God’s Science v. 1.0 Intro to the Destruction of Heaven, TITLE Page only

 

THE BIBLE BACKS SCIENCE, OVER FAITH 

Vol. 1:

Introduction to

The Destruction of Heaven

By

“Dr. Woodbridge Goodman, Ph. D”;

[Last edited by Dr. Griffin Gaddie Ph.D., July 9, 2014.]

Amazingly, we can see the first clear outline of

The Second Coming of God – here and now.

But – as the Bible foretold –

The second “appearance” of Christ on earth,

Is not entirely what preachers and churches expected.

Today, God destroys our Heaven of “Faith” in “miracles” and “spirituality.”

And advocates

Religious Science, over Faith:

“With you is my contention O priest”;

“Listen to me…. The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.4-6);

“Heaven cannot contain him” (1 Kings 8.27);

“Test everything…” (1 Thess. 5.21);

“… Understanding science” (Dan. 1.4 KJE).


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God’s Science v. 1.5 Destruction of Heaven; the “Day” When “Judgment” Comes

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5

 

 

The “Day,”

 

Today

 

 

 

 

Given what we have seen already – can we now simply say that most or even all of our religious leaders today, and for the past 2,000 years, have been largely, false? The Bible allows and even demands that conclusion. 1) God himself told us that there have always been gross sins, even in our holiest religious leaders, and in their churches, doctrines, and dogmas. Even the “prophets of Israel.” So that 2) one “day” or another, God will begin exposing even holy men and priests; or indeed, destroying many, on heaven and on earth, if necessary. Therefore, in partial realization of that day, we are authorized to speak and act even very, very firmly, against even our holiest men and angels. God himself, we have seen, spoke strongly and continuously, against priests and prophets and angels. And he said he would expose them continually as well as on various “days.” While then, God described to us a “science,” that would allow us to help God carry out that exposure; a science that grants us the power and authority, to expose and denounce sins in the holiest things on earth.

 

And it’s not hard to begin this testing: in part 1) we have begun, just by Reason; comparing what our preachers told us in churches, to what we actually read in the Bible itself. Where we found that preachers have made countless misrepresentations to us all, about God. But then, next? Just 2) ask your preacher, if he supports promises of physical miracles. If he says “yes” … then “ask” your preacher to produce a huge miracles for you, right in front of you, immediately. If he cannot? Then he is substantially false.

 

These are “test”s that nearly all preachers, to be sure, are desperate to avoid. And that they will desperately try to prove the Bible never allows any such thing. Preachers will be desperate to deny all this … since the second we apply this test, this Science of God, to preachers, nearly all of them will immediately fail; they will be exposed as the foretold false prophets, bad priests, false holy men, who were following a False Christ. Therefore, desperate to retain their high status in society, desperate to hold on to their own illusions and delusions, to the main prop for their own vanity and pride, preachers have always fought long and hard, against any kind of scientific “test”ing in religion. Instead, they have fought hard for blindness; for a blind “faith” that completely rejects what our eyes see “come to pass” in the physical world. Preachers therefore, will have constantly ignored – or topspun or whitewashed – the many. many times that God himself told us that all things in religion, are to be “test”ed. To retain their high status, to avoid ever facing their own sins, preachers have attacked and twisted and tried to destroy, the dozens of commands from God himself, to “put me to the test”; to “test everything.” Preachers will desperately attack the hundreds of commands from God, to submit everything in religion to science.

 

Desperate to retain their high status as the very voicepieces of God himself, preachers have constantly fought the science of God; by stressing “Faith”; and to deny and hide from, the many parts of the Bible we are quoting here however, at last. But by now it should be clear, that our preachers have disobeyed God and the Bible. So that therefore, what should be their fate? Finally, no one should be surprised, when the “fire” of the apocalypse, is applied first of all to the preachers. And to the very “household of God” itself (@ Peter 4.17-5.6, 2 Peter 2.1-4). The fire of God finally dissolves even Heaven itself.

 

Those preachers who admit that “fire” is to come to they themselves, will try to proudly assume or assert, that of course they themselves, will pass through any examining “fire” easily. But note that finally those “good” people who fail the empirical tests, are simply found false after all.

 

And indeed, “who can stand,” before the God, and this test? What preacher is found innocent what preacher can stand… when God finds sins in the holiest men and angels that preachers followed, all-too-religiously, all-too-faithfully? When heaven itself falls? When …

 

He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).

 

“His angels he charges with error” (Job 4.18; 2 Peter 2.4).

 

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you…. For the time as come for judgement to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter. 4.12, 17).

 

“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; … behold, he is coming…. But who can endure the day of his coming and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire …. And he will purify the sons of Levi [the priests and minister] and refine them … till they present right offerings” (Mal. 3.1-3).

 

“All have sinned” (Romans 3.23).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (q.v.).

 

“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall” (Isa. 34.4).

 

“To the angel of the church … I have not found your works perfect” (Rev. 2?).

 

“The heavens … that now exist have been stored up for fire” (2 Peter 3.7).

 

“The day of the LORD will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away” (2 Peter 3.10).

 

[On] “The coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved” (2 Peter 3.12).

 

“Both prophet and priest are ungodly” (Jer. 23.11).

 

“The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him” (Mark 14.1).

 

One “day” or another, you are supposed to attain “judgement” (note the two voices, expressed in one word, here, with two meanings; the polysemy or double entendre. The entire New Testament is in effect, a double entendre.) One day you are supposed to notice such things; notice the layer of the text, where better “judgement” at last notes the warts on our heroes; the sins of priests. This partially, largely fulfills the crucial parts of End Time prophesy: God is supposed to suddenly show you sins, in our holiest men on earth, and in our holiest men in heaven too. And? Here and now in fact, as we begin to outline a foreground the second voice in the Bible? We are beginning to see the End, the day of judgement, come to pass. Here we will already have begun to see the words of God – as foretold of the end – expose dozens of huge errors, sins, in our holiest men; and in the very “angels of the church” (Rev. 3.1-2, etc.). And of course, we see God exposing massive theological sins, in essentially all our priests and ministers.

 

What are some of the more grievous sins of our holy men? It was never just the moments that they failed to follow their religious rules, their sermons about God. Rather instead, their real sin was … that their very dogmatic ideas of God, Christ themselves, were false. The sin was not, not following (their idea of) Christ; the sin was in … following it all too well. Following their false idea of Christ, all too loyally, all too faithfully. First 1) preachers presented a Christ that seemed to support they themselves, the preachers, as high, reliable authority. But actually? The Bible said that even “all” preachers have sinned. In effect, 2) preachers then stressed “faith” in themselves. But the Bible did not really stress “faith” so much, at all. Indeed, 3) after noting continuous sins in holy men, the Bible told us to trust only a science of God. (While furthermore, we will soon also find that – 4 – when we apply this science – and its suppressed “test”ing – nearly all our preachers will fail again, with regard to their promises of miracles; or even – 5 – promises of moderate empirical prosperity.)

 

Our preachers were usually wrong, and even evil in fact. So? When you yourself see that, the old Biblical prophesies, of a day when God exposes sins in holy men, and dissolves them, are being fulfilled in part. Even for many, right here and now. As we have begun to re-read our Bibles more closely here, we have begun to see prophesy fulfilled; we have begun to see the reputations and status of our holiest men, as foretold, “fall.” And “dissolve.” Indeed, we have seen so many central reputations fall, the reputations even of the holiest men in Heaven itself. So that we can now begin to say that, even here and now, we will have begun to see, to realize, the neglected key to the Second Coming: we have begun to see (and even help bring about) the foretold … Destruction of Heaven.

 

Indeed, as we have begun to expose the sins of priests and prophets here, therefore the foretold Destruction of Heaven, and “all” in it, is in part, being fulfilled …even here and now. So that we might well close, by summarizing our own work here, as being at least partial fulfillment, of the major prophesy of the Bible:

 

All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens” (Isa. 34.5).

 

How could our preachers have presented themselves day after day, week after week, century after century, as our reliable leaders, from God? When the LORD himself was warning us over and over, that our preachers has sinned; and that he would destroy their heaven itself? Some probably thought, that the evils of priests, say, were some future falling away; but here everyone failed to note God telling us there were always sins in men – including especially allegedly holy men, priests and prophets – right from Old Testament times on; right from the very start, Adam sinned … and so have all our human priests.

 

Jesus healed the actual physical eyes of people; and then told them to open their eyes and see. Though our preachers tell us to close our literal eyes, and dream. And wake up hungry, after all. Having listen too long, to bad priests, following false prophets, false apostles, the wrong voice. The voice which presented itself as the voice of God from Heaven; but was the voice of Satan in Heaven, calling down. Imposing the “spirit” of drunken sleep, only (q.v.).

 

Here therefore, we are seeing countless major doctrinal, theological errors, in our preachers and churches. But finally? We are authorized by the Bible, by God, to note these things. Indeed, one “day” especially, you are supposed to see all this.

 

Outlining and publicizing huge sins even in our holiest men, is an extremely painful thing for many to believe, or face. Indeed, when we see this? Our traditional Heaven itself, seems to “dissolve.” (And indeed in the past, only a few avowed atheists or agnostics, and very few believers, have been able to even partially believe or face this; to face it when they began to mentally perceive parts of this second, fuller, devastating, heaven-shattering appearance of God. So that for centuries, nearly everyone repressed this vision, after all.) Yet in fact, the Bible itself granted us, or our Science, this authority. And the Bible told us that one “day” especially, we are to see precisely, this. We are to see God expose longstanding sins in essentially all our holiest men; in “every prophet” and “all the host of heaven,” and so forth. Even against those who stand right next to God, in heaven itself:

 

The LORD … has a day against all that is proud and lofty” (Isa. 2.12 paraphrased?).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of Heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

 

“All the host of heaven shall rot” (Isa. 34.4; cf. one biblical Christ).

 

“On that day
every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am not a prophet, I am a tiller of the soil'” (Zech. 13.4-5).

 

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me …. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested” (Zech. 13.7, 9).

 

“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity” (Lam. 2.14). “Ah, this is the day we longed for; now we have it; we see it! The LORD has done what he purposed, he had carried out this treat; as he ordained long ago, he had demolished without pity; he had made the enemy rejoice over you, and exalted the might of your foes…” (Lam. 2.16-17). “Look, O LORD, and see! With whom as thou dealt thus?Should priest and prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?… Thou has slain them…. Thou didst invite as to the day of an appointed feast my terrors on every side; and on the day of the anger of the LORD none escaped or survived” (Lam. 2.20-22).

 

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4.12-13).

 

At times, some thought that Judgement “Day,” the “Day of the Lord,” had already fully, finally occurred in the past. Yet most agree that though many End Time events were partially completed in various prototypical events, in many earlier “days,” some of the key things that were to happen in the find Day of Judgement and so forth, were not yet fully completed. And so these events are waiting, and open, for our own time; today.

 

Indeed, today we are seeing that there have long been constant signs, all along, that our holy men were – as foretold – flawed, and mostly false. Here we have found many ways that first of all, essentially all our preachers committed many gross biblical, theological errors; including their first over-emphasis on 1) Miracles, and their later over-emphasis on 2) “faith” and “spirit” among them. But how can we make all this stick? How can we actively influence and fix, our broken holy men and institutions? Surely we must convince the offenders themselves, of their sin. But until this very day, few believers and preachers, have had the courage or conviction, to simply face and accept the countess signs; they have been “blind” to them. Yet here and now, to “day” finally? It may be that at last, we have garnered enough evidence in our books here, to finally convince many. To be sure, believers in the past managed to ignore, deny, great masses of evidence already; clearly, part of the problem has been that they have been trained systematically, to ignore all evidence against preachers, and just have “faith” in them. But? Finally some will at last notice, that faith is not what the Bible itself called for.

 

To be sure, another major factor, in the past denial of all this, has been … simple lack of maturity on the part of the public, and our preachers. Many people have a certain native, childish vanity; that thinks they are much better than others; and that makes it hard or impossible for them to notice, acknowledge, sins and error sin themselves. Especially, sins and errors in their very idea of God and Christ. Yet finally, it may be that, in our own times, at last most of the public is at last “mature” enough, educated enough – to simply face … even this heaven-shattering moment: the moment that we more fully notice and at last publicly acknowledge, huge sins and errors in our holiest things; our holiest men and institutions. In fact, it will be one of the major points of our books here, that people should be able to at last, find the courage and conviction to at last simply face, “confess,” honestly witness, all this. People should at last have the courage to face this … particularly on discovering, with us here and now, that amazingly, seeing and confessing 1) this does not actually destroy the Bible or Christianity. On seeing that amazingly, seeing and 2) confessing sins in our holiest institutions, is actually absolutely consistent with, the Bible itself. Indeed, 3) all this begins to fulfill at last, a series of Second Coming prophesies. Indeed, 4) all this is not only allowed by God – it is commanded by him. We were actually commanded by God himself, to “test everything” in religion; “put me to the test” commanded the LORD. And if we now find that many things in our traditional religion fail these tests, as we are finding in part here and now? Then after all, precisely that End was foretold and is authorized, by the Bible itself. While furthermore? 5) Believers should at last find the courage to simply face and accept this conclusion – on finding that after all, all this is to the good; all this allows us to see a “second” and better appearance, A Second Coming, of God. As we now see Christ as he really is: advocating not blind faith and blindness, but advocating a Science of God.

 

To be sure though, what we need to face here and now, is extremely severe, and hard.

We can each come, even here and now in part, to a second and better appearance to Christ; but first to be sure, we have to face, confess, some horrible sins in our earlier priests and churches, and face enormous and fatal errors, in their view of Christ. But already, we have begun to note and here face, several major sins in all our holy men. For example? 1) Preachers have exaggerated their own authority; they didn’t warn the people adequately, about all the countless biblical warnings about holy men. While, related to that? 2) Preachers over-emphasized “faith” in holy men, or faith in their idea of God and Christ; their “Christ.” While moreover? 3) We have seen here that all our preachers ignored and denied the constant commands from God – to follow not blind faith, but a science of God.

 

These were massive doctrinal mistakes, errors, sins, in essentially all our traditional churches and holy men. So that? In effect, 4) all our preachers rebelled against God; against what God really said. And then as a result of this? Because of their countless sins and errors, their one-sided vision of God, finally in effect, 5) our preachers presented a false Christ to the world. And? They 6) even deceived the whole world eventually, with their False Christ, their false “worship.” Exactly as the Bible foretold (Rev. 13, etc.).

 

The sins of all our preachers therefore, are not easy to face; they are very, very serious sins. Indeed, the sins of our preachers and our holy men, are almost the very most serious sins imaginable they are sins worthy of the devil himself. While indeed, many preachers have been (and will be) as clever as Satan himself, in obscuring the truth, and all of the above, so that they can continue their deceptions.

 

So what should we therefore finally do, with a million mislead, bad, vain, even evil preachers? Who have insisted over and over, that religion, Christianity, is supposed to be based on “faith”? Who told us all, that we are supposed to be “blind” to the sins of holy men; that God ordered us to never look hard at our preachers, or to submit religion, to “test”ing, or science? What should we now make, of the million preachers (literally a million or more; considering the number of preachers alive today, and then all those in history as well), that have hidden, denied, forgotten, the Science that God commanded us to have? The science that God prescribed for us, even before God presented the Ten Commandments (Deut. 4.6, 4.39, coming before the commandments, in Deut. 5.6-21)? What we must now say of essentially all our preachers and holy men (with a very few exceptions; like Francis Bacon or Greg Mendel) is … that they were all largely, mostly, false. We need them to reform, to be “refined” scientists, and follow science – or be gone. They should explicitly denounce physical miracles, among other things, if they themselves cannot provably produce them. They should cease embracing spirituality; and embrace the Science of God; the only correct Christianity, that – as God commanded – bases us not on the empty boasts of preachers’ tongues and mouths; but on real, proven empirical results. Those who do not? Will meet with God’s anger and wrath … and punishment. Those preachers who do not follow, should be constantly, publicly rebuked, denounced.

 

It may be that a formerly spiritual priest might redeem himself, by becoming an advocate of the Science of God. But our priests have been so bad, that of course, they do not deserve much. Given their many huge sins and inadequacies and lies, we must say this in fact: until today, the people of the whole world have been submitted to, “enchanted” by, the false sayings and illusions, of a million bad, false preachers. For many centuries, preachers have either 1) promised huge miracles, but did not really produce them as often as advertised: “all” and “whatever” we “ask.” Or they 2) they became “spiritual,” and “faith”ful, and denigrated all material evidence and accomplishment, altogether. But both of these types of preachers – the bulk of them until this very day in fact – are bad and evil. By their emphasis on magical things – miraculous conjuring, making things appear out of thin air, or on “spirit”s, in “spirituality” – both of these two schools of priests, forming the vast majority of preachers today, are merely the foretold “false prophets,” and evil “magicians,” delivering illusions, enchantments, and false spirits. Worse? As James began to see, their spirituality is literally, fatal. Therefore? They are not full, real men of God at all – and they should be firmly rejected.

 

At the very least? You can arrange one last meeting with your priest, in which you formally cut off all ties with him. With something like the following phases:

 

“The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him” (Mark 14.1, Luke 24.20; John 12.10).

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples…. He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance [stumbling block] to me'” (Mat. 16.21, 23).

 

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6 RSV).

 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the … spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6.12-17 NIV).

 

“The LORD will lay waste…. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest” (Isa. 24.1-2).

 

“Let no one contend … for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day, the prophet also shall stumble wit you by nigh; and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed, for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.4-6).

 

“Wine and new wine take away the understanding. My people inquire of a thing of wood” (Hos. 4.12).

 

“You have plowed iniquity, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies” (Hos. 10.13).

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon you faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence” (Mal. 2.1-3).

 

“I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.6).

 

“He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).

 

 

 

 

 

On the Spiritual Christ

 

 

 

Preachers, the Bible says, are flawed. But more specifically, what are their sins? One of their major sins is their radical over-spirituality. And the false Christ they have presented to the world as a result.

 

The fact is, as the Bible warned, Christianity and the world until today, are still dominated by false preachers, false priests, and two false “Christ”s. First, they 1) presented a Christ who worked huge “miracles“; though they themselves today are not able to reproduce “all” the physical wonders their Christ promised. (And that they are required to produce, to prove their promises of miracles.) While 2) then their higher, loftier idea of Christ – the spiritual Christ – was wrong too. Their “spirits,” images in the mind or spirit, turn out now to be merely false spirits; illusions and literally fatal delusions; like the man who dreams he has eaten bread … but wakes up in the day, hungry. So what should we say about our preachers? We must say they were false. And if they have taken over the earth? Then as foretold, the whole world has been deceived, by false magician-priests, and their false promises, their false “worship” (Rev. 13).

 

How and why were preachers able to deceive everyone? Desperate to retain their “high” status in society; as our religious leaders, to retain their high position, all our preachers, all our priests and ministers in all the major branches of Christianity – Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical – have tried to retain their reputation … by systematically ignoring, never honestly reading to you in church, honestly speaking, of any of the many parts of the Bible that expose and criticize holy men. For two thousand years, preachers have long denied and twisted the seventy or a hundred or more passages in the Bible – where God 1) warned us that prophets and priests, and their sayings, were unreliable. And 2) that told us that all our preachers, bishops, and popes, should now be somewhat subordinate to, a higher command from God. A command that “all” things in religion, “everything” (1 Thess. 5.21), every single thing, even the “spirit”s, be subject to real, scientific testing. And therefore to confirmation … or dis-confirmation. To being confirmed … or found simply unfruitful, and therefore false.

 

Long ago, especially, the false image of a Spiritual Christ – of a christened religious leader or king – as one who only needed to give us words, thoughts or spirits, and not material things – as foretold, took over the world (cf. John 16.33, 1 John 2-4). And became the “God of this world,” or “cosmos,” who “has blinded their eyes” (John 2 Corin. 4.4., 12.40). People worshipped this Christ. Even though he “turned” religion upside down: he and his followers eventually all but convinced the whole world, that if our lord did not bring us material things, but especially material poverty, martyrdom, and death? Then that was good; because martyrdom, physical death and poverty, were good. Thus the original religion – of an Old Testament God that promised us physical riches and physical life – was subtly turned into a religion that promised these things … but then brought us actually, physical poverty and death and crucifixion. And then? Told us to like it. Since they gave us a stronger spirit. And since even physical death frees the spirit to go to “Heaven.” Even though … heaven itself is to be destroyed. As the Bible said. In the parts of the Bible that the priests of this Christ, twisted, and whitewashed … and disobeyed. John Zebedee – attributed by some, at times, as the author of one or more of the works of “John”; the John who is said to have written most of the apparent attack on the “world,” or cosmos, and its rewards, in the non-synoptic Gospel of John especially – was explicitly not granted status next to Jesus. Most scholars see the writings of “John” as being quite out of tune with the other three gospels. But in any case, after attacking the “world” or “cosmos” dozens, if not a hundred times, the Gospel of John itself however, apparently re-instated the world or cosmos; by suggesting that Jesus had come not to “hate” the world, but to save it (John 3.16 etc.); and later that he had “overcome” and redeemed it. So that? Though some would say that we should hate this material earth or “cosmos” or “world,” finally, even the Christ of the very spiritual John, finally re-instated the world. As having been redeemed, after all.

 

So that? All those who followed an idea of “Christ” as hating the world? Hating physical things? Were not squared with even the most spiritual of writers in the New Testament; not even with the author (s?) of the writings attributed to “John,” or of the Gospel of John. At most? We were told not to hate the world itself exactly; but rather “our life in” the world. So that even this most extremely spiritual of writers … began to back away from hating the world too much. And to include a second voice; one that began to try to re-instate the importance of the physical cosmos. To bring the Platonistic New Testament, more in line with the Old Testament God; who filled all things, Heaven “and earth”; who made the material universe, and said it was “good.” To repudiate the extreme – and physically fatal – spirituality, of asceticism and Gnosticism.

 

The chief and overwhelming unique characteristic of writing attributed to “John,” especially the non-synoptic gospel, was the dozens, almost a hundred time, John attacked the “world” or “cosmos.” John’s letters seemed to follow Paul’s Greek/Platonistic dualism. Often Christianity no doubt experienced problems with its physical promises, with the physical side of life: in 64 BC, Jerusalem was taken over by Romans; c. 35 AD, Jesus himself was physically executed; at times, c. 54 AD, Paul said there were problems with getting physical miracles; many early Christians, including Paul himself it seems, were physically jailed, and martyred; and Jerusalem was physically burned to the ground in 70 AD. In order to deal with the apparent failure of the physical promises of preachers, much of Christianity began to turn to Plato’s hierarchially dualistic idea, that the whole universe was split into two things: 1) matter, and 2) spirit. And – as Paul said, following Plato’s Theory of Forms – all the material things we see, are just “perish”able “shadow,”s imperfect “copies,” of the ideal, eternal, rather spiritual “form”s or “models” (“paradigms”) in “heaven.” But it was said by Plato the ideal forms live forever, immortally, in heaven. So that? Paul and others suggested that somehow, we ourselves, and our own spirit, might mold our spirit to those eternal forms, and thus our spirit might somehow join their immorality; our spirit would fly up to immoral heaven when we die. This would seem to explain why Christianity might not get good physical results; all physical things, the physical “cosmos,” were after all, mere physical things, fated to “rot” and “rust.” So? The physical world was all but said to be bad and evil; we should attempt to emphasize our immortal spirit, as Plato emphasized the philosophical mind, instead of matter; as a way to reach close to immortality. This philosophy appealed to many … and it became a major part of the basis of the new, Christian priesthood; it was the underpinning of the “spiritual”ity, that would define the priesthood, the ministry, for 2,000 years. Which in effect, the writings of Paul and John especially, began to form.

 

But to be sure? There were problems with this new voice in Judeo-Christianity: with this spiritual, but essentially “Greek,” dualistic “philosophy.” Which often seems to conflict with the Jewish, the Old Testament God himself: who made the whole material universe or cosmos … and said it was “good.” Therefore? Though Jesus – and then more especially, Paul and “John” – for some time flirted with a Hellenistic and specifically Platonistic view, to try to explain material failures in Christianity, finally, there was just too much conflict between these Greek views, and our traditional Hebrew, Old Testament god. Therefore? Though Paul and John especially, essentially leaned heavily toward this new spirituality, and though this idea was to take over the new Gnosticism and to define the priesthood from the start?

 

Eventually, the anti-materialistic spirituality of preachers, severely conflicts with God himself, and his materialism. Preachers conflict with and deny, the God who made the material universe, and said it was “good”; the God who “fills all things,” not just in spiritual Heaven, but also the material “earth.” The God who constantly promised not just spiritual, but real, physical, visible, material rewards, to those who truly followed him. And because of that, the New Testament, in spite of its own very strong spiritual leanings, began to belatedly, retract some of its own spirituality. As even the very spiritual “John” writings, began to note that even Jesus himself after all, was in part, “flesh and bones,” and not just a spirit.

 

Much of the New Testament entertained the voice of spirituality for a while; especially say, the writings of apostles like Paul, and the various (Greek/Cappadocian/Ephesian?) writings that appeared in the Bible under the name of “John.” Indeed, the Gospel of John was overwhelmingly, as its first impression, a rejection of the material “world” or “cosmos,” it seems in one reading. Yet? We have said here that the New Testament is essentially not as one-sidedly spiritual as preachers have pictured it; it was more exactly a dialogue between the two voices, of spirituality vs. a more materialistic science of God. Finally, as even John began to note, 1) Jesus was “the Word made flesh” (John 1.14); 2) Jesus had come to “save the world” and not condemn it (John 3.16); while 3) John even began to embrace a materialistic “test” of what is true in Christianity (1 John 4.1 etc.); admitting as Christians, only those who were willing to say that Jesus had come … “in the flesh” (1 John 4.2). Suggesting that 4) Jesus had “overcome”- and redeemed; reinstated – the “world”; while 5) the book of Revelation attempts to picture a heavenly spiritual God and his kingdom, returning to this physical earth again (Rev. 21). In a Day of Judgement, a Day of the Lord; in a Second Coming. Expressed in large part, in preview, as a “second voice,” the more materialistic/scientific, work-oriented voice, in the New Testament. A voice that alone, reconciles the extreme, gnosticizing, heretical philosophical/Platonistic, Buddhist ascetic voice of over-spirituality, of the Christian priesthood; with at last a partial return to the physicalism of the Old Testament God. Pictured in part, as God eventually returning from an ethereal Heaven, to this physical world; in a Second Coming. As God, spirit indeed begins to return conceptually, even here and how; when the Science of God outlines the missing link between spirit and materialism, religion and science … and in effect, heaven and earth. Thus are the two voices, the two split halves of our preachers’ radical and heretical dualism, reconciled; thus is “spirit” poured on “flesh” once again. Thus is a formerly too-spiritual priestly “Christ,” returned to “flesh”; and to this physical earth. This is largely how Christ returns to the “world.”

 

 

 

 

 

A Metaphorical/Spiritual Reading of

The Apocalypse,

The Destruction of Heaven as

Maturing,

Acquiring “Judgment”?

 

 

 

Possibly to be sure, this can be more easily faced by some … by seeing, for once, the Destruction of Heaven as a metaphor? A metaphor for, even, a spiritual moment, like simply … growing up? Becoming realistic? Able to connect abstract concepts to physical realities? But if so? Is the a spiritual moment, to end all spiritual moments. It is spirituality, imploding; and leaving us standing on this material earth again.

 

In speaking very dramatically, of “the Destruction of Heaven,” we have of course been speaking in a preacherly style, if only for a moment; very dramatic and grand; even grandiose. What we are describing here is for now, described in a way that what we are talking about seems much, much larger than life; even supernatural-seeming. But to be sure, consider another reading of the Apocalypse, the Day Heaven is destroyed, the day we see God face to face on earth. All this talk of our childhood “Heaven” of “miracles” and “spirituality,” being replaced by a sense of God and good that “comes down to earth,” so to speak? All that Biblical language could always be taken as a metaphor; as a symbolic way of talking about the “day” a “child” “matures” or simply, “grows” up. The day we no longer expect giant miracles to appear out of thin air; but become humble at last. And see that giant, spectacular wonders don’t appear all that easily or often; and that more often our own hard, “humble,” practical “work,” with our “hands” (as the Bible said), even working as a simple farmer, is far more practical and reliable, in providing our day-to-day needs, and bread. Than praying, and waiting for bread to appear out of thin air.

 

So that? All this talk of our “Heaven,” full of larger-than-life religious heroes promising huge, rather magical-seeming miracles and spirits? And of that “Heaven” crashing down to earth one day? Might indeed, simply be taken for once as a metaphor for a moment in the mind or “spirit”; for the “day” we grow up. But here we do not mean “growing in our faith,” in the traditional way. Eventually the Bible really meant … growing up beyond our childhood “faith”; growing up to attain realistic sense. Or, if there is still the promise of a spectacular future? Then growing up, and learning science, takes us to that future. Learning real science; and the science of God. Finally God told us to honor things that show physical “signs” of being effective. And to date it has been not preachers praying for miracles, but has been primarily science and technology, that have proven to come closest to taking us to real results. And to that grand Biblical vision. Of a mankind with huge powers, flying through space and time, in the heavens.

 

So while we are presenting this Biblical vision at times, in preacherly/ Apocalyptic language? As a grand – even grandiose – promise of giant, spectacular, even lurid events? The whole Apocalyptic vision – of angels crashing to earth; of Heaven itself dissolving; of God appearing here on this physical earth? Could be taken as being – at least in some part – a simple figure of speech; an allegory. For the day we grow up, beyond the lurid visions of our “child”hood. While indeed, St. Paul and others, told us that one day we are supposed to “mature” in our vision. While the Bible often noted that even Jesus as a child, needed some development; needed to “grow” in understanding and so forth (Luke 4.52). While if we were told that we cannot enter the “kingdom of God” except as becoming “humble” or “children,” it seems the emphasis might be on being “humble” in expectations; or open to new ideas, like a child after all.

 

Or? If we can only enter the “kingdom of God” as children? Then still, once we are there, we are not supposed to remain children forever; but one “day,” we are supposed to put aside our childish misunderstanding of life. And grow up.

 

Regarding the knowledge of many things in past ages? As the Apostle/Saint Paul said (in one reading), even his own, “our” apostolic “prophesies” and “knowledge” were imperfect. And would “pass” away one special day; when we put aside “childish ways.”

 

“Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Corin. 14.20).

 

“As for prophesies they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect…. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully….” (1 Corin. 13.11).

 

“So that we may no longer be children” (Eph. 4.14)

 

“He who descended is he who also ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things)…. And his gifts were … the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness [sic] of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles. Rather, in speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way” (Eph. 4.9-13 RSV).

 

But what is the “mature” thing to see? Many preachers suggest that to be mature, is to see things the way they do; especially, to be spiritual. But that isn’t what the Bible finally called for.

 

What does maturity tell many of us? That the promises of our preachers have been much bigger than life; much bigger even than science it seemed. And yet their actual performance, was much smaller. They told us they could walk on water, and make “mountains” move, just by faith and a prayer. Yet when we asked them to do that right now, in our own time? In a timely way, and in front of reliable witnesses? They normally, did not deliver. Their promises were huge; but their actual physical works and fruits?

 

To try to explain how and why our religion might somehow fail to deliver all the physical things it promised? Our preachers generated many excuses. And among them? Was the idea that God never really promised physical things at all; that what appeared to be promises of physical things were just figures of speech, or allegories, for mental or spiritual things. For example, if God had promised and brought us real actual literal bread? Physical food? Parts of the New Testament, began to hint that these might just be metaphors; that Jesus and his thoughts, his spirit, were “bread indeed.” While Paul began to speak at times of the “Fruits of the spirit.”

 

And so some might even see the Apocalypse, the Destruction of Heaven, as a mere metaphor for a spiritual event; like growing up. Or even becoming spiritual; less materialistic, and more religious and spirit.

 

Yet finally we will be finding in our books here, that ultimately, God did not want a just “spiritual” religion. The fact is, we require, and God promised, lots of very physical material things. And indeed, God was not as “spiritual” as our ministers say.

 

So that finally, all this is not just about a spiritual event; about growing up, to become spiritual. In fact we will see here that while condemning many things in priests, finally, the Bible also condemns even … spirituality. We will see that God “knows” that we “have need” of physical material food and such things, just to live. So that finally, God actually gave us not a “spiritual” religion; but a fuller credo which could deal effectively also with the material side of life. By way especially? Of Science. The great art of dealing with physical things.

 

In some ways therefore, it might seem as if the End is just about growing up to become more “spiritual.” But finally, that is not what we find out in our books here however. The fact is, any good, “full” religion, needs to deal responsibly with every aspect of life; including our physical needs. And ultimately therefore, the real, fuller religion of the Bible is not mere “spirituality”; rather instead, it was a more balanced theology. One that can take care of the spiritual side of life – but also the physical side of life too. Through science.

 

Finally “the mind of Christ” (1 Corin. 2.16), is a mind that includes much Science in it. Indeed, more science than spirituality.

 

As we will see in our seven or more books, here.

 

 

 

The Two Voices –

As Two “Part”s of God

 

 

It now therefore seems clear, that – exactly as God warned – essentially “all” our preachers, erred mightily. In their faith and spirituality, say. And/or that at least in recent days, their approach is now found obsolete; unsuitable for our own time. Given advances in Science and Theology.

 

But can we say these things? Can we firmly say that essentially all our priests and holy men sinned and erred? Erred not just in their personal behavior, but also in their most allegedly holy moments, outlining doctrines and so forth? In fact, God warned us over and over, that there have always been huge sins in our holiest men; even after “inspiration,” or after receiving the “spirit.” While indeed, the Bible told us that one “day” God would show that to us. While indeed – that is what is beginning in part to happen, even here and now; to-“day.”

 

What are we seeing here and now, today? It should by now be clear, especially, that essentially all our priests missed or denied, a major voice in the Bible. Specifically, they were not able to quite see, or tell others about, the 1) many times that God warned about false things in holy men. The times that 2) God warned that therefore, we should not have too much faith in preachers. The times that 3) God told us to learn, instead, a science of God. With its requirement that all preachers and holy men verify that they are good and from God, by demonstrating real, physical, material “fruits.”

 

Preachers, we are firmly saying here, were often really bad; even evil.

 

But how can this be true? Or, how can anyone believe and face this? In fact, the Bible itself supports our conclusion. The Bible itself warned over and over, continuously, that priests have normally neglected or missed – or actively denied – the bigger picture of God. This the Bible did, in dozens of different ways. But among the many different perspectives on priestly errors, we might note here the times that the Bible warned – and apostles admitted – more specifically, that apostles, preachers will … have seen only “parts” of the Bible. Only “parts” of God. They saw and obeyed the spiritual part, the spiritual voice or “calling”; but they ignored, denied, and rigorously disobeyed, the second, fuller, more physical part of life and of God.

 

Preachers have always presented themselves as very high authorities on God and Truth; merely by presenting themselves at the head of the church every Sunday, presuming to lecture us all about who and what truth was like, in spite of their superficial humility, they implicitly and even explicitly presented themselves as very “high” and “lofty” authorities indeed. But even the Apostle Paul, warned about many sins in holy men. And for that matter, Paul warned about a specific deformity, that we should now mention briefly: Paul warned that holy men, even like as Paul himself, would see only “part” of the truth, and of God. Paul warned that he and others – as he said, “we” Christians – would see only “parts” of God; and would not see all of God, until the “day” of the End of time. When the “full”er outline of the “perfect” at last comes, in the second coming:

 

“Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully” (1 Corin. 13.12; see also all of 1 Corin. 13).

 

“There are many parts, but one body” (1 Corin. 12.20 ff).

 

“But God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord” (1 Corin. 12.24-5).

 

“As you have understood in part” (2 Corin. 1.14; see also all of 2 Corin. 1.8-12-5.19-6.2. A mostly spiritual Paul …but noting a “double” quality in his text, 1.15 ff., and noting his only “part” of the truth, to persist until the “day” 1.14; 2 Corin. 1.12-5.16).

 

“Create in himself one new man, in place of the two” (Eph. 2.15).

 

 

As part of his rather Greek-loving, Platonistic side, Paul often spoke in the mental framework of Plato’s famous Theory of Forms; which held that in our life on earth, we are like residents in a dark cave, that see only the “shadows” and im-“perfect” reflections, as in a “dark” mirror, of the fuller outline of truth, the ideal forms, outside the cave, or in the “heavens.” While indeed many people acknowledge that our own human knowledge here on earth, is likely only “part” of the larger, fuller truth. And even St. Paul the apostle, acknowledged that; acknowledged that even “I,” Paul as he said, knew God only “in part”; whereas it would take yet another revelation or two, to see and understand God “fully.” While Paul confirmed this in his other rather Platonistic pronouncements too. Paul admitting elsewhere that “our knowledge” and even “our prophesy” was imperfect; that “we” saw things only as in a mirror, darkly (q.v.). Until the day (2 Corin. 1.12-14 ff). [In regarding what is “first” and “last,” the “physical” or the spiritual, Paul to be sure, seemed to favor the spiritual as being “first” in importance for his own time. Yet Paul also noted he could only “hope” to be proven true, when we understand “fully” – 2 Corin. 1.12-13. Acknowledging moreover, that his assertion that his Platonistic preference for spirit would stand the test of “full” disclosure, was a “boast” by him – 1.12. Paul noting that God himself had made a physical Adam, as Paul admitted, “first” – 1 Corin. 15.45; from Gen. 2.7. Paul often seemed to think that only a spirit, an ideal Platonic self, could be eternal. Yet the final End was a “mystery” to him; and rather than our physical nature being abolished, he spoke more of a spiritualized “body,” that involved “this perishable nature,” “putting on” the “imperishable,” 1 Corin. 15.45-53. That, combined with coded references to “work” with our “hand,” will show Paul compromising his spiritual voice, with references to the other voice: the importance of physical work, and physical results.]

 

The apostle Paul himself therefore, did not really claim to know the truth “fully”; he could only “hope” or “boast” that the End Time, Judgement Day, would support him. And if our highest holy men could not even really be sure of themselves? And if they admitted that they themselves, saw God only in “part”? In a mirror, im-“perfect”ly? Then ordinary preachers therefore, should today be prepared to acknowledge that their own knowledge extends to only “part”s of God. While, in acknowledgment of their own inadequacies and partiality, and in anticipation of the End, and a severe Judgement, and seeing already a partial outline of a “second” appearance to Christ here and now, preachers should now be prepared to see particularly, some parts of the Bible, a “full”er outline, of God, than what they have acknowledged earlier. Specifically, even to “day” it is time for preachers to notice – and obey – the parts of the Bible that outlined not blind faith; but a science of God. That supported not blind faith in spiritual things. But that demanded that we examine and evaluate holy men, by their physical, material fruits, works, signs, deeds, and proofs. Which even the often very-spiritual and “faith”ful Paul did.

 

Paul acknowledged that “our” prophesies – including Paul it seems – were imperfect and would pass away. And Paul acknowledged especially, that he and others like him would see things only in “part,” until the day of the end. Therefore, we must now clearly say that all our preachers have only seen, or have chosen to tell us about, only a “part” – as it turns out, less than half – of the larger, fuller outline of God. So that? In their claims to know God very well, or well enough? In that, as foretold, all our holy men sinned. In particular, when they pictured God as being too entirely spiritual, they all – just like St. Peter their predecessor – denied and even strongly disobeyed the parts, the commands of God, that they did not want to see or obey. Yet here and now, we are beginning to fix that. By at last, noting the many “parts “of the Bible itself, that preachers ignored and disobeyed. The parts that finally, reveal a “second” and better coming of Christ. A “second” coming that of course, should now be “first” in importance for all of us.

 

Will the second coming of Christ be accepted? In the Bible, it seems, not all accept it. And to be sure? We here for now, offer just a single book – against a millions preachers and churches. And yet, though a billion sophistical misrepresentations might be brought against us, and bellowed from every church, all of the world, to a captive audience? Here however, we have begun to give the ordinary reader, a certain amount of ammunition, to use on their own, for the truth. And in our seven and more later books? We are about to review the hundreds of neglected quoted from the Bible – that support the move from an over-spiritual to a more scientific/materialist theology. Here and in our later books, we present hundreds of passages from the Bible. Which become allies, bullets in our effort to at last make it clear that God and his real followers, are not supposed to be too spiritual or faithful to traditional religious authority; but are supposed to “test everything” in religion itself. “Put me to the test,” God commands strongly in Malachi 3.10. God repeating this, when he says we are to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21). God reaffirming this strongly, in important texts for the Science of God – like Daniel 1.4-15 King James edition; and 1 Kings 18.20-39. Or Deut. 18.21-22. While God tells us to constantly seek to affirm or dis-confirm priests, according to what we “observe” of their physical, material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “prosperity,” “deeds,” and “proofs”; the physical material good they produce, in a timely way (“at hand”; quickly”; “presently”; in a year or two. As evaluated by real, actual, empirical “science” (Dan. 1.4 KJE).

 

Bad preachers have always fought this part of revelation; because they do not want to be publicly tested … and found wanting, and even flatly false. And desperate to avoid all that? Preachers have found one or two lines they can read as telling us not to “put the Lord your God to the test.” But that was just a single, misleading line … that a) was finally re-read, re-translated /interpreted, by Jesus himself. To tell us simply not to “tempt” God with immortality; or not to “test” his patience with immortality. The fact is, the Bible told us to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21) in religion, over and over again. Especially, as the story of Ahaz begins to make clear, God even began to get mad, at those who insisted we should not “Test” God. we are not to tempt God’s patience … by continuing to ignore his command to us, to ask for visible, material, physical “signs,” and empirical proofs, for all that alleged holy men and preachers say.

 

“Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts” (Mal. 3.10); “test everything” even the rather spiritual Paul finally affirms. And we will see, that means applying real scientific testing to all of religion. That does not mean applying the “test of faith”; the concept of the test of faith, we will note, was proposed in the Bible. But here once again, our preachers fail to note the larger context: the whole idea of a “test of faith, was proposed in the Bible – but not by God; but literally, it was proposed by Satan himself. In Job 1.6-11. Preachers here failing to note the larger context and picture and message. So that? They ended up following and quoting … Satan himself. As foretold (Isaiah; Rev. 13, etc.).

 

Until to “day,” even our preachers and apostles especially, (and even by their own admission), have presented us all with a merely partial, incomplete “part” of the fuller truth of God and of Life. They presented us with often, just single lines or pages, out of context; excerpts that seemed, taken just by themselves, to show that we should never ask for physical things from religion; ask for real “signs” and physical proofs. Yet while some parts of the Bible seemed to cater to that narrow preacherly bias, today it is time at last “see,” the first glimmering of the fuller outline, the fuller appearance, of God. Where it now becomes clean and “plain,” what God actually told us continually, overall: that we should begin here and now, to apply real, scientific testing, to everything in our religion. Indeed, in 1 Thess. 5.21, even the very preacherly and spiritual Paul orders us to “test everything” in religion. While the fuller outline of God, commanding us to learn Science, becomes clear, as we move outside the self-admittedly “part”ial and im “perfect” Paul, and his im “perfect” and partial “knowledge.” As we read say, Malachi 3.10. Where God thunders “put me to the test.” Or read the story of Ahaz. Where God is even “weary” at those who try to use the “test” line to fail to ask for “signs.” Where God in the person of Isaiah, even seems extremely angry, at those who do not at last hear and see this.

 

Far from “faith”fully following forever, without material proofs from them, actually? Actually we are finally not just allowed, but are actually strongly commanded by God himself, to “test everything,” including our religion. Testing everything … with what turns out to be a real empirical science. Far from following prophets and angels “blind”ly, actually we are supposed to begin examining every saying that has been alleged to have come from God – to see if it was really from God or not. Or whether it was instead, a false saying; falsely attributed to God.

 

Far from continuing to follow unreliable holy men, or sayings alleged to have come from God, following them with total blind faith, actually, on “Second” glance, we suddenly see God delivering a very different message from that. Actually, finally, God tells us firmly that we are supposed to follow allegedly holy sayings, we are to not to even begin thinking about believing or have “faith” or confidence in them … until we clearly see that following any individual saying, produces real, physical, materially- and scientifically- observable and confirmable … “fruits” (Mat. 7.16-19); “works”; “signs”; “deeds”; “prosperity”; and “proofs.” As seen in a timely way, “soon” and “at hand,” and as “observe”d and confirmed with “test”ing and “science.”

 

Amazingly, shatteringly, God himself did not stress “faith”; instead, God told you yourself, to learn to see and use, a Science of God. You are not to have very much faith at all; no more faith than a “grain of mustard seed.” Instead, God orders you yourself, to actively use real science, to re-evaluate all things, even in religion; to learn to see them as good or bad, true or false; as being from God or not. According to the actual physical good that following them produces, the real empirical evidence. Finally, you are not supposed to follow religious leaders, preachers any more, on the basis of blind faith in all-too-fallible religious authority, or faith in “God” or “Christ” as you have heard them described in church. Instead of doing that, you yourself are supposed to follow and believe, only sayings and doctrines, which have been proven to produce real, physical good. Good that can be “observe”d by our physical “eyes”; and in a timely way (“soon,” “at hand,” “quickly,” in a year or two, etc.).

 

So now we see a second and better vision of Christ. Which tells us in effect, among other things, that you yourself are not supposed to have such strong faith; instead, God here commands you to follow only things that are verified by – as the Bible finally says, explicitly – real, empirical “Science.”

 

To be sure, now and then even Science makes mistakes. But real science knows this. And so it is not arbitrarily dogmatic; but is always open to new empirical evidence. And to be sure, until very recently, Science was not quite sophisticated enough, to do Religion justice; its accounts of Religion were therefore, rather dismissive. However, since the development of the social and behavioral or human sciences? Like Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology? Today, these variations of at least “soft” science, are, as of today, sophisticated enough to do rather full justice, to religious social mores and psychology. No longer is it necessary to simply oppose Religion, since it claims non-visible or mental results only. Especially when the Science of God can easily meet science half-way; in our rediscovery of the even hard materialistic side, of even … God himself. And of Christ.

 

Which gives us a dramatic, second appearance to Christ, after all: seeing Christ now, advocating not faith, but science.

 

 

 

 

Is This a “Strange New Doctrine”?

 

 

“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment…. Yet I am writing you a new commandment” (1 John 2.7).

“Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning. Were I to write for him my laws by ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing” (Hos. 8.11-12).

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings” (Heb. 13.8-9).

“And they glorified God and they were filled with awe, saying ‘We have seen strange things today'” (Luke 5.26).

“You bring some strange things to our ears” (Acts 17.20).

 

 

“Behold, I am doing a new thing” (Isa. 43.19, Jer. 31.22).

“Clear out the old to make way for the new” (Lev. 26.10; 2 Corin. 5.17).

“A new commandment I give to you” (John 13.34; cf. 1 John 2.7, 2 John 1.5).

“So that he might fill all things …to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…. Let no one deceive you with empty words”” (Eph. 4.10-14-5.6).

“Led away by diverse and strange teachings” (Heb. 13.9).

“We wait for new heavens” ( 2 Peter. 3.13).

“The new Jerusalem which comes down from God” (Rev. 3.12).

“For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable” (1 Corin. 15.53).

“Put on the new nature” (Col. 3.10).

“Create in himself one new man, in place of the two” (Eph. 2.15).

 

 

 

In the past, preachers missed all this. They missed all this – because they looked at and quoted and could face, only misleading parts or fragments of the Bible. Because of the secret vanity in preachers, and their desire to control others, they looked only at the parts of the holy books, that seemed to prove that God supported preachers and holy men, and their spirituality. Preachers looked at or acknowledged only parts of the text, that seemed to flatter preachers. That tell us that 1) our preachers and churches were quite reliable; even “holy” and “sacred”; even “perfect.” The parts that seemed to say that therefore, 2) we should follow our holy men and churches, with all but total, even blind, “Faith.” Follow preachers … or more exactly, follow the verbal picture of God and Christ, that they painted for us. With their many sermons and homilies. It we followed our preachers – or their sermons about God? Then, 3) preachers proudly assured us over and over that we would get huge physical “miracles.” Or? If not physical miracles? Then 4) we would get wonderful mental or “spiritual” consolations. We would get “faith” and “hope” and “peace” of mind or spirit and so forth. And finally 5) we were often firmly promised, that if we follow preachers and their vision, their image of God, “Christ” as they described him, then when we died, we would get to go to “Heaven” itself. And indeed, our preachers found parts of the Bible that at first seem to say all that, in the common, prevailing, preacherly reading. Yet while anyone who has gone to church for a few weeks has heard all this? Here and now, today, it is finally time to begin to take a look at another set of quotes. To look at seventy, a hundred and more quotes from the Bible, that our preachers overlooked, or “twist”ed. Here it is time to look at hundreds of quotes … that finally offer a much fuller and more accurate picture of what the Bible really, more fully said. Quotes that ultimately present a much “full”er, “second” picture of God and Christ. One where God says some things that are better, but also shattering. In that they finally say something quite different, even from what we were always told in almost every church, all over the whole “world.” But if after all, we now find that the “Christ”ian “worship” all over the whole “world” was largely false? Then after all, that too exactly fulfills the Bible itself, and its End Time Prophesies especially (Rev. 13, etc.).

 

Many people might say, that this is a “strange new doctrine”; and that the Bible therefore condemns it as such. And indeed, what you are now seeing here, is a dramatically different view of Christ, what your heard in Church. But what we see here is not really “new”; it was in the Bible, all along. What we see here is a totally Biblical appearance of God. One which at first might superficially appear to be a forbidden, “strange new doctrine.” But which is really absolutely conservative and traditional and loyal to God; in that it conforms totally to the Bible itself.

 

Indeed, what we now see here is exactly like say, 1 John 2.7 and 13.34. What we see here and now, is both “new” and “old” at the same time. What we see is no more or less “new,” than Jesus’ first “new commandments” and so forth:

 

“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true in him and in you” (1 John 2.7-8; John 13.34; cf. remarks condemning double tongues, and those who say yes and no).

 

When Jesus appeared on earth the first time, in the New Testament, some might have complained that he was voicing strange new doctrines. Like his commandment – to “love one another” for example. But John reminds us that they were in one sense “new”; new in the positively foretold sense, of the “new heaven,” beginning tentatively to come down to earth, as we see more fully in Revelation (Rev. 21). But this is an allowed kind of “new.” While then too, in another sense, the “new” statements by Jesus, were as traditional, as Biblical as things get, and were not “new” at all. Ultimately, what we see here of the new appearance of Christ, is absolutely, constantly tied, rigorously, to the classic old book: the Bible. Even especially the Old Testament. Anything we say here therefore, might appear “new” in one sense; in a positive sense. At the same time though, what we say is also as old, and as traditional, and as conservative as … following the Bible itself.

 

What we say here therefore, is both “new” and not new; in the very same way that the New Testament words of Jesus himself were both new … and yet more traditional than anything else in the world. So what we say here, is exactly like the status of the first coming of Christ; both new and not new. As 1 John at least attempted to say, for Jesus, regarding the conclusion of his first coming to earth (1 John 2.7-8; John 13.34 ff).

 

What we will see and say in our books here therefore, is in a sense both “new” and not new. The second appearance of Christ, as we will have tried to present it here, is absolutely consistent with every single word of the old Bible. But then too, it presents all the old things in a way that will seem (and in one sense is) entirely new. But this was allowed and justified and explained by 1 John 2.7 for example. While some appearance of newness was indirectly indicated or implied, in the startling, unexpected – and therefore seemingly “new” – nature of the End, after all. Our “second” appearance of Christ to be sure, seems extremely different than what most have believed that Christ was like; it therefore seems to some like a “strange new doctrine.” But 1John explained all this. While indeed, the Second Coming will of course, seem like a massively strange and frighteningly “new” development. Though it is nothing but the realization of old, even ancient promises, after all. And in that sense, is not new at all.

 

This appearance is to be sure, extremely painful and dis “illusion”ing to traditional believers. Indeed, it is “fiery,” and even heaven-shattering. But if so? Then it is precisely on that very account, once more absolutely, totally loyal to the Bible. All of that is precisely and exactly as foretold – of the “day” of the Apocalyptic Second Coming of God.

 

Precisely as foretold, the “day” when you read this and understand and accept this, can be extremely disillusioning; painful, and heaven-shattering. But if it is? Then after all, it is exactly what was foretold: the “day” you see Christ a second time, it is all supposed to be “fiery” and painful for most. Painful even especially, for those who were “proud” and “lofty.” Among whom we now specifically include especially, those many priests who proudly thought that they were already fully “knowledge”-able about God. This will be a shattering experience, especially for those who thought they were entirely good, or adequately knew and were following, Christ. Since here we find that those who thought they were following “Christ” were following a false image of him, a False Christ. As foretold. So that in the end, God must say to nearly all those that thought they were following God and Christ, the many that thought they were Christians, and who cried out “Lord, lord” (Mat. 25.11-13 etc.), that after all God will say “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.” (Luke 13.25; Mat. 7.21-23). The Son of Man comes in an unexpected hour … and in an unexpected way. With an unexpected message, for many. One that will be very painful for most. But finally, very liberating too.

 

The Second Coming of God is supposed to be particularly painful and humbling – especially for priests. And for the very angels in heaven. Here, precisely as prophesied, God arrives not to simply congratulate all our holy men. But to expose countless sins in them. God returns to uncover sins not just in everyday people. Rather he returns in large part, to note longstanding, massive sins – sins especially in our holiest men on earth. Sins even in the holiest men and angels in Heaven itself. Here and now, as foretold of the “day,” God comes to shower critical, purgative “fire,” even on the very “household of God” (1 Peter 4.17). Even the sons of “Levi.” On the tribe of priests (Mal. 2-3). Painful burning “fire” is to come even to the “beloved” household of God itself. And specifically and explicitly? No one should find this “strange“:

 

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as your share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4.12-13).

 

“For the time has come for judgement to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter 4.17).

 

No one should find this “strange” at all.

 

For that matter, perhaps even the “fire” is survivable too, after all. More moderately? The Bible says that God’s final “words” are a fire; and that this fire might be in a way, not entirely fatal. But will merely melt and burn away all our illusions and delusions; in order to “refine” our spirits and minds, the way gold and silver are refined, not destroyed, after all (Mal. 3.1-11).

 

Who suffers the most? To be sure, while the text of Peter asks us, if God will punish priests and angels, then “what” will be the fate of non-priests and others. Yet here note a point of semantics: technically the text does not say that non-priests will be punished more; it indeed only asks “what” will be their fate … as an open if rhetorical question. While indeed, book of James suggests elsewhere, that “teachers” of religion, like priests, will be subjected to even greater penalties than others in the end. Because when a teacher goes bad, he misleads not only himself, but the whole world (James 3.1). “For we all make many mistakes” (James 3.1). “We” apparently including holy men – and even a major apostle, like the Apostle James. While “we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (3.1).

 

Can preachers and congregations “face” this? For centuries, countless churchgoers and church leaders have at times almost eagerly looked forward to the End. To the Apocalypse. To the “day” when God comes to earth again. Millions of people who think they are very good, who think they are followers of the “Lord,” have eagerly looked forward to this day. Because they have proudly, vainly thought that surely they themselves, especially priests and ministers, would of course, be found to have been better than everyone else. Many have looked forward to the End, because they believe that God comes to earth simply to reward they themselves, and their church, and their pastors, and all their friends. For a job well done. Yet as we begin to see God and Christ appearing again here and now, in this very book? Here, suddenly, we do not see God simply congratulating and canonizing our acclaimed holy men; not at all. Far from it. Instead, we here and now begin to see God starting to call our attention to longstanding sins, in our holiest men and priests. Here and now we begin to see a rather different Christ; one who adamantly notes sins even in “all” the angels and apostles in Heaven itself. And of course, sins in all those priests and ministers, when they followed these false apostles, all-too-faithfully; all-too-religiously. When they followed other higher false leaders, into a “pit.”

 

To-“day” therefore, just as foretold of the “Day of the Lord,” etc., we will not see God coming to simply congratulate our preachers on a job well done. On the contrary: we see God coming now, to put our preachers’ feet to the painful “fire.” We see God now beginning to expose huge, grievous, literally fatal, culpable sins in our “good” holy men in particular. Because their very idea of “Good” and “God,” was false, the better, the more godly they thought they were, the worse they were.

 

 

 

God, Christ, Returning to Earth

 

 

 

Here and now therefore, God comes to (in part hereby?) submit to fire and to dissolve, “all” those in Heaven. And to dissolve Heaven itself. Exactly as foretold (Isa. 34.4, 51.6; 2 Peter 3.7-12, 1.3-5, 2.1-4; Rev. 21):

 

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that comes from it. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment” (Isa. 34.1-5).

 

The present heavens … are reserved for fire…. The day of the Lord will come… The heavens will disappear…. That day will bring abut the destruction of the heavens by fire” (2 Peter 3.7-10-12 NIV).

 

“Let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day, the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.4).

 

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13).

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.30-31).

 

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens … for the heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6).

 

For centuries, for thousands of years or millennia, we have been promised “Heaven.” Heaven in fact, was a major and “lofty” “pillar” of what has been called mainstream Christianity, for 2,000 years. But if God himself is “eternal,” and “above all heavens, still, Heaven itself – the “place” where all our holiest men and angels are said to be – is beginning to “dissolve” in fact. In fact, as foretold, as you read this very book, you should begin to see a very different, second and better appearance to God and Christ. But one which means that your first impression, the image of Christ that promised “miracles” or “spirituality,” the image that your got in church, was not right. So that therefore your own “present,” traditionally Christian Heaven itself, and “all” in it, are to be “dissolved” (2 Peter 3.7-12).

 

Heaven itself is supposed to be exposed, and dissolved. Along with “all” in it. With special attention to preachers. Yet as unbelievable and painful as that is, those who here and now learn at last, to see and face the sins of holy men? To witness to even this? Those will begin even here and now, to at last more fully see a “second” and better appearance to Christ. It may even be that those preachers who are at last humble enough to re-read their Bibles, and to at last publicly and repeatedly confess their own sins? Those who hear the voice at last, of the critical Science of God? Even such a preacher, might at last become almost good. And might eventually see the “full”er appearance of Christ. See the appearance/”parousia.” The one that takes us at last, to the promised peace or prosperity. To the promised “kingdom” of God and Good. To a kingdom that is not just “in Heaven,” or just in our imagination or “spirit.” But to a real kingdom, of real physical good. Here; on this physical earth. As foretold.

 

At last.

 

Those who at long last, learn the Science of God, learn to see the second and better appearance of God, will experience many practical rewards. In particular, they will be learning to unite the full power of Religion … to the full power of Science and Technology. And it is that construction – and only that construction – that at last combines the two formerly-warring halves of human experience: the divine and the earthly; the new heaven and earth; word and world. To date, only the Science of God, combines both religion and science – and reunites heaven and earth; word and world, spirit and flesh. As foretold. Only the coming of a scientific approach to religion, can successfully locate God and Good again, not just in “heaven,” but in the material things of Science; on this earth again. Only this fuller, hybrid theology, ends dualism, “double”ness; and pours religion and spirit into material “flesh” again (q.v.). Only the Science of God indeed, relocates and honors and can work with, God and Good – here. On this physical earth. Again.

 

There were many parts of the Bible, that suggested that indeed, the two voices, the dualistic split in the Bible, would one day be healed over; and especially by the return of “spirit” to the material “earth” and “flesh.” To form a new man, a better nature. Both spiritual to some extent … but also physical:

 

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2.17).

 

“Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of en eye…. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable… that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corin. 15.51-53-58).

 

“We were by nature children of wrath…. Put on the new nature” (Eph. 2.3, 4.24).

 

“Your body is a temple” (1 Corin. 6.19; not just the body of the “church,” but our actual bodies and this physical earth. We will show).

 

“Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them … ‘See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have…. Have you anything here to eat?’ And they gave him a piece of broiled fish” (Luke 24.36-43).

 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the … spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6.12-17 NIV).

 

“The LORD has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high” (Isa. 2.12 RSV).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

 

“The LORD whom you seek will suddenly come
to his temple…. He is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [the priests] and refine them … till they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.1-3).

 

“You are God’s temple” (1 Corin. 3.16). “I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For … each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done” (1 Corin. 3.10-18).

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21). “Test the spirits” (1 John 4.1). “Put me to the test, says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10).

 

“… Understanding science” (Dan. 1.4-15 King James Edition).

 

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven…; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them… And I saw no temple in the city” (Rev. 21.1-3-22).

 

Our spiritual heaven is to be destroyed … and Christ or the “new heaven” more or less comes down to be a real place, a material “kingdom” – very concretely described – here, on this physical earth. And? That place however, is not a “church”; there are no temples in the end. Since we now see God, good, in Nature. Though a Nature that we now see as not so “red in tooth and claw” (as Locke saw it?); but more benign, when properly used. God now being more imminent, than eminent.

 

For many, this will seem utterly shocking to many, and all but impossible to believe or face. Yet all that is precisely as foretold in the Bible itself. All this is (rather) precisely attuned to the biblical descriptions, of the Second Coming. The descriptions of the second appearance of God … on this physical, material earth. All this can in fact be embraced by the most ardent believer; since (as far as we know, and given closer readings) none of this contradicts the Bible.

 

Even our present rough draft here, without any later amendments and clarifications that may be made, seems rather exactly as prophesied, exactly as foretold. By the Bible itself. By God … himself. Both God and the Science of God, firmly dissolving Heaven; and returning any remaining spirit, religion, firmly, to the world of “men,” and physical, material things. As foretold of the Second Coming, for example (Rev. 21, etc.).

 

What therefore is actualy the true, real theology of the Bible, in the end? The ultimately true theology, the ultimately true Christ? Is the one where God, Christ told us 1) there would be many false things in essentially all our prophets and religious leaders. If there are any good leaders, we cannot tell who they are, except by science. To that 2) therefore, we should not every have had such strong faith in any of them; but rather? We should seek 3) the right way to find out who was true and who was false. By using Science. Using science to observe their actualy material, physical “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proof”s. As “observe”d even with our physical “eyes.” And as evaluated by “reason” … and explicitly and by name, “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE, etc.). And 4) if this new vision of God and Christ, seems to dissolve our traditional Heaven itself? Then one “day” after all, this day was supposed to come.

 

Eventually, how many things might we find wrong, in traditional religion? Already we have found three or four, above. But in addition to that? We should note that over the centuries, History, the record of what has “come to pass” (Deut. 18.21 ff), has shown that promises of spectacular miracles, especially were not as reliable or fruitful, as practical knowledge and hard work. Because of that, today we do not pray, waiting for food to appear by miracle on our plate. Instead, we learn to farm, and mill flour, and so forth; and fix our own breakfast. Indeed, many say that the old “miracles” were just things in nature and technology, than ancient people misunderstood. That if a “column of smoke” by day, of fire by night, lead the people of Moses through the wilderness? Perhaps it was not a supernatural miracle … but a signal fire set by scouts, after all. If we saw “fire from heaven,” maybe that was just meteors; or volcanic eruptions. If Moses struck his staff in the water, and the seas parted? Maybe Moses was plumbing the water, looking for a place to ford, during low tide.

 

That new vision of Science, may seem shatteringly mundane, in itself, to many. Preachers proudly promised not such things, but huge, giant, spectacular wonders. The vision, the promises of preachers, were of giant, spectacular, supernatural things; the power to fly through the air, to move mountains by just faith and a prayer; the power to walk on water. It therefore seems like an incredible come-down, “reductionistic” as they say, to see all the old promises, all our hopes, come crashing down to, in one reading, God promising us nothing much more or less than what we already have, in our civilization: fixing our own breakfasts, rather than seeing them appear out of thin air in front of us by magic or miracle. Many preachers indeed therefore, have rejected a natural or naturalistic view of Christianity; holding out for bigger spectacular miracles. However the problem with our preachers who oppose naturalistic readings of biblical miracles, is that in fact, we will find that 1) the Bible itself allows naturalistic explanations for wonders; it allows for example that a “wind” might have blown the sea back for Moses. While 2) the Bible backs Science. And then too? It 3) seems that our preachers were very, very proud; and grandiose in their promises too. Indeed, 4) if Scientific promises seem mundane, at least they are reliable; whereas 5) preachers’ promises of giant, spectacular things, do not come true. So that our preachers, promising miracles? Have committed the sins of Pride and Vanity; and of issuing lies. Issuing false promises. The promises of science may seem more modest than what preachers have promised; but among other things, they have the advantage of being … true. Of being reliable. They are not lies. As many preachers’ promises have been. Or if God is to give us really spectacular wonders? It is science that shows the best signs of being able to do that. God it seems, works better through science and technology, most of the time, than through preachers. Certainly he delivers on the material things he promised, far better. In fact, the prosperity we already obviously have, from science and technology properly and morally used, would have seemed to be a miracle, an incredible wonder, easily, to ancient people. So that finally, the aspect of our lives that seems to show the best “signs” of fulfilling the ancient promises of our Lord, are not praying for miracles; but working in practical ways, with Science. Or, if we need a moral science, the Science of God, and of Good.

 

God it seems clear, rewards us, not even so much according to just our “hope”s and “dreams” or even “spirit”s; but primarily according to the “work” of our “hands,” and other practical deeds (Hands: Deut. 2.7, 14.29, 16.10. 24.19, 28.12, 34.9; Mat. 4.17, 12.10; Acts. 14.3; 1 Corin. 4.12,12.15; Eph. 4.28; Col. 4.18; Phm. 1.19). Though we should not trust just to our own “arm” or “flesh,” at the same time, God is not so unjust, as to forget our own hard work, as they say. While knowledge of the fuller Nature of God, we will see, strengthens the arm, our physical capabilities. And the material “wonders” we can produce. So that indeed, the strength and power of God in part descends, to help our own arms, after all.

 

So that? Here and elsewhere, we will come to a reading, an understanding of the wonders of the Bible, that finds them in part, in existing things in nature and technology. And if this seems disappointing to many? Note that finding religious things in nature, spirit in natural things, finally fulfills prophesy. Of a God, a spirit, who returns to this physical “world” and “flesh.” While this finally gives Nature, more dignity. Even immortality. Creating in effect a “new nature.” Thus fulfilling yet another heaven-to-earth prophesy:

 

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2.17).

 

“Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of en eye…. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable… that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corin. 15.51-53-58).

 

“We were by nature children of wrath…. Put on the new nature” (Eph. 2.3, 4.24).

 

For many years, Paul and other priests, despised the “flesh,” and so forth (Rom. 8, Gal. 5-6, etc.). But there were in fact problems with, sins in, too much priestly concentration just on spirituality, faith. Particularly, there was always a sin, in the “hate” in priests, for the “world.” So that finally, there were many false things, false spirits, in priestly spirituality itself.

 

To fix that? The spiritual must again find a home in, be read against, material things. And when it does? False spirits are exposed. And the good material things in “nature,” are now found to be stronger and better than everyone thought. Or perhaps you can say, that with the Science of God, we have a “new nature.” Not just spiritual, but also physical. We see the best spirit, joining nature. Creating a nature in which perhaps even, some might say, there is now something good and “immortal” … even in our bodies, our material work. (As we might suggest in our later work on Resurrection and Immortality).

 

So that here? We begin to see another, second and better appearance of Christ Specifically? Here we see Christ not rejecting the physical world, and science; but accepting them, and merging into them, after all.

 

Here in fact, we begin to see Christ – returning to this physical, material earth.

 

Yet to be sure? The return of Christ or God to earth, is not any easy thing. Because first of all? Exactly as foretold? God began by exposing grave sins, in all our priests, and ministers:

 

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings…. For the time has come for judgement to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter 4.12-17).

 

“All the host of heaven will rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment” (Isa. 34.4-5).

 

“Bless those who persecute you” (Rom. 12.14).

 

“Who is blind but my servant…. Who is blind as my dedicated one” (Isa. 42.19).

 

“The dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolations…. My anger is hot against the shepherds” (Zech. 10.2-3).

 

“And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as told is tested” (Zech. 13.9; “day of the LORD” 14.1).

 

“But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap; he will sit as refiner of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [the priests] and refine them … till they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.2-3).

 

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped” (Isa. 35.5-6).

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you…. A priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by our instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, and so I make you despised” (Mal. 2.1-9).

 

“What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem?… (Lam. 2.13). “Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity” (Lam. 2.14). “Ah, this is the day we longed for; now we have it; new see it! The LORD has done what he purposed, he had carried out this treat; as he ordained long ago, he had demolished without pity; he had made the enemy rejoice over you, and exalted the might of your foes…” (Lam. 2.16-17). “Look, O LORD, and see! With whom as thou dealt thus?… Should priest and prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord … Thou has slain them…. Thou didst invite as to the day of an appointed feast my terrors on every side; and on the day of the anger of the LORD none escaped or survived” (Lam. 2.20-22).

 

“The breath [spirit] of our nostrils, the LORD’s anointed, was taken” (Lam. 4.20).

 

“Our eyes failed” (Lam. 4.47).

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests” (Lam. 4.13).

 

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7).

 

“Let no one contend … for with you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4 RSV).

 

“He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).

 

 

For many centuries, to be sure, even most of our preachers themselves, have now and then felt that there might be something wrong, with the basics of their religion; with their emphasis on “faith” in say, “miracles.” Yet then they thought that finally, the emphasis on “spirit” would fix everything. But here we will have begun to show that however, the traditional Christianity that we learned from nearly all our preachers, was largely wrong; it represented one “part” of the Bible … but not the larger, fuller story. In particular, the “faith” that nearly all preachers settled on, perhaps brought some temporary peace of mind and obedience, to troubled and uncertain and rebellious people; some “spiritual” benefits. Yet finally we will have begun to see here that 1) the disproportionate emphasis on “faith,” in our preachers, was so extreme, as to cause many people to become gullible; to “believe anything,” as the Bible warned. Once the people were convinced, by calls to “faith,” that God himself was ordering them not to submit things in religion, to critical inspection … then the people were ripe for being taken in, over and over, by dishonest, false religion, a false idea of Christ and God. Once the people were systematically discouraged from looking at or discovering, the science that God had commanded for us? Then they had no real way – or even desire – to detect the many “false” things that would be offered in the “name” of Christ. Thus? The whole world was all too easily mislead. People would all-too-faithfully follow false religious leaders.

 

Then? Once all their critical faculties were disarmed? The whole world was all too easily lead to believe next, 2) in “miracles.” The whole world essentially, until c. 1950 or so, believed in many promises of miracles. In saints that were said to have worked huge miracles; in modern evangelicals that did faith-healings. All coming from the promise that Jesus had literally walked on water, and made bread appear out of thin air, and made real “mountain”s move, just by mentalism, conjuring. And the people were constantly read parts of the Bible, that seemed (taken by themselves, and out of larger context) to imply that we too, could get “whatever” “works” we “asked.” Just by, in effect, conjuring, or mentalism, or Magic, the foretold “sorcerers”: praying for things, in our mind or spirit, and waiting for things to happen, out of thin air. While we were often encouraged to give up on our own practical “work,” with our “arms,” and just pray and wait. But the problem was? That science and experience – and even parts of the Bible itself (“Do all work miracles?”, etc.) suggest that after all, most of us, even the best of us, don’t really see such wonderful miracles happening on any regular, reliable basis; food does not appear out of thin air, reliably enough to feed us. And therefore? Those who relied too much on these things – which were after all often said to be “holy” and perfect and absolutely true – would have often been in physical need. As 3) would those who believe in “spirits,” to the point that they think we don’t need any material things at all, much; the apostle James barely began to warn in James 2.14-26.

 

Indeed? Anyone who really believed in “prayer” and “miracles,” or in the extreme spirituality that most preachers demanded from us all? All those persons who 1) were faithful to the Christ described by preachers? And who faithfully did exactly what preachers said? Who 2) gave up on practical knowledge and work – say, farming – to just think moral or religious thoughts, spirits, and wait for things to appear out of thin air? Experience and science teaches us that anyone who relied more on miracles, than their own practical work, those civilizations that do not farm, but merely pray, and wait or things to appear? Or 3) consider too preacher’s “spirituality.” Consider spiritual” persons; who believe that we don’t need “mere” physical, material “possessions,” much at all? Who thought that such “spirit”ual things – like feeling love and faith so forth – were “all” we need in life? Such persons – as St. James began to warn – would either a) be fed by other, more practical, “worldly” persons, putting real goods in the collection plates; or b) they would starve to death. In both cases, those who thought they were following God and good, were to one degree or another, lead, not into the “prosperity” and “fruits” that God promised us; but into ignorance, poverty, and premature death. By following promises, demands from preachers … that were not fruitful in real life; in what we see “come to pass” around us.

 

We will have begun to show here therefore, that none of the three major elements of traditional Christianity – 1) faith, in 2) miracles, or 3) spirit – were really true or good. In fact, we have begun here, to suggest that none of these was really the religion, that the true idea of Christ presented; a religion with far, far more emphasis on 4) practical and scientific knowledge and work. While indeed, History, the record of what “comes to pass” in real life, has shown that what prospered peoples, was not praying: but applied science, and practical knowledge. Learning better and better farming techniques, was what really fed us; not praying and waiting for things to appear out of thin air. Or giving up on material food entirely, in favor of “spirits.” Which left us with the empty “dream” of food, the Bible warned (Isa., etc.); but literally starving to death.

 

So the classic “Christianity” that most of us learned, for centuries, and that most learn even today in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox, and all other “Christian” churches … was in fact, largely false. Indeed, it presented us with a “false Christ.” A false Christ that guided those who really, actually believed and followed preachers’ words, not to the promised true obedience to God – and to the fruits and long “life” that they promised. But to the exact opposite. To following a false or anti-Christ, and his ministers; who presented themselves to us as the very God or angels of light. But that were really, Satanically false, deceived persons, all along. Guiding us not to “life,” but to premature death.

 

And so, the many dire warnings from God, about illusions and delusions, from our priests and angels, conclude our present book. In effect, we are saying here, the traditional view of God and Christ, that most of us got in church – stressing “faith,” in either physical “miracles” or “spirit” – was actually, all along, mere the foretold “False Christ”; a false image of God.

 

But while the whole “world” has long since been deceived, as the Bible warned (Rev. 13; 1 John 2-4) by false holy men, following a false Christ? Here and now, we have begun to recover the right idea; from a closer look simply at the Bible itself. A closer look that begins to fulfill ancient biblical prophesies of a “day” of exposure of massive sins in our holiest men, preachers and angels; of even a Destruction of our traditional Heaven itself. But that on the more positive side; begins also to give us at last, a “second” and far, far better second “appearance,” even the first outlines of the foretold Second Coming, of Christ. Christ no longer advocating just simple, or all-but-“blind” faith in holy men; but Christ and God commanding us to learn and constantly employ, a real empirical science to all of religion, including Christianity. To see which things attributed to God, really produce real, material fruits; and which do not. So that we can know which words attributed to God, were things that the LORD himself did not say (Jeremiah, etc.); versus those which are at least partially proven true … by the real, physical “fruits” they produce. By real empirical evidence. As evaluated no longer, by just simple blind faith in all-too-unreliable religious leaders; but by full, careful, scientific, empirical investigation. By the Science of God. Which is in effect, the first outline of the Second Coming, the second and better appearance, of Christ. The appearance, the science and practical knowledge that has already, provably, done (in spite of occasional mistakes), the most to realize the prosperity that God promised to those who follow him. And that thus begins to realize God, Good, not just in Heaven; but here on this physical, material earth.

 

As foretold, by the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

No doubt, it is difficult for preachers especially, to at last see and face their own sins; to face sins even in the very holy men they themselves followed all-too-faithfully, all-too-religiously. But face and publicly confess it indeed, is what they must do. If they are to finally begin to see and obey God, Christ, as they really, more fully, are.

 

In spite of some preachers’ objections to the notion, the Bible is a two-tiered, two-voiced document. At first the Bible – as read to us by preachers, in church – presents a god for children: a God, a Christ who demands all-but-blind, faithful obedience to Authority, and “father”s. But the Bible is written carefully, deliberately, in such a way that those who are capable of reading more deeply on their own, can begin to see another, “second” Christ. To those who are “mature” enough to see this level of the text, the Bible acknowledges that all human ideas about absolute truth or God, are always after all, flawed human ideas; the “second” voice in the Bible, therefore allowing responsible adults to carefully question, examine even the most authoritative, traditional ideas, even of God, with science. To see where traditional, conservative, authoritative notions stand up, and are proven true. Or where they do not stand up at all, and are proven to have been, simply or partially, false. When we begin to “grow,” and “mature” in this way, we begin to grow up not “in” our faith, as much as growing beyond our childhood blind faith; acquiring at last the more open intelligence, that is capable of seeing the good – but also the evil – seeing the correct ideas – but also primitive mistakes – in ancient ideas of God and Good. And among other things? Without entirely abandoning traditional images of the Good, that served us reasonably well, but not fully? When we at last “see” or perceive the very most traditional sources of all, like the Bible itself, opening up to, allowing, a more open, questing approach, tempered by good, classic scientific and empirical methods (“Do all work miracles”? 1 Corin. 12.29; Ex. 7.9), in effect, we are not entirely, precipitously abandoning ancient beliefs; but have come to see in effect, a “second appearance” to Christ and our god. A Second Coming of God. An appearance that is, amazingly enough, fully authorized, even commanded, by the very most traditional authority of all: by the Bible itself. By God, himself. For those who are not blind; for those who can open their eyes, and see. See the second and better appearance of God; in Science. Or, slightly more conservatively, in the Science of God.

 

As revealed more fully here, at last.

 

Several scholars, and scientists, and thoughtful people, have written similar things in the past; our aim here however, has been to more fully foreground the Biblical quotes, that have been the basis for many such scholars’ thoughts. So that the most ordinary believer, who only knows and believes one book – the Bible – can at last simply, scan quotes from the one authority traditional readers revere: quotes from the Bible itself. And from that, even the very, very conservative, Bible-oriented reader, can learn to see – and at last accept, as authoritative – a second and fuller view of God and Good. The view of God that we get, from the Science of God. Here, even the blindly faithful traditionalist, can at last see his traditional God himself, ordering him to learn and accept, a little practical sense, and real science. Which should make the average blind believer, open his or her eyes up a little bit; and take in the wider range of “knowledge” that everyone needs, to be a good, balanced, well-informed – and materially productive; “fruit”ful – adult. While only such better-informed, well-rounded persons, can be productive enough, to really help us all, do God’s work; and build an increasingly ideal “kingdom” of good, here, in part, on this material earth. And in the larger, physical universe; the new, newly- physical heavens themselves. The heavens that link up with this traditional, material earth, after all. That begin to conceptually tie with this earth.

 

As they begin to link up, even here, and now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Getting Physical,

Not Just Spiritual, Results;

The Steward

Vs. Unrighteous Mammon

 

 

 

God speaks in one way, and in two (q.v., above).

“Create in himself one new man, in place of the two” (Eph. 2.15).

“Clear out the old to make way for the new” (Lev. 26.10; 2 Corin. 5.17).

“For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable” (1 Corin. 15.53).

 

 

 

When the “spiritual” man, who hopes for “Heaven,” comes to see the materialistic side of God? One comes crashing down to earth; hard. Can it be that the promises of God, were so apparently – as some would say – “mundane”? So tied to material things? Elements, parts of the Bible to be sure, seemed to tell us to reject the old nature, the old world, and the old flesh. But overall? God could not have rejected his own material creation. The world he himself created, and even said, in the beginning, was “good” (Gen. 1). To those who really follow him, God often promised physical goods, here on this material earth. Indeed, God promised and gave Job, things as material as … thousands of sheep and oxen:

 

“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job; and the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before…. And he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, a thousand she-asses” (Job. 42.10-12).

 

Many spiritual priests despise these and any physical gifts from God. Yet God himself promised them. And as it turns out, they are much needed. Furthermore? Those millions of spiritual priests who have never really understood and accepted the physical side of life, and of God, must now be said to have never actually seen or really followed, Christ as he really is.

 

Where have preachers sinned mightily? In large part, it was in their exaggerated spirituality; their “hate” for the world that God made; their hate for what we might now call, God’s Nature. For centuries, preachers read to us all many quotes from the Bible, that seemed to stress being spiritual, and having “faith”; faith in holy men and angels, or in their words about God. But here we will have begun to show that our preachers have noticed or read to us, only one part, only one voice in the Bible; they 1) read to us the voice that stressed preacherly authority. Stressing faith and spirituality too. But perhaps our major point in our present series of books, is that there are two major voices in the Bible: 1) the priestly/spiritual. But then 2) there is more materialistic voice of God – and ultimately, his science.

 

There are really two main theologies in the Bible; the 1) priestly spiritual faithful one; vs. the 2) materialistic science of God. To be sure, the spiritual voice seems to dominate. Especially, in the famous remark by Jesus, that seemed to condemn trying to “serve” both “God and mammon.” We are told that “mammon” was a Semitic word for “riches.” So that in this passage for once, it seems the Bible was favoring a spiritual and anti-materialistic voice, over materialism; or at least, materialism to the point of Greed, and pursuing “riches.” But here, in advocating Science, we advocate a kind of intellectual materialism; not a simple Greed for more material things than one needs; scientific materialism is not a kind of materialism, in the sense of gluttony. Rather, one seeks “knowledge” of the universe. And material powers to do good.

 

Furthermore to be sure, if we will find a spiritual voice in the Bible at times, that voice goes flat against other parts. That seems to advocate however, making “money” and so forth. Or indeed, in such spiritual remarks, here some might find Jesus apparently contradicting many things that God had said; commending a kind of dishonesty some would say. In the story of “unrighteous mammon” in Luke for example? There Jesus tells the story of a rich man, who had a bad steward he wanted to fire. The steward was going to be out of a job, and wanted to curry favor with the people. So before he left the job, he went around to “his master’s debtors,” and had them write down and pay and settle their debts, for a fraction of what they owed (Luke 16). Here, amazingly, Jesus himself congratulates “the dishonest steward.” While then Jesus next arrives at an at first very strange and apparently immoral principle: telling us it is good to thus make friends with unrighteous money:

 

“There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him, that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him…. And the steward said to himself, ‘what should I do…?’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ he said, ‘A hundred measure of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take you fill, and sit down quickly and write fifty…’ The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons o flight. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitation” (Luke 16.1-6).

 

This is surely, one of the most curious passages in the Bible however. First it is strange to see Jesus himself, seemingly supporting some very strange games, with money. Here first, 1) Jesus appears to honor an explicitly “dishonest” steward. And then? Next we see 2) Jesus telling us to make friends … by using money. Using even 3) “unrighteous” money.

 

All this is very strange; for one moment, we 4) see the seemingly spiritual Jesus … talking for a long time, about how good it is to have and give money. And then telling us to give the money of others, in effect, to the poor. But to be sure, in the end the “master” of the servant approves that. So that this disbursement of funds seems ultimately approved (if not approved in advance?). While 5) Jesus even congratulates all this manipulation of money, as being “more shrewd” even, than the “sons of light.”

 

Indeed, much of this passage – if not all of it – is very, very, very deeply materialistic.

 

To be sure though? The Bible we have been saying, includes two major voices; two voices in balanced opposition to each other. And if one voice becomes too prominent? Then the other, opposite voice soon kicks in, as a correction. In this case for example, after the above episode – seemingly one of the crassest, materialistic, money-oriented passages in the Bible? Soon enough to be sure, an ascetic, anti-materialistic voice kicks in, next. Jesus next, becoming rather radically ascetic. But overall, the two voices alternate throughout the entire New Testament; and in the interplay between the very materialistic Old Testament, and the New. While finally? We have found that overall, in the end? If anything, it is not the spiritual voice, but the materialistic voice of God, that begins to edge out spirituality. To be sure, the new materialism, the “new nature,” the “new body” that we now see, is not the crudely materialistic body of ancient times. Indeed, rather than talking about just greedily, lustfully acquiring more and more useless possessions? We are now dealing with the more refined materialism of Science. Which seeks knowledge, as much as possessions and physical powers.

 

 

 

 

More Debate Between the Two;

Not Serving “Two Masters”; Not Serving

“God and Mammon”?

 

 

 

After the case of the Stewart and his master? Let’s consider next, another speech delivered by Jesus himself; the story of the “two masters,” “God and Mammon.”

 

The entire Bible in effect, eventually became a debate between two sides of a Platonistic/Egyptian dualism. Between “spirit” and “matter,” “Heaven” and “earth.” And it was generally assumed by our spiritual priests, that God absolutely however, finally, favored the spiritual side of this dialogue. Indeed? In the matter of the two voices of the Bible, Jesus often seemed for a moment, to be favoring the spiritual voice. And giving up on materialism, and/or “mammon.” As he was often thought to, in the famous Mat. 6.24 ff. Which begins to 1) acknowledge “two” masters, or perhaps our two voices. But which at first, seems like the utter triumph of the spiritual voice, to be sure:

 

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor father into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…. Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well” (Mat. 6.24- 33; cf. 1 Kings 18.21-40. Cf. “God speaks in one way and in two”).

 

Jesus begins here, “first,” with extremely spiritual statements; supporting, speaking in, the spiritual voice, very strongly. Here Jesus seems to some, to all but tell us that material things – like clothes, food, drink, even our physical body – are unimportant. But his “first” remarks, this first priestly remarks, are quite extreme, if taken just by themselves. [Some might even say Jesus here was at odds here indeed, with nature itself; when Jesus insists that plants and animals in nature do not “work” (like the lilies of the field in Mat. 6.25-28). And insisting that “birds” “neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns. While in fact, many birds are constantly pecking for seeds; trying to at least, “reap.”] To deny that our physical bodies and their needs – physical food and drink – are important? Is among other things, a literally, physically fatal religion. Any religious person who really does just despise and not bother with physical food, will literally, starve to death. So that the one-sidedly spiritual philosophy that Jesus himself seems to flit with for a brief second, is not a good religious philosophy at all, most would agree. (Let those who try to endorse this to its conclusion, who go on to embrace physical death? Go ahead and physically die now, to prove their sincerity).

 

The fact is, extreme spirituality, that despises even physical food, and our physical bodies, is a literally, physically deadly and false theology. And, sensing the problems with such a one-sided and narrow theology? Sensing how extreme the spirituality of Jesus is for a moment … the text, Jesus himself, moves in “second,” to correct it. To counterbalance it with a “second,” more materialist statement. I

 

Indeed, the anti-“food” statement was so extreme, as to demand an immediate correction, a balancing statement; from the other voice in the Bible. And that correction shows up, right away in the text:

 

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (Mat. 6.30-32).

 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well” (Mat. 6.25, 33).

 

For an earlier, brief moment to be sure, Jesus had voiced the priestly point of view; an extreme spirituality. A world-hating spirituality that, for a very brief moment seems to tell us that physical things like clothes, food, drink, are unimportant. But the author of the Bible knew perfectly well, that view was an extreme, unbalanced, and literally fatal point of view. And so soon enough, Jesus relents. And Jesus notes that after all, regarding physical necessities, 1) even our “heaven”ly father, “knows that you need them all.” While indeed, 2) God promises us “all these things” will be ours. (Though to be sure, many will later question the more extravagant material promises in turn; finally, there is no doubt that God knows that physical things are important).

 

To be sure, in this story – as in the Bible overall, and especially in the New Testament – there is a continuous alternation, between two voices; the 1) materialistic voice; then the 2) spiritual voice. But how does this story of seem to conclude? Arguably, it is the 3) the more materialistic voice that appears again, as the conclusion: as the last sentence of this tale, acknowledges that food and drink “will be yours as well.”

 

The stories of the Steward, and then the “Two masters,” in any case, are interesting examples, of how the New Testament especially, sets up a continuous dialogue between two different theologies or callings: the spiritual and the more worldly. Just we will have been saying, 1) there are two main contending voices, entertained in this passage; first, the voice a) of priestly spirituality, and then another b) voice, of a more materialistic God. And though preachers have always mainly listened to and favored, only the first, spiritual voice? In fact, we will have begun to show here that these two quite different voices, were overall rather carefully balanced against each other, throughout the Bible as a whole; often they are very carefully counterbalanced against each other, within single Biblical episodes. Or even within single, ambivalent phrases. And indeed, this balance must be achieved. In part because – as we will have begun to see in our sections on over-spirituality – the 1) one-sidedly spiritual, view, that reveres priests, ignores too much of the rest of the Bible, and 2) ignores too much of Life. Indeed, 3) the spiritual voice, taken by itself, is often, so neglectful of physical necessities, as to be literally, physically, fatal.

 

As we will have been seeing, in our many looks at James 2.14-26, and related concepts. The Apostle James noted in James 2.14-26, that a religion that gives us primarily on kind words, spirits, but not physical things, like food … is actually a desperately evil religion; that leaves us to starve to death, and physically die. For lack of physical necessities. And indeed, this critical problem in spirituality, the problem of lack of physical, literal food especially, is once again confirmed here, in the Matthew; where the text affirms that after all, birds need some physical things, like food; and so do we human beings.

 

So that? Whenever parts of the Bible seem to veer too extremely into one of these two voices only – like this passage; or even the rather opposite extreme passage in Luke, where Jesus seems to commend a “dishonest shepherd” – such moments of extreme assertion, are usually corrected in the text itself; often immediately before or thereafter. By the other voice speaking up again. To balance or fill things out. To give us a “second,” more materialistic view of God and Christ; and out of that, a fuller, more accurate, “fuller” appearance to God and truth, and life.

 

For a moment, to be sure, the text here swings to support a strongly spiritual, anti-materialistic view. But that view was balanced on both ends – both before and after – by countervailing, materialistic counterweights. Indeed, 1) the text opens with a long discussion of the value of money. To buy material things, presumably. And 2) closes with Christ repeating, reaffirming, his material, physical promises. While the brief, priestly ascetic message sandwiched in between, is effectively counterbalanced – and even outweighed; surrounded, and outnumbered. By the constant reiteration of God’s materialism. And by God finally telling us, that empty words, mere words and thoughts and spirits, are by no means all that we need, to get through life; and to get to the kingdom. By God telling us finally, that even priests and prophets are to be evaluated as being either good, or “false”; not according to the all-too-clever words. But according to the real, physical, material, empirical results they produce. God’s real words, “do not return … empty” ; so that we may know which words really were from God and which were not, according to whether they were materially fruitful or not.

 

By this standard? To be sure, essentially “all” our holy men, preachers, are found mostly inadequate; and indeed, their traditional spiritual theology, indeed their Heaven and “Christ” themselves, “dissolve.” But if so? Then after all, it was precisely that very conclusion, that the Bible told us to expect, and even seek.

 

By the way? The famous speech by Jesus above, on the Mount of Olives, or the olivate discourse, includes precisely, a series of command by Jesus. A series of commands that tell us that mere words, are not enough in life. That issuing long prayers, speeches, and “empty phrases” (Mat. 6.5-11), will not do us much good. To get through life, we are not to concentrate on issuing mere prayers, verbal words, or empty words. But we are to do the works, the deeds. And if we do not? Then, even though we might have pretended to acknowledged Jesus, the “Lord,” a thousand times merely with our lips, our mouths (or for that matter, with bad deeds), we will not have done, performed the right works and deeds; and thus would have to be judged to be false, in the end, on the foretold “day,”

 

“When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the street corners, that they may be seen by men…. But when you pray, go into you room and shut the door…. And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words…. Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven…. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive our debts” (Mt. 6.5-11).

 

“What man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?” (Mat. 7.9).

 

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.16-16).

 

“No every one who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father” (Mat. 7.21).

 

“On that day may will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’… And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers'” (Mt. 7.22-3).

 

(See KJE, on the daily “stay” of bread a follower, a solider or clerk of a lord gets?).

 

There are many spiritual elements in this famous speech by Jesus, to be sure; Jesus for a moment telling us not to be greedy, or pursue “mammon,” or money or riches, too much. But the Bible is finally a careful balance between 1) a wordy, priestly spiritual anti-materialism, and 2) practical material sense and productivity; a balance that moreover, we will be showing, finally tips the scale in favor of not priests, but materially productive persons.

 

God here for example, tells us not to spend too much time praying, using “many words.” And God of course, knows that we have “need” of material food, bread. So that indeed, the very brief, short prayer – the “Our Father” who art in heaven – that we are told to pray, prays for our father in heaven … to bring us a “kingdom” “on earth,” like the one in Heaven. And prays to the Lord to give us our “daily bread,” and to forgive our debts. While finally? Jesus warns us not to just acknowledge him with empty speeches; but to “do” the things he commanded us (Mat. 7.21-24).; do the works.

 

And then Jesus again warned us all, that there would be many “false prophets,” who seem to be mild, pastoral “sheep”; but who are inwardly “wolves.” And to tell who they are? To be able to expose the “false prophets”? Jesus finally ordered us to examine “their fruits.” Look for the actual physical, material goods that they do or do not produce (Mat. 7. 15-20). Those who do not do, not just works, but good works, are thrown into the “fire” in the last “day”:

 

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall never the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father…. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord…’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’ ” (Mat. 7.15-22).

 

 

 

 

 

The Right Balance

 

 

 

To be sure, it may seem strange indeed, to even hear the normally rather spiritual Jesus himself, seeming for a moment, to approve of even 1) money or mammon, in the story of the Steward, (Luke 16). It might seem strange to see Jesus approving of even 2) the “sons of this world,” even over the “sons of light.” And to see Jesus insisting on giving real, physical bread to his followers (Mat. 15.32). But surely, even the everyday preacher, must have thought of the ironies and inconsistencies, of a preacher’s too-rabid anti-materialism, at times? Surely even the most spiritual, “money”- or “mammon”-condemning preacher, must have now and then almost recognized his own hypocrisy and inconsistency when, right after condemning money as the “root of all evil,” he hands out his collection plate. And asks for, after all, some of the very money …that he had just too-readily condemned as evil. Today in fact, the old “money is the root of all evil” sermon, has been rightly, moderated; to say that “love of” money, excessive Greed for money, is a major cause of evil. But many now acknowledge some usefulness and good in even money, at times. And this relatively new development, is a hopeful sign, that our preachers might one day learn to strike a balance between their own rabid anti-materialism, and practical material sense and responsibility. Indeed, some acknowledgment of the value of material things and money, is needed, to follow the God of the Old Testament. Who often promises us money, and even “riches.” And who at times (if not always?) encourages us to spend money on material things:

 

“Spend the money for whatever you desire, oxen, or sheep, or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves; and you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household” (Deut. 14.26; cf.”).

 

“If there is among you a poor man … you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need…. Give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give” (Deut. 15.7-8-10).

 

Finally though, we might have seemed to have a little problem here, for a moment. Specifically? Our specific story above, seemed at times to begin to speak rather explicitly of two different “masters,” God vs. Mammon. And some might try to say, this is about spirituality, vs. money, say. While at times, the text even seemed to rather firmly settle on … serving God, and/or spirituality. Over money (see “riches”). Yet? Finally, the text that criticizes “mammon,” did not quite foreground and typify any plain English meaning of the term “mammon.” But in any case, finally, if anything, the New Testament combined with the Old, reaffirms and clarifies our point: here we see the text begin to speak of “two” entities; and it affirms that if seeking the “kingdom” of “Heaven” is “first” in our priorities? Still, that is not entirely an end in itself; we seek mental or spiritual development … in order to get material rewards in the end, “as well.”

 

To be sure, the New Testament could be seen as a fairly evenly-weighted dialogue, between two voices: the priestly and their spirituality, vs. the “world.” But if it is a balance? That means that just hearing only the spiritual priestly voice, creates an imbalance, a too-strong expression. So that indeed, we find that in the Bible itself, any such very one-sided priestly sentiment, it is counterbalanced often, immediately, by a representation of the other, more materialistic voice. So that excessive spirituality is soon countered, counterbalanced by worldliness or materialism. Indeed, in the story of the Steward, we see the “second” narrative of the Bible, materialism, presented first for once: we see Jesus veering heavily into practical worldliness, supporting the money sense of the “sons of this world,” even supporting even a “dishonest” and all-too-monetarily “shrewd” steward. No doubt, the extreme materialism of Jesus here, was a bit too extreme, and needed to be balanced out, in turn, against the caution, that we might pursue money; but not “unrighteous” money, say. But if so? Then after all, the Bible itself, Jesus himself, began to average out worldy greed, and extreme spirituality, against each other. And the final, fuller, more balanced message of the Bible … might be, say, a moderate materialism. We are not to pursue, greedily, glutinously, dishonestly, too many material riches; but we are expected to be materially “fruit”ful, to feed ourselves and others, and so forth. Or indeed, we are even expected to produce and own fabulous wealth and material powers. But only so long as we have gotten that wealth, without harming others.

 

To be sure indeed, some might have been frustrated, by the apparent continuous “vacillation,” as Paul noted in another context, in the Bible. And given the conflict between Old Testament promises of “riches,” vs. New Testament spirituality, or conflicts between materialism, and spirituality, even within the New Testament itself? Then what, many perplexed readers might ask, is the real, final statement of the Bible? Some might say that ultimately, the simple answer, when the Bible might just be roughly averaged out. In this case, these two voices, might be averaged out into something short of the extreme over-spirituality of ascetic priests; but also short of the extreme, crude materialism of gluttons, and the Greed of the “world.” Finally, a simple, moderate position might at least lean toward … say, a moderate materialism. A valuing of material life … though one falling short of total, excessive Greed, and lust, or even “love” (Heb. 13.5), for useless “riches.” But especially, the Bible seemed to say that we are allowed riches; as long as we get them without harming others, and as long as we in fact help others. So that our riches are “righteous.”

 

Ultimately it seems in the above example, that Jesus’ final position, is to make some significant concessions (even in eminently awkward, even seemingly heretical ways, in stories of the steward and so forth) to a moderate prosperity; to material necessity; to taking care of material necessities. Or even, say, “righeous”ly obtained riches and money. Indeed finally, to try to restore the balance between a a) radically world-hating asceticism, and b) God’s materialism; his promises of physical “wonders” and so forth, Jesus himself began to suggest c) a sort of rough compromise.

 

Or d) better said, Jesus outlined a sort of progression, from one to the other. But here note that in the End, the final order of the progression, is the exact reverse of what priests have thought. We do not just move from excessive materialism, to priestly spirituality; earth to Heaven. But often the flow reverses: we see spirit … taking material, physical form. We see things moving from being too spiritual, to becoming more practical and physical. In fact? In the End we see spiritual Heaven destroyed; and the new heaven … comes down, to be a physical place on this material earth (Rev. 21). While God and Jesus pour spirit “on flesh” in the end.

 

Jesus and others, may have pursed “Heaven” for a while, momentarily. But amazingly the immensely one-sided, terminal spirituality of priests, was never quite true to God’s larger, fuller plan. The Bible had not one, but two different voices in it. In the Bible overall, there was an endless contest – or debate – between the 1) spiritual priests, vs. 2) the material “world”ly side of God or the Lord. And so, what do we finally do with the contest between two radically different points of view? There are several in-between, compromising positions. One is to pursue money, but honestly; seek only “righteous” money, not “unrighteous” mammon. But one of the more interesting elements of the final compromise? Is in part, a position from Mat. 6.23, of say, that we might call “momentarily delayed material gratification.” That is: we might temporarily pursue a mental or spiritual education; put off seeking material things, food and clothes. But in the end, regarding physical food and clothes and so forth? “All these things will be yours as well.”

 

Surprisingly therefore, the final message that the Bible really presented, was not the one-sided spirituality of preachers. Rather, it was a fuller, more balanced, heaven-and-earth, or heaven-on-earth theology. A theology that, since it is far more concerned than preachers are with this physical earth, some might say it can be clarified by reference even to allegedly “lay” or “secular” thought; which has almost always seen the material, physical side of Good, much better than priests. While many lay theorists, can help us understand what the Bible was trying to tell us, about the heaven-and-earth God. Among other “secular” source, someone (though not we ourselves, unreservedly) might say that Max Weber’s book on Protestantism and the spirit of capitalism, might best describe one good balance between ascetic denial, and materialism: we might save money, and put off immediate material gratification. But just for a moment; and all in order to build up enough capital … to build a business, and then produce far more material goods. Or better? We might for a while, forget about material things, and go to school, to develop our “spirit” or mind; but all in order to get a better-paying, materially productive engineering job, after school. This probably, would be the best way to project what the Bible itself was really getting at; as indeed, we may even see, its core message. “Spirituality,” the “first” voice that is presented to us in church by preachers, is really just one step, of a larger process. A larger process that eventually, is supposed to produce real material, physical good. Here; in the physical universe. That is supposed to produce good, God, a kingdom, not just in the Heaven of our spirit or imagination or hopes; but here, on this physical earth again. So that we “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” but then, regarding physical food and clothing and so forth? “All these things will be yours as well” (Mat. 6.25, 33).

 

Though Jesus and others at times seemed to have pursued purely abstract “Good” and spirit, even “heaven,” in the end, God promised that Heaven itself collapses; and in the end, we are supposed to get a new heavenly “kingdom,” that is a place here, on this physical earth. That furnishes not just token or symbolic “bread,” but enough food, “daily bread,” to live on. And so, if Jesus and Religion for a while, seemed to become wholly “spiritual,” and to float up into a purely spiritual “heaven”? That was not the full, complete picture of God’s Plan; one “day” or another, that too-spiritual Heaven is to be exposed, and is to collapse. While the new heaven and God himself, in the Second Coming and/or the End Time, return physically, to this earth. So that?

 

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth” (Mat. 6.10).

 

So that God after all, returns to this physical earth, this physical existence, again. As he begins to, conceptually, in this very book.

 

To be sure, the New Testament alternates continuously, interminably, between the spiritual/Heavenly voice, and the voice that promises real physical good, on this material earth. Yet finally? The rather spiritual New Testament, should be balanced out against the more materialistic Old; as indeed it was, in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. There and elsewhere, the Bible actually tells us, that our often very spiritual priests, were after all, sinners; that our spiritual Heaven is supposed to dissolve. And that we are to uncover who was a true and good holy man, and who was a “false” one, by disregarding his long speeches or sermons (Mat. 6.1-8); observing and honoring instead, those who get real, physical, empirical results.

 

And if, when we do this, we find that 1) “all” our holiest men and angels, in Heaven and on earth, are essentially “false”? If 2) “all” of them fall? Even as 3) our traditional Heaven itself dissolves? When we begin to see that – then precisely on that very account, we will know that we are on the right track. Since precisely and exactly all of that, is exactly what was foretold, after all, by the Bible itself.

 

By God, himself.

 

If we are to have “faith” in anything? Paul for a while seemed to say that faith means believing things, without any evidence at all; “things not seen.” But Paul admitted that he himself was not “perfect,” and that his own “knowledge” and “prophesy” would “pass away” (see, in the Bible). Ultimately we will find that even for Paul, and especially the rest of the Bible, told us to have faith only in things reasonably well proven, by empirical evidence; faith in what we ourselves have personally, physically, seen “come to pass,” in the recent past. We can only expect for the future, as-yet unseen things that, however, seem consistent with past performance. As determined moreover, by real “Science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; Mal.10; 1 Thess. 5.21; Deut. 18.21-22; etc.). Or, as we have begun to outline it, by religious studies; the Science of God.

 

Ultimately, God wanted us to have not blind faith, but the Science of God. Which, since it is linked to all the success of science and technology to date, is already proving to be a far, far more fruitful way of looking at, discovering, religion, and God.

 

But to be sure of course, discovering the Science of God, is not just another academic methodology, part of Religious Studies. Here, we have presented the coming of the Science of God as what it really is, biblically. As partial fulfillment of prophesy; as the first real outline, of the foretold, apocalyptic Destruction of Heaven; and the arrival of a “Second Coming”; as the second appearance/ “parousia,” of Christ.

 

Christ in fact, is being clearly seen here at last, more fully; in a second and better appearance. Christ here doing what the Bible always called for, but that our preachers and churches, could never face: Christ here 1) as foretold, exposing countless, longstanding sin, in “all” our priests and ministers, even the holiest men in Heaven itself. And 2) Christ therefore no longer advocating their “boast”ful (James 1.26 etc.), blind “faith” in incredible “miracles” and “spirits.” The Bible itself now revealing instead, on second glance, the far, far fuller and better, “second” appearance, the Second Coming, of Christ: Christ, God, commanding us to move beyond blind “faith” in all-too-fallible holy men. To learn and follow, instead, the fuller, better, Science of God.

 

As commanded for us, by the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science-Based Religious Study

 

 

 

Was there something wrong, sinful, in even faith and spirituality? Shockingly, we now find that these things, the very “heart” and “pillars” of traditional Christianity – went against the real core of the Bible. By stressing feelings, over material evidence, they went against the until-now denied but critical, scientific side of God. Whereas today, our “second” re-reading of the Bible, reveals what God really wanted us all to have: not blind or “faith-based” Christianity. But a Natural or Scientific Christianity.

 

Is all this possible? Was the whole “world” deceived in its idea of “Christ”? Did Christ really want Christianity to be based on Science, and not on Faith? In fact we show, he did. And furthermore, 7) confirming this, we will show that only the Science of God is really fruitful; and only the Science of God therefore meets the test, of what can be said to be really from God. Indeed, we will show a) how it was only a nascent Science of God, only the earlier informal cooperation between Religion and Science, priests and practical working men, that has brought us whatever prosperity and wonders and signs, that humanity, Christians, have enjoyed to this day. While finally we will show? That b) only by further, far more systematically uniting the full powers of Religion, with the full advantages of Science, can Religion recover its effectiveness in material things. Only the Science of God, ends the schizophrenic split in human life; the Heaven/Earth, Religion/Practicality dualism. And only those believers, who now also learn some science at last, see God and Good and Life “full”y enough, to begin to fulfill many Biblical prophesies; including being more effective, “prosperous,” at “work,” and works.

 

Countless preachers, churches, have mistakenly thought that a very spiritual Christianity, centered on faith and prayer, is the final essence of Christianity. But in our books here, we will show that only science, a Science of God, that shows real, reliable evidence, “signs,” of being able to fulfill not just the “spiritual,” but also the physical promises of the Bible. Indeed, priests praying for physical wonders, “miracles,” get so few results, that “miracle” has become synonymous with “extremely rare event.” Whereas, science and technology, have been bringing in huge fruits, signs, every day, for centuries. Proving finally, by their “fruits,” that it was not the priests, but ironically, it was our (even occasionally, self-avowed atheistic) scientists and technologists, and good but practical working men and women, with physical jobs, that were the true, right arm of God. “By their fruits you shall know them”: and judged by their fruits, it was not our priests, but Godly but practical working men and women, that have shown real material “signs,” of being favored by God. And it is only such persons as have been refined by the Science of God, who show any real sign of being able to help God bring the “new heaven,” bring the “kingdom” of God and good, not just to our imagination or “spirit,” but to this physical earth. As God foretold, and demanded (Rev. 21, Isa. 65).

 

For the last three or four centuries, a very few elite scholars have been carefully beginning to outline, a Science of Religion; scholarly religious study, science-based theology. And here at last, we systematically and exhaustively begin to verify and refine their work, into a firmer, Science of God. Proclaiming here that it this was what the Bible itself really wanted. And that furthermore, it is only by preachers and others learning about science, and thus uniting the full powers of religion, to the full powers of science, that we can a last suture together the two split, warring, “double” halves of human life. And end the religion/secular, heaven/earth, spirit/flesh dualistic divide; the separation not only of working people from God, but especially now, of priestly, over-spiritual people, from earth and material life; from the physical Nature of God. Only by at last fully re-uniting the full powers of “religion,” with the full material insights an powers of science, can we begin to help bring God back to this material earth; or see how God and Good were not just in “heaven,” but were in the material universe all along, after all. Only in this way, can priests recover from over-spirituality; to help create the foretold “full” “kingdom” of physical “prosperity,” of good – not just in Heaven, but here, on this material earth. A real kingdom, of real physical “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs.” Creating all that, not just in our imagination or “hope”s or “spirit.” But here; on this physical earth. As foretold (Rev. 21, Isa. 65).

 

The Bible is absolutely true; every single word. As we find here. But it is true in a way our preachers have not, until now, understood. Exactly as the Bible foretold, you yourself can begin to see God coming back to this physical earth, exactly as prophesied. As you read our books here, you can begin even here and now, to see the first outline of the prophesied Second Coming of God to earth. As we re-read some neglected parts of our Bibles here, the average reader should suddenly see Christ in a “second” way. But this time, we will see Christ more correctly, more fully, than preachers saw him before. And in many ways, this new appearance is an apocalyptic, heaven-shattering shock: we see Christ actually supporting not traditional “faith,” but faith in science.

 

This is a moment every bit as shocking, as shattering, as the moment it largely fulfills was foretold to be: it is heaven-shattering – or Apocalyptic. As we see this, we realize that the whole world to date, has followed a false idea of Christ; a “false Christ.” Yet this very finding, fulfills prophesy (Rev. 13 ff.). Exactly as foretold, this second appearance to Christ, uncovers huge errors, sins, in the earlier ideas, of our holiest men; indeed, this appearance “dissolves” our childhood Heaven itself. But if so, then here again it exactly matches biblical prophesy: one apocalyptic “day,” we are supposed to see a “second” “appearance”/parousia to Christ; one that precisely, exposes huge sins in our holiest preachers and angels, and in their “Christ.” But painful, “fiery” as this is, all that is to fulfill the Bible itself, and its prophesies. All that allows God to give us the second, “full”er appearance, resurrection, of Christ – revealing a second, far more powerful, Scientific Christianity. A better, final manifestation of God on earth; which can realize the old promises of physical wonders, here on this material earth. Even as conventional Science and technology have partially done, historically.

 

Here we will re-affirm earlier scholarly suggestions; that the prophesied Second Coming of Christ, partially emerged in earlier Biblical Criticism, and Religious Studies. Though perhaps Christ re-appears more vividly here, in our own “Biblical Science of God.” Indeed in any case, our work here is not just another obscure biblical defense, of science-based theology; by basing ourselves constantly on simple quotes from the Bible itself, we aim to give everyone, give the masses, and not just elite scholars, the second, “full”er appearance of Christ. Seventy or a hundred “plain,” simple Biblical quotes, can be read by ordinary folks. So that they too can now see what some scholars have long known about; a more “mature,” scientific appearance to religion and God. One that sees sins in even holy men; but that alone at last, shows how to spot those sins. And then see the truer, fuller appearance, “coming,” of God. Particularly in a way revealing God, Good, among concrete, physical things; again.

 

All exactly as foretold, in the Bible itself. All as commanded by God, himself.

 

The fact is, the Bible itself warned continuously, about sins in holy men. While it also warned that one “day,” their Heaven itself would be dissolved:

 

“The LORD … has a day against all that is proud and lofty” (Isa. 2.12; Eph. 6.12).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

 

“Let no one contend … for with you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4 RSV).

 

“On that day when … God judges the secrets of men” (Rom. 2.16).

 

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7).

 

“Am I a God at hand, says the LORD, and not a God afar off? … Do I not fill heaven and earth? Says the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name… If a prophet or priest asks you , ‘What is the burden [the commandment] of the Lord?’ you shall say to them, “Your are the burden, and I will cast you off, says the LORD’ (Jer. 23.23-33).

 

“He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).

 

“With you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4).

 

“I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 5.6).

 

Many preachers will try to say these warnings, were say, just about some priests of the past, in other bad eras. But normally, when the Bible warned of bad things in the past, that was considered a warning of future, similar evils too. “The past is prologue,” as they say. So that indeed, bad things seem to persist in priests, right through to the very “end” of time. As some might read this:

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31).

 

In any case, in the End, God comes with “fire.” To correct especially, not the people, but the priests. Or in this passage, the members of the tribe of Levi, the hereditary tribe of ministers. To correct and “refine” them, even with fire:

 

“The LORD whom you seek will suddenly come
to his temple…. He is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [the priests] and refine them … till they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.1-3).

 

Many priests today will try to say these passages are just about priests of the past. But we will see that these warnings are finally, about all preachers, all priests and ministers. Even if they were in heaven itself. Since finally, “all” in heaven – and even Heaven itself – are to be dissolved, destroyed. Said God himself:

 

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that comes from it. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment” (Isa. 34.1-5).

 

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6).

 

“The heavens … that now exist, have been stored up for fire…. The heavens will be kindled and dissolved” (2 Peter 3.17-12).

 

The present heavens … are reserved for fire…. The day of the Lord will come… The heavens will disappear…. That day will bring abut the destruction of the heavens by fire” (2 Peter 3.7-10-12 NIV).

 

This is a shocking moment. Indeed, the moment when God 1) exposes massive sins in our preachers, and 2) destroys Heaven itself, is the moment that priests do not want to “face” or “bear”; and that they do not want you to know about. And yet this moment can be faced and endured. And indeed, facing the Destruction of Heaven by God, is the only way to finally, really understand the Bible and God. Those who do not face it, will never know what God is really saying; they will never, in fact, really know God. But will only know a false Christ, a false image of God. After all.

 

So let us here, learn to face this, here and now. At last.

 

Can believers, preachers, learn to really face the devastating side, this devastating “face,” of God? Until today, they have not really done so. But our works here are designed in part, to help believers through this devastating, shattering moment; the moment when our childhood Heaven collapses. And what is more, there is more to this.. As the foretold Destruction of Heaven, begins to happen – even here and now – as we re-read our Bibles more closely, we will see things in our old Heaven, in our Bibles, that our preachers – our priests and ministers – never saw. Or that the faithful were never able to “face” or “bear” (John 16.12). We begin to discover that many things taught to us by preachers – even their image of Christ and God – were simply, not entirely right.

 

What thing in particular, was not right? Here we are already beginning to discover many things that priests did wrong. But what they added up to the end, was in effect … they delivered the wrong idea of God and Christ to us, and to the whole world. And that of course, was an extremely serious, grave sin. In effect, all our preachers gave the world … a False Christ.

 

And so how severe should “judgement” be, on preachers, at last? Here readers should remember that the “Day” when “Judgement” comes, is not quite what our preachers said: on this “day,” God exposes sins in essentially everyone. On this very “day” of “judgement” in fact – and in part, even here and now – God exposes sins especially …especially in our very holiest men. Sins in them personally – but also sins in most of the allegedly very holiest, most “inspired” doctrines that they followed. And then? God’s judgement on priests, the false teachers, is extremely severe, some would say:

 

“The LORD will lay waste the earth…. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest” (Isa. 24.1-2).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit” (Isa. 24.21-22).

 

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!… You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; … But you are brought down to Sheol… ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble…?'” (Isa. 14.12-16; cf. Rev. 22.16).

 

“For the heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6).


“Now this is for you, O priest” (Mal. 2.1, paraphrased; Hos. 4.4-6).

 

What really happens now, in our present roll-out of the Second Coming? Many churches and preachers have almost looked forward to the Second Coming; they are expecting that when Jesus returns to earth, it will be mostly to simply congratulate our preachers and believers on a job well done; and to punish everyone else. But here we show, that isn’t what happens at all. In fact, the Second Coming is supposed to reveal many huge, massive sins, deep in our religion; sins even in our “Christianity” itself. Specifically in fact, on this “day,” 1) God exposes huge “false” things, false doctrines, in “all” our priests and holy men, and even “all” the angels and holy men in Heaven itself. So that the Second Coming, shatteringly 2) reverses many religious ideas of who and what is “holy” and from God. Indeed, in the End, 3) the holy men that thought they were “first” with God, are going to be found to be “last.” And many 4) people we thought were “noble,” are found to be “fools”; and so forth (Jer. 5.31-6.13; Mat. 20.27; Mark 9.25-10.44; Isa. 32.5). Shatteringly, 5) if all our holiest men were often false, even in their most inspired moments, then even the ideas, the images that they gave us of Christ, must be false too. So that? Shattering, as foretold, essentially all our churches (and through them, the whole “world”), as foretold … is now found to have been false; a “false Christ” (Mat. 24.24; Mark 13.22; 1 John 3.18-4.1; Rev. 13). So that? God 6) destroys most of the preachers on earth, either physically or intellectually:

 

“Let no one contend.… With you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4 RSV, The Holy Bible).

 

“The LORD will lay waste…. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest” (Isa. 24.1-2).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit” (Isa. 24.21-22).

 

“For we all make many mistakes” (James 3.2 RSV).

 

“All have sinned” (Rom. 3.23).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7).

 

“God did not spare the angels when they sinned” (2 Peter 2.4).

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples…. He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance [stumbling block] to me'” (Mat. 16.21, 23).

 

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6 RSV).

 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the … spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6.12-17 NIV).

 

“The LORD has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high” (Isa. 2.12 RSV).

 

“The LORD will lay waste…. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest” (Isa. 24.1-2).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

 

“You are God’s temple” (1 Corin. 3.16). “I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For … each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done” (1 Corin. 3.10-18).

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21). “Test the spirits” (1 John 4.1). “Put me to the test, says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10).

 

“… Understanding science” (Dan. 1.4-15 King James Edition).

 

“What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? …. (Lam. 2.13). “Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity” (Lam. 2.14). “Ah, this is the day we longed for; now we have it; new see it! The LORD has done what he purposed, he had carried out this treat; as he ordained long ago, he had demolished without pity; he had made the enemy rejoice over you, and exalted the might of your foes…” (Lam. 2.16-17). “Look, O LORD, and see! With whom as thou dealt thus? … Should priest and prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord? … Thou has slain them…. Thou didst invite as to the day of an appointed feast my terrors on every side; and on the day of the anger of the LORD none escaped or survived” (Lam. 2.20-22).

 

“The breath [spirit] of our nostrils, the LORD’s anointed, was taken” (Lam. 4.20).

 

“Our eyes failed” (Lam. 4.47).

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests” (Lam. 4.13).

 

Some possible punishments for priests, historically, are very, very severe indeed. More moderately, though? Those priests who learn to at last publicly and continually confess their sins? And who learn the Science of God? Such persons will not be extinguished perhaps in the eyes of God; but will, through a process of being “refined,” experience some pain and fire. But may come to see a second and better understanding of God, after all. As the second appearance of the Lord, sits down even with our many horribly sinful priests, to “refine” them with a better teaching, a better theology:

 

“I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You… speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and his father and mother who bore him shall piece him though when he prophesies. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil; for the land had been my possession since my youth…. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.” (Zech. 13.2-9).

 

“Let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day, the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.4).

 

“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple … But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire….; he will sit … and he will purify the sons of Levi [the tribe of priests]…until they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.2-3).

 

As we have sat down here, with a few readers, to learn to re-read our Bibles a little more closely here? As we have done that, some will have come to at last see a second and fuller appearance to Christ; a Christ who is not just “spiritual,” or “faithful,” but who is quite concerned with the physical, material side of life and of the Universe. When we see that? The result is heaven-shattering; indeed, it is properly apocalyptic. When we see all this …everything in our traditional, “spiritual” religion begins to collapse; indeed, God shows us massive sins in our holiest men and angels; and the spiritual “worship” that dominated the whole world – and even its very spiritual Christ – is found to be most false. So that our “high”est and most “lofty” ideas and ideals, our highest religious heroes … begin to be burned up, dissolved, in ‘fire”; literal and/or intellectual fire.

 

Yet? A very few after all, may pass through all this, without too much pain; intact. Those many ordinary people in fact, who already balanced extreme spirituality, against practical life; those who already knew a little about the science of God? About science-based religious studies? Will already have been somewhat close to God, already. Such persons may pass through the fire, without too many illusions and delusions to burn off as chaff or deadwood. Or for others? Those who feel their traditional Religion and Heaven, collapsing down around their very ears? Still, 7) even those who will need to work through even some extreme pain and disillusionment … might be able to make it, after all. Many more might be able to make it …on being strengthened by the knowledge that all this does not deny the Bible itself, but fulfills it. All this was in, and authorized by, the Bible itself. This “day” was constantly foretold and authorized. And what is more? All this is to the good after all. All this a) is in strict, total obedience to the Bible itself. All this b) realizes a particular set of prophesies in fact, of the End. And furthermore? There c) is an immensely positive reward for those who find the courage to “face” all this: since we are beginning here to pass through the illusions and “delusion”s of the past; to see, after all, a second and better, truer appearance of Christ. A Second Coming of Christ. Which leads us to a stronger and better and truer Christianity, after all. And to the full appearance of Christ, of God again. After all. Christ, God, no longer floating “in heaven”; but coming to this physical material earth again, after all.

 

It will seem impossible to traditional believers; it is chillingly different from what we were taught to expect. And yet it is all in the Bible itself; for those who can find the courage to face it. For those “good” people who can find the humility to discover sins and errors, even in the very heart of what they proudly thought, was an entirely good and perfect religion.

 

At first, it seems incredibly painful. Yet after all, after so much fire and brimstone? There is a more positive way of seeing all this. As the return of God to this physical existence, after all. As the Second Coming of God to earth. And as the redemption again, after all, of this physical, material existence. Of the whole earth. And the whole physical universe.

 

But to get there? God has to expose sins in “all” our holiest men, our priests and prophets, our churches, and all religious leaders. In order to make clear what they did wrong … and then show how to fix it.

 

 

 

MORE EPILOGUE

Looking Ahead

 

 

As it turns out, the Bible mentioned both 1) mental or spiritual development; but then also 2) physical work, and getting material rewards, too. While the problem has been, the great sin in preachers has been? That preachers never really saw or honestly taught, both
voices. Or the right balance between them. Instead, preachers have always radically over-emphasized, just the spiritual side of life. While in doing so, they have radically under-represented – and indeed have simply gone against – part of God; the more materially practical side of God.

 

All our preachers in fact have sinned against God; and they have sinned hugely. But here and now, we can begin to see just exactly where and how, misrepresented the Bible itself. By recalling their many sermons and homilies (remembered from our childhood say). And then simply comparing what they said, to a) real life (what “comes to pass”). While comparing their most popular sermons, b) to the Bible itself. Where we see not one voice, but two. Where we find a better balanced theology, than what we heard in most churches (say, c. 1953-1963).

 

Many of us know our Bibles, know God, chiefly from what preachers said about them in church; in their sermons. But as we have begun looking at the Bible ourselves here, giving it a “second” look? What we finally are beginning to see, is not the one-sided spirituality that preachers gave us. (Or worse, their all-too-crude magical materialism, offering constant physical “miracles,” by conjuring formulas/prayers) Against the preachers, what we will be coming to see here, is a far more complex and balanced, nuanced, spirituality-in-the-world theology. Where we see not one, but two voices. More or less equally weighed. Coming together, in the end.

 

As we look at our Bibles here more studiously in fact, it is becoming apparent that our preachers, in their radical, once-sided over-spirituality, radically failed to really see the overall message of the Bible. In fact? Finally that meant that they even misrepresented the Ten Commandments, for example. Amazingly, our preachers never even adequately saw or spoke accurately of, even the core Ten Commandments. Specifically, typically, they have quoted and emphasized, only the spiritual, Sunday-best side of the commandments, the Decalogue. While they neglected and denied, the elements in them, that stressed God’s … even greater emphasis on material work. This distortion, we can see in a very popular sermon, on one commandment, for example. Churchgoers will immediately recognize the following line in fact, from one of the Ten Commandments, as the centerpiece of countless sermons:

 

 

Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy” (Ex. 20.8 etc., paraphrased).

 

 

Countless sermons, quoted and stressed, this part of the Ten Commandments; the part that seems 1) at first, to tell us to especially, honor spiritual moments, like the Sabbath or Sunday. While as part of that? We were often told not to do any practical, physical “work” on this day, too. Since Sunday is a “day of rest.” And yet, is this very spiritual, anti-practical “work” message, all that the commandment really said? Here we will have begun to show that the Bible itself, or especially the New Testament, was never so one-sidedly spiritual as preachers were; but was always a dialogue between the spiritual voice, and a more practical worldly orientation. So that if the Bible ever for a moment, seems to veer into extreme spirituality? As for example, telling us to be spiritual, and not to do practical physical work with our hands, on a Sunday? Then we can usually expect to see the other side of the debate expressed soon enough; often immediately before, or immediately after, the spiritual quote. And in this case of even the commandment to “honor the Sabbath,” the high holy day of the week? Amazingly, right after that very spiritual statement … we see the practical voice of God show up, immediately. In the following, more completely contextualized quote, the fuller commandment. Here:

 

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath.” (Ex. 20.-10)

 

Curiously, there is something here, even in one of the Ten Commandments, that all our preachers missed, denied, and disobeyed. Amazingly, priests have over-stressed the spiritual, and they have misrepresented the larger more practical message of the Bible – to the point that preachers even misrepresented the Ten Commandments. They made it seem as if the only real meaning, of the above commandment, was to honor a spiritual Sabbath. But here it should be starting to be clear: our preachers as usual neglected to note the more practical side of the text. They did not read closely, the above commandment from God. To find that it actually told us … to devote the bulk of our week, and of our lives, to … practical “labor” and “work.”

 

Overall, the real message from God himself, was quite different – often exactly opposite – to what our preachers told us in Church. The Bible itself overall, read honestly and fairly and completely, did not stress the spiritual side of life, nearly as much as preachers did. In fact? We will show that the Bible itself eventually put more stress … on the physically practical side of life; doing useful “work” with our “hands.” To get the material things that we need. And if the Bible itself at times, seemed to be very spiritual, and anti-“work”? If it did that for a moment, in one voice, we are noting here that it ultimately – or often even immediately, in the same sentence or paragraph – counterbalanced any very strong spiritual voice, with the more practical voice, after all. While specifically, in the case of the commandment to “honor the Sabbath” and do no work, on that day? Priests here inevitably fail to notice that the stress, even in this seemingly very spiritual commandment, was not on spirituality. But that amazingly, finally, read more fully, even this commandment told us to devote only 1/7 of our week, to a non-working spiritual Sabbath; and to devote far, far more of our time, the vast bulk of our week … to doing physically productive “labor,” or “work.” Preachers – the very angels of the churches – constantly fought against this side of God.

 

Much of the New Testament especially, to be sure, became quite priestly and spiritual at times. Jesus himself, often began to speak rather Platonistically about neglecting material things, to seek a perhaps spiritual “heaven”; or perhaps better material homes, “eternal habitations” (Luke 16.9). But any one-sided emphasis on only mental or spiritual things, could not stand for long. Because it too obviously conflicted with the very material side of life. And for that matter, the material side of God. God in the Old Testament especially. God – who promised and delivered to Job and others, massive physical riches and possessions. So that Jesus himself finally, to keep himself and his spirituality, from being in utter rebellion against God himself therefore? Finally Jesus seemed to try to arrive at a more balanced position, between 1) extreme materialism, and 2) extreme spirituality. In effect some (like Max Weber) would say, Jesus arrived at in effect, the position, in part, of deferred material gratification. That one might temporarily deny one’s self material things, riches; in order to develop one’s spirit. Or as we would say today, we might go to church and school, to develop our spirit – mind, in education. But though we put off material life, for a mental one for a moment, in school? After all, that is all in order to be more materially productive later. We live a life educating our mind or spirit in school, for at least 12 years; but all so that we can be more materially productive, on our jobs later on. We sit quietly in class, learning about say, “electricity,” developing our spirit or mind; in order however that later on, we can get a job as an electrician, bringing electricity, and real physical power, to people at home and at work. Likewise, one might be a poor student, studying Science for many years, living a life of the mind and mental development; but all in order to later be a more effective scientist, creating powerful machines, later in life. So that we might indeed, have “first” a rather mental life. As a student, developing our ideas. But then? All that is in order to get greater material gains, later on. Or as Jesus said: seek “first” the “kingdom” of mental “righteousness”; but all that – as even Jesus admitted – leads to after all, getting the material things we need “as well.”

 

So the fact is, that to be sure, at times the New Testament especially, and even Jesus himself, seems to very radically stress the spiritual, the mental. But here we will be showing that this “first” stress on spiritual or mental development, was in effect the early version of our stress on education; one develops the mind or spirit after all, but not just as an end in itself; but in large part in order to be more effective materially, physically, later on.

 

While a major part of getting the good that God promised, is not just being spiritual; but doing real, practical “work.” While this complements the idea that it is practical knowledge and science, that is part of what God wanted to us as well; all these are forms of involvement with, this material universe, and physical things.

 

 

 

 

The End:

 

The “First,” Spiritual Heaven of Priests is Dissolved;

The “Second,” New Heaven, Comes Down to Be a Place on

Material, Physical

Earth

 

 

 

Can it be true? Could all the priests, all over the earth, have sinned and erred continuously? Could there be massive sins, even in their very “spirituality” itself?

 

Just from reading the newspapers and Internet news sites, today many people are coming to at last see longstanding bad things in holy men; in our priests and bishops molesting children and so forth; while scholars, theologians, scientists, note even worse problems in religion. So what should we do? Should we just continue to “have faith” in our preachers, and in their verbal “image” of Christ? As they insist the Bible tells us? Actually, the Bible itself, far from stressing continued “faith” and spiritual acceptance of our holy men, or of their ideas about God, our five major points will have been this: that 1) the Bible always warned that there have already been huge sins and errors in our holiest men; and therefore 2) we were never supposed to have much “faith”; faith in holy men, or their ideas about, their verbal pictures of, God. Instead, 3) we are supposed to “test everything” in religion (1 Thess. 5.21), Christianity, with “Science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE); to see if it brings empirically-verifiable “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proofs” – or not. And 4) if many things in traditional Christianity do not pass this scientific examination? Or if our traditional view of Heaven itself therefore, begins to thereby, collapse? Then even this, matches the Bible and its commands exactly: one “Day” after all, our heaven itself, is supposed to be found false. And our traditional, “child”hood Heaven itself, is supposed to be destroyed (Isa. 34.4, 51.6; 2 Peter 3; Rev. 21; etc.) In 5) order for God to show us a “second” and better “appearance” or Second Coming, of God.

 

While indeed? Our rediscovery here, of Christ supporting not blind faith, but faith in Science, a Science of God? In fact begins to fulfill, realize, elements of the Second Coming; the picture of Christ advocating not Faith, as much as a Science, beings to fulfill many elements of End Time prophesy. Revealing much falsity in our past religious traditions, and their “Faith”; revealing a “second” and better “appearance” of Christ. A new appearance of Christ that, by joining Religion, to Science, begins to bring the “new heaven” to earth; to re-join “spirit” to “flesh.” Indeed, only when the believer learns to combine of the two halves of our existence – religion and scientific/practical knowledge – is the believer at last made us whole and holy; and capable of seeing and helping to fulfill, the promised kingdom of God and Good, not just in our mind or spirit, but in physical form, on this physical earth. As foretold.

 

To examine our five major points, in more detail? First: 1) the Bible told us to simply know and “face” the fact – that
there have always been many false things in religion; including Christianity. Bad things – even in our holiest men and angels in Heaven itself.

 

The fact is, God himself often warned us that there have always been huge sins in our holiest men and angels; even in the “prophets of Israel”; even in those who think they are Christians, crying “Lord, Lord,” and following “Christ.” In fact because our holiest men and churches “all” make “mistakes” (James 2.2, Rev. 3.1-2), amazingly, 2) the Bible ultimately said that real Christianity, is not supposed to be based on “faith” at all; we were never supposed to have so much faith in holy men, or in their vision, sermons, of “Christ.” Instead, 3) Christianity is supposed to be based on a critical Science (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; Mal. 3.10; Deut. 18.21-22; 1 Thess. 5.21; Mat. 7.5-20). A Science of God. Far from “faith”fully following holy men, preachers, and churches? God actually commanded us to learn a critical science of God; a science that will continually examine all our holiest men and angels, and things alleged to have come from the Lord; to see where they have sinned and erred. We are commanded by God to learn science; especially a science of God that is fully authorized by God, to officially condemn, sins in even the holiest holy men and saints, and their allegedly most “inspired” doctrines. The sins that the Bible itself, after all, told us were always there. And that the Bible itself said would, one “day” in particular, dramatically revealed. As we are beginning to reveal them, even here and now, today.

 

Discovering that Christianity is not supposed to be based on faith, but on Science, shatters our holiest men. And their main doctrines; like their insistence that Christianity should be based on “faith” in miracles or spirituality. And indeed, 4) this “second” view of God, shatters even “all” those, in our traditional Heaven itself. But if our “child”hood Heaven is found partially false, and begins to thus “dissolve”? Note that this very moment, exactly matches and fulfills, the suppressed biblical prophesy that is the hidden heart of the meaning of the entire Bible: that one Apocalyptic “day,” we are supposed to at last notice sins in “all” our holiest men. Sins even in their most “inspired” doctrines (Isa. 34.4 etc..) Sins even in their (idea of) “Christ.” And on that shattering day, our Heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed (Isa. 34.4 ff; 2 Peter 3; Rev. 21).

 

Heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed. But 5) finally, all this is to the good. As literally Apocalyptic as this present moment is, to at last open seen and “confess” and “witness” the longstanding errors of holy men, allows us to burn away the foretold religious “illusions,” “delusions,” the dead “wood,” the magic “enchantments,” and “false prophets.” To at last burn off the “chaff “– and get down to the real, viable, living core of Religion. To the second and better appearance/parousia of Christ; to the Second Coming;

 

The promise of a second coming of Christ is at least partially – and some might say fully – fulfilled here. By the review of the Science of God. As we re-read our Bibles here, looking for the Science in it, readers should begin to see a second appearance to Christ. A Second Parousia of God … that is totally true to every single word of the Bible itself. But one that, being a Science, reveals God and the Bible, more “fully”; locating them not just in “spirit” but in physical, material “flesh” too. (Cf. Luke 24.14-42).

 

All this is in absolute conformity to the Bible itself, so far as we presently know. So that our religion is not destroyed; indeed, the Bible itself is affirmed and partially fulfilled, herein. But in our Second Coming here, to be sure, we get to the truth at last … only by confessing, witnessing, uncovering, error. We can really see God anew and aright … only by being willing to uncover and “face” our sins; especially the sins of our holiest men and angels.

 

But 6) what specific sins in holy men, in particular, do we here and now see? “All have sinned” said God; even the highest angels of the churches were not “perfect” (Rev. 2-3). First, since God warned of sins in all holy men, and since God told us that Christianity is supposed to have been based on science, not faith? Therefore, we will have begun to see a) that the traditional stress on “Faith,” was a sin or error. Especially b) faith in holy men and their vision of God; then c) faith in physical “miracles.” In fact, since God tells us to value science and physical evidence greatly, d) there is a massive sin or error, in our preachers “spirituality.”

 

 

 

Miracle-Promising

‘Priests Believe Really, in

Magic;

Preachers Follow, They Are, the Foretold Bad

Magicians And Sorcerers

 

 

 

Why did preachers, religion, all but give up on material reality, for so long? Why did religion leave the earth?

 

Even rather spiritual priests have sometimes affirmed that the physical things God promised would arrive “soon”er or “later.” But here was the critical problem with the priestly vision of things: exactly how and when, will those of us devoted for a while to the live of the spirit or mind, finally get the material things we need? Everyday sense showed that if we “work” with our “hands,” and plant and farm and hunt, we might feed ourselves. But how does following the Lord, give us any food?

 

At times, our preachers seem to speak like mentalists or magicians; to speak as if it all happens by direct action of the mind or of spirituality itself: we are simply, morally good, or have pure thoughts, and pray … and the physical food, the “bread” that we need, will even literally fall from heaven. Or will appear magically in empty baskets. Conjured by just a few magical formulas, or words; or prayers. This was a big part of the way that preachers thought material reality worked. And yet? God told us to honor Science; and science tells us that this view of life does not work well, from day to day. You can sit at an empty table, and pray for God to drop bacon and eggs on your plate, by magic; and yet it will not happen, not one time in a billion attempts.

 

Here priests long ago, without knowing it, thinking they were following Christ, actually fell into belief in magic, and sorcerers; essentially, they believed in conjuring, or a kind of mentalism; a subset of Magic. Pray-and-get-miracles, get bread out of thin air, is, in spite of all disavowals, deeply the same, as belief in Magic; specifically, conjuring: making things appear out of thin air, by uttering a few magic “word”s or prayers. This false, magic-influenced theology, for millennia predominated in our more uneducated preachers, especially. But we will be showing that was finally not true to life – or to the Bible either. Eventually, the Bible told us not only to be spiritual and “pray.” But also to do physical “work” with our “hands,” to get the material things we need in life. While daily life confirms that the vision of the many “Christian” magician-priests, the pray-and-get-miracles crowd, did not work well in real life. Not as well as … working for a living, making what we need with our own “hands” (and the help of God; through helping our work be more productive).

 

But if spirituality, and even “miracles” don’t work, and “working” with our hands seems best? Then, how does following the Lord, help us more than … just we ourselves, farming with our own hands or arms or flesh? As it turns out … if we obey the Lord’s command to “work,” and to “love” or even just respect our “neighbors,” we learn to work cooperatively with others; and we are then able to form the larger cooperative enterprises – businesses, armies, nations, larger farms – and the specialization of labor … that at last does in fact, produce more fruits, more material goods. While the material truth of the Bible? Would seem to be something like this: it is the deification of very early prototypes of serfdom, feudalism; of the land “lord” farmer/tenant or king/clerk relationship. The local lords promised to allow us to live on their land, and to protect us with their armies and granaries and central administration; if we agreed by covenant or contract, to given the local lord or king payments, or “sacrifices,” “tithes,” tribute. Usually a portion of our agricultural produce, or “fruits.” If we did that, if we gave the Lord obedience to his laws – especially laws requiring us to give sacrifices to him, or his clerks, his priests – then things would go well for us, on appointed days of tribute. But if we did not show “fruits”? Then one “day,” we would be punished by the Lord. Related to this, the immediate household staff of the Lord – specifically his clerks, or clerics as they were known – could expect that, as long as they tended to the lord’s books, as long they read the lord’s laws to the people, and collected good sacrifices, then they could eat at the Lord’s table, or mess-hall. Or as this was eventually shorted: if we read the Lord’s books and follow them, then we can come to supper with the king; and he will see to it that our “daily bread” appears on our plate, to feed/pay us.

 

So that … we will be showing here and elsewhere, that the Bible all comes true. But the Bible was always true in a way that our preachers and believers have not, until now, understood. That they have not, until now, been able to see.

 

But now perhaps, even some of our preachers are coming to see? See Christ, God, as they really or more fully are? Telling not to pray endlessly; but to use to use our “hands,” and do practical “work,” using practical and scientific “knowledge.” So that God himself ironically, tells us to be less like priests, than like lay and even, almost, secular people. Or in any case, we are not to be priests, as much as scientists and technicians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God’s Science v. 5.0 No Miracles; TITLE PAGE ONLY

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible Supports Science Over Faith; or

THE “DAY” WHEN GOOD “JUDGEMENT” ARRIVES;

The Destruction of Heaven, The Resurrection of God on Earth, Through

Religious Studies, the Science of God.

 

 

Vol. 5

 

 

No “Miracles”:

 

The Deception of Christianity

By “Faith”ful,

Miracle-Promising Preachers – Who Are

The Foretold Deceitful Magicians:

Belief in Miracles, is Belief in

Magic and Sorcery, “Illusion” and “Delusion,

Says God;

Learn Science Instead

 

By

Dr. Woodbridge Goodman, Ph.D.

(Copyright 2000-2011, Edited Oct. 26, 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christian preachers and holy men, our religious leaders, often promised us many huge, amazing physical miracles: the power to walk on water and move literal “mountains.” But many feel these promises do not come true, today. So what should we say? One “day,” the Bible said, we are supposed to discover that essentially “all” our holy men and preachers, were deceivers, “magicians,” “false prophets,” “illusion”ists. And so, what of those millions of priests and ministers who have been living and selling, promises of miracles?

 

“The Heavens Will Vanish Like Smoke” (Isa. 51.6).

 

 

“Both prophet and priest are ungodly” (Jer. 23.11 Revised Standard Version).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“All nations were deceived by thy sorcery” (Rev. 18. 23 RSV).

 

“I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers” (Mal. 3.5).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7).

 

“The dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation” (Zech. 1.2 RSV).

 

“It deceives those who dwell on earth” (Rev. 3.13).

 

“Authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not be written” (Rev. 13.7)

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31; 6.13).

 

“I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to them, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when they prophesy” (Zech. 13.2-3).

 

“Every prophet will be ashamed of his vision” (Zech. 13.4)

 

“So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down…. For thy merchants were the great men of the earth, and all nations were deceived by sorcery” (Rev. 18.21, 23).

 

“Outside are the … sorcerers” (Rev. 22.15).

 

“The false prophet who … worked the signs” (Rev. 20. 20).

 

“The stars will fall from heaven” (Mat. 24.29; Mark 13.25).

 

“Punish the host of heaven, in heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS:

 

Author’s draft; edited by author, to p. 50, 12/29/07.

 

CHAPTER 1 on False Priests, & Science to p 46; Pt. 1 False; Pt. 2 Magic p. 12; Pt. 3 Science; Pt. 4 Miracles as Magic p. 56.

 

CHAPTER 2, Sec. 1 Huge Scale of Miracles Promised: 1) Big miracles promised in the Bible itself?; 2) preachers’ sermons; 3) BIG; 4) “all the “Works” that Jesus did; 5) Greater works than these; 6) “Whatever” we “ask”; 7) “All things”; 8)”Everyone”; 9) the “day,” the “kingdom,” “soon”; 10) Timely; 11) Informally no such; 12) Some preachers back off; 13) Many sermons to excuse, false; 14) Honesty says no; 15) Dest. Heaven; 16) a Humbler Christianity; 17) Prove things with science; 18) Metaphors; 19) Still evil in Christianity.

 

Sec. 2, Experiments, Statistics, Against Miracles; 20) Most tries fail; 21) God should be perfect; 22) Statistically insignificant exceptions; 23) Excuses bad;

 

Sec. 3 “New” answers: 24) “Do all work miracles?”; 25) Allegories of spirit; 26) The harm done; 27) Naturalism; 28) the Second and better vision, Second Coming.

 

Heaven-Shattering Conclusion: Excuses bad; Paul “do all work miracles”; Priest see “darkly” “part” of truth; the Dest. of Heaven, the reveal of the Second and better vision of God; to 38 END. Appendix on Dozens of common excuses for lack of miracles, to END page 52; then Catholic Position

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Science 5.5: No Miracles; It’s Belief in Magic

 

 

The Bible Backs Science Over Faith; or

THE DESTRUCTION OF HEAVEN or

THE DAY WHEN JUDGEMENT COMES, 10 vols.

 

 

Vol. 5: No Miracles,

No Sermons, Are True

 

Chapter 4: Belief in “Miracles”

Is

Belief in Magic;

The Foretold “Enchantment”

By False Sorcerer-Priests

And Ministers

 

 

 

 

The “World,” it’s “Worship,” and Christianity, Were Deceived,

As Forewarned,

By Magic,

Magical Thinking,

Sorcerers, “Delusions”;

A False Idea of Christ – As Magician

 

[Author’s Draft: edited to p. 43 END; but double-check & fix numbers – on Aug 13, 2007.

Written first in AppleWorks WP: Word Processing. Based on Claris? Then trans. to MSWord Apple.

CONTENTS: Sec. 1, Intro to 9; Sect. 2 Bible Warns of Magic, to p. 43 END?; Stage Magic p. 43-66, -END OF BOOK 2. More Jesus as magic]

 

The Traditional Views of “Jesus Christ”

– As Miracle-Worker, And As “Spiritual” Person –

Were the Foretold, False Christs …

And Magicians;

 

The Only True Christ

Is Christ as Practical Man, Worker

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

 

In our volumes here, we will have been showing that 1) the Bible warned that there would always be many false things, in our holiest Christian priests and angels, and their inspired doctrines. While 2) one day in the end especially, we are supposed to see this clearly. Then, 3) to fix these false things, God told us to apply “science” to our religion (Dan. 1.4.-15 KJE; Mal. 3); to find out which elements were false (1 Kings 18.20-39). Here, 4) we now add that God specifically warned about false elements of particularly, Magic. God warned there will have been “sorcery,” “magicians,” “necromancers,” “augurs,” intermixing within Judeo-Christianity, its priests and prophets. So here therefore, 5) as commanded by the Bible, we begin applying science to traditional Christianity. To try to locate the “false” things in it. And 6) here especially, to see if there elements of Magic, sorcery, in traditional Christianity. Looking for elements of Magic and magical thinking in Christianity, immediately we find our attention especially drawn to …”miracles”; making bread appear out of thin air, closely resembles making a rabbit appear in a magician’s hat. And indeed, 7) applying the Science of God to our mainstream Christianity, confirms that a) its “miracles” do not hold up in science; they are really natural things misunderstood, or seen falsely, through the eyes of bad priests, ministers. Specifically, b) most Christian preachers have seen things in magical terms; wonders appearing out of thin air. Historically therefore, c) our “Christian” miracle-promisers, are the foretold false prophets, bad priests; who were infected long ago, by magic, Magical thinking, sorcerers. The million “Christian” preachers who have stressed “miracles,” are actually the foretold false priests; entranced by “illusions” of magic. And enchanting the world in turn, with “sorceries,” magical “illusions,” and physical fatal “delusions” of magical powers that no one actually has.

 

No one today is literally, walking on real physical water; the idea that they can, is just a delusion of bad, vain preachers entranced by the magical “delusions,” that God warned about. It is the result of a false interpretation of the “wonders” of the Bible. A false reading influenced by magical thinking. Thus just as the Bible foretold, our “worship,” our prophets, the whole world, worship a False Christ – partially because of the influence of evil magicians (Rev. 13, etc.). And we need a new, “Second Coming,” a second and better, more accurate vision of Christ, to fix this: Christ advocating Science, over blind “faith” in magical delusions.

 

 

 

 

SEGUE/INTRO

 

 

Our preachers and churches traditionally promised us many huge, wonderful, spectacular miracles. Things that are much, much larger than life; much larger than a mere carpenter’s son, and his “plain” words, might have offered. Indeed, we were promised the power to walk on water; the power to move real actual “mountains” with just faith and a prayer. But we will have found, the traditional promises of might huge “miracles,” made by almost all Christian preachers until about 1969 or so … were not really from God at all; but, we will have found, were mostly, false. Were the foretold false promises; false prophesies. While furthermore, the dozens, hundreds of apologetics sermons, that were designed to try to explain this away or excuse the lack of gigantic physical miracles, wonders in our lives, were found here to all be untrue.

 

Is this possible? It seems as if half of the Christianity we were taught in church, traditionally, is untrue or false. And furthermore, none of the various sermons that try to explain this away, are true. Our preachers have delivered dozens of excuses to explain away their failures. Especially, the heart of Christianity today, “faith,” was originally an apologetic for the lack of miracles: preachers told us that if they cannot deliver all the material wonders that they promised, then this means we should just have more and more “faith” in our preachers, or in their ideas and sermons about God. And yet we will have found here and elsewhere, that this was not what the Bible itself really, fully said. Actually the Bible itself said over and over, that 1) essentially “all” our holiest men and angels have sinned; in their personal behavior, and in their most Holy Spirit “inspired” sermons too. So that 2) God firmly told us not to have much “faith” in any of that; but to 3) if anything, trust far more to a critical science of God. And 4) if science says there are no miracles? Then rather than continuing to try to believe the Bible, instead we are supposed to … deduce our preachers and holy men were simply, largely, false. But then indeed, science and experience tell us that most of the promises of miracles of preachers, were indeed false.

 

Could all our holiest men and angels have been wrong, or deceitful? This seems impossible to for believers to face or bear. Indeed, how can we face or believe something so shattering? Finally, most believers don’t really face this; they remain lost in illusions all their lives. Or, if they try to face signs of fundamental errors in their religion, they suffer great contradictions and disillusionments and pain and confusion and dysfunctionality; even death.

 

How indeed can someone trained all their lives, from infancy, to absolutely trust and believe and follow something …deal with countless “signs” that their beliefs just are not true? That all our holiest men were often simply, false and deceitful? In many ways, all that seems all but impossible. But finally, it is one of the major points of our present books, that all this can be at last faced by those who firmly believe in their Bibles. By showing that all this was actually foretold, authorized … in the Bible itself. And furthermore, far from telling us to ignore all this, or to continue blindly believing and having faith, actually the Bible told us to simply accept that our priests and ministers were often false and deceitful. We should simply accept that … in order to move on to a second, better idea of God and Good. We should move beyond blind faith, to the science of God.

 

In fact, there are dozens, hundreds of passages in the Bible, that we now find, described this awful discovery. In particular, the parts of the Bible that warned that … one “day” we are supposed to discover that the whole earth was deceived, even in its “worship,” even in its best idea of “Christ.” And furthermore, more specifically, as it turns out, the Bible told us part of the specific nature of the “false” ideas, the “deceit,” the “delusions” and “illusion”s that were to fool our holy men and angels; much of the falsity in religion that we see, is supposed to come from … “magic,” “magicians,” “sorcerers,” and so forth. While here we recall that indeed, promises of miracles can now be shown to have been made under the influence of magic; or what Anthropologists call, “magical thinking.” So that, more simply put in popular language: the traditional, miracle-promising Christianity that billions of people traditionally got in church, was actually, a false Christianity; presented a false idea of Christ; one that was heavily influenced by magical thinking; or simply, by Magic and magicians.

 

So that actually, we show here, the old Christianity of miracles (and for that matter, of “Spirit”uality and “faith” too), was the foretold, takeover of the earth, by false “worship”; specifically, by a worship, a false idea of Christ, heavily influenced by … magic, magicians; or magical thinking.

 

But while this is so – while the whole world, and nearly all our preachers, have long been under the influence of a false, magic-influenced idea of Christ and truth; particularly in the belief in “miracles” – then after all, to”day” is the day we begin to uncover, reveal, and deal with all of this. We are about to expose the magical influence in traditional miracle-promising Christianity – “bear swift witness against the sorcerers.” And then recall after all, the “second,” better, “full”er, truer, vision, coming, of God; in the vision of God and Christ that is supported by the science of God.

 

Shatteringly, we will show here that though many ordinary people believe Christ promised “supernatural” “miracles,” this is because most ordinary believers are actually still under the influence of ancient magical beliefs. While, when we actually read our Bibles a little closer, we will actually find that the Bible itself, did not promise so much “supernatural” “miracles,” as actually, natural and technological “wonders.” Things that can be supported by science.

 

And therefore, while the simple vision of God and good that you got historically, or as “child”ren in church, was actually, a radically over-simplified, substantially false idea of Christianity, a “false Christ,” a false ideas created by belief in Magic – by magicians – still however, we can at last now, expose the deception … and move on. To at last, the first hints, signs, of the foretold second and better vision, Coming, of God. In a defensible, scientific view of God. As offered already in part, in contemporary science-based theology, Religious Studies, biblical scholarship.

 

 

 

Section 1

 

 

 

Earlier, we went looking for supernatural miracles … and found that the evidence was overwhelmingly, against them.

 

At first, it seems impossible; that traditional Christianity, could have been partially wrong, deceived. It seems impossible, because many of our preachers promised miracles; and they proudly told us, often enough, that they themselves are all but perfect, holy sacred; that they were the voicepieces of God. Yet to be sure, among other things, our priests and churches solemnly made to us many, many promises of huge, gigantic miracles – while today, many of us have found out that we ourselves today, don’t see anyone actually getting most of the specific miracles, that our holy men promised. Few of us have personally seen anyone at all, for example: 1) walk on water; or 2) make bread appear out of thin air; or 3) move real, physical “mountains” with just faith and a prayer. Few of us recently, have personally seen any of these things happen … yet all these things and more, were promised to us, over and over, by our holy men. And we were constantly assured, by many preachers in the past – until about 1969 or so – that such things were the absolutely holy, sacred, word of God.

 

Many huge promises were made to us even by preachers, for centuries. When we look back at numerous old sermons, we find our preachers definitely pretended to promise us huge, amazing miracles: bread out of thin air, the power to walk on water. These and “greater things than these,” they said, would be ours; if only we would trust and have “faith” in our preachers, or in their idea, their image, of God. God, Christ, as miracle-worker. But many of us have noticed casually, that we ourselves, don’t really see the bigger, more spectacular miracles, happening today. Now and then a preacher on TV claims to be working faith-healings. But we ourselves, if we are honest, would have to admit that we have never seen, personally, anyone at all walking on water; or even claiming to be able to do that. So that in effect, there have been countless “signs” that … something in ordinary, traditional Christianity … was not quite right. That specifically, its promises of miracles, were not quite right.

 

But while there have been many signs of something wrong even in mainstream Christianity, to date, millions of ordinary Christians, have not really been able to “see.” and believe these signs. Because they have been taught, that the essence of true Christianity, is to ignore all “signs,” and to simply trust and believe and have “faith” in, traditional Christianity, even when the things it promised do not seem to be coming true in any timely way. And yet, we will be finding here and now, that there is a way to “face” this, that is consistent with the Bible itself. That in fact, amazingly, the Bible itself, God himself warned that 1) there would always be great sins and errors in our holiest men and angels, and in their understanding of God; and 2) therefore, rather than have total “faith” in them, we are supposed to very, very critically examine all their claims, with science; to see if they really are producing all the wonderful things God promised … or not. While, if when we apply science to traditional religious beliefs, we suddenly find that there are things that are wrong, then in fact, the Bible itself foretold and authorized this finding. Indeed, 3) one “day” we are supposed to discover … that the whole earth was in fact, “deceived,” under and “strong delusion,” even in what it “worship”ed; even in its idea of “Christ.” And on the “day,” our childhood heaven itself, is supposed to be destroyed. But 4) all in order for God to reveal to us at last, the foretold “second,” more “mature,” “full”er vision of God and good.

 

(Regarding “full”ness, some have suggested that the first coming of Christ “fulfilled” all the old promises; yet if Christ was “full”y God, many have more rightly understood that not all things are completely fulfilled, until the End of Time, Judgement Day, the Second Coming. So, though at times we are told Christ is the fulfillment of many things – of the “fullness of Christ” Eph. 4.13; “in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” Col. 2.9 – there will have been many things yet left to learn and see, after Christ’s first coming: “I hope you will understand fully,” 2 Corin. 1.13; “when the time had fully come” Gal 4.4; “set you hope fully upon the grace that is coming” 1 Peter 1.13; “with the best gifts of the earth and its fulness” Deut. 33.16; “In the fulness of his sufficiency he will be ” Job 20.22; “The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof” Ps. 24.1; “And from his fulness have we all received grace” Joh. 1.16; “as a plan for the fulness of time” Eph. 1.10. And we should be careful of people “full” of false things: “full of bribes” Ps. 26.10; with souls “full of troubles” Ps. 88.3; watching ut for a “full end” Ezk. 11.13; of “transgressors” who “have reached their full measure,” Dan. 8.23; for indeed the “full, yea, sudden end he will make” Zep. 1.18 of many who think they have already gotten the “full” measure of God and God, but who are “full of deadly poison” James 3.8; and merit the “bowls full of the wrath of God” yet to come, Rev. 15.7. Finding that many were just full of … false things. “Until full day” Prov. 4.18?).

 

Most preachers and believers have declared themselves, and their knowledge of God, to be “full”er than it is. Preachers and believers have indeed, seemed superficially “humble” before God; and yet their humility was superficial, and false; deeper down, our holy men and angels were massively arrogant and proud – in that they believed themselves to be the chosen voicepieces of God; and already “full” of all wisdom, already.

 

But indeed, we are finding here, that our holy men were often all too “proud” and “vain,” and not really humble enough. That our holy men new quite adequately read, or learned to “face” or “bear,” many parts of the Bible itself. Parts of the Bible first of all, that warned there have, indeed, always been many huge, literally fatal sins and errors, in our holiest men and angels; in our preachers and churches; and even their most “inspired,” “holy” “doctrines.” And that one “day” we are supposed to find that the whole earth, even the “elect, if possible,” are to find they have been “worship”ing (Rev. 13), false things; even “magicians.” And even our preachers have not – until now – really known the parts of the Bible, that tells us that on the “day” – even today – our childhood “heaven” itself, our heaven that seemed to promise “supernatural” “miracles” especially; even our heaven of “faith” and “spirituality” – is supposed to collapse. But all in order that we can see next, the science of God. And the second and more mature understanding, vision, of God, that it begins to offer.

 

Is all this possible? Can we “face” or “bear” – or even “believe” – all this heaven-shattering information? That our preachers were deceived? That they were deceived themselves – and then they deceived us all, in turn? That ultimately, most of the world was mistaken, in its outline of Christianity? Its idea of what Christianity is about? Could the whole earth have been following, a false idea of God? A false idea of Christ?

 

Can this be possible? Can believers, the faithful, believe, or face or bear this heaven-shattering moment? In fact, indeed they can. As we show them that actually, this discovery is not against the Bible itself. In fact, we will find here, all this is foretold, authorized, in hundreds of quotes, from the Bible itself. From God, himself. Especially, one “day” we are supposed to find that even our Religion, our idea of Christ, was dominated by magical thinking; or in effect, by magicians. And yet we can at last learn to face this and similar negative findings on Religion by science and science-based Theology, Religious Studies, biblical scholarship … on discovering here, that after all, the Bible itself prophesied, predicted, all of this. Indeed, amazingly, a long series of very negative findings on traditional religion, by Theology, Religious Studies, and science, are here justified at last, in terms that should be acceptable to the average believer: as we find here, that over and over, the one document that believers trust – the Bible itself – warned that actually, one “day,” we are supposed to pass through all of this. We are supposed to see that the whole earth was deceived, even in what it “worship”ed; even in its idea of Christ.

 

Indeed, the Bible itself particularly warned that one “day” it would be time to “bear swift witness, against the magicians in our priesthoods:

 

 

“I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers,” (Mal. 3.5).

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31; 6.13).

 

“And I took my staff Grace, and I broke it, annulling the covenant which I had made with all the peoples” (Zech. 11.10).

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you” (Mal. 2.1).

 

“Both prophet and priest are ungodly” (Jer. 23.11).

 

“I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.6).

 

“The dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation” (Zech. 1.2).

 

“If the heavens about an be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD” (Jer. 31.37).

 

“Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob…. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is nought; an abomination is he who chooses you” (Isa. 41.21-24).

 

 

 

All this is as according to the Bible itself. One “day,” we are supposed to discover great sins and errors, deep in our holiest things; and furthermore, we are supposed to discover specifically, that much of the world was deceived, specifically, by magicians, sorcerers. While today in fact, is a good start on that “day”; as even here and now, we show that indeed, core Christian beliefs in “miracles,” was really not what the Bible itself wanted; but was a false Christianity, influenced by magical thinking … or in effect, by magicians, sorcerers. As foretold.

 

But again, frightening as this is, there is an immensely positive side to this. If the whole world, even most of Christianity, was captured by false magic, then after all, one “day” we are supposed to be released from that magic. And here and now at last, is one of the “day”s that we can begin to do this. Even, here and now. As we review the Bible’s many warnings about “magic” and so forth; and then correlate promises of miracles to traditional magical beliefs. And then … as we move beyond the influence of magical thinking; to discover the truer essence of Christianity and God, at last. Moving beyond magical thinking, to the science of God; and the beginnings of the promised “second” and more “mature” vision, coming, of God.

 

 

 

 

Section 1

 

 

The Bible Itself, Was Constantly Worried

About Magicians, Sorcerers, Delusions,

Influencing, Taking Over, Judeo-Christianity

 

 

We are saying something shocking, unbelievable here: that the earth, much of religion, even most of Christianity, has long been deceived by magical thinking; or in effect, by sorcerers, magicians.

 

At first, it seems silly; or impossible; or heretical. Yet one “day” or another, the Bible itself said, you are supposed to see that the whole world was “deceived” by a false kind of worship; by a false sense of Christ. But more specifically, by … magicians; magical thinking. And though many preachers speak of that moment as coming in the far distant future, in fact, many of us are coming to see that … the prophesied deception even of Christians, by magical thinking – “magicians,” “sorcerers” – started long ago; even in the time of Jesus himself. And remained to this day; even here and now, today. As we look at our preachers who promise miracles, bread out of thin air, in fact, we are reminded of nothing so much as … stage magicians making rabbits appear in empty hats. In fact, the whole interpretation of Jesus as “miracle” worker, is actually a “corruption” you might call it, of true religion, true Christianity, by … magical ideas; magicians. A corruption (or lack of “refine”ment of existing traditions) which began long, long ago. Which in fact, came to falsely dominate Christianity itself, long ago; and right up to the present.

 

Could Christianity itself have been taken over early on, by magical beliefs? “Magicians,” “sorcerers,” “witches,” “soothsayers,” so to speak? At first, it seems impossible. But remember: the Bible warned over and over that the world would be taken over, “deceived,” put “under a strong delusion,” by a false religious leader; who would be “worshipped” by the whole earth (Rev. 13); by a false religious leader and … and his magician friends. Who, we were told explicitly, could and would … dominate the world with their “sorcery”:

 

 

“And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it” (Rev. 13.7).

 

“It deceives those who dwell on earth” (Rev. 3.13).

 

“And all nations were deceived by thy sorcery” (Rev. 18. 23).

 

 

This is depressing. Yet finally of course, remember too, that there is a way through this. There is a way to guide you safely through this, if you should notice magical beliefs around you, one day. First note especially, that the Bible also told us, that even if the whole world or earth is to be found deceived in its faith, by “magic,” still, one day, all these false, magical elements in religion, are to be overthrown.

 

Specifically, those who followed magical religion, were thrown down over and over, throughout history. And if to be sure, they often partially recovered, if there have always been elements of magical thinking that have crept into religion, even into Christianity, even today (as the Church says, “syncretistic”ally), then note that finally one “day,” we and God, are supposed to finally weed out the elements of magic, magical thinking, from of our faith:

 

 

“So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down….. For thy merchants were the great men of the earth, and all nations were deceived by sorcery” (Rev. 18.21, 23).

 

 

At that time, God will expose the sorcerers in our midst:

 

 

“I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers” (Mal. 3.5).

 

 

Indeed we will find here, the Bible warned that magicians, sorcerers, and many others related to them – enchanters, witches, soothsayers, necromancers, and so forth – have existed deep in our faith; but one “day” they are to be decisively exposed; and “swift”ly defeated.

 

And in the end, sorcerers and others, are to be left out of the city, out of the kingdom, of God:

 

 

“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers” (Rev. 22.15).

 

“The false prophet who … had worked the signs” (Rev. 20. 20).

 

“I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to them, ‘You shall not life, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when they prophesy” (Zech. 13.2-3).

 

“I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers” (Mal. 3.5).

 

 

Facing science and practical experience, uncovering sins and errors – and magical beliefs – in our holiest men and “prophets” and so forth – is a difficult, even devastating moment, to be sure. Yet believers, the faithful, should find the courage and conviction to face this at last … since amazingly enough, we are not here witnessing the demolition of our traditional beliefs, but rather, the fulfillment of them. Actually, the Bible itself foretold all this. Actually, we are 1) supposed to discover that the ideas of even our very holiest men – even our understanding of Christ himself – were often “false.” And 2) we are supposed to find that many have been infected by magical ideas. So 3) that one “day,” God is supposed to show us sins and errors, even in our image of God, of Christ; even our image or idea, of the “shepherd” standing next to God himself. So that in effect, one “day,” we are to see False Christs and allied magicians – even the “star” and the “shepherd” standing next to God himself, it seems, God said – dissolved. Kicked out of heaven, out of the city, out of the kingdom, of God. As even our heaven itself, begins to fall, with “al” in it:

 

 

“The stars are not clean in your sight” (Job 25.5).

 

“Above the stars of God I will set my throne” (Isa. 14.13).

 

“Above all heavens”

 

“The stars will fall from heaven” (Mat. 24.29; Mark 13.25).

 

“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, likes leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens “(Isa. 34.4).

 

“And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him like a peg in a sure place… And they will hang on him the whole weight of his father’s house …. every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons. In that day, says the LORD of hosts, the peg that was fastened in a sure place will give way; and it will be cut down and fall, and the burden that was upon it will be cut off, for the LORD has spoken” (Isa. 22.22-25; see Mat. 16.23 on Peter;).

 

“‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man show stands next to me,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 13.7).

 

“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murders and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. ‘It is I Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star’ ” (Rev. 22.15-16).

 

“The stars of the sky fell to earth (Rev. 6.13).

 

“Great star fell form heaven, blazing like a torch” (Rev. 8.10).

 

“How far you have fallen from heaven, O Day Star” (Isa. 14.12).

 

 

It seems impossible to believe at first then. But actually, one “day” we are supposed to discover sins, evils, even in our idea of the holiest beings in heaven itself. Even our idea of Christ it seems, is to be found false, and ejected from heaven. While specifically, we will find, most of the illusions and delusions, that we had of our holiest figures, are found to have been influenced heavily, by … magical thinking; or simply put, sorcerers. But if so, to be sure, one “day” we are supposed to expose and eject the false ideas of Religion, the False Christ that dominated the whole earth; in order to discover, after all, a “second” and “fuller” vision, Coming, of God and good.

 

How distant is that “day”? In fact, it is said, no one knows the exact day … until it comes, presumably. But many of use surely, are experiencing at least a foretaste – and indeed, perhaps the first moments of – will be partially … witnessing moment of the exposure of false things, even …now. Even today. As we read this very book.

 

In fact, we will reveal to the world much of the incursion of magical beliefs, magical thinking, into much of traditional Christianity, here and now. And we will show the believer how to get through this, with his belief in God intact. Finding that even if our old vision of Christ – as being primarily a worker of “miracles,” and “faith,” and “spirituality” – begins to collapse, then after all, all this does not deny the Bible, but in fact realizes, fulfills it. While further, we will also be finding, here and now in fact, some of the promised rewards to those who get through all this; beginning to see a better, “fuller” theology; a second and better … vision, coming, of Christ and God.

 

 

As we begin to use the Science of God to at last expose elements of false, magical thinking in traditional Christianity, we will be opening the way to indeed, the first glimmerings of the promised second, better understanding, vision, of God and good.

 

So that we find the Bible to be wholly true; but true in a way that our preachers have not, until now, understood. True even down to the foretold Destruction of Heaven; a moment that was found over and over in the Bible. And though our preachers have not been able to face this moment, until now, finally … preachers should be able to face this at last; armed with the knowledge that this is not the end, but the fulfillment, of the religion they have tried to follow for so many centuries. That every word of this is authorized by … the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

 

 

 

Section 2

 

 

The Bible Warned About

Many Aspects of

Magic

Infecting Judeo-Christianity

 

 

In ancient times, there were many people who were called – and perhaps at times even called themselves – “magicians,” “witches,” “sorcerers,” and so forth. People from Persia and other countries, who at times had some real wisdom; wisdom mixed however with many confused and false ideas. And such people were always close to Judah and Israel; in fact, often deep inside them.

 

The Bible often mentioned times when belief in magic, infested Judeo-Christianity. Indeed, the Bible warned constantly of magical thinking, “magicians” and others, infiltrating Jewish and Christian communities and beliefs, right from the very start. Throughout the entire Bible, we were warned constantly of “1) magicians”, “sorcerers,” “witches,” “soothsayers” or “prophet”s of the future; “demons,” with their “enchant”ments, “illusions” and “enchantments,” “lies,” and “delusions.” And then too, 2) the Bible warned continuously about elements of magic, magicians, continuously infiltrating the religion of Judah and Israel, from the most ancient times.

 

Many would say that belief in magic, magicians, was kept out of the authentic Judeo-Christian “tradition.” But actually, anthropology suggests that many religious beliefs, originated in ancient beliefs in magic; so that magical thinking was there, right from the start.

 

While then too, the Bible itself warned constantly, that “false prophets” and other false elements – finally, especially, influences from magical traditions – kept finding their way into the core of Israel. Indeed, the Bible warned constantly that such things existed in Israel, and had great influence on the people of Judah and Israel, and their sense of religion, right from the very start. So that often, a “house” “cleaning” of our temples, was in order; in order to rid Judeo-Christianity of magical thinking.

 

 

1) The Old Testament warned specifically about that there were indeed, “magicians,”

 

2) “mediums,” and

 

3) “wizards” and so forth – with their false “visions,” “delusions,” “illusions,” and so forth – in ancient Israel. The Old Testament warning the people, clearly, not to turn to magic and magicians, over and over.

 

 

“Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them” (Lev. 19.31; 20.6-27).

 

“The sorcerers, and the mediums and the wizards” (Isa. 19.3)..

 

 

4) Many parts of the Bible had attempted to ban magic. And as part of that, to ban especially those who claim to foretell, prophesy, the future. And

 

5) related to them, those who claim to speak with – or for that matter, “raise” – the dead; called “necromancers.” And then many other related magical professions:

 

 

“You shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices [6] divination, a [7] soothsayer, or an
[8] augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD; and because of these abominable practices the LORD you God is driving them out before you” (Deut. 18.9-12).

 

 

9) Related to a ban on these specific professions that try to foretell the future, were also the bans, (which we already explored at length) on “false prophets.

 

10) Among many other warnings, we were warned of false magical workers – like “charmers” and 11) “enchanters” in the religion of Judah, Israel, Christianity. All along, throughout most of history:

 

 

“Voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter” (Ps. 58.5).

 

 

11) Related to these “charmers,” and “enchanter”ers, we will add – who after all, cause people to see delusions and so forth – are, we add, therefore, warnings about the words of liars, and deceivers; those whose words “delu”de others, with 12) “illusions,” 13) lies,” 14) “empty wind,” 15) “false dreams,” and so forth.

 

 

16) Especially, we were warned about words, from people, that cause “delusion”:

 

 

“They are all a delusion; their works are nothing” (Isa. 41.29).

 

“They are worthless, a work of delusion” (Jer. 10.15).

 

“You have uttered delusions and seen lies” (Ezk. 13.8).

 

 

Many would think that, as they say, “God would not allow” such evil persons to infect our very religion. Yet remember that God does allow evil into the world … and even often specifically warns of evil be allowed, even into the heart of our most holy things. (As we found in our earlier writings). Indeed, at times God even seems to personally direct evil things at people, it almost seems in the Bible. In any case, at times curiously, God seems to allow – and even send – liars (above) and illusionists or their “delusions” – to sway us:

 

 

“God sent upon them a strong delusion” (2 Thess. 2.11).

 

“Speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions” (Is. 30.10).

 

 

17) Related to this, we are told in the Bible that at times, God sent an “evil spirit” to bother us (q.v., concordance).

 

 

18) Were such magical influences successfully weeded out? To be sure, various Jewish kings like Josiah Saul were said to have, at times, partially put away mediums and wizards:

 

 

“Josiah put away the mediums and the wizards” (2 Kings 23.24).

 

“Saul had put the mediums and the wizards out” (1 Sam. 28.3).

 

 

But then, after having tried to push them out of Israel and its religion, often even kings like Saul, then brought the witches and wizards and so forth, back, and consulted them:

 

 

“Saul … also consulted a medium” (1 Chron. 10.13; 2 Ch. 33.6).

 

“‘Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.’ And his servants said to him, ‘Behold, there is a medium at Endor.’ So Saul disguised himself … and went…. And he said, ‘Divine for me by a spirit, and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.’ The woman said to him, ‘Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizards from the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life…?’ But Saul swore to her by the LORD, ‘As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing'” (1 Sam. 28.7-10).

 

 

19) In fact, remember, bad magicians, soothsayers, false prophets – and specifically, “sorcer”ers; people doing “sorcery” – we are finally told in the Bible itself, are to persist until the end of time. 14) While in fact, they are even to deceive “all nations“:

 

 

“And all nations were deceived by thy sorcery” (Rev. 18.23; etc.).

 

 

20) One might think, that the false wisdom of magicians, would deceive say, only the other “nations” of the world; and not Israel, or Christianity, themselves. Yet remember first of all, that a) if many “nations” are deceived, then after all, most of Christianity is in other “nations” than Israel, today. While b) indeed, Israel itself is a nation, as of about 1947 AD or so.

 

While furthermore, c) remember all those Biblical warnings elsewhere, about false things – like false prophets – even in the prophets, priests “of Israel” (Q.v. See also “false dreams”).

 

 

 

Magical Influences, In Judah and Israel,

To the End of Time

 

 

Magical influences therefore, the Bible warned, were found again and again throughout the history of Judeo-Christianity.

 

21) And furthermore, those elements were not to be found just in past history; the Bible warned that these and other false elements, even in Judeo-Christianity, would persist, and even partially dominate, in the religion of Judeo-Christianity … until the very end, the “day” of “judgement.” When “sorcerers” are at last dealt with.

 

 

“I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages” (Mal. 3.5).

 

“And the false prophet who … had worked the signs by which he deceived” (Rev. 19.20).

 

 

 

22) Is this possible? Could even most of religion to this very day, have had “false” elements in it? Indeed it could; as we showed earlier. While now we add that among those false elements are specifically, magical elements.

 

How deep is the incursion? Consider this: most Jews and Christians embrace their “prophets” But consider: in effect, prophets are very much like … fortunetellers, soothsayers, augurs. In that the essential function of a “prophet,” is that they foretold, augur – or “prophesy” – the future. While many would say that no one at all can really accurately predict the future (unless they know some science); so that in effect, “prophets” are just as false, as any of the other professions; part of the same false group of people.

 

So: were auguring and fortune-telling, really successfully banned – and successfully eliminated – from Judeo-Christianity? Some might well say that “soothsaying,” “augur”ing were officially banned; yet fortunetelling slipped back into Judeo Christianity (just as the witches slipped back into the life of Saul, in spite of ban); just under a different name: “prophets.”

 

Parts of the Bible itself to be sure, seemed to b) support prophets firmly. As perhaps, many apologists will say, the authentic, good, Judeo-Christian version of “soothsayers” and fortunetellers and “augers.”

 

But to be sure, remember, c) parts of the Bible seemed to criticize even the prophets too; to tell us that there have been many false prophets, both in Old Testament Judaism and Christianity. In fact, d) parts of the Bible – especially the last books of the Old Testament – seem to oppose, even it seems, all “prophets” (see False Priests):

 

 

“Every prophet will be ashamed of his vision” (Zech. 13.2).

 

“Beware of false prophets” (Mat. 7.15).

 

“Many false prophets will arise” (Mat. 24.11).

 

“False prophets also arose among the people” (2 Peter 2.1).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7).

 

“Many false prophets have gone out into the world” (2 Peter 2.1).

 

 

 

 

 

Exposing Magic in Religion, Judeo-Christianity,

More Fully,

One Day

 

 

 

23) And so, elements of magic have again and again been found at the heart of Judeo-Christianity; and are to persist to the end of time. Yet to be sure, if there have always been elements of false, deceitful magic, and their practitioner – “magicians” – in Christianity, and if they are allowed by God, to dominate even “all nations” – and even deep into the Judeo-Christian tradition itself – note that however, one “Day” their lies and enchantments and false “images” and “dreams,” and the sorcerers themselves, are to be exposed, and dispelled. Pushed out of the kingdom of God, and even into “fire”; by people better than them; from the book of Daniel, etc.:

 

 

“Better than all the magicians and enchanters” (Daniel: Dan. 1.20).

 

 

Those better than magicians and enchanters will come. To help God end elements of magic in religion:

 

 

“I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers” (Mal. 3.5).

 

“Behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch” (Mal. 4.1).

 

“Have you not see a delusive vision” (Ezk 13.7).

 

“Images they broke in pieces” (2 Chron. 23.17).

 

“You shall have no more soothsayers” (Mic. 5.12).

 

“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers” (Rev. 22.15).

 

“No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire [real literal fire], or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the LORD” (Deut. 18.10-12 NRSV).

 

 

“As for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire” (Rev. 21.8; 22.15).

 

“And you shall have no more soothsayers” (Mic. 5.12; Deuet. 18.10-14, Isa. 2.6; Jer. 27.9).

 

“Charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer” (Deut. 18.11 RSV).

 

“And if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to them, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when they prophesy. On that day the prophets will be ashamed, every one, of their visions when they prophesy; they will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but each of them will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil…’ ‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd’ … says the LORD of hosts…. And I will put this third into the fire, refine them … and test them…. See, a day is coming for the LORD ” (Zech. 13. 3-14.1).

 

 

Infinitely destructive as elements of magical thinking have been in even Judeo-Christian religion then, it all works out in the end. First, many of us were forewarned and forearmed: God constantly warned that magic, sorcerers, fortunetellers and prophets and soothsayers, would take over religion; even elements of Christianity; and it is evident that they were to persist. But, that is, persist … only until the final “day” in fact; the “day” when “judgement” comes.

 

While to “day,” some of us may be acquiring “mature” “judgement,” even … right now. And suddenly, seeing the “light.”

 

 

24) No doubt, to be sure, to suddenly notice the influence of magical thinking, and those who believe in it and spread those beliefs – “magic”; “magicians”; “enchanters” – even in the very midst of our most sacred things, might seem utterly frightening, and impossible to “face” or “bear.” And yet however, one of the main purposes of our writing here, is to guide you the ordinary reader, safely through this literally heaven-shattering, Apocalyptic moment of disillusionment. First by describing the problem, as being not against the Bible or God, but actually, foretold by the Bible itself. So that if we should suddenly notice great evils – like magical thinking and its delusions – even deep inside our own churches, even in the very core of Christianity – then after all, believers and the faithful, should have the courage and conviction to simply face this at last; on discovering with us there that after all, this is an insight that is not against God or the Bible itself; in fact, all this was foretold over and over, by the Bible itself.

 

 

25) Then too we might add, this Apocalyptic revelation, should be easier to face or bear … on being told that there is no need for a violent physical Apocalypse here. In fact, the whole legend of “the Day,” of the “Apocalypse” – or especially of the “Destruction of Heaven” our major subject here – can be seen as a metaphor. A metaphor for a “spiritual” moment. For the simple moment when you grow up, attain the age of good, mature judgement … and begin to notice ancient magical superstitions even in our highest holy men.

 

Like say, their promises of miracles?

 

 

 

Miracles Are Magic

 

 

One day we are supposed to notice elements of magic in our holiest men therefore. But where are they?

 

26) Especially, consider … promises of “miracles,” (and of the miracle of prophesy, say?). They, actually, are an example, of an intrusion, infection, corruption of the right Judeo-Christian tradition … by false belief in Magic. At first, it seems impossible to “face” or “bear” this. But as will be seen here, there are in fact, many very, very close structural similarities, between traditional beliefs from magic, and belief in miracles: believing that a holy man can say a few holy words, and make bread appear out of thin air, in mostly empty baskets, is very, very, very similar – many would reasonably say, identical – to the belief that a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat.

 

Is it possible? Could a core belief in Christianity – and many claim, the Bible itself (though we reject that) – be really, just a false belief, in Magic? At first, it seems impossible to believe or face this. But remember, after all, we are not disproving the Bible here; we are in fact, following it very, very, very closely. If we find elements of magic, even in the Christianity that historically dominated the whole earth for centuries, then after all, the Bible itself told us, one “day,” we are supposed to discover, precisely that.

 

So that here, we are not “debunking” or denying or “disproving” the Bible; far from it. In point of fact, we are … “fulfilling” it.

 

While moving on next, to a “second,” higher, better, more mature understanding of God and Good. One more compatible with real life, and what we see “come to pass” in real life around us. Moving past belief in Magic; to the higher, better, science of God.

 

 

27) In any case, note that the Bible itself at times, seemed willing to compare beliefs in magic, with some of its own beliefs. One famous text in particular, noted a strange similarity between the miracles of Moses, and the magic of magicians:

 

 

“Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent” (Ex. 7. 9).

 

 

But then the magicians do exactly the same thing:

 

 

“They also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. For every man cast down his rod, and they became serpents’ (Ex. 7.11; though Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods).

 

 

Here the text even sets up a contest between magicians, and Jewish prophets like Moses. And for much of the time, their feats are identical.

 

In fact finally, if Moses’s miracles were different than magicians’ feats, it was in large part, the text suggests, because they were merely, bigger: Moses’ snake eats the magicians’ snakes:

 

 

“But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods” (Ex. 7.12).

 

 

Herein, the Bible acknowledged that there was a considerable overlap between the claims of magic and religion. To the point that it appears that even the Bible itself a times explicitly says that many Judeo-Christian “miracles,” were all but exactly the same as common magicians’ tricks. (Indeed, we are told by observers, that modern stage magicians often work the same trick today). As in the case of Moses and Aaron – and the magicians too – turning their rods to snakes.

 

To be sure, it was often said that the magic “miracles” of the Jews, to be sure, were (only) finally, slightly better or bigger, than the work of previous magicians, to be sure. That the magic of Jews “swallowed up” the magic of previous magicians:

 

 

“But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods” (Ex. 7.12).

 

 

And many preachers will try to make much of minor differences; saying that the tricks of Moses were done in a different spirit, in the “name” of God and so forth. Yet given all the warnings by God, that there were magical elements even deep in the Judeo-Christian traditions, we might for a moment, call attention to …. the deep identities between the two.

 

Many priests will try to say that the miracles of Moses were very different, in that they were inspired by the Holy Spirit or some such; but remember from earlier discussion, that the Bible warned that there were many “false spirits” out there; while Paul noted that at times, even the spirit of God failed to really protect and be with Moses and his people in the wilderness (1 Corin. 10.5).

 

While we noted that therefore, even those miracles done in the name of the Holy Spirit can be deceived – or rather magical – too. (Since many think they have the Holy Spirit, who actually have a deceitful, false spirit in them, posing as the Holy Spirit).

 

Indeed, Paul was later to note many bad things, it seems to many, in the “law” or “Torah” of “Moses.”

 

So could even Moses have been deceived? At times, Paul seemed to think so. Many note that because of his sins, Moses was allowed to view the promised land … but never to actually enter it, himself.

 

 

28) Here we are finding that the Bible itself – God himself – warned constantly in dozens of parts of the Bible, about magic and magicians; and even warned specifically, that even the people of Judah and Israel, and their religion, their prophets, were infiltrated by Magic, magicians; many, many years ago.

 

Note incidentally however too, that even the Bible’s attitude toward magicians, was not always, entirely negative. Usually, old texts put down sorcerers and so forth, very strongly. But there were always deep leanings toward magic among Jews, and in the Bible. If King Saul for example, had at first condemned witches, later on, he himself consulted one. Then too, other times, magicians, diviners, are even spoken of rather wistfully; almost as a perhaps valuable asset. Whose banishment, is almost (if not quite) implied to be a lack (Isa. 3.3-5, below). Rather like the taking away of “bread” from the community; and replacing mature leaders with “child”ren or “babes”:

 

“For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread…; the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and babes shall rule over them” (Isa. 3.3-5).

 

Eventually of course, Christianity was to hint that being blindly faithful to priests, being like a “child,” was good; and even absolutely necessary to enter the “kingdom of God.” Though to be sure here and elsewhere, curiously, having children rule over your kingdom, is not fully regarded as a good thing. Indeed, Paul was later to suggest that if we enter the kingdom of heaven only as children, one day after all, we are supposed to “mature.”

 

It is hard to say what this means.

 

 

 

The Possible Influence of Magical Thinking,

On The New Testament…

And The Common Vision of Jesus Christ

As Worker of Miracles

 

 

Moving past the Old Testament … many say that later-day Judaism – or say, Christianity, the New Testament – were finally, perfect. And immune to corruption. Yet was even Christianity itself, strictly immune to sins? And magical beliefs? Note that historically, most of Christianity accepts most of the Jewish tradition of Moses; including the doctrine of the absolute verity of Moses’ miracles. Even if Paul might have questioned the same. (Paul questioning Moses … and then asking, “Do all work miracles?”).

 

Significantly, in the New Testament … there are many concepts that are all but structurally identical to ancient magical beliefs. While there are even many encounters with magic, magicians. Both of which are, furthermore, sometimes, presented in an amazingly positive light.

 

 

29) We noted above, the Bible itself, noting an overlap between the trick of magicians, and the miracles of Moses. Consider as another major example of a significant overlap between ancient magical/animistic beliefs, and Judeo-Christianity, consider for example, the fact that many kinds of magicians – necromancers, enchanters, prophets – often communicated with “spirits.” While indeed, the Bible a) accepts the existence of “spirits.” While in fact, b) Judeo Christian “spirit”uality champions, specifically a “Holy Spirit.”

 

Then too (as above), Christianity accepts at times, “prophets,” who are essentially people who say they see the future; like “soothsayers,” and “seers,” and other forbidden professions; though finally parts of the Bible condemn prophets.

 

 

30) Indeed, there are times when magicians explicitly joined Christianity. And if at times, it was said or implied, that they abandoned magic after that; but the text does not always make that clear.

 

As one example, consider Simon: who is explicitly a magician in Acts. 8.9 ff. Who explicitly, enters Christianity; all without very clearly renouncing magic either, it seems:

 

 

“There was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic…. But … Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles [wonders, etc.] performed, he was amazed” (Acts 8.9, 12, 13).

 

 

Sometimes magicians and so forth became Christians. And though we like to think they had only “previously” practice it, and that they gave up or “renounced” all their magic to do this, there is no clear statement here, that they did so. Perhaps after all, in any case, some of the magicians who entered Christianity, partially reverted back to their earlier ways. Or in any case, without knowing what they were doing, automatically, inadvertently, carried into Christianity, some of their patterns of magical thinking.

 

So that they – or other simple superstitious people – re-infused some Magic into Judeo-Christianity, inadvertently or deliberately.

 

 

31) Historically in fact, as the Roman Catholic Church spread around the world, it often sent Christian missionaries, priests, missions, to many very, very primitive peoples of the world; and it is often claimed by Protestants especially, that in their eagerness to be more effective – or just by popular pressure – Catholic priests often adapted Christianity to local religions; to the degree of a) incorporating local gods and goddesses as “saints”; b) and/or perhaps to the extent of allowing local magical traditions to backwash into Christianity.

 

Then too, c) in any case, many early Christians were still influenced by ancient beliefs in magic. Then too d) many conservative priests too, might have been very resistant to eliminating any residual elements of magical thinking that might have remained from early Christian history. To be sure, the Church today warns of such “syncretistic” elements. Though since even churches can be corrupted, it is certain that the Church has not successfully eliminated all such elements of magical thinking from its own core.

 

e) But especially, Christianity inevitably degenerated into belief in magic, as the church spread to many parts of the world that spoke other languages than Italian or Latin, or to parts of the world that were illiterate. Consider how it happened: what would be the attitude of an illiterate Indian toward say, the Bible, if he could not read it? For him, it was say, a sacred object. One that was revered by priests; and that seemed to have strange powers. And so the illiterate peasant or Indian, who could not read the Bible, probably treated it, say, as a magic object; perhaps hoping that by touching the Bible, say, he would be blessed. As if the Bible was a magical object; like a pill or something; just touching it, rather than reading it, was enough. The illiterate person never quite realizing that merely having (and being able to touch) a Bible, was only the first step of a more complicated process; that next, you had to learn to read it (or have it interpreted to you)… before it finally could do its work. Without that, it was actually a potentially valuable, but just in itself valueless, object; it only acquired value, effectiveness, when you added to that your own “work” in learning to read it. The great value of the Bible, is that it contains an outline of moral, civilized behavior, written in words. But if you don’t understand the language, and can’t read, then … the object itself cannot do you much good; it is not a magical object, that all you have to do is touch it, or rub it on your body say, and it can work that way. Thus the Bible and Christianity, were radically misunderstood by many superstitious people.

 

But the Church, spread to an illiterate world, eventually gave in to this. Until well after the Protestant Reformation, the Church resisted translating or disseminating the Bible in any language other than Greek, or Latin. The Mass was given in Latin all over the world; so that the people did not even understand the language of the Bible, or the Mass; thus, since Christianity was being delivered in an alien tongue, since its “tongue” was confused and all but eliminated, its real nature was all but destroyed. Those many primitive people who came to the church, perhaps superstitiously revered it, and heard word-of-mouth rumors perhaps about what it stood for; and perhaps respected the local “father,” with superstitious awe; but all without ever really understanding how it all worked. Without having a complete picture of the full process. But relying on the priest to perhaps say a few garbled words in his own language after Mass perhaps. Or hoping that just physically touching some of the tools of Christianity – like the Bible; or especially say by eating the bread of the Eucharist – he would be saved.

 

The tongue of Christ was half destroyed thereby; and Christianity presented itself to say, 3/4 of the world, as a form of Magic; possessing sacred objects with magical powers; objects that could just be touched or swallowed, and that would save you that way. So aa) you could buy bits of paper with sacred Christian names on them, or scripture, which you could swallow; in the belief that you would be saved by the word this way. Or bb) you could touch the Bible, and be cured of disease; or cc) you could touch the remains of a saint, and be cured. And such beliefs did not exist just on the edges of Christianity; early on, one of them became the very central core of it: dd) you were firmly told by priests, that you could eat a piece of bread blessed by a priest, said to be the body of God, and thus be saved. ee) All without ever really being able to read the Bible; or ff) without being able to understand the words of the Mass; without ever really hearing the words of Jesus much at all; but only as it were, physically touching them. Indeed until Vatican II, the Mass was delivered all over the world, primarily in Latin; as if you could be saved listening to words you did not understand. Christianity completely forgetting, misunderstanding, the importance of language, “tongues.”

 

Eventually – or perhaps from the very start – the magical beliefs of the people, backwashed into the Church itself; in its efforts to adapt to an illiterate population or world, the Church itself inevitably, largely, lost the meaning of itself; lost the “knowledge” of how it really worked. To the point that today, most priests themselves believe not in God, but in magic; the magical effectiveness of sacred objects; like relics, the piece of bread or the “host,” and so forth. Believing that all one needs to do to be saved, is touch – or say, swallow – sacred objects. To be sure, technically, in the fine print of his doctrines, the Church somewhere is aware that most such objects are not at all effective, unless at the very least when touching them, you also have a mental resolve, to be good: you touch them in a “State of Grace”; or with a “pure heart,” or with “faith.” Then at least your “belief” or “faith” in such things, will probably be enough to help you somewhat; even if you cannot read. Even if you never really heard or read the words of God clearly, yourself. Yet to be sure, this simple Catholicism was never quite right. Though it dominated the whole earth. Basically in fact, this was Christianity … degenerated into, merging with, belief in Magic.
Belief in the magical powers of objects. Without understanding the importance, the use of, language, writing.

 

Thus the “tongue” of Christianity, the means by which culture, intelligence, ideas are primarily disseminated … was all but destroyed, all but totally corrupted. And Christianity actually became, for 9/10 of its followers, just another form of Magic. As if you could be saved by merely, physically touching the Bible, rather than reading it.

 

The world was therefore, deceived by magic; a false Christ, presented as in effect a magician. Working not through language, tongues … but merely magical objects. The host; relics; touchable magical objects. Objects thought to have an aura around them, that would influence you directly; even when you could not understand the ritual words around them.

 

To be sure, merely having some respect for, or “faith” in, priests, Christianity, even without understanding them, created some civility. And so along with reverence for sacred objects and priests, the church also stressed simple “faith.” And to be sure, it was better than nothing. And yet at the same time, eventually the compromises our holy men made with primitive mankind, the world, with illiteracy and belief in Magic, seriously undermined Christianity; and over time, made it increasingly obsolescent; a detriment to humanity as much as an asset. Indeed, as the rest of the world move past magic, Magical thinking lingered on in the Church; so that the Church became the last remaining major institution to believe in magic. Ironically, transformed by its corrupted “members,” as the false beliefs of its primitive population backwashed into the church, the church itself became the last surviving bastion, of many of very beliefs it was formed to combat. To the point that today, there is no major institution in the world, that so perfectly expresses belief in Magic. The magical effectiveness of objects, apart from our own “internal disposition” (as the Church acknowledges in the fine print somewhere), or knowledge of the words of the Bible.

 

Today, many Catholic priests still cater to such beliefs; stressing the Eucharist and so forth. Without noting that after all, most of them themselves, in their education as priests, did not actually center themselves so strongly on even the Eucharist; rather instead, priests go to seminaries, and read many books. Today, priests often speak of the Eucharist, taking the “host” or bread, as the be-all-and-end-all of Christianity. Indeed the 1997-2000 edition of the Catechism, spoke of the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. But there were many problems with this position; isn’t God the source? And more importantly, if the Eucharist communion really is the “summit” of our experience, or if Jesus is fully present in the bread and wine … then aa) there is heaven, or no point in one; since we don’t need Heaven, having already achieved the “summit” in the Eucharist. Presumably, if we went to heaven when we died, we will look around and say, “Gee, this is nice! But not quite as good as the Eucharist, back on earth; which was the real summit!”. Then too, bb) if the Eucharist is the full “presence” of Jesus, then there is no point in the Second Coming; what do we need Jesus for again, if we already fully have him? Presumably, when God comes to earth again in the Second Coming, Catholics will look at him and say; “Nice to see you again Jeeze! But what are you doing here again? We already had you fully, in the Eucharist last week!” There is a rumor that, after hearing such objections, the Church made an amendment in its doctrine; and that future Catechisms will correct this. Yet to be sure, the belief in Magic – as for example, belief in the piece of bread – remains so strong in elements of the Church, that even the Second Coming will not correct them.

 

 

32) Elements close to magic can be found to be sure in Christianity right from the start. In the book of Acts – right after the death of Jesus – there are for example, “exorcists” who are working in the name of Lord Jesus (Acts. 19.13-17). Though this was an early form of Psychiatry, in effect. No doubt, our mind or “spirit” can often be troubled by false, troubling ideas or “spirits”; and just by believing such “demons” or “spirits” can be quelled, can help control or dispel them. While then too, if a priest can intellectually defeat, disprove false ideas, that is even better; assisting in the process. So that there is a kind of reality in exorcism. Though one better addressed in other ways, today; with intellectual debate, and psychiatry.

 

 

33) Early Christianity though, made some efforts to stay away from Magic. To be sure, after the exorcists, for example, “a number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly” (Acts 19. 19).

 

 

34) Today, we think of Jesus as a miracle-worker. And parts of the New Testament seem at times to support that belief in “miracles” … which is really, an idea from magic. The whole idea of “miracles” being from Magic: that you can get some benefit from being exposed to sacred objects, words, even without understanding them, or without any work on your own part; like waving a magic wand.

 

a) But of course, those of us who actually read our Bibles, note their natural aspects. (As we noted in our longer discussions on miracles.)

 

b) Remember too, there were many key parts of the Bible that backed “science” – which says there are no miracles.

 

c) While there were parts that explicitly questioned whether all work miracles after all:

 

 

“Do all work miracles?” (1 Corin. 12.29).

 

 

d) And while accounts of apparent miracles are apparently found in many of the gospels themselves, this does not assure us that they are good – even if they are in a “gospel.” Because indeed, St. Paul more or less warned that only his writings or gospels – which did not stress miracles – were reliable. While he added that turning to any of those other gospels – that by the way stressed miracles – might not be good. That even “gospels” might present “another Jesus” or Christ, than the right one:

 

 

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the face of Christ and turning to a different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1.6-8).

 

“I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts ill be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel fom the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough. I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge” (2 Corin. 11.2-5).

 

 

35) But if Paul did not stress miracles or Magic, Paul did also say that it is indeed possible – and even inevitable – for bad things to enter and even take over, even Judeo-Christianity. Indeed, God said there had always been such things; even “another Jesus” than the right one, a False Christ; infecting even the first Christian churches, even those under direct supervision of major Apostles; like Paul.

 

And indeed, we will finally find, in effect, the most common idea the people have had, of a Jesus Christ as a miracle-worker, worker of supernatural miracles, is in effect, one of the foretold aa) False Christs, and of the bb) false magicians that we were warned were already, beginning even in the first days of Christianity itself (1 John 4, etc.).

 

 

36) To be sure, there are deep signs of magical influence, all around Jesus himself. Suggesting there were many simple, superstitious people, who came after Jesus, who tried to make him into, see him as, in effect, a magician. Consider Matthew’s account for example; which recounts a visit at the birth of Jesus, by three “Wise Men”; or in the original Greek, the “Three Magi.”

 

Curiously, in Matthew’s account, Jesus himself, at birth, was said to have been visited – and even given “gifts” – by three men. Who are variously called a) the “Three Wise Men”; but b) who were also called, in the original Greek transliterated in context, the “magoys”; or in many English translations, the “Magi.” A word that comes from the same root, as “magician.”

 

Who were the “Magi”?
The word is sometimes translated “wise men.” But more exactly, the word “Magi” is from a Persian word, “Magus.” Being a Persian word for a “wise” man to be sure. But in ancient times, “wise men” – plural, “magi” – meant … mostly “magicians.” Persia, the country to the “East” of Israel, was full of magi … or magicians. Wise men whose beliefs contained many elements we would today call magical thinking. (Including alchemy, and so forth?).

 

a) There are therefore, attempts in the New Testament to suggest that Jesus was a magician. First the “Three Magi” – were from the same word as “Magic.” Both are derived from the word “Magus.” Which was used in Persia, etc., to stand for any kind of local “wise man” – but especially in effect, magicians. (See also cognate “maghdim,” “a Chaldean term meaning wisdom and philosophy”; Ency. Brit., 1998, v. 7, p. 672. The Bible refers specifically to Chaldeans often, and refers specifically to their “magicians,” in Dan. 4.7, 5.11).

 

b) Thus, although the Bible often condemned magicians, other times – especially in the beginning of the New Testament, curiously – it began to indirectly, almost admit them; and allow them influence.

 

c) Shockingly in fact, the Gospel of Matthew suggests that these “Magi” gave Jesus himself, some of their “gifts.” (Mat. 2.1-12). First of all then, we have Magicians giving Jesus “gifts.” Of materials that had symbolic – and magical? – significance.

 

d) And then too, it is not certain these gifts were limited to these physical objects. The “gifts” were taken traditionally, to be merely physical objects – “gold and Frankincense and myrrh” (Mat. 2.11). But if you look at the wording of the text in some translations, these three gifts might not have exhausted the list of what Jesus was given by the Magi. The text in English, does not make it clear that Jesus was being offered, say, just three gifts: gifts in effect, of gold and frankincense and Myrrh; rather than, say, or gifts … and then, gold, frankincense and Myrrh. So that we cannot be sure just exactly what gifts Jesus got from Magicians; perhaps Matthew intended to hint, Jesus was getting magical powers, or similar wisdom from the East, or Persia, etc… In order to attract Easterners to Christianity?

 

In any case: in one gospel therefore, Jesus himself was given “gifts” by the Magi … or given gifts that is to say, by magicians.

 

e) To be sure, no doubt, this incident might have been an embarrassment to many Christians. As evidenced by the fact that most Bibles do not translate “Magi” as magicians; or even leave it untranslated just as “Magi”: but instead, most Bibles interpret it “Wise Men.” Thus hiding all this from us.

 

No doubt it was embarrassing to many Christians to have Jesus meeting with magicians and getting gifts from them. So that this was typically hidden from the people.

 

f) Indeed, strikingly, amazingly, confirming a desire by much of Christianity to leave out signs of magical influence on Jesus, actually, amazingly, this is one of the places where even the so-called synoptic gospels, differ strikingly in their account. Note that the other gospels do not mention the Magis or Wise Men either; they leave the Magi out.

 

In fact, not only do they not have the Magi in them; the other gospels even went to the extraordinary lengths of … changing this incident or emphasis entirely. The Gospels of Mark and Luke not mentioning it at all in their first pages; (having only an “angel” Gabriel of the “Lord” addressing Mary early before conception Luke 1.26; the babe in Luke, merely hearing John the Baptist, in the womb; while the “Rich he has sent empty away” Luke 1.53. With no embarrassing or revealing mention of the Magicians. Indeed amazingly, the Magi are very conspicuously absent in other gospels (especially surprising, given their huge popularity in Christmas pageants).

 

 

g) Even more shockingly, not are the Magi not mentioned outside the Gospel of Matthew; in fact, suddenly, the Gospel of Luke even changes the whole magical moment around; not only does Luke not have any wise men or magi in it, but indeed, rather than being visited by three “magi,” something completely different happens; in Luke the Magi are gone … and Mary is visited by … three “shepherds” (Luke 2. 8-19).

 

(While for that matter, in the beginning of the Gospel of John, there is no specific account of the physical, birth of Jesus at all; who only seems to spring full-born, straight from the “Word.”)

 

And so, there were signs of magical influence on our perception of Jesus; but those signs were not consistent. And by one means or another, in nearly all contemporary Bibles, the magicians – and you might say, the magician Jesus – have apparently, all but disappeared. Or made themselves invisible, you might say. Indeed, they all but disappeared even in their one occurrence in Matthew. Thanks to some semantic sleight-of-hand and often deliberate “confusions” of “tongue,” no doubt few if any ordinary Bible readers, would ever have the etymological acumen, to note the original Greek word “magi,” instead of “Wise Men.” And fewer still, would recognize the relation of that word, to the word, “magician.”

 

Thus, whatever magicians there might be in early Christianity, soon managed to make themselves invisible. By some semantic illusionism, and some semantic “twists.” Simply translating “magi” as “wise men” – or leaving “magi” un-translated – was enough to render the term opaque, and thus hide the magicians from plain sight. Thanks to our very subtle “scribes,” no doubt, in large part. Who oversaw the writing and translation of the Bible. Disappeared into a “word.”

 

Thus the connection between Jesus and the name or word “magician,” does not officially appear therefore, intimately connected with Jesus, from birth, in most translations; the connection has been disappeared, conjured away, by our religious translators. Though Matthew apparently, once tried to mention this connection; to connect Jesus to magic. (And/or ancient Persian wisdom).

 

One is left wondering what kind of “shepherds” do we have here, though, to be sure? Are they actually the foretold “false shepherds” … who were really magis? Who were really magicians?

 

In any case, we do have here, signs of attempts to connect Jesus to the magical tradition. What you should make of these signs, is left to the reader. In any case, it is clear that there were attempts in the rest of the New Testament, to disappear these connections. Perhaps as an attempt to distance the legacy of Jesus, from any connection with … magic.

 

 

37) Yet was the magical view of Jesus, ever totally suppressed? If you look at the “works” he does, just like Moses, Jesus worked many miracles, which (like Moses), looked very much like typical magic tricks, often.
Making bread appear in mostly empty baskets, sounds exactly like a typical magicians’ tricks: making rabbits appear in empty hats. (See also the Bible noting ressemblances between miracles of Moses and Aaron, and magicians).

 

Today a) of course, the very faithful believer, will not want to face the possibility that the Biblical view of Jesus is or was, partially connected to belief in magic, at times. And b) indeed, we should not call Jesus himself a magician here at all. More likely, we should say, many around him were interested in connecting Jesus to magic; and c) many of these were very, very good at making things appear, or disappear, at will, in our texts, and in our minds.

 

In any case, what about the d) miracles said to be worked by Jesus? We will not deny them at all; but suggest that our linguistic conjurers, enchanters, might better translate such things in the future; translated them in a way to make them less magical, and more compatible with natural phenomena, that can be “confirmed” at last, by science. For example, e) Jesus himself at times said he was working no “signs” for an Evil Generation but one. Other times, f) told his disciples not to tell anyone he was working miracles, or that he was the Messiah; while g) at times Jesus attempted to metaphoricalize or spiritualize those old promises, suggesting that making “bread” appear out of thin air, might be a metaphor for the way the thought and spirit of Jesus is spiritual nourishment for us. Or then too, h) there are various naturalistic interpretations of all his miracles too. As we will find.

 

So that if at times, Jesus appeared to be magic, or a magician, other times, he does not. So that we await his “second” “parousia” or “appearance,” or “Second Coming”; to be more definitive.

 

 

 

38) There were other ties between Jesus and magic, in some texts. It seems likely that there were in fact, magical ideas in the minds of many of the early editors of the Bible; even though they took the time to (partially) eliminate traces of them. Consider for example, the common interpretation of the Bible, that Jesus was raising the dead; and had been himself raised from the dead, “resurrected,” late in life. We will later show how these incidents can be taken as natural, scientifically-verifiable events. Even with close conformity to the Bible itself.

 

a) But the most common idea of resurrection though in any case – literally, physically dead people, rising out of their graves, like Lazarus – really recalls the influence of belief in “necromancers” and other magicians; or persons who likewise, were said to raise the dead, in order to consult with them (about the future, etc.).

 

And to be sure, necromancers were often firmly forbidden by the more educated elements of Judaism (Saduccess?); in the Bible itself. But early Christians were not quite fully under the authority of Jewish “law” any more; thanks to Pharisees, and Gentile influence; and later Paul and others. And so we see many scenes with Jesus, acting very much like a necromancer;
raising Lazarus, etc.. Which seems to raise the dead too.

 

b) Was the image of Jesus the miracle-worker, then – and especially, as raiser of the dead – really a popular misunderstanding, confused by residual belief in magic? Specifically, necromancy? In fact, when we look later into the details of the Biblical text, we will find that the text is absolutely, consistently, readable, as something else than a simple raising of dead bodies; or necromancy. The popular vision then is undoubtedly influenced by magic.

 

c) Yet the Biblical text itself, we will find, appears rather more sophisticated. There are many questions in the account of Lazarus, whether he is really physically dead, actually. Jesus himself says his illness is not fatal; and if he later says he is “dead,” then Jesus is in the habit of using the word “dead” as a metaphor; to mean “dead to” this or that (as the Prodigal Son was “dead” to his father when he was bad).

 

Technically then, we will find that if we look at the text of the Bible itself, as we have it today, it never quite even firmly portrays any wonder as a supernatural miracle; and it never labels Jesus as a miracle-worker at all. Technically, it could all be metaphors, and so forth.

 

e) While indeed, the account of the resurrection of Lazarus, is examined in great naturalistic detail; Jesus telling us first that the disease that Lazarus has, is not usually fatal; Jesus then suggesting Laz was not even really dead; or perhaps only spiritually dead; and so forth. So that we cannot be sure whether a case of magic – specifically, necromancy, or raising the dead – took place here.

 

f) Yet, given the superstitions of his day, no doubt manh of the common people around him, no doubt usually interpreted Jesus as a miracle-worker – in effect a magician. And indeed, the New Testament accounts, are always close to magical beliefs; probably in reflection not of educated (say, Sanhedran or Sadducee) traditions, but of popular beliefs. Which would have made sure that there would have been, in Jesus’ time, many rumors that in effect, Jesus was after all, really, merely, a magician. (Taking literally, talk of raising the spiritually dead, and so forth; taking metaphors literally, no doubt).

 

f) Today, the Bible seems to want to entertain two different interpretations; that Jesus was working miracles … to reflect the popular tradition. But then to hint that such miracles were either just spiritual metaphors, or metaphors for natural things.

 

 

39) Indeed, the Bible seems to never have wanted the notion of Jesus himself as “magi” or magician, to become too prominent. However, the early authors of the Bible, undoubtedly had to deal with popular rumors of Jesus, as miracle-worker, or even magician. And so, undoubtedly, to indirectly at least address or mention such rumors, but to also suggest that any such vision of Jesus was not approved, in the New Testament there appears a story about someone quite like Jesus in many ways; but who appears to be the magician version of him. A magician with at times one name – “Elymas” (also meaning “sage” or “wise man” some sources say) – but other times, with the same name in part in fact; a “Jesus” who is a magician, and is also called …. “Bar Jesus.” (“Brother of Jesus”? Acts 13.6-12). But after noting this Jesus, the New Testament clearly rejects this vision of Jesus, the magician; as not being the true Jesus. (You might call him the “barred” Jesus, to make a pun in English).

 

And as usual, the text is at pains to hint at various magical related aspects surrounding the name and environment of “Jesus” … but also to deny or all but totally disappear those traces. So to be sure, here, a) this
magician “Jesus,” was firmly condemned; as opposed to Christianity; and indeed, he was not favored, but was made “blind” by Saul/Paul (Acts. 13. 9 ff). Yet b) the Biblical subtext that presented Jesus Christ himself as miracle-working magician, was not firmly condemned or eliminated.

 

So to this day, in the popular tradition, in popular Christianity, there are rumors of magical activity around Jesus himself; and popularly Jesus is thought of as being in effect a magician; a worker of “miracles.” But finally, though such ideas can be found in parts of the Bible, eventually we will have seen, they are all-but entirely effaced from the text of the Bible itself; and regarded as aa) metaphors. Or bb) as a false Jesus; a different person entirely.

 

Yet to be sure, to this very day, those interested in finding the true Jesus, might want to further pursue how the magical Jesus was rejected; who is perhaps related after all to the miracle-working Jesus. Deep inside the Bible, there are some interesting hints burried there; note that Paul himself, on confronting Bar-Jesus, chastised him for some kind of strange slight of hand; of “making crooked the straight paths of the Lord” (Acts 13.12). So that raising the issue of straight story-telling – or say, a straight representation of Jesus – seems structurally indicated here. (Note that Peter warned, when speaking of Paul and his readers, about those who “twist” the meaning of scripture).

 

[Then too by the way, the word “Bar” means “son of”; (cf. “Barabbas,” “Son of Abba,” or “Son of Father”; yet another bad version of Jesus?). So that this story of “Bar Jesus” many also be intended to deal in a veiled, alternate universe, doppleganger way, with those occasional persons who would claim to be the “son of” Jesus himself; and therefore, heir to the throne of Christianity. And who might try to change doctrine and so forth. But who here are rejected in effect, as mere magicians.

 

All attempts to make Jesus the founder of an hereditary dynasty, to try to deify his descendants, would run into the problem of monarchies; that often the descendants of a king are not as capable as the king himself was; ability is not always inherited. For this reason too, then, the “Son of Jesus” would have been denigrated. While indeed, there were no clear accounts of Jesus being married, or having children. (And no clear unequivocal account of brothers, other than spiritual brothers). Thus breaking up any possible monarchy.]

 

In any case, the Bible does indirectly address any popular associations between Jesus and magicians here again … and again, rather rejects them. Though it leaves in faint hints that some once made this connection.

 

There are some curious gifts here though; just as Saul (remembering too that King Saul who believed in magic?) sees Jesus and suffers “blind”ness and becomes Paul, so likewise, Bar Jesus the magician, when confronted by Paul, becomes Elymas, and becomes “blind” for a moment. In Acts 13.11. So that oddly those who meet Jesus or Christianity become … the seeing, but blind, and in the “dark.” At least a while. While in the meantime, all around, names and people and roles, are shifting constantly; winking in and out of existence and status. Probably reflecting the still-chaotic and not yet jelled state of Christianity; as it dealt with many various rumors and characterizations of even its holiest characters.

 

In any case though, again, the element of all this magical linguistic chaos and shape-shifting, that interests us here, is that – just as in the case of Jesus getting “gifts” from the “Magi” – yet another rumor of a “magician” Jesus, very nearly surfaces into the text … but is kept down by carefully leaving critical titles untranslated and therefore appearing opaque, proper names; while then, soon even those signs are then immediately buried. Though perhaps, if there is a resurrection to be seen again, then indeed, we are even now unearthing many things; “another Jesus” as Paul said, than many have been allowed to clearly “see” previously. One that is to be rejected though, the surface of the text often seems to want to say (except the apparent surface of apparent miracles).

 

 

40) At times to be sure, the scribes that wrote our Bibles, seem to play word games, semantics, “double-“language: or “tongues”; semantic conjuring, semantic sleight-of-hand, with us. And particularly, with the issue of miracles; whether they are real or not, natural or not, metaphors, or not, magical or not. At times, looking at all the times the Bible mentions magic, we find it often lending itself to two or three interpretations on the subject; seeming at times on the surface to a) ban magic at least from sight; giving it a proper name. Or b) only faintly hint at its presence in Christianity; or say, c) other times, to re-admit magic; albeit under a new “whitewash”ed name; as “miracle.” Yet to be sure, going back to the original Greek, we find that the original terms were more like “powers,” or “portents,” not “miracle.” And not “supernatural” either (q.v. our earlier discussion on Paul noting the inadequacy of the “supernatural”).

 

Yet finally, the New Testament did not fully endorse magic; or its correlate, “supernatural” “miracle” either.

 

 

41) So that those many billions who see Jesus as a magician, or miracle-worker, are looking at a buried, abandoned, Jesus. One that no doubt, should remain buried, and not be resurrected. While in contrast, it is rather Jesus as practical scientist, that finally shows the most signs of being fruitful; and deserving of resurrection. Whatever that is, viewed naturalistically; having its main outline, live on in our hearts and minds, no doubt, among other things. (See our Resurrection and Immortality).

 

 

42) To be sure finally, as noted above, there are many signs in the Bible of an effort to re-admit belief in magic, under other names. So for example, the Bible at first condemns, but then re-admits under another name, the basic but banned idea of magical “conjuring,” making things appearing out of thin air. a) Not as “magic,” but renamed, whitewashed, as “miracle.” Or then b) the Bible bans the idea of “necromancy,” or “conjuring” up the dead … but then readmits it after a name change, in a Christianized, sanitized form … as “raising the dead,” and “resurrection.” And c) then, as for the – often banned – idea of telling the future, “augur”ing, “soothsaying,” and so forth, fortune-telling, that too is re-admitted under a new whitewashed name; as “prophesy.” While in the priesthood, d) “spiritualism” is readmitted … as “spirituality.” Just as e) the acts of magicians in Egypt are readmitted as the “miracles” of Moses; and f) the magical aspects of Jesus, are readmitted (partially) as the acceptance of gifts from the “Magi.”

 

To be sure, g) no doubt, there are minor differences between ancient magical beliefs and Christianity; which priests will always make a great deal about. Or indeed, in any case, h) the Bible finally shows signs of rejecting even the sanitized versions of magic miracles; calling them spiritual metaphors. (Above?)

 

Or i) calling for the destruction of even Judeo-Christian soothsayers, “prophets.” (Above?)

 

Or finally j) calling for the destruction of the very heaven in which they were spoken of. (Above?)

 

So that there are no firm assertions, advocacies in the Bible itself, of ties between Jesus and magic or miracle either. Though there were once many signs of such ties, finally the Bible says any such Jesus, was a false Christ.

 

43) While the Bible finally attempts to move Christianity firmly past, ancient beliefs in magic. Toward after all, “science.” As we found in many more quotes even from Jesus himself; Jesus stressing real “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” as proven by reliable “witness”es; and as the rest of the Old Testament says, “science.” And science rejects miracles.

 

So finally therefore, the magical – or miracle-working – Jesus, is rejected, by the Bible itself. Just as it is rejected by science too.

 

 

44) Obviously though, there was a problem with the radical indecisiveness of the Bible, which expressed itself in radical ambiguity in the text; as translators of the Bible, tried to cover up, conceal this intrusion of Magic into our holiest traditions, our texts, by changing the words a bit; and trying to make “distinctions without a difference,” as Logic calls them. As noted above, they call magical tricks “Miracles” instead of “magic”; necromancy, “raising the dead,” etc..

 

No doubt, retaining belief in magical powers, was useful to appeal to the masses. At the same time though, at some point, as the people become better educated, the retention of magical ideas, actively holds the people back. As we will see (in the Harm Done).

 

 

45) But now it is time to expose, and further eliminate, all the false ideas of Jesus as magician – or miracle-worker – from our esteem.

 

 

46) That is what our investigations here suggest. While for that matter, science – and especially Anthropology – we will have seen, really tells us in effect, that most current religion, derived historically from ancient magical beliefs. And that probably
all Christian promises of miracles, spirits, are absolutely continuous with – even the same as – ancient promises of spirits, and bad Magic. (As opposed to good magic which was proto-science).

 

 

47) Indeed, we will see later, just as the Bible noted similarities, even occasional identities, between the tricks of magicians and the miracles of say, Moses, modern observers will note that there is another striking resemblance between promises of “miracles” and modern stage magic tricks; in that neither of them really work, the way they presented themselves. Today, conjuring things out of thin air and so forth, can neither can be duplicated, or confirmed … except by way of mere stage magician tricks: sleight-of-hand tricks, “smoke and mirrors” as they say; springs and hidden compartments. Which alone allow us to appear to make rabbits appear in empty hats. (Cf. however, invisible radio waves, etc.).

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

48) Can the people face the disappearance of the magical Christ? As a false Christ? In fact, the Church at times hints that miracles are merely signs, proofs, for ordinary people; not for educated people. (Cf. “Signs” for “Gentiles”?).

 

49) In any case, if the old heaven of miracles crumbles, then to be sure, the Bible itself noted that one day or another, we are supposed to … uncover sorceries, many false things, enchantments and delusions, in our churches. And indeed, one “day” we are supposed to discover that the whole earth has been “deceived,” in its “worship” (Rev. 13).

 

And a) some would say, some of us are seeing this, right now.

 

While b) next, we are to ask our preachers to also “refine” their own vision – or their catering to the popular tradition. And publicly throw the sorcerers and their false Christ and illusions, at last, out of our Temples. To cut those who believe in Magic, off from our truer traditions.

 

In fact it is time to simply say to the people, that belief in miracles, is belief in magic. (Cf. the song or saying, “Jesus is Magic”). But finally, to see or say this, is not to destroy religion; but rather, many would say, to pass through the fire of self-criticism of one’s childhood beliefs; and to begin to attain “judgement.”

 

c) To learn to separate the good and true things in religion, at last. To separate the false things, from the things really from God. The False Christ, from the true one.

 

d) And thus to be at last released from bondage to false ideas, a false Lord.

 

e) To find the second and better vision, Coming, of Jesus, at last.

 

 

50) To be sure, though, some preachers, and many New Agers, and many secular believers in supernatural things, will simply admit that elements of Christianity were infected by popular magical belief … but then simply go on to defend both miracles, and magic, and other “supernatural” powers.

 

Yet a) we have found that the Bible itself warned about that. (Paul noting problems with the “supernatural” in 1 Corin, in the Revised Standard Version).

 

While then b) too, we add now the Bible told us to honor “science.” While science has shown that most magical beliefs are mostly false, or untrue to the natural world, as is has meaning to us today.

 

While indeed too, historically, many very early scientific investigators outside the Bible itself, often investigated early claims of “miracles,” “magic,” “healings” and other miracles. In both aa) Religion and bb) Magic, and cc) pseudo medicine, faith-healings, etc… And these investigators found that most faith healers, of whatever ilk – be they religious, or magical, or pseudo-scientific – were usually wrong, and false. Those who promised they were working miracles in fact, were d) at best honestly mistake or deluded; or were e) often even deliberate, conscious cheats and scam artists.

 

So that the “supernatural” is not good. Indeed, f) we will have found that the wonders of the bible are natural, not supernatural.

 

 

51) Most importantly though, we will find that such beliefs in Christianity as derive from belief in Magic, are not only mostly false, but also, we will show, more importantly … they have done an immense amount of very real, physical damage, “harm,” to those who believed in them. As we show in our section on “The Harm Done” by false Christianity.

 

 

 

Conclusion?

 

 

 

So finally, there is really no defense of miracles. Those who wish to retain some sense that there is truth in them still, should be encouraged to see them naturalistically.

 

Surprisingly (see above?), we can condemn the whole idea of supernatural miracles, without ever violating, leaving behind, condemning, the Bible itself. Which a) always warned there would be false things, magicians, in the midst of our holiest things. And b) if the Bible presented wonders, after all, we will have seen in our writing on Natural Christianity, always presented them in such a way that they could be interpreted as natural wonders, rather than magic. If the Red Sea was moved, a “wind” blew it … says part of the Bible, itself (Ex. 14.21):

 

“The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground” (Ex. 14.21).

 

Though many preachers look down on such mere, humble, mundane wonders, and like to make much bigger, grander, supernatural promises, their promises, we find, do not come true; “do not come to pass,” and must therefore be condemned as false. While in contrast, the natural understanding of wonders, is verified not only by a closer reading of the Bible itself, but also of course by science; which confirms that indeed, the “wind” often blows water in Venice for example, in just the other side of the Mediterranean, so high, that the famous “aqua alta” (SP?) or “high water,” often floods the city.

 

So strictly speaking, the Bible itself as presently translated, never firmly presented Jesus as magic; but it left in the finer print, qualifications, details and so forth … that allow us to discover a truer, non-magical view of each and every event or wonder in the Bible; views that conform to science. (As we note in our chapters on Natural Religion).

 

 

52) While as for those many preachers who still insist on miracles and magic, and who still follow the magical Christ? The false magician? No doubt of course, they and their false spirit, will go to Hell forever; as specified according to their own doctrines, for those who believe in a False Christ.

 

Belief in bread out of thin air, is essentially the same as belief that rabbits can appear out of thin air, in empty hats. Belief in miracles is therefore actually, not real Christianity … but is belief in Magic. Or belief in sorcerers, and magicians. Our miracle-promising preachers were really … the foretold false magicians. While even our “spiritual” preachers were still under illusions and delusions, too.

 

And so now, we are moving on. To a second and better vision of Christ; Christ not as magician, or miracle-worker; but the real Christ, as a scientist.

Moving beyond Scientology and Christian Science … to the full science of God, today. Borrowing on the full expertise of Anthropology, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, and so forth. In order to find God, as he really is, at last.

 

There were always many elements of false belief in magic, magicians, throughout much of popular Christianity. Just as King Saul once banned and then recalled witches, there were always elements of magic passing in and out of Judeo-Christian religion. Or in fact, there have always been many fatal elements of magical thinking in Judeo-Christian religion all along; elements that were firmly rooted out, at all. That were there from the start … and are still there. Working their evil influence.

 

Fortunately though, to be sure, eventually the Catholic Church itself has begun to note that many false traditions from other religions, had indeed entered Christianity, the Church; it called them “syncretisms,” in effect. While indeed, the science of Anthropology – which was recently embraced by the Church – is able to increasingly trace and expose the links between traditional religion, and ancient magical thinking.

 

The fact is, it appears there were many elements of magic in Christianity. But finally, our science of God – allied with Anthropology, Sociology, Biology, honest History, etc. – can also now help separate plausible events, from magical thinking. To separate the valid elements of religion, from false magical thinking; and thus, separate the a) wheat from the chaff; the b) sheep from the goats; c) the fruitful branches, from the unfruitful branches, of our holiest institutions.

 

With science, we can now separate the true representatives of God … from the miracle-promising ministers; who were, without exactly knowing it, really magicians; magicians that deceived themselves, and then the whole earth. But who can now be exposed. And left behind.

 

To be sure:

 

 

“All nations were deceived by thy sorcery” (Rev. 18. 23).

 

 

Yet while we now find here, that as the Bible foretold, the whole earth has indeed, been deceived for two thousand years and more, by false priests who were really, actually, (sometimes without knowing it), magicians … or victims of magic, illusions, then after all, today, here and now, we have a way of exposing all this. Through the science of God. As we are exposing it – for those who can see – here and now.

 

As even now:

 

 

“I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers” (Mal. 3.5).

 

 

As indeed, we are bearing, here and now, very swift witness indeed; against our miracle-promising ministers. We will now ask them to “refine” themselves … or else, step down as ministers. Or be loudly, publicly, continuously denounced, by true believers and sensible people, as the “magicians” they are; as believers in “magic.”

 

Our religion, Christianity, was long ago taken over by magicians, who thought they were priests and ministers. Indeed, our entire religion, the priesthoods, were all but utterly taken over by magicians, even in the time of Jesus, or slightly thereafter; while magicians have dominated historical Christianity, almost to this very day, c. 2011. But? Today it is finally time to kick them out; the magicians with their false promises, and false spirits.

 

As foretold, so long ago. By the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF CHAPTER 3

 

 

 

Part II

 

 

Stage-Magicians:

 

Science Investigated

Stage Magicians –

And Found Them False

 

 

 

The Bible warned constantly about magic, magicians, infecting Judeo-Christianity, right from the start. This is obviously a bad thing. But now and then a few people, will admit this – and try to defend it. On hearing that their Christianity was really believe in Magic,some will just say next, that this is fine; that “magic” – or more often, belief in the “supernatural” – is simply itself in turn, good and true. Some will say, even if Jesus was a magician, then that is … good. Since Magic itself is good. And so, many will simply go and now just simply and more openly than ever, embrace magic again; this time, more explicitly.

 

Yet to be sure, many of those persons who embrace Magic, may not be really clear on what it is. Or indeed, many are simply mislead by it. Therefore, we need to look into Magic, here. To show exactly what it was and is. In order to show in turn, why we all need to move beyond 1) magical thinking, and the 2) illusions of sorcerers and 3) stage magicians, and 4) magic-entranced preachers for example.

 

First: the word “magic,” the dictionary tells us, probably comes from, ultimately, the Iranian word, ” “Magos,” or “magus” (plural “Magi”?); like the Old Persian “mogush,” or “sorcerer.” (See Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary; and the OED; Oxford English Dictionary). Some will say that basically, the word “Magus” is probably the old Persian word for any and all kinds of “wise man”; it probably referred to all kinds of people who were considered wise, and that seemed to be able to do amazing things, in ancient times. But note that the wise men of the past, include a wide range of ancient persons, nearly all of whom believed in things we would today call, “magic.”

 

Some of the old magical beliefs might have had some truth in them, and others not; in ancient times there were many early, proto-medical doctors, healers, including witch-doctors, with regiments and potions … that were sometimes bunkum, but were at times the prototypes of pharmacology; some ancient remedies were shown later to have real medical value. So that in ancient magical beliefs, we find a surreal mixture of some true and false beliefs, some would say. Ancient alchemists for example, were constantly talking of “spirits” and so forth … but were also the forerunners of real chemists. Likewise, early astrologers, were the early version of astronomy professors, and so forth. Many of these early wise men, magicians, were involved in what would eventually become refined as science. Though to be sure, in ancient times, whatever valid learning there was in them, was intermixed with many false leads, many false notions about “spirits,” and so forth. And no doubt, many of the more mistaken “wise men,” are among the “wise” men and “magicians,” found false in the Bible.

 

In any case though, there were many problems with magicians. The first “magicians” were 1) just ancient wise men; some of whom knew some valid things, some form of early science and technology. Yet 2) to be sure, most their knowledge, in ancient times, was very imperfect, and intermixed with many ideas that later, more advanced science would find to be false. And in fact, these early forms of knowledge, were so imperfect that, out of their unreliability – and out of rivalry from other forms of knowledge – eventually, these wise men or magicians, got a very bad reputation. Or better said, what happened was that 3) those elements of ancient wisdom that were good, were further refined, and then split off to become real, natural sciences … like Chemistry and Medicine. While 4) those bits that were not good, were left to conservatives, who would not let go the old wisdom, the old magic, or all its confused half-truths. And who for some time continued to call themselves magicians.

 

Even as knowledge progressed, many people held on to the earlier forms of confused “wisdom” and “magic”; many people still trying to claim to have “super”natural powers. And many even seriously retaining the name “magicians.” Until very late in history. Eventually though 5) by about the 17th or 18th century or so, science was well enough advanced, to firmly refute many false elements of ancient “wisdom” and magical lore. 6) So that by about 1600, those people who still believed in “witches” for example, though numerous, were looked down on by many educated people. Though 7) many people continued to believe that religion, priests, would make bread appear out of thin air, that was only in the special, limited realm of “Religion” only. While as 8) for normal everyday life, by about 1850 or so, most educated adults did not believe anyone short of a priest or holy man could make things appear out of thin air; and 9) as for the self-styled “magicians,” there remained virtually no educated person, in the West, who seriously called himself a “magician” or “sorcerer”; seriously claiming to have “supernatural” powers. Indeed, by about that time (very roughly speaking; guesstimating); the only people who called themselves “magicians,” were stage magicians; who normally knew that their alleged feats of magic – making rabbits appear in empty hats – were not really real, but were tricks; using secret compartments in their hats and clothes, and so forth.

 

Therefore, there were in effect, really no serious “magicians” in the West; by about 1900 or so especially, all had been exposed by science. And mostly any “magicians” that remained, were people who knew themselves, that they really had no supernatural powers; but that they were just pretending to do so. Though 10)to be sure, if most magicians themselves knew they were most tricksters or “entertainers,” many children and common, uneducated people, did not quite know. Many saw stage magicians on through to about 1967 or so … and still half believed; believed that the magician was really making things appear out of thin air.

 

And so 11) some magicians and others, exploited these beliefs; and pretended to have real powers – especially, to get money from credulous people, to work wonders. While 12) a few still continue to do this, to this very day.

 

13) Accordingly, since there are still some unscrupulous persons who still claim to have supernatural powers, we still need to tell many uneducated people – and children – even today, that no one can make things appear out of thin air; that all magicians are tricksters, frauds, or mere entertainers. Not people with real powers.

 

 

 

Stage Magicians

 

 

 

Indeed, science has long since, investigated magical ideas, for many centuries; and found most of them (if not all of them) false. Indeed, around 1900 or so, one of the most famous stage magicans of all – Harry Houdini – had publicly tried to remove the veil, and tell everyone frankly, that there were no real magicians; that it was all just stage tricks, smoke and mirrors and secret compartments and so forth.

 

So that by about 1850 to 1920 or so, serious belief in “magic” and “magicians,” as such, was pretty much subsided. And most of those who took the name “magicians,” began to take the name merely as an admitted, often self-confessed, transparent deception; they pretended to work supernatural wonders for purposes of “entertainment” only, as they said. They were stage magicians, “conjurers,” who knew themselves, that most of what they claimed to do was a false trick.

 

Today, anyone can buy a manual on how to be a stage magician; and they just tell you how to do many of the most common tricks. Mostly, it is done by way of things like secret compartments in their sleeves, hats. And so forth. By the time of Houdini, the famous stage magician, there were many “Magic books” for sale; books explaining how exactly how apparent miracles were done – by way of secret compartments, smoke and mirrors, springs, and so forth. Using mirrors and smoke and sleight-of-hand, to create illusions and delusions.

 

And after Houdini in particular, confessed all this, at length, in a book or two, finally, most educated people knew that there was nothing left that was real, in the tradition of Magic. (Though to be sure, some uneducated people still believe in spiritualism, supernatural things, magic, astrology, most know that science proved much of magic to be false; and that indeed, many stage magicians finally confessed that they were deceiving people; that they were not really making rabbits appear out of thin air for example).

 

 

Recap

 

 

So the world of “magic” and magicians, really includes at least three different kinds of people. First there were the original 1) ancient wise men, Magis; some of whom actually knew some valid knowledge or science, though that knowledge was intermixed with many confused and wrong ideas. But since some of their ideas were right, 2) many people called “magicians” were actually, possibly in effect, fairly competent early scientists and technicians. Yet alongside whatever real competence was found in some magicians, there were also many others, who were full of mostly false superstitions. And 3) outright frauds; who knew they did not really have magical powers, but who were “charlatans” and frauds, liars, that could get others to believe in them, in order to get money from them. (cf. priests, ministers, who say they are working miracles today). But then 4) especially after Houdini, more and more stage magicians would admit now and then, that they did not actually have any supernatural powers; but were only pretending to have them, to entertain people.

 

Though to be sure, 5) there are a few people who claim to be serious investigators of the “supernatural” or “para-normal.” And 6) indeed there are always people who still claim to be able to talk to the dead on TV and so forth (like Sylvia what’s her name). (And then too – 7 – we still have many ministers and priests, that claim much the same thing, in the name of Jesus however.)

 

Therefore, we need to once again, clearly tell the people that so far, by far, all such claims have been proven false, time after time after time. That “magic” is not real. Or, if it has real effects, they are not quite what the magician tells you. If rabbits appear suddenly in “empty” hats, they were actually hidden in secret compartments. And so forth. So that ultimately, there is actually a natural or technological explanation, for nearly all “magic.”

 

 

 

More:

Magic – Spirit; Miracle – In the Bible?

 

 

Yet to be sure, beliefs very similar to beliefs in magic, have persisted in popular Christianity. Among not only common people, but most priests. So suppose we take a long look at conjuring – making bread appear out of thin air, and so forth – in Christianity. In order to hopefully, split off what is likely real, from what is not.

 

First though, a quick history of religious beliefs in spirits, and life after death, resurrections, and so forth.

 

First indeed, it was already known to some, even by the time of the Old Testament, that there were sins and errors or shortfalls, at least in “magicians”; Moses to be sure, accepts that magicians are actually turning their staffs into real snakes, it seems … but in any case however, Moses claims to have even bigger powers than they do. While likewise, King Saul at least for a time, banishes witches from his kingdom; though he later himself consulted one. Yet the upshot is that by the time of the Old and then New Testaments – c. 1,300 BC to 190 AD – “magic” and “magicians” and “sorcerers” and “witches” and so forth, were normally under attack by Jews, and others. And were often banished from the kingdom. Though to be sure, curiously at times, Jews would allow them to work within their cities and traditions, too. Saul for example, at first banned consulting witches, under pain of death … but then Saul went on to consult a witch himself.

 

Overall however, by about the time of Greece and Rome, and people like Aristotle, practical reason and technology were well enough advanced, to know how to build say, an aqueduct. And so many people knew more or less what really “comes to pass” in nature, in real life; what works, and what does not. And so many begin splitting away the wheat from the chaff; separating ancient but false beliefs, from what was proving to be true and useful. Separating old-fashioned, confused, half-true lore of “magi”s or magicians, from valid, respected technicians and tradespeople; people who knew important, powerful, and valid knowledge of blacksmithing, farming, housebuilding, and so forth. Splitting away confused beliefs in early “alchemists,” for example, from their truer beliefs; to form the early forms of … pharmacology and chemistry.

 

To be sure, it was to be a long time before the wheat was separated from the chaff; though various trades guilds and other organizations taught the “secrets” and “mysteries” that included much realistic, practical knowledge, in schools and temples and guilds, still, the knowledge taught was an odd mix of practical and impractical balderdash and confusion. (Cf. Masonry; and our writing on Persephone as relaying the basics of agriculture). Increasingly, valid and useful knowledge was growing; and there were many in various organizations, who were in part being taught a great deal of fairly solid, practical knowledge; early forms of science and technology. Thanks to various trades organizations especially, there were coopers, millers, farmers, blacksmiths, and others; who knew a great deal of real, useful, true information about the natural world, and technology. People who might have appeared to uncivilized savages to be oddly possessed of strange ideas and spirits; and to be working amazing “miracles”; but who were actually working by and through nature.

 

(Imagine by the way, what a very primitive man with no technology, would have thought of a Roman making concrete: he would had said he had seen, a magician consulting a magic formula; then putting various powders together, with water; then stirring them with a magic wand; to turn it all into a Rock. So indeed, many natural wonders still appeared to be magic, to the uninitiated or ignorant).

 

But to those who knew, more wonders were being worked not by those who believed vaguely in magic, but by those who had more carefully observed the ways of nature, what “comes to pass” in real life; and who learned to work with that, to make better things; technology and so forth. And as early science and technology progressed, as we learned what “work”ed and what did not, gradually, the practical and true, split away into trade schools and sciences. Leaving behind the chaff; the largely (if not completely) confused people and frauds still calling themselves “magicians,” “wise men,” “witches,” and the like; while relying confusedly on the “super”nature. Or concepts thought to be “super” or “superior,” “above” nature.

 

To be sure, no doubt, there have remained some real things in life, that science at the time, could not describe or see; things that were not yet clearly visible, but were nevertheless real: like electricity; atomic structure; and indeed, our own minds or “spirits.” And so, there was still some room, for people who believed in invisible things, even without visible material evidence. Indeed, there were many things that were both real, and “super”natural. In that there remained many things that were real enough – like the human mind or spirit – but that were for a long time, beyond, above – or “super” – nature as primitive science could it explain it. Indeed, the human mind is definitely real; and yet it was invisible to early science; it was something vague, in our head.

 

Thus indeed, there were real things, that however, were supernatural; or beyond, above, the ability of current science to explain or verify. Like, say, atomic structures, and electricity. And the human mind or spirit. Things that were real, but were still “super”natural in that there were as yet beyond the ability of primitive science to fully outline and explain. The human mind for example, now seems real enough; though for many centuries, the human mind or “spirit” was literally “invisible,” and spiritual.

 

Therefore, we should be cautious in condemning all “magic” and belief in spirits (and even magicians and priests) and so forth; since much of what they claimed, we find later, was half true. Indeed, much of what they claimed, amounted to early, intuitive, half-science, and other semi-valid forms of “wisdom.” Much of what ancient talked about, was vaguely grasping, vaguely (/metaphorically, in effect; “figure”atively) at things that would later be found to have been indeed, partially real. (As we here will eventually find of “wonders” and some “spirit”).

 

However, at the same time, if some of the old ideas – even ideas of some still invisible, or supernatural things – were half true, they were also, half false. And indeed, as science and technology progressed mightily, one after another of the old beliefs was found false; and thrown into the fire. So that, in spite of some valid elements in them, by the time of the Bible, or of Rome, the old knowledge of the Magis, magic, was not so well respected by everyone. While by the 19th century, supernaturalism was increasingly left behind by civilization and scientists. Who had developed enough, to call attention clearly, to many invalid, false elements in Magic.

 

Indeed, by 1870 or so, most of those who still clung too completely, to old forms of knowledge, were clearly seen by most “modern” people, to be simply, 1) rather “backward,” confused, and “superstitious” “fools” or “child”ren. Or in some cases, 2) those who claimed to be working wonders for example, were thought to know better, and to be merely pretending to have powers, in order to cheat others; to be often, outright frauds or cheats or liars; also called “snake oil salesmen,” “charlatans.”

 

It was in this climate, that Houdini wrote his books; to 3) try to honestly establish himself as a magician who was honest; who admitted that he was not really using magical powers. But who was merely, semi-transparently pretending to have them; for purposes of “entertainment” only.

 

Yet finally to be sure, 4) there have always been a few people who have seen that a) there are perhaps some valid elements in the old beliefs. And b) who are interesting in separating the wheat from the chaff. To “refine” the old ideas, and find out what was really, solidly true; and what was not.

 

5) Though to be sure, any attempt to find anything at all valid in ancient ideas, needs to advance cautiously; since there are always many who are all too ready to fall completely back into the old confused, half-true beliefs, wholesale; or who indeed, never fully emerged from them. Indeed for such people, who already all-too-firmly “believe” in the old ways, it is best to give them the negative critique of their beliefs; to help them achieve a more balanced perspective.

 

Though perhaps at times, it would be better still, to continually acknowledge some validity to what they feel. Even as we separate the wheat, from the chaff. The sheep, from the goats. The “fruit”ful from the “unfruitful” branches of thought … and religion.

 

 

 

More? Frauds

 

 

 

Much of magic to be sure, was simply, false and wrong. And often, workers of magic and miracle, knew themselves, that they were not working real wonders; but continued to promise them; in order to defraud others of money and land.

 

Indeed, many “magicians” and “healers” were deliberate frauds, cheats. Sometimes such things involved accomplices. Often for example, alleged miracle workers might have an accomplice, who would pretend to be sick … and then, when the miracle-worker did his thing, the accomplice would pretend to be cured; casting off his crutches and so forth. Then the dollars would flood in … from sick people hoping they were buying miraculous cures.

 

There has been much deliberate fraud in miracle working, then. Indeed one can imagine any number of ways people could have consciously defrauded the public.

 

Stage magicians for example, know how to make it look as if they have chopped off someone’s hand … and then re-grow it. Sometimes therefore, it might claimed by alleged miracle-workers, that someone had chopped off someone’s hand; but then it was claimed that the hand had re-attached.

 

Thus, the techniques of false magic, deception, would be used by “unscrupulous” people … to defraud many. Many miracle-workers indeed, are often deliberately deceiving the public; the same as stage magicians. But with even less ethics. They would do common stage tricks – with the implication and often the explicitly claim – that they were working real miracles, and that if you just had enough faith in them, and gave them enough money, then you could be healed of your illnesses, too. Many do that …and then leave town quickly, before anyone finds out it was all a fraud. That they were only using fraud, to take lots of money from simple people, to “cure” them. Before leaving town.

 

So intermixed with some real abilities, there was much fakery in magic and miracles. Indeed, from ancient times, there were some fairly legitimate healers, with some useful healing techniques for example; but there were also many dishonest religious fakers (cf. “fakirs”) and false remedies, “snake-oil salesmen.” Many ancient healers, were working with 1) ancient, partially-effective pharmaceuticals. But in other cases, healers and miracle-workers, were using 2) dishonest tricks; the same as stage magicians. Or 3) using other forms of outright, simple fraud.

 

Sometimes a “miracle-worker” might perform in fact, a few dishonest magic stunts, like making a rabbit appear in a hat; and then move on … to claiming to miraculously cure this or that sick person, with a religious chant or prayer. And eventually, serious investigators found that indeed, many religious “miracles” by miracle-workers, were, just like stage magic, deliberate deceptions.

 

 

 

Not Fraud, However, But Stupidity Rules

In Religion, Miracles, Faith-Healing;

Teach the People Knowledge of Science;

“My People Perish for Lack of Knowledge’

 

 

 

To be sure though … it may be that some current faith-healing ministers, really believe, even themselves, that they are working real wonders. So that we will need to look at them carefully (see our writing on that). But as it turns out, we will find that … there is very little wheat, and a great deal of “chaff,” straw, in such promises. First of all, the vast majority of promises of “miracles,” are false. While finally, there is only a tiny percentage of claims, that deserve serious attention; promises of faith healings perhaps, among others. Though even there, the vast majority of alleged miracle healings are mistakes; if not deliberate frauds.

 

And if people believe they have been commanded to believe in them – by the command of God to “have faith” – in fact we will have found here, God actually did not stress faith as much as St. Paul; in fact God himself finally ordered us to have far more respect for what science says. Especially in a day when science at last has advanced enough, to deal with the formerly “invisible” human spirit and so forth.

 

In the meantime though, until they learn science, people will not know to separate the wheat from the chaff; and many will all too blindly believe and trust and believe in … frauds and liars and what some would call “fools.”

 

And their error is not a harmless one by any means. As we have found elsewhere, millions, billions of people, have devoted enormous time and money for remedies that did not work. While diverting all that time and money, to more scientific efforts that would in fact, have worked far, far better. In fact, because of this diversion of our efforts from more useful and true forms of knowledge and action, this false “shepherd”ing, we can reasonably surmise, millions of sick people stayed sick for example, and even died. For lack of competent, real medical care.

 

Or they died waiting for bread to fall out of thin air; whereas if they had only planted real seeds in real fields, they could have fed themselves.

 

 

 

 

More Fraud, Deceit, in Christian Spirituality;

More Magical Thinking

 

 

So what about, Christian “miracles”? The fact is, we will have found, overwhelmingly, the vast majority of promises of big physical miracles -bread out of thin air – were largely, false. Or at best, half true; metaphorically true. And indeed, the Bible itself began to try to reinterpret old promises of “miracles” as being not about real physical things, but as being spiritual metaphors. At best. Though we will find that better said, the old promises were vague descriptions – in effect, metaphors, “figures” of speech – for obscure but partially real, things in nature. If the “breath” or “spirit” of the Lord, was said to have parted the Red Sea, then after all, the “wind” regularly blows back the Mediterranean (away from the south coast in fact; toward the north, and Venice and its “aqua alta”).

 

Many preachers gave up on any physical truth to miracles; and tried to say the old promises were entirely metaphors for “spiritual” things. Though we will have found here that there were great sins and errors in “spiritual”ity too. As St. James began to see, faintly.

 

(In fact, we will need to see in great detail, how promises of miracles did indeed work spiritual effects in our minds: false hopes. But since those hopes of future miracles were largely (if not totally; see Immortality) false, then those spirits were also false; were in fact the foretold “illusions,” “delusions,” “enchantments,” “false dreams,” of “sorcerers” and so forth … that the Bible also warned about. So that indeed, the “spirit” and “hopes” that we got from Christianity, were also, bad Magic; not really from God at all. (See more on this elsewhere).

 

Indeed then, nearly all aspects of Christianity have long since been taken over, infected, by the worst, invalid elements of magic; magical thinking. So that we will need to closely re-evaluate and actively “refine,” our religion, Christianity itself; before we at last get a truer, more productive sense of what God really talking about; separating the truth from the myth; separating at last the science of God, the true and provable sayings of God, understandings of the Bible … from the merely “religious” or superstitious, magical, false ideas that have dominated so much of Christianity.

 

 

 

Conclusion/The Solution:

Exposing Preachers

As Magicians;

Then Converting Them

 

 

What should we say about miracles? Our priests to be sure, have been coddled and flattered by everyone for centuries; as “sacred” and “holy”; and so, in spite of a certain superficial humility, have not really learned the faculty of self-criticism. Therefore, indeed, we may need to confront our priests very dramatically, with some very negative information.

 

Much of Christianity holds on to concepts that are best described as belief in magic. Like promises of miracles. Therefore, the exposure of fraud achieved in much of “magic” proper some time ago, is to some extend appropriate to the Church. Over the last century or two, there were many scientific investigations – and many warnings about – such people; who were exposed as “charlatans,” “frauds,” “quacks,” “deceivers,” “flim-flam men,” tent-revivalists, bunko artists, scam artists, and so forth.

 

Yet there have been far fewer warnings about priests who are really magicians; our warnings that now need to be heard. Though now at last, in any case, it is time. It is time … to apply the Science of God to our priests too; to the very “household of God”; and to at last “refine” even the priestly class, the titular heirs of the priestly tribe of “Levi” (Mal. 2-3). To show our superstitious priests, what parts of what they believed was true … and what was “chaff.” Which beliefs can be retained after one has obtained good “judgement” – and which must be painfully burned off. Burned off as false ideas, cherished but false “delusions,” “illusions,” “enchantments,” of ancient thinkers who were in effect, more false “magicians” or “sorcerers.”

 

And what is chief among the false religious ideas that must not be seen as being in infestation of “Magic” belief into Christianity? It is belief in … “miracles.” (And in many “spirits”).

 

But to be sure, we will also find, while we must chastise and rebuke many priests, ministers, churches, and believers, we do not have to stray from … the Bible itself. Since the Bible itself … authorized this finding; and showed us how to see “wonders” rightly; not as “supernatural” “miracles,” but as natural and technological wonders, after all; things confirm-able by science. As we will have begun now and then, here, to see. And as we will see even more clearly in other full book-length treatments of Immortality … as a natural/technological wonder.

 

In the meantime finally though, “miracles” per se, are found here to be false; and so is the common idea of Jesus as “miracle”-worker. If you know enough to read the Bible closely and well enough, you will find that his allegedly supernatural miracles, if you read the fine print, are actually, readable as natural events, consistent with what we know is possible in nature, from science.

 

Therefore, those preachers who still promise supernatural miracles, should simply be denounced as in effect, false, bad “magicians.” And their beliefs as being simply, belief not in God, but in Magic.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

What should we do about our preachers, worldwide? Even though magic proper, has been exposed over and over, there are still televangelists and others, that make millions, billions of dollars from TV viewers – by promising them lots of miracles. Especially, faith-healings. In this way, preachers make much of their money; by convincing sick people that if they send “contributions” to the preacher, the preacher will make them well. In fact, it is undoubtedly the promises of miracles, that have kept religion, ministries, alive financially; many people want miracles and miracle powers; and this kept many of them coming back to church … and putting money in the collection plate or basket.

 

But has money given to preachers, been money wisely spent? Has if gotten us miracles? Or has it supported the truth? Or has it just gone to keep rather satanic deceivers, well funded? Has it just finally supported, a lie? In fact, it seems, unfortunately, such contributions have gone not to God or truth … but to vast but essentially demonically false ministries. When you send your money to a preacher that promises miracles, you are only supporting a false ministry; ministries that live off false promises; and deceiving sick people. Taking their money in exchange for false, mostly empty promises. While diverting money from the more serious, scientific medical research, that has been far more successful in curing illnesses; and that otherwise no doubt, would have saved so many more lives.

 

Such things as promising miracles in general, indeed, ought to be illegal. And normally indeed, those persons who promise things they don’t deliver, can be sued; for “fraud, or “false advertising, or “non-performance of contract,’ or “bunko,” or some such. But unfortunately, to date, any magician – or alleged miracle-worker preacher – who works within a religious tradition, is so far, protected from legal prosecution, by “religious freedom.” Though almost any other profession would easily be sued and put out of business, if they made as many false promises as preachers do, religion somehow, long ago, managed to get special protections for itself from the law of the land. Which is positive in some ways – in that we get freedom of religion; but negative in others; in that anyone can work almost any kind of fraud in the name of religion, and get away with it; be immune to legal prosecution.

 

So that today, though normally frauds can be prosecuted legally, there are still many fabulously successful false priests, dishonest magicians, making huge amounts of money, by deceiving the public. [Like Pat Robertson; Benny Hinn and TBN; Rod Parsley; etc..?]

 

So what can we do about this? Finally, a) we need our public – and those preachers who are truly honest – to become far, far more scientific and honest. To b) look particularly, at the old promises of miracles, with an objective eye. Particularly, c) promises of big, huge miracles; “all” and “whatever” we “ask.” And, d) with the failure of such promises now firmly in mind, we need all good and honest preachers and believers to now, at last, stop promising miracles they cannot reliably deliver. Preachers henceforth, should promise no more or less, than what they indeed, reliably deliver. Indeed, e) further, we need them not only to merely stop promising them, but also – to prevent further damage from being done by false promises still apparently (to some) on the books – we need … preachers to actively renounce, “rebuke,” the old promises. As the illusions, delusions, tricks, “snares,” of essentially, “magicians” and “sorcerers.”

 

Today, most of us already secretly know that our preachers cannot really produce miracles, as regularly or reliably, or on the full scale, they often promised. Indeed, the belief that they could conjure things out of thin air, was a remnant of false belief in magic, magicians; a fatal bit of superstition that contaminated true thought and science and religion and Christianity, right from the start.

 

But now, as we attain better judgement, we are in position to eliminate false magic and magicians from our religion, at last. By insisting that all preachers stop promising miracles; or interpreting the Bible as promising them. Or else be “rebuked” as false preachers, as being in fact, “magicians.” Following not the true, Christ, but a False Christ; Christ as miracle-worker, and magician.

 

While, among more honest people in contrast, the Bible should be read as promising more natural things for now; not supernatural miracles.

 

In the past, preachers have not wanted to do this; because to be sure, even science itself was too crude to do justice to whatever elements of religion are true. But here at last, we are in possession of a truer, fuller science of God; one that is good enough to see what was false in religion … but also, what was true. And all this should be even easier now too; as we will find in our later works, that many things that were once thought impossible and scientifically indefensible – like immortality even – can be shown to be defensible in scientific terms. In natural terms. (As we will see in our writings on Immortality, Resurrection).

 

In fact finally, in the end, we don’t here “disprove” the Bible itself; indeed, we are now finding that the whole Bible – so far as we can see here and now – is true; albeit true in a way that only somehow trained to respect God’s fuller Nature, his material universe, can see.

 

Indeed, it is time for any honest preachers there may be, to tell everyone that – just as the Bible warned – such persons, even the whole earth – “all nations,” “all tongues,” “all peoples” (Rev. 13) – were indeed deceived. By magicians, sorcerers, necromancers, augurs; who presented themselves in our Christianity, under merely different names: as “miracle-workers,” people “raisin”g others from the dead, and “prophets.” Indeed, the promises these miracle workers delivered, their interpretations of them, offered a false vision that was really, Magic. And deception. But now it is time to move on past them; to something better.

 

Most of Christianity was long ago taken over by – or failed to emerge from – belief in magic, and magicians. Magic – magicians and sorcerers and soothsayers and enchanters – long ago, found their way into, had infected, our Religion, our Faith. But finally, now we are in a position to expose this at last … and then move on to the foretold “second,” “fuller,” more scientific, factual – and truer – vision, coming, of God.

 

And indeed, once the full power of the Bible, good religion, is rejoined to the full earthly powers of science and practical reason, we should be able to get at last, the ability that is far greater than the sum of the parts; a moral vision with real material abilities at last. (Or to put it the other way around too: the material abilities of science, with a well-integrated moral vision). Which should make in fact, the promised “kingdom” of peace or prosperity for all, possible.

 

So that, when we find faults in religion, Christianity, the Bible itself is not being refuted, or “debunked”; in fact, Biblical prophesy is being fulfilled. Even here and now, for many of us.

 

In doing this, we do not “disprove” or “debunk” the Bible or Christianity; but instead indeed, prove it to be true. Though true in a way our priests have not, until now, “full”y understood. Not in terms of its heavenly, but also earthly and practical and scientific – in the flesh, on this material earth – implications. As true spirit at last finds, its real, fuller material body, in fact. Not so much a “church”; but the whole material and good-spiritual universe; with all of mankind in it. A new and better heaven, religion; one that knows now at last now to … come down, to join with our earth, in fact. By showing how the old, formerly dematerialized, etherealized concepts of religion, can be matched up with their body at last; with real material phenomena. How the true spirit, now finds its material body, again.

 

Here on earth, in the flesh, again. Even now.

 

Even now, first of all, we have begin to show how the old religious ideas, are found to meet, merge with, the earth again … by showing how we derive a practical science, from the Bible itself. So that the old spirits are firming up, suddenly.

 

While in some of our other books (on Resurrection, Immortality, the Nature of God or Natural Christianity), we will further show how, after all, we can see at last, God, Good, here, in a scientifically-verifiable way, on this material earth again.

 

As foretold, as authorized, by the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

 

 

 

 

Spirituality” as Magic Too;

Belief in “Spirits”

 

 

Promises of “miracles” therefore appear to have actually been structurally all but identical to belief in Magic tricks. And now let’s look at “spirituality” too.

 

i) There are some obvious relations between belief in spirituality, the invisible Holy Spirit, and animistic/magical beliefs in “invisible spirits”; both believe that invisible spirits effect life here on earth. Indeed, the Bible often refers not only to the Holy Spirit, but to “spirits.” Later to be sure, we will defend a naturalistic vision of spirits; but still, Christianity often used a rather primitive vision of them; as behaving quite magically, supernaturally.

 

j) Then too, the Bible noted many problems with “spirits”; as it should. Since many are “false.”

 

k) But indeed, we will have been showing here, elements of even “Christian” spirituality were false, as St. James began to note: most specifically, the idea that we can live on mere spirits, and not physical food … was a false idea; that lead many to their deaths, we will be finding here.

 

So what should we say? Rather than continue to have faith in promises of miracles, and spirituality and so forth, instead, we should just accept that what we are now seeing is just exactly what the Bible warned about: that there have always been sins in even our holiest things; and that one “Day” God would however, take care of all that. And now in fact, furthermore, we now add more specifically, parts of the Bible even suggested that among the bad, false that will have infected the Judeo-Christian tradition, were not just “false prophets” and a “false Christ,” and various “liar”s and “false witnesses”; but more specifically …many, many evil things from Magic: “magicians,” “sorcerers,” “enchanters,” “witches,” “soothsayers,” and so forth.

 

Indeed we will finally add here, promises of miracles – and then even spirituality with its semantic games and mind games and semantic sleight of hand (now you see it, now you don’t; now it is physical and now it is gone) – are best seen now as the bad foretold “enchantments” or “delusions”; of “magic” and “illusions” and “sorcery” and “dreams” and “lies.” They were false ideas. Delusions. Especially the delusion that we could live on spirit alone; and didn’t need material things.

 

Over-Spirituality especially, was an enchantment and delusion, forced on us by bad priests who were in effect, creating false word pictures; who were in effect, illusionists, delusion-ists. Or in a word, magicians; especially, enchanters. Since they use mere words, to create the illusion of having an image of something in our mind … when we don’t have it at all. Insisting that “faith” or mental sensation, spirit, hope of something, is as good as having real things. Or is enough. That having mental “fruit” or “bread” is as good as having real eatable fruit or bread. Which though commonly attributed to Jesus himself, are actually, we will see, delusions; a false Christ that leads us literally, to starvation. As St. James began to see.

 

l) So that we will need to re-read the passages where Jesus seemed to support spiritualization. To see if there are better readings; that give us at last a real, defensible Christ. One that is not over-spiritual to the point of causing our deaths, from lack of attention to physical things.

 

 

 

Early Sum

 

 

Thus we are finding here that there are many similar, even practically identical things in “magic” and “miracle.” Leading increasingly to the suspicion that in effect, our longstanding traditions of promises of miracles, per se, really are, an intrusion of false magical beliefs, into our faith.

 

So that indeed, i) our priests, prophets, who promised miracles, were really false witches, magicians, or especially enchanters (see Isa. 47.12-14); people who make false promises, that give us pleasant sensations, images in our minds. But images, hopes, that are delusions, false hopes.

 

And amazingly, indeed, the Bible itself warned that this would happen: that there would be “delusion” and “magicians” and so forth that would have infected Judeo-Christian religion; right through to the End of Time (when at last however, those “sorcerers” are exposed).

 

m) But would God allow this? In fact, God often allowed evil into all kinds of things; at times the Bible even has our good god, ordering evil to do things (q.v).

 

Indeed, shatteringly enough, by the way, the Bibles we have today, when speaking of enchanters and religious liars, adopt a curious way of speaking; one where it and God seem to allow – and even command – enchanters to work:

 

 

“You felt secure in your wickedness” (Isa. 47.10 NRSV). “Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, from which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed, perhaps you many be able to succeed. You are wearied with your many consultation; let those who study the heavens stand up and save you, those who gaze at the stars ” (Isa. 47.12-13 NRSV; see also Mat. 2, Luke 2 below).

 

“Be ye therefore wise as serpents” (Mat. 10.16 Auth. and Revised V?).

 

“The dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they suffer for lack of a shepherd. My anger is hot against the shepherds” (Zech. 10.2 NRSV). But: “Thus said the LORD my God: ‘become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter'” (Zech 11.4 RSV).

 

 

Here amazingly, God often commands apparent deceivers to continue. But this might not be surprising; since in parts of the Bible indeed, God commands evil; bringing it down on us to punish us.

 

Or it might appears to some that it speaks sarcastically; saying the opposite of what it really means, or what we think God should say. Perhaps God is being … Saturnine? Sardonic?

 

Ominously, shatteringly, in any case, the Bible criticizes such persons as enchanters… but then also tells them to continue their work. (Along with at times they say, by the way, those who believe in the “heavens” and “stars” and so forth).

 

 

Shatteringly, amazingly, at times God himself allows magicians, astrologers,
“Magi” – and related to them, false “shepherds” (compare Mat. 2, “Magi,” to “shepherd” Luke 2.8) and even snakes (Mat. 10.16) – to infect his holiest traditions. Even worse, God not only allows, but even above, commands bad magicians in religion to continue.

 

One might call this sarcasm. But it is not certain that is what it is. God in fact often allows, even commands evil spirits and so forth to not just leave, but also infect, others (see “evil” in Bible: “I will heap evils upon them” Deut. 32.23; “The LORD will bring upon you all the evil things” Jos. 23.15; “An evil spirit from the LORD tormented him”; also 1 Sam. 16.14-15; “I will bring evil” 1 Kings 14.10, 21.21, 21.29, 22.23; 2 Kings 22.16-20; 2 Chron. 20.9, 34.24-28; Job 42.11; Ps. 54.4; Jer. 16.10).

 

God in any case, allows evil things to happen. Even in the heart of religion and Christianity. Though some say that the Holy Spirit protects some infallibly, God warned that there were many false spirits; so that we add, no one can really be sure it is the Holy Spirit, or a false spirit pretending to be that Holy Spirit.

 

In any case, amazingly, specifically, bad magicians and enchanters, are commanded by God, to continue. So what is happening here? God at times orders evil on a people, and tells evil doers to continue; in order to punish other evil people it seems.

 

 

 

Spirits As Fatal

 

 

o) So that in any case, God allows evil “enchantments” to exist in religion. As we see from his many warnings they would infect it.

 

p) And if so, then where might we look for evil enchanters, in Christianity? First of all, in aa) false promises of miracles. And then in the therefore equally false bb) “faith” and cc) “hope” and dd) delusions and ee) illusions, they engendered.

 

Our preachers sometimes imply, that even if miracles are not forthcoming all the time, if promises of miracles are not real, then after all, thinking and hoping that they are, at least give us a pleasant mental sensation: “hope,” for example. And that is good enough; the heart of the theories of “spirituality” is that if the promises bring us mental or spiritual sensation, that is good enough.

 

But first: aa) if promises of miracles were false, then the “hope” of them in the future, was equally false. And bb) furthermore, to be filled with false hopes and expectations can be good for a short time. Though to be sure, in the long run, reliance on false hopes, usually makes your life far worse than it would have been otherwise. Consider (as we noted in The Harm Done) the person who for example, quits his regular job, in the hope and expectation that God will give him bread from heaven “soon”; for a while, he has a pleasant mental or “spiritual” sensation in fact; but then what happens after days and weeks …. and the miracle bread does not appear out of the sky? Either the person will be fed by others or – if there are no others still farming – then he will starve to death.

 

So that mere pleasant mental sensation, spiritual results, are often literally fatal. In fact, the spirits we get from these false hopes of miracles, are the foretold “illusions,” “false dreams,” “delusions,” “empty words,” and “enchantments,” “wind”; others called them “Opium Dreams,” or “Lotus Land.” The problem with all of these is that when we have the image of something we want or need, in our mind, or spirit, that can be a pleasant day dream for a while; but ultimately, if we try living on say, dreams or mere mental images or hopes of food, that is not enough to keep our physical body alive. As James saw.

 

So that mere mental hopes, dreams, spirituality, is delusion itself, and a great evil; if it is not followed by real material results. As promises of miracles were not.

 

q) Generations of priests believed their promises of miracles were good; yet

 

r) Many of our more intelligent priests came to see that their own Christian promises of miracles, were false things, lies, illusions, empty consolations, false dreams.

 

s) Yet some thought them a “white” lie. Many believing their lies though, were a necessary, “white” lie. People believed in miracles … and so were drawn to the church; where they could be taught truer things, like “faith.”

 

t) Yet we will find it was not white at all; our preachers “whitewash”ed it; that no good spiritual things come from false pretenses. Not only were the promises of miracles false; but the spiritual effects were false too. As we will be seeing here.

 

u) Indeed, many of our more intelligent preachers and theologians, have come to believe that false promises of miracles, were a “snare,” a bad and false lure.

 

v) That we will see, almost ruined more lives than it saved. As when for example, starving people became convinced that having a mental bread was all they needed, and did not bother to farm for and eat, real crops; thus starving to death. Because of illusions, false spirit.

 

w) To be sure, many thought promises of miracles were false; but one designed to bring vulgar people into religion, and docility, and spirituality, and “hope.” For the better, they thought. But if so, then after all, our priests were still lying in effect; using false images and promises, to create false impressions, false hopes, in peoples’ minds. To enslave them – as the Bible foretold of many – to false “dreams,” “enchantments,” “delusions.

 

As it turns out, many “hopes” about even the afterlife were wrong … and destructive in real life too. (As we see in our books on Immortality and Resurrection).

 

Therefore indeed, even much of traditional “spirituality” is really, following false spirits; and is really the same error as those who believed in Magical supernatural spirits, too.

 

Many preachers tolerated false promises of miracles, because they believed that these were false, but white lies; lies that god people into church, where they could then be taught a “higher” spirituality. And so they decided to shift the emphasis in religion to spiritual things instead. Yet we just found that their spirit, and spiritual things, were bad too.

 

 

 

Conclusion:

Miracle-Working –
the Great, Foretold

“Delusion,” Lie, “Illusion”

 

 

So what should we say? We should say that both our miracle-promising preachers – and spiritual preachers too – indeed, really were the foretold intrusion of false magicians, “sorcerers,” “witches,” “enchanters,” into the Jewish tradition. posing to us as our priests, ministers. The false shepherds that issue “false dreams” and lies, to entice poor and stupid people to be docile for a while, by promising them pie in the sky.

 

To be sure, our miracle-promising preachers, are desperate to defend themselves against such charges. To assert in numerous sermons, that they themselves are not in effect, the foretold false magicians, false shepherds, “heaven”- and “star” gazers and “illusionists” warned about by the Bible.

 

x) Desperate to defend themselves against this charge, our preachers have for some time have tried to assert any number of defensive arguments. One of them is the claim that there are critical differences between “magic” and “miracles.” Indeed, aa) translators of the Bible have done this, in part by presenting in the Bible, Christian “miracles” and magical tricks, somewhat differently. Or at least, presenting Judeo-Christian soothsayers or fortune-tellers and so forth, under different names; as “prophets” and so forth. Yet we note here, the function of both prophets and soothsaysers – telling the future – was essentially the same: telling the future.

 

Then, to bb) further try to set up a distinction between their own promises and dreams, and the illusions fostered by bad magicians, our preachers themselves expanded on what our Biblical translators or “scribes” did when translating the Bibles (see “the false pen of scribes” Jer. 8.8), by priests suggesting that such things as “miracles” proper, are done, at least, in the name of God; whereas, it is said, magic is done in the name of other gods or powers. But after all, perhaps there is less importance than some thing, to speeches, to the names some give things; what matters are the works , as Jesus said; while the works of magicians and miracle-promisers, are so much alike.

 

So could the common priestly image of Christ, as worker of say, physical miracles, be simply … preachers having been deceived, by a magician-Christ? A false Christ? Biblically, this is quote possible: the Bible often warned about magicians, working with a False Christ, and false prophets, in the end (q.v.). Jesus himself warned that many false unreliable persons would invoke his name – either “Christ” or cc) “Lord, Lord,” and so forth .. and yet still be false.

 

So that what is in a name? Almost nothing. What matters is not words, or thoughts or spirits, but works, deeds. Is the traditional “Christ” that preachers gave us in church therefore, a False Christ, allied to “magician”s? Indeed, he has been.

 

There were always links between even our holiest men, and magic. Scholars often note that cc) even in Exodus. While Exodus itself did not really make a huge distinction between miracles and magic; but all but simply said that the miracles worked in the name of God, are bigger and stronger than other magic tricks. Indeed in Exodus 8.19, finally Moses simply works bigger wonders than magicians; and thus some might say, this implies that his “miracles” are more than “magic.” In one case, Moses throws down his staff and it becomes a snake … that swallows the other snakes:

 

“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a wonder,’ then you shall….’ Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up theirs” (Ex. 7.9-12 NRSV).

 

Here the Bible itself, calls one miracle by Moses, “the same” as the acts of magicians. The main difference that the text might later note, is merely that Moses’ snake is just bigger than the rest; and swallows up the other snakes. (By the way, there are often strange hints in the Bible, of a relation of alleged holy men, to evil things like snakes: if Satan is sometimes portrayed as a “snake,” and if a snake caused the fall of man, note that Moses lifts up a serpent in the wilderness. Then Moses turns things into snakes. While even Jesus, in common translation, commands his followers to be sly or “wise” as “serpents.” These seem like directions for preachers … and for evil ones especially.)

 

Finally there are so many, many, very, very close relations – really, functional identities – between allegedly Christian miracles, and black, snaky magic. The only difference for now, seems to be that Judeo-Christian magic was for the time, slightly bigger, stronger magic. Though of course there seems to be much relation still; indeed, making bread appear in empty baskets, seems rather exactly like modern stage magicians making rabbits appear in empty hats. Though examples of magic and magician-like activity were given different names in the Bible, when worked in the name of God – “soothsayers” were renamed “prophets” and so forth – a rose by any other name would smell as sweet (as Shakespeare said); and a pile of dung would basically smell the same, no matter what the name (Poststructuralism to the contrary).

 

So how many sins are there, in promises of physical miracles? How closely specifically, were they always related to – and really, simply a version of – belief in magic and miracles? In fact, we must here and now simply declare that “Christian” belief in physical miracles, was simply, a false Christianity, that believed really, not in God, but in Magic. It was a false Christianity, following a false idea of Christ. An idea of Christ that borrowed far too much, from belief in Magic. So that traditional Christianity was really, following a false Christ; and a Magician, a sorcerer.

 

y) How firm is this? Can even the churches learn to see and confess this? Pope John Paul II it seems to some, began to embrace “Anthropology”; while Anthropology insists that most religion came historically, from magic, “magical thinking.”

 

Often in fact, the encounters of Magicians and Jews and so forth, look merely like a contest between magicians.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Christ – as Magician?

 

 

z) Promises of miracles – as we will be seeing here and elsewhere – are not entirely reliable. In fact, the historically, massively popular idea of priests and holy men, as miracle-workers, really mistakes them for, mixes them up with, sees them as … magicians. Those preachers who presented themselves as miracle-workers merely accepted a popular delusion. And became sinful deceivers, magicians; worse than stage-magicians, in that preachers’ false delusions and deceptions and illusions, were usually presented very, very seriously; as the word of God himself.

 

So that, finally? We must find that the Bible’s warnings of “magicians” taking over religion, deceiving the whole world, were quite true: and most of historical Christianity – Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism included; with their promises of miracles, and spirits – was the fulfillment of that warning.

 

And finally? Shatteringly? Could even the common image most believers have of Jesus Christ – as miracle-worker after all; and/or as “spiritual” leader – be … a magician? A False Christ? In fact, they are. The common idea people have of a miracle-working Jesus Christ, is actually a False Christ; a magician.

 

By the way first note that God allows magicians – and bad “shepherds” – to co-exist (above).

 

Surprisingly too, part of the Bible – or at least one gospel, Matthew – allows that “wise men” – or as they were often called, “Magi” – gave Jesus “gifts.” But while you read the following remember that the word “Magi” is from the same word as “magic”; the root being the “magus” or wise man … or magician:

 

 

“Wise men [“or astrologers; Greek magi] from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising'” (Mat. 2.1-2). “It is I, Jesus.… I am the root of the descendent of David, the bright morning star” (Rev. 22.16 NRSV).

 

 

Preachers have tried to hide this. To establish that our holy men – and they themselves – are not magicians, sorcerers – they have tried for example, asserting – as a red herring – that any references to Jesus for example, as a false “magician,” refer specifically and only, to one “Bar-Jesus” (Acts 13.6):

 

 

“As far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus…. The magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them… But Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said ‘you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.’ Immediately mist and darkness came over him…'” (Acts. 13.6-8; cf. temporary psychological blindness from stress).

 

 

Yet to be sure, the regular understanding of Jesus himself, that we got in church, was definitely a miracle-worker; and therefore, was in effect, of a magician.

 

Thus, shatteringly, the main Jesus Christ that most Christians, have been following all over the world, was a False Christ.

 

 

 

 

Moving On

 

 

 

Just as the Bible warned, the whole world – and most holy men too – were long ago deceived by “false prophet”s and “magician”s, and a False Chrsit; the historical, mainstream priestly idea of Jesus as a worker of physical miracles, or a dealer in “spirit”s, was in effect, a presentation of a False Christ; of a magician Christ. But while the whole world was thus deceived, we can now go on and simply pass through this painful moment – to learn to see at last, the second, truer, more “mature” and productive vision or understanding of Christ; not as worker of giant miracles, but as a more humble working, practical man; the “Son of Man,” more than anything.

 

But what about those events? The events that appear to be miracles in the Bible itself? We will find that the Bible itself began to all but take away promises of miracles in some passages; as when St. Paul asked, “do all work miracles?” But then too, the Bible itself agreed that things in the Bible could be taken as “figures,” “allegories,” “parables” – which are all related to, versions of, extended metaphors in effect. But we will find that metaphors were not metaphors for “spiritual” things; actually, they metaphors for natural things. (See Bulfinch’s Mythology; Chapter XXXV, Origin of Mythology, “the Physical Theory”); Modern Library/Random House, p. 241).

 

But is the Bible itself then, false? In fact we will see, the Bible is true … but true in a way our priests have not until now, seen. In fact, we will find that if we look more closely at the old descriptions of alleged miracles, we will find that the Bible offered descriptions, which shows that the old wonders could be natural, rather than supernatural. As we will see in our writing on Lazarus, and immortality. If “fire” came from the sky, then … after all, that was about meteors; or volcanoes; or burning oil and other liquids, often poured over high walls; from the heights.

 

Many priests will try to continue to hold to their ideas of God as supernatural. But as it turns out, this kind of natural explanation, is the only solution consistent with the whole, full Bible itself; that is consistent with every word of the Bible itself, and with the Science that it advocated. And this is not to refute the Bible; indeed in fact, the Bible is coming true. Our old sense of God is suddenly … coming down to earth again. We are beginning to see God, good, in the world, flesh, around us; as foretold, at last.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion?

 

 

As foretold, we can get to a “new” and better understanding, appearance (cf. “parousia”) of God and good.

 

But to be sure, we first have to “see” that there were some problems, sins, errors, in much traditional Christianity. In many of the old promises of miracles; errors if not in scripture itself, then in our priests’ understanding of scripture. The fact is, we will have found earlier, anyone who promised supernatural miracles, was just wrong. The informal and scientific evidence, the “witness,” the “signs,” against miracles, we have shown, is overwhelming. Look around you: do you see anyone at all walking on water? Or moving real actual literal physical “mountains”? Or making bread appear out of thin air? Today, we don’t see these things happening at all; even though parts of the Bible that seemed to promise such things all the time, were quoted to us constantly in church, over and over. Parts of the Bible described all these miracles and more – and told us that we ourselves, “whosoever” just trusted and “believ”ed and followed, would be able to all these things, whatever “works” Jesus did … “great things than these”; including “whatever” we “ask” in fact. So that we should be able, if the promises of many sermons are true, to ask for a huge miracle, “now,” and get it. Right now; today. Though any intelligent and honest person would admit, that they themselves have never seen such things, of the full size and scale millions of sermons said or implied.

 

Some huge promises were definitely made to us by millions of preachers … but clearly it now seems, many of – most of – those promises – of huge, reliable miracles especially – were simply, false. Clearly, some mistakes were made in our “Faith” and/or Religion/ and/or Judeo-Christianity; some delusions and even lies have ruled major parts of Religion, including Christianity.

 

Is this possible? At first this seems impossible, or heretical, to say this. But in fact, we will have found here, the Bible itself allows us to say this. Indeed, the Bible itself warned constantly that there would be many bad mistakes and sins in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels, and their prophesies, promises; even in their words and sayings and promises, which they said came from the Lord.

 

But we have said this before; mentioned biblical warnings about false things in essentially all of Christianity. So let us be more specific now: the Bible warned specifically about … “magicians,” “sorcerers,” “enchantments,” and so forth, infecting our religion. In fact, we will find that magical thinking and “delusions” in fact, long ago infected Christianity, right from the start; and were deeply integrated into our “faith”; even in our idea of Christ Jesus, as a worker of “miracles.”

 

But while in fact, the whole world has long been dominated by a false idea of Christ – a False or anti-Christ in effect, who is essentially actually, a vision from Magic – we can now expose that. And move on. To a second and better vision, coming, of Christ.

 

Can there be magicians, sorcerers, infecting Christianity itself? The Bible itself warned us specifically, that among the many false things that will have infected Christianity, were especially, things from Magic: “magicians,” “witch”es, “sorcerers,” “soothsayers,” “augurs,” “fortune-tellers” and associated “false prophets”; “enchant”erers, “necromancers,” and so forth. Specifically then, the Bible warned that elements of belief in Magic would have infected religion, Christianity. And so now, suppose we go looking for specifically, just exactly that: signs, evidence of the influence of belief in Magic and what Anthropologists call “magical thinking,” or of “sorcerers” and magicians …. in traditional Christianity. Or more specifically, in promises of …miracles.

 

Indeed, as it turns out, even the Catholic Church has admitted and warned against “syncretism,” or the incorporation of elements of other false belief systems, other religions, into Christianity; and it now appears certain, we will show here and now, that among the many other beliefs that were in Christianity even from ancient times, were specifically, we will show, from Magic; belief in sorcerers, magicians, and so forth.

 

First, we will 1) note there are in point of fact, many Biblical warnings that various magical persons had often been found infiltrating Jewish, Israeli culture and religion. Then we show that 2) in fact, those magicians and so forth, were not entirely, successfully excluded from Christian religion … and even the Bible itself. First, a) even Jewish kings like Saul, at times banned “witches” and so forth … but then, other times employed their services. While b) indeed, many of the mainstream Jewish holy men – like “prophets” and their doctrines of a “holy spirit.,” doctrines even of “resurrection” and so forth, bear striking structural similarities … to classic doctrines from Magical lore. Indeed, c) Jesus himself was said to have gotten “gifts” from the “Magi”; another early word for all wise men, including “magicians” especially. And indeed too, c) many early “miracles” are clearly, Judeo-Christian versions of in effect, some classic magical tricks: not only Moses’ turning his staff into a “snake,” rather exactly like the magicians around him as the Bible itself noted; but also indeed, d) the miracles attributed by many to even Jesus himself – like making lots of bread appear in mostly empty baskets – bear very, very close relations to the classic, archetypal magical trick: making a rabbit appear in an empty hat.

 

So what will we say here? Actually, we will find that 3) to be sure, (most of?) the Bible itself, seems to have just managed to avoid endorsing Magic; indeed, 4) most of the Bible rigorously condemns magic, sorcerers, enchantments, and so forth.

 

And yet at the same time, as we noted here first of all, the Bible also often warned that there were already magicians and so forth, all around Jews and Christians; and the Bible therefore had to work hard, to keep them out of the Judeo-Christian canon. Indeed in fact, sadly, the Bible itself finally warned that 5) eventually, deceitful “false” figures, including known magicians and others who knew “sorcery,” would eventually, take over the religion of essentially “all” the earth (Rev. 13 & 18.23: “And all nations were deceived by thy sorcery”).

 

So the whole earth is supposed to be seen one “day” to have been hypnotized in its religion, in what it “worships,” in part, by a “false Christ,” an “antichrist” – and by sorcery. 6) But while this is so, one day, we are to be allowed to see this; see that the whole world and what it “worships” has been “deceived,” under a strong delusion or illusion or false dream or lie; or a sorcerer’s “enchantment.” And 7) at that time, at last, the old false holy men and angels – including the False Christ, and his various “sorcer”ies – are supposed to be exposed, and defeated. While 8) we are about to note here and now, that in fact, the most common idea of Jesus Christ that we got from many preachers in church, was in fact, a false idea of Christ; in fact, a False Christ. More 9) specifically, the old belief in a Christ that worked “miracles” – making bread appear out of thin air and so forth – was actually, an infestation, a takeover, of false magical beliefs, magical thinking, by sorcerers, of the Judeo Christian Tradition.

 

Nearly all of 10) Christianity was taken over from the start, we will find, by magical thinking; or by indeed, the foretold “sorcerers” and “magicians.” But while this is so, at the same time, devastating as this is – our finding that in fact most of the world has already been following the foretold false, magical Christ, for two thousand years – finally, we can here and now at last expose the magicians, examples of magical thinking in Christianity. And begin to see, here and now, the foretold second, better, more accurate vision, coming of Christ, at last. Here and now.

 

The Bible long ago warned that there were elements of magic all around Jews and Christians; and that indeed finally magicians would deceive nearly all the world, including Christianity. (Among many other “false” things; see false priests, prophets, churches, etc.). And in fact, we will say here that in effect, promises of miracles really were in effect, elements of magic: the common (if mistaken) picture of Jesus as making bread appear out of thin air, is very much an idea from magical thinking, and stage magic: it is actually essentially the same as making a rabbit appear out of an allegedly empty hat; this specific example of bread appear out of thin air for example, is “conjuring”; appearing to make material things appear out of thin air.

 

In fact we will find here a startling fact; elements of magic – or just say, magicians, sorcerers – as foretold, long since entered Judeo-Christian religion. And took over Christianity itself. Indeed, Anthropology would probably assert they were there at the very origins of Christianity; belief in magic being at the root of Religion. Indeed, we will show here, magicians long ago entered Christianity, especially its priesthood … and were never successfully, fully, eliminated. In fact, specifically, essentially all the promises of “miracles” – which remain a prominent element of many Christian sermons … are essentially, elements of the ancient belief in Magic and magicians and sorcerers. So that nearly all our priests – who promised miracles after all – have been in effect, worshipers not of God, but of magic and magicians. And those who see Jesus Christ as worker of supernatural miracles, are actually, the foretold worshipers of a foretold, False Christ. (Cf. “Bar Jesus,” who is not who we are talking about here).

 

It seems impossible. But as foretold, we will show here, the whole world has been dominated by a False Christ; and his “sorcerer” and “magical” associates. Since in effect, when our preachers saw Jesus as a worker or “miracles,” and promised us “miracles” on their own, in effect, their concept of Jesus was heavily influenced, hypnotized, by ancient magical beliefs. So that our priests did not present us with God and truth; but with a vision of magical things; with magic. With a Jesus who was, basically, a magician. With a Jesus who – they improperly claimed the Bible originally said – made real material bread appear out of thin air … exactly like a stage magician making rabbits appear in ostensibly empty hats.

 

Thus indeed, our miracle-promising priests gave us a false, magical-influenced picture or image of Jesus. But while this is so, we here and now can finally, escape from the false image of Jesus they gave us and themselves. To discover at last, the second, better vision, coming, of Christ. As foretold, most of preachers were long ago, essentially deceived by … Magic and magicians. But while this is so, now we can expose this, the great deception of the world … and go on to see as foretold, the right and better idea of God and good.

 

Long ago, evil magicians took over Christianity. But now it is time to at last put them aside, and come to another, second, better vision of God. One based not on traditional Magic, and magicians, enchanters, miracles and evil spirits; but on the science of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF BOOK 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controversial/Inconvenient Epilogue

 

JESUS AS A MAGICIAN?

 

Resemblances Between Jesus as

Worker of “Miracles,”

And Magicians

Working Tricks/”False Signs”

 

 

 

Until recently, most preachers worldwide, in nearly every Christian church, presented Jesus as a miracle-worker. But aa) remember, that there were many key parts of the Bible that backed science – which says there are no miracles. While there were parts that explicitly questioned whether all work miracles after all:

 

 

Do all work miracles?” (1 Corin. 12.29).

 

 

And while accounts of apparent miracles are apparently found in many of the gospels themselves, bb) this does not assure us that they are good – even if they are in a “gospel.” Because indeed, St. Paul – more or less; in his usual equivocal language – warned that only his writings or gospels – which did not stress miracles – were reliable. While he added that turning to any of those other gospels – that by the way stressed miracles – might not be good. That even cc) “gospels” might present “another Jesus” or Christ, than the right one:

 

 

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the face of Christ and turning to a different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1.6-8).

 

“I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that
as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray
from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough. I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge” (2 Corin. 11.2-5).

 

 

It is indeed possible and inevitable, for bad things to enter and even take over, even Judeo-Christianity. Indeed, God said there had always been such things; even “another Jesus” than the right one, dd) a False Christ; infecting even the first Christian churches, even those under direct supervision of major Apostles; like Paul.

 

And indeed, too, ee) we were warned that related to this, the Bible warned that magic and magicians would be entering Judeo-Christianity. And ff) the story of Exodus shows Moses’ miracles and the acts of magicians, in a similar light.

 

Indeed, gg) we will soon show, on looking at what they were like, structurally, that promises of “miracles” were in effect, the foretold intrusion of “magic,” “sorcery,” into Christianity. Supernatural interpretations of the wonders of the Bible, were the foretold insertion of false magical tricks, evil magical thinking, deep into the heart of the Christian tradition.

 

And so hh) indeed, we will finally find, in effect, the most common idea the people have had, of a Jesus Christ as a miracle-worker, worker of supernatural miracles, is in effect, one of the foretold False Christs, the false magicians that we were warned were already, beginning even in the first days of Christianity itself (1 John 4, etc.).

 

But ii) if so, then after all, one “day” we are to “see” through the delusions, lies, deceptions. And many of us are beginning even now to see through them. Indeed, we will expose the false Christ next; and reveal the right one, at last. The Jesus who advocated … science.

 

 


 

 

jj) Indeed, there were many simple, superstitious people and preachers, who came after Jesus – who tried to make him into, see him as, in effect, a magician. Consider Matthew’s account for example.

 

Curiously for example, in Matthew’s account, Jesus himself, at birth, was said to have been visited – and even given “gifts” – by three men. Who are variously called the “Three Wise Men”; but who were also called, in the original Greek transliterated in context, the “magoys”; or in many English translations, the “Magi.” A word that comes from the same root, as “magician.”

 

Who were the “Magi”?
The word is sometimes translated “wise men.” But more exactly, the word “Magi” is from a Persian word, “Magus.” Being a Persian word for a “wise” man to be sure. But in ancient times, “wise men” – plural, “magi” – meant … mostly “magicians.” Persia indeed, the country to the “East” of Israel, was full of magi … or magicians. Wise men whose beliefs contained many elements we would today call magical thinking. (Including alchemy, and so forth?).

 

First therefore, the “Three Magi” – were from the same word as “Magic.”
Both are derived from the word “Magus.” Which was used in Persia, etc., to stand for any kind of local “wise man” – but especially in effect, magicians. (See also cognate “maghdim,” “a Chaldean term meaning wisdom and philosophy”; Ency. Brit., 1998, v. 7, p. 672. The Bible refers specifically to Chaldeans often, and refers specifically to their “magicians,” in Dan. 4.7, 5.11).

 

Although the Bible often condemned magicians, other times – especially in the beginning of the New Testament, curiously – it began to indirectly, almost admit them; and allow them influence.

 

kk) Shockingly in fact, the Gospel of Matthew suggests that these “Magi” gave Jesus himself, some of their “gifts.” (Mat. 2.1-12). Which were taken to be merely physical objects – “gold and Frankincense and myrrh” (Mat. 2.11). But if you look at the wording of the text in some translations, these gifts might night have exhausted the list of what Jesus was given. (Jesus being offered “Gifts, gold and frankincense and Myrrh”; or gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh?). Perhaps in any case, these objects had magical significance for their culture. In any case there is nothing in the English text that suggests that the category of “gifts” was exhausted by this short list; perhaps there were hints of other “gifts” too.

 

In any case: Jesus himself was given “gifts” by the Magi … or give gifts by magicians.

 

ll) To be sure no doubt, this incident might have been an embarrassment to many Christians. As evidenced by the fact that most Bibles do not translate “Magi” as magicians; or even leave it untranslated just as “Magi”: but instead interpret it “Wise Men.” Thus hiding all this from us.

 

mm) No doubt it was embarrassing to many Christians to have Jesus meeting with magicians and getting gifts from them. So that this was typically hidden from the people. Indeed, strikingly, amazingly, the other gospels – as suggested by the fact that the other gospels, leave the Magi out. They do not mention them; they did not really have the Magi in them. The other gospels went to the extraordinary lengths of … changing this incident or emphasis; the Gospels of Mark and Luke not mentioning it at all in their first pages; only an “angel” Gabriel of the “Lord” addressing Mary early before conception (Luke 1.26); the babe in Luke, merely hearing John the Baptist, in the womb; while the “Rich he has sent empty away” (Luke 1.53). With no embarrassing or revealing mention of the Magicians; indeed they are very conspicuously absent (given their huge popularity in Christmas pageants).

 

Indeed suddenly, Luke changes the whole magical moment around; rather than being visited by three “magi,” in Luke the Magi are gone … and Mary is visited by … three “shepherds” (Luke 2. 8-19).

 

While in the (beginning of?) the Gospel of John, there is no specific account of the physical, birth of Jesus at all; who only seems to spring full-born, straight from the “Word.”

 

And so, by one means or another, in nearly all contemporary Bibles, the magicians – and you might say, the magician Jesus – have apparently, disappeared. Or made themselves invisible, you might say. Indeed, they all but disappeared even in Matthew, thanks to some semantic sleight-of-hand and often deliberate “confusions” of “tongue”; few if any ordinary Bible readers would ever have the etymological acumen, to note the original word “magi,” instead of “Wise Men”; and fewer still would recognize its relation to the word, “magician.”

 

Thus, whatever magicians there might be in early Christianity, soon managed to make themselves invisible. By some semantic illusionism, and some semantic “twists.” Simply translating “magi” as “wise men” – or leaving “magi” untranslated – was enough to render the term opaque, and thus hide the magicians from plain sight. Thanks to our very subtle “scribes,” no doubt, in large part. Who oversaw the writing and translation of the Bible. Disappeared into a “word.”

 

The name or word “magician” thereby, does not officially appear therefore, intimately connected with Jesus, from birth; the connection has been disappeared by our religious translators. Though Matthew apparently, tried to put it in. To connect Jesus to magic. (And/or ancient Persian wisdom).

 

nn) Yet was the magical view of Jesus, ever totally suppressed? If you look at the “works” he does, just like Moses, Jesus worked many miracles, which (like Moses), looked very much like typical magic tricks, often.
Making bread appear in mostly empty baskets, sounds exactly like a typical magicians’ tricks: making rabbits appear in empty hats. (See also the Bible noting resemblances between miracles of Moses and Aaron, and magicians).

 

oo) Today of course, the very faithful believer, will not want to face the possibility that the Biblical view of Jesus is or was, partially connected to belief in magic, at times. And indeed, we will not call Jesus himself a magician, here; not at all. More likely we should say, that many around Jesus were interested in connecting him to conventional magical ideas, common in the ancient world. And many of those who wanted to do this, were very, very good at making things appear, or disappear, at will, in our texts, and in our minds.

 

pp) In any case, what about the miracles said to be worked by Jesus? We will not deny them at all; but suggest that our linguistic conjurors, enchanterers, might better translate such things in the future; translate them in such a way as to make them less magical. And more compatible with natural phenomena, that can be “confirmed” at last, by science. They should not translate them as being simple physical phenenomena or miracles, nor as spiritual things; but as say, metaphors for natural and technological things.

 

 

 

More

 

 

 

qq) How many of the alleged miracles of Jesus were really related to, derived from, magical thinking? Consider especially, the idea of resurrection. It seems likely that there were in fact, magical ideas in the minds of many of the early editors of the Bible; even though they took the time to (partially) eliminate traces of them. Consider for example, the common interpretation of the Bible, that Jesus was raising the dead; and had been himself raised from the dead, “resurrected,” late in life. We will later show how these incidents can be taken as natural, scientifically-verifiable events. Even with close conformity to the Bible itself.

 

But the most common idea of resurrection though in any case – literally, physically dead people, rising out of their graves, like Lazarus – really recalls the influence of belief in “necromancers” and other magicians; or persons who likewise, were said to raise the dead, in order to consult with them (about the future, etc.).

 

To be sure, necromancers were often firmly forbidden by the more educated elements of Judaism (Saduccess?); in the Bible itself. But early Christians were not quite fully under the authority of Jewish “law” any more; thanks to Pharisees, and Gentile influence; and later Paul and others. And so we see many scenes with Jesus, acting very much like a necromancer; raising Lazarus, etc.. Which seems to raise the dead too.

 

Was the image of Jesus the miracle-worker, then – and especially, as raiser of the dead – really a popular misunderstanding, confused by residual belief in magic? Specifically, necromancy? In fact, when we look later into the details of the Biblical text, we will find that the text is absolutely, consistently, readable, as something else than a simple raising of dead bodies; or necromancy. The popular vision then is undoubtedly influenced by magic.

 

Yet the Biblical text itself, we will find, appears rather more sophisticated. There are many questions in the account of Lazarus, whether he is really physically dead, actually. Jesus himself says his illness is not fatal; and if he later says he is “dead,” then Jesus is in the habit of using the word “dead” as a metaphor; to mean “dead to” this or that (as the Prodigal Son was “dead” to his father when he was bad).

 

Technically then, we will find that if we look at the text of the Bible itself, as we have it today, it never quite even firmly portrays any wonder as a supernatural miracle; and it never labels Jesus as a miracle-worker at all. Technically, it could all be metaphors, and so forth. Though finally we need to see these things not as metaphors for spiritual things, but for natural and technological processes. (As we will see them; in our books on Immortality and Resurrection).

 

 

rr) Given all those common people who usually interpreted Jesus as a miracle-worker – in effect a magician- though, there would have been, in Jesus’ time, many rumors that in effect, Jesus was after all, really, merely, a magician. And early authors of the Bible, undoubtedly had to deal with, refute, such rumors. And so, perhaps to indirectly at least address or mention such rumors, to try to distract us from criticism of Jesus as a magician, significantly, in the New Testament there appears a story, about someone rather like Jesus in many ways; a “Jesus” who is a magician in fact. But one who is ultimately, carefully noted to be, not the true Jesus. But a “barred” Jesus, you might call him: the magician “Elymas,” (Acts 13.6-12); who was also called … “Bar-Jesus”

 

To be sure, here, the magician “Jesus,” was firmly condemned; as opposed to Christianity, and made “blind” by Saul/Paul (Acts. 13. 9 ff). Yet perhaps the name was built up here, to deal with persistent rumors, a popular rumor of Jesus himself; that there was a “Jesus” who was just a magician and necromancer. Thus this story attempted to disappear any criticism of or tales of Jesus as a magician – presenting all such stories as being about in effect, someone else other than Jesus himself; someone with a similar “name.” Thus, any bad tradition about Jesus, was partially acknowledged to be sure – but gotten rid of, or disappeared, by way of a ringer, a red herring or distraction; a story that firmly suggested that any such rumors of any magical Jesus, was about another person, entirely.

 

But we should not be taken in; not allow anyone to “bar” any nascent criticism of Jesus himself, or the image we were given of Jesus, practicing “miracles” or in effect, magic. We need to look beyond “Bar-Jesus,” and carefully examine even the common images of Jesus Christ himself, and his many appearances in the Bible; to see if any of them are also bad. Or magical. Note that Paul himself, on confronting Bar-Jesus, chastised him for some kind of strange slight of hand; of “making crooked the straight paths of the Lord” (Acts 13.12); so that the issue of straight story-telling, a straight representation of Jesus, seems structurally indicated here again.

 

Then too by the way, the word “Bar” means “son of”; (cf. “Barabbas,” “Son of Abba,” or “Son of Father”; yet another bad version of Jesus?). So that this story of “Bar Jesus” many also be intended to deal in a veiled, alternate universe, doppleganger way, with occasional persons who would claim to be the “son of” Jesus himself; and therefore, heir to the throne of Christianity. And who might try to change doctrine and so forth.

 

All such occasions of course, would have been troublesome for establishing a clean reputation for Jesus himself; and so they were in effect, only very indirectly mentioned, and in very veiled format. In particular, the names or titles were left untranslated, so as to appear to be proper names with no meaning; few today known that “Bar Jesus” means “son of Jesus”; while then too, even that name was immediately effaced; as the magician is next given another name entirely; “Elymas” (meaning perhaps “sage” or “wise man” one source speculates). While the next honestly to be sure notes a translation issue here:

 

“But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them” (Acts.l 13.8).

 

When there is an issue about a title, or description, for a man, often titles are left untranslated, so that they will be opaque and look to most people like a mere proper name with no meaning to it. (Cf. controversy and spindoctoring over “Simon”/”Petra”s name; translated “Peter,” or “Rock,” and not – another common Hebrew/Aramaic name – “Head.” To imply, head of the church). Yet even Paul himself of course, has his name shifting back and forth from “Saul” – reputedly the opponent of the Jewish church, and perhaps of early Christianity – to “Paul” – the great advocate. Indeed, to Jewish Christians he might appear bad; attacking Jewish “law”; but in Gentile Christianity, a good person; hence again, two different “names” to deal with this. In this case, we are told – in a more accurate way – that these are not two different persons, but merely one person … who has two different sides. Or (less accurately?) one with … a transforming moment. In any case, there are some strange shifts going on, in similar ways, all around. Just as Saul (remembering too that King Saul who believes in magic?) sees Jesus and suffers blindness and becomes Paul, so likewise, Bar Jesus the magician, when confronted by Paul, Elymas, and becomes blind for a moment. In Acts 13.11.

 

So that oddly those who meet Jesus or Christianity become … the seeing, but blind, and in the “dark.” At least a while). While in the meantime, all around, names and people and roles, are shifting constantly; winking in and out of existence and status. Probably reflecting the still-chaotic and not yet jelled state of Christianity; as it dealt with many various rumors and characterizations of even its holiest characters.

 

In any case though, again, the element of all this magical linguistic chaos and shape-shifting that interests us here, is that – just as in the case of Jesus getting “gifts” from the “Magi” – yet another rumor of a “magician” Jesus, very nearly surfaces into the text … but is kept down by carefully leaving critical titles untranslated; while even those are then immediately buried. Though perhaps, if there is a resurrection to be seen again; indeed, we are even now unearthing many things; “another Jesus” as Paul said, than many have been allowed to clearly “see” previously.

 

ss) At times clearly, our holy men, the scribes that wrote our Bibles, played word games, semantics, “double-“language: or “tongues“; semantic conjuring, semantic sleight-of-hand, with us. Looking at all the times the Bible mentions magic, we find it often lending itself to two or three interpretations on the subject; seeming at times on the surface to ban magic at least from sight; giving it a proper name. Or only faintly hint at its presence in Christianity; or say, other times, to re-admit magic; albeit under a new “whitewash”ing name.

 

So for example, the Bible at first condemns, but then re-admits under another name, the basic but banned idea of magical “conjuring,” making things appearing out of thin air. aaa) Not as “magic,” but renamed, whitewashed, as “miracle.” Or then bbb) the Bible bans the idea of “necromancy,” or “conjuring” up the dead … but then readmits it after a name change, in a Christianized, sanitized form … as “raising the dead,” and “resurrection.” And cccc) then, as for the – often banned – idea of
telling the future, “augur”ing, “soothsaying,” and so forth, fortune-telling, that too is re-admitted under a new whitewashed name; as “prophesy.” While finally ddd) “spiritualism” is readmitted … as “spirituality.” Just as eee) the acts of magicians in Egypt are readmitted as the “miracles” of Moses; and fff) the magical aspects of Jesus, are readmitted (partially) as the acceptance of gifts from the “Magi.”

 

To be sure, ggg) no doubt, there are minor differences between ancient magical beliefs and Christianity; which priests will always dishonestly make a great deal about. Yet of course, God warned about priests; who killed Jesus. So that hhh) finally, on looking at the structural and historical relationships between magic and religion, this mere semantic name game, should not fool us any longer. We should be prepared to recognize the evidence of the text: that while much of Christianity – the elite authors of the Bible – made a definite effort to disguise or rid itself of connections to magic, there were evidently historically – and in the popular imagination many residual connections with it.

 

And to this very day, the fine print written by educated priests and scholars, in the Bible, attempts to distance itself from magic … and we will see, even “miracle.” Allowing that the “wind” for example, might have blown back the Red Sea for Moses; etc..

 

Yet to be sure, the magical Jesus is always just under the surface of the text. To be unearthed and revived, over and over, in fact, in the popular idea of Jesus: Jesus, making bread appear out of thin air, like a magician making a rabbit appear in an empty hat; Jesus walking on water; Jesus raising the dead like a good necromancer; and so on.

 

 

Finally, maybe the best thing to say here, is that there are many shifty, “twist”ing things going on in our holy texts; so that perhaps the best thing to say is to note that though the Bible marginally admitted say, fortune-telling as “prophesy,” finally, it began to condemn even, “prophets.” Finally then, even the whitewashed, Judaized, Christianized, marginally-acceptable titles of magical roles – of soothsayer, turned “prophet” for example. – were in turn, condemned. As the Bible itself coming to warn even of many “false” things even in “prophets.”

 

While indeed, even the “Good” Apostle Paul, confesses he still has a bad side; he is not yet “perfect.”

 

As indeed, they did.

 

Obviously though, there was a problem with the radical indecisiveness of the Bible, which expressed itself in radical ambiguity in the text; translators of the Bible, tried to cover up, conceal this intrusion of Magic into our holiest traditions, our texts, by changing the words a bit; and trying to make “distinctions without a difference,” as Logic calls them. Calling magical tricks “Miracles” instead of “magic”; necromancy, “raising the dead,” etc.. Yet … finally, all this did, was allow bad, false magic, into Christianity.

 

No doubt, it was useful to retain magical ideas, to appeal to the masses. At the same time though, at some point, as the people become better educated, the retention of magical ideas, actively holds the people back. As we will see (in the Harm Done).

 

 

tt) As for Jesus himself, and his status as miracle-worker or magician … or even, his status as Christ? When asked who he was, aaa) Jesus was extremely ambiguous; he by far most often asked others “who” they said he was. As far as his status as a miracle-worker or magician, Jesus was bbb) often pictured in the gospels, the writings of his apostles, as working wonders – that in one reading can be taken as supernatural magical miracles … but in another reading, not. Jesus is ccc) even pictured at times, telling his followers not to tell anyone that he is working miracles, and ddd) not to tell anyone that he is the Christ (Mat. 16.16-20; cf. ringer in Mat. 24.23). Those eee) who call him the Christ or Son of God or such, are therefore people who did not obey him. And indeed, they are normally “unclean” people, gentiles or people with “unclean spirits” or demons in them (including even Peter, Mat. 16.16-23); fff) then Jesus does his best to exorcise the demons from such people, ggg) telling people there are many false Christs and so forth (Mat. 24.24, Mark 13.22). Though hhh) many were to say that “faith commands us to believe he was the foretold Christ and Messiah, Jesus told us to have no more “faith” than a “grain of mustard seed,” and finally asks to be judged, evaluated, not by the words or testimonies of others, but by his “works,” telling us in fact we do not even need to believe in him, but only works (John 10.37-8).

 

The popular miracle-working or almost magical Jesus of the people and of many sermons therefore, is very, very different from the far more ambiguous and modest words of the Jesus in the Bible. While then too as above, iii) the text often hints at (warns about?) false magical beliefs, just under the surface. Clearly jjj) the text was designed by its authors, to be deeply poetic and ambiguous in its language, and open to several quite different understandings of Jesus. On the surface, he appears to some to be a miracle-worker; but just below that there is much fine print; and then below that in turn, are hints that some kind of enchantment or magic illusionism, is at work here. Today in fact, kkk) some scholars suggest the notion of Jesus and God, are really just outright fictions, “white lies,” like the story of Santa Claus; designed to keep “child”ren quiet; while the text itself both presents that tale, but at the same time, to those who can read well enough, it also selfdecontructs, confesses its own sins, and shows us an exit from the illusions and delusions.

 

For many, lll) there is therefore only one conclusion: that the pictures, vision of Christ as working “miracles,” was really an intrusion of the false traditions of Magic – of a magician in effect; with all his illusions – into our own religion. And many today might well prefer to be introduced to the Jesus who was far more ambiguous and modest, as to his own status and abilities. Or to indeed, the “son of Man“; who is supposed to work many wonders, but whose name after all, emphasizes in a way, not his divinity, but his humanness; the name often meaning in effect, “mortal.”

 

Today we should say that in an era of freedom of religion, the status of Jesus is still left as an open question, for you to decide. Though to be sure, preachers, “fathers,” are quite jealously protective of their “children,” and seem in no hurry to have them – or even allow them to – “mature” or grow up, to any point of view other than viewing Jesus as indeed, a miracle working Christ; though that means in effect, believing in Magic, and following a magician.

 

 

 

34) While for that matter, science – and especially Anthropology – we will have seen, really tells us in effect, that most current religion, derived historically from ancient magical beliefs. And that probably
all Christian promises of miracles, spirits, are absolutely continuous with – even the same as – ancient promises of spirits, and bad Magic. (As opposed to good magic which was proto-science).

 

 

35) Finally, we will see especially, just as the Bible noted similarities, even occasional identities, between the tricks of magicians and the miracles of say, Moses, modern observers will note that there is another striking resemblance between promises of “miracles” and modern stage magic tricks; in that neither of them really work, the way they presented themselves. Today, conjuring things out of thin air and so forth, can neither can be duplicated, or confirmed … except by way of mere stage magician tricks: sleight-of-hand tricks, smoke and mirrors, springs and hidden compartments. Which alone allow us to appear to make rabbits appear in empty hats. (Cf. however, invisible radio waves, etc.).

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

uu) Our solicitous preachers, self-appointed representatives of the Lord, have constantly assured us solemnly, that everything is fine – “sacred,” “holy” – in our churches. Yet to be sure, the Bible itself noted that one day or another, we are supposed to … uncover sorceries, many false things, enchantments and delusions, in our churches. And indeed, one “day” we are supposed to discover that the whole earth has been “deceived,” in its “worship” (Rev. 13). And a) some would say, some of us are seeing this, right now. While b) next, we are to ask our preachers to also “refine” their own vision … and throw the sorcerers and their false Christ and illusions, at last, out of our Temples. To cut those who believe in Magic, off from our truer traditions.

 

Many should simply say that belief in miracles, is belief in magic. (Cf. the song or saying, “Jesus is Magic”). But finally, to see or say this, is not to destroy religion; but rather, many would say, to pass through the fire of self-criticism of one’s childhood beliefs; and to begin to attain “judgement.” To learn to separate the good and true things in religion, at last. To separate the false things, from the things really from God. The False Christ, from the true one. And thus to be at last released from bondage to false ideas, a false Lord. To find the second and better vision, Coming, of Jesus, at last.

 

 

vv) To be sure, though, some preachers, and many New Agers, and many secular believers in supernatural things, will simply admit that elements of Christianity were infected by popular magical belief … but then simply go on to defend both miracles, and magic, and other “supernatural” powers.

 

Yet aaa) we have found that the Bible itself warned about that. While then bbb) too, we add now the Bible told us to honor “science.” While science has shown that most magical beliefs are mostly false, or untrue to the natural world, as is has meaning to us today.

 

While indeed ccc) too, historically, many very early scientific investigators outside the Bible itself, often investigated early claims of “healings” and other miracles. In both Religion and Magic, and pseudo medicine, faith-healings, etc… And these investigators found that most faith healers, of whatever ilk – be they religious, or magical, or pseudo-scientific – were usually wrong, and false. Those who promised they were working miracles in fact, were d) at best honestly mistake or deluded; or were e) often even deliberate, conscious cheats and scam artists.

 

ww) Indeed we will find, such beliefs as derive from belief in Magic, are not only mostly false; but we will show, they do immense, real, physical damage, “harm,” to those who believe them. (As we show in our section on The Harm Done).

 

xx) Surprisingly though, we can condemn miracles, without ever violating, leaving behind, condemning, the Bible itself. Which always warned there would be false things, magicians, in the midst of our holiest things. And if the Bible presented wonders, after all, we will have seen in our writing on Natural Christianity, always presented them in such a way that they could be interpreted as natural wonders, rather than magic. If the Red Sea was moved, a “wind” blew it … says part of the Bible, itself (Ex. 14.21):

 

“The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground” (Ex. 14.21).

 

Though many preachers look down on such mere, humble, mundane wonders, and like to make much bigger, grander, supernatural promises, their promises, we find, do not come true; “do not come to pass,” and must therefore be condemned as false. While in contrast, the natural understanding of wonders, is verified not only by a closer reading of the Bible itself, but also of course by science; which confirms that indeed, the “wind” often blows water in Venice for example, in just the other side of the Mediterranean, so high, that the famous “aqua alta” (SP?) or “high water,” often floods the city.

 

So strictly speaking, the Bible itself as presently translated, never firmly presented Jesus as magic; but it left in the finer print, qualifications, details and so forth … that allow us to discover a truer, non-magical view of each and every event or wonder in the Bible; views that conform to science. (As we note in our chapters on Natural Religion).

 

And as for those many preachers who insist on miracles and magic, and who follow the magical Christ? No doubt of course, they and their spirit, will go to Hell forever; as specified according to their own doctrines, for those who believe in a False Christ.

 

yy) And not only promises of miracles, but also spirituality, promises of “spirit,” are false as well. As we will be showing in our books on over-spirituality.

 

 

 

Looking Ahead to the Second, Fuller Christ

 

 

 

Until today, as foretold, the whole earth remains entranced by a false vision of Christ, and a “magician.” Who works “miracles.” With his many magician, sorcerer, enchanter associates. Particularly perhaps, the ones who we were associated with “Babylon” … and the Persian Magi or magicians sorcery.

 

Yet that is to change. God told us that one “day” or another, huge sins, sorceries, would be exposed in our holy men. And they would be kicked out of the holy city.

 

 

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers” (Rev. 22.15).

 

“The false prophet who… had worked the signs” (Rev. 20. 20).

 

“I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And
if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to them, ‘You shall not life, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when they prophesy” (Zech. 13.2-3).

 

 

One day or another, we are supposed to see a “second” and better appearance to Christ and God; an appearance, in the End, in the Second Coming, in the Day of the Lord, in Judgement Day and so forth … that exposes great evils and specifically magicians are to be exposed, even among those who call on the “name” of “Christ,” of the “Lord.”

 

 

zz) But then who really, is the second coming, the fuller and better coming of Jesus? Finally, we will have seen earlier, it is the Jesus that gave us science; that told us that there would be a) many “false Christs” around; that told us therefore to b) have no more “faith” than a grain of mustard seed; the Jesus that c) hardly ever told us, himself, that even he himself was for sure, the promised final Christ, but instead far more often merely asked “who do you say I am”; and who told us indeed, to believe in him as the promised, final Christ, only if he produced d) “work,” e) “fruits,” f) “deeds,” g) “proofs,” as h) “observ”ed by opening our real material i) “eyes,” and j) “seeing”; etc..

 

God had firmly tell us to evaluate holy men by science; but by that standard, nearly all holy men – with their exaggerated promises of physical miracles – are found false. So what did Christianity do next? Next, our preachers attempted to come up with dozens, millions of sermons; sermons designed to be explanations, excuses, as to why miracles might not arrive. And among the most popular explanations was the idea that … maybe God never really promised material, physical wonders or miracles at all; maybe all those promises can be taken to be just metaphors, “figures” of speech, for spiritual things; for the “hope” and “faith” that hearing promises gives us.

 

The idea that religion, Christianity, should be “spiritual” and not “materialistic,” in fact, came to all but utterly dominate Christianity; to the point that to be religious and to be “spiritual,” are thought to be one and the same; synonyms for each other. And yet, we will have found elsewhere, earlier (in our writings on Over-Spirituality), that there are huge sins and errors and false things, not only in a) promises of miracles, but also b) spirituality. Because as it turns out, if man does not live by “bread alone,” he does live by real material bread, in part. And any theology that claims to guide us safely through all of life, (as they all do in effect, according to their rhetoric), but that is only “spiritual,” and does not take care of the physical side of life, too, actually leads us to physical dysfunctionality … and death. As St. James began to faintly see, in James 2.14-26. And as some have begun to barely see, in histories of asceticism and Gnosticism. (And as we will have seen even more clearly, in our works on the chronic Over-Spirituality of priests). And as we will have also found out earlier, what holds for spirituality, also holds for the main spiritual quality, “faith.”

 

While then too, we might add here that there is an obvious resemblance between belief in Christian “spirits,” even the “Holy Spirit,” and the countless early cultures that believed in invisible “spirits.” Indeed, some Anthropologists suggest that nearly all religions came from a common root, in Animism. A widespread, ancient superstition that thought that many material things (especially those that moved or were animated in life?), were moved by invisible, animal-like “spirits,” living inside of material things. Like a spirit living in an oak stump, or a ring, etc.. While in our books on over-spirituality, we show that the Bible itself began to note – in James 2.14-26, etc. – that a priestly religion that gives us only mental or spiritual things, turns out to be false – and literally, physically fatal – in real life. (See our books on Over-Spirituality).

 

 

 

Conclusion?

 

 

Therefore, there are huge sins, in both promises of miracles … and also in the allegedly higher and better vision of God, in “spirituality” and “faith.” These sins were so great, that ultimately all our preachers, in nearly every church, presented a substantially false Christ to the entire world; and deceived themselves, and the entire world, for many centuries.

 

So what finally, should we now do about traditional Christianity? How can we make it better? How can we see Christ as he really, more fully is? See the true Christ?

 

First, 1) the way to make it better, is to get it to get over itself, get over its sins of massive Pride and Vanity; in declaring itself the infallible voice of God. Here, we should ask our Christians to read their Bibles a little more closely: the Bible often warned, itself, that there have almost always been great sins even in our holiest men. That there were to be many “dece”ptions, “delusions,” “lies,” “false dreams” – in the heart of our traditional ideas of Christianity, and what we “worship” (Rev. 13, etc.). And then next, 2) we should show Christians and priests, the parts of the Bible that told them not to have too much “faith” in traditional authority, therefore, but rather, instead, to learn the science of God. A science which is not too blindly faithful, but which critically examines things in religion … to root out hypocrisies and evils, even in our holiest saints and angels.

 

In fact, we have already started to do that here. And 3) even now amazingly, we are starting to see some of the sins of holy men, that God warned about, at last. First, we see what the main lies or errors of our holy men were: first a) our holy men’s promises of miracles. And then there are more sins: next there are our churches’ b) excuses or substitutes for lack of material miracles; especially, their spirituality.

 

There were great sins in our holiest men. And so what should we now say? We should now say, that one old prophesy or two from the Bible, can now be said to have taken place: 4) just as God warned, we have come to see that “all” our holy men have sinned; 5) and indeed as foretold, even the whole earth was “deceived” in what it worshipped (when it worshipped miracles, and spirituality).

 

But 6) now, what exactly was the more specific nature of the error, the sin … of say, promises of miracles, and spirituality? We will now show that in effect, these were the foretold … “delusions” and “illusions”; which can now be characterized as the foretold work of the foretold, deceitful, bad “magicians” and “sorcerers,” and “enchanter”ers. Indeed, the promise of miracles for example, is essentially from the influence of … Magic: belief in bread out of thin air, is essentially the same as belief that rabbits can appear out of thin air, in empty hats. Belief in miracles is actually, not real Christianity … but is belief in Magic. Or belief in sorcerers, and magicians. Our miracle-promising preachers were really … the foretold false magicians. While even our “spiritual” preachers were still under illusions and delusions, too.

 

So what should we say about the traditional preachers, who continuously promised us miracles, for example? Whose religion dominated the whole earth? We would have to say that, just as the Bible warned, the whole world was long ago deceived, by a false “worship”; a false idea of Christ. And by more specifically too, the illusions, delusions, of … magical thinking; magicians.

 

But if the whole world has long since been deceived, in its religion, by magical thinking – in effect, by magicians, who believed they were priests – then after all, one “day,” we and God are supposed to cast off the magicians. And in fact, many of us are beginning to do that; right now.

 

 

 

More?

 

 

As we now find here, in effect then, yet another ancient Biblical prophesy was long ago fulfilled: exactly as Revelations and other books warned, the whole Christian world, was fooled, when it believed in miracles and spirit. Furthermore, it was fooled – exactly as foretold – by belief in Magic. Or in other words, fooled, decieved, as foretold, by in effect, sorcerers or magicians. Magicians who presented themselves to us as or in association with, holy men, leaders of “worship.” But while this is so, finally, When Christians mistakenly came to believe in “miracles” and then “spirituality,” they were undone, captured, by magical thinking; magicians. With their lies and “illusions” and verbal “enchantments,” and so forth.

 

Clearly in fact, we will find, a) the promise of bread out of thin air, is just a version of stage magicians’ rabbits out of a hat. While b) promises of wonderful “spirits,” mental sensations, merely champion, extoll mere mental sensations, dreams; which can be often not beneficial, but literally fatal illusion, delusion.

 

In the past, preachers have tried to deny all this; they have gone into Denial. But there is a way to simply face and accept this – and move on to see at last through the delusions, to the real vision of Christ. At last; in a way acceptible to, the Bible itself.

 

The fact is, first of all of course, aa) the Bible itself often warned that there would be false things even in our holiest men and doctrines. And bb) the Bible itself warned that one “day” we would discover that the whole earth had been deceived, even in what it “worship”ed (rev. 13); in part, by false “magicians” or “sorcerers,” and so forth. And so, if we find magic deep in the heart of our traditional religion today, then after all, all that is happening is that … this ancient prophesy of the Bible is being fulfilled. The Bible verifies – even insisted – that one day we would indeed discover precisely, this.

 

The Bible itself told us there would be sins and false things in Christianity … and today, we are discovering a few of them. Among others: the many promises of miracles in the Bible and/or many sermons, were not true. They were “false prophesies,” false promises, lies. Finally, there are no miracles … and there are no valid excuses for that. So that finally, we must simply say that … parts of our religious tradition, were simply, false. As foretold. Finally, our major point is that, amazingly … this is a conclusion authorized by the Bible itself; by God himself.

 

The Bible we say here, might be right … but most of Christianity is not. The Bible correctly warned that there would be sins and errors and delusions and so forth, even in those who said and even thought in their “heart” that they were following “Christ,” or “Lord, Lord.” And further it said that the nature of those sins and errors, was that they would be caused in part, by false “magicians,” “sorcerers.”

 

And so we are now finding nothing more or less than what the Bible itself told us one day, we would see. As foretold, as prophesied by the Bible itself – there is a huge error and deception in the religion that dominates the world (Rev. 13); in a “Christ”; in traditional Christianity. Specifically first of all, religion, Judeo-Christianity, often definitely promised us many huge miracles, often; even “all” we “ask” for. And yet God’s science and experience, observation of what does and “does not come to pass,” shows that whatever was said to happen in the past, religion, priests, are not reliably producing the miracles they promised, today. While furthermore, though our holy men attempt to offer dozens, millions of excuses for this, we will find here, almost none of the explanations for lack of miracles today, attempted by millions of sermons – like the attempt to suggest that mere mental or spiritual sensations of hope for miracles – is true to the entire Bible; or true to honest logic and science.

 

So what should we say and do next? We should simply expose the magical thinking in much of historical Christianity. And then recall the second, truer, vision of Christ and God. As advocating not magical conjuring and semantic/liturgical, repetitive hypnotism and illusionism; but real Science.

 

 

 

 

 

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