When rightly understood: Prior to being corrupted by what Deism portrays as Revealed Religion and self-serving priest-craft, the original Gospel teachings were the embodiment of Deism. What is Deism? Deism is the knowledge of the Natural Laws -- Laws that control and impact every aspect of the life we are living. Deism is the knowledge of the Natural Laws as expressed in the statement of the Laws of Nature and Nature's God -- which acquisition of self-knowledge had the capacity to free the mind of organic man from the ignorance imposed upon him by virtue of the limitations of his three-dimensional earthly consciousness often portrayed as the ego-self. Pythagoras, Plato, Jesus, Valentinus, Giordano Bruno were all Deists who understood the Law of Octaves and how it impacts and controls man's Consciousness -- see The Law of Octaves http://TheLawOfOctaves.com . The man Jesus became Enlightened and his mind Anointed (Christed) by fulfilling the Laws which Deist promote the reality of. And Jesus himself stated that anyone who achieves Wholeness of Mind, can do all that he did -- i.e., "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17). And the fact is that only a Deist who understands the Natural Laws, can achieve attaining to Wholeness of Mind and Being -- as stated by his original followers when they attested to the fact that Jesus "...was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ (Anointed) of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity" (see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34). If, as Jesus taught, that he "...was a man in like sense with all humanity" -- and that "...any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ (of an Anointed Consciousness)" -- then the Spiritual Deism is the only valid Spiritual Path. And this is confirmed where Hippolytus further states pertaining to the Gospel teachings of the original followers of of Jesus that "...when Ebionites [or any other person] thus fulfills the law, they are able to become Christs, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity" (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34).
The fact that the Original Gospel teachings represented the example of Deism in its Purity, is confirmed in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, where Jefferson wrote respecting the relationship of Deism and Christianity: "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other" This same exact thought is expressed in the Wikipedia article under Deism: "History of religion and the deist mission. Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by "priests" who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general. According to this world view, over time "priests" had succeeded in encrusting the original simple, rational religion with all kinds of superstitions and "mysteries" – irrational theological doctrines. Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the "mysteries" on faith and on the priests' authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical "mysteries", confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation. The priests consequently enjoyed a position of considerable power over the laity, which they strove to maintain and increase. Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as "priestcraft", a highly derogatory term. Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of 'priestcraft' and 'mysteries' from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion."
The Foundation of Deism that portrays God as not interfearing in the affairs of man, is know as the Clock-Maker Universe. The Theists asserted that it is necessary for Creator-God to perpetually intervene in the day to day affairs of this world, while the Deist position was that Creator-God brought forth and initiated a series of Laws which God (quoting Wikipedia: Deism): "...endowed the world at creation with self-sustaining and self-acting powers and then abandoned it to the operation of these powers acting as second causes." The statement that God abandoned Creation is from the perspective of the theist's ignorance of the Natural Laws -- which Laws acted as an extension of the Will of God to insure the developmental growth and development of Creation. What is said to be the Deist theology has often been portrayed as the Clock Maker Universe Theory -- i.e., Quoting the Wikipedia article: "The clockwork universe theory compares the universe to a mechanical clock wound up by a supreme being, or initiated by the Big Bang. It continues ticking along, as a perfect machine, with its gears governed by the laws of physics, making every single aspect of the machine completely predictable. Before the emergence of quantum mechanics, many scientists believed that the Universe was completely deterministic in this way. ...This conception of the universe consisted of a huge, regulated and uniform machine that operated according to natural laws in absolute time, space, and motion. God was the master-builder, who created the perfect machine and let it run. God was the Prime Mover, who brought into being the world in its lawfulness, regularity, and beauty. This view of God as the creator, who stood aside from his work and didn’t get involved directly with humanity, was called Deism (which predates Newton) and was accepted by many who supported the 'new philosophy'."
When the uncorrupted teachings of Jesus are understood,
Did God give man Reason and not Religion? That depends upon whether the reasoning of the person is based upon Natural Law as embraced by enlightened Deists such as Pythagoras, Plato, Jesus, Valentinus and Giordano Bruno. If the person's reasoning is based upon scientific findings that reject the metaphysical, or quasi-religious dogma that rejects the knowledge of the Natural Laws, then there is a total lack of reason. Why? If the Enlightened Deists understood the pure teachings of Jesus as "...restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion." -- and they understood their "...mission as the stripping away of 'priestcraft"' in order to embrace those teachings that enable them to fulfill the Natural Laws of Nature and Nature's God, then the person's Reasoning ability must be based upon those pure teachings that convey the way to fulfill the Laws. Therefore, if Reason is representative of those who understand the Natural Laws, and through the implementation of this knowledge, the person has become Anointed and Enlightened by rejecting the blind-belief of religion which corrupted what must be seen as the Pure Deist teachings of Jesus and the Gospels, then the reliance of quasi-Deists who are aligned with Atheism and non-metaphysical science is representative of the abject corruption of the Deist Path.
the Power of God at his Baptism (Purification), by fulfilling the Natural Laws within his own Mind and Being. Jesus taught his original followers that any and all of mankind was his brother -- and that by living a life in harmony with the Natural Laws, any and all of mankind could do and know all that he did and knew. In its original form, the original Gospel teachings was an understanding of the Natural Laws that enabled the person we are in this world (ego-self) to connect with their True-Self as expressed in the words preserved in the Gospel of Thomas which state: "Jesus said ...But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty". Thus, when rightly understood, the Original Gospel teachings was to alleviate and free all of mankind from the the extreme (intellectual) poverty associated with life in this world portrayed as the Far Country -- and it accomplished this by teaching the person about the Natural Laws and what each person must do to free themselves from the constrainment of the Laws that naturally limit man's intellectual reasoning and understanding.
We have all heard of the ego-self -- which in the Wikipedia it states: "It is important to separate your fearful, false ego-self from your true spiritual self." With respect to this "false-self", the Original Gospel teachings taught the Natural Laws that divided and separated the person they are in this life with their True-Self that exist at a deeper state of consciousness. This is especially confirmed in the Gospel of Thomas saying 84: Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear!" What is being stated? Notice first that there is absolutely no mention of God. Saying 84 presents what is portrayed as YOUR LIKENESS in conjunction with YOUR IMAGES -- an Image is a projection of a Source. It does not say: When you see God -- and this is because your worldly or ego-self is a three-dimensional image-projection of your true-self. And the objective of the Original Gospel teachings was to enable your ego-self to connect and learn from your True-Self. In the teaching, it is your True-Self that is in the above portrayed as "your likeness" that dwells within what modern science has now portrayed as the Great Mind within which we all dwell (see Dwelling In The Mind Of God https://brotherofyeshua.blogspot.com/2021/10/dwelling-in-mind-of-god.html ).
When a Deist states to you: God gave us Reason, and not Religion, the Deist should be told: God gave us Facts to engage our gift of Reason to understand the Natural Laws that when properly embrace, enable men of clear Reason to become Enlightened and Knowing. And when the Deist does not understand what you just said, the Deist should be asked: Then why didn't God bestow the gift of Reason on all people? What happed to the Reasoning ability of the religious people? Did God deny them the gift of Reason? In the same way that the reasoning ability of the religious people has been severely impacted and negated by their beliefs, the same diminished reasoning ability is also true of the person who aligns themselves with Deism. Why? Because God gives mankind Facts -- but when man ignores or even rejects the facts, his ability to reason is suppressed and even negated. When we acknowledge that Religion is prone to countless misinterpretations -- and homo-sapiens should possess the reasoning ability to wade through the many misinterpretations to arrive at the truth -- unless you understand why the design of God made these almost countless interpretations to even exist, then you lack the ability to Reason because of your own ignorance of the Natural Laws that is the Causal-Factor of man's inability to perceptively-understand the bigger reasons for the confusion.
When facts are ignored or misinterpreted, man's reasoning ability is greatly diminished. The reasoning ability of most religious people are gravely diminished, because their beliefs trump the facts. And the same is true with respect to the majority of people who portray themselves as Deists. Therefore, the only real and functionable difference between the reasoning of most Deist, and the reasoning of most religious people, is merely a different variety of faux-reasoning. Why? Because there is an Intellectual Red Line that inhibits any mental development beyond what we call the organic (carnal) reasoning of man beyond a very low-level of consciousness (see The Intellectual Red Line In The Sand Of Human Consciousness http://CausalFactor.Nazirene.org#TheIntellectualRedLine ). And unless the person begins to move beyond the Intellectual Red Line , all their Reasoning Skill will remain diminished, and they will be rendered incapable of understanding their own higher reality of mind and spirit. In fact, all the western religions have all been equally effected, because of the suppression of a Fact of Life that few religious or non-religious people comprehend the reality of -- i.e., the total diminishment of the people's ability to reason, because REGARDLESS OF THE FACTS that God sets before mankind, the political leaders of the Church suppressed and outlawed the teaching on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to Wholeness and Perfection over the course of many lives (see The Religion Of Roman Emperors http://reincarnation.nazirene.org/#emperors ).
Faux-Reasoning of Deist: Without understanding the reality of the pre-existent Soul, the vast majority of religious people could not move beyond the Intellectual Red Line that inhibited their mental development. And while many of the Enlightened Deists of the 17th century had themselves crossed over the Red Line that inhibits the development of human organic consciousness, for the most part these Deists remained silent. Why? If they had openly acknowledged this Fact of Life, they would never have been able to orchestrate and bring about the Constitutional Reforms and God-Given Rights that enabled people to embrace the Natural Laws and evolve their consciousness to a higher level of development. Therefore, these Enlightened Deists sacrificed the Facts of Life, in order to create the environment necessary to bring about man's higher development and what is often portrayed as American Exceptionalism. Why? Because if they openly acknowledged the Facts that were suppressed by Christianity at a time of giving birth to a form of government that is crucial for higher mental development, the Enlightened Deists would have been rejected by the vast majority of Christian patriots as diabolical heretics, and the people would have succumbed to the enactment of a system of Monarchy that inhibited the development of the European people.
The Knowledge of the Natural Laws: Deism is portrayed as a Natural Religion because it acknowledges and is based upon the Natural Laws of Creator God. But when Deists ignore the Facts of Life -- and their beliefs inhibit them from embracing the Facts and a more enlightened understanding of the Natural Laws -- then no advancement beyond that level of mental development can be embraced.
The Rebirth Of Spiritual Deism: Why can Deism be portrayed as a Universal Spiritual Path? Because the core essence of Deism is based upon the Natural Laws of the earth and Creation, and is drawn directly from the Original Gospel teachings that when intimately embraced, has the ability to open the mind and bring about the process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening. Modern Christianity is not a genuine path, because in its present corrupted form, it is spiritually dysfunctional. When Jesus answered the Jews and stated that the Kingdom will never come upon the earth, because it is within you -- i.e., "Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21), Jesus confirmed the reality that man's search for Truth and the Kingdom must be directed Inwardly -- at the Core of our Mind and Consciousness. And if the words of Jesus are true, and the Kingdom of God is at the Core of our Mind, then why do we remain ignorant of our True-Self? What is separating us from the Essence of our Consciousness?
When rightly understood, both Deism and the Original Gospel Teachings are an understanding of the Natural Laws that you climb one level at a time, and are designed to be a stepping stone to eventual Total Enlightenment. Quoting from The Law Of Jacob's Ladder And Mental Advancement ( http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#LawOFJacobsLadder ) with respect to the the quotation from the Nazirene Gospel account of the proverbial Jacob's Ladder: "God gives you all truth, as a ladder with many steps, for the salvation and perfection of the soul, and the truth which seems today, you will abandon for the higher truth tomorrow. Press toward perfection." Modern-day scientist Nikola Tesla was correct when he stated that "If you wish to understand the universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration" -- and if you seek to embark on the journey within, you must advance by raising your "frequency and vibration" of mind to achieve the necessary Wholeness of Mind by advancing the rungs of the proverbial Jacob's Ladder. But what is the meaning of the proverbial Jacob's Ladder? We can observe Jacob in a state of sleep, that denotes a level of lesser earthly organic (carnal) consciousness. On each step there appears to be an Angel that represents the Natural Laws that man must wrestle with, as he arises in consciousness. These Laws that are portrayed as Angels, are there to both assist man in his development, and to test him to see if he is prepared to ascend to the next level of higher consciousness. In the account at Genesis 32:22-24, when Jacob prevails over wrestling with the Angel/Law, he becomes transformed into Israel by his Wholeness of Mind. Each level of advancement out of the human condition of lesser organic consciousness, as we are drawn into the plight of wrestling with the Laws/Angels, our mind becomes more Whole and Complete.
, then each level of advancement is the result of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening brought about through a change in the "frequency and vibration" of the person's mind. But what this means is that you can't cling to the mindset and thinking of the previous rung, and advance to a higher more enlightened level of understanding.
Few seekers can advance, because they are unable to "abandon their truth to evolve to a higher truth tomorrow".
The Deist Trinity
A search on Deism provides the following definitions: (1) Deists insisted that religious truth should be subject to the authority of human reason rather than divine revelation. (2) Consequently, they denied that the Bible was the revealed word of God and rejected scripture as a source of religious doctrine. (3) Christian Deists believe in the moral teachings—but not the divinity—of Jesus. (4) Deism is the belief in a creator god who created an orderly universe governed by the law of physics and thereafter, left it to run on its own like a well-manufactured clock. Deists posit that the existence of God can be discerned through human reason, but not through any supernatural events, scriptural authority or ritual. (5) Physics is defined as: Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its fundamental constituents, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, with its main goal being to understand how the universe behaves.
In true Deist fashion, Jesus taught his original followers that they can attain the same Anointing of their own Minds that Enlightened him, and enter the Kingdom that would enable them to fulfill the adage to be in the world and not of it -- and this Anointing can only be accomplished by fulfilling the (Natural) Law within their own mind and being (see Jesus Taught To Become The Christ http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#BecomeTheChrist ). Yet, the vast majority of modern Christians ignore the words of Jesus when he stated that the Kingdom will never come outwardly -- i.e., "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!'" -- and like the Pharisees and scribes, the modern Christians fail to seek the Kingdom within that can be portrayed as the True Objective of the Life that all of mankind is presently living. It must be noted that the original followers of Jesus who walked and talked with him daily, witnessed to the fact that Jesus was a man who became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law within his own mind and being (see The Witness Of Those Who Jesus Personally Taught http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#PersonallyTaught ). Thus, Jesus not only taught his followers that the Kingdom is within each of us, but also that his own mind became Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law on each level of his inward journey into the deeper levels of Consciousness. And that by fulfilling the Natural Laws which enabled him to achieve the Anointing of his mind with Spiritual Light, this Power of Enlightenment enabled him to eventually attain to a condition of entering into a Divine Union or At-Oneness with the Indwelling Mind of God (a.k.a. Logos/Word/Son of God) -- which he taught was the eventually destiny of all of mankind. But what is most important is to pose the question: If the Kingdom is within each of us -- at the very core of our mind and being -- then the question must be posed: What is inhibiting us from connecting with our Inner Self and entering the Kingdom within us? Jesus answered this question from a Deist perspective, when he taught his original followers about the Natural Laws that each of us must embrace and fulfill, on our own inward journey to the core of our own self-essence. Which is why Jesus stated with respect to the coming of the Kingdom: "Then Jesus said to them, 'Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God arrive with power'" (Mark 9:1). Paul told the congregation at Corinth that the time was so short, that they should not return to their wives: "What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not" (1 Cor 7:29). Which imminent coming of the Kingdom the Apostle Peter confirmed when he told the people: ”looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet 3:12). Which provokes the question to every rational person: How could the believers in that time-frame of the first-century, hasten or speed up the coming of the Kingdom, if it was coming externally in the outer world over two centuries later? Which means that only the Enlightened Deists who understood the Laws Of Nature and Nature's God -- who laid the foundation of the American Constitutional God-Given Rights -- understood the Natural Laws that act as a Bio-Feedback Organism that develops and prepares the mind of each of us as the prodigal sons, to "come to our senses", and be restored to the Edenic Kingdom and our True Source of Consciousness (see The Checksum Of The Law http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#CheckSum ).
Jesus explained that in order for the Kingdom to come and manifest within your earthly mind, you must enter through the "narrow gate", as seen in the words: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matt 7:13-14). Which provokes the question: If what Jesus said is true with respect to the entrance into the Kingdom that exists within each one of us, then why aren't we more aware and conscious of this inner Kingdom? Why aren't we more aware of the entrance within us that is portrayed as the "narrow gate"? If the Christians could answer these questions, they could simply direct the unbelievers how to enter the "narrow gate", and find the Truth? The answer: When Jesus taught his original followers about the Laws that must be fulfilled in order to enter into and through the "narrow gate", one of the most crucial teachings that brings about the natural process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening to be brought about, was suppressed and corrupted by the Gentile Church that had no understanding of the Natural Laws. And it is this crucial teaching that opens the mind to not only the Natural Laws that control our entrance through the "narrow gate", but also opens our mind to enable man to understand how the "narrow gate" must be entered. And with the suppression and removal of this crucial teaching by the Gentile Church, the whole of the Gospel message and the knowledge of the Natural Laws not only became lost, but has inhibited man's mental and spiritual development to the level of the dark ages of undeveloped human consciousness. Moreover, because the path of abject ignorance was chosen and ordained by the Church, even modern science has been rendered mentally impotent and unable to develop beyond a very low-level point of advancement. Why? Because they have yet to cross over The Intellectual Red Line In The Sand Of Human Consciousness (see http://CausalFactor.Nazirene.org#TheIntellectualRedLine ).
To answer the foregoing questions, you must understand the Natural Laws that create a barrier between the person you are in this world, and the inner levels of Mind that cause organic man not to be conscious of both his Inner-Self, and the Kingdom of God within them. The Wikipedia article under Deism writes: History of religion and the deist mission: Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by "priests" who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general. According to this world view, over time "priests" had succeeded in encrusting the original simple, rational religion with all kinds of superstitions and "mysteries" – irrational theological doctrines. Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the "mysteries" on faith and on the priests' authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical "mysteries", confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation. The priests consequently enjoyed a position of considerable power over the laity, which they strove to maintain and increase. Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as "priestcraft", a highly derogatory term. Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of 'priestcraft' and 'mysteries' from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion. This same exact thought is expressed in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush where Jefferson wrote respecting the relationship of Deism and Christianity: "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other"
Revealed Vs Natural Religion
Deism And The Secret Doctrine Of The Church
The Clockmaker Universe
The Deism Of Jesus
Why can Deism be portrayed as the Universal Spiritual Path that spans the essence of all religions? Because it acknowledges and strives to embrace the Natural Laws that enable the person to embrace the process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening. In the words of Edward Herbert who is known as the father of English Deism: “truth” can be discovered through innate human “faculties.”. And while that is true, the problem is that those "facilities" of mind that reveals "truth", must be developed and turned inward to the Core and Essence of our Consciousness. Deism rejects the man-made dogma of organized faith-based religion which is focused outwardly in ritual, tradition and blind belief, and focuses instead on the Natural Laws that when applied inwardly, enables a person to connect with their Inner Self and enables them to learn directly from God. When rightly understood, Deism reveals the Natural Laws that control all levels of Consciousness in the manner of the process of climbing the proverbial Jacob's Ladder (see The Law Of Jacob's Ladder And Mental Advancement http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#LawOFJacobsLadder ) -- where the Soul advances one level or rung at a time. But to take it's place as the universal spiritual essence of all religions, Deism itself must undergo a restoration process. In the list of Deism Core Beliefs above, it is stated that the full nature and reality of God is incomprehensible to the majority of mankind due to the limitations of the human mind. But it is the next point wherein it is stated that "God gave humanity Reason and Conscience so we could develop...", that is the key to understanding the Natural Laws that have the capacity to expand organic human consciousness to the point where man is able to truly acquire both Knowledge of Self and God. But just like climbing a ladder, only by fulfilling the Natural Laws of Creation within the person's own mind, can success be achieved. The word conscience is defined as "an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness and wrongness of one's behavior". Which means that God gave each person an inner voice that has the ability to guide a person through the trials of life. Where the meme states that the conscience is the still small voice the people don't listen to, the words of PanDeist Giordano Bruno who was an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Dominican order acknowledges this fact, where he states in reference to the Inner Source of Truth and Knowledge: "Within every man there is a soul-flame, kindled at the sun of thought, which lends us wings whereby we may approach the sun of knowledge." The question must therefore be asked: What condition, then, must each of us fulfill and accomplish, for the "..soul-flame [to] lend us [the] wings whereby we may approach the sun of knowledge???". If there is in fact what Giordano Bruno portrays as a "soul-flame" within each of us that can lead us to, and connect us with the "sun [or source] of knowledge", then Bruno also conveyed the reason for man's ignorance of this inner Source of Knowledge when he stated: "The Divine Light is always in man, presenting itself to the senses and to the comprehension, but man rejects it". In our present timeframe, this "..soul-flame [that is} lent us [as] wings" in our inner journey to our Source of Consciousness, is being suppressed equally by not only Revealed-Religion, but also Scientism that masquerades as genuine scientific investigation, academia that is the priest-craft of scientism, as well as culture that suppresses our higher spiritual nature.
In many respects, the rise of Deism resulted in what has been portrayed as the Age of Enlightenment which is portrayed in the Wikipedia as: "..an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries with global influences and effects." This Enlightenment was fueled by Deism and an understanding of the Natural Laws that enabled man to connect to what Giordano Bruno portrayed as "The Divine Light [that] is always in man...". But because, as Bruno stated, "man rejects ...The Divine Light [that] is always in man...". the Enlightened Deists were confronted with the same allegation against the original Church prior to being corrupted. The Church had been accused of being a "secret system" by second century the philosopher Celsus. Quoting from The Christian Secret Doctrine http://SecretDoctrine.Nazirene.org :
In the approximate year of 178 of our Common Era, Celsus, the Epicurean
Philosopher and opponent of Christianity published a rather embarrassing work in
opposition to Christianity known as The True Word or Discourse. It is said that
this work was so widely published and used by the Pagan world as an attack on
the Church, that seventy years after its publication The True Word was still so
widely circulated, that the Church Father Origen was commissioned by St.
Ambrosius to refute this attack by Celsus. This publication and the reply by the
Church Father Origen is so important to modern-day Christians who are attempting
to bypass the corruption of the Church by a series of Roman emperors beginning
in the fourth century, that is should be a starting place for all sincere
seekers of Truth and TheWay.
To his disciples who were portrayed as being In The House with the Lord, Jesus said: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand” (Mark 4:11-12). In the Gospels we encounter two groups of people who exist at greatly differing levels of consciousness and understanding -- i.e., those who are portrayed as being "without", and the few who are said to be "In The House". With respect to the reality of those who are portrayed in the Gospels as being "without", in contradistinction to those who are said to be In The House, the quotation of the early Church Father Origen represents an excellent portrayal of the reality of mind and being that is presented in these words of Jesus -- wherein, Origen writes in reply to the allegations of philosopher Celsus that the Church is a secret system: “I have not yet spoken of the observances of all that is written in the gospel, each one of which contains much doctrine difficult to be understood, not merely by the multitude, but even by certain of the more intelligent, including a very profound explanation of the parables, which Jesus delivered to 'those without' while reserving the exhibition of their full meaning for those who have passed beyond the stage of exoteric teachings, and who came to him privately in the house. And when he comes to understand it, he will admire the reason why some are said to be without, and others in the house”.
Very simply, those who are portrayed as being In The House with the Lord, have begun their inward journey in TheWay, where they began to develop the "eyes" that can see and understand at a higher more evolved level of consciousness. This higher development of mind was accomplished by climbing the rungs of the proverbial Jacob's Ladder, by fulfilling the Natural Laws at each level of advancement ( Spiritual Meaning And Fulfillment Of The Law http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#SpiritualMeaningOfTheLaw ).
Revealed Vs Natural Religion. What the Deists portrayed as a Revealed religion, is a religious system based exclusively upon information communicated through a prophet or chosen source -- which requires the membership to blindly believe the prophet of chosen source. From a dogmatic perspective, the Roman Church of the fourth century maintained that Jesus was the source of all truth, and only the Church can properly interpret the scriptures. Thus, from this dogmatic perspective, Christianity is a Revealed Religion that mankind must blindly believe and accept -- without question. In Judaism, Moses was the chosen revealer to the Jewish world. In Islam, Mohammed is portrayed as the only and last prophet in the final word of God to mankind through the Qur'an.
Where Judaism, Christianity and Islam are portrayed as Revealed Religions, Deism arose out of the Age of Enlightenment, and was said to be a Natural Spiritual Path. What is a Natural Religion? Quoting the definition of Deism that has been embraced by many Deists: "Deism is belief in God based on the application of our reason on the designs/laws found throughout Nature. The designs presuppose a Designer. Deism is therefore a natural religion and is not a 'revealed' religion. The natural religion/philosophy of Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear that are so strongly represented in all of the 'revealed' religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (These religions are called revealed religions because they all make claim to having received a special revelation from God which they pretend, and many of their sincere followers actually believe, their various and conflicting holy books are based on.)".
When rightly understood, the foregoing Deist perspective is in error, because Jesus commanded his followers not to be called a teacher or rabbi -- stating that there is only One Teacher that all people should seek out (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ). Which means that every person equally, has the innate ability to seek out the Source of all Knowledge and Revelation -- "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have One Teacher, and you are all brethren" (Matt 23:8 RSV). And this innate ability of all people to communicate directly with God, was dependent upon their willingness to embrace and fulfill the Natural Laws which the Enlightened Deists portrayed as the Laws of Nature and Nature's God (see Spiritual Meaning And Fulfillment Of The Law http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com#SpiritualMeaningOfTheLaw ). Further, Jesus also taught that the scriptures are a spiritual document that is beyond ordinary human organic understanding. Quoting from The Grave Error Of Human Organic Interpretation Of The Scriptures http://TheLawOfOctaves.com#ClementScriptures :
In the Homilies of Clement the Apostle Peter is quoted as warning with respect to reading and understanding the scriptures: "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". If we ask the question: What is being said to the believer who desires to be faithful to the Gospel Teachings? By design, the scriptures cannot be understood by the Linear (outward-male) spheres of mind. Why? Because the outward-looking spheres of mind see and understand in accord with the thinking of the outer world and culture. And this fact is confirmed when Peter stated: "when the law of God (scriptures) is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind"? Why? Because the scriptures are composed in a symbolic language that is designed to look inwardly, and can only be interpreted and understood by the inward-looking (feminine) Intuitive spheres of mind. The outward-looking Linear spheres of mind attempts to interpret all things literally and historically -- which is why Peter warns that "...For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself". Further, Peter warns that "...For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without". What this means is that if you attempt to interpret the scriptures in accord with a study group, a Biblical Commentary, in accord with the teachings of a Church, or from a human thought-perspective -- that you will not only fail to understand the meaning of the scriptures, but you will alienate and disenfranchise your mind from the true spiritual meaning. Why? Because the scriptures are composed in the allegorical language of the Soul that employs allegorical catalysts that are used to develop the inward-looking Intuitive Spheres of Mind.
If one half of the mind (Linear/Male) looks outwardly -- and relates all that it sees and understands to the things of this world -- then it is the inward-looking Feminine-Intuitive spheres of mind that must be developed, in order to begin to connect with the source or voice of our God-Given Conscious or "soul-flame" that is able to connect with our Inner Source of the Divine Mind within us. And therein lies the problem as seen in the fact that the mind of our earthly consciousness is three-dimensional, while the mind of our Metaphysical or True-Self dwells in a twelve-dimensional realm, that is virtually impossible for our limited three-dimensional earthly-self to comprehend. Which means that all the three-dimensional earthly instruction will not develop our inward-looking Intuitive-Self. Which means that to begin to develop the mind to perceive and understand beyond the three-dimensional level of outward-looking mind, we must begin to teach and instruct in an outside the three-dimensional box level of thinking, in order to begin to develop the inward-looking Intuitive/Feminine spheres of mind. Which is why the authors of the scriptures employed allegorical mythology that acted as catalysts that began the process of expanding the three-dimensional limitations of the outward-looking spheres of mind. By exposing the three-dimensional linear consciousness to mythology that explored man's metaphysical twelve-dimensional higher Soul-Reality, the inward-looking Intuitive/Feminine spheres of mind would begin to develop and bring about the necessary transformative process of mental-expansion and spiritual-deepening. And in the same way that a ladder employs side-rails that enable the rungs to exist that permits the person to climb one level at a time to an elevated level, the Enlightened Deists understood that the Natural Laws existed that permitted the three-dimensional mind of man's organic human three-dimensional consciousness, to advance up the levels of Higher Consciousness. And in the same way that when a person climbs a ladder, they must release themselves from the previous rung to begin to grasp the next higher rung, the Deists understood that when climbing the rungs of mental-advancement, the person had to release themselves from the previous three-dimensional levels of consciousness.
When this process was explained in the Church's rebuttal to the pagan attack in Origen's Contra-Celsum, it was acknowledged that carnal organic man who Celsus portrayed as spiritually blind sinners, could only comprehend the living of a single-life and the concept of reward/heaven or punishment/hell reality. To the organic earthly consciousness of man, it was impossible for them to envision themselves achieving perfection as in the case of the man Jesus -- i.e., "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt 5:48). So this message was interpreted in their limited three-dimensional thinking as belief in the godly man Jesus -- which further evolved into mere belief in the God, Jesus. And because they did not understand the allegorical symbols of the scriptures -- i.e., in the above words of Peter: "when the law of God (scriptures) is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind" -- self-appointed priests redefined the scriptures and interpreted the meaning for them. And over the course of time, these carnal priest-interpreted doctrines were written directly into the scriptures which the Church itself corrupted. In the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, where he warns us that: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy". And this fact is confirmed to us by Dr. F. H. Scrivener where he writes that: "In the second century we have seen too many instances of attempts to tamper with the text of Scripture, some merely injudicious, others positively dishonest". Scrivener states that "it is no less true to fact than paradoxical in sound, that the worst corruptions to which the New Testament has ever been subjected, originated within 100 years after it was composed: and that Irenaeus and the African Fathers, and the whole Western, with a portion of the Syrian Church" used inferior manuscripts (F.H.Scrivener, Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament). Dean Burgon quotes Gaius (AD175-200) who speaks of the source of corruptions that survive in the early papyri: "The Divine Scriptures these heretics have audaciously corrupted. Laying violent hands upon them, under pretense of correcting them." (Burgon, The Revision Revised, p. 323). Eusebius (Eccleastical History), citing the second century Church Father Clement of Alexandria: "The worst corruptions to which the New Testament has ever been subjected originated within one hundred years after it was composed." In the words of Colwell (What is the Best New Testament Text?, p.119) "The first two centuries witnessed the creations of the large number of variations known to scholars today. In the manuscripts of the New Testament most variations, I believe, were made deliberately." (see http://BibleCorruption.com ).
When Celsus authored the True Word against the Church in the second century, he knew about the massive corruptions of the biblical texts that the various sects of the Church were using when he wrote: "Certain Christians, like men who are overcome by the fumes of wine and care not in the least what they say, alter the original text of the Gospels so that they admit of various and almost indefinite readings. And this, I suppose, they have done out of worldly policy, so that when we press an argument home, they might have the more scope for their pitiful evasions". Celsus concludes that because of the wholesale rewriting and corruption of the text of the scriptures, that this fraud has made all of Christianity a bogus lie: "It is clear to me that the writings of the Christians are a lie, and that your fables are not well-enough constructed to conceal this monstrous fiction: I have even heard that some of your interpreters, as if they had just come out of a tavern, are onto the inconsistencies and, pen in hand, alter the original writings, three, four and several more times over in order to be able to deny the contradictions in the face of criticism." (R.J.Hoffmann's Celsus: On The True Doctrine, Oxford University Press, 1987).
Of these massive corrupted scriptures, the Church Historian Eusebius writes of the condition of the biblical texts of the fourth century: "Therefore they have laid their hands boldly upon the Divine Scriptures, alleging that they have corrected them. That I am not speaking falsely of them in this matter, whoever wishes may learn. For if any one will collect their respective copies, and compare them one with another, he will find that they differ greatly. Those of Asclepiades, for example, do not agree with those of Theodotus. And many of these can be obtained, because their disciples have assiduously written the corrections, as they call them, that is the corruptions, of each of them. Again, those of Hermophilus do not agree with these, and those of Apollonides are not consistent with themselves. For you can compare those prepared by them at an earlier date with those which they corrupted later, and you will find them widely different. But how daring this offense is, it is not likely that they themselves are ignorant. For either they do not believe that the Divine Scriptures were spoken by the Holy Spirit, and thus are unbelievers, or else they think themselves wiser than the Holy Spirit, and in that case what else are they than demoniacs? For they cannot deny the commission of the crime, since the copies have been written by their own hands. For they did not receive such Scriptures from their instructors, nor can they produce any copies from which they were transcribed".
With respect to the statement of Eusebius that: "...But how daring this offense is, it is not likely that they themselves are ignorant" -- this conscious corruption of the Gospel texts was to support their quest for power over the people by a corrupt clergy which Thomas Paine portrayed as "priest-craft" (see Corrupt Clergy http://Nazirene.org/unfaithful2.htm#clergy ). Eusebius then correctly states with respect to those who corrupted the Gospel texts: "...For either they do not believe that the Divine Scriptures were spoken by the Holy Spirit, and thus are unbelievers, or else they think themselves wiser than the Holy Spirit, and in that case what else are they than demoniacs?"
In view of the fact that the modern
Christian has embraced the corruptions of those who are portrayed as
"unbelievers and demoniacs", then
the modern clergy whose purpose it is to lead the people, have rejected the
teachings of the Holy Spirit and chosen the doctrines of
"unbelievers and demoniacs".
And because of the corrupted biblical texts and allegiance to man-made
doctrines, these same clergy and leaders rejected
the witness of those who the man Jesus personally taught as heretics, because they embraced the
importance of fulfilling the Natural Law within them to climb Jacob's Ladder of
spiritual transformation (see
The Ebionite Heresy
the man-made dogma that is espoused by modern believers being the
corruptions of "unbelievers and demoniacs"
is satanic -- even corrupting the very words of God that were spoken to mankind
(see The Pre-Nicene Gentile Witness
http://TheTenWords.com#Gentile ). And of course the modern believer
who has been seduced by Satan into worshiping the Anti-Christ, would be
programmed to reject the Facts, and the Truth of the Original Gospel teachings
when they are presented to them.
Lastly, by the admission of the pre-Nicene Church, present day Christianity has absolutely nothing in common with the Original Gospel teachings (see The Pre-Nicene Position Of The Church On Reincarnation https://brotherofyeshua.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-pre-nicene-position-of-church-on.html ). They preach pagan fabricated doctrines of Original Sin and the worship of their brother Jesus as god (see The Original Sin Of The Church http://CausalFactor.Nazirene.org#OriginalSinOfTheChurch ). They promote a spiritual abomination and attempt to seduce others to join them in in the death of the soul. And now that the facts have been presented, modern believers have no hope until they first return to the Truth and TheWay.
Deism And The Secret Doctrine Of The Church: When the Enlightened Deists viewed Natural Religion as the essence of man's spiritual path as stated in the Wikipedia: "Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by "priests" who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general" -- they were unable to share the tenets of the Source of Natural Religion with the population of Christian believers -- i.e., "Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of 'priestcraft' and 'mysteries' from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion. This same exact thought is expressed in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush where Jefferson wrote respecting the relationship of Deism and Christianity: "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other". The problem was that the population of believers could not accept or embrace the essence of a Natural Religion such as the original Gospel teachings. And this is why they blindly followed priests who corrupted the Original Gospel foundational tenants in order to make it acceptable to the spiritually complacent believers. Further, the Deist understanding of the Clock-Maker Universe was, and is, totally dependent upon an understanding of the core teachings of a Natural Religion that was suppressed by the "priest-craft" of the Church who corrupted the foundational Gospel teachings to make it conform to the thinking and mindset of the pagan teachings of Rome. And for the same reason, the Enlightened Deists of the 16th and 17th centuries were unable to share this core Natural Religious teaching with the religious people outside the core body of Deists. Which is why the Theist critics could never grasp what the Deists portrayed as teh Clock-Maker Universe. But perhaps of even greater importance is the fact that modern quasi-Deists who embrace the saying that "God gave us Reason, not Religion", and have embraced the anti-metaphysical non-spiritual wisdom of scientism masquerading as genuine science because of their anti-Church rhetoric, have raised up the "priest-craft" of the Church of Scientism and promote what must be portrayed as Revealed-Deism. Deism is a spiritual path that opens the inner metaphysical inner door that enables the seeker to fully understand the Laws of Nature and Nature's God. Which means that the tenets of Spiritual Deism, shares a common spiritual foundation with the original uncorrupted teachings of the Gospel. Therefore, the question must be posed: What is the tenets of uncorrupted Christianity -- i.e., "...In many cases, [Enlightened Deists] considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion." Yet, modern Revealed Deism cannot come to terms with the Clock-Maker Universe, for the same exact reasons why the Theists and modern Christianity cannot. And in the same way that the modern faith-based Christian believers are the victims of "priest-craft", so to are those who have embraced Revealed-Deism who have raised up the priest-craft of anti-metaphysical Scientism that is masquerading as genuine scientific investigation (see Science Vs Scientism http://KnowThyself.Nazirene.org#ScienceVsScientism ).
In his writing known as The True Word, the second century philosopher Celsus accused the Christian Church of being a "secret system", by teaching the masses the spurious doctrine of heaven and hell, while teaching the elect the doctrine of the journey of the Soul over the course of many incarnations (reincarnation). Though this may astonish the modern believer, the Church Father Origen who was commissioned to provide an official rebuttal to the accusations published in The True Word, does not refute Celsus -- but rather, explains that: “But on these subjects much and that of a mystical kind, might be said; in keeping with which is the following: It is good to keep close the secret of a king, (Tobit xii, 7), in order that the doctrine of the entrance of souls into bodies, not, however, that of the transmigration from one body into another, may not be thrown before the common understanding, nor what is holy given to the dogs, nor pearls be cast before swine. For such a procedure would be impious, being equivalent to a betrayal of the mysterious declaration of God's Wisdom”. Thus, what Origen was stating was that the Church openly confirmed the reincarnation of the Soul -- but concealed from the multitude the teaching on the Soul's entrance into bodies to begin the process of evolution over the course of many lives.
Origen confirmed this teaching when he stated in the Official Reply of the Christian Church to Celsus: “It is good to keep secret the entrance of souls into bodies”, Origen writes, but “not… the transmigration from one body into another”. As to why the Church did not teach the same doctrine to all the members of the religion, Origen responded to the allegation of Celsus by explaining that: “For there are in the divinity of the Word some helps towards the cure of those who are sick”, meaning the sinners. Origen then clarifies his statement and writes that these sinners are by no means invited to “…participation in mysteries, then, and to fellowship in the wisdom hidden in a mystery, which God ordained before the world to the glory of His saints”. Origen further explained in his reply to Celsus: “Now, in answer to such statements, we say that it is not the same thing to invite those who are sick in soul to be cured, and those who are in health to the knowledge and study of divine things. We, however, keeping both these things in view, at first invite all men to be healed, and exhort those who are sinners to come to the consideration of the doctrines which teach men not to sin, and those who are devoid of understanding to those which beget wisdom, and those who are children to rise in their thoughts to manhood, and those who are simply unfortunate to good fortune, or -- which is the more appropriate term to use -- to blessedness. And when those who have been turned towards virtue have made progress, and have shown that they have been purified by the word, and have led as far as they can a better life, then and not before do we invite them to participation in our mysteries. ‘For we speak wisdom among them that are perfect’”.
Against the objection of the Church, the pre-Nicene Church Father Origen was condemned in the sixth century by the Roman Emperor Justinian, and the teaching on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to perfection which was foundational to the core Gospel teachings over the course of many lives was outlawed. Quoting from The Religion Of Roman Emperors: Quoting the Britannica: “Under Justinian all essential features were already formed: Imperial power extended equally over state and Church… Since the emperor ruled the Church there was no longer any independence for the bishops, least of all for the patriarch in Constantinople; they were in every respect subordinate to the emperor”. As the leader of the Church and its teachings, in the year 553 Justinian convened the 5th Ecumenical Council where, quoting the Catholic Encyclopedia, “…the council opened on 5 May, 553, in spite of the protestations of Pope Vigilius, who though at Constantinople, refused to attend it… before the opening of the council, which had been delayed by the resistance of the pope, the bishops already assembled at Constantinople had to consider, by order of the emperor, a form of Origenism that had practically nothing in common with Origen…”. Quoting the Britannica: “After the council, Justinian banished the pope to Egypt, and afterwards to an island, until he accepted the Council, which he ultimately did.” After relenting to the will of the emperor, and finely accepting the decree of the emperor after seven months of imprisonment, it is reported that the pope met with an untimely death before he could even return to the Vatican. Thereafter, any Christian who suggested that they agreed with the early church fathers with regard to the teaching on the transmigration of the soul were put to death. Any reference in scripture that a person's position in life which they were born into, was in accordance with what one accomplished in the their Soul's previous lives, was edited out.
It is impossible for a Deist to truly understand the Natural Laws or the Clock-Maker Universe, without the restoration of the teaching on the evolution of the Soul over the course of many lives. Science, through the investigative work of Dr. Ian Stevenson and others, has proven the validity of the teaching on reincarnation. Quoting from The Reincarnation OF Shanti Devi https://www.historicmysteries.com/shanti-devi-reincarnation/ Shanti Devi was born in India on 11th December 1926. She was just four years old when she started to claim that the home she was in wasn’t her real home. She also said that her parents weren’t real as well! Soon, she understood that she could remember her past life. This case got a very thorough investigation, and hundreds of researchers and scholars took part in it during the mid-1930s. This story changed the way science looked at reincarnation. The claims and stories shared by Shanti Devi about her past life dangled an intriguing possibility: could people remember their past lives? These 15 people took Shanti Devi with them to Mathura. At the Mathura station, Shanti Devi was presented to a stranger and asked if she could recognize the person. She immediately touched the feet of that person and recognized him as the elder brother of Kedar Nath. When they reached her past-life home in Mathura, she didn’t take a second to recognize her father-in-law within the crowd. People were stunned to see that! She also said that in her past life, she buried some money in a specific location in her Mathura house. Shanti Devi guided people to that spot, where there was a flower-pot. People searched, but ultimately found no money. Yet Shanti Devi insisted that she did keep money there in her past life. Kedar Nath, her past-life husband, confessed that he took that money after her death. And with all of these facts, her claims were considered to be proved. Dr. Ian Stevenson, the leading authority of the reincarnation investigation, said that Shanti Devi made around twenty-four statements of her memories that were an exact match to that of the verified facts. After interviewing all of the participants, the report in 1936 stated that she was indeed the reincarnation of Lugdi Bai!
It is impossible to understand the position of Deism and the Clock Maker Universe, without the restoration of the teaching on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to perfection and only then can be restored to the Edenic Kingdom. Why would God not communicate directly with man as portrayed in the core Deist teaching on the Clock Maker Universe? In the same way that once fertilized, an embryo develops in accord with the Natural Laws, the same is true with respect to all of Creation. When the Laws that were put into effect at the Alpha of Creation are understood, perhaps the best way to understand these Laws that the Deists portrayed as the Laws of Nature and Nature's God, is as a Spiritual Bio-Feedback organism that like a developing embryo, dynamically evolves each soul to completion and wholeness by intimately responding to our every action, reaction and failure to act -- and responds appropriately when the time is opportune for our greatest learning and advancement. What this means is that each person evolves through the process of confronting their own previous actions -- i.e., from a Gospel perspective: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7). Which reality of the Natural Laws is expressed in the words: "In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12). That these Laws were put into action in the Alpha of Creation -- and are the Perfect Works of Creator-God that is Dynamically connected to the movement of man -- is a reality of the Laws that the core Deists attempted unsuccessfully to convey to the Theists and organized religion.
The Enlightened Deists understood that every event in the life of mankind has a pre-existent Causal-Factor. As an example: By Law, every man who rapes a woman, is born into a future life as a woman who is themselves raped. Eventually, by being confronted by self and a person's own actions, that Soul learns to treat others as they would want themselves to be treated -- i.e., "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12). Telling people that they should not rape little girls, does not stop little girls from being raped -- or even sex-trafficked and made into sex-slaves. Look at how many times Bill Clinton took flights on Jeffery Epstein's Lolita Express where old men had sex with young girls? Didn't someone of the stature of Bill Clinton -- a Rhodes Scholar -- know right from wrong? He should have. And thus, in a future life the previous actions of the Soul of Bill Clinton will come back upon him, and he will be raped as a young girl. And based upon what the Church Father Origen portrays as "...strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life", eventually the Soul of Bill Clinton will treat young women as they should be treated. Which provokes the question: How many authorities have to tell someone who is of the stature of Bill Clinton, not to rape or take advantage of young girls? Would it change Bill Clinton if God somehow physically inhibited Clinton from abusing young girls? And how should this be accomplished? Should God make Bill Clinton's penis fall off? Or should God somehow force those who rape and engage in sex-trafficking not to engage in this common practice? There are those who intuitively know that all of mankind are their brothers and sisters, and they should not abuse or violate the rights of other people. They know this not because a worldly authority made a law against violating the rights of other people. They know right from wrong, because they have evolved to the level of mind and spirit where they are able to intuitively access the experiences of all the previous lives their Soul has lived (see The Pre-Nicene Position Of The Church On Reincarnation https://brotherofyeshua.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-pre-nicene-position-of-church-on.html ). Oskar Schindler did not follow the laws of Germany and Hitler, because he intuitively knew that they were wong. Advanced Souls are able to draw upon this body of experiential knowledge that is drawn from their previous lives, regardless of the culture in which they are presently living. When Jesus said: "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17) -- this Wholeness is achieved through the experiential knowledge drawn from the multitude of lives which their Soul has lived observing the Law of God to "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you". The Law is that: As you do unto others, the same will be returned back to you. And this is how the Soul develops and evolves to Perfection and Wholeness.
What we have demonstrated in this reply to Celsus by Origen is the framework of a True Spiritual Church. Contrary to the structure of the modern church, the Word is presented at varying levels in accordance with the needs of the individual. The sinner is invited to partake of the healing of the Word -- and if they repent, and have a change in heart and mind, they will have prepared themselves to move onward. After purification from the transgressions and mindset of this world and servitude to man's carnal nature, the minor mysteries can be revealed to the disciple -- which minor mysteries will then enable the disciple to begin the process of attaining the next stage of birth, and gaining entrance to the spiritual kingdom within them (see The Gate Of Eden http://GateOfEden.com ). As the disciple gains spiritual strength and vitality, and develops his innate spiritual attributes -- attributes which lie dormant in the carnal believer -- the disciple is then able to take the hand of the Lord and walk in the footsteps of the Master. This great spiritual truth is seen in the words of Origen when he writes regarding the mysteries of God: “…others again, which to the pure in soul and body exhibit the revelation of the Mystery, which was kept in secret since the world began, but now is made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets, and by the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Origen then goes on to explain that the Christ will appear to, and teach, everyone who will be His disciple and follow in His footsteps: …which appearing is manifested to each one of those who are perfect, and which enlightens the reason in the true knowledge of things”. In these words Origen confirms the essence of Christian doctrine -- a spiritual doctrine -- that even today, the Christ is the One and Only Teacher for the genuine disciple of the Light (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ).
In other words, Origen openly acknowledges that the pre-existence of the soul, as well as the doctrine of transmigration (reincarnation) are openly revealed to Christians who have been purified and matured sufficiently to comprehend the higher mysteries of God, while the knowledge of why the soul even came into this world is kept secret, and is not openly revealed to carnal minds. In explanation, Origen quotes scripture and writes “It is good to keep close the secret of a king”, and affirms that certain mysteries only belong to the spiritually mature in the Word, and that one should not permit “what is holy given to the dogs, nor pearls be cast before swine”. Which means that the faith-based Christians had to FIRST progress up on their climb upon the rungs of Jacob's Ladder of mental and spiritual advancement, in order for them to understand the reincarnation or transmigration of the Soul.
The Hastings-Scribner Dictionary Of The Bible (New York, 1903. Bk 4, p. 63) "To affirm that Jews in Christ's time did not believe in pre-existence is simply incorrect". St. Jerome wrote: “The doctrine of transmigration (reincarnation) has been secretly taught from ancient times to small numbers of people, as a traditional truth which was not to be divulged”.If I pose the question, what is a child? Is it a new soul? The scriptures advises us in Eccl 1:9-11 that ”there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See this is new?” Let us consider a new-born baby as something that is new. The scripture teaches that ”It hath been already of old time, which was before us”. So that we might be sure that the scriptures are speaking about a new born baby, it then goes on to add that ”There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after”. Thus even though we do not remember, when a baby is born, ”It hath been already of old time”. This is true; unless the Lord opens our minds, we do not generally remember our previous lives that our Soul has lived. In his book Nishmath Hayem, Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) wrote: ”The belief in the doctrine of the transmigration of souls is a firm and infallible teaching accepted by the whole assemblage of our people with one accord, so that there is none to be found who would dare to deny it... Indeed, there are a great number of sages in Israel who hold firm to this doctrine so that they made it a teaching, a fundamental point of our religion. We are therefore in duty bound to obey and to accept this teaching with acclamation... as the truth of it has been incontestably demonstrated by the Zohar, and all books of the Kabalists.”
The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, under the heading of Souls, Transmigration of: “The doctrine of transmigration of souls, which was especially accepted by the Karaites… It appears often in Cabala; it is found in organized form in the Zohar, it is further developed in the teachings of Isaac Luria (1534-1572), and in Hasidism it becomes a universal belief. According to these teachings, all human souls have a common origin in the spiritual unity of the primordial man, sparks of which form the individual souls... The soul itself has no sex, which is determined by the body and may vary from incarnation to incarnation”. In the Zohar, the foundational doctrine of Jewish Mysticism, it is written that: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… The souls must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God”.
When the disciples of Jesus ask him: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'" (see John 9:1-2 and The Three Causes Of Human Blindness http://OriginalGospel.Ebionite.com#ThreeCausesOfHumanBlindness). The historian noted: "The disciples of Jesus were persuaded that a man might have sinned before he was born, (John, ix. 2,) and the Pharisees held the transmigration [reincarnation] of virtuous souls, (Joseph. de Bell. Judaico, l. ii. c. 7;) and a modern Rabbi is modestly assured, that Hermes, Pythagoras, Plato, etc., derived their metaphysics from his illustrious countrymen" (Gibbon; Decline & Fall).
In the Church's official reply in Contra-Celsum, it was explained that: "Is it not rational that souls should be introduced into bodies, in accordance with their merits and previous deeds, and that those who have used their bodies in doing the utmost possible good should have the right to bodies endowed with qualities superior to the bodies of others?... The soul, which is immaterial and invisible in its nature, exists in no material place without having a body suited to the nature of that place; accordingly, it at one time puts off one body, which was necessary before, but which is no longer adequate in its changed state, and it exchanges it for a second". And in his famed work De Principiis the Church Father Origen explains: "The soul has neither beginning nor end... Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life. Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor is determined by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in this world determines its place in the world which is to follow this..."
When Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders that the “…tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matt 21:31 RSV), such a statement simply has no place within the present day understanding of Christian doctrine. Because we are without a means to explain Jesus' words, most Bible commentaries simply ignore the implications of this passage of scripture. One widely used commentary attempts to correct the text by changing the words to “instead of” -- which would then make the meaning doctrinally correct and read: “The tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God instead of you”. In this verse of scripture we are presented with one of the core reasons why the original followers of Jesus believed differently than most Christians today. The question that must be posed is: When will the chief priests and elders enter into the kingdom? Modern Christian doctrine states that because of their disbelief and rejection of Christ, they will be cut off from the face of God, and condemned to eternal judgment. And yet we cannot deny the fact that Jesus' own words convey the message that there will come a time when the chief priests and elders will also enter the Kingdom of God -- and it will be at a time after the tax collectors and harlots who believed, repented, and followed the Christ.
The Clockmaker Universe: The Foundation of Deism is often portrayed as the Clockmaker Universe, wherein it is maintained that Creator-God does not directly intervene in the affairs of man. Why? The problem in understanding this Truth which was proposed by the Enlightened Deists, is seen in the fact that it is impossible to understand why Creator-God would not intervene in the affairs of man, without understanding the core teachings that were suppressed and removed by the priest-craft of Revealed Religion.
If the Soul of man was to live only one life, then if God did not intervene, God would be justly seen as cruel and not caring. How could man be judged, when he was born into lives that were so different, unfair, inhuman and even ungodly, that a rational accounting was impossible. When the Church suppressed and removed the teachings on the pre-existent Soul that evolves to Perfection over the course of many lives, all understanding of the Natural Laws and the Clockmaker Universe was inhibited. And without a rational understanding of the Natural Laws that create the Causal-Factors of life, no rational understanding of God can exist. Therefore, in many respects, Atheism is the only intelligently rational perspective. Why? First off, everyone is born under different conditions. Therefore, these conditions are ignorantly interpreted as the result of chance, accident, good fortune, luck of the draw, fate, or any other unknown factor that is used to explain those human realities that are beyond man's limited organic perceptive to understand. Further, without understanding the Causal-Factors of the Natural Laws that orchestrate all events in the lives of mankind, there is literally no means for a rational person to look out at the world and intelligently understand the higher purpose and objectives of life. Which means that when the Church corrupted the Gospel teachings and removed the teachings on Causal-Factors of Life, the Church itself created unbelief and atheism as a rational understanding. Atheism can be defined as "ignorance of God" -- but because the higher spiritual teachings were removed from the Gospels -- teachings which inhibited the intellectual and spiritual advancement of the people -- the congregation of blind faith-based believers must be understood as a different variety of people who like the atheists, were "ignorant of God". Which from one perspective would mean that atheists can be portrayed as God-sent visionaries who have come to the blind believers of the Church to convey the need for a revival and restoration of the original Gospel teachings which were suppressed by the Church. Which provokes the question: From a Christian perspective, should Atheists be judged and condemned for the sin and blasphemy of the corruption of the Gospel teachings by the Church? It can easily be demonstrated that science has proven that the Soul has lived many lives (see Science Proves Reincarnation http://ChristianReincarnation.org#Science ). It is easily proven that the pre-Nicene Church taught the pre-existent Soul that evolves to perfection over the course of many lives (see Pre-Nicene Church Taught Reincarnation http://ChristianReincarnation.org#PreNiceneChurch ). It is easily proven that the Gospels were corrupted (see http://BibleCorruption.com ). To the degree that even the words allegedly spoken by God to mankind was intentionally corrupted by the priest-craft of the Church (see The Corruption Of The Words Of God http://BrotherOfJesus.org#CorruptionOfGodsWords ).
What is missing from people's understanding of life, is the reason why each person is born into (1) the conditions of life that their own past actions have created; (2) and these conditions are the result of each person's own actions and previous interaction with the Laws of Nature and Nature's God. When Natural Law is rightly understood, all the realities that mankind is born into and experienced, have a Causal Factor. Therefore, the question that should be asked is: What did the Soul do in a previous life that subjects that person to the experiences in the present? Using rape as an example of the Natural Laws that Jesus taught (see The Law Of The Gospels http://TheLawOfTheGospels.com ): Every man who rapes a woman, is born into a future life as a woman who is themselves raped -- i.e., "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7). Eventually, by being confronted by self and a person's own previous actions, that Soul learns to treat others as they would want to themselves be treated -- i.e., "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12). Telling people that they should not rape little girls, does not stop little girls from being raped -- or even sex-trafficked and made into sex-slaves. Look at how many times Bill Clinton took flights on Jeffery Epstein's Lolita Express where old men had sex with young girls? Didn't someone of the stature of Bill Clinton -- a Rhodes Scholar -- know right from wrong? He should have. And thus, in a future life Bill Clinton will be raped as a young girl. And based upon what the Church Father Origen portrays as "...strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life", eventually the Soul of Bill Clinton will treat young women as they should be treated. How many authorities have to tell someone of the stature of Bill Clinton not to rape or take advantage of young girls? Would it change the Soul of Bill Clinton if God somehow physically inhibited Clinton from abusing young girls? And how should this be accomplished? Should God make Bill Clinton's penis fall off? Or should God place a protective barrier that stops people from experiencing evil? Should God force those who rape and engage in sex-trafficking not to engage in this common practice? Should God inhibit man from making choices and exercise his freewill? That would make man into a mindless drone. But to perfect mankind, the Law was put into effect in the Alpha of Creation, that evolves and perfects each Soul by returning back to that individual their own actions towards their brothers and sisters. In the case of men such as Bill Clinton: When his Soul is born in the future as a woman, and she is viciously raped and forced into sex, his/her Soul will learn a lesson that cannot be taught in any other manner than being victimized by experiencing his own previous actions towards others. How many lives is required for each Soul to learn their lessons?
The Gospel account of Jesus warns: "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison" (Matt 5:25). This teaching on the prison that is rarely mentioned by the modern-day authorities of the Church is so important, that it is also found in the Gospel of Luke (see Luke 12:58-59). But what does this mean? When you interact with your brothers and sisters, you are interacting with the Natural Laws -- wherein your own actions are returned back to you. Therefore, Jesus warned that if you fail to come to terms with the Law through your interaction with your adversaries (your brothers and sisters), that you will be cast into a type of prison -- i.e., "Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing" (Matt 5:26) -- and you will remain in that prison until you have come to terms with your adversary, and "...,hast paid the uttermost farthing". Which of course confirms that biblical teachings that "A man reaps what he sows ...For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you ...He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity". This last teaching is perhaps one of the most important, because it states that if you force your will upon another person, that you will be deprived of your own freewill in the future. An important teaching that was removed from our Gospels but has been preserved in the Gospel Of the Nazirenes reads: "And if you desire something as strongly as you desire life, and it turns you from the truth, cast it out from you, for it is better to enter life possessing truth, than losing it, to be cast into outer darkness. And if that which costs others pain or sorrow seems desirable to you, cast it out of your heart; in that way you will attain peace. It is better to endure sorrow, than to inflict it, on those who are weaker. Be you therefore perfect, even as your Parent who is in heaven is perfect" (see http://GospelOfTheNazirenes.org ). The Law is that: As you do unto others, the same will be returned back to you. And this is how the Soul develops and evolves to Perfection and Wholeness.
In the same way that once fertilized, an embryo develops in accord with the Natural Laws, the same is true with respect to all of Creation. When the Laws that were put into effect at the Alpha of Creation are understood, perhaps the best way to understand these Laws that the Deists portrayed as the Laws of Nature and Nature's God, is as a Spiritual Bio-Feedback organism that like a developing embryo, dynamically evolves each soul to completion by intimately responding to our every action, reaction and failure to act -- and responds appropriately when the time is opportune for our greatest learning and advancement. What this means is that each person evolves through the process of confronting their own previous actions -- i.e., from a Gospel perspective: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Gal 6:7). Which reality of the Natural Laws is expressed in the words: "In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12). That these Laws were put into action in the Alpha of Creation -- and are the Perfect Works of Creator-God that is Dynamically connected to the movement of man -- is a reality of the Laws that the core Deists attempted unsuccessfully to convey to the Theists and organized religion. Finally, it is ultra important to understand the primary difference between the Theist and Deist perceptions of God and the two allegorical Creation Accounts in Genesis (see The Two Creation Accounts above @ http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#TheTwoCreationAccounts ).
The Theists asserted that it is necessary for Creator-God to perpetually intervene in the day to day affairs of this world, while the Deist position was that Creator-God brought forth and initiated a series of Laws which God (quoting Wikipedia: Deism): "...endowed the world at creation with self-sustaining and self-acting powers and then abandoned it to the operation of these powers acting as second causes." The statement that God abandoned Creation is from the perspective of the theist's ignorance of the Natural Laws -- which Laws acted as an extension of the Will of God to insure the developmental growth and development of Creation. What is said to be the Deist theology has often been portrayed as the Clock Maker Universe Theory -- i.e., (Quoting the Wikipedia article): "The clockwork universe theory compares the universe to a mechanical clock wound up by a supreme being, or initiated by the Big Bang. It continues ticking along, as a perfect machine, with its gears governed by the laws of physics, making every single aspect of the machine completely predictable. Before the emergence of quantum mechanics, many scientists believed that the Universe was completely deterministic in this way. ...This conception of the universe consisted of a huge, regulated and uniform machine that operated according to natural laws in absolute time, space, and motion. God was the master-builder, who created the perfect machine and let it run. God was the Prime Mover, who brought into being the world in its lawfulness, regularity, and beauty. This view of God as the creator, who stood aside from his work and didn’t get involved directly with humanity, was called Deism (which predates Newton) and was accepted by many who supported the 'new philosophy'."
Do we interact directly with God? Or with the Laws of God? With the Natural Laws acting as a Living Bio-Feedback Organism that to some degree interacts with our every word, thought desire and especially our actions and deeds, then prayer that attunes the mind to man's higher spiritual reality can be invoked if we are sincere in our thoughts and actions. And while this will be seen as God interacting with our prayers, it is in reality an example of our positive interaction with the Natural Laws that returns to each person the fruit of their own thoughts and actions. That the prayers of man does answered in the form of him getting all that people pray for, is because his (1) prayers cannot circumvent the person's previous actions; and (2) the example of Jesus in the Lord's Prayer is for the Kingdom to Come within us as detailed at The End Times - Armageddon/Rapture - The Coming Of The Kingdom http://TreeOfLife.Nazirene.org#EndTimes . Thus, Jesus said to his disciples: "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt 6:7-10). Thus, as the prodigal son who is lost in the Far Country, the Natural Laws are perpetually attempting to prepare us to "come to our senses" (Luke 15:17)., and embrace the Natural Laws that will lead us back to our Source in the Edenic Kingdom.
If the Deist perception of God can be portrayed in the Clockmaker theology that once the clock is built and wound, it will thereafter function exactly as designed, the Theist perspective of God is that of a tinkerer who has pieced together a jalopy-universe that is in need of constant intervention in order to make the thing work. The problem is that in the correct vision of Creation, both paradoxical opposite positions each possess degrees of truth -- and this truth can only be understood by a person of an evolved depth of vision and comprehension. The journey of mankind in this world is presented in the parable of the Two Sons -- often portrayed as the prodigal son who ventures into this world and falls under the control of the Power of the Citizen of this, the Far Country. In the parable of the prodigal son, the Father does not come rushing into what is portrayed as the Far Country every time his lost son is in need, or suffering a fate that he has brought upon himself. And yet, when the parable is understood, it can be seen where both perceptions (the Theist and Deist) to some degree are equally true -- i.e., it is stated that the son had a change of mind: “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father." So it can be said that so long as the son remained attached to the thinking and lifestyle of this world which is portrayed in the parable as the Far Country, no intervention took place on the part of the Father. Yet, we do have this intervention at a certain point when the son began his journey in TheWay Home to the Kingdom of the Father: “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." And since the parables are representative of the universal plight of mankind, this intervention was personal, and in accord with the individual's spiritual condition.
So long as the prodigal son remained under the influence and power of the Citizen of the Far Country -- i.e., the consciousness of this world -- at no time did the Father intervene in the affairs of his son. And when the Natural Laws are understood, no intervention could take place, until the lost prodigal son "...came to his senses", and began his journey back to his Father. So, when Theists claims that God routinely intervenes in the affairs and lives of the lost prodigal sons and daughters -- this is simply not true. No intervention can take place, until the prodigal sons and daughters "turn about", (see The Enigma Of The Children) and make serious change in their lives that constitutes the Journey in TheWay where the prodigal seeks to return to the Kingdom which s/he originally abandoned. And only when the prodigal had "...come to his senses", and abandoned the Far County, and was still journeying back to his Father, did the Father directly intervene in assisting him. And basically, this is exactly what is asserted by the Deists.
To understand the Natural Laws, it is imperative to understand the Two Creation Accounts in Genesis (see The Laws of the Two Creation Accounts and how they intimately effect all of mankind. http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#TheTwoCreationAccounts ). On what is portrayed as the Sabbath in the first Creation account, the Laws were brought fourth that would drive Creation from the Alpha of undeveloped ignorance, to the Omega of Enlightened Light. And it is these Laws of Nature and Nature's God that man is interacting with (see The Living Bio-Feedback Organism http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org#LivingBioFeedback ). While the prodigal son can interact with the Logos of Creator-God directly (see At-Onement With The Logos/Son Of God http://BrotherOfJesus.org#AtOnement ), this can only be accomplished by those who begin the journey Home by travailing in TheWay. Which means that in the traditional conflict between the Theists and Deists, the Deists are more correct than the Theists. And this is because those who can be defined as True and Enlightened Deists, understand the Journey of the Soul that evolves to Completion and Wholeness over the Course of many lifetimes. This ultra-important teaching was understood by the Jews and Greeks when the historical man Jesus lived (see Biblical Foundation Mindset ). This teaching on the pre-existent Soul was openly taught by the pre-Nicene Church (see The Early Church On Predestination ). This teaching was then outlawed by the Church when it fell under absolute control of a series of Roman Emperors (see The Religion Of Roman Emperors ). But with the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas and other important pre-Nicene scriptures and writings, the true foundation of the Church has been restored (see The Restored Foundation ).
The Deism Of Jesus: When Jesus said: Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" (Matt 7:15-23) -- we must ask: What is the "...practice [of] lawlessness!"? If Wholeness is the practice of the Law -- as Jesus stated in the words: "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17) -- then whatever is against or anti-Wholeness, is the "...practice of lawlessness!". What this means is that those who preach in the name of Jesus from their pulpits -- prophesize in the name of Jesus on their street corners -- cast out demons and perform miracles and wonders in the name of Jesus -- can and will be rejected if they have not themselves fulfilled the Gospel Teachings and Promise, because of their lawlessness and lack of wholeness.
Before the foregoing Gospel verses can be understood, we must first understand what it means to be Whole. Which provokes the question: How is Wholeness achieved? Contrary to the dogma of the modern Church, if Jesus is the savior who every person needs for salvation, then Jesus himself said the Church was wrong. Jesus warned that the mere belief in the historical man Jesus does not bring about Wholeness -- and from the dogmatic perception of the modern Church, salvation. And as a physician, Jesus did not come for the salvation of those who had achieved Wholeness, but only for those who are sick, and in need of a physician. And in total opposition to Church dogma, what this also means is that at the time the historical man Jesus walked the face of the earth, there existed people who he portrayed as "whole [and] righteous" who did not need Jesus the physician. And this is why it states in the Gospel of Philip which the Church suppressed: "Those who say that first they shall die and (then) they shall arise are confused. If they do not first receive the resurrection (while) they live, they will not receive anything (when) they die". Those who achieve Wholeness, experience the Resurrection into the Kingdom while still physically alive.. Jesus openly states that his mission as a spiritual physician is not for them, because they achieved the necessary Wholeness without him.
That the Ebionites -- like their Essene forerunners -- understood the allegorical nature of the words of the Written Law or Torah, is the reason why the early Church writer Epiphanius wrote that the Ebionites "..do not accept Moses' Pentateuch in its entirety; certain sayings they reject... stating Christ has revealed this to me, and will blaspheme most of the legislation" (Panarion 30.18.7-9). For the Ebionites to be accused of "blaspheming most of the legislation", means that Epiphanius was comparing them to the Jews -- and when compared, the observation of Epiphanius was that they did not at all observe the Law or Torah outwardly in accordance with the letter of the written word in the manner of the Jews. Which affirms the fact that each person sees in accord with their understanding, and therefore cannot just open the scriptures and understand the higher spiritual meaning of the text which is locked up in allegorical symbolism. And if they could, it never would have been stated: "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45). By design, the purpose of the scriptures is to open and develop the mind, in order to prepare the person to be taught directly from the Inner Source of Self, and the Mind (Logos/Son) of God (see The One Teacher http://BrotherOfJesus.org#TheOneTeacher ).
Ultimately, Jesus is the personification of each Souls own destiny. You will continue to evolve over the course of how ever many lives your Soul requires, until you have reached spiritual maturity and wholeness. As stated from the perspective of the Zohar and Jewish mysticism: “All souls are subject to the trials of transmigration; and men do not know the designs of the Most High with regard to them… The souls must re-enter the absolute substance whence they have emerged. But to accomplish this end they must develop all the perfections, the germ of which is planted in them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition during one life, they must commence another, a third, and so forth, until they have acquired the condition which fits them for reunion with God”. Which is also portrayed in the pre-Nicene Church teaching -- i.e., in his famed work De Principiis the Church Father Origen explains: "The soul has neither beginning nor end... Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life. Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor is determined by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in this world determines its place in the world which is to follow this..." This is true - before it was changed by a series of Roman Emperors -- see The Pre-Nicene Position Of The Church On Reincarnation https://brotherofyeshua.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-pre-nicene-position-of-church-on.html . Everyone who exists today, has existed throughout history. The leaders today, are the same Souls who have been leaders in the past.
Few Christians are cognizant of the fact that the original followers of Jesus who walked and talked with him daily, were condemned as heretics by the later Roman Church. Why were the Ebionites condemned as heretics? Because the foundational tenets of the Gospel teachings were pure Deism -- based upon the knowledge of, and the living of the Natural Laws of Creator-God. Yet, a footnote in the Biblehub article entitled The Heresy of the Ebionites (see https://biblehub.com/library/pamphilius/church_history/chapter_xxvii_the_heresy_of_the.htm ) states: "The Ebionites were not originally heretics. Their characteristic was the more or less strict insistence upon the observance of the Jewish law...". Which means that in the first century, the Ebionites were not considered heretics as is the case today. And they were not rejcted as heretics, until the core Gospel teachings and the scriptures were corrupted by the "priest-craft" of the gentile Roman Church. It must also be noted that the brother and family of the man Jesus were also Ebionites. If, as the Biblehub article states, the Ebionites were not originally considered heretics in their insistence on the need to observe and fulfill the Law, then it is crucial for every modern believer to seriously evaluate this issue.
Why are the Ebionites portrayed as heretics? Because the gentiles were basically pagan -- they worshipped the sun, the moon, the stars, and even the emperors. Being pagan, they did not understand the spiritual meaning of the Law -- confusing it with the allegorical tenets of the Law of Moses. Therefore, a large segment of the Gentile converts were unable to understand the teachings of Jesus on how the Law must be fulfilled by each individual believer. That the original Essene Ebionite Nazirenes had been taught and enlightened by Jesus as to the spiritual meaning of the Law, and they did not observe it outwardly in ritual and tradition in the manner of the Jews, is the reason why Epiphanius wrote that the Ebionites "do not accept Moses' Pentateuch in its entirety; certain sayings they reject... stating Christ has revealed this to me, and will blaspheme most of the legislation" (Panarion 30.18.7-9).
It is a fact that those followers who walked and talked with the Jesus daily, all were taught that Jesus became the Anointed (Messiah/Christ) by fulfilling the Law -- i.e., the Natural Law of Creation that Deism embraces. Further, these same followers witnessed to the fact that any person who in like manner fulfills the Law as Jesus taught, will themselves be Anointed (Messiah/Christ) -- as stated in the position that Jesus "...was justified by fulfilling the Law. He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely". Then these same followers who walked and talked with Jesus daily stated that: "Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ, for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in like sense with all humanity" (see Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34).
When the Ebionite Nazirenes make reference to the Law, this very much includes the Laws of Creation as portrayed in the words "...the designs/laws found throughout Nature and all of Creation". That the historical man Jesus became the pattern for all of mankind portrayed as the lost prodigal sons, because of his success in overcoming the Laws of consciousness and being within himself, enabling him as the prodigal son to return and be restored to the Kingdom of Origination, is demonstrated in the words: "He was the Christ of God, since not one of the rest of mankind had observed the Law completely. Had any one else fulfilled the commandments of the Law, he would have been the Christ..." And this confirms this statement with respect to the true potential of all of mankind that Jesus taught, as demonstrated in the words of Hippolytus when he wrote that they believed that when anyone "...thus fulfill the law, they are able to become Christs" (Hippolytus, Refut. Omn. Haer. vii. 34 - see http://Ebionite.com ). And in answering the question as to what enables me to set before the reader an article on Deism? While it is true that I am the product of the Gospel Teachings, I am not a member of any modern religion -- and I am what can be portrayed as an Ebionite of the Nazirene Vow. As an Ebionite who embraced the original uncorrupted Gospel teachings, I am considered a heretic by the modern Christian Church -- see The Ebionite Heresy http://DevilSpawn.Ebionite.com#TheEbioniteHeresy .
Theists can't understand the Gospels, because the scriptures are written from a Deist perspective. To restate the above noted core Deist belief That the "full nature and reality of God is incomprehensible due to the limitations of the human mind", the lack of mental development by those who have not begin to mature through the Laws by climbing the rungs of Jacob's Ladder, it is said of Jesus that he had no other means to teach by using parables" "And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples" (Mark 4:33-34). Why was Jesus forced to only communicate to the common people with parables? Because they had not yet begun to advance by fulfill the Law at the level they were at. Yet, those who had begun to fulfill the Law, and were able to comprehend the higher teachings of Jesus, he could convey with clarity -- as demonstrated in the words: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand” (Mark 4:11-12).