Well, the intellect is a relative faculty, meaning that it functions by always comparing a new idea to what is already known. So when a new idea comes to you, your intellect will immediately compare it to its subconscious database. This is not necessarily a problem, and it is not here the intention to say there is anything wrong with the intellect. The physical senses are very useful, even though they have a limited capacity. Yet if you think there is nothing more to the world than what you can see with your eyes, you will obviously be a prisoner of the limited capacity of your senses. And such is the case with the intellect also.

The intellect is a relative faculty. It it not designed to have original thoughts; it is designed to help you sort and categorize information that is coming to you from outside your mind. It functions much the same as a database program on a computer. The database program has a number of predefined categories or file folders that are set apart by different criteria. When input comes to the program, it compares it to the criteria that define the existing categories, and then it puts the input into the file folder where it most closely matches the criteria. There is nothing wrong with this, and it is a perfectly valid and practical faculty of the mind.

However, now consider what happens when the intellect is presented with an idea that absolutely does not fit in any of the categories in your subconscious database. Well, the intellect simply cannot deal with such an idea, and it will reject it in much the same way as a computer: “Not valid input!” And this is how the intellect can become a closed circle. Can you see that the reason a new idea is rejected is not necessarily that the idea is not valid. The reason might be that the idea does not fit into any of the predefined categories of the intellectual database, and thus a person simply cannot grasp the idea.

As an example, consider a person who has accepted the materialistic paradigm that there is nothing beyond the material world. If such a person is presented with evidence that there might be a level of reality beyond what science and the senses can detect, the person’s intellect will not know how to categorize this information. The reason being that such a person does not have a category in the subconscious database that would define such evidence as valid information. Thus, the person’s intellect will automatically respond with “Not valid input!”

Now look at the situation of Jesus walking the dusty roads of ancient Palestine. The scribes, the Pharisees and other leaders of the Jewish religion had created an elaborate system based on their own intellectual interpretations of the Torah. They believed their system was infallible and that it was in complete accord with the truth of God. Yet in reality, it was a man-made system that had shut out the Spirit of Truth. So what happened when Jesus appeared on the stage and preached the living truth of the Spirit? Because Jesus’ teachings did not fit into the categories in their subconscious databases, the Jewish leaders responded with “Not valid input!” And thus, the intellectuals of their day rejected Christ.

Now look at Christianity today and think about the long history of the suppression of ideas that go beyond official doctrines. Think about how most Christians would react to an idea that does not fit into the database defined by the doctrines of their church—including the idea that Christianity could have become a disguised form of Satanism. Do you think it is possible that the human intellect has caused people to turn Christianity into a system that is as closed as the Jewish religion that rejected the living truth of Christ? So what do you think would happen if the leaders of modern Christianity were presented with a living truth that challenged their doctrines, and perhaps even challenged the domination that the lawyers have over Christian churches? Do you think it is likely that such a truth would be accepted, or do you think the reaction would be: “Not valid input?”

This leads to another LIFE question:

Are you willing to consider that your own intellect might have a subconscious database that could pre-program you to reject the living truth of Christ because it does not fit into the existing categories in your database?

Another LIFE question:

Are you willing to look at the categories in your database and consider whether their criteria are out of alignment with the living truth of Christ?

Now take these considerations one step further. Is it even possible for the human intellect to fathom the Spirit of truth? Can the unlimited Sp[irit of truth be categorized and fit into any man-made system? This is what the lawyers would have you believe, yet any man-made system becomes a closed circle. So why does Christ come to earth? Christ comes to set the captives free, but from what? From their closed systems of thought. Christ comes to offer people an opportunity to reconnect to the living Spirit that is beyond any system created through the intellect.

The key of knowledge refers to the intuitive faculty, which can give you non-linear, spherical and timeless impressions that cannot be fit into any intellectual database. The intellect deals with thoughts only, but the knowledge you get through the key of knowledge precedes thought. It is the “big picture” as opposed to the detail-oriented and fragmented picture painted by the intellect. The intellect is good at dealing with “how” questions, whereas only intuition can help you answer the “why” questions.

Again, you will never fully “understand” Christ through the human intellect. In fact, it is the mind of anti-christ that thinks everything can be reduced to the level of thought and thus can be categorized by the intellect. Do you see that if everything can be categorized, then it becomes possible to label something as bad or evil why elevating something else to a superior status—and then there is no room for the non-dual truth of the Spirit. People thus lose the key of knowledge and now only know the duality that is built into the mind of anti-christ. And this explains why people not only reject Christ but feel a compelling need to silence the voice of living truth.

Why people kill Christ

Have you ever seriously considered why the leaders of the Jewish religion felt so threatened by Jesus that they wanted him killed? Or why the leaders of the Roman Empire felt so threatened by early Christians that they attempted to kill them all? Or why the leaders of the Catholic Church felt so threatened by those who questioned their doctrines that they attempted to suppress or kill them during the Inquisition? Which part of the human mind can feel so threatened that it creates the illusion that it is justifiable to override the unconditional command: “Thou shallt not kill?”

It is one thing to reject a new idea because it is “Not valid input.” In that case, your rejection of the idea is simply the end of it. You reject the idea and move on with life. Yet when you look at history, you see numerous examples of how it was not enough for certain people to simply reject an idea and move on. No, they had to label the idea as dangerous – perhaps even as being of the devil – and then they had to aggressively seek to eradicate the idea, in many cases by attempting to kill anyone who promoted the idea.

In order to understand this, it is necessary to introduce an element of the mind that is normally called the human ego. This element will be explained in more detail later, as it is indeed the element of anti-christ in the psyche of virtually every human being on this planet. Thus, you cannot understand how Christianity became perverted – or how to reverse this condition – without a thorough understanding of the ego. Yet for now, the one thing you need to know about the ego is that it has a built-in sense of insecurity, and the life of the ego is a never-ending quest to alleviate this insecurity, this fear of death.

Throughout history, the human ego has come up with many clever and subtle schemes for alleviating its fear of death. One of the most common is that the ego takes a number of ideas and organizes them into a system, which it then elevates to the status of being an absolute truth or an infallible method for salvation.The problem with this approach is that in order to maintain the belief that its system is absolute and infallible, the ego must label all other ideas or thought systems as being less than its own. And this is done by imposing a value judgment based on a relative scale with good at one end and evil at the other. The ego will then label any ideas that contradict it “infallible” thought system as evil or dangerous.

Do you begin to see how this process has led to all of the atrocities that religious people have committed “in the name of God?” What could give you an undeniable proof that Christianity has become the opposite of what Jesus preached? Is it not precisely the undeniable historical fact that the teachings of Christ – to turn the other cheek and to not resist evil – have been turned into a thought system, which feels threatened by conflicting ideas and thus has – at several times in history – found it justifiable to kill people in the name of Christ. What other proof could you need than this undeniable historical fact? So with this in mind, does it not become imperative to understand how even the teachings of Christ could be perverted, so that people could do the opposite of what Christ commanded and still feel their actions were justified by Christ—or rather by their interpretations of the teachings of Christ? And is the fact that no major Christian church is asking this question not another proof of just how far Christianity has become removed from the living truth of Christ?

The brutal fact is that the field of religion offers the human ego a unique opportunity for creating an infallible thought system. The ego can take its self-made system and claim that it is not its own system but that it is endowed with the ultimate authority as coming directly from God. The ego can then claim that any idea which contradicts or goes beyond its infallible system must be of the devil. Thus, such ideas are dangerous and might even cause souls to be lost or cause the entire world to become taken over by the devil and thus destroyed by God. In other words, it now becomes of the utmost importance to eradicate the dangerous ideas, even if it means killing the people who believe in them. The ego might even come up with the idea that it is better for people to be killed than to continue to believe in the dangerous ideas and thus be condemned to an eternity in hell. The ego might even make people believe that they will be rewarded by God or Christ for violating God’s own command not to kill. And last, but not least, the ego might indeed make people feel that killing Christ is perfectly justified, for the ego will use its infallible system to “prove” that the person challenging its system could not possibly be sent by God.

How does the ego accomplish this stunning perversion of the true teachings of Christ? The origin of the ego will be fully explained later, but for now you need to understand that the ego was born in this world and can never go beyond this world. Thus, the ego cannot make use of the key of knowledge, meaning that it can never fathom the true message and teachings of Christ. So what must the ego do? It must relate to the teachings of Christ as ideas, which means that instead of directly experiencing the truth, the ego must rely on an interpretation of the words of Christ.

A careful observation of Jesus’ interactions with the scribes and Pharisees will reveal the dynamic. The lawyers had refused to use the key of knowledge, and thus they had to rely on interpretations of the existing scriptures. They had created an “infallible” system, and when Jesus challenged it through the living Spirit, they rejected him and even labeled him as being dangerous or of the devil. Thus, it became justifiable for them to have Christ killed. Do you understand what happened here? These people had become so blinded by their egos that they killed the living Christ when he appeared to them in the flesh! Does this not demonstrate the danger of the ego and the imperativeness of freeing yourself from its spiritual blindness? How can one claim to be a true disciple of Christ while ignoring the human ego and its influence on one’s personal life and on the world?

How exactly does the ego work? The ego cannot make use of the intuitive faculties, so it must rely on the physical senses and the intellect. You now need to understand that the intellect is not in any way evil and it has no evil intent. The intellect is as neutral as a computer. A computer might target a nuclear missile at a major city and kill millions of people, but the computer does not understand what it is doing and cannot see it as wrong. Likewise, the intellect simply organizes input into categories based on criteria that it has not defined and thus cannot change.

So what the ego does is that it takes your subconscious database and it organizes it into two main categories. To the intellect, all input would simply be neutral, but the ego creates one category that is true and good input and another category for input that is false, bad, evil and dangerous. In other words, instead of seeing all input as neutral, the ego imposes the “coloring” of a value judgment upon it. Thus, all input must be evaluated based on whether it is good or bad.

Do you see why the ego is doing this? The ego is attempting to alleviate its fear of death by creating a system that cannot be challenged. Yet in doing this, the ego inevitably creates a closed system, and such a system will predispose you to reject the living truth of Christ. Why is this so? Because the ego’s system is based on interpretations that come from this world, and the truth of Christ comes from beyond this world.

Take note of what the ego is doing. It is creating a subconscious database that is based on one infallible system. In other words, it takes a man-made system and elevates it to having the ultimate authority by claiming it is not a man-made system but comes directly from God. In reality, what the ego is doing is that it claims to have the authority of Christ—it claims to be the representative of God in this world. If you believe this claim, the ego will now have usurped the position that Christ is meant to have in your life, namely as the source of truth. And the inevitable effect is that you will be afraid to question the basic claim made by the ego. Thus, you will never be able to question the basic paradigm used by the ego to define its system, meaning you will be trapped in the closed system. Even if the living Christ appeared to you in a tangible manifestation, you would reject him and cling to the authoritative system created by your ego. And this explains why people could fail to recognize Christ and instead feel fully justified in killing him.

Let us look at some examples. It is easy for most Christians to see that atheists have accepted a materialistic paradigm as the basis for their personal databases. The ego takes one idea and elevates it to the status of infallibility, and once people have accepted this, they will never question the basic paradigm. Atheists have accepted as infallible the idea that there is no God, and they are not willing to question this belief. Thus, their intellects will reject all contrary ideas as “Not valid input” or even as dangerous knowledge.  Most atheists will not even seriously consider evidence for the existence of God.

Yet given that Jesus told his followers to stop looking at the splinter in the eye of a brother and instead look at the beam in their own eye, would it not be reasonable to apply the same evaluation to Christianity? And when one does, is it not obvious that most Christians have likewise allowed their egos to set up a particular paradigm as infallible and thus beyond questioning? This is the only reasonable explanation for the fact that Christianity has been such an aggressive and violent religion. Only people who feel threatened can feel the need to kill, and only the ego can make you feel threatened. The living Christ is not threatened by anything in this world, as demonstrated by the fact that Jesus allowed the forces of this world to crucify him. This leads to the next LIFE question:

Are you willing to acknowledge that the undeniable atrocities committed by the Christian religion are a clear proof that the Christian religion has been influenced by the human ego?

And if you are willing to acknowledge this, there is another question:

Are you willing to acknowledge that the human ego has perverted the Christian religion to such an extent that is has lost touch with the reality of Christ, meaning it is imperative to bring Christianity back into oneness with Christ?

Why people reject new ideas

The opening question for this chapter was why no one had noticed that Christianity had become the opposite of what Jesus wanted, and you can now see why. The ego takes a particular paradigm and then it uses that paradigm to define two categories in your subconscious database. Ideas that affirm or agree with the paradigm are labeled as true or good, whereas ideas that contradict or go beyond the paradigm are labeled as false or evil. The effect is that your intellect will now categorize any input based on this system, meaning that before an idea even reaches your conscious mind, it will already have been labeled as good or evil. If you are not aware of how this process works, your conscious mind becomes a slave of your subconscious mind, because you are not actually thinking about new ideas presented to you. You simply allow your subconscious mind to reject ideas without actually thinking about them. And this explains why it is possible for so many Christians to not discover how far their religion has been removed from the reality of Christ.

Their minds have become closed systems, because they are never actually thinking about their religion. They have allowed their church to define the categories for what is true and false ideas, so any idea that comes from the mind of Christ will be filtered out before it even reaches their conscious minds. Do you see the implications? It is not the intent of this book to say that most Christians are bad people or that they are knowingly serving anti-christ. However, it is indeed the intent of this book to say that most Christians have been lulled asleep and are unaware of how their religion has been turned into a tool for anti-christ. Thus, most Christians are the blind followers of the blind leaders that Christ warned against.

There is an even deeper layer. As has been explained, the truth of Christ does not come from the material world. Thus, it is inevitable that for you to accept the truth of Christ, you must go beyond the “thinking” process established by your ego and intellect. You can know the truth of Christ ONLY through the key of knowledge, meaning your intuitive faculties. Yet the most subtle and unrecognized effect of the ego is that it causes you to reject “dangerous” ideas without referring them to your intuitive faculties.

For example, the ego causes most Christians to focus on the outer word. It has defined a man-made interpretation and has elevated it to the ultimate status as the “word of God.” It now wants you to accept that any idea whose wording contradicts or goes beyond the worded doctrines of your church must be of the devil and thus you should not even consider it. Yet consider how the early followers of Jesus recognized him as the Christ?

The early followers of Jesus could not have recognized him through the ego and the intellect. Jesus’ words were clearly beyond the intellectual doctrines of the Jewish leaders. Thus, anyone trapped by the man-made system of the Jewish religion would have rejected Christ. How then can you recognize the living truth of Christ? Only by consciously going beyond your ego and intellect and activating your intuitive faculties. By using these faculties, you can read a statement, and even though it’s wording contradicts the outer system in which you have grown up, you can feel – through an inner knowing that is beyond words – that there is truth behind the outer words. Consider the situation after Jesus’ resurrection, where he appears to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. The disciples do not recognize him but later realize it was Jesus because they realize that their hearts were burning within them. Thus, if you will know the living truth of Christ – in this book and elsewhere – you must take your attention out of your head and move it into your heart. Your heart will not fail you, for when you do encounter the living truth of Christ, it will indeed burn within you.

The deeper reality behind the key of knowledge is that Christ is anchored deep within your being—without him was not any thing made which was made. Thus, the reality of Christ is behind all appearances in this world, even behind your own outer mind of the ego and intellect. Thus, you do have the ability to tune in to the higher vibrations of the living truth of Christ. And when you do, you gain a frame of reference for evaluating any statement or idea you encounter. By using your intuitive faculties, you can compare the vibration of any statement or condition to the vibration of Christ truth within you. And thus, you will know whether something resonates with Christ truth or is in dissonance with Christ truth.

If you had not already learned to use your intuition, you would not have been attracted to this book and you would not have been able to read this far. Thus, you simply need to become more conscious of the key of knowledge, until it will tell you the difference between Christ and anti-christ in everything you encounter.

So once again, another piece in the puzzle of why no once has cried out that the blind leaders of Christianity have nothing on is that most Christians have allowed the lawyers to scare them into neutralizing their intuitive faculties. The lawyers of both religion and science deny that you have the key of knowledge, and they claim you cannot know truth within yourself. They say that you must blindly believe and follow what they tell you because they have special authority to define truth. Take note of how they seek to scare you into thinking that if you even consider ideas beyond their infallible systems, the worst possible fate will befall you. And this in itself tells you they are out of alignment with Christ, for Christ does not need to scare you into following an outer authority. Instead, Christ seeks to help you find truth in the only place it can be found, namely in the kingdom that Jesus said is within you. The real “institution” with ultimate authority is your intuition, but it does not define truth, it connects to it and eventually becomes one with it.

So history has repeated itself. As at the time of Jesus, the lawyers have managed to take away the key of knowledge. They would not enter into the living truth of Christ, and those that would enter, they hindered. Woe unto ye, lawyers!

Thus, another life question:

Will you continue to be a blind follower of the lawyers and allow them to scare or deceive you into rejecting the key of knowledge, or will you accept what Christ is offering to all who are willing to look for the kingdom within themselves?

The missing link in your understanding of history

Now for the last piece (for now) of the puzzle as to why no one has challenged the claims made by official Christianity. Let us begin with what for most Christians will be an undeniable historical fact: About 2,000 years ago, the Living Christ did walk this earth in a physical body. Now for another undeniable fact: The Living Christ – or at least his physical body – was killed. And now for the inescapable question: What kind of people would kill the Living Christ and what was their motive? And then another question: Do you think this kind of people disappeared from the earth 2,000 years ago, or do you think they are still around?

You may have heard the old axiom: “The winners write history,” but have you considered its deeper meaning? If you take a closer look at history, what kind of people have won most of the conflicts known to man? Is it not precisely the people who were willing to do anything to win, the people who believed that might is right and thus the ends can justify the means? So does it not stand to reason that when such people did win a conflict, they would write history in such a way that their own actions and motives seemed, if not benign, then at least justifiable?

So now transfer this to the undeniable history of the Christian religion. It is a very pretty dream that Christianity has always been a benign force and that it has always been led by people who had only benign motives. Yet for anyone willing to take a look at historical facts, it becomes undeniable that Christianity – as any other system that attained power – has attracted many of the kind of people who believed that might is right and that the ends can justify the means.

For the first few centuries of the history of Christianity, there was no centralized church. Yet the most dramatic shift in Christianity’s history happened when the Roman emperor Constantine was supposedly converted and then made Christianity into the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Despite the fact that this brought about a momentous change in Christianity, most Christians have only a very sketchy understanding of what kind of person Constantine was. For those who do take a closer look, it quickly becomes obvious that he was a typical Roman emperor, meaning he was a power person, a political animal who would do almost anything to cement or expand his power. Thus, he had no compunctions about taking the Christian religion and turning it into a centralized system that could control the thinking of the people under Rome’s influence.

It is not difficult to see – for those willing to take an objective look – that this initiated a period in the history of Christianity in which the Roman Ctholic Church attracted many of the kind of people who were willing to use religion in order to exercise power over the people. What else can explain that a series of popes attempted to make the Catholic Church into the ultimate authority in European society, making the kind and emperors subject tot he authority of the pope? What else can explain the attempts to burn all books that contained ideas contrary to or beyond official doctrine? What else can explain the Inquisition and its attempts to torture into submission or burn at the stake anyone who dared to use the key of knowledge to reach beyond doctrine? There were centuries where the Roman Catholic Church was a brutal and power hungry as the Roman Empire at the height of its power. Yet instead of emperors who were clearly exercising raw power, you now see a string of popes who claimed that they were representatives of Christ and thus their exercise of power was sanctioned by the highest authority.

Do you see what happened in this process? When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it attracted leaders who were willing to take the teachings of Christ and turn them into an infallible system, a system that claimed to have the highest authority and thus would foster blind obedience among the people who submitted to the system. Once people had accepted that the Pope really represented Christ, they would no longer question the Pope’s actions—even if they clearly contradicted the commandments of Christ. And thus, the people would literally believe that if they revolted against their leaders, they would be revolting against Christ and thus sure to go to hell.

Yet can you perhaps begin to see that these medieval leaders could not possibly be true representatives of Christ. Thus, who were they? They belonged to a class of people who have usually been the winners, and thus they have been able to write history in such a way that they have never been seen for what they truly are. These are people who want power and who will do anything to get and maintain it. What better proof could one need than the fact that these leaders managed to turn the non-violent teachings of Christ into an “infallible” system that justified some of the most brutal suppression of dissent the world has ever seen? Is it not obvious that the medieval Catholic Church would have dealt with the living Christ in an even more brutal way that the way the power people of ancient Israel dealt with Jesus?

Thus, does it not begin to become clear that throughout history, there has always been a small number of people who have attempted to set themselves up as an elite that exercised power over the people and used this power to grant themselves special privileges? These people did not see themselves as being the same as the general population. They truly believed they belonged to a special class of people who deserved to rule and who deserved to have privileges beyond the people, including being above the laws of both God and man—a feat they accomplished by defining both.

The influence that this power elite has had on Christianity has been immense. How the power elite perverted the teachings of Christ will be discussed more deeply in the following chapters, but for now the point is simply that the power elite does exist and that it is indeed the missing link in your understanding of history. It is impossible to make sense out of many historical events if you are blind to the existence of an elite who believe they are in a special class above the general population. It was precisely this power elite that wanted Jesus killed, and why were they so hell-bent on this? Because Jesus was the ultimate threat to their power over the people. Jesus gave a teaching that made it clear that they could attain salvation through their own power and choices without needing the outer Jewish religion and its leaders. The entire goal of Jesus was to liberate the people from the power elite, the people Jesus called the blind leaders or the sons of the devil.

Thus, the power elite did indeed kill Jesus, and in the next three centuries, the power elite in both Israel and Rome attempted to stamp out this dangerous new religion. Yet Christianity survived, until a member of the power elite realized that “if you can’t beat ‘em; join ‘em,” and thus Constantine used the Christian religion to unite his empire and control the people. Of course, the original, true teachings of Jesus could not have supported this goal, so these teachings had to be perverted until they could support the agenda of the power elite. How this magic trick was accomplished will be revealed in coming chapters, but for now the important point is simply that it is precisely the power elite that has made it very difficult for people to see that Christianity was not a true representation of Christ. The power elite perverted Jesus’ teachings and then used their power to rewrite history, so their actions and motives were either hidden or camouflaged as benign or necessary. And because the errors inserted by the power elite – and the lawyers who served as their willing instruments – have never been corrected, most Christians are still unaware of just how far official Christian doctrines are from the original teachings of Christ. Which is why they cannot see that Christianity does not serve the mission of Christ, but only serves as another tool for keeping the population as the slaves of the forces of anti-christ. Truly, the saga of how even the teachings of Christ became a tool for anti-christ is possibly the greatest deception ever perpetrated upon humankind.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

What if both Christianity and materialism were defined by the mind of anti-christ?

By Kim Michaels

What exactly did Jesus do, when he walked the earth? He forced people to make a choice: would they accept Christ or would they reject Christ—and thus continue to worship Satan, the devil, anti-christ, mammon or the prince of this world (call it what you will).

So distorted is the view that most people have been given of Jesus – and even more so of the universal aspect of Christ – that few have understood the choice he presented and represented. The reason being that they have been brought up without a clear definition of Christ and anti-christ. And if you do not understand the difference between Christ and anti-christ, how can you choose Christ, how can you choose life?

Then what is a clear definition of Christ and anti-christ? Anti-christ – the devil, Satan or the prince of this world – is, in its essence, a state of consciousness that is separated from the undivided and indivisible reality of the formless God.

This state of consciousness is a house divided against itself; it is divided by the inescapable polarity between two opposites, such as true and false, right and wrong, good and evil—or an almost infinite array of other polarities that it defines in order to camouflage and thus sustain itself.

Yet the reality that Jesus presented – a reality that was deliberately removed from Christianity – is that both of the two polarities defined by the mind of anti-christ are separated from the one reality of the infinite, formless, unconditional God. The devil is not the opposite of the infinite God, for since the formless God is beyond form, there can be no opposition to the true God. Thus, the devil can exist only as the opposite of a conditional god – a false god based on a graven image, an image that has form – which is as unreal as the devil and likewise “has no life in it.”

Both of the two polarities that rule the thought systems of this world – including Christianity – are out of touch with the reality of God. They were defined based on the consciousness of anti-christ, the consciousness that is separated from the indivisible oneness of God. The polarities that people call “good” and “evil” have no reality in the mind of God, for both are defined by the mind of anti-christ, the mind of separation, the mind that has no life in it. They can exist only in relation to each other; they are relative concepts that exist only in the world of relativity, not in the world of reality. Thus, one cannot exist without the other—despite the claim that one relative polarity will one day eradicate the other. If it were indeed possible for one relative polarity to eradicate the other, it would eradicate itself in the process.

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Anti-christ is the consciousness that believes it is capable of and has the right to define right and wrong, true and false, God and the devil. In contrast, Christ does not bring a definition of truth—as many have come to believe based on certain church doctrines. It is the consciousness that urges you to look beyond your current image of truth—and to continue to do so until you experience the full meaning of Jesus’ statement: “God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in the Spirit of Truth.”

The Spirit is beyond any form, any worded expression of “truth.” For only that which has form can be expressed in words, and thus it has already been removed from the formless Spirit. That which has form can only be less than the Spirit of Truth, which means that when people take something that is less than truth and proclaim it to be the full truth, then conflict is the inevitable consequence.

It is precisely this conflict about which partial “truth” is the full truth, that is the primary weapon used by the forces of anti-christ to enslave humankind and keep them trapped in the ongoing dualistic struggle—which feeds the light, the life-blood, of humanity to the forces of anti-christ and keeps them alive.

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Many Christians have been brought up to believe that they only need to strive to be “good Christians” and then their entry into the kingdom of God will be guaranteed by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Yet striving for – even attaining – relative goodness will not guarantee your entry into the kingdom that is – and must forever remain – beyond the reach of the relative mind. Being a good Christian is not the wedding garment, and thus no matter how “good” you may appear according to this relative definition, you will not enter into the wedding feast but will condemn yourself to remaining in the outer darkness, where there is “wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

The most subtle effect of the mind of anti-christ is that it creates an entirely closed thought system. Once the mind becomes clouded by the relative polarities, it will seem as if people do indeed have an infallible definition of what is good and what is evil. And thus, they will think that if they move towards what is defined as good and move away from evil, they will be moving towards the kingdom of God.

Once the mind has accepted this polarity between two relative opposites, the mind will no longer be able to see the reality of God—that is and will forever remain unaffected by anything defined by the mind of separation, the consciousness of death. Thus, the mind will be trapped in a closed circle, a spiritual catch-22, from which it has no way of escape by its own intellectual reasoning.

This is precisely the situation of the majority of Christians, who think their religious affiliation guarantees their salvation, and thus they have closed their minds to the reality of Christ. In fact, most Christians today are as closed-minded as most people were at the time of Jesus, meaning they are likely to reject the reality of Christ and cling to the unreality of anti-christ—which they firmly believe represents Christ.

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What then is the only possible escape from the trap of being absolutely convinced that relativity is reality? It is that the mind that is trapped in the maze of anti-christ must encounter Christ—in a form that it can grasp, which is the significance of “God made flesh.”

When the trapped mind encounters Christ, it suddenly has something that it did not have before, namely a frame of reference, a direct experience of something outside the mental box created by its dualistic thought system. And therefore, by encountering Christ, the mind now has a real choice between the one reality of Christ and the dualistic “reality” of anti-christ.

If – mind the “if” – the mind chooses to accept Christ, it can use Christ as a lifeline to gradually pull itself above the waves of the stormy sea of man-made “truths.” Yet this is not an automatic or guaranteed form of “salvation,” as it requires the mind to gradually and continually make the choice between the many dualistic temptations presented by the prince of this world and the – often startling and provocative – Living WORD of Christ.

And only after going through a process that is a literal rebirth, will the mind be able to stand with Christ and say, “The prince of this world comes and has nothing in me.” At that moment, the mind has put on the wedding garment and can now enter the kingdom as the bride of Christ. For indeed, as anti-christ is a state of mind based on separation, Christ is also a state of mind, yet based on oneness.

Let it be made clear, then, that the purpose of this book is to give you a real choice between the one reality of Christ and the many unrealities constructed – subtly and cleverly – from the duality of the mind of anti-christ. This will be done by exposing the dualistic “truths” of anti-christ and then giving you the truth of Christ, leaving you with a number of pivotal choices to make.

It is not the aim of this book to get you to make a particular choice, as this book is given from a state of unconditional respect for your free will. Yet until you see the difference between the dualistic “truth” of anti-christ and the indivisible WORD of Christ, you do not actually have this choice.

If every thought system you have been brought up to know is created from the mind of anti-christ, how can you have real freedom of choice? Thus, the purpose of this book is to present you with a frame of reference and then leave the choice up to you. For those who are in oneness with Christ, will never seek to force you. In contrast, those who are separated from the oneness of Christ not only want to force you, but even have a compulsive need to force you—as your non-acceptance of their “truth” is a threat to their sense of being in control of their own minds.

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Let it be made clear, also, that this book will not tell you something you do not already know. The reality is that although you have grown up in a world, where every thought system is dominated by the relativity of anti-christ, you have the indivisible truth of Christ anchored deep within your being. Why did you feel moved to pick up this book and keep reading until this point? Because your conscious mind has some connection to the Word that is anchored in the deepest recesses of your heart, the word that is written in your inward parts.

Therefore, you know there is something questionable in – or at least missing from – Christianity in the form you have known it thus far. Had it not been for this inner knowledge – that goes beyond the reasoning of the intellect – you would have rejected the book, as those who have ignored the inner connection will indeed do. Thus, it should be clear to you, that there is a difference between inner knowing – the intuitive, spherical knowing of the heart – and outer knowledge—based on the faculties of the analytical, linear mind.

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There is an ancient saying that it is constructive to keep in mind: When the student is ready, the teacher appears. The fact that you are reading this means that you are ready—at the deeper level of the heart. Yet it is entirely possible that you need to go through a difficult period of choosing between the inner knowing of the heart and the outer knowledge of the mind.

It is entirely possible – in fact, highly likely – that your upbringing has programmed many relative concepts into your mind, thus predisposing you to instantly reject the truth of this book—perhaps even without referring a statement in the book to the faculties of the heart. If you are to truly give yourself the choice between Christ and anti-christ, it will be necessary for you to be aware of this tendency and to avoid the fear-based temptation to reject without asking your heart for guidance.

Only the heart can recognize the reality of Christ, whereas the mind will argue either for or against it—and in either case miss the point. How does the heart know? It knows because it feels the resonance between the outer Word of Christ and the inner word – the Logos – anchored in the heart. Only this resonance empowers you to recognize that you have encountered the Living Christ in a humble disguise. Only this resonance gives you the discernment to recognize the inner Word without being fooled into rejecting the outer form—because it does not conform to the outer images programmed into your mind by the mind of anti-christ.

Thus, listen for the still small voice within, and  learn to distinguish it from the two voices of relativity: the loud, boisterous voice that appeals to fear and the subtle, persuasive voice that appeals to pride. Both will claim they can take you to the kingdom, yet none of them can fulfill their promises.

In contrast, the voice of Christ will not claim that it can take you to the kingdom. It will give you the truth that – if internalized – can help you awaken from the unreality of separation—whereby you realize that you never actually left the kingdom. It was only in your own mind that you seemed to be separated from it, and thus it is in your own mind that the veil of separation – the veil that covers the Holy of Holies of your Being – must be rent. This will happen when the self that has been crucified on the cross of illusion dies, and thus the real self is resurrected into the reality of who it is and has been all along.

This book offers you life. It does so by exposing the fallacies of Christian doctrine and dogma and contrasting them with the reality of Christ. This will then lead to a number of LIFE choices, and only if you do choose the life of Christ reality over the death of duality, will you be able to read on. Thus, CHOOSE LIFE that you may come to truly know what Jesus meant when he said:

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

He was not simply talking about what human beings normally define as life. A deeper explanation will be forthcoming.

You now face the first LIFE choice: If Christianity truly has become so perverted that it is a disguised form of Satanism, would you want to know?

If your answer is a “No,” then you better stop reading, for it will be difficult to read this book and not know. Yet if there is some opening for the inconvenient truth in your being, then read on and listen to your heart. It will indeed burn within you and reveal that you have encountered the Living Christ between the lines.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

Is Christianity Satanism in Disguise?

Yes, it is an outrageous question, but what if it were true? Shouldn’t it at least be considered whether Christianity could have been so perverted as to turn Jesus’ original message on its head.

Note that the articles in this section were written as chapters for a book that was not finished. There is no grand conclusion, yet the articles raise important questions.

 

What if both Christianity and materialism were defined by the mind of anti-christ?

 

If Christianity has been perverted, how come no one ever noticed?

 

Is there any basis for equating Christianity and Satanism?

Awakening from the Christianity-Insanity

By Kim Michaels

What is the Christianity-Insanity?

One of the more obvious aspects of the Christianity-Insanity is precisely the fact that the vast majority of the people who see themselves as “good Christians” are among the most closed-minded people on Earth. This is highly ironic, because Jesus’ early followers could not have been closed-minded people. If they had been, they would have sided with the scribes and Pharisees in their rejection of Jesus.

Thus, the simple reality is that the vast majority of the people who look at themselves as Jesus’ true followers would most likely reject Jesus if they encountered him today! This is an inconvenient truth, but it is nevertheless the truth! And it truly is a form of insanity. It is also clearly a for of hypocrisy.

Speaking of hypocrisy, we all know what Jesus thought about hypocrites, for example when he, in Matthew, exclaims several times “Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites …” Thus, it should be a reasonable assumption that all who call themselves Christians would be constantly monitoring themselves and their religion for any hint of hypocrisy.

Instead, we see the stark truth that millions of people seriously think they are “good Christians” and are absolutely convinced that they will be saved,  yet their actions and words do not live up to the basic requirements defined by Christ, such as turning the other cheek or loving your neighbor as yourself.

This is a discrepancy that has been observed by many people throughout history, and many Christians are painfully aware of it. Many are aware that their own actions fall short, and many are aware that the history of the Christian religion is a long string of hypocrisies and shortcomings. Few have expressed this basic problem more succinctly than Mahatma Ghandi who said:

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.

We might call this the existential question of Christianity, and the next logical question is how we deal with it. One approach is obviously denial, and this has been the “default” reaction of many individuals and of most mainstream Christian churches. This explains why many Christians feel they are fundamentally superior – even in God’s eyes – compared to people who are not members of any Christian religion or not members of their “superior” church. It also explains why so many Christians believe that their salvation is guaranteed by the fact that they are members of a Christian church and fulfill a few external requirements. In other words, many Christians believe that even though they do not live up to the requirements defined by Jesus, they will nevertheless be saved, whereas non-Christians will not be saved—even if they do live up to the standard set by Christ.

Obviously, this form of denial has been going on for centuries, yet this book is based on the observation that a shift has occurred, and it is becoming obvious to more and more people that the time for denial has passed. As one demonstration of this phenomenon, take the fact that most mainstream Christian churches are losing members, at least in the Western world. Most nations of Europe can no longer be considered Christian nations in that they no longer have a majority of their citizens who are active in any Christian church (although some are nominal members).

What is the basic explanation for this? Well, is it not simply that the Christian religion in its present form can no longer meet the spiritual needs of people in the modern world—a world that is in many ways much more complex than the times in which current Christian doctrines and rituals were developed. We cannot excuse this by saying that people are losing faith in God and thus have no spiritual needs, because facts and statistics demonstrate the opposite. Modern people do have psycho-spiritual needs, but traditional Christian churches can no longer meet them. Yet instead of acknowledging this fact and making the necessary changes, most Christian churches are like the dinosaurs who became instinct because these cold-blooded animals failed to adapt to changing world conditions.

As a text-book example of a church that is refusing to change, take the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The phenomenon of sexual abuse is nothing new, as it has been going on for centuries. Yet what is new is that the Church’s traditional approach of denial is no longer working. It seems as if the Spring of 2010 marked a shift, and the Church can no longer simply ignore the bad press.

The basic premise for this book is simple: The time for denial is over! It is time to face up to the fact that if we continue to claim to be “good Christians” yet fail to live up to the basic commandments defined by Jesus, then we are acting as hypocrites. And if we refuse to acknowledge that Christianity must adapt to changing world conditions or become instinct (or at least become obsolete as a major religion in the Western world), then we are like the dinosaurs. This would be a clear form of insanity, for whereas the dinosaurs did not have the ability to adapt, we do indeed have that ability—the only question being whether we have the will.

I am not trying to say that overcoming the existential problem of Christianity is a simple task. There are many non-Christians who love to confront Christians with their shortcomings, yet they themselves often fail to live up to the commandments of Christ. And the basic fact is, of course, that most Christians are well-meaning people who would love to live up to the commandments of Christ—if only they knew how.

And here is the working hypothesis for this book. It begins with the recognition of a basic fact: Jesus gave a spiritual teaching that defines a certain standard for human behavior. Yet living up to this standard IS NOT EASY!

Once we have recognized this fact, we can ask the logical question: “Why is it so difficult to live up to the standard set by Christ?”

Obviously, we have multiple options for answering this question. One is to say that Jesus was simply unrealistic, that he was a hopeless idealist, a Utopian, who set forth unrealistic demands. Another is to reason that there is something wrong with us, that we are such sinners that we are unable or unwilling to do what it takes to live up to the Christ standard.

The problem with both these approaches is that they are dis-empowering. If the basic message of Christ is flawed or if we are flawed, then what can we do about it? Another problem is that they assume Jesus didn’t know what he was doing, which I personally believe is untrue.

So this book will take a different approach. The working hypothesis of this book is that Jesus did know exactly what he was doing. He did give us a teaching that we can realistically follow and he did give us the knowledge of how to apply and embody the teaching. Thus, living up to the Christ standard is indeed possible.

However, it is not easy to embody Jesus’ teaching and this is part of the reason why so few people have been able to do so. Grasping the true message of Christ requires a fundamental shift in perspective, and at Jesus’ time few people were able to make this seismic shift. Thus, from the very beginning, few of his followers truly understood Jesus’ message, and consequently this message was quickly “lost.” Unfortunately, Christianity as a whole has never recovered from this loss, because so far too few Christians have been willing to look at what was lost in the formation of the official religion.

As long as this denial persists, Christianity is in a bind, a catch-22. There is no way to overcome the basic discrepancy between the behavior of Christians and the commandments of Christ. Obviously, the way to overcome this discrepancy is for more people to truly embody the teachings of Christ. Yet as long as the Key of Knowledge remains undiscovered, there is no way for people to embody Jesus’ true teachings. Try as you might, you will always end up falling short as long as you do not fully understand the shift in perspective that Jesus wanted us to attain. The problem is a closed circle, and as Albert Einstein said, there is no way to solve a problem with the same state of consciousness that created the problem.

Thus, one conclusion emerges as the necessary one: If we want to change the equation, if we want to break the catch-22, we most do something different. We must dare to boldly go where no Christian has gone before. We must dare to rethink Christianity and ask ourselves new and daring questions about what Jesus was truly trying to teach us.

If we do not make an effort to rethink Christianity we are clearly engaged in a from of collective insanity, for as Albert Einstein also said: “If you keep doing the same thing and expect different results, you are insane.” How long will we Christians keep doing the same thing and expect that Christianity can survive in a world that is changing faster than ever before?

Here is the executive summary:

  • Jesus gave us a teaching that it is possible for us to embody.
  • Embodying Jesus’ inner teaching requires a seismic shift in perspective.
  • Jesus’ did give us the key to making this shift – the Key of Knowledge – but it has been lost and is difficult to find in official doctrines and dogmas.
  • If we want to live up to the commandments of Christ and if we want to turn Christianity into a religion that is relevant to modern people, we need to rediscover this lost knowledge and apply it to our modern times.
  • Doing this requires that we think beyond the closed circle, the mental box, represented by current Christian doctrines and beliefs.
  • This book can be seen as a journey of discovery that seeks to uncover the lost Key of Knowledge that will unlock the inner mysteries of Christ.

The question now becomes whether you are interested in taking this journey? If the answer is even a hesitant “Yes,” then the next question is whether you have the most basic trait that is needed for you to even start the journey. Or to put it another way, “What is your personal love-fear balance?”

 

The love-fear balance – a new measure for rethinking your personal life and the history of humankind

Given a basic knowledge of your personal psychology, your reaction to this book can be predicted with a very high degree of certainty. It is a simple question of whether your basic reaction to life is dominated by fear or based on love.

The concept I would like to introduce here at the very beginning is that we all have a personal love-fear balance. It is simply a way to measure to what degree our basic approach to life is dominated by fear and to what degree it is based on love. Do we see the world as a dangerous place with threats waiting around every corner, or do we see the world as an environment in which everything is an opportunity to grow and learn? Do we think the glass of life is half-full or half-empty?

Why is it important to talk about the love-fear balance right at the beginning of a book about Christianity? Well, as will soon become clear – to those who are not afraid to read on – the love-fear balance is actually part of Jesus’ original message, although he didn’t use these exact words. The early followers of Jesus could not have been dominated by fear, or they would have stuck to the official Jewish religion and they would have rejected Jesus as a charlatan (as most people did). However, let us not get ahead of ourselves.

The pragmatic reason why I start out talking about this is that your personal love-fear balance will determine your reaction to the information I present in this book. What is this book all about? It is about presenting information. As I said in the introduction, the working premise of this book is that we need to rethink our approach to Christianity. The only way to do that is to look at ideas and ask questions that are not normally asked in mainstream Christian congregations. And the undeniable fact is that the majority of all Christians are actually afraid to look at ideas and ask questions that go beyond the established doctrines of their church. They are afraid to do the one think that has a chance of bringing renewal to the Christian religion. Thus, the one thing that stands in the way of such a renewal is precisely fear—and that is why we need to address fear from the very beginning. If we don’t get fear taken care of from the start, the rest of the book will have no chance of having any positive impact on your personal life or on Christianity as a whole.

Okay, so the basic dynamic we face here is that all I can do in this book is to present you with new information. What you do with that information is up to you. Yet by becoming aware of your personal love-fear balance, you can actually empower yourself to overcome the fear-based reaction that has likely been programmed into you through a “good Christian upbringing.” It is a fact that most Christians are afraid to look at new ideas because they fear a variety of unpleasant consequences that might range from being ostracized by their family and community, excommunicated by their church or burning forever in a fiery hell with eternal torment.

If your psychology is dominated by fear, you will tend to see any new information as a threat, and if the new information goes too far beyond your present knowledge or beliefs, you will reject the information without even taking a closer look. If your psyche is more influenced by love, you will see new information as a potential opportunity, and thus you will give it a closer look before deciding whether to accept or reject it.

And right here we have a primary example of what I call the Christianity-Insanity. It is a basic, undeniable fact that the majority of the people who call themselves “good Christians” have used their religion as a justification for closing their minds to any new information that goes beyond what they already believe. They have used what they see as the teachings of Christ to turn their minds into closed systems, closed mental boxes. And many have thrown away the key—the key of knowledge.

Most Christians think they already know everything then need to know about, life, God and salvation, and they think they already have a full and correct understanding of Jesus’ message and teaching. They think this knowledge has been given to them by the doctrines of the Christian religion as they are found today, and thus they think they have no need to consider the historical facts of how Christianity became the dominant religion in the Western world. They think there is no need for them to consider whether the long and bloody history of Christianity might have distorted – or even completely obscured – the true message of Jesus. They believe that what they believe is not belief, but fact.

Yet let us consider a hypothetical question. Let us assume that there really is a major discrepancy between the true teachings of Jesus and the doctrines of modern Christianity. This rises one fundamental question: “If there is something missing from or wrong with your current beliefs, would you want to know about it?” A fear-based person would answer that question in the negative, and would instead argue against the question, using his or her existing beliefs to argue that those beliefs cannot be wrong.  This is comparable to people using the belief in a flat earth to argue against Columbus when he came back and claimed he had discovered new land tot eh West. In other words, people who are dominated by fear inevitably turn their present beliefs into closed systems because they use their beliefs to argue against any new information that goes beyond their current mental box. So here is another question for you: “Once your current beliefs become a closed system, how could you ever overcome any errors in your beliefs?” In other words, if there really is something missing from current Christian beliefs, how would contemporary Christians ever find out about it if they continue to close their minds? And is closing your mind really the hallmark of a “good Christian?” Is this the reaction Jesus would have wanted from his followers?

Did Jesus want his followers to close their minds to new information?

What did Jesus actually want from his followers? In order to illume this question, let me ask you to consider something that you have probably never before been asked to consider: “What was the primary dynamic that took place when Jesus approached people 2,000 years ago?”

Think about this for a moment. What was the basic “thing” that Jesus came to offer people? I know you might have been brought up to believe Jesus came to offer people salvation, but if you try to step back from that, you see a deeper perspective. In reality, what Jesus came to offer people was information—new information, meaning information that went beyond what the people of his time already knew and believed!

Do you sense a stirring somewhere inside of you because of this thought? Do you sense there is something important here, something that could potentially give you a deeper understanding of Jesus’ mission and message?

Consider this: Jesus did not appear in a society that had no religion. He appeared in a society where people had a very rigid religion. Jesus preached salvation to people who believed they already knew everything they needed to know about salvation. The Jews of his time were firmly convinced that they were God’s chosen people and that their salvation was guaranteed if only they followed the doctrines, rituals and traditions of their religion. How easy do you think it was for Jesus to preach a new form of salvation in that kind of environment? What do you think was the major obstacle that Jesus faced? Yes, it was precisely the fact that people had used their religion to close their mind to any information beyond their present beliefs. Jesus’ main obstacle was that people had closed their minds to any new information about God, life and salvation.

So do you see the irony that Jesus came to open people’s minds to new information, but the religion that claims to represent him has become one of the most effective tools for closing people’s minds to new information?

If you don’t see any irony in this – and if you are already engaged in defending your present approach to Christianity – then this book has nothing to offer you. This book is not written in a vain attempt to argue with people who take a fear-based approach to life and thus have closed their minds. I have realized that attempting to change the minds of closed-minded people is not the way I want to spend my life. Thus, this book is written for people who have at least started to adopt a love-based approach to life.

What is the purpose of this book? It is to present you with information that for most people will be new. This information has the potential to deepen your understanding of Jesus’ inner teachings and this can help you change the way you look at life, God and “salvation,” or whatever you want to call it. And this can help you take command over your life experience, moving away from a negative life experience and toward a positive life experience. What does that mean?

What is your personal love-fear balance?

As the next step, let me introduce a concept that you probably didn’t hear about in Sunday School or kindergarden. It is your personal love-fear balance. To what degree is your reaction to life’s situations dominated by fear and to what degree is it based on love?

Now, why is that so important? Well, there is a personal and a supra-personal perspective. On the personal level, the love-fear balance determines your basic reaction to life. Thereby, it determines every aspect of your life. It determines whether your life experience is positive or negative. If you have any desire to improve your life experience, your only way of doing so is to become aware of your personal love-fear balance and then shift the balance away from fear and towards love.

On the supra-personal level, the love-fear balance determines every aspect of society. The reason is that society if created by people, and people do what they do as a result of how they react to situations—and their reaction is always determined by their love-fear balance.

History is full of examples of how people whose personal love-fear balance was weighted heavily towards fear have reacted in extreme ways and thereby created extreme situations. For example, it should be obvious that a prime example of a person who was dominated by fear is Adolph Hitler. On the other hand, Jesus himself is the primary example of a person who had completely overcome fear and was expressing only love. Thus, we now have a new standard for evaluating historical events and current events. Where they the result of a fear-based reaction or a love-based reaction?

In case you are wondering what this has to do with Christianity and with the topic of this book, let me throw a quick question at you (a more detailed explanation will follow): “Do you think it is possible that over the long history of Christianity, this religion has been influenced by people whose love-fear balance was skewed towards fear?” If you are tempted to answer “No,” let me assure you that this can only be because you know where little about the undeniable historical facts concerning how Christianity became the dominant religion in the Western world. These facts demonstrate very clearly that Christianity has been deliberately used to induce fear into the general population for the purpose of making people easier to control.

And this brings us to one obvious example of what I call the “Christianity-insanity: “How did it ever happen that a teaching given by an entirely love-based spiritual leader – Jesus – was turned into a formal religion that is as fear-based as the Jewish religion whose leaders had Jesus killed?” In other words, how did the love-based religion Jesus started become as fear-based as the religion that rejected him and his message?

Now, please watch your reaction to these simple questions. Do you feel threatened by them in any way? If so, that sense of feeling threatened by new information is the primary effect of a love-fear balance that is skewed towards fear. You see, fear closes your mind to new information and love ones your mind to new information.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

The choice you do not have without Christ

Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels

For those who have ears to hear

Why does the Living Christ come to earth? To give people a real choice, a choice they do not have until they encounter the Living Christ—as opposed to a man-made image of Christ.

What is the choice that the Living Christ represents? It is the choice to accept or reject Christ. If you think this is a matter of Life or death, you are correct.

Many contemporary Christians uncritically assume that my early disciples and students took the same approach to religion as they themselves are taking today. Perhaps one could find a more grave error of judgment, but I cannot think of one at the moment.

Who were my early disciples and students? They were people willing to think outside the mental box of the dominant religion of their day. Who are my true students today? They are people willing to think outside the mental box of the dominant religion of today—which happens to call itself Christianity.

So many of today’s Christians take for granted the outer religion with its cathedrals, scriptures, priesthood, elaborate rituals and the appearance of authority. They think it was always so and that my early students followed the same outer religion as they follow. Yet when I walked the earth, there was no outer religion, but only one person with no obvious claim to authority. My early students followed me exclusively based on an inner recognition. They knew intuitively that my Presence and words resonated with something in their hearts, and thus their hearts burned within them. Would that all who call themselves Christians would seek this direct encounter with the Living Christ inside themselves.

Many Christians believe I came to earth in order to start an outer religion, namely the one they are following today. Yet who was it that had me tortured and killed? It was the priesthood of the dominant religion of the day—a religion so rigid that it could not embrace the change I came to bring. Thus, why would I come to start a religion as rigid as the one whose leaders had me killed?

They say history repeats itself. If that were universally true, humankind would be destined to self-destruct. I came to earth to demonstrate that history does not have to repeat itself, for all self-aware beings have the potential to transcend their past. Thus, I came to start a spiritual movement that would transcend the rigidity of all past religions.

Unfortunately, it did not take long before an organized Christian church started to form. The leaders of this organization did not understand the nature of my mission. Thus, history has indeed repeated itself in the Christian religion becoming as rigid and authoritarian as the one whose priesthood rejected me. I am come again to show those who have ears to hear how to break that pattern.

Am I hereby saying that the Christian religion is not the kind of spiritual movement I came to start?

Precisely.

My early students did not call themselves Christians. They saw themselves as “Followers of the Way,” the Way that I AM.

Thus, my intent for releasing this book is to give people a choice. Will you follow the outer religion of Christianity or will you follow the inner way of the Living Christ.

If you choose to follow the outer religion, read no further. Nothing I can say today will be acceptable to those who believe the lie that I, the Living Jesus Christ, stopped talking to humankind 2,000 years ago.

I am with you always. Which part of “always” don’t you understand?

If you would follow the inner way, proceed with alertness as the Way is not obvious. If it was, surely many more people would have discovered it between the lines of the outer scriptures over these past 20 centuries.

Consider why I so often – as I walked the earth so long ago – talked about those who have “ears to hear?” Is it not obvious that at the time many people did not have “ears” to hear my inner message? Even today many people do not have ears to hear the true message, the Living Word, of Christ. Unfortunately, most Christians have closed their minds and hearts to my Living Presence.

Consider the status of your own inner hearing, for it is not the outer words that are most important. What really matters is whether you can hear what I – the Living Christ – tell you in your heart as you read the words and allow them to trigger the inner encounter with my Living Spirit.

Consider why so many of the statements I made 2,000 years ago seem like riddles with a hidden inner meaning. If interpreted literally, they will not yield their inner secrets. If approached with an open mind and heart, my Spirit will reveal to you all things which I have said unto you (quote).

As an example of one of my riddles, take the following statement: eye pluck out. Do you seriously think I wanted people to take this statement literally? If you do, then why are there no more one-eyed Christians?

What I give in this book is a collection of riddles or koans. They are designed to bypass the outer, linear, analytical mind that many modern people have elevated to the status of an all-knowing god. They are designed to open your mind and heart, so you can have a direct inner encounter with my Living Spirit. Reject me not by preferring a graven image as a substitute for my Living Presence.

 

 

Copyright © 2010 Kim Michaels

What does it mean that Jesus is now an ascended master?

By Kim Michaels

If you take the image of Jesus presented by mainstream Christian churches, you might get the following impression:

  • Jesus is very far away, up there in a remote heaven.
  • Jesus ascended, but after his ascension he has not spoken to us.
  • Even though Jesus is said to have all power in heaven and on earth, he is not using that power to speak to us, except maybe through very special people, such as the Pope or certain ministers.

The basic message is that you cannot achieve a direct, personal relationship with Jesus. You can reach Jesus – and he can reach you – only through the intermediary of the external church. The Pope is said to be the vicar of Christ, but why do you need a vicar when Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you?

Jesus was a spiritual revolutionary, and the core of his message is that each of us can have access to the kingdom of God, meaning the Christ consciousness, directly within ourselves. This message is revolutionary because throughout history all mainstream religions have preached the opposite, namely that we cannot reach God directly but need an intermediary in the form of an external religion and its hierarchy of priests.

The key to overcoming this illusion is to realize that Jesus is today an ascended master. When you understand what an ascended master is, you will see why no power on earth can limit your access to the ascended masters. You will also see why you need the ascended masters.

What is the ascension

Most Christian churches teach that Jesus died on the cross, was resurrected and finally ascended—and that is where their teachings stop. They usually have little to say about what it means to ascend and what happens to you after you ascend. It is almost as if Jesus disappeared into a black hole after his ascension.

This is in sharp contrast to what Jesus himself said, and which is recorded in the scriptures. Jesus stated that because he ascended, he was able to send to us a part of his Spirit. This comforter or Holy Spirt would be our direct link to Jesus. It was Jesus’ intention that no power structure on earth could interrupt this direct communication between the Ascended Master Jesus and his unascended disciples.

This is perfectly in line with his revolutionary message. In reality, Jesus came to set us free from all power structures on earth, namely what he often called the “prince of this world.” It is clear that for Jesus the Jewish religion and its leaders were very much working to keep people trapped in the state of being separated from their God, what Jesus called “death,” meaning a state of spiritual death.

It now becomes clear that the last thing Jesus would want was that the religion that claims to represent him on earth would do exactly what all other religions have done, namely reinforce the sense of separation between us and the spiritual realm.

Jesus gave his life in order to demonstrate that we can all be free from the prison of the prince of this world. We become free by penetrating the illusion that we are separated from our God, thereby declaring with Jesus: “I and my father are one.” After his ascension, Jesus gave his spirit to us so that we would have a direct personal link to the ascended Jesus. Why did he do this?

The central dynamic on earth

Jesus perfectly understood the central dynamic on earth. This dynamic is very simple and can be learned by reading Jesus’ words carefully. The dynamic is that most human beings are trapped in an illusion. This illusion makes us think we are separated from our source, from God and the spiritual realm.

Some people are so deceived by this illusion that they deny the existence of a spiritual realm and spiritual beings. Others believe there is a spiritual realm, but they are convinced that they are separated from it by a barrier that they themselves cannot cross. Only very special people can cross that barrier and they themselves can enter heaven only by obeying a religion on earth.

What Jesus taught and demonstrated is that this is a complete lie. You are not actually separated from the kingdom of God because it is within you. What does this mean? It means that the kingdom of God is a state of consciousness.

Right now most people are in a state of consciousness dominated by separation. This is the state that Jesus called “death” and it makes you convinced that you are separated from God. Yet this sense of separation is a complete illusion, cleverly created and upheld by the prince of this world. This prince will do anything in his power to keep you trapped in the illusion of separation, including using an outer religion. This outer religion makes you believe that if you accept its doctrines and follow its rules, you are guaranteed to be saved after this lifetime.

Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand, meaning you will never attain it in the future. You will attain it only in the NOW because the key to the kingdom is to overcome the consciousness of separation, the consciousness of anti-christ, and raise your consciousness until you can embrace the consciousness of Christ. This is how you escape death and attain the life that the Christ consciousness offers to all.

What it means to ascend

While you are trapped in the consciousness of separation, you cannot see the spiritual realm directly. It is a matter of believing or not believing. When you rise above the consciousness of anti-christ, you attain the consciousness of Christ and thereby you directly perceive the spiritual realm and the beings who live in it.

Once you become completely one with the universal Christ consciousness, you can follow in Jesus’ footsteps and ascend like he did. Thus, the ascension is the potential of all human beings. This, of course, is the last thing that the prince of this world wants you to believe. He wants you to believe that there is only one way to be saved, namely the external salvation. When you believe this, you deny the internal salvation and thus you will never discover the kingdom that Jesus said is within you. You will, remain trapped in the domain ruled by the prince of this world.

What is the significance of the ascension? In this world, everything is affected by the illusion of separation, by the prince of this world. Ascending means that you raise your being to a level that is completely beyond the reach of the prince of this world. He is the prince of THIS world, and NOT the prince of the spiritual world. He has no influence at all on the spiritual world, meaning that an ascended being, an ascended master, is completely beyond the influence of the prince of this world. Why is that significant?

Why we need ascended masters

Why do we need ascended masters? Because we are trapped in the illusions of anti-christ and the ONLY way to escape them is to make contact with something that is beyond this illusion. The “something” that is beyond the illusions on earth are the beings who have ascended before us and who have volunteered to help us ascend as well. Jesus is one of these ascended masters, although not the only one.

The main characteristic of the consciousness of anti-christ is that it makes you believe that you can define truth on your own. This is illustrated in the story of Genesis where Eve is tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit. God had told her that if she ate the fruit she would die. The serpent says she will not surely die but will live as a God who knows good and evil.

The reality is that the fruit represents the consciousness of anti-christ, which is the opposite of the consciousness of Christ. The consciousness of Christ is meant to ensure oneness between the Creator and its creation. It helps us see that we are one with God and that all life is one. Behind all appearances in this world, there is the oneness of the Christ consciousness.

When you know the oneness behind all appearances, you can never be fooled into thinking that the appearances on earth are ultimately real. Thus, you can never be fooled by the illusions created by the consciousness of anti-christ. You can never die to the reality of oneness and instead think you are a separate being.

When you eat the forbidden fruit, you become blinded by the consciousness of separation. This means you can now be fooled into believing that an idea created by the consciousness of anti-christ is an absolute truth. You think that you – or some authority figure on earth – have the power to define absolute truth here on earth. You have become “as a God” who thinks you can know good and evil through the illusion of the separate self (as opposed to the self that knows it is one with God).

The consciousness of anti-christ is what makes people believe they are separated from their god, and thus they can define truth separately from God. Instead of using God/oneness as their frame of reference, they think they can define their own frame of reference here on earth. They think that if they say something is true, then it will be true.

This explains why you can have people who are absolutely convinced that there is no God. This explains why you can have people who are convinced that God is as described by the Christian religion whereas others are convinced that God is as described by the Muslim religion. It also explains why these two groups of people can kill each other and feel it is justified by God—the same God.

The central realization about the consciousness of anti-christ is that once you are inside it, there is nothing from the consciousness of anti-christ that will help you escape it. The illusion is self-reinforcing, you become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The ONLY escape is to make contact with an unvarying reality that is beyond the relative “realities” you see from inside the consciousness of separation.

That unvarying reality is the Christ consciousness. However, the Christ consciousness is offered to us only through those beings who have already ascended, either from earth or from another similar environment. Jesus said that because he ascended to his father, he would send us a comforter. Likewise, many other ascended masters have given part of their spirits to add to the indivisible Holy Spirt that is our ONLY escape from separation.

This is significant because we have gotten ourselves trapped in the consciousness of separation by thinking we could act as separate beings, by thinking we could define an absolute reality based on separation. We can NEVER escape this trap by thinking we are separate beings. We can escape separation only by coming into oneness with something that is beyond separation.

The master-disciple relationship

One of the ultimate illusions of the consciousness of separation is that we can walk the path to a higher state of consciousness on our own, that we can define our own path. Many spiritual or New Age people think they don’t need a teacher, but this is a potentially dangerous attitude.

It is perfectly true that you don’t need a teacher here on earth (although a good teacher can be very helpful). That is exactly what Jesus came to demonstrate. He demonstrated that because the kingdom of God is within you, you will not be saved by blindly following a religion on earth. Yet he also demonstrated that the ONLY way to escape separation is to come into oneness with something greater than your separate self.

The most dangerous illusion is that you can use the separate self to walk the path of oneness. In reality, you can walk the path of oneness ONLY by coming into oneness with an ascended master. The ascended masters are the beings who are appointed by God to serve in the capacity of our spiritual teachers.

Contrary to what many people think, this does not mean that they only give us teachings. They give us teachings in order to help us question the illusion of separation. However, we will not do justice to the ascended masters until we use their teachings to start coming into oneness with them.

Why Christianity is so dangerous

In the very beginning, the movement of Jesus’ followers was entirely based on the direct contact with the comforter, the Holy Spirit. This means that the early Christian movement was guided directly by the Ascended Master Jesus. As Christianity started to become more organised, and especially after the formation of the Roman Catholic Church, this direct link to Jesus was lost. Instead, Christianity became a centralized religion, controlled by people who thought they were gods on earth and could define what was the true doctrines of Christ.

One effect of this is that many of today’s most openminded spiritual people know from deep within themselves that Christianity is false. Unfortunately, many of them also reason that this must mean Jesus was either a false teacher or is insignificant to them today.

The deeper reality is that if you chose to embody in an environment affected by Christianity it was most likely because you wanted to help resurrect the true knowledge of what Christ is. This is most likely part of your divine plan that you chose. How can you fulfil this aspect of your divine plan if you reject or ignore Jesus as an ascended master?

What does it mean to restore the true teachings of Christ? It means to restore the knowledge that Jesus did not go into a black hole after he ascended. He is here with us today as an ascended master and through his spirit he is willing to help us rise above the consciousness of anti-christ so we can fulfil our spiritual mission. What can restore the true teachings of Christ except that millions of people make a direct, personal inner contact with the Ascended Master Jesus?

The significance of this website

This website is sponsored directly by the Ascended Master Jesus. It is Jesus’ official website for helping today’s spiritual seekers overcome the illusions promoted by mainstream Christianity—and overcome their rejection of Jesus based on these illusions.

Surely, there are many people who will deny or ridicule this claim. This is not different from when Jesus walked the earth in a physical body. He was also rejected or ridiculed by many.

It is foreseeable that the authority figures in the fields of both science and religion will reject and ridicule this website. It is even foreseeable that some people will dedicate their lives to tearing down this website, its teachings and the person who has done the physical aspects of the work.

Yet despite all claims made to the contrary, let it be stated clearly that this IS the official website of Jesus Christ for restoring his true teachings. This is not denying that Jesus is working with many people in various capacities for restoring aspects of his true teachings. Yet this website is sponsored directly by Jesus and the teachings are given directly by him and other ascended masters.

You may ask why Jesus is working through a human messenger and putting his teachings on a website. Why isn’t Jesus appearing in the sky in some undeniable manifestation, like many Christians expect? The answer is that on earth, free will reigns supreme.

Knowing what kind of planet you are on

Although Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth, he cannot use his power indiscriminately on earth and the reason is the Law of Free Will. Free will mandates that if self-aware beings want to experience what it is like to be in the consciousness of separation, they must be allowed to have this experience. That is why the forbidden fruit was in the garden and why it was possible for all of us to eat of it.

Human beings trapped in separation often become very self-centered and filled with their own importance. One example is the medieval Catholic doctrine that the earth was the center of the entire universe.

In reality, there are billions of galaxies and billions of planets with self-aware lifeforms. The entire material universe is a giant educational institution in which self-aware beings are presented with the opportunity to raise their consciousness by experiencing an environment that corresponds to their current level of consciousness.

Most of the planets with self-aware lifeforms are at a much higher level of consciousness than earth. Earth is actually one of the lower planets. Most self-aware beings on other planets are consciously walking the path of raising their consciousness. Obviously, this is not the case on earth, which shows that earth is a planet for those who have gone so far into the labyrinth of separation that they believe there is no way out or that the way out is separated from themselves.

Many people on earth are so trapped in separation that they refuse to take responsibility for their own growth. This means they are looking for an external savior to come and do all the work for them. This explains why Jesus, after Christianity became dominated by separation, was portrayed as exactly such a savior.

A small group of people on earth have a need to dominate others. These are the people who have set themselves up as “gods” on earth, seeking to have absolute power over their subjects. They are the ones who took over and perverted the Christian religion. There is an unholy alliance between those who want to dominate others and those who do not want to take responsibility for themselves. This is the central dynamic that dominates earth right now.

The Law of Free Will mandates that self-aware beings must be allowed to experience this dynamic until they have had enough of it and want more. The moment they want more, a way to rise above their illusions will be offered to them by the ascended masters.

Yet because there are still many people trapped in illusion, the way offered must be of such a form that it can easily be denied by the people who are not yet ready to take responsibility for themselves. This is why Jesus, when he was in a physical body, did and said certain things that made it easy for people to reject him. That is why this website has a form that makes it easy for people to reject it.

The motto of the ascended masters is: “When the student is ready, the master appears.”

This website has appeared to you.

If you have read to this point – instead of rejecting this article for any number of reasons – you might consider that you have found this website because you are ready for it. You outer mind and your intellect might have many arguments for rejecting this website and its message. Yet your heart will tell you the truth of your inner being.

Are you one of the people who have volunteered to restore the true teachings of Christ in this age? If so, this website (and the associated sites) is the best starting point you will find for developing your direct, inner relationship with the ascended Master Jesus or another ascended master.

After you develop this inner contact, you will no longer need this website because you will now get directions from within. This means the website will have fulfilled the purpose for which it was created.

 

 

Copyright © 2014 Kim Michaels