GOD’S SCIENCE, 10 vols.; Table of Contents – and Intro

THE BIBLE SUPPORTS SCIENCE,

OVER FAITH:

Science-Based Religious Study Offers the Foretold Second and “Full”er “Appearance,”

The Second Coming, the “Day,” of God

10 Volumes:

Vol. 1 GOD DESTROYS OUR SPIRITUAL HEAVEN – AND RETURNS TO PHYSICAL EARTH (Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4, 51-6, 65-6; 2 Peter 3.7-12; Hos. 9.7; Etc.)

Vol. 2  “ALL HAVE SINNED”:  All Churches, All Holy Men, All “Inspired” Doctrines;

Vol. 3 GOD RESIDED IN THE EARTH – IN THE BIBLICAL SCIENCE OF GOD; The Old Testament, and Paul, Support Science Over “Faith” (Dan. 1.4-1f KJE; etc.)

Vol. 4  THE SCIENCE OF JESUS; Jesus Stresses Faith … in Science, Physical “Fruits”;

Vol. 5  THE DESTRUCTION OF HEAVEN – by Scientific Religious Study, the Right Arm of God (Isa. 52.10-53.11); Religious Science as the Second Appearance of Christ, the “Full”er Resurrection of God on Earth;

Vol. 6  THE HARM DONE – By Preachers’ Over-Spirituality, Priest/Magicians’ “Faith” In Miracles, Spirits, Sermons:  “False Spirits,” “False Promises,” “Empty” “Wind”;

Vol. 7  BACK TO EARTH:  The Second Coming, the Resurrection of God, to Physical Things;

Vol. 8 THE SCIENCE OF GOD – AS THE SECOND COMING OF GOD TO PHYSICAL EARTH: A Narrative BIBLIOGRAPHY of Quotes from the Bible.

Vol. 9 THE “DAY” WHEN GOOD “JUDGEMENT” COMES, and “THE BLIND SEE”

Vol. 10 OVER-SPIRITUALITY; the Physically Fatal Sin, in Holy Men and Angels (James 2.14-26; Isa. 29.8).

Copyright April-Dec. 17, 2011, by Dr. “W. J. L. Goodman,” Ph.D.

Edited by Dr. Griffin Gaddie Ph.D.

 

 

INTRODUCTORY BLURB:    Many people worry that Christianity is not true:  where are all the huge physical miracles that were promised, for instance?   The Bible often promised us “whatever” we “ask” for; even “all” the works that Jesus did, and “greater things than these” (John 14.12 ff).  So why aren’t people today physically walking on water; making physical “mountains” move?  Some say that a more spiritual Christianity is the answer.  But there are problems with “spirituality” too (James 2.14-26; also “false spirits”).

So what is the answer to apparent problems in our religion, in Christianity?  Finally the Bible itself authorized a dramatic, even heaven-shattering solution to this:  the Bible began to simply admit that there have always been bad – and as it says “false”-  things, even in our highest Christian holy men, churches, and their doctrines, their promises.  And it says, one “day” or another, we are supposed to see a second and better “appearance,” a Second Coming, of Christ.  That will straighten things out. 

So the Bible simply admits that there are often false things in our religion, even our Christianity.  And it says that these things will be fixed one “day” or another; particularly (but not exclusively) in the Second Coming, and/or Judgement “Day,” the “Day” of the Lord.  But as it turns out, the second coming of God, of Christ, is not as reassuring to oldtime religion, as many churches claim; in the Second Coming/Appearance of God, God arrives on earth again – in order to reveal longstanding, continuous errors, in “all” our holiest men and angels.  And then?  Having simply noted that most of our religious leaders, angels, were simply wrong in the things they promised?  God begins to … destroy our Heaven itself.  And “all” in it  (Isa. 34.4 ff., 51.6; 24.21; 14.11-19; 2 Peter 2.1-9, 3.7-12; Rev. 21.1-22).

Shockingly, the Bible says that essentially “all” our holiest men and angels and churches have sinned and erred; they and their most “inspired” “doctrines.”  And therefore?  For that reason, one “day” or another, God is goin to destroy Heaven itself, and “all” in it.  But shocking as this  is, we will show that that when we see apparent sins or errors in  holy men and Christian churches, therefore,  that is exactly what the Bible foretold.  And finally, seeing God expose sins in  holy men and their doctrines, seeing God expose sins even in the very angels and apostles, is finally, all to the good:  God exposes and dissolves our traditional Christian heaven … in order to finally clear the way for a better, fuller, Second Coming, of God and Christ.  A better and second view of God – in the emerging Science of God.

Our major thesis: 1)  the core of the old apocalyptic prophesy of the “End Times,” of a “Day of the Lord” and a “Second Coming,” was the moment that God exposes massive, longstanding sins and errors in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels.  And 2) when, because of those errors, God finally destroys heaven itself.   But all that is to the good.  Since the holders of the old “false” ideas of Christ, are demolished. And 3) all in order to give us a second and better understanding; to give us a second and better idea of God.  While furthermore?  4) This series of End Times prophesies is fulfilled, in spirit or in metaphor; when you  simply re-read your Bible.  And begin to see Christ in a new way; Jesus and God supporting not “faith” in our preachers and churches;  but God finally supporting a more critical “science” of God.

The seven or so main points, in our books here?  1) Our preachers and churches are superficially humble; but they stress their own authority; they demand we go to church and listen to them; and have “faith” in the vision of Christ they present to us in their sermons and doctrines.  But here we find that the Bible itself actually warned that there have always been massive sins, errors, in our very holiest men, angels, churches, and their most “inspired” doctrines.  2) Therefore?  Finally the Bible itself did not stress “faith”; 3) instead, the Bible told us to base even our religion, Christianity, not on faith, but on Science; a Science of God.  While 4) Science in turn, notes apparent falsity in the old promises of physical miracles (“Do all work miracles?” as Paul asked).  And 5) science notes a fatal problem even in priestly “spirituality”; a neglect of physical reality that is literally, physically, fatal.  As James began to note in James 2.14-26.  So 6) when we read our Bibles more closely, we discover that the Bible itself notes many extremely serious problems even with out own holiest men and apostles, and creeds allegedly from the Bible itself.  Indeed, we note so many problems that finally it seems as it our classic Heaven itself is under attack, and being found false.  Yet if it is?  Then oddly, this fits the Bible, itself:  which told us that one “day” or another, we are supposed to discover massive sins, in “all” our holiest men; and on that day, our Heaven itself is supposed to be “dissolved” (Isa. 34.4, 51.6; 2 Peter 3.7-11; Rev. 21; etc.).  In 7) order to foreground the second Coming, the second and better “appearance” (“parousia”) of Christ:  to show us Jesus supporting not “faith,” but science.

For centuries, millions of believers and churches have followed our priests and ministers, and their view of God, with total “faith.”  And yet, we will be showing in  our books here, that this  is not actually what the Bible itself wanted us to do.  Actually, 1)  the Bible itself warned us about massive sins and errors in essentially all our holiest men and angels and churches:  “all have sinned,” even the highest saints and apostles on earth, and in Heaven itself.  So that 2) for that reason finally – amazingly, shockingly – our classic Christian heaven itself, and “all” in it, is supposed to be destroyed by God, one day. In order for churchgoers to see something beyond the usual religion of blind faith in preachers and prophets.

Amazingly therefore, we will show that the Bible itself actually does not really support classic, traditional Christianity; its “faith” in “miracles” or “spirit”uality; its churches and priests and ministers.   Instead, the Bible itself often criticized all that; and it began to predict its eventual distruction.

While  in fact furthermore, that foretold destruction, even of our classic Heaven itself, begins to happen, in part even here and now.  As we re-read our Bibles … and see a very different message in them, a rather different Christ in them, than what we learned in church.  As we see Christ in a partially “new,” second way.  Seeing Christ supporting not faith in the authority of preachers, faith in miracles or spirituality.  Instead, as we re-read our Bibles here, we see the“second” appearance to Christ:  Christ supporting not “faith,” but … Science. 

The Bible said all along, that one “day” or another, you yourself would see a heaven-shattering  Second Coming or “second appearance” of God; And we will show that the partially “new” but actually quite biblical appearance of Christ – Christ supporting Science, over faith –  that we will begin to see here, in effect fulfills the promised “Second Coming.”  Seeing Christ supporting science, gives us the foretold “second” “appearance” (“parousia”) of Christ.

Those are the seven major points that will be elaborated in our ten books, here.

In effect, we are saying, the emerging Science of God, science-based religious study, gives us at last, the foretold second appearance to Christ; beyond Christ advocating blind “faith,” we now see Christ outlining a real Science of Religion.  And that Science largely fulfills promises of a second appearance/”parousia” of Christ.   This second appearance of Christ is very important; by re-uniting Christianity, with Science, it begins to fulfill prophesy:  of God, returning to this material earth.  The Science of God begins to fulfill that, by conceptually joining heaven and earth, “spirit” and “flesh,” “word” and “world.”  Then too?  Science and technology to date, have been fantastically “fruit”ful, in a material way.  And it seems reasonable to suppose that only the development of religion, into a science, only a Science of God, will be “full” enough, physical enough, true enough to the “full”er message of the Bible, to produce the long-promised physical “kingdom” of Good on earth.  While indeed, only by a previous rough ad hoc average of “religion” and “practicality,” science, has our population experienced as much prosperity as it has to date.  So that?  To complete its picture of truth and God, to really build a material “kingdom,” religion must … add at least classic, well-established (if not speculative) science, into itself.  While we began to see the fruits of that, in our religious/scientific age.  Though the interface between religion and science was not well worked out.

 

PREFACE

One “day” or another, you yourself are supposed to see a “Second Appearance,” a Second Coming, of Christ.  But the second appearance/”parousia” of Christ, is not as entirely reassuring as many churches claim.  God does not arrive on earth again, in order not to simply congratulate our preachers or churchgoers, on a job well done.  Instead in fact, God arrives in the Second Coming …  1) to reveal longstanding, continuous errors, in “all” our holiest men, preachers, and angels (Isa. 34.4; Rom. 3.23; Mal. 3.1-3).  Even in “all” our holiest saints and apostles and popes, in Heaven itself.

Amazingly, shatteringly, in his Second Appearance, God apocalyptically uncovers longstanding sins … in essentially all the things we thought were holy.  And 2) then things get even worse:  having revealed massive sins in all our holy men, Christians, and even the angels … God finally begins to destroy … our Heaven itself (Isa. 34.4 ff., 51.6; 24.21; 14.11-19; 2 Peter 2.1-9, 3.7-12; Rev. 21.1-22).

At first, all this seems impossible.  But that’s what the Bible – as read more closely here – finally says.  First, you see God revealing sins in essentially even our holiest men and angels, even the sons of “Levi,” the priests:

“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way for me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.  But who can endure the day of his coming, and who an stand when he appears?  For he is like a refiner’s fire…” (Mal. 3.1-2 RSV).

“All have sinned” (Romans).

“No one is good but God”

“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 judgement'” (Isa. 34.4-5).

“On that day, says the LORD, I will … remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit.  And if any one again appears as a prophet … pierce him through” (Zech. 13.1-3).

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

The Bible contains countless warnings in fact, that every aspect of religion – even the apostles, prophets, angels in heaven itself – are often wrong and bad.  And for that reaason, the Bible itself finally has God asserting that one day or another, he is going to punish even the holiest men on earth, and those in heaven itself.  While finally?  God is supposed to destroy Heaven itself:

“That day the LORD will punish the host of heaven” (Isa. 24.21).

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 5.16).

“Draw near, O nations, to hear….  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” (Isa. 34.4).

“All have sinned” (Rom. 3.23).

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

“Let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4).

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

“No one is good but God” (Mark 10.18; Mat. 19.17).

As it turns out therefore?  Our classic, tradition Christian ideal, our heaven itself, is not permanent or “eternal” as some have thought from parts of the Bible.  Actually in point of fact, one heaven-shattering “day” or another, a day when “judgement” comes, 1) God is supposed to uncover or unveil to us, huge, awful, longstanding sins and errors, in essentially “all” our very holiest men and angels; especially, priests.  In “all” of them; even the earliest saints and angels.  And then, because of those sins in our holiest men?  God is supposed to destroy Heaven itself; and “all” in it (Isa. 34.4).

How is this relevant to our own time today?   If today we feel we see problems, errors, in many elements of Christianity?  If it seems to us today, that our holiest men often make mistakes?  If it seems like, for example, their promises of miracles, “all” and “whatever” we “ask” (misquoting John 14.12-14?), do not come true, do “not come to pass” (Deut. 18.21-22) in real life?  Then actually, amazingly, what we now see, matches what the Bible foretold:  the Bible itself told us that one “day” or another, we are supposed to see .. precisely that.  One day or another, the Bible said, God is supposed to show us massive sins and errors; in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels.  While perhaps, after all, say, traditional promises of big physical “miracles” were among the foretold false things to be found, in holy men.

WHAT  ERRORS, SINS, DO WE SEE IN OUR PREACHERS AND CHURCHES?  One “day” or another, God is supposed to show you, expose, longstanding sins and errors, in all our holiest men and angels.  And here and now in fact, in our time, we are beginning to see that prophesy fulfilled.  As we look around us, and note the lack of miracles, for example, it seems that our holy men’s promises of miracles, were not reliable.  And then too?  As we re-read our Bibles, we find our Bibles say some things quite different, from what our preachers told us in church.

In the past, whenever we thought we saw sins and errors, in preachers, churches, holy things, our ministers assured us that the Bible itself, God himself, simply commanded us to ignore all that, and continue to simply have “faith” in our holy men; indeed, we have always been told that the very essence of Religion, and Christianity, was “faith.”  But here and now, as we re-read our Bibles here, we see the Bible actually, finally tells us that indeed, there have been mistakes, sins, in Christianity; in our holiest men and angels.  Even in their most supernatural, Holy-Spirit “inspired” doctrines (1 John 4.1 ff; 1 Corin. 10.5; Hos. 9.7; Lam. 4.20; Mat. 16.23; 2 Corin. 11.14).  So that, accordingly?  Ultimately, amazingly, the Bible itself finally warns us, that our religion, Christianity, was never supposed to be “faith-based” at all.

Our first two main points therefore, will be that 1) the Bible warned over and over, about sins in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels, and their most inspired doctrines.  And 2) therefore, amazingly, the Bible warned us that Christianity was not supposed to be based on faith.  For example:  since “all” our holiest men have sinned, the Bible warned us not to follow our holy men, or their ideas about God, with such very strong “faith,” after all.  To be sure, we will closely examine many parts of the Bible, that seem at first to have stressed “faith” strongly; especially, in the writings of Paul.  However, 3) since all of our holiest men and angels often sinned, ultimately the Bible and even Paul finally told us not to have such blind, total “faith” in our religious leaders, or the things they say about the Lord, about God.  While as it turns out, ultimately the Bible told us not to base ourselves on faith; but to base even our religion on ….critical Science.

Since God himself warned that all our holiest men and angels often sin and err?  Therefore, Christianity was never supposed to be based on “faith”; faith in them, or their vision of God and Christ.  Instead?  We are always supposed to be prepared to take a critical look at what our holy men claim; always be prepared to examine them with a kind of critical Science; a Science of God.  Indeed in fact, finally?  The Bible itself told us that Christianity itself is not supposed to be based on “faith” in physical “miracles,” or “spirituality”; instead, the Bible said that Christianity is supposed to be based on Science.  A Science of God.

And 4) if discovering this, seems to shatter, “dissolve,” our traditional Heaven itself?  Then this fulfills prophesy:  one “day” after all, our Heaven itself is supposed to be dissolved. 5) In order for God to show us a “second” and better appearance, a Second Coming of God to earth, after all.

While the Science of God in fact, shows us a Second appearance/”parousia” to God.  One that, better than existing churches, shows signs of being able to create in fact, the promised ideal kingdom of God on earth.

ALLEGED SPECIAL SAVING GIFTS AND GRACES – from Angels and “Anointing”s, and “Baptisms,” and “Blood,” to “Worship” and “Zeal” – ALSO FAIL.        Can it be true?  As foretold, much of the God we now see, is hard to “face” or “bear.”  First:  can even “all” our holiest men, priests and ministers, angels and churches, even from the first days of Christianity – have often sinned and erred?  Could they have issued false promises, false interpretations of the Bible?  At first, that seems impossible.  Yet?  Actually, the Bible itself warned over and over, that “all have sinned” and erred (Rom. 3.23); even our holiest men and churches; “no one is good but God” himself (Mark 10.18). Many preachers will cite parts of the Bible, that seem to suggest that we can totally wash away our sins, by this special grace or that one; and yet, we other parts of the Bible suggest that none of the allegedly special gifts that are said to erase our sins, is itself really entirely effective; almost nothing whatsover in religion, from A to Z – from “angels” and “anointing” and “baptism,” thru “worship” and “zeal” – is absolutely infallibly useful.  Ultimately, “no one is good but God” himself, finally; and probably no one therefore, can really “stand” proudly before God himself in the final day (Mal. 3.2; Jer. 49.19).  Many churches like to claim that this or that special grace or gift, will uniquely save their own churchmembers from sin; that this or that special gift, permanently washes away their sin.  Yet?  Here we show that the Bible itself says that even after receiving one special gift after another, still our sins are merely “covered” (Rom. 4.7), but not eliminated.  To be sure, “No one born of God commits a sin” it may be; no one commits a sin by being re-born of God; or so long as one remains in God.  Yet eventually, the Bible said, even “saved,” “baptized,” “anointed” persons, etc., all inevitably often fall and sin.  Indeed, God often warned that even our very “angels” often sinned (2 Peter 2.4, etc.; see Bibliography).  So that ultimately?  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1.8).  While in any case?  Even if there are a very, very few “elect” persons who are good, still, no one can be sure who they are; not even they themselves; only God knows.  In any case, though, the Bible firmly says that “all” those host in Heaven itself often sinned; and will be destroyed.

THE FORETOLD DESTRUCTION OF HEAVEN    While indeed, in simple language, it would seem that it is very Proud and Vain, for anyone on earth, even priests and prophets, to declare themselves “perfect” or even “holy” and “sacred.”  How can any mere human being, be so proud, before God himself?  Particularly when … finally, the Bible itself warned over and over, explicitly, about sins in “all” our holiest men, angels, priests and prophets … in Heaven itself (Isa. 34.4; etc.)  And in their most “inspired” and “infallible” sayings, writings, about God.  So that finally?  The Bible itself affirmed moreover, that one “day” or another, we are supposed to see this:  one day, even the highest religious leader and prophet, “every” one of them, is to confess their sins, and admit that he is not really a good prophets at all; but only a sort of ordinary tenant-farmer, obeying his landlord, at best  (Zech. 13.14 -14.1-19).  Indeed in fact?  One day God is supposed to show us sins in ourselves, and in every element of religion, from angels to our zeal; and furthermore?  In that moment, our very Heaven itself, is supposed to be dissolved in front of our eyes.  Because of the sins of our holiest men, after all:

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

“The heavens … that now exist, have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgement” (2 Peter 3.7).

“The heavens will pass away” (2 Peter 3.10).

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples!  Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, 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 judgement” (Isa. 34.1-5).

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

“And now, O priests, this command is for you” (Mal. 2.1; Hos. 4.4-6; Lam 4.13; Job 12.19; Jer. 5.31-6.13-23.11-33).

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

The exposure of sins in essentially “all” our holiest men, even preachers, then the Destruction of Heaven itself, may seem hard to believe, face, or “bear” (John 16.12).  But finally, Christians can learn to face it; since the Bible itself foretold this moment.  And since facing it is a good thing.  In effect, our classic, “present” (2 Peter 3) Judeo-Christian Heaven itself is supposed to be dissolved … in order for God to show us something better.  In order for God to show a “second” and better “appearance” to Christ; a better understanding of God  (Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4 ff, 51.6, 65-6; 2 Peter 3.7-12).  This appearance of God was yet to come, some time after the first coming of Christ.  Peter was still “waiting” for even his own “present” Christian heaven to dissolve:

“The heavens will be kindled and dissolved….  But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3.12-13).

“The LORD will appear a second time” (Heb. 9.28; Isa. 11.11).

Can this be happening even now?  If we see sins in our holy men today, indeed, that can be seen as really prelude to – or even part of – the foretold, massive, Apocalyptic un-“covering” or exposure of longstanding sins in our holiest men, even in the very first apostles.  While indeed, all this is prelude and part of the foretold destruction … of our Judeo-Christian Heaven itself.  And the revelation of a “second” and better “appearance” to Christ – a Second Coming.  In finally?  Our Science of God.

THE TWO VOICES      The demonstration of massive sins and errors in essentially “all” our holiest men, has been due and pending, from the time of Jesus and Peter.  Indeed, the Apostle John warned there were already “false Christs” around, even in the very first days of Christianity itself.  While amazingly?  Finally, the Apostle Peter sinned so often and so severely – turning against Jesus or “rebuking” Jesus – that finally?  Jesus himself turned around and called St. Peter, “Satan.”  But priests have quoted to us, only one part, one reading of the Bible; the part that seemed to support … priests and churches, after all.  Like this part.  Which has long been taken by the Roman Catholic Church, as the Bible’s definitive endorsement of the Church, and St. Peter, who founded it:

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!… I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven….'” (Mat. 16.17-19 RSV).

Priests love to quote this fragment  or part of the Bible.  But?  Remember that God himself warned that our preachers often sinned.  And here?  We now note the first of their sins:  one of the great immortalities and sins of priests, has been that they quote only, at first, misleading fragments or parts of the Bible.  While they leave out the larger, “full”er picture of God.  Where God after all, there is a second voice in the text.  Where God warns us adamantly, about priests and popes, like St. Peter himself, the founder of the Church itself:

“Jesus began to show his disciples…. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him…. He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan!  You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men'” (Mat. 16.21-23).

The Bible warned over and over, about huge sins in our priests and holy men; and here and now, we begin to note exactly what they are:  first, our preachers only quoted or emphasized misleading parts of the Bible to us, in church.  In particular, they emphasized the parts that seem to flatter the authority of … priests and holy men.  While they dishonestly ignored or “twist”ed and “whitewashed” the more critical, second voice in the Bible.

THE SCIENCE OF GOD   So if all our holiest men – even the spiritual ones – often sinned, then how can we find God, and truth?  Ultimately, the Bible had made it clear that we are supposed to put our trust, in a Science of God.  We are supposed to begin real, scientific testing of our holy men; to see where they were good or form God – and where they made mistakes (Mal. 3.10; Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; Deut. 18.21-22; Isa. 41.21-24; etc.).  Many preachers claim that when the Bible told us not to “put me to the test, said the Lord,” God meant that we should not apply Scientific “testing” to our religion.  But better Bibles translated this ultimately, as merely telling us not to “test” – or better said, “tempt” – God’s patience with immoralities; while elsewhere, God commands us over and over, to “put me to the test says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10); test him and everything in religion. With explicitly, “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE).

Should Christianity ever have been based on “faith”?  To be sure, there are parts of the Bible that seem to support our holy men, and having strong faith in them.  But one of the great sins of our preachers, as it turns out, is quoting mere misleading “parts” of the Bible.  What we will be showing here, is what overall, the other parts of the Bible more “full”y, ultimately tell us a different story.  That our holy men have always sinned and erred; so that in fact, because of huge sins in “all” our holy men, and “every” prophet?  One day God is going to destroy Heaven itself.  While finally therefore, our religion, Christianity, is to be based not on strong faith in holy men and angels, or their vision of God; but on a more critical, cautious science of God.

These therefore, will be our five major points:  1) the Bible itself said that there have always been massive sins in our holiest men and angels; even “all” those in heaven itself.  Even in their most Holy Spirit-inspired doctrines and sermons and sayings about God.  2) Therefore?  The Bible ultimately told us that our religion, Christianity, was not supposed to be based on any very strong “faith.”  Instead?  The Bible told us that we should always apply a critical “science” to “everything” in religion.  To find out what is really, actually true in religion, what is the true Christ, and what is false.  The Apostle Paul especially, at first seemed to stress “faith”; but then finally he told us, to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).  While God had earlier told us, “put me to the test says the LORD”  (Mal. 3.10).  Eventually becomes clear that this “test”ing of religion, is to be scientific, moreover (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; etc.).  Finally, amazingly, our religion, Christianity, was never supposed to be faith-based at all.  The Bible itself actually told us that are not to have so much “faith” in holy men – but are supposed to continually examine them with science.  Looking to see if they are true, or false; -as determined by “observ”ing with our physical “eyes,” whether following them produces real, actual material, physical “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proofs.”  As the Bible said.  Not just “spiritual” things, but real physical empirical deeds, wonder.

MIRACLES  The Bible did not stress faith, but science.  And when we apply Science to priests – especially their promises of giant, spectacular “miracles”?  Now and then, we see some smaller “Miracles”:  some sick person gets unexpectedly well; but that might be explained as the result of earlier misdiagnoses; or the natural healing power of the body.  But we aren’t see the giant, spectacular physical miracles that were we promised:   the power to literally walk on physical water; the power to move real, actual, literal “mountains,” with just faith and a prayer.  So when we at last learn to apply Science to religion, to preachers?   Right away we notice yet another failing or deception in our priests:  the giant miracles they promised are not appearing reliably.

SPIRITS AND SPIRITUALITY?    Clearly, our religious leaders have been deceived, and fundamentally dishonest – just as the Bible itself forewarned.  So how finally, can we find the truth?  How can we find God?  In the past, after noting problems getting physical miracles, our preachers suggested, dualistically, that physical wonders are unimportant, after all; that it is more important to get mental or “spiritual” rewards; like hope and faith.

But is even spirituality itself, reliable?  Insofar as we might trust them, the Apostles like John finally told us, in their better moments, not to trust or have too much faith in our holy men, or even in the “spirit”s, and spirituality.  John admitted that even “spirits” said to be from God, can be “false.”  And John for example therefore finally told us to “test the spirits.”  To see if they really were true and good (1 John 2.18-4.1).  While in point of fact, we find that the Apostle James began to notice some physically fatal sins, even in spirituality itself.   Specifically?  The Apostle St. James and countless others in the Bible, began to note that a religion that gave us only kind words or sermons and prayers, but not physical food, say?  Lead us to try to live on mere hot air, or the “east” “wind,” mere “illusions” and “delusions” and “empty” things.  They gave us words, sermons, ideas or spirits – but not the material things we need to live.  So that our spiritual preachers left us literally, physically, starving (James 2.14-26).

So that surprisingly, the very “spirituality” that is the heart of Christianity today, is also bad.

ALL THIS – AS FULFILLMENT OF PROPHESY TOO    This is incredibly hard for some to face.  But  indeed, there is a way to face this, by seeing it all as consistent with the Bible itself:  in effect we have come to the End that the Bible itself foretold.  Specifically, as we at least see beyond “faith,” we are coming to the crucial moment in the End Time, that our preachers have not, until now, been able to “face” or “bear”:  we have come to the foretold Destruction of Heaven.  We have come to the foretold moment when suddenly, God apocalyptically unveils, or uncovers, or opens to our sight … a series of longstanding sins and errors, in our holiest men:  in their very “faith” in “miracles” and even in “spirituality.”  The moment when God shows us sins, even in the angels in Heaven itself.  And in their holiest doctrines.

Here, we do not deny the Bible – but fulfill it.  The Bible itself warned that there would always be sins in holy men, and that one day in particular, we would see them.  While here?  We have begun to see them.  First a) our holy men assured us that they themselves were reliable; but we now find that isn’t what the Bible itself said more fully.  Then?  Our b) religious leaders told us, since they were reliable, the essence of our religion therefore should be all-but-total loyalty to them, or their ideas about God; that the essence of religion should be “faith.”  But now we find that this second assertion of all our holy men was false too:  first of all, just logically, if the Bible said that holy men were not reliable, then we should not have too much “faith” in them, or their vision, their image of God either:  in “Christ” as they presented him to us.  Then too?  Next c) in fact we found that indeed, the Bible finally did not stress “faith,” as much as it ordered us to perceive and apply, a more critical Science, to all of religion, all of Christianity.  While next?  We find that d) right away, we notice that science clearly proves that priests’ promises of giant physical “miracles”  – the power to walk on water, and make real, actual “mountains” move, with just faith and a prayer – are mostly false.  To e) try to deal with this failure, preachers next, generated dozens, hundreds of apologetics, excuses, sermons.  But we find that none of them are true to the Bible and to honest reasoning.  Especially?  Our preachers tried to suggest that if religion is not delivering physical things, therefore, we are not supposed to value only “spiritual” things.  But that also contradicts the Bible; which tells us that we are supposed to regard physical material “signs,” “Fruits,” “proofs,” as important.  Finally therefore?  There f) is only one answer that fits all this evidence.  Though it also involves finding one more, final mistake or lie in what our preachers and churches told us:  our preachers always told us that even if they themselves could not fully deliver all the wonders, miracles that they often promised, us, here on earth – not “all” and “whatever” we “ask”; the power to move literal “mountains” and so forth – still, there would be future rewards for us; in an “eternal Heaven.”  But here and now?  We find that this final assertion by preachers, was also false; was just yet another sin or error, a deceit, in our holy men and churches.  Since the Bible itself finally told us that “all have sinned,” even the host of Heaven itself.  So that finally?  Heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed.

This may be hard to face.  But finally, there is a way to face this; by seeing it not as contrary to the Bible itself, but as confirming it fully.  Indeed – quite exactly as the Bible warned, over and over – the whole world has long been deceived by deceived, deceitful priests; and their false idea of God and their False idea of Christ (Rev. 13; 1 John 2-4; Mat. 24.11, Mark 13.22).  And devastating as this is?  After all, we and our preachers, should be prepared to confess sins, even as great as this, in ourselves and our religious tradition.  Since after all, a) the Bible itself called for that, in dozens of ways.  And b) in order to see after all, a second and fuller and better and truer appearance to Christ.

While indeed?  Many of us are coming to see and follow at least the first hints of – and perhaps part of the very substance of – the second and better appearance of Christ.  As we re-read our Bibles … and suddenly see Christ.  Christ advocating not blind faith; but a Science of God.

 

 

 

 

MORE?    All this is hard to face.  But all this resolves a number of huge problems in traditional religion.  For centuries, there have been hints of sin, error, in our religion.  Especially promises of giant physical miracles; problems with those were evident, from practical experience and science.  These were devastating.  Too devastating for many to face.  And so, rather than face them, our priests decided to give up on the whole physical world, and posit an ideal reward in some other dimension; in our “spirit,” and/or in spiritual “Heaven.”  Yet finally?  We will demonstrate sins, errors, in all the various sermonic attempts to “prove” that miracles are indeed happening of the size and scale promised; or to explain the lack of physical miracles.  Finally in fact, there is only one major motif in the Bible that really seems to explain, fit, what we now see.  And that presents a solution.

 

Admitting, confessing a series of devastating errors in the heart of all that we were told was holy, is now in fact, possible.  Since amazingly … none of this after all, contradicts the Bible itself; indeed, it can be read as the fulfillment of biblical prophesy.  Could all our holiest men and angels, have be partially bad?  Even in their allegedly holiest doctrines and sayings and sermons?  At first, this seems impossible to believe, or “face” or “bear” (John 16.12)?  But thanks to our present findings, believers, even preachers, should be able to at last face the many signs of sin even in their holiest traditions.  On being told that after all, discovering all this does notultimately, destroy or contradict the Bible itself; but rather, seeing sins in holy men, fulfills the Bible.

All this, after all was foretold, authorized, by the Bible itself.  The Bible itself predicted, foretold, precisely, all of this:  that 1) one day, we are supposed to see a second “appearance” to God.  While 2) seeing God supporting not faith, but 3) the Science of God, indeed gives us a second appearance to Christ.  And furthermore?  4) Our second appearance here, does exactly what the End Times, including a day of “judgement,” is supposed to do:  exactly as prophesied, we here see God uncovering, unveiling longstanding sins, in “all” our holy men; sins in every aspect of traditional religion and Christianity:  its “faith” in “miracles” and “spirit”uality.  And furthermore?  5) If this unveiling seems to finally empty, “dissolve,” our Heaven itself?  Then after all, precisely that very ending, is exactly what was foretold, prophesied, authorized, commanded, by the Bible itself; by God, himself.  Indeed, one “day” God is supposed to expose longstanding sins in our holiest men; and to destroy our Heaven itself.  In order for God to show us something better.

To some extent, all this is regarded as simply, growing up.  The Bible itself said that even John the Baptist, and Jesus, “grew” in understanding; so that their understanding needed improvement, or growth, it might seem.  While we ourselves, are supposed to “mature,” as Paul said.  In the past, we were told by preachers that “matur”ing, just meant maturing in your “faith”; meant just having more and more faith, or becoming more and more “spiritual.”  But here finally, we find that more commonly and properly, as people grow and “mature,” they – and you yourself  -should begin to notice what appear to be sins in your preachers, and holy men.  So that what we find here, is that if you seem to notice things that seem “false,” even in earliest, allegedly holy doctrines?  If one day, you seem to notice problems in their promises of “miracles,” say?  Or sins, even in priests’ “spirituality”?  Then in fact, far from telling you to simply ignore such things, far from telling you to continue to faithfully follow our holy men, actually, the Bible itself authorizes you to notice these things.  And simply declare much of what our holiest men said, to be simply, false.   One day especially in fact, the Bible itself told us that God is supposed to show you precisely … what we are seeing here and now:  that essentially “all” our past holy men and angels were often false.  So that they and their Heaven itself, are supposed to collapse, or “dissolve.”  In order for us to see something better.

In effect, the day that a believer begins to notice sins in his or her preacher, their church, even traditional Christianity, is authorized and approved and foretold, by the Bible itself; on that day, you are seeing a preview – and possibly you are experiencing the very substance – of the foretold … Destruction of Heaven.  Yet painful and Apocalyptic as that seems?  You can get through it.  On discovering that after all, this does not destroy the Bible itself; but fulfills its prophesies.

As you begin to notice what appear to be errors in our holy men?  You are seeing the foretold moment, when God unveils sins, in our holiest men; you are seeing God in fact, dissolve our Heaven itself.  But after all?  This finally is a survivable moment; when we discover that all this, is not in destruction of but fulfillment of, the Bible itself.  Indeed, even as our “child”hood heaven of “faith” in “miracles” and “spirit” is dissolved, we are also hearing after all, the revelation of a Second and better Appearance/”Parousia” to Christ.  We see problems in our old vision of a “Christ” of “miracles”; as a false Christ.  But now we are seeing Christ rightly:  when you see Christ no long advocating blind “faith” in our holy men; but Christ and God telling us instead, to follow a more critical and exact, Science of God.  And this new appearance, as foretold, will surely be enormously fruitful:  indeed, only the re-merger of religion with science, at last joins all the wisdom of religion, with all the knowledge of Science.  And it seems reasonable to anticipate that this and only this, gives us the promised “full” perspective on, coming of God and God, at last.  Indeed, when Religion at last becomes a science, it assists God in, as foretold, leaving heaven, and returning to material earth.  It in effect begins to re-merge “spirit” with “flesh”; “word” with “world.”

The Science of God therefore – and science-based religious study, at its best – is finally far better than any “church,” in guiding us to the kingdom of God, on earth.  First, it sees the Bible more fully and completely.  Indeed:  the Bible warned there are always sins in our church leaders, and churches.  Even the very “angel”s of the even the first, foundational Christian churches, often sinned and erred, the Bible itself told us:

“To the angel of the Church….  I have not found your works perfect” (Rev. 3.1-2-3).

Our holy men and churches were often warned about.  And now we can begin to see some of the sins of holy men and churches, more specifically:  first, among other things, they have committed the sin of 1) Pride, and Vanity.  When they proudly declared themselves to be very “holy,” or “sacred,” or to be even the merely reliable voicepieces of God.  The fact is, our preachers became vain, because 2) they ignored the parts of the Bible that warned about sins in holy men; that “All have sinned,” as Paul confirmed; “no one is good but God,” as Jesus said.  Then too?  3) Since they rejected the second voice in the Bible, that warned of sins in holy things?  They came to stress “faith” far too much.  While the 4) missed and rejected the more critical science that God really wanted us to have.  While out of that, they 5) ended up therefore, wrongly stressing unverifiable “miracles”; and 6) purely mental or spiritual results:  “spirituality.”   While finally – as will be seen – these giant doctrinal errors by essentially all our preachers and churches, were not inconsequential:  millions, billions of human beings suffered, and prematurely died, from following false religious leadership. As we will see.

But now it is possible to expose and correct, many sins of holy men.  First we show here, the hundreds of places, where the Bible itself warned us over and over, about religious leaders; even those who claim to follow “Christ,” calling “Lord, Lord.”  Who are often found to have been “hypocrites,” or following a “False Christ,” a wrong idea of Christ after all.  Especially, the whole stress on “faith” in Christianity, was wrong:  if God warned that there have always been huge sins and errors in our traditional Christian leaders – and churches, then logically of course, we should not have put such stress on faith and “belief.”  Indeed, the Bible itself finally begins to suggest that we should not have had any more faith, than a very tiny amount; than a “grain of mustard seed.”  And we should have let that faith or confidence grow … only if and when we saw our tentative beliefs fully confirmed by real empirical science.

Until today, Christianity has been based on “faith.”  But our second presentation of Christ, shows him to be warning us not just about too little, but also about too much faith; indeed finally Jesus himself told us that since there are many “false prophets” and “false Christs” out there (Jesus said, in Mat. 24.24, Mark 13.22; affirmed by 1 John 2), we are not to “believe” or have faith, even in the traditional presentation of Jesus Christ; unless and until we see real empirical physical proofs.  Amazingly in fact, Jesus finally told us not to believe even in he himself; unless or until we ourselves see him – and his believers – produce not so much “fruits of the spirit,” but real, physical, empirical “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “wonders,” “prosperity,” “deeds,” and “proofs.” Far from believing everything our holy men told us about God, instead, we were actually supposed to “test everything” … and conclude, if necessary, that our holiest men were often simply, “false” and mistaken.  Unless and until they can produce not just “spiritual,” but real, physical, material, empirically-verifiable “proofs” that their words are from God (Isa. 41.21; Mat. 8.4; Mark 1.44; Luke 5.14).

And, if none of our traditional preachers can do this?  If they continue to implicitly stand behind traditional “Christianity”  – but cannot work the traditionally-promised huge physical miracles, they do not explicitly denounce?  Or?  If they are only “spiritual,” and cannot produce even normal physical prosperity?  Then after all, far from telling us to continue follow them with total faith, actually the Bible itself authorized us – indeed commanded us – to call such people simply, “deceived” and “false.”  Far from following them with the “faith” they demand, instead the Bible told us to “rebuke” them, and even punish them; and certainly, move on past them.

Far from continuing to have strong “faith” in holy men and their vision of God, each of us is supposed to move on to the Science of God.

As found in part, imperfectly, in existing science-based religious study.  But also as found outlined in our books here. Showing the science of God, as supported by especially, precisely, the Bible itself.

The Science, the fuller appearance of Christ, that we are called to, by God, himself.  Which many hopefully will come to “see” – even as they read these very pages.

MORE ON THE PROBLEM IN RELIGION TODAY  – AND ITS SOLUTION, IN THE SCIENCE OF GOD     Why are more and more people leaving religion, leaving Christianity?  In part, more and more people are leaving religion first, because they feel there are problems with – its promises of huge, physical “miracles” especially.  But as it turns out?  Beyond problems with getting all the “miracles” that preachers often promised – “all” and “whatever” we “ask”; the power to move real physical “mountains” and so forth?  As it turns out, there are also problems, as even the Bible itself said, with even the “higher,” ascetic Christianity, that concentrates just on mental or spiritual things (James 2.14-26).  Problems even with spiritual things, like even “faith” and “belief” especially (Prov. 14.15; John 10.37; 1 John 4.1).  So that finally, there is only one solution to all the problems of Christianity:  the discovery and adoption of a more “mature” Christianity.  One beyond promises of miracles – and beyond the problems of spirituality too.  The only solution to all these problems, is finally the popular rediscovery and adoption, of the long-lost, Science of God.  The only thing that can save Christianity and religion in our own increasingly scientific and practical time, is our rediscovery, here, that the Bible itself finally advocated valuing and honoring real Science.  And in fact, the Bible told us all long ago, to base our Christianity, not on “faith”; especially not “faith” in “miracles,” or even “spirituality.”  But to base our religion instead, on Science.  Or more specifically, on what we will call our Science of God.  (After Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; Deut. 18.20 ff; Mal. 3.10; 1 Thess. 5.21; Mat. 7. 15-20; John 10.37).

As it turns out?  The Old Testament advocated “science” by full description, and even by name, in say the Book of Daniel (1.4-15 KJE).  While in the New Testament, Jesus continued that tradition.  Jesus warning us that there are always “false prophets” and even a false idea of Christ in religion; so that we are not to have too much “faith”; but we are supposed to very carefully, scientifically examine each and every would-be priest or minister or holy men.  Deciding whether they are really from God, or not; according not to their mere words, or sermons; but according to whether we find that following them, produces real, timely, physical, material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “prosperity,” and “proofs.”  Not just or primarily the “fruits of the spirit”; but even more than that, real, actual, material, physical “fruit,” and physical goods.  And if there are things in religion, that seem incompatible with Science?  Then, far from ordering us to follow them with total “faith,” instead, God actually told us to simply begin to suspect that those things were simply either false.  Or needed to be read, understood, differently.  In a way compatible with science, and what we see “come to pass” in real life around us (Deut. 18.21-22).

Finally, amazingly?  The Bible itself, incredibly, actually gives Science a certain amount of authority, even above priests and ministers, prophets and churches, popes and apostles.  And so, if preachers promise “miracles,” and yet science cannot verify them?  Then after all, amazingly – the Bible itself allows us to simply begin to suspect that after all, preachers mis-read their Bibles; that what appeared at first, to be supernatural miracles, were actually something else.   (Metaphors for spiritual things; or metaphors for wonderful but natural and technological events).

Amazingly, the Bible itself often gave more authority to Science, than to apostles and popes, as we will be seeing here.  And if that if a revolution in religion, in Christianity?  Then after all, we will be showing here that a revolution in our religion, was authorized, even commanded, by the Bible itself.  Amazingly, the Bible itself outlined what will be our five main points, in our books here:  that 1) there have always been huge sins and errors in all our holiest men, and their readings of the Bible.  And the Bible told us that 2) therefore, our religion should not be based too strongly on simple “faith” in holy men, or their vision, their sermons about, God.  Instead, 3) we are supposed to base our religion, on a kind of critical science; critically examining all things in religion, with science, to see if they are true or not; as shown by whether they are materially (not spiritually) “fruit”ful or not.

And furthermore, 4) If one “day” or another, our science should suddenly find many many sins and errors, in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels?  And if there seem to be sins, even in the very angels and apostles in heaven itself?  Then after all, the Bible itself said, one “day” or another, we are supposed to see precisely and exactly, that (Rom. 3.23; Mal. 3.2; Isa. 34.4 ff; Rev. 13; etc.).  Of course, “no one is good but God” himself (Mark 10.18); so that when judgement comes, even the highest saints and angels and churches, are to be found wanting, as they were from the very beginning days of Christianity itself (Rev. 2.1-4, 3.1-2, 3.14-15).  So that finally?  Amazingly, one day, we are supposed to see our Heaven itself, collapse (Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4, 51.6; 2 Peter 3).

One heaven-shattering “day” or another, God is supposed to reveal, “unveil” to you, sins in all our holiest men and angels.  While indeed, Science and experience, in partially fulfillment of that day, tell us there are problems with our “faith” in “miracles” especially.  But?  Believers can at last find the Biblical authorization to simply face and accept all this; on learning that all this was foretold in the Bible itself.  And then too?  Believers can at last face negative findings on traditional religion, on learning that at last simply admitting, honestly “confess”ing and “witness”ing sins in holy men, brings an enormous positive result:  all 5) this is in order for us to see, after all, a second and better idea, a Second Coming, of God to earth.  And as it turns out, the Science of God is a second and better appearance of Christ; helping us to see how God, religion, return to this physical earth.  Thanks to the Science of God, we now see God in both religion – but also see God returning to this physical material earth.  We see how they finally, link up; how they come back together again; how “spirit” returns to “flesh”; “word” to “world.”

THE SINS OF ALL OUR HOLIEST MEN AND ANGELS      This means that much of what has passed for religion, Christianity, has been wrong; that perhaps even some of our holiest men and angels and churches, made some mistakes.

Is this possible?  As it turns out, the Bible noted sins in essentially “all” holy men and angels; indeed for example, the Bible itself even noted sins over and over, in even the first Twelve Disciples.  Even the very first followers of Christ, God warned, often made very, very serious mistakes and errors.  Not just Judas, but also St. Peter/ “Cephas,” and Paul, the Bible said, made massive doctrinal errors and mistakes.  And?  They made these huge mistakes … even after having received the indwelling or “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit, in say John 20.22 (Gal. 1.18-2.13, John 1.42; Philippians 3.12; 1 Corin. 13.8 ff.).

As it turns out, God himself warned that essentially “all” our holiest men and angels – including the first apostles, that wrote our New Testament – often made huge mistakes, and committed huge sins.  Sinning moreover, not just in their personal lives; they made mistakes, even when they narrated for us their most Holy-Spirit “inspired” doctrines.  Our holiest men often made errors, the Bible warned, when they were formulating, by their actions and words, the chief doctrines and sayings and liturgies, of the churches.

Even the Apostle credited by many, as being the main apostle behind all Christian Churches, as being the first Pope – the Apostle, St. Peter – for example, was shown in the Bible, to have often sinned and erred; even erring in major doctrinal matters.  Jesus himself in fact, once found that St. Peter – who is credited by many, as having founded the Christian churches – was making some major doctrinal errors; mis-defining Christianity, by his words and actions.  Specifically?  Consider for example, the fuller details, of the moment when Jesus allegedly expressed full and total confidence in St. Peter, calling St. Peter the unshakable “rock” on which Christ’s church would be built.  Here, our Catholic priests love to quote just one “part,” one voice in the text.  Priests love to quote just the misleading part of this episode; the part that seems to assure us that our priests or their Church, will always be absolutely firm and holy and true:

“‘Who do you say that I am?’  Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of he living God.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!….  You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be found in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’  Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ” (Mat. 16.15-20).

The problem here, is that we will be showing that the Bible ultimately, contains two major voices:  1) a first one, where God seemed to firmly endorse priests and prophets, and tells us to follow them faithfully.  But then?  We are about to find that 2) the Bible also contained a “second” voice from God, a second theology.  One that … amazingly, warned over and over that our holiest men – like St. Peter, say – often sinned and erred; even in major doctrinal matters.  Amazingly, our Bibles were never quite as unequivocally in support or priests, ministers, churches, as our priests claim.  As an example?  Let’s look at what the Bible said next, right after appearing to tell us that St. Peter say, was a “rock,” on which an unshakable church would be found.  Right after appeared to say all that, look what happened next.  And then what Jesus finally said in the second part of the story:

“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed….  Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid, Lord!  This shall never happen to you.’  But he [Jesus] turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men'” (Mat. 16.21-23 Revised Standard Version or RSV).

Priests have loved to quote just the misrepresentative first voice in the text; where Jesus seemed for a moment to be firmly “bless”ing/approving of Peter, as our first Pope; while Jesus seems to be assuring us that Peter was a “rock,” who would preside over an unsinkable, eternally powerful Church.  And yet however?  Here we will be noting firmly, as it turns out, nearly all our preachers and priests have always misrepresented the fuller, larger, real message of the Bible.  Our preachers proudly told us just about the misleading first parts of the Bible; just the more positive voice in it.  But preachers and churches have never adequately told you about the “second” major voice in the Bible.  In this case; our preachers and holy men stressed in church, the part of the story where Jesus seemed to express full confidence in holy men, like Peter, and the churches they would found.  But the problem is that our churches never told us enough, about what happened next.  They never adequately examined, the rest of the story.  Priests almost never stressed the critical moments:  the next moment for instance, when Jesus himself said to Peter that he, Jesus, had to go to Jerusalem to be crucified.  The moment when … St. Peter turned on Jesus – and “rebuked” Jesus.  When Peter told Jesus that Jesus was wrong (Mat. 16).

Preachers always stressed the “first” part of the story; but they never adequately stressed the moment, the second voice in the text:  the moment when the Bible showed the holiest men like St. Peter, sinning … and even turning against Jesus.  Turning against him even on major doctrinal issues.  Preachers never quite adequately noted that above, 1) St. Peter turned against Jesus, and “rebuked” him, or said that Jesus was wrong.  Furthermore, 2) Peter was issuing a false prophesy:  he was predicting that the crucifixion would “never happen.”  Then too?  Peter was 3) disagreeing with Jesus, on major doctrinal matters:  he was denying the necessity of the crucifixion.  Jesus had just told Peter that Jesus would have to go to Jerusalem and be crucified:  and Peter “rebuked” Jesus, and said Jesus was wrong:  “This shall never happen,” said Peter.

Seeing this, should be disturbing enough:  seeing the Apostle credited for founding our Christian churches, credited as the first Pope, actually turning against Jesus.  And worse, seeing Peter going wrong … on a major doctrinal matter:  Peter denying the necessity and centrality of the crucifixion itself.  But furthermore, this was not the end of the major, doctrinal sins of Peter:  4) by his behavior, Peter committed yet another major doctrinal mistake, denying the authority of Jesus.

Then finally?  Then it just gets even worse.  Far from enthusiastically and unequivocally endorsing the authority of holy men like Peter, 5) Jesus himself next finally went so far as to effectively retract any apparent endorsement of Peter, our first pope, that Jesus might have appeared to make earlier; and of any and nearly all would-be Christian holy men.  And he did this in the strongest possible terms:  Jesus finally, simply called St. Peter himself, “Satan”:

He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a hindrance to me” (Mat. 16.23).

Here, Jesus calls St. Peter himself, “Satan.”

So what should we say, here and now?  Shockingly, amazingly, as we will now be showing here, exhaustively, that our preachers never really accurately represented the Bible to us in church.  Our preachers over and over, quoted the parts of the Bible that, taken by themselves, seem to support preachers, and churches.  And yet however?  As we will be seeing here, the Bible contains two major, contrasting voices or themes in it.  In 1) one major series to be sure, the Bible seems to express great confidence in holy men, like Peter; calling them a seemingly reliable “rock.”  But then?  The entire 2) Bible also contains a massive, extended, consistent, second major theme or voice in it; one that our preachers never adequately told us about in church.  The Bible contains hundreds, thousands of references to huge, major personal and doctrinal sins and errors, even in our very holiest men, like Peter.  The Bible even finally referring to sins, even in the highest apostles and angels in Heaven itself (Isa. 34.4, etc.).

Is it possible?  Could all our priests and ministers and churches, have deceived us?  Could they have misrepresented the larger, fuller, true message of the Bible?  And could today, be the day we notice this?  Could the “Day” come to different people, at different times?  As the “day” they at last notice these things?  (A view referred to as say, “personal eschatology”).

For obvious reasons – in part, out of an all-too-human Pride and vanity – our current priests and ministers and churches, chose to never adequately tell you about, or learn to face, this side of the Bible and of God.  But now finally, perhaps our priesthood – and mankind overall – is “mature” enough to face this side of things, this side of the Bible and of God, at last:  facing the parts of the Bible that warned that even the very highest Apostles often sinned and made major “mistakes” (James 3.1-2-17); even in their “knowledge” and “prophesy.”  (As Peter did, above; and as in say 1 Corin. 13.2-9).  And furthermore?  As it turns out – and contrary to what we were told in every church – they made these mistakes, even in their most allegedly “inspired” moments; even when they were in the personal presence of the Lord and his spirit.  Peter made major doctrinal errors … even when he was literally standing next to, being assisted by, Jesus himself.

Indeed, our holiest religious leaders made extremely serious doctrinal errors, we will find, even after formally, explicitly being given the Holy Spirit by Jesus himself, in John 20.22.  (When “He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit'”).  Even after this – even after Jesus himself, live and in person, had personally “breathed” the “spirit” into his disciples – still, even after all of that, the disciples still made major mistakes.  When Paul for example, later visited “Cephas” or St. Peter, Paul found that Peter was … acting “hypocritically” or “insincerely” (Gal. 2.13 etc., RSV), on yet another major doctrinal matter.  Specifically, Peter was at times admitting “gentiles” or non-Jews to table fellowship/communion – but then, other times, Peter refused to share food and drink with the non-Jews.  The non-Jews that were later to form the backbone of Christianity.  Thus once again, Peter by his actions, was mis-defining yet another major doctrine:  Peter was not allowing non-Jews to enter into table fellowship and communion.  Thus one of the foremost founders of our churches – Peter – was making yet another major misstep; as St. Paul himself began to note.  And Peter was erring … even after having received the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (in John 20.22).  So that finally Paul was to make it clear that even the “rocks” of our faith, even the “supernatural” “spirit” (RSV; etc.) of Christ and God, would not be enough to protect our holiest men from making huge mistakes (1 Corin. 10.5).  Mistakes even in their formulations of major prophesies, doctrines, and rules of the church (1 Corin. 13.2-9).  While as it turns out, the Bible warned that such sins and errors would persist in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels; right though to the very end of time (Rom. 3.23; Rev. 13; Isa. 34.4; etc.).  “No one is good but God” himself (Mark 10.18).  Whereas?  All our preachers and churches, constantly make major mistakes.  Even in their most allegedly holy, “inspired” moments.

In fact?  The Bible warned not just once or twice, but literally hundreds of times, about massive and destructive, even physically fatal sins and errors, in every aspect of Jewish and Christian religion, from A to Z; from “Angels” and “anointing”s and “baptism,” to our “worship” (Rev. 13) and our “zeal.”  The Bible constantly noted massive sins in the apostles; sins and errors in their “knowledge,” their “prophesy,” and their doctrines (1 Corin. 1.3, etc.).  So that finally, what must our conclusion be, on the final message of the Bible?  Finally in fact, we must come to this conclusion:  that the Bible logically could not have meant us to have very much “faith” in our holy men, or in their vision, their sermons and homilies about “God” and “Christ.”

For centuries we have been assured that the essence of being a Christian, is following our holy men, or their sermons about God, with total “faith.”  Yet?  As it turns out, the entire Old Testament mentions “faith” by name, only six or seven times.  While even there, “faith” refers to God’s faithfulness; his faithfulness to us.  While Jesus himself only mentions faith by name a few dozen times.  Finally, it was actually only the Apostle Paul that stressed “faith”; Paul mentioning it by name, say, about 174 times.  So that finally, the main spokesman for “faith” in the Bible was only, mainly the apostle, Paul.  While Paul confessed himself that he was not yet “perfect” (Php. 3.12); that his “knowledge” and “prophesy” were imperfect (1 Corin. 13); even as he was in the act of writing his half of the New Testament.

As we look at our Bibles a little more closely therefore, we will be seeing here, over and over, a major theme or voice in it, that our priests and ministers did not adequately stress, in church.  In particular, preachers never adequately represented to us in church, the hundreds, thousands of parts of the Bible … that warned about every aspect of religion; including especially priests and churches.  While the Bible warned further, that one “day” furthermore, we would come to see that, ourselves.  And in fact, it seems that “day” is coming even now for many of us today. Precisely as foretold, we are here and now, beginning to note major errors, in our priests and ministers and churches, of today.  First 1) they only read to us, or stressed, mere misleading “parts” of the Bible:  the parts that seemed to assure us that our holy men were absolutely holy, sacred, or reliable (see “part” in 1 Corin. 13.13; 2 Corin. too).  But there our preachers sinned, when they did not adequately tell us about, the other, second parts the Bible:  the second voice from God himself … warning about sins, errors, in all our holiest men and angels; and in their most central, “inspired” doctrines too.   Eager to protect their own proud authority, essentially all our preachers – priests and ministers, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and otherwise – have always misrepresented the Bible; and have misrepresented Christ.  Indeed 2) in fact?  In effect, by misquoting Christ, preachers have followed, and taught, a False Christ.  Just as the Bible warned would happen.  All our preachers taught a Christ that seemed to stress all-but-blind, total “faith”; faith in holy men, and their vision.  Whereas?  The Bible itself actually delivered a very, very different message – and finally, a very different Christ – from what we always heard in church.  Finally, Christ … noted many sins in his holiest apostolic followers.  So that finally in fact, Jesus even called the first pope and founder of our biggest Christian churches, “Satan.”

Seeing this for many, will be an apocalyptic shock.  Could it be?  Is it possible?  Could essentially all our holiest men, our preachers, have been 1) false?  Could they have been 2) deceiving themselves, or 3) deceiving us, and even the rest of the world?  Specifically, 4) could all our preachers have following, often, a false idea of Christ?  Presenting a Christ that seemed to stress great faith, and confidence in his followers and holy men?  At first, it seems impossible that, as they say, God would allow such a thing:  it seems impossible that God would allow for nearly all our holiest men and angels, to be been deceived, or deceptive.  And yet however?  As it turns out here, the Bible itself often warned that this, specifically, would be the case:  God would allow 1) many “false prophets” and “false” priests; the Bible allowed that essentially “all” our holiest men would be “deceitful”; and would 2) fool themselves, and then 3) fool the whole world (Rev. 13). Specifically moreover, 4) they would deceive themselves and others, by following and preaching, a ” False Christ.”  Indeed, the New Testament warned that such things were already beginning, not in the far-distant future; but 5) a false tradition of Christ, was already beginning, even with the first days of the foundation of what was to become regarded as Christianity itself:  John the Disciples announced that already, in his own time, many “false Christs” had already come, even in the first days when Christianity as we know it today, was being formed  (1 John 2.18-20, 4.1-3).

Could most of our preachers and church leaders, have deceived themselves, and/or everyone else, even for many centuries?  At first, it seems hard to believe or face all this:  is all this possible?  Could even the whole world – even essentially all of historical Christianity itself – have been largely deceived, by an often false idea of Christ?  Christ say, as “miracle” worker; or as stressing “faith” and “spirit”?  As it turns out, shockingly, if we look though throughout the entire text of the Bible more closely, we find that in fact, the Bible itself warned us about precisely this, over and over.

The Bible often warned, over and over, that there were always bad and “false” things, as it said, in even our holiest apostles.  Indeed, the Bible itself … began to expose sins even in our holiest men.  The Bible itself began to note one sin after another, in essentially “all” holy men; and furthermore, the Bible began to note that there was no special gift or grace either, from “anointing” and “angels,” and “baptism,” to “worship” and “zeal,” that would protect us always, from sin and error (q.v., Bibliography).  Indeed, the Bible constantly noted sins in every element of Judaism – and even in Christianity.  Even those who think they are following “Christ,” and who are calling to him, crying “Lord, Lord,” will be found that have been deceived in too many things; and to have been bad therefore.  The Bible warning:

To the angel of the church…..  I have not found your work perfect” (Rev. 3.1-2, 2.1-4, 2.13-14, 2.18-20).

“All have sinned” (Rom. 3.23).

“Prophesy against the prophets of Israel” (Ezk. 13.2).

“No one is good but God” (Mark 10.18; Mat. 19.17).

“If God did not spare the angels when they sinned” (2 Peter. 2.4; from Job 4.18, or Isa. 34.4, or Jude 1.6)

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

“Do not trust in these deceitful words:  ‘This is the temple of the LORD'” (Jer. 7.4).

Even the apostles admitted they – “we” as they said, in part of themselves – were not “perfect”; that they made “mistakes”; that their own “knowledge was imperfect, and incomplete:

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1.8; cf. 3.9).

“For we all make many mistakes” (James, saying of himself too, in James 3.2).

“For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesy is imperfect….  Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully….  So faith, hope, love abide, these three:  but the greatest of these is love” (and not faith; Paul including himself, in 1 Corin. 13.8-9-12; 12.15-23; 2 Corin. 1.13-14).

St. Paul at times tried to tell us that he was 1) a “fool”; though in another voice he said, a good kind of fool.  Yet?  Still other times Paul confessed that he himself was 2) a “Pharisee”; a 3) Roman; that 4) he was im-“perfect.”  So that Paul finally began to confess sins and errors, even in himself.  And as will be seen here, the Bible warned constantly about longstanding sins and errors, even in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels and apostles.

While finally?  St. Peter was often credited as the first pope, and founder of all later Christian churches in effect.  But?  The founder of our church … often sinned and erred, so badly?  That finally, Jesus himself told him to “get behind” him; as Jesus called Peter, Satan.  While Paul noted major doctrinal sins and errors in Peter, even after Peter had received the “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit.  It seems that God gave us the Holy Spirit the help guide us; be he did not guarantee that it would always succeed in saving all of us.

PROBLEMS WITH “MIRACLES”    The problem in Christianity, is that the Bible constantly warned about sins in our holiest men; but our preachers ignored those warnings, or assert those warnings are for everybody else, other than they, themselves.  Our preachers – priests and ministers – have a superficial and misleading humility.  But deeper down, they are very, very proud:  they constantly assure us that they and their “tradition,” their churches, are “holy” and “sacred” and so forth.  But here at last, we are showing that isn’t what the Bible itself said:  the Bible constantly warned about huge sins in “all” our holiest men and angels; even in their most “inspired” and “infallible” doctrines.  And then the Bible therefore, told us to be aware of the fallibility of our holy men; and to look for sins in them.

So where might all our preachers have sinned and erred?  What kind of sins does it seem that our holy men in the past, have committed?  Preachers today insist that a) they might sin in minor matters, day to day.  Or 2) sin in failing to conform to major doctrines.  But then they insist, that however, 3) thanks to the “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit, our holy men could not have sinned at all, at least when they were formulating major church “doctrines” and so forth.  And yet however?  The a) Bible itself said that even the first Pope, St. Peter, in fact sinned.  Moreover, b) Peter sinned … even after receiving the “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit (in John 20.22; Peter sinning again in Gal. 2.11-15.  Worse, c) Peter sinned when he would have been regarded as defining, by his words and actions, major doctrines; Peter in effect “rebuked” Jesus, and therefore denied the authority of Jesus; while d) Peter also denied the necessity of the crucifixion.  So that e) Jesus himself finally called Peter “Satan.”  So that in fact, it is clear that our holiest men not only sinned in their day-to-day behavior, or in violating doctrine; they also have sinned, even in the very formulation of their allegedly most inspired doctrines and sayings and sermons.

Where else might our holiest men made major errors?  Especially, everyone should carefully consider their promises especially, of giant, supernatural “miracles.”  In the past, the simplest way that religion often presented itself to us, is this simple formula:  be good, believe, pray … and you will get big physical miracles.  About half the Bible seems devoted, at first, to picturing believers asking for wonders, miracles – and our holy men delivering them; conjuring physical things out of thin air, rather like stage magicians making rabbits appear magically, in empty hats.  And in fact, countless everyday preachers have firmly insisted that the way God works:  be good, pray, then God gives us the physical things we need, by way of “miracles.”  By way of some kind of “supernatural” process.  About half the appeal of historical Christianity in fact, was based on firm promises of giant miracles:  touch the bones of the saint, and be miraculously healed of every illness: pray, and dinner will appear on your plate, in a poof of smoke perhaps.  Pray, and you will be able to make real, actual, physical “mountains” fly through the air, just by faith and a prayer; just believe, say the right prayer formula, and you will get “all” and “whatever” we “ask.”  As indeed, parts of the Bible itself were quoted as saying (John 14.11-14; Mat. 17.20; etc.)  And yet however?  The Bible told us that there are many “false” things in even holy men; and rather than trusting them entirely, we are supposed to examine what “comes to pass” in real life (Deut. 18.21-22); we are supposed to look to see if our holy men really produce the material wonders they promised, in real, daily life.  While if we do that?  We don’t see holy men producing many of the larger miracles promises:  we now and then see somehow who is sick become unexpectedly well; but after all, that might not even be a miracle, since the body’s natural healing processes often kick in unexpectedly.  While we don’t see anyone at all, literally walking on water; or making real, actual physical “mountains” fly through the air with just faith and a prayer; or making bread appear out of thin air.  Though we were often promised these things; “all” the wonders that Jesus was pictured as doing it was said; and “greater things than these”; “whatever” we “ask” (preachers here incorrectly quoting John 14, etc.).

And as it turns out, many people look around them … and though now and then a sick person claims to have been unexpectedly healed, still, we don’t really see the larger, more spectacular miracles being performed:  we don’t see people literally walking on water, say; or moving real, actual, physical “mountains” with just a word.  That sense of material reality, we will be showing in our book on Miracles, was not very good.  Until very recently, about 9/10 of all Christians and even many preachers – priests and ministers – have thought that the way God works, is that we pray … and then we get supernatural “miracles.”  But as it turns out, practical experience eventually teaches many of us, that this simple formula doesn’t seem to always work in real life; no matter how “faith”fully people try to believe it.  So the Bible warned that there would be sins and false things in our holiest men:  and the first candidate for one of those sins, would be their promises of “miracles.”  Furthermore, this turns out to be a very, physically destructive false promise, moreover:  when people are promised that praying for miracles, absolutely works, often they will wait for food, wonders, to appear out of thin air; while they are even told to not bother with their own practical “work,” in farming and so forth, the work of their own “arms.”   But?  When billions of people were taught to rely on empty promises, the empty “wind” of “empty promises” of miracles?  When they were told that their own “work” was unimportant? Often as it turns out, when they relied on “miracles,” and neglected practical “knowledge” and “work,” they starved to death.  Or did not “flourish.”  When the promised miracles did not appear; and they had not worked well enough to feed or house themselves either.  So that?  Promises of miracles, have been extremely destructive, in unexpected ways.  Preachers often asked “what harm” was done by these promises; but as it turns out, the harm caused by promises of “miracles,” has been immense.  Basically, belief in “miracles” was really the forewarned belief in magic, sorcerers, conjuring.  And it was incredibly destructive, in that it taught the whole world false, dysfunctional, magical thinking; it taught the whole world a way of thinking, that was false, and that failed to feed and protect us; but instead guided billions into “delusions,” “illusions,” and premature death.

Belief in “miracles” made people feel better over the short run; but over the longer run, it just guided them to premature death.  Indeed, a) practical experience teaching many of us that if you want your breakfast bread or toast, practical “work” is generally more effective:  it is better that farmers work to plant grain, and bakers make it into bread; this is more reliable than waiting for bread to appear magically on your plate, out of thin air, by miracle.

While indeed finally, b) even elements of the Bible itself, began to suggest problems with the pray-and-get, say, “supernatural” miracles side of Christianity:  many translations the Bible only mentioned the word “supernatural” just on one occasion.  And there, it noted the inadequacy of supernatural things (1 Corin. 10.3-4 RSV).  While finally, amazingly, even St. Paul began to ask, “do all work miracles?” (1 Corin. 12.29).  And c) then indeed, we will finally be showing here, that the Bible itself finally told us that we are supposed to honor science; while Science suggests that miracles don’t happen much.  So that?  d) Though about half of Christianity was devoted to promising miracles as the very pillar of the faith, amazing, eventually, many elements of the Bible itself, began to back off that a bit; suggesting that such promises were not exactly entirely untrue; but that however, those promises should not be taken literally; promises of “miracles” should be read as being rather, say, metaphorical.  But not, as commonly thought, as metaphors for “spiritual” things.

SPIRITUALITY    The Bible itself at times seemed to promise miracles; but other times, it noted problems with them.  In point of fact, the Bible now and then noticed problems with holy men who do not deliver all the huge physical miracles that they promised (Isa. 41.21-24).  In fact, the Apostle, St. Paul, went to far as to finally question them:  “do all work miracles,” asked Paul himself (1 Corin. 12.29).  Some holy kings even asked priests to perform actual physical wonders; and now and then they were said to succeed; but other times, our holy men failed to produce the wonders they promised; and the holy men were therefore declared to be “false,” to be even, “an abomination” (Isa. 41.).

In the Bible, holy men are pictured delivering physical wonders galore.  And yet now and then,  even our holiest men began to note that promises of physical miracles, were apparently not entirely reliable.  And so our holy men embarked on a long series of attempted explanations for this apparent failure in the heart of our religion.  Dozens, hundreds of apologetics arguments have historically been tried.  But in our books on Miracles and Spirituality, we find that ultimately, none of the dozens of attempted explanations, actually works, or is true, even to the fuller Bible itself.  Even the massively popular idea that the old apparent promises of physical miracles, can be read as “metaphors” or symbols, for say, spiritual things.

Whenever there appeared to be problems with miracles, our preachers most typically assured us that the Bible itself told us to ignore those failures; and just have more faith.”  And indeed, many have tried to deal with any shortfall in miracles, by telling us that perhaps, the old apparent promises of physical wonders, miracles, might be read as, interpreted as, metaphors, or figures of speech, or symbols; for say, spiritual things.  After all, parts of the New Testament suggested, that if following Jesus does not give us supernatural miracles, it at least gives us mental or “spiritual” things.”  Like faith, and peace of mind.  Just believing that good things will happen later, gives us the good, spiritual feeling of believing; having “confidence” in the future for example.  Just believing and hoping, at least gives us a good feeling in our spirit; like “hope.”  And so?  Even if Jesus does not give us bread out of thin air today, he is giving at least dreams, hopes of such things.  Or perhaps?  He also taught us a kind of consoling morality, or philosophy; sustaining ideas, thoughts, and spirit.  Which might be said to be “bread indeed.”

And so?  Eventually, much of Christianity shifted its emphasis from promising physical miracles; and it became more “spiritual.”  To be sure, 1) though some of our churches don’t like to admit this, for centuries, for millennia, the core of Christianity, consisted first, in continuous promises of giant, supernatural, physical “miracles”; if we just trusted and believed our preachers, they promised us, we would have the ability to literally walk on water; and move real, actual, physical “mountains”; and make bread appear out of thin air; to get “all” the miracles that Jesus did and more; to get “whatever” we “ask,” (as priests interpreted say, John 14 etc. to us).   But as it had turned out, some Christians may have had trouble literally walking on physical water.  Or 2) for whatever reasons, some people decided that material things were unimportant anyway; that what was important was our mind, soul, or “spirit.” And it was said that even if Christianity did not deliver physical material “riches” and so forth to us, still, it could help calm and control our minds, our spirits.  Even if somehow, incongruously, the physical miracles that the preachers had so firmly promised us, did not show up regularly and reliably?  Then still we were assured that still, “spirituality was good enough; just the mental or spiritual sensation of “hope” of material things, say, was enough; we can live on spirits, hopes, alone.  And related to this?  One of 3) the most common sermons of all, was the sermon that assured us that the essence of Christianity was the spiritual feeling of “faith.”  It was implied that even if physical, material help often did not arrive in our lives, then still, just continuing to believe – or have faith in – traditional religious promises, even without evidence, even without material fruits or results, was good enough in itself.  Even if material miracles did not arrive, still, just having the “hope” that they will one day arrive, the reassuring feeling of “faith,” confidence in the future, was enough to at least, make us feel better.  In our mind or “spirit.”  And indeed, even if the food we were promised never arrived at all, and we died of starvation?  Then it was said to the survivors, that we were getting spiritual bread, in a spiritual Heaven.  (While then too?  It was added that the essence of “faith,” was believing, even when it was hard.  So that we should continue to believe, even when material miracles were not forthcoming).

And so, here we had the two or three main pillars, the most popular subjects, of historical Christianity.  As it was taught to billions of people, in nearly every church, for two thousand years (c. 30 AD- 2030, no doubt).  Here are three of the mainstays of Christianity, as it was taught by millions of priests, to billions of people:  1) love and obey God, and you will get giant, miraculous, physical powers, miracles.  Or, if somehow that promised thing did not happen?  Then  2) our preachers shifted their stress to another benefit:  even if physical wonders did not arrive, still at least, religion could deliver good mental or spiritual feelings; like hope or and faith in, future rewards; “spiritual” things.  Especially of course, we were told that the spiritual feeling of 3) faith was the new key to it all.  If a) we just had “faith,” then physical miracles would arrive.  Or in any case?  Just b) having faith, hope, confidence, was a positive feeling in itself; a spiritual benefit.

And so these were the among the main pillars of traditional Christianity:  1) promises of physical miracles; or 2) promises of spiritual benefits; like especially 3) faith.   These three promises, prophesies were mentioned, advocated, in a million, a billion sermons.  In millions of churches.  For two thousand years.  To billions of believers.  And?  Essentially by about 1948 or so, and the triumph of British/American Christianity, the whole “world” had come to believe, or be obedient to, one or more of these firm, core promises:  miracles; spirituality; faith.  (Stemming in turn it was said, from love of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, etc.).

Miracles, spirituality, faith; these were the prophesies, the promises on which Christianity as we have known it for millennia, was built.  And yet howeverOver the centuries, there have been some problems with every one of these, the three main promises, contentions, of Christianity.  As we will be showing here, first, 1) even the Bible itself warned about errors, sins, in holy men; and it warned about problems specifically with their promises of “miracles”:  “Do all work miracles,” Paul asked.  And though it was said that holy men often produced miracles on demand, the Bible itself noted that now and then, alleged priests and prophets were asked to “prove yourself by working a miracle” or a “sign.”  And though some were able to do that, others, even some of the “prophets of Israel,” were not (Isa. 41.21).  And indeed, amazingly?  The Bible itself warned that there were finally problems, sins, errors – and false promises – in our holiest men.  And not just in priests of other nations, other religions; but even among the “prophets of “Israel”; even in those who thought they were Christians, following even the “Lord, Lord.”  Problems first, with their promises of giant physical miracles. But then too?  There were 2) problems even with their “spirit.”  And in effect, with their “spirituality.”  Specifically, a) the Bible warned us that there were many “false spirits” posing as Christianity; as the very angel of light”; so that therefore, we should not trust too much – or have too much faith in – in our holy men; but should even “test the spirits” to see if they were truly good, or not (1 John 4.1).  While b) the Bible itself also noted practical problems with spirituality:  an ascetic religion that gives us only mental or spiritual things, but not material food, leads us to literal, physical starvation and death.  As James noted in James 2.14-24:

“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works?  Can his faith save him?  If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?  So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead…  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works….  So faith apart from works is dead.  Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness.  For we all make many mistakes” (James 2.14-17-3.2).

Here a) an Apostle admitted that even major apostles – “we” – often make mistakes, even in religious teachings.  And amazingly?  Here, shockingly,  b) the Apostle James began to show that “spirituality” was a major mistake.  For centuries, for millennia, since the days of the Apostle Paul especially, it has been thought that “spirituality” is the heart and core of Christianity and Religion; indeed, to be religious, and to be “spiritual,” are regarded as being just two words for the same thing..  But as it turns out here?  That core concept in Christianity, was wrong.

Where did spirituality come from?  In part, it came from Hellenistic dualism.  In that theory, the whole universe is dualistically split into two things:  1) mere physical things, and 2) spiritual things; and that of these two, the spirit is far better.  So that generations of priests became ascetic and spiritual monks; denying the importance of physical “possessions,” and trying to be just spiritual; to live on spirit alone.  And yet however?  Amazingly?  Though parts of the Bible, one voice in the Bible, seemed to stress faith and spirituality?  Amazingly, other parts of the Bible began to warned about a kind of horrible sin, even in spirituality itself.  Indeed, there were many errors and sins, in “faith” and belief.  First?  There 1) are always many false things in holy men, and so those who have too much “faith” in them, will be mislead, over and over again, by following false leaders, all too faithfully (Prov. 14.15, etc.).  While then too?  2) Though man does not live by material things like bread, “alone,” man does live by them, in part:  we need physical food, to stay physically alive.  While indeed, most of the Bible promised us longer physical life.  But, a religion that neglects the physical needs, and gives us only “windy” “words,” “empty promises,” “empty” consolations, false prophesies of future rewards?  Is a false religion.  That gives us empty hot air, instead of physical food.  And this false religion – of spirituality – eventually leads us to literal, physical death.  As St. James began to note, above (James 2.14-26).  So that finally?  Even the New Testament.  St. James, began to turn away from the exaggerated, ascetic spirituality, the natural Gnosticism, of preachers.  To a slightly more materialistic or on-earth religion of God.  As we will be showing here.  Eventually in fact, extreme spirituality became Gnosticism; which was condemned by the Church.  And in the Bible itself, the exaggeratedly spiritual and even “faith”ful statements in the Bible, were modified.  By a “second,” moderating voice or theology.

Today, most preachers think that “spirituality” and especially “faith,” is the very height of all that is good and holy.  Amazingly however, we will be showing that eventuallyeven Jesus himself told us turned away from spirituality.  Amazing, shockingly, finally even Jesus himself turned away … from “faith” and belief:  “do not believe me” Jesus himself said (in John 10.37).  Do not believe in priests, do not believe or have faith even in Jesus himself, Jesus finally told us:  unless and until, we see real, physical, material evidence that he is from God:  real, physical “fruits” (Mat. 7.15-20) of our “hands” (Deut. 7.13, 14.29, 16.15; Mat. 4.17; Acts. 14.31 Corin. 4.12-12.15; Eph. 4.28; John 20.25; cf. first voice, in Isa. 10.13; Acts  17.25); our “works” (above);  “signs”; “deeds”; physical  “prosperity”; and “proofs.”  (See these terms, in a concordance and the Bible; and in our bibliographies).

Here in fact, will be the five major points of our books here:  Ultimately, 1) there are countless warnings in the Bible itself, about sins and errors in our holiest men; even in those who think they are following “Christ,” the “Lord, Lord.”   Indeed, because of these many errors in our religious leaders, even the common idea of “Christ” can be a “false Christ,” the Bible finally told us.  Ultimately 2) the Bible therefore, did not stress faith; we should not have too much “faith” in any of our holy men, or in any of their ideas, sermons, sayings, writings about God.  3) Instead?  Finally the Bible itself told us, that instead of “faith,” we should base our religion, base Christianity, on a kind of critical, empirical “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; Deut. 18.20 ff; Isa. 41.21-24; Mat. 7.15-20; 1 Thess. 5.21; etc..)  Rather than being “faith-based,” even Christianity itself is actually supposed to be based on a kind of more critical “Science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-40).  On “observing” holy men, and determining if they are good, or “false”; according to whether they produce real, physical, material results; “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “prosperity,” “proofs”; as “observe”ed with our physical eyes, in a timely way – “soon”; “at hand”; “quickly” – in this physical material “earth.”  And as confirmed by empirical “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE).  Or what we will call here, the Science of God.

Those are the first three main points, of our many books here.  And the next two are even more heaven-shattering.  Not only did the Bible constantly warn us not to have so much “faith” in our holy men, our priests and ministers; not only did God himself tell us to base ourselves not so much on “faith,” as on Science.  But furthermore, to be sure?  If this seems startling, if this seems like some “strange new doctrine,” if this seems to attack and shatter our traditional Heaven itself?  Then actually, this was not really a “new” doctrine at all:  the main ideas here have been noted by scholars for years.  While the Bible itself expressed this over and over.  To those who can “see.”  But furthermore?  4) If this, seems to shatter our traditional Heaven itself – our vision, our image, of a Heaven, a Christ stressing “faith” – then after all, what we are seeing here matches and fulfills Biblical prophesy:  one “Day” after all, our Heaven itself, God said, is supposed to be destroyed.  All 5) in order for God to show us a “Second” and better “appearance” (/”parousia”) of Christ; a Second Coming of God to earth.

While indeed?  We will be coming to the first glimmerings of a second and better appearance of Christ.  As we re-read our Bibles … and begin to see Christ outlining, beyond blind faith, a better, fuller, more effective … Science of God.

To be sure, this is unsettling.  In fact, it is heaven-shattering.  But if so?  Then after all, it perfectly corresponds to  the Bible itself.  What we say here is in loyal obedience to, after all, God himself.

THE SECOND COMING, THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT     Incredibly, we will be showing here that, amazingly, the Bible itself finally supported Science, instead of Faith.  We will show this conclusion is authorized by a hundred, a thousand quotes in the Bible itself; quotes that told us to “observe” nature, with our real “eyes,” looking for the “fruits, “works,” “signs,” “proofs,” for things.  But what we are doing here, is justified by another set of Biblical motifs as well.  If for example, what we are seeing here, seems to offer a second, and different, view of Christ?  Then one “day” after all, we are supposed to see a second and better “appearance,” a Second Coming, of Christ.  And it this view seems to shatter our traditional Heaven itself?  Then one “Day” after all, our heaven itself is supposed to be shattered.  In order to give us a second and better appearance, a Second Coming of God to earth.  After all.

Amazingly, we will be finding here that God, the Bible, ultimately told us that our religion, Christianity, was not supposed to be “faith-based” as they say; but was supposed to be based on Science; or say, a Science of God.  To be sure, this finding seems Apocalyptic, and heaven-shattering; it seems to find a horrible error or sin in our holy men, and their “faith.”  And if it seems to shatter our traditional idea of Religion?  Our traditional Heaven itself?  Then after all, one “day” or another the Bible said, we are supposed to see precisely that.  One “day” after all, we are supposed to see a second appearance, a “Second Coming,” of God.  But the second appearance of God is not as entirely reassuring as most preachers have taught. God arrives … to reveal that there have always been massive sins and errors, in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels.

Today, much of the religious world is waiting for a Second Coming of God, or his messenger, to earth.  But the re-appearance of Christ on earth, is not as comforting as most believers – and preachers – have thought.  In the end, God returns to show us that basically all holy men and angels and churches, have always sinned and erred; even in their most “inspired” doctrines and sermons (Mark 10.18; Rom. 3.23; Heb. 6.1).  Indeed, even “all” the host of Heaven itself are found to have sinned (Isa. 34.4, etc.).  And?  For this reason finally, one shattering, Apocalyptic “Day,” God is supposed to … destroy our Heaven itself.  In order to show us all something better; a second and better “appearance” to Christ and God (Isa. 34.4, 51.6; 2 Peter 3.7-12; Rev. 21).

WHAT DAY       When, what day, will we see the End Times/  When do we see God exposing sins in all our holy men?  When will we see the Second Coming; the Apocalyptic, Heaven-Shattering “Day of the Lord”?  The “Day of Judgement”?  Famously, the Bible said that no one knows the exact hourBut most preachers assert that the moment is due, and pending.  To be sure though, here preachers made another mistake:  they claimed that before the heaven-shattering moment, there is supposed to be a moment that nearly “all” holy men, nearly all Christians (Rom. 3.23; Rev. 13), are found to have been making many mistakes; and they all thought, that moment lies in our future; in some future “falling away.”  However, the New Testament warned that there were already many false believers, many false things in our holiest me – even in the very first days of Christianity itself.  The fact is, Christianity itself was already slipping, even in the very first days, 2,000 years ago.  So that?  The “Day” could come any time.  Indeed, current Catholic doctrine seems to allow that the End Times, began long ago.

Remember that even the very first Apostles, often confessed sins in themselves; and even after they had received the Holy Spirit.  And indeed finally?  Shatteringly, amazingly, ultimately, the Bible itself told us that, because of long-standing sins in “all” our holiest men and their allegedly spirit-inspired doctrines, one heaven-shattering “day” or another, especially, God himself is going to simply, at last, expose those massive and longstanding sins, in essentially all our holy men and churches.  And in that moment?  Amazingly, because of massive sins, even in the angels in heaven itself, God declared that he is going to … destroy our Heaven itself.  In order to clear away the old mistakes and evils; to burn away the “chaff” in religion; the “tares” or weeds; the dead “branches” or dead “wood.”  God is supposed to come to expose sins in our holy men – to burn them away.  Indeed, God is supposed to finally … destroy, burn, Heaven itself.  For the sins of the angels and holy men, the apostles even in heaven itself (Isa. 34.4, 51. 6; 2 Peter 3.7-12; Rev. 21):

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely….  Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time [day?] that I punish them” (Jer. 6.13-15).

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

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

“Behold, a day of the LORD is coming…” (Zech. 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’ soap” (Mal. 3.2).

“The LORD … has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high” (Isa. 2.12-3.4).

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples!  Let the earth listen, and all that fills it….  All the host of heaven shall rot away….   All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree” (Isa. 34. 1-4).

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

“On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord’….  And then will I declare to them, ‘I new knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'”  (Mat. 7.21; Luke 6.46, 13.25-35?; cf. Acts 2.21).

What we are going to be showing here finally, is in part that the “full”er message if the Bible,  was that there have always been so many evils, even in the highest saints and apostles, and their works.  So many that finally, among other things, God is supposed to … destroy Heaven itself.  In order to clear all this up.

Many preachers have tried, in their usual way, to cover up and deny the destruction of heaven.  Here they deceive themselves or others, in the usual way:  they quote only the misleading first voice in the texts.  For example, they like to post prominently on their church marquees, this following fragment for example.  A misleading fragment from the Bible which, taken by itself, is presented as assuring us that Heaven is firm, and reliable:

Lift up your eyes to the heavens” (Isa. 51).

Yet here as usual, our preachers have been horribly dishonest, to themselves and others.  And by their favorite method too:  by quoting just a misleading part of the Bible. While outrageously ignoring the fuller, contextual message, of the overall passage.  Which more exactly and fully, actually, said the exact opposite to what our preachers claimed.  As is easy to see, just by at last looking at what the test said first … and then at what it said, second:

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

Clearly our preachers – exactly as God warned – have not been reliable.  Indeed, as we were forewarned, they have been unreliable, and have in effect, taught a false idea of God, a False Christ.  And we will note that in particular, the main method of their deception, has been … to quote only one “part” of, one voice in, the Bible; while ignoring the massively prevailing “second” voice in it.  The one that warned constantly, about huge sins in our holiest men and churches; the voice that finally warned that because of bad things in holy men and angels, one day, God was going to destroy Heaven itself.  So here we see another major sin in traditional churches:  while a) over-stressing priestly authority; and b) faith; after c) attacking God’s science, and d) issuing constant false promises of miracles; they e) deceitfully made it all plausible, by false “interpretation” of the Bible; by selective decontextualization; quoting just parts of the text that, taken by themselves, seem to support especially, strong confidence in … preachers, and churches. Yet finally?  To begin to correct that, we will be here reversing that trick.  Here for once, foregrounding the other parts, after all, by way of counterbalance.  Paul long ago admitted that he or others around him, saw only “part” of the truth (1 Corin. 13.12; 1 Corin. 12.15 ff).  But now it is time for us all to at last see, the second part of the Bible, and the “full”er truth.

The most common way that our preachers sinned, was by misrepresenting the Bible to us all; specifically, by our priests selectively quoting or stressing, only misrepresentative parts of it to us.  But to be sure, this was not their only trick and sin; our preachers were always infinitely sly; and they have used a hundred, a thousand rhetorical tricks and devices to deceive themselves and the world (Rev. 13).  In the case of those passages that seem to foretell the destruction of Heaven, for example?  Some preachers try to say that it is only some past, Jewish heaven, or some other minor heaven that is to be destroyed.  But it becomes clear here, that finally, because of longstanding, massive and even doctrinal mistakes, even in the heart of Christianity itself, finally God is going to destroy our own Christian heaven itself.  Our own, “present,” Christian heaven itself.  As St. Peter and others began to see:

The heavens … that now exist have been stored up for fire….   The day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away….   The heavens will be kindled and dissolved” (2 Peter 3.7-10-12).

“The present heavens” (NAB).

Our preachers and churches have always presented themselves to us, as “holy” and all but perfect, sacred; as the reliable voicepieces of God.  And yet however?  As we re-read our Bibles here?  We will be showing that actually, the God of the Bible warned constantly, about massive sins and errors in every single aspect of even Christian faith, from A to Z; from the angels, to our “worship.”  So that finally?  Amazingly, shockingly, because of longstanding and continuous sins and errors in our holiest men and angels, right from the very days of the original Apostles in heaven itself, included?  Finally the Bible says, one “day,” God is going to … destroy our Heaven itself.

This might seem impossible to face or bear, to be sure.  And yet finally?  It is perhaps the major purpose of the present series of books, to show that there are a number of neglected facts in the Bible, that would make all this, possible and even easy for believers to face, at last.  In particular?   1) Believers should be able to at last face the countless warnings huge sins even in our holiest men … on discovering with us here that after all, the Bible itself commanded us to see these things.  So that?  Amazingly, noting sins in our holiest men, does not actually oppose the Bible itself, the core of our religion; but fulfills it.

While then too, 2) there is a second major finding, that might at last give believers the strength to simply face these facts:  as it turns out, God promised he would destroy our first Heaven … but that our first Heaven was being destroyed … to make way after all, a “second” and better “appearance,” a “Second Coming” of Christ, to help us.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST – IN THE SCIENCE OF GOD

As we re-read our Bibles here, and see many sins and errors in the things priests and ministers told us?  These central but neglected  End-Times, Apocalyptic prophesies, are fulfilled:  1) God uncovers massive sins in our holiest men; and 2) finally our traditional Heaven itself thereby, dissolves in front of our very eyes.  But?  3) All in order for us to see something better, after all.  In order in fact for God to show us a Second Coming of Christ.  Something beyond blind “faith” in holy men and churches.

But what then, is better than the apostle Paul’s “faith” in holy men?  What does the larger Bible itself, finally say, beyond just Paul, say?  As it turns out, even Paul – who spoke more about faith by name than anyone else in the Bible – began to allude to some problems, with faith itself.  And to hint another, fuller, better, “second” appearance of Christ.  Finally even the most wordy advocate of “faith” in the Bible, began to see that God’s constant warnings about “false” things in our holiest men and angels, meant in effect, that we are not supposed to have too much “faith” in holy men, or in the vision of “Christ” that they presented to us.  Finally, even Paul – and then especially others aside from Paul – began to see what will be our major points, in our many volumes, books, offered here:  that 1) there have always been huge sins and errors, even in our holiest men and angels, and their most Holy-Spirit inspired doctrines and sayings about God and Christ.  And 2) therefore?  Rather clearly, Christianity is not supposed to be based on such strong “faith” in holy men, or Christ as they present him to us in church sermons and so forth.  Instead finally?  3) Because our holiest men often sin and err, ultimately the Bible itself tells us to base our religion, our Christianity, not only blind or strong “faith” in our all-too-fallible holy men; but to base ourselves on a better, more critical, Science of God.  A science that will not continue to simply, blindly, “faith”fully trust and follow our all-too-im”perfect” holy men.  But that commands us to critically review, each and every allegedly holy man and doctrine, with real “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.20-40).  To see if it really true.  By looking to see if following any given saying, brings about not just mere words and “empty” promises, or “spiritual” things, or “wind.”  But brings real, physical, “observ”able, material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “prosperity,” “deeds,” and physical “proofs.”  (Q.v. in a Bible concordance).  Real physical, material “wonders,” here, on this physical “earth”; and in a timely way (“soon”; “at hand”; “quickly”; in our “generation,” even often on demand, whenever we “ask”; etc.).

God actually therefore commanded us in dozens of ways, hundreds of ways, that we should not have too much “faith” in holy men; but we should instead, be constantly aware that there are always false things in our holiest men, angels, spirits; so that we should not have too much “faith” in them – no more faith than a tiny “grain of mustard seed.”  While instead of blindly trusting and having faith in our priests and ministers, say, we are supposed to apply real science to them; to see if they are good or false.  By looking to see if they bring real material, physical wonders:

“False Christs and false prophets will arise” (Mark 13.22; Mat. 7.15, 24.11; 2 Peter 2.1; 1 John 4.1).

Beware of false prophets….  You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7. 15-21).

“The fruit of your ground” (Deut. 7.13).

Test the spirits” (1 John 4.1).

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

“ ‘How may we know a word which the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken” (Deut. 18.21-22).

Incredibly, the Bible finally, in the end, does not stress “faith.”  Instead, it warns us over and over that our holiest men and angels were often bad; and says that therefore, we should not have too much faith in them, or their ideas about God.  Instead of having such strong faith, the Bible tells us to carefully, scientifically examine “everything” in religion, even words attributed to God himself; to see if they prove themselves, by producing real, physical, empirical, scientifically-verifiable results:  fruits, works, deeds, material “wonders.” Amazingly, in one reading of the Bible, finally Jesus himself finally tells us not to have too much faith, not to “believe” even Jesus himself, unless we ourselves see Jesus (or his followers?) working real, physical material wonders, “works,” as proof that they are from God:

“The works that I do, they bear witness to me” (John 10.25).

If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me” (John 10.37).

Incredibly, shocking, here Jesus himself begins to warn of sins even in “faith” itself:  Jesus himself even telling us not to have faith in him; Jesus himself telling us “do not believe me”!

And then?  In several important, central, extended Biblical passages, God issues about as good a description of scientific, experimental method, as anyone could expect, in 100 AD or so.  In Daniel 1.4-15 KJE; in 1 Kings 18.21-40; in Isaiah. 41.21-24; in Malachi 2.1-3.10.  And then? God himself firmly tells us to apply scientific method, scientific experiments, to our holiest men and religion; to find out which things in them are true, and which are false.  Far from continuing to follow holy men with total faith, instead God tells us, we are to remember that our holiest men and angels often sin and err, even in their best sermons about God; and therefore, far from continuing to follow them with total loyalty or “faith,” instead, God commands us to constantly examine them.  And evaluate alleged holy men as good, or “false” – according to what we see visibly, materially “come to pass” in the real world; according to the visible, physical “fruits” they produce; their real, visible physical “signs,” “deeds,” “fruits,” “prosperity,” “works,” and “deeds,” that we can “observe” with our physical “eyes,” in a timely way, “soon,” “at hand”; here on this physical, material “earth.”  (See these terms in a Bible; and in our bibliography).

Seeing this of course, is heaven-shattering to traditional religion:   eighty generations of preachers have insisted, over and over, that the backbone of Christianity, is “faith.”  And the Bible to be sure, as we will note, contains a) two voices: while one of them of course supports some degree of “faith” or belief.  But then our job here is to at last note the b) second voice one must hear and obey, to be a Christian:  the second voice advocating, commanding Christians to advance beyond simple “faith”; to a science of God.  A Science based on timely material, physical “proofs,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and empirical “proofs” (q.v.:  see these words in the Bible).

Countless preachers have insisted over and over, that the Bible told us that our religion, or Christianity, is supposed to be based on “faith,” and not Science.  And especially, they attempt to prove that the Bible itself firmly told us, that we should not apply Science to religion; when the Bible told us that we should “not put the Lord your God to the test.”  But?  As it turns out, that phrase was better translated as telling us merely not to “test” or “tempt” God’s patience, with immortalities.  While elsewhere, God told us over and over – a hundred, a thousand times – not to have too much “faith” in holy men, but to even “test everything” in Christianity (1 Thess. 5.21).  God himself finally not only allowing, but even ordering us, to test God himself:  “Put me to the test, says the Lord,” in Mal. 3.10.  And this is affirmed again, in the story of one “Ahaz” as well.  Indeed in fact, God tells us dozens of times to “test” things; finally telling us to “test everything,” in 1 Thess. 5.21:

Put me to the test says the LORD of hosts” (Mal. 3.10).

“Tested by wisdom” (Ecc. 7.23).

“I will refine them and test them” (Jer. 9.7).

Test your servants” (Dan. 1.12).

“Let each one test his own work” (Gal. 6.4).

“Fire will test what sort of work” they have done in the churches (1 Corin. 3.13).

“Test the spirits to see whether they are of God” (1 John 4.1).

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not and found them to be false” (Rev. 2.2).

“Throw you into prison, that you may be tested” (Rev. 2.10).

Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).

There are many different kinds of “tests” that God commands us to apply.  While overall finally, God commands us especially to look at things that claim to be holy, to see not only if they conform to the words of the Bible, but looking to see especially, if they produce real, empirically-observable, physical goods; fruits, works, signs, deeds, proofs.  And that in effect, is God commanding us to apply Science, to our holy men.  To find out which ones are true and good.  And which ones are false.

And our fourth major point?  It will be that 4) if one “Day” or another – like today – God should suddenly show us that essentially “all” our holiest Christian leaders and churches, on earth and in Heaven itself, “made many mistakes”?  That they made mistakes, specifically, when they over-stressed their own authority, and urged very strong “faith” in themselves or their “Christ”?  If even here and now, today, we should begin to see that our own holiest men, in almost every Christian church, were often sinful and mistaken, even in their highest holy things and doctrines and sermons?  Then the Bible itself authorized, this very finding.  One “day” after all, particularly, God is supposed to show us, precisely this.  What we find here, in other words, can be read as partial fulfillment of  “End Times” prophesies.  Particularly:  as we come to read and hear the second more critical voice inside the Bible, we see it acting for God, realizing the key moments of the Apocalypse:  exposing sins in all our holiest men and angels; and demolishing our traditional Heaven of “faith.”

But 5) all that is exactly as foretold, authorized, by the Bible itself.  And all that is to the good; since finally it begins to foreground a better, fuller view of Christ and God.  A second “appearance” (“parousia”); a Second Coming of God.

MORE          Applying Science to traditional religion is, of course, shattering.  Because right away, science seems to find three or four major mistakes, sins, in what has presented itself historically, as Christianity; as holy and perfect; as being from God.  First, science finds that 1) Christianity’s historical promises of huge, physical miracles – the power to move real, actual, physical “mountains,” to make actual physical “bread” appear out of thin air, by just faith and a prayer; even “all” and “whatever” we “ask” for (as John 14.12-14 was often read to us) – seem false; science cannot verify that such things happen in real life.  Today, we don’t see many people walking on water.  Then?  2) Because this failure was hard to face or bear, apostles early on often tried to simply reject all physical promises, physical evidence; to say that our religion never really promised to deliver physical, material things; that all the old promises of physical miracles, should be read as mere metaphors or “figures” of speech, for spiritual things:  Jesus and Christianity brings us the “bread,” say, of mental “hope” and so forth.  Not necessarily real, physical bread.  While then 3) as part of this spirituality, much of Christianity rejected science; rejecting the very idea of bothering with physical evidence, it said asking for empirical evidence – science – was wrong; that God wants us to follow him, without any real material evidence at all; just on the basis of tenacious loyalty to him, no matter what.  So that Christianity asserted that it was not supposed to be based on provable material results, but on “faith.”  But?  Here we will be beginning to see that 1) in point of fact, the Bible stressed physical results, and science, even over faith; and 2) if promises of giant physical miracles don’t come true, therefore?  Far from requiring us to continue to follow our holy men with blind faith, even in the absence of evidence, finally 3) the Bible authorizes us to come to the conclusion that their promises of giant physical miracles, were either misinterpreted metaphors for natural and technological wonders; or they were simply, the foretold “false promises,” of false holy men.  And 4) if we thought “Christ” was offering to them?  Then we simply had a wrong idea of Christ; in believing in a miracle-working Christ, we were following in effect, one of the foretold “False Christs.”  Though to be sure, the “Faith”ful Christ and spiritual Christs, were equally false too.

The Real Christ, we are showing here, the right reading of the Bible, was the one who promised that Real Religion, Real Christianity, delivers real, timely, physical results, that must be verified by Science.  And when it promised physical things, giants miracles, or wonders?  Those wonders must be either a) verified by contemporary Science; or b) re-read, not as spiritual but as naturalistic metaphors; or c) those huge promises of giant miracles must be simply rejected, as the foretold exaggerated or false promise; as a part of a false tradition, deep in Christianity itself.  As a “False Christ.”  And finally?  If this means that the whole world was for a long time deceived, even in its Christianity, its Christ?  And if our traditional Historical Christianity, even our Heaven itself, is found to have been wrong, in two or three major aspects?  Then after all, the Bible itself authorized precisely, that very conclusion.

Indeed, here are the main five or so points of our books:  1) The Bible itself warned long ago, that there would be many false things, in our holiest men and angels; many “false promises,” “false prophesies,” offered even in the name of Christ and God, the Lord.  And indeed, the Bible warned that in effect, a “false Christ” would appear; and that indeed, false Christs were already appearing in the time of Jesus himself (1 John 2-4); in the days when what was to be called “Christianity” was being formed.  So that 2) therefore?  The Bible ultimately told us that our religion was not supposed to be based on faith; it told us not to trust or have too much blind “faith” in religion, priests, apostles; trust the “spirits.”  But instead, 3) the Bible told us to base even our religion, Christianity, on Science.  It told us to to “test the spirits” (1 John 4.1); with “Science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-40).  And 4) if one “day,” as the result of applying science to religion, God should show us that the whole “world” was deceived, even in its “worship” (Rev. 13), even in its idea of the “Christ”?  And if in that moment, we should realize that we ourselves or the whole world, were actually “deceive”d, even in our traditional idea of Christ, and Christianity?  If our heaven itself should suddenly dissolve in front of our eyes?  Then after all, God himself told us that one heaven-shattering “day,” we are supposed to see precisely and exactly, that (Rev. 13; Isa. 34.4; 2 Peter 3.7-12; etc.).

All these things seems hard to “bear” or “face”; but that is all as foretold.  Indeed, these findings are all foretold and authorized, by the Bible itself.  And 5) furthermore?  Those who pass through the “fire” of these painful realizations, will come finally to a very positive outcome:  experiencing this shattering moment of dis-“illusion”ment, experiencing the destruction of our childhood vision of a Heaven of giant “miracles” and total “faith,” is necessary, God said.  Seeing the sins of earlier religion, is necessary to realize, fulfill, the main prophesy and goal of the Bible: all this is necessary … in order to clear away the dead “wood,” the “false” things, the “chaff” in old religion at last.  And to give us a second and better understanding – a “second appearance,” a Second Coming – of Christ.  While indeed, the discovery of Christ advocating not blind faith, but a science of God, is finally, precisely that:  the first outline of a second and far better “appearance” to, coming of, Christ to earth.

And that return of God to material existence, the end of “eminence,” the return of “immanence,” is immensely fruitful.  Over the centuries, many have thought that “faith” and spirituality was the read and best core of life, and of Christianity.  But our examination of the Bible, shows that God actually stressed physical, material proofs, historical evidence.  While History, the record of what has “come to pass” in real life (Deut. 18.20 ff), the observation of actual material fruits, words, results, has found that what produced the best physical results, was not blind faith, but critical science.  So that the reconciliation at last, of Science and Religion, vastly improves classic religion.  And at last gives religion the practical sense and ability it needs, to help Science achieve the foretold ideal “kingdom” of Good, not just in our hopes or spirit, but here on earth, in material form.

To be sure, it has been hard for many, to reconcile what evidence and science and History have found, to the Bible. Indeed, for many priests, and religion have often been at war; even though science and technology have been incredibly successful, and massively “fruitful.”  And so unfortunately, our religion, historical Christianity, has not – until now – been able to reconcile itself to historical and scientific evidence (that there are few if any miracles and so forth).  Indeed, unfortunately, the mind of man has until today, been split, dualistically; into a “spiritual” religion, in rather flat contradiction to a “secular” and practical, materialistic life and job.  Into “Religion,” vs. “Practicality”; “word,” vs. “world”; “spirit,” vs. “flesh.”  And until today?  There has been apparently no way – until today – to reconcile these two split halves, of the human and divine experience.  And yet, here and now finally?  Today, there is at last a way to fit it all together, into one master model:  in the Science of God.  A view which at last, unites religion, the Bible, with practical sense and science.  When the formerly blindly faithful and spiritual person, at last discovers in his own holy book, in the Bible, commands from God to learn and honor Science?  Then at last, the formerly blind servant of the Lord (Isa. 42.18-19), the deceived priest, begins to see how the two split halves of existence – say Religion, and Practical Material Sense – can be put back together.  When we see the Bible, Religion, embracing … Science.

And this is no small thing; it not only is called for a thousand times in the Bible itself; it is also specifically, fulfillment of Biblical End Times prophesy.  When a blindly faithful Christian at last sees that the Bible itself, God himself, commands us to honor real Science?  When a formerly blindly spiritual Christian suddenly at last sees, hears God calling for a Science of God, over Faith?  Suddenly, he or she is seeing in effect, in the re-merger of religion with science, an end to the perpetual conflict or split, between religion and science – and heaven and earth.  The believer is seeing an End, or resolution, to the old classic dualism of say, parts of 1 John; the new scientist of God, is at last putting the parts back together, to see the “second,” the whole and “full”er picture of Christ, and God.  And seeing an end especially, to the heaven/earth, dualistic, schizophrenic split in the mind of man; an end to the split between Religion and Science; and end to the split between “spirit” and “flesh”; heaven and earth; “word” and “world.”  In effect the Science of God, by re-discovering the lost link or path, between spirit and material things, heaven and earth, is the main way that any number of important Biblical prophesies are at last fulfilled:  especially, by way of seeing the Science of God, we see… God after all, coming back to this physical earth, again.

This is no small thing therefore:  here we will begin to see God and good, here on this material earth again, after all.  As foretold of the Second Coming itself, after all.

And so at last finally?  The Science of God solves any number of old conflicts; and fulfills any number of old prophesies too.  It resolves some academic problems:  a few cogent and good scholars have long noted that at last, our religious and secular lives no longer need to be split, or rigidly distinguished; there is a path according to God, by which our “spiritual” ideas or religion, and our practical “secular” knowledge and science, are finally, to be united.  In effect, in the Science of God.  While, given the tremendous material fruitfulness of Science, we must declare that ironically, all along, and even in spite of its own occasional avowed atheism, Science was normally, far closer to God, than most very blindly “faith”ful priests.  And then finally too, given the historical fruitfulness of Science, the re-union, here, of religion with Science and practical knowledge?  Even a partial submission of faith to science, should enable religion, and Christianity, to at last be tremendously successful.

When the powers of Religion at last take in the powers of Science, when we see the power of spirit and flesh, word and world, spirit and material sense – at last meet, in the Science of God?  When believers submit at last to a degree, to science?  Then and then alone will believers have a Christianity, an understanding of God and Good, that is complete enough, “full” enough … to actually achieve the promised material “wonders” and “kingdom” of God.  To achieve wonders, not just in their imagination, or spirit; or just in Heaven.  But to achieve real physical wonders, here on this material “earth.”  As the Bible promised (Rev. 21; from Isa. 65-6, 32.1 ff, 11.6-14.22; etc.).  As indeed, those persons who have already long since made compromises between Religion and Science, have already long since, begun to achieve on material wonder after another; from the discovery of wonderful medicines and inventions, to the exploration and measurement, of the heavens, of space, itself.

The Science of God is no small thing therefore.  In fact, the Science of God is the realization, the partial fulfillment, of dozens of formerly-misunderstood but real traditions, prophesies, in the Bible itself.

In fact, God comes to earth as foretold, not so much in churches; but in the larger discipline, of the Science of God.  Which, we may hope and expect, churches will learn to soon teach to everyone, as the very core of every Church service.  So that the people and preachers too, may learn to see God and Good, more “full”y, at last.  (As per, say, 1 Corin. 12.4-13.13-14.20; 2 Corin. 13-15?  Et alia.).

Today, the average religious believer or preacher, lives a split, hypocritical existence:  claiming to absolutely believe and have faith in Religion and spirituality and prayer; as even “all” we need in life. As opposed to practical, scientific, and “secular” knowledge.  Even as he daily … leaves religion partially aside.  And learns and practices carpentry and cooking, and other forms of practical/”secular” knowledge.  In order to get fed every day; in order to stay physically alive.  Even as he turns on the space heater that he has in his room – the one designed by the scientists he condemns – to keep from freezing to death.  The average preacher therefore is hypocritical and inconsistent; he condemns science and technology and secular life … even as he himself depends on it every second of his life.  So how finally, can we resolve this fatal hypocrisy?  This “double”ness?  This split, schizophrenic religion?  Finally, a way to fix this, begins to appear:  when we discover that science, practical knowledge was not only allowed in the Bible; it is presented there finally, as the very core value of Christianity. So that?  The average believer and preacher, should from now on, integrate real practical knowledge and science, into every single sermon, homily, or bit of religious writing.  Indeed, every preacher and believer and church, should now return to the science of God; and to solid, science-based religious studies.  Frankly admitting especially, the failure of many promises of “miracles,” say.  And of “spirituality” too, as will be seen.  As the better foundation however, for a truer understanding of Life, and of God.  Only this Science will end the fundamental dualism, double-ness, hypocrisy, deceits, in present-day religious teachings and churches.  Only the addition of real, classic science to traditional religion, and even the partial correction of classic religion by science, really offers the second, “full”er, truer appearance of God.

And, amazingly, none of this violates the real core of religion; all of this is from the Bible itself.  From God, himself.  Even God himself finally says that preachers and Popes, must now and then give way to, be corrected by, classic Science.

Many churches and holy men may resist this mightily; but finally, we will be showing, the Bible itself, God himself, tells us to persevere with our Science.  And to give it at least equal weight as the testimony of religious leaders, in all religious matters.  Even the Pope, the Church itself admits, is not “infallible” very often; only when speaking from the throne, or “Ex Cathedra.”   While of course, our quick look at the Bible, and specifically at the history of the very first pope – St. Peter –  tells us a great deal about the authority of popes.

SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ORDINARY BUT GOOD WORKING MAN AND WOMAN        Why should Christians learn and respect Science?  In part, simply because – as we will be showing – God himself commands us all, every Christian, to learn and respect Science.  But next:  what are the reasons behind those commands?

For centuries, most Christians, especially preachers, have lived a “double” or schizophrenic, hypocritical sort of life; on the one hand, they often claim to absolutely believe and trust and follow religion, Christianity, with an emphasis on faith.  And they have claimed that their “faith” is even “all” we need to live.  Its spirituality is all we need, many claim; and if we need material things … then whatever material things we need will appear magically, or miraculously, out of thin air; by miracle.  On the other hand though, while many claim to believe this, in real life, most of us are not just devoted to religion, to faith.  For most of us, religion is an important part of life … but only part of it.  In real life, most of us do not simply pray and act spiritual all day; most of us have regular, practical jobs, as well.  Rather than trying to live just on religion, on spirituality, or relying just on miracles to bring us what material things we need, instead, most of us value our physical life somewhat; and find that the physical food, the “bread” we need to stay physically alive, does not often, reliably, appear by miracle on our plates every morning:  instead, far more reliable and necessary, it seems, is having farmers working to grow food. Then milling and cooking it ourselves.  In recognition of these practical necessities, most of us therefore are not just “spiritual” persons, only praying and being spiritual all day:  most of us actually learn practical knowledge – jobs, trades – and Science and technology.  It seems to most of us that life teaches us that this physical life has some importance.  And to succeed in physical life, this is the best way to get things done: to learn practical knowledge of farming, cooking, and so forth.  Doing practical “work” to feed ourselves and our families.

So in real life, most of us have a double life.  Most of us are – and civilization overall is – not just religious, particularly in a one-sidedly spiritual way; most of also respect and learn practical knowledge in school:  reading, writing, arithmetic; business, economics, car repair, science; etc..  Most of us have found that we cannot stay alive, just on spiritual words (as indeed St. James confirmed; James 2.14-24).  But instead, experience seems to teach us that we must learn practical knowledge, and do physical “work,” in order to stay alive, and flourish, as God promised us.  While indeed, even the Ten Commandments told us to do practical “work” the vast bulk of our weeks; and to stop working, mainly only on the Sabbath, or Sunday.  So that amazingly, the Bible itself did not stress spirituality and praying, as much as … doing practical work.

It may be to be sure, that we are not saved in a spiritual way, by “works”; but by “faith alone,” faith in God, as some insisted.  And yet as it turns out, the Bible tells us that we cannot begin to know that we are following the right idea of God.  Unless after following that idea for a short time, we see real physical, material proofs, “fruits” from it.  While then too, practical experience in life teaches us that just praying and being spiritual, is not enough:  we need someone doing real physical, practical work, growing food.  Otherwise, we starve to death.

And so?  Most apparently very strong Christians, preachers, most very religious people, live a sort of “double,” or hypocritical life.  On the one hand, they often claim that spiritual things like faith are all we need in life.  But on the other hand?  They depend on the physical work and practical knowledge of practical trades – or say for example, farmers and scientific agronomists – for their daily bread.  To keep themselves and others physically alive.  And in this, our preachers are in effect, the foretold Pharisaic hypocrites:  they often assert that “all” we need in life is Christianity, religion, spirituality.  Even as they depend every day, every second, on the “worldly” practical people, for their own physical lives.  The spiritual preacher condemns practical science and knowledge and work … standing in shoes make according to practical knowledge, by practical men; in a physical church built by tradesmen and scientific engineering; speaking over a microphone invented by scientists.  While even they themselves, after claiming to despise this physical life, nevertheless do physical work, to stay alive in it: they either plant gardens, or cook; or have others do that for them.

And so indeed, all very “spiritual,” “religious” people – most preachers – are hypocrites; they are living a double sort of life.  They are all Platonic hierarchical dualists:  deep down, they believe the whole universe is split into two things:  1) evil material things, matter, on this “earth” or “world”; vs. 2) spiritual things, partially in Heaven.  But?  Such persons are inconsistent.  Either they secretly value physical things and physical life, and they continue to eat physical food, to keep their physical bodies alive.  Or  they sincerely stop physically eating – but then just starve to death, and disappear.  So that?  All those that remain physically alive, are hypocrites; if they condemn this physical existence, but they continue to take care for their physical lives.

All living spiritual persons therefore, we will show, are hypocrites, living a double life.  But rather than simply condemn them:  how might we repair their double-ness?  Their duplicity and hypocrisy?  Amazingly, to fix their broken-ess, their hypocrisy, their schizophrenic double-ness, we have found an answer in the Bible, itself.  Amazingly, finally, we will be showing that many elements of the Bible to be sure – particularly in Paul, and the Apostles – were very, very spiritual?  Ultimately, the Bible itself, Jesus himself, began to acknowledge the importance of this physical universe.  From the beginning, God after all, made the entire physical universe, and said it was “good,” not evil” (Genesis 1, etc.).  While finally?  God even told us to honor this physical life, and the practical knowledge – and explicitly, “science” – that begin to uncover the nature of that life.

To be sure, elements of the Bible became quite spiritual, and disdainful about the materialistic life; elements of asceticism shaded into Gnosticism, and even “hate” for this “world.”  Yet finally, we will find that priestly, over-spiritual asceticism, was literally, physically, fatal.  As St. James began to see in James 2.14-24.  And if God told us that if religion, Jesus for a moment, would seem to leave this material earth, for a mostly spiritual “Heaven”?  Then one “day” after all, God is supposed to return … to this physical, material earth (Rev. 21).  As God, the spirit begins to conceptually return to material things, the earth, even here and now.  As we re-discover God’s commands to all Christians, that they learn and honor, the Science of God.  As we learn to see God and good, in the physical things around us.  As described and created, by practical knowledge and science.

And indeed to some extent, most of us, most ordinary, non-priests, long ago made at least a rough, semi-conscious kind of adjustment or compromise, between an excessive priestly spirituality, and the demands of a physical life:  most of us are not priests, who merely talk and issue ideas or spirits for a living; most of us are somewhat religious in a spiritual way … but we also devote most of our time, to practical jobs; doing work that produce works, practical good and services.  Building houses, supplying medical and other physical services to the people; to keep them physically alive and healthy.  And?  In fact, as it turns out, the ordinary good but also physically practical working man and woman, were actually, far, far closer than the average, typically over-spiritual priest or minister, to achieving the right balance, the “full”er picture of what God wanted us to have and be:  not just 1) spiritual, but also 2) practical, physical beings.  Capable of succeeding, not just in a spiritual way, in a spiritual Heaven; but capable of living well enough, in a physical life, here on this physical earth.

Indeed, ironically, our preachers have always been secretly, deeply Vain and Proud:  deep down preachers have secretly thought that their spirituality especially, was so much “higher” and better, than mere working people and scientists, with their mundane, worldly vision.  And yet however?  The Bible told us that one day, “all” those things that are “high,” and proud, “lofty” – including angels and priests – will be brought down (Isa. 2.12; 2 Ch. 6.18; Ecc. 10.6; Eph. 6.12-13; Isa. 34.4).

Priests and ministers, churches, love to assume that it is not they themselves, but everybody else, that is to be punished by God, in the end.  But in point of fact, God made it clear that it is especially the allegedly holy and religious persons, especially the priests, that are punished finally:

“Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD?  He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear” (Is. 42.19-20).

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

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

“Who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even the highest heaven, cannot contain him”? (2 Corin. 2.6, 6.18).

“Let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest.  You shall tumble 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…. Wine and new wine take away the understanding.  My people inquire of a thing of wood” (Hos. 4.4-6-12; see also casting off magicians or sorcerers).

“And now O priests, this command is for you.  If you will not listen…. I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them…. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence….  A priest should guard knowledge ….. But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant….  And so I make you despised“” (Mal. 2.1-9).

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

“Folly is set in high places….  Woe to you, O land, when you king is a child…  As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do no know the work of God who makes everything” (Ecc. 10.5-16-11.5).

“The messenger of the covenant … 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….; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [the priestly tribe] and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.2-3).

“The fool will no more be called noble” (Isa. 32.5).

“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.’….  ‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stand next to me,’ says the LORD….  Behold, a day of the LORD is coming….  Keep the feast of booths'”  (Zech. 13.4-5, 14.1; 13.7-14.16 ).

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples!  Let the earth listen, and all the fills it; the world, 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… Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened” (Isa. 34.1-5-35.5).

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

Preachers, prophets, holy men, are superficially humble.  But deep down, there is a massive arrogance, a giant Vanity and Pride, in all preachers:  they are claiming to be, after all, the very voicepieces of God himself.  They are claiming to be holy, after all.  But God warned that they all make many very serious errors; and essentially one day or another, we see their sins, and they all fall.

We will show that especially, our traditional priests’ “faith” and “spirituality” in fact, were a sinful error.  God actually made the entire physical world and universe, and said it was good.  Indeed, God himself has always existed in the things of nature; and from to-“day” on, he should no longer be regarded as just a mental construct, or spirit, or ideal, in some spiritual “heaven.”  Indeed, beginning here and now, God and good dissolve our spiritual heaven itself.  And with the material science of God, they begin to return to this physical, material earth again at last, after all.

And it is a strange reversal of what our preachers so proudly thought.  Today, in the end, the very spiritual preacher, the prophet with his “vision,” who thought he was “first” with God, is really found to be “last,” after all (Luke 14.7-11-18; Mark 10.31; not Mat. 20.8-27).  While better than the priest, is the ordinary farmer (Zech. 13.4, etc.; see all the Biblical references to farming), the ordinary working man and woman, and the lowly scientists and technicians … are now found to have been far closer to what the Bible and God really wanted, after all:  a better, truer balance, between the spiritual and the practical material life.  A balance that furthermore, if anything, favors practical science, over priestly spirituality.

As a Science?  Indeed we value and work for God, for Good … as they exit from spirituality and Heaven.  And begin to reveal themselves in this practical, material, physical existence.

As foretold.  As Heaven itself dissolves; and the “new heaven” returns to be a physical place, on this physical earth (Rev. 21).  And not in a church; but in after all, a worldwide science of God (Rev. 21.22).  A science that is emerging in part, already, in the practical ethos of good but practical people; and then also in science-based theology and religious study.  Especially however, in the Science of God, as outlined here and now.  In hundreds of quotes from after all, the Bible itself.  From God, himself.     –    END OF PREFACE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

For our series of 10 volumes, on “GOD RETURNS TO THIS PHYSICAL EARTH, IN THE SCIENCE OF GOD:  The destruction of our Spiritual Heaven of Faith, the Return of God to Physical, Material Existence.

Front Pages, with Title, Blurb, Abstract, and these Contents:

BOOK 1:  THE DESTRUCTION OF HEAVEN, INTRO; “The Heavens Will Vanish Like Smoke” (Isa. 51.6, 34.4; 2 Peter 3.7-12.; etc.).

Chapter 1 The foretold Destruction of Heaven by God (2 Peter 3.7-12; Isa. 34.4, 51.6 etc.; Rev. 21).

Chapter 2 Heaven is Destroyed, Because:  All Holy Men Have Sinned, Even in the Holiest Doctrines

Chapter 3 Most Spirituality … is a Foretold “False Spirit”

Chapter 4 The Second Coming of God … in Religious Science

Chapter 5 Sins in All Preachers, in Inspired Doctrines

BOOK 2:   ALL PREACHERS ARE … FALSE PRIESTS; “He Leads Priests Away Stripped” (Job 12.19).

BOOK 3:   THE FULLER SCIENCE OF GOD,  in the Old Testament and Paul:  The Second and Better Appearance – the Second Coming – of God, Through Contemporary Religious Studies; The More “Mature” “Appearance,” Coming of God, in Science; Religious Studies, the Science of God.

Chapter 1:  Science Supported in the Old Testament

THE BIBLE’S 200 ARGUMENTS AGAINST FAITH, FOR SCIENCE:   #1 “All” holy men, angels, have sinned (Isa. 34.4; Rom. 3.23; “No one is Good but God” Mark 10.18; #2 “Faith” can be bad, false, “hypocritical,” “counterfeit” (2 Tim. 3.8); therefore  # 3 God supports those “understanding Science” Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; #4 God supports experimental method Dan. 1.4-15, 1 Kings 18.21-40; # 5 Science is to be applied to religion, in the above; # 6 we are to “test” God in Mal. 3.10, 1 Thess. 5.21; # 7 Evaluate holy men by what “comes to pass” Deut. 18.20-22; # 8 Elijah tests God 1 Kings 18.21-40; # 9 We are to “observe” the material things of the “earth” (Rom. 1.20 etc.); # 10 Heaven itself is to be destroyed Isa. 34.4, 51.6, 2 Peter 3.7-12; # 11 we must become “wise” with “knowledge” and “mature” not “fools” (1 Corin. 14.20 etc.); #12 holy men see only “part” of God and the truth (1 Corin 13.9-12);

Chapter 2: God Warns of “False” Things in Every Aspect of Christianity:

 

All things in religion, Judeo Christianity, are unreliable, A to Z:   # 13 “All” have sinned Rom. 3.23; # 14 “All the host of heaven” fall (Isa. 34.4, 51.6);  # 15 Angels are unreliable Rev. 3.2; # 16 Apostles are bad (Mat. 16.23); # 17 Boasting religion is bad; # 18 Christ is misrepresented, “false Christ” 2 Corin. 11.4, 1 John 2-4; # 19 Christians, believers are often deceived (Rev. 13.8);  # 20 churches are often bad (Rev. 2.4); # 21 Congregations, believing in the “Lord, Lord” not good enough Mat. 6.5-23; # 22 the “Elect” can fail; # 23 Councilors fail (2 Ch. 22.4); # 24 false “Dreams,” enchantments,” “illusions,” “lies,” “delusions” deceive us; # 25; “Hearts” are unreliable Jer. 17.9; #27 the Holy Spirit and “inspiration” leave us (1 Corin. 10.5; Gal. 2.13); # 28 the “Host” of heaven falls Isa. 34.4; # 29 “Kings” and Leaders fall, like Saul; # 30 religious “Law” fails Isa. 3.1-12, Ezk. 20.20-26; # 31 Miracles fail 1 Corin. 12.29-31; # 32 Patriarchs fail like Moses Rom. 10.5, 2 Corin. 3.6; # 33 the Perfect fails, Ezk. 27.3-26; # 34 Prayers fail John 10.14; # 35 Priests fail Mal. 2.13 ff; # 36 Prophets fail Jer. 2.8; # 37 Rabbis fail James 3.1; # 38 Sacrifices are often unacceptable Prov. 21.27, Mal. 2.3; # 39 Saints fall Job 15.15 KJE; # 40 Scripture fails John 5.39 & “false pen of scribes; # 41 Shepherds fail Zech 10.2-13.7; # 42 Spirit fails 1 John 4.1; # 43 Stars fall, Rev. 6.13; # 44 Servants of the Lord fail Job 4.18, Isa.  42.19; # 45 Wise Judeo- Christianity fails Isa. 32.5, Prov. 3.7; # 46 Written guides fail 2 Corin. 3.3-6; # 47 Worship fails Rev. 13.8.

 

All special graces fail:  # 48 Anointing fails Lev. 4.3; # 49 Baptism fails; Blood fails (Gen. 9.4, Lam. 4.8-10; # 50 Bodies fail John 6.63; # 51 Covenants come and go Heb. 7.22, 9.18, Jer 33.20?; # 52 the preachers’ “Christ” is wrong (see # 18 above); # 53 Crosses, wood fail us Hos. 4.12, Mat. 27.46; # 54 Discernment fails Ps. 19.12, Isa. 44.18; # 56 Doctrines fail Job 11.4, Mat. 15.9; # 57 Dogmas likewise; #58 Enchantments (Isa. 47.9-14, Ps. 58.5; # 59 Eucharist or Lord’s Supper fails us Luke 22.21; # 60 Gifts fail us Corin. 12.30, Prov. 29.4; # 61 Grace is removed Zech. 11.10; # 62 Holy things fail; # 63 Liturgies fail (see false “words” from God, “worship,” “discernment,” etc.); # 64 Mysteries are often impenetrable and confused; # 65 Noble people are “fools” Isa. 32.5; # 66 Oral teachings of the “tongue” fail; # 67 Pillars of religion are wrong Deut. 16.22; # 68 Relics, Charms of Wood, Idols are not good; # 69 Righteousness becomes unrighteousness; # 70 the Rock fails us Ex. 33.20, 1 Corin. 10.4, Mat. 16.23; # 71 Sacraments, oaths are not good enough (Hos. 10.4, 1 Corin. 10.4, Mat. 5.34); # 72 Sanctification can fail Num. 20.12, 2 Ch. 30.3; # 73 Tradition is of men; # 74 Virgins fail; # 75 our Will fails; # 76  religious Zeal means attacking things in churches John 2.17.

Chapter 3: All aspects of religion, Christianity, A to Z, crying “Lord Lord” fail.  So?  God asks for the different aspects of Science, visible material evidence, over Faith: 

 

 

# 77 empirical Proofs Mat. 8.4, Mark 1.44, Acts 1.3, Ex. 7.9, Ps. 30.10, Isa.  41.21; # 78 Signs Isa. 7.12 ff; # 79 Prosperity Job 42.13; # 80 Mat. 7.16 – real physical Fruits Deut. 7.13 Jos. 24.13; # 81 “Judgement” to come, by deeds; # 82 works; # 83 Testing (Luke 4.12 “tempt”ing, allows “signs,” 1 Corin. 3.10-15 NIV, Mal. 3.10); # 84 “observe” things “eyes” have seen (Luke 12.24; Deut. 4.9).

Chapter 4: Preachers’ Over-Spirituality is physically fatal:  Many preachers say the material promises of God, are all metaphors for spiritual things; “fruits of the spirit.”  But the Bible firmly promised physical things … and noted evils in spiritual things.  James noted a fatal side to spirituality, in James 2.14-26.  And?  # 85 Spirits often fail and are “false spirits” (1 John 4.1 etc.); # 86 We are called to do good works of charity (cf. “work,” “works”);  # 87 God warns of preachers who give us just sermons, “words,” give us “empty” words, dreams instead of real food (Eph. 5.6; James 2.14-26; Hos. 10.4; etc.); # 88 indeed, many words are excuses, or simply “lying,” “lies”; and  # 89 many religious words are “double”-“tongued,” tricky, with two or more meanings (Ps. 12.2, 1 Tim. 3.8; cf. “tongues); # 90 indeed those who give us mere sermons, kind words and spirits, give us just empty “wind” the Bible itself often warned (Job 15.2; 1 Kings 3.8; Hos. 10.4; see “empty” words and false spirits too).

A religion that gives us only spiritual things is physically deadly.  So?  God repeats his material promises.  Promises of physical things, that can be seen by our eyes, and measured with science.  Like even # 91 material Riches (Ps. 62.11, Prov. 22.1; Job 42.10-17); # 92 Money (Deut. 14.25-6); # 93 “Whatever you desire”; # 94 Oxen and Sheep and fruits of our herds (Deut.; Job. 42);  # 95 Wine; and # 96 “whatever your appetite craves” (Deut. 14); # 97 Food/Bread; # 98 Victory in physical battles; even a # 99 “Suffering Servant” like Job, gets material riches (Job 42.10-17); and # 100 historically our preachers promised wonders, or Miracles; and # 101 the Bible promised a material Kingdom of God … on this material earth (Rev. 21; Isa. 65-6); # 102 were we promised a Resurrection that was often presented (in Lazarus and in Easter) as very physical; # 103 Jesus is said to have come in the “flesh” or in physical material form, explicitly, adamantly, not just a “ghost” or “spirit” 1 John 4.2; (Ecc. 4.5; Jol 2.28?); the # 104 Second Coming is also pictured as rather physical; so that we see God “himself” returning to live with men (Isa. 11.6, 65-6 etc.; Rev. 21); # 105 in the end, God pours his “spirit” on “flesh” (Jol 2.28, Acts 2.17).

Chapter 5:  Unnumbered intro to Jesus’ Science (see fuller Volume 4, on Jesus’ Science)

Chapter 6:  SINS IN PAUL’S SPIRITUAL FAITH  So where did the idea that Christianity is just supposed to give us just spiritual things, like “faith,” come from?  Mainly from just St. Paul – and the devil himself.  # 106 in Job 1, it is literally Satan himself, that introduces the idea that God should test our faith; and # 107 the tricky semantics that converts promises of physical things to spiritual metaphors, is not honest or good; #108 the Old Testament mentions “faith” by name only 6 times; # 109 it is only the Apostle/St. Paul that stressed “faith,” by name 174 times; # 110 but Paul confessed himself he was not “perfect,” was at times a “fool,” was the “worst of sinners”; # 111 and Paul confessed that he and other holy men saw only “imperfect” prophesy and knowledge, and only “part” of the truth (1 Corin. 1.14); so that there were # 112 things Lacking even in their spiritual faith (2 Corin. 1.14).  Especially Love is lacking (1 Corin. 13.13).  But also as it turns out, science.  So that # 114  Paul began to support even “test”ing “everything” in religion (1 Thess. 5.21).  See also warnings about “all” holy men, and every aspect of religion … that Paul followed in part.

Given problems with spirituality and faith?  Even Paul, the main spokesman of faith, began to back away from his own over-spirituality; to re-instate the great importance to physical things, measurable by science.  Things like # 115- Covenants, promising physical rewards; while # 116 the Apostle St. James began to note that our over-spiritual religion, that gives us primarily sermons, words and spirits … is literally physically fatal, because it neglects our physical needs (James 2.14-26; 1 John 3.17; Isa. 29.8; see also “windy” and “empty” words); so # 117 even the very spiritual Paul continued to promised material rewards, avoiding the sin of Gnosticism, asceticism, over-spirituality; # 118 Paul choosing to remain in the “flesh” (Phil. 1.20); # 119 advocating semi-material “work” (2 Thess. 3.10); # 120 and intellectual work that is materially fruitful; # 121 Paul asking for material, physical benefits (1 Corin. 9.6-11); # 122 if he said we “walk by faith and not by sight,” of physical things, those who do so are “far from God” (2 Corin. 5.6; Rom. 1.20); so that we # 123 need to Mature beyond spirituality; to # 124 value “signs” and physical “work” and works (2 Corin. 12.12 etc.); while  # 125 the conversion of physical promises of God, into mere figures of speech for spiritual things, seems partially condemned as word- “twist”ing, unreliable tongues, as Peter notes in a discussion of Paul (2 Peter 3.15-17); and # 126 in the End things seem physical again (cf. Judgement Day, # 79?); indeed # 127 the Bible seems to offer at least two Paths, two vocations, including not just priestly spirituality, but even more, favoring lay practicality, in dealing with material, physical life (1 Kings 18.21-40, Php 1.21).

Chapter 7  Two Voices in the Bible:  Priest’s “Faith,” vs. the Practical Science, of God

Problems with Faith in other parts of the New Testament:  # 128 Disciples value things seen with not just spiritual, but apparently physical Eyes too (Luke 10.23; John 11.37; Etc.); while # 129 the New Testament includes two voice – the spiritual and the physical – in continuous, alternating debate (John 20.24-5 vs. 29 ff), though in the end the material wins, or the spirit links to matter;  # 130 there are constant assertions of material, physical evidence, wonders from God, even from Paul (Acts. 26.16-18); while shockingly,  # 131 as for Peter?  Peter and his faith, are called “Satan” (Mat. 16.23; see also Job 1); # 132 John warns of false things in spirits and prophets (1 John 4.1), and finally suggests Christ should tend to, “love,” this material “world,” and our biological family and “brothers” it seems (John 3.15; 1 John 3.17-18; in 1 John 2.9-11-15-17; vs. Luke 14.26 ff); # 133 Jude 4 warns of false men in religion; but the keystone is # 134, James 2.14-26, where James notes that a religion that gives us only kind words and spirits, but not physical food, is a false, physically fatal religion (1 John 3.17-18),that “faith without works is dead”; while # 135 the Bible warns of this great religious deception (Isa. 29.8-11) of the whole “world” and its “worship” (Rev. 13).

Chapter 8/Appendix:   Priests Were Clerics:  Clerks for the Local Lords, In Exchange for  Stay of Bread

BOOK 4 THE SCIENCE OF JESUS 

Chapter 1 INTRO

Chapter 2  THE SCIENCE OF JESUS HIMSELF.  New Testament is not quite as science-oriented as the Old, until the End and Revelation.  Its text is equivocal; torn between two voices.  # 137 But Jesus consistently contains the voice warning of bad holy men, “false prophets,” and other “false” things in religion; # 138 and importantly, Jesus tells us to recognize false holy men by their physical “fruits” (Mat. 7.15 ff) as well as “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs”; # 139 not spiritual fruits, Paul’s “fruits of the spirit”; # 138 indeed, Jesus is constantly pictured working many physical wonders; # 141 Signs; and # 142 the final pattern of the Bible, is to ask for us to believe, only after we have seen physical signs (John 4.48); # 143 Deeds; # 142 Proofs (Mat. 8.4; Luke 5.14); # 145 as “observe”d with our literal eyes (Luke 12.24); #146 Jesus even telling us not to “believe” or have faith even in Jesus himself, unless he does visible “works” (Mat. 5.16); # 147 John 10.31-37 ff., 9.4, Mark 2.5-12; # 148 in one voice, Jesus seems spiritual, rejecting this physical world and telling us to look only for rewards, “treasures” in “Heaven” (Mt. 6.19-31, Mark 10.21), but the kingdom of Heaven is on earth after all, and Jesus himself refers to the Destruction of Heaven (Mat. 24.29-35; Mark 13.31), while his “words” are only his, if they are physically productive (Deut. 18.20-22); and in the End Time, we see the return of the Old Testament God or Lord, returned to this physical earth (Isa. 65-6), to “judge” people not just by their “thoughts” or spirit, but more by their “deeds” (Rev. 20.13).

Chapter 3  JESUS’ FAITH – IN SCIENCE     # 150 It was Paul, not God or Jesus, that most stressed Faith:  Jesus mentioning it about 21 times, Paul 174 times, but Paul was not “perfect,” was a “fool,” the “worst of sinners,” by his own admission; # 151 so that the final, definitive message of the Bible regarding faith, is to have faith in … physical evidence, and science; # 152 have only the tiny, “mustard seed” of faith (Mat. 8.26) needed to believe physical evidence; # 153 much evidence is asserted, like the silver coin out of a fish’s mouth; # 154 so men of “little faith” get more confidence, from seeing visible signs, evidence; # 155 indeed did Jesus ask for faith?; # 156 he hesitates to let people even call him the Messiah (Mat. 9.31); # 157 negative statements are made on faith (see “Do not believe” John 10.37); # 158 though “your faith has saved you” (Luke 7.37-48), faith in God saves us, we can only be sure our faith is in God himself, and not a false god, unless we see physical empirical fruits, works, signs, deeds, proofs, and Jesus is pictured working them; # 159 the Devil likes faith more than anyone (in the Temptation; in ?); # 160 Jesus expects faith to fail (Luke 22.31-42); # 161 Faith is of Little use; # 162 Paul’s Vision of Jesus is Visible Acts 26.12-19; # 163 though the language or “tongue” of the Bible is “confused,” full of ambiguity, “twist”ing? (Prov. 1.2-7); # 164 “which is harder” (Mat. 9.1-8); # 165 at times Jesus suggested “only Gentles seek signs” … but then Jesus is pictured producing them, and Paul speaks favorably of gentiles, Greeks; # 166 those with great faith are unreliable Romans, persons with unclean spirit; # 167 the heart is often deceived in the spiritual feelings it has; # 168 there are important things besides, greater than faith, like “love” (Mat. 23.23-4; 1 Corin. 13.1-13); # 169 Doubting Thomas gets physical evidence after all (John 20.29-31); and # 170 “such” faith as a Roman centurion has, is not Christian faith; # 171 “Do not believe” in Jesus unless he does visible works, Jesus himself says (John 10.37); while # 172 Jesus returns to “flesh,” material things, in the resurrection, and in the Second Coming (Rev. 21).

Chapter 4  MORE SINS IN FAITH (After Sins in Paul’s Faith)   # 173 we always need more faith? “Fools believe anything” (Prov); # 174 we can lose faith; # 175 too much faith is blind, too much of a good thing, too much sugar; # 176 faith should grow, only when visible material results are seen; # 177 faith can fail, be “vain” (1 Corin. 15.14) if no visible material results, resurrections, seen; # 178 beyond faith, more is needed (2 Peter 1.5); # 179 Love is greater than faith (1 Corin. 13.13); # 180 works are important to # 181 Determine if your idea of God is right; # 182 Paul says “test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21); # 183 “Love does not rest on faith” (Gal. 3.12); # 184 many have faith in “illusions”; # 185 ?; # 186 Rom. 14.23 vs. 14.1-23; # 187 “Things not seen” vs. constantly asserted material proofs, wonders, miracles; # 188 use “reason”; # 189 logical problems in faith (a word used only when we doubt; pure faith without evidence impossible, in a Bible that continually offers material assertions, wonders); # 190 the Second Coming is quite physical (Rev. 21); # 191 the over-spirituality of preachers is the sin of Vanity, Pride; even Paul believed the physicality of the 1st Jesus; # 192 the Kingdom of God is supposed to be a place here on earth (Rev. 21; Isa. 65-6); and # 193 note the physicality of the first resurrection of Jesus, in the “flesh”; # 194  the redemption of “bodies” (Rom. 8.22-3); # 195 the importance of our own work here; # 196 the redeeming of the “world” by Jesus; # 197 our bodies, body of Christ (Col. 1.18-25); # 198 Immortality is real enough; # 199 faith regarded liminal things; # 199 as for the “man of weak faith, welcome him” (Rom. 4.1); # 201 “child”ren might blindly, faithfully follow rules they don’t understand; but should ask for material evidence, “soon,” “at hand,” “quickly.”

#202 this is not the Protestant/Catholic “Faith vs. Works” controversy, about our own “works”; we may indeed even saved by faith in God alone; but we can only be sure we are following, having faith in the right idea of God, of Jesus… if we see would-be holy men produce real physical, empirical evidence, powers, as proof they are from God (Mat. 3.10; Dan. 1.14-15; 1 Kings 18.21-40; Isa. 41.21-34; Ex. 4.1-7.9).  Those billions who do not ask for proofs, but just have faith, are following a false idea of Christ; a False Christ.  Those countless who follow alleged holy men without material proofs, are an “abomination” (Isa. 41.21-34); they are the foretold deceived persons, following a False Christ; the Christ of “faith” rather than the Christ of the Science of God.
BOOK 5:   NO MIRACLES, NO SERMONS; NO EXCUSES:  Belief in “Miracles,” Was the Foretold “Delusion,” Belief in Magic, “Lie,” Magical Thinking, “Enchantment,” “Illusion” That Dominated the Whole Earth.   The massive harm done by Churches:  Their 1) Proud, Vain Claims of “Perfection,” Holiness, Their 2) False Promises of Physical Miracles, And 3) by Priestly Over-Spirituality, Asceticism

Preface/Chapter 1:   The Science of God, Warns of Deceit in “All” Christianity, All Priests and Ministers.  And Promises of Big Physical Miracles are Deceit.

Chapter 2:  When Televangelists like Pat Robertson, “Doctors, “Science,” Say Miracle-Healings, even Faith-Healings, Are Taking Place … Don’t Believe It.

Chapter 3:  Doubting Preachers is Good

Chapter 4?:  All Sermons Are False:  Especially, All Sermons Promising Miracles, or Excusing the Lack of Miracles, and Stressing Spirit

Chapter 5: Belief in “Miracles” Was the Foretold Belief in Magic, Magicians.

Chapter 6  Seeing “Miracles” as Metaphors for Natural Things, Not Spiritual Things

Chapter 7 Naturalism is Good

Or:

Chapter 1:  The Bible Says No Church or Preacher Is “Perfect,” or “Holy,” or “Sacred,” Etc.

Chapter 2:  The Massive Harm Done By Religious Leaders, by Promises of Perfection, Miracles and Faith

Chapter 3:  Over-Spirituality; the Massive Harm Done

Chapter 4:  Read Miracles as Metaphors – for Nature, Technology

Chapter 5:  The Destruction of Heaven; the Origins of Judgement “Day”:  the day we grow up … beyond faith; to see the science of God; the importance of material fruits.

BOOK 6:  THE HARM DONE BY EARLIER FALSE VERSIONS OF CHRISTIANITY

Chapter 6.1 The Church Partially Confesses the Sins of the Church

Chapter 6.2 Promises of Big Physical Miracles Fail

Chapter 6.3 Massive Unseen Harm was Done to Humanity, by False Belief in Miracles, Spirit

Chapter 6.4 So?  God Destroys Heaven Itself; to Purge Christianity of Sins of Classic Christianity

BOOK 7:  BACK:  The Empirically-Verifiable Resurrection, the Immortality,

Of God on Earth, Again

BOOK  8:  THE SCIENCE OF GOD – AS THE SECOND COMING OF GOD TO EARTH  – a Narrative Bibliography, in Bible Quotes

BOOK 9:   THE “DAY”; When Good “Judgement” Comes:  The Day You More Fully See God; the Day You Advance Beyond Blind Faith, to Learn the Fuller Science of God.

BOOK 10:  OVER-SPIRITUALITY:  The Physically Fatal “Hate” in Preacher’s Spirituality; Hating the World

(BOOK 11:   FOOTNOTES)

END TABLE OF CONTENTS

Updated Oct. 28, 2011

QUOTES FROM THE BIBLE,

ON

SINS IN HEAVEN, THE DESTRUCTION OF HEAVEN – AND

THE RE-APPEARANCE OF GOD ON EARTH, IN

THE SCIENCE OF GOD

“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  [high] and lofty” (Isa. 2.12 RSV).

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

“With you is my contention, O priest”  (Hos. 4.4).  “Put me to the test, says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10).

 “Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).  “Test the spirits” (1 John 4.1).  “… Understanding science” (Dan. 1.4-15 King James Edition).  “Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.16-17).  “The fruit of your ground” (Deut. 7.13).

The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6 RSV; Isa. 34.4; 2 Peter 2.7-12; Rev. 21).

“Prophesy against the prophets of Israel” (Ezk. 13.2 RSV).

“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).

“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).

“On that day, every prophet will be ashamed of his vision….  He will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil” (Zech. 13.4-5).

“The LORD will lay waste the earth….  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).

“All the host of heaven shall rot away” (Isa. 34.4).

PREFACE

THE MAIN IDEA

IN OUR 10 BOOKS?

By

Dr. Woodbridge Goodman, Ph.D.

God commands you to learn and use and value Science, over faith.

When you see this, one “Day,”

your religious, spiritual Heaven of “Faith” collapses;

But that is all as foretold.  And all that is in order to clarify, make plain,

 A “Second Coming” of God:

God appearing on this material earth –

Thanks to the Science of God

Today, our preachers stress “faith” in “miracles,” or “spirituality.”  And a God who seems to stay rather resolutely just in Heaven; rather than here on this material earth.  But as it turns out?  That was not the final word, of the Bible itself.  Instead, the Bible itself stressed … basing ourselves not on faith, but on a critical Science of God.

Should Christianity have ever been based on “Faith”?  The Bible often warns us that preachers, churches, angels, are unreliable.  That there are many “false prophets” and so forth.  Therefore, the Bible said that we should never have trusted or had such “faith” in holy men, and churches, or in their ideas, “images” of God.  We should not have had faith in them; or even their most “inspired” “doctrines.”  Since “all” our holiest men have sinned, in their personal behavior, but also in the picture of Christ that they gave us?  Instead of having such faith in them, or the “Christ” they offered, the Bible itself tells us that we should have been critically examining “everything” in religion; observing our preachers, and evaluating them as good or false, by their real, physical material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proofs.”  As observed by real empirical, physical “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-40; 1 Thess. 5.21; 1 John 4.1; Mal. 3.10; Mat. 7.15-19 & Deut. 7.13, Jos. 24.13; Isa. 3.10; etc.).   And if “all” our preachers and churches fail this examination?  Then after all, that result was foretold, in the Bible itself:  “all have sinned” (Rom. 3.23; 1 John 1.10); including our highest holy men and their holiest doctrines.  And so?  In the end, even all the angels and prophets and apostles, “all the host of Heaven will fall,” in fact (Isa. 34.4).

At first, this seems impossible.  Indeed, this seems to destroy our vision of Heaven itself.  But in fact, one “day,” our Christian heaven is supposed to be destroyed.  Heaven is supposed to “dissolve” – according to the Bible itself (2 Peter 3.7-12; Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4 ff., 82.5, Etc.).  But as shattering and impossible as this seems, the Destruction of Heaven is not a bad thing.  Because Heaven itself is to be dissolved – in order for you to see The Second Coming; for you to see a “day” when God and Good returns, to this physical, material earth.

“The LORD has a day against all that is proud” (Isa. 2.12).

“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).

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

“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 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).

Probably all preachers know a little about the End Times; the Second Coming; the “Day of the Lord”; “Judgement Day,” the “Apocalypse,” and so forth.  But the key to it all – the Destruction of Heaven – is not really known about, by preachers; though it is extremely important.  Indeed, The Destruction of Heaven especially, is the long-lost key to the Apocalypse; the key to the Second Coming; the key to the Bible itself.  And furthermore, as we re-read our Bibles here and now, the foretold Destruction of Heaven, begins to happen – even here and now.  As we re-read our Bibles more closely here, 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).  And in this moment, the “Heaven” that preachers taught us in church, begins to collapse.  But even as our traditional Heaven collapses, just as foretold, we also see a “new” and better vision, second “appearance,” of God and Christ.  A second appearance of God – that shows how good, God, is now to be found not so much in spirituality or heaven.  But here on physical earth.  In material things.   –  END OF PREFACE

ABSTRACT

Re-reading our Bibles closely here, we suddenly see the second, rather different, “full”er and more “mature” appearance/parousia of Christ; one very different than what is taught in churches, by preachers.  Here our five main points are these:  1) the Bible warned that there have always been huge sins and evils, even in “all” our very holiest men, preachers, and angels in heaven itself.  In them personally, and in their most “inspired” doctrines and their vision of God, presented in churches.  So that 2) therefore, Christianity was never supposed to be based on faith; especially not faith in God as presented by preachers and churches.  Instead, 3) Christianity is supposed to be based on a critical Science of Religion (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-40; 1 Thess. 5.21; 1 John 4.1; Mal. 3.10; etc.).  Rather than having “faith” in holy men, or their vision of God, we are supposed to be using science to continually, critically examine our holiest men, and their allegedly holiest doctrines.  Indeed, we are to see if our holy men and churches, are truly from God, or not – as determined, scientifically, by the physical, material – not spiritual – “fruits” that they bring; the physical, material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proofs” that they create; as evaluated by real objective, empirical “science,” and even scientific experimentation.

Re-reading our Bibles, 4) to suddenly see that God really supported science, over faith, is an apocalyptic, heaven-shattering experience; it seems to dissolve the very image of Christ and Heaven that we got as children in church.  But if this new, second appearance of Christ and God, seems to suggest all our holy men erred in their faith?  And if it seems to thus dissolve our “faith” in promises of “miracles,” and “spirituality”?  If indeed, Science seems to even “dissolve” our traditional priestly Heaven itself?  Then this very development, fits and fulfills, obeys, the neglected core to apocalyptic prophesy:  one “day,” amazingly, our Heaven itself is supposed to be “dissolved” (Isa. 34.4, 51.6; Rev. 21.1 ff; 2 Peter 3.7-12).    5) In order for us to see after all, the clearer appearance, a second and better coming, of Christ:  Christ advocating not “faith,” but science.

–  END OF ABSTRACT

Alternate Series Titles:

“All the Host of Heaven Shall Rot Away” (Isa. 34.4);

The Heaven-Shattering Second Coming/“Appearance” of God,

In Science-Based Religious Studies;

The Bible Favors Good Science –

Over Faith,

Spirituality, Churches, Preachers … and Heaven Itself;

The Apocalyptic Destruction of Heaven, of Magical “Miracles” and

Priestly Over-Spirituality; vs. the Foretold Resurrection of God to Physical Things,

The Second Coming of God –

In Religious Science

“He Leads Priests Away, Stripped”;

The “Day” When “Judgement” Comes:

The Destruction of Heaven, the Return of God to Material Earth,

In the Fuller Science of God.

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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).


God’s Science v. 1.2 God Returns to Earth in Science; Not in Preachers

 

 

 

 

 

THE BIBLE BACKS SCIENCE, OVER FAITH;

Vol. 1 GOD RETURNS TO EARTH – IN

THE SCIENCE OF GOD; or, THE FULLER SCIENCE OF GOD;

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

 

God Exposes

 

Sins in All Preachers

 

And Churches;

 

In “All” Priests and Ministers,

And Their Most “Inspired”

Spiritual Doctrines

 

 

 

[Copyright, 2011. Edited, to p. 155, July 10, 2011

Chapter 2 Sins in All Priests p. 1

Chapter 3 Spirituality p. 52;

Chapter 4 Science p. 101-147

Chapter 5 The Day & Conclusion 147-212

Chapter 6 Dest. Heaven Sum p. 212-]

 

 

“I have written something to the church;

but Diotrephes [“two cultures”], who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority.

So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, prating against me with evil words.

And not content with that, he refused himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those

who want to welcome them and puts them out of the church” (3 John 9-10).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destruction of Heaven Introduction

 

 

 

At first, it seems impossible. But one “day” or another, God is supposed to expose massive, longstanding sins in “all” our holiest men and angels, on earth and in Heaven. And then? God is going to destroy our Heaven itself. Because of longstanding sins in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels, on earth and in Heaven, sins in all of them, right from the very start, one “day,” the Bible itself told us, God is going to dissolve Heaven itself, in “fire.”

 

At first, this seems utterly impossible; the idea that Heaven is supposed to be destroyed, is absolutely contrary to everything we heard in church, over and over. And yet? Finally there is really no doubt. That is exactly what the Bible itself said, over and over again.

 

First, there are sins in essentially all holy men; even the saints and angels in Heaven itself:

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 7.9 vs. St. Paul Acts 26.24).

 

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. 5.21, 6.13).

 

“All have sinned” (Rom. 3.23).

 

“If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar” (1 John 1.10).

 

“Let no one contend,… for with you is my contention, O priest…. I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.4-6).

 

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

 

“Prophesy against the prophets of Israel” (Ezk. 13.2).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 7.9 vs. St. Paul Acts 26.24).

 

Grace and other special gifts seen to “Wash away your sins” (Acts 22.16); “Sins are covered” (Rom. 4.7). But they are merely “Whitewash”ed. So: “I took my staff Grace, and I broke it” (Zech. 11.10).

 

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter” (Mat. 7.21).

 

“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. 5.21, 6.13).

 

 

 

God warned that there have always been massive sin in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels, and their most Holy Spirit inspired doctrines. Even in spite of any number of alleged special saving gifts and graces, from “angels” and “anointing”s and the “blood,” and “forgiveness,” to our “worship” and so forth. Indeed, in spite of all that, there are huge sins in all. And for that reason? One “day” or another, God is expose and punish sins in all holy men; even those spiritual men in Heaven itself:

 

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

 

“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall … like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgement…” (Isa. 34.1-4-5 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).

 

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

 

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

 

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know” (Prov. 27.1).

 

“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).

 

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter” (Mat. 7.21).

 

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

 

There is no doubt then. One day, you are supposed to suddenly notice longstanding, continuous sins or errors, in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels; all our priests and ministers, bishops and popes, all our religious leaders – on earth, and in heaven. God is supposed to show you that none of our holy men or churches, were ever quite as good as they themselves told us, or that they were popularly taken to be. Neither they, nor even their holiest “doctrines” and sermons and sayings about God, were ever really fully good or accurate. And in the moment, the awful “instant” that you yourself see that? Your childhood heaven – your “Faith” in priests, churches, “miracles,” and even “spirituality,” as the Bible itself said – is supposed to collapse. In order for you to see something better.

 

 

 

Child-Molesting Priests –

And All Our Bishops Covered it Up

 

 

One “Day” or another, God is supposed to expose, huge sins in our holiest men and angels. And indeed, God is beginning to show many of us longstanding sins in our holiest priests and ministers, even now. Consider especially the public’s discovery, c. 1995-2005, that many Roman Catholic priests were homosexual child-molesters. This has been a discovery that just by itself, has seemed heaven-shattering, apocalyptic, to many of the faithful.

 

To some extent, indeed, as we read the latest stories in the newspapers, about child-molesting priests, and dishonest bishops, it seems that the foretold destruction of heaven, by God himself, was at last beginning, for many formerly blind believers, not long ago. But to be sure, the lessons of the pederast, pedophile priests, will likely soon be forgotten; drowned out by the churches’ constant proud, vain assertions of their own holiness and sacredness. The larger lesson of all this, will soon be forgotten. So that soon, Catholics and Protestants will sink back into self-congratulatory vanity; back to simply congratulating themselves daily, on the perfection of their own churches, of their vision, their image of God. Indeed, the lessons of History, and of experience, will soon be drowned out, by the eternal Vanity of the churches. And believers will soon reconstruct their blind belief in the churches, reconstruct another “perfect” “Heaven” for themselves. Unless we begin to recall and draw out the more humbling lessons of recent and ancient history; here and now. By noting that the recent exposure of child-molesting priests, is actually just part of a larger prophesy, a larger, shattering moment.

 

Rather than just forgetting about the many Pedophile Priests, Catholics and others, desperately need to keep firmly in mind, the larger, humbling lesson of this historical blip on the radar; in order to see something far larger, and far more important, behind it. Indeed the scandal of discovering that our priests were sexually molesting children, is only the visible tip of a much larger iceberg, under the surface of the water. Here and now we should note, first 2) an even worse implication, to this same molesting-priests problem. Specifically, it is time for everyone to note that not just ordinary priests, but also the highest church officials, the Bishops for example, also sinned here. Probably every one of the 400 or more active bishops in America, had at least one such child-molesting priest, in his own district or diocese, for a time. So that undoubtedly every single bishop in America knew about- or should have known about – the bad priests; the child-molesting priests. Yet our highest bishops and even our Pope, did nothing much about it. Indeed, they just made it worse; ignoring or “whitewashing” it. Probably almost every single bishop in America, knew that his own priests were often sinning; and yet every bishop covered it up, or in biblical language “whitewashed” it.

 

So here we begin to see a larger sin, within the Pederastygate scandal: it was not just ordinary priests, but our highest religious leadership that lied and deceived. While that awful revelation … leads to others, in turn. Consider this: 3) even worse, finally? In effect, our bishops, lied to us, when they stood before us every week, and spoke as if their church was absolutely holy and perfect. But the fact is? That almost all our bishops, cardinals, knew that for all practical purposes, their very own churches were not quite “sacred.” Or “holy.” Or “perfect.” Nearly every bishop worldwide in fact, deep down knew that their priests and churches, were never quite as good, many traditional Church doctrines and sermons had constantly told us. Nearly every bishop had at least one pederastical priest in his district or diocese; and knew about it, or should have known. Yet? Amazingly, bishop after bishop – and indeed, all our religious leaders – stood before us every week, and pretended that our Church was absolutely holy and sacred.

 

If at times they began to “confess the sins of the Church,” they did not confess the sins of the church well enough. When bishops discovered there were sins in their churches, for example, 4) did they warn us? Did they honestly, forthrightly, unambiguously, prominently, and adequately warn the people? In fact, they did not adequately warn us about constant signs of evil, in their churches. And their failure to adequately stress the sins in their churches … caused great harm, and was a very great sin. So that for example? Since they did not know of these sins, Mothers continued to confidently, unknowingly, bring their young sons to be altar boys … and to be sexually molested by their priests. If there are sins in the churches? The people must be told … so they can protect themselves against them. But here, the people were not warned. As we will be showing here, the Church was lost in Vanity; and incapable of seeing and adequately confessing its sins, publicly; enough to warn others.

 

There were great sins in Church; worse than many Catholics think. Our religious leaders were vain, and dishonest; they did not warn us adequately about sins in our holy men. Instead? a) Nearly all our religious leaders, until very late, kept mostly silent, about the details of their own sins. Or b) our leaders were even actively denying such sins. Later, when the press brought their sins into the light, many bishops began trying c) cover up those sins still; or to “whitewash” those sins. In fact, here is the truly greatest evil, in the molestation scandal, that has yet to be talked about: d) our highest Church leaders, our bishops and cardinals, our Pope, from day to day, continued to assure us, or speak as if, our church was “holy,” and “sacred,” and all but “perfect.” Here in fact, is the really great sin, in our Church leaders: even as they knew better, they prettified the Church; when they saw sins and errors in it, they just cosmetically painted over, they “whitewashed,” its herpes sores. All our religious leaders ignored or just painted over, covered up, massive cracks in the foundation; propping up the falling pillars. And because of that? Many more young boys were sexually molested.

 

And so indeed, there are a number of shocking and truly important – and ominous – sides to the priestly molestations scandal: first, we see that 1) individual priests and ministers are often bad. But worse? Even 2) our highest religious leaders, are often bad too. And worse? In Pedersastygate therefore, we see an early “sign” that after all, 3) there can be – and are – massive sins, even especially in our churches. And worse? 4) We cannot rely on our religious leaders to fix them.

 

Such sins – and worse sins in fact – have existed in the churches for centuries, for millennia. Yet the churches themselves are incapable of fixing them, or publicly making their sins known, on their own; instead, churches continually whitewash their own sins – and continue to proudly present themselves to the people, using words like “holy” and “sacred” to describe themselves. In fact, it was not through the efforts of priests – who simply lived with these sins, for 2,000 years – but only through the efforts of the “secular” media, that the priestly molestations were finally exposed. The highest church authorities, even the pope himself, did not really begin to move on this problem … until the cat was already well out of the bag; until the problem had already been thoroughly exposed by the popular press. While likewise? The Church will undoubtedly not move to fix even worse sins in itself. Unless or until they are exposed first, by the popular press. Or? Unless the Church begins to see a “second” and fuller appearance of Christ: until the churches at last see and follow the Christ of the Bible … who over and over, urged especially priests and popes and religious leaders, to publicly, continually, specifically, daily, confess their sins at last. Sins not just in their personal behavior – but far more importantly, sins and errors in their allegedly holiest church doctrines.

 

 

 

Intimations of the End

 

 

 

For many centuries, theologians, scientists, even most higher-echelon religious leaders, have known that their churches often sinned and erred. But consistently, those sins were never as prominently, publicly confessed, as they should have been; so that the people would be effectively warned; so that they would approach their churches and holy men with all due caution. Instead, the sins of churches have been, mostly, covered up; “whitewash”ed, by each church. At most, preachers would now and then confess in an occasional sermon or homily, that they themselves, personally, might have been bad, or might have fallen now and then. But those sermons were the exception; compared to the thousands of other sermons, that asserted the holiness of the Church; and the constant impression that the preacher gave, that he was, after all, the voicepiece of God himself. And then too, of course, 1) even when preachers, bishops, religious leaders, would occasionally be humble about their own individual abilities, most often they would however continue to assert that assert that 2) however, God could use imperfect people like themselves, to deliver perfect sermons, or to at least adequately represent God to us. Or 3) preachers would ambiguously allude to their own occasional, personal inadequacies … but they would assert that at last their church itself, its doctrine and so forth, was still “perfect” or “sacred,” or “holy.” But this means that the public was never adequately warned, about massive sins and errors, in every aspect of religion. So that all too many millions of people, simply, trustingly, and all-too-faithfully, turned themselves straight over to … unreliable, partially blind, and often even evil religious leaders. So that mothers took their sub-teen sons to churches to be altar boys … and delivered their children, all too trustingly, all too faithfully, straight into the arms of pederasts. While as will be seen here, the millions, billions of those who followed our churches, were harmed in countless other, even more serious ways. By preachers and their false theology, their false idea of Christ: their false promises of “all” and “whatever” miracles we “ask” for; their false “spirituality.” As will be seen.

 

The molestation scandal, is a useful first example, of some horrible sins in holy men – and deep in the churches, in fact. Thanks to these newspaper revelations, a last the People are being warned about at least, a few of the sins or their priests and bishops. But today it is time to begin, here and now, to look harder, at Pederastygate. And at these first “signs” of sin in holy men. While now in fact it is time to begin to ask, just how much deeper – and how much higher – do the sins in holy men go? In attempting to at last, see the bigger picture, the full scale of this awful problem, it is useful to look particularly, at what the Bible itself often said; what God himself often said. First, remember, we will have found that 1) according to the Bible itself, even priests can commit sins; 2) while in actual practice, we have found that priests can and do commit sins as notable as homosexual child-molestation. And 3) furthermore? Now it is time to note that the problem, the sin, goes higher: essentially every single Catholic bishop, and Cardinal, and Pope, had at least one child-molesting priest in his diocese, at one time. Therefore? Undoubtedly therefore, very single bishop – including the Pope, the bishop of Rome – knew, or should have known, about such things – but covered them up; “whitewash”ed them; every bishop lied. While 4) worst of all? In effect, every religious leader knew that things were not entirely perfect or “holy” in the Church. And 5) as their really significant and egregious sin? They did not do enough to expose this problem, and warn people against following their false religious leaders, all-too-religiously, all-too-faithfully. They did not do enough to prevent loyal churchgoers, from continuing to faithfully deliver their sons and daughters to pederasts.

 

So what has been, their really far more serious sin of priests, bishops, churches? Their great sin … was that they did not ever warn the people – adequately – that there would be severe penalties from God, for trusting and following the churches too piously, too faithfully. Instead, we were constantly told in countless church services and official pronouncements, in this time-frame and throughout the history of the churches, was that the churches are “holy” or “sacred,” or something like that. In the very moment when priests were sexually molesting children, young boys, then as always, almost every Catholic priest and bishop, knowingly, continued to mostly present themselves, as the all-but-perfect or certainly authoritative, voicepieces of absolute holy truth. Even as they knew that many of their priests (and bishops) were homosexuals (especially in New York and California), even as they knew that there was plenty of corruption in the churches, all our bishops continued to deliver, overwhelmingly, the same proud, self-flattering sermons, homilies, and liturgies; sermons that still spoke as if our church was “holy” and “sacred.” Now and then a priest or bishop, to be sure, might issue one or two vaguely-worded public statements; statements that might indirectly acknowledge some problem; but acknowledge it in a very general, vague, indecisive way. (See for example, the current catechism, very, very vaguely acknowledging that the church might be imperfect until the second coming: CCH, sec. 670, 677, 769, 825; offering very useful but still far, far too vague and unsatisfactory admissions). Now and then a preacher would deliver a sermon or homily, appearing to confess that he or she personally was sometimes bad; but then that sermon would assert that still however, the priest and church, did not err in their firm “doctrines” and so forth, or in their liturgies and doxologies and so forth; so that they were still effectively delivering the real Christ, God, to us all. Though finally? We will begin to show that they did not perform as well as they constantly so proudly and presumptuously proclaimed.

 

Perhaps the great sin of preachers and churches, in fact, is Pride and Vanity. The secret, hidden vanity in their implied and often explicit claims, to be a reliable voicepieces of absolutely holy truth; the voicepieces of God. Even as the popular press and everyday experience was delivering constant “signs,” evidence, of sin in our priests … our bishops and churches continued to mostly deliver the same old traditional services, the same assurances that our churches and holy men were good enough, in the vast majority of churches. Though now and then, one leader or another, might make some very vague acknowledgment of some unspecified “unworthiness” in holy men? Overall, as usual, the vastly predominant message, the vast majority of homilies that most ordinary churchgoers heard in church, was the same traditional, essential liturgical message: that your church was the effective repository, the adequate – and sometimes even “sacred” and “holy” and even “perfect” – representative, of God himself. Representing God adequately, they constantly claimed, in the sermons; the liturgies; in the communal host; the monstrance; the Bible, etc.. Whatever their allegedly “minor” or strictly personal sins might be, the churches overall, adequately and effectively continued to speak for God; and to assume the “mantle,” the implication, the clothing therefore, of being itself, holy and sacred. Indeed, from day to day, every day, the Church, when it does not directly state that it is holy and worth following, constantly implies that: as it presents itself after all, every day, century to century, as the reliable voicepiece of God. Even commanding us at times, to follow it; faithfully, and with all but absolute fidelity and loyalty. But as it turns out? The churches were never as good as they claimed to be, or as many believers thought that they were.

 

And here is the problem: since they trust and believe and have all too much faith in their holy men and churches? The people, will have trusted their holiest men … even when they sinned and erred. Like the blind, following the blind. So that thus? Many – like the young victims of the Pederastical Church – will have been lead into – as we will see – even more massive sins and errors than having their children sexually assaulted by priests. Millions, billions in fact, were mislead. Led into even worse disasters. By the very holy men that presented themselves to us, as our priests and ministers; as the very “angels of light” (2 Corin. 11.14 ff).

 

And this indeed, is perhaps the most insidious evil of all: when the greatest evil, presents itself to us, as the very greatest good. Yet that is what we will see now, in all our churches; Catholic and Protestant both. And worse, this will be soon forgotten. Unless we begin to note … some of the larger implications, of 1) “just” a few thousand pederastical priests. Unless we firmly note the first, larger problem: 2) that all our highest religious leaders, bishops, are unreliable and dishonest.. And then? 3) Note at last, constant Biblical warnings about all of this. And what they lead to.

 

 

 

The Bible Warned

About All;

Especially Priests and Prophets

 

 

Today it may still seem shocking, to the vast bulk of faithful, pious believers, to hear about the sins of priests and holy men, in Pederastygate. Anyone who really read and knew his Bible however, should not be so totally surprised; though our priests never told you about this much in church, the Bible itself long warned about bad and false things in essentially “all” our priests and other holy men. Indeed, in the Bible, as we are about to see in this chapter, there are countless warnings about bad things, in priests and churches; and bad things even in the highest prophets and angels and apostles in our Judeo-Christian heaven itself. And these warnings are not just about holy men in other religions, other heavens, outside Christianity; but “all” of them, inside Christianity too: “all” have sinned, the book of Romans tells us, speaking even of Christians. (While we will see that there is no special grace, from “anointing” and “baptism,” to “worship” and “zeal,” that reliably, permanently removes those sins). While indeed, even those claiming to follow the “Lord,” have often been hypocrites; or have often followed a false idea of the Lord or Christ; a “false Christ.” Just as Jesus himself warned would happen. So that sins are found throughout what is considered to be Christianity.

 

This will be still be hard for many proud and vain preachers and churchgoers to believe or face, however. Most churchgoers and religious leaders, want to believe that they themselves have been good enough already. And yet finally, it is time for our “good” believers, to face the fact that there were evils, even deep within what they thought was “good,” and from God. So that the more carefully they followed the “good”? The further they were lead into the “pit.” (Like the “blind” following the “blind,” etc.).

 

There is in fact, really almost no excuse for believers not knowing this. Since surely today, 1) almost everyone knows the importance of reading. While 2) once you can read, you should be able to see that the Bible itself often went out of its way, to let us know that “all” have sinned. Finally even the most casual reader of the Bible, 3) should have been able to pick up bits of the sacred text … warning especially about “all”; including priests and holy men. Even 4) our holiest men and angels in heaven itself. Even those in the very “household of God.” Indeed, “all” means “all”:

 

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3.23).

 

“There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8.46 KJE).

 

“The time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God…. It begins with us” (St. Peter, in 1 Peter 4.17, in The Holy Bible; New Testament, Gospel book of St. Mark; 13.31-32. Revised Standard Edition, or “RSV”).

 

“No one is good except God” (q.v.).

 

“All” have sinned the Bible said, over and over; while especially our holiest men have sinned. And furthermore as we will soon see, contrary to what every church claims, from “anointings” and “baptisms,” to “spirit” and “zeal,” there is no special grace or gift, that permanently removes the sins of the past (as noted in our writings on sins in all aspects of religion, including “special” graces and so forth).

 

For this reason? It was not even the people, but was especially the priests, who were criticized, “judge”d by God in the past. While it is especially and specifically priests that are to be judged by God, in the end as well:

 

 

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).

 

“Hear this, O priests, pay attention, O house of Israel, O household of the king, give ear! It is you who are called to judgement. For you have become a snare… and a net…. Now Ephraim has played the harlot, Israel is defiled. Their deeds do not allow them to return to their God…. The arrogance of Israel bears witness against him…. And Judah stumbles with them. With their flocks and their herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them. They have been untrue to the LORD, for they have begotten illegitimate children” (Hos. 5.1, 3-4, 5-7 NAB).

 

“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).

 

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

 

“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” (Mal. 3.2-3).

 

Most preachers do not, cannot face this. Many will have read a few misleading parts of the Bible, as assuring us that many priests and churchgoers escape from sin and error, thanks to “Grace” or “faith” or some other special gift. But here we will be showing among the great sins of our preachers is that they always read and following only misleading parts of the Bible; while they ignored the larger message of the sacred text. While in this particular case? Preachers read to us in church, only the parts of the Bible that seemed to flatter preachers; that seemed to assure us that our preachers are true and good, and will have recovered from any major sins; while preachers however did not read to us in church, or themselves adequately face, the hundreds of other quotes. Where the Bible suggested that after all, the testimony of holy men was not reliable; and that all our holy men sin and err, all the time. Even in their most allegedly perfect and inspired moments. Particularly, preachers’ sermons and homilies and writings, are not to be entirely trusted. Because “all” people make mistakes. And indeed, even our language, our “tongues,” our speaking, are not reliable. So that finally – as we will see here – we should not trust any mere sermons or any speeches or even allegedly holy words at all. But should trust the evidence of what actual, physical, good “works” people do.

 

Here and now however, it is at last time to reveal the “full”er nature, appearance, of God. As foretold, a “book” is being presented, “opened” here … that begins to show who the really good people were, and who was not as good as everyone thought (Isa. 28.5-29.11-18-24). “And those who err in spirit will come to understanding” (Isa. 29.24).

 

Specifically, we will have begun here with … a very long review, of the many, many parts of the holy ” book”s that priests and churches suppressed; the parts of the Bible that they semantically “twist”ed or “whitewashed.” The parts of the Bible where it at last warned that many, many priests – and perhaps all of them – finally, failed. Failed to the point that God condemned “you, O priests” above; condemning them even to the end of time.

 

If God criticized the highest saints and apostles in heaven – the very figures that priests follow religiously, after all – if the very apostles were often wrong and evil, even in doctrinal matters – and so wrong that Jesus would call them “Satan” – then logically of course, our priests – who follow the apostles and their writings, all too “faith”fully, all too loyally – will also have been deceived, and mislead. Because priests will have been following “false prophets” after all. So that the condemnation of angels and prophets and apostles, was already implicitly, a powerful condemnation of the priests. Who after all, followed these false religious leaders. Into the pit. The blind, following their equally blind leaders.

 

But some – preachers especially – will not be satisfied, by indirect evidence that preachers are bad. Just by association with bad apostles. Some preachers will secretly think that even if the highest apostles were often bad and evil, our modern preachers however, might secretly correct for their errors; and succeed in being perfect, themselves. For this reason, it might be useful to look at parts of the Bible that at last, began to very directly criticize specifically and by name, priests:

 

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

 

“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).

 

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

 

“It is the anointed priest who sins” (Lev. 4.3).

 

“Becomes a priest of what are no gods” (2 Chron. 13.9).

 

“Anointed priests whom he ordained to minister” (Num 3.3).

 

“The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food…. This was for the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of priests” (Lam 4.10-13). “The breath [wind/”spirit”] of our nostrils, the LORD’S anointed, was taken” (Lam. 4.20).

 

“For with you is my contention, O priest.… I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.6).

 

“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 your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence” (Mal. 2.1-3).

 

“Moses said nothing about priests” (Heb. 7.14).

 

“He would not be a priest at all” (Heb. 8.4).

 

Priests today of course, conveniently “forget” to emphasize these parts of the Bible. Instead – like their predecessors the Pharisees – they love to stand proudly, praying in fine robes, in front of congregations (q.v.), enjoying the prestige they have as the alleged voices of God. But in reality, they have never really been as good as they themselves thought. Particularly, they quote mere, misleading parts of the Bible; especially parts that stress their own priestly authority. While all our priests leave out – or topspin or “twist” “whitewash” – those parts of the Bible where God after all, warned constantly about priests.

 

But today, most of humanity is “mature”; and grown-up enough to face the truth. Therefore, it is time to direct all the people, to learn to read and face, all of their Bible; especially the parts that were never honestly presented in church. The parts that warn about huge sins in our holiest men, angels, and priests.

 

Among other things, it is time for the people to remember that indeed, it was not just the people, but was especially the priests and the very religious followers – the “scribes and Pharisees” and “priests” – who had Jesus himself arrested and killed. It was especially the priests, that wanted Jesus arrested from contradicting their idea of religion; it was most of all the priests that had Jesus himself arrested and killed, on charges in large part, of going against them, and their church:

 

“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).

 

Many people today will claim that warnings about priests, referred not to Christian priests, but only to other priests; Jewish rabbis of the past, say. And yet however, Jesus himself warned the there “will” be false prophets and presumably false priests even after Jesus; and that many would present themselves as Christians, invoking his name as they call out “Lord, Lord.” Even here though, priests will assert that Jesus did not specifically name they themselves; or that they themselves are the one true body of priests, after all. And yet, aren’t essentially all our preachers, following … apostles? And if Jesus called the apostle Peter “Satan” for example? Then … aren’t all preachers following “Satan,” after all? (See also Satan, as the main advocate of “faith,” in Job 1).

 

 

Are There Biblical – Especially New Testament – Statements in

Support of Priests?

 

 

The Old Testament at times supported “priests” – but many other times, warned about huge sins in them. In the New Testament, Jesus himself was killed in large part, by priests.

 

To be sure, there were always parts of the Bible, that seemed to support priests; or that at least, could be “twisted” in such a way, by priests, to deliver such a message. But which texts do priests use to support their own authority? Consider first, the Old Testament: there are to be sure, 1) many texts in the Old Testament supporting priests. But for that matter, there are also even more parts of the Old Testament, warning about sins in priests after all. But in any case, 2) the Old Testament, and its sayings about Jewish priests, is sometimes not as relevant, some say, to Christianity, as the New Testament of Jesus is. So let’s turn to the New Testament specifically.

 

Which New Testament texts – might priests use to try to show that the Bible favors
priests? It is a) oddly difficult, to find Jesus saying good things about priests. Or not so odd: considering that most very, very early Christians probably still thought of themselves as Jewish, and followed mostly Jewish priests. While b) finally moreover, the very earliest Christianity, soon had severe problems with those priests; Jewish priests had Jesus arrested as a heretic and insurrectionists; and more than anyone therefore, it was the priests that killed Jesus himself.

 

For these and other reasons no doubt, c) we don’t find that many New Testament endorsements of “priests” per se, by name, in the New Testament. Indeed, not even in say, Paul. Instead, we hear Paul at most supporting “leaders.” Or the “fellow worker and laborer.” Like these:

 

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you of the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith” (Heb. 13.7).

 

“Obey your leaders” (Heb. 13.17).

 

“When Timothy comes … let no one despise him…. The household of Stephanas were the first converts…; I urge your to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer” (1 Corin. 16.10-16).

 

In fact, d) one of the very few favorable references to “priests” by name, in the New Testament, was only from St. Peter. Whose aa) statement was however, a quote from the Old Testament though. And was a quote that might be thought to not extend to the new covenant of Jesus:

 

“Be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19.6).

 

As it turns out, there are many objections to this single favorable, New Testament quote about priests; among other objections, first, it is really from the Old Testament, and might not extend to the “new covenant” of Jesus and the New.

 

While bb) furthermore? As we will see, this quote – “Be to me a kingdom of priests” – is in itself, semantically ambiguous. While here as usual, priests take the one reading that flatters their own authority … as they ignore the other, better reading, that does not support priests so firmly. Specifically? Often this above quote, is read to us in church, as a solid prediction and promise to us, from God: that we the people, will assuredly follow priests and thus of course be holy. Yet? Here as always, there is another reading, that does not flatter priests as much: it probably should be read probably as some kind of conditional statement; or ideal. But not an ideal that God expected would be fulfilled. Rather, it was presented as an ideal goal: we should try
to be a nation of good priests; but there is no guarantee here from God, that we will succeed in that efforts. Here, “be to me,” seems best read not as a statement assuring us that we will all be good priests; but as merely expressing the hope that say, the people of the Old Testament, of Israel would become holy. A hope or desire of God that – by the way – has never quite been met. Since the Bible itself is full of accounts of how Israel and its people – in spite of the hopes God put in it; in spite of occasional “eternal” triumphs – still, often failed God. Indeed, the Old Testament is full of passages that show us priests failing God, to became bad and evil (as in the tale of the Good Samaritan for example).

 

Is there any reliable endorsement of a Christian priesthood here or anywhere in the Bible, in fact? There are amazingly few such endorsements in the Bible. Continuing with this single, lonely alleged example, we are furthermore, noting many problems. Among others? It cites the Old Testament; where God was endorsing, if anything, a Jewish priesthood specifically; not a more modern Christian one. Then too? The wording, as we have just noted, in ambiguous, semantically: many read it as having God assure us of success in being good priestly persons; but the wording itself does not quite nail that meaning down. And for that matter, regarding the potential shakiness of this very quote? We should note that cc) in the New Testament restatement of this remark, it is specifically the Apostle Peter, that makes this remark; it is Peter who seems to assure us that God wants us to be a nation of priests. Yet Peter himself, as we will be finding here, had some problems, in himself. As we will be seeing here, Peter often warred with Jesus himself; Peter often “denied Jesus,” and so forth. While Paul called Peter/Cephas, a “hypocrite.” To say nothing yet, of what Jesus finally said about Peter, in Mat. 16.23. Where Jesus finally told us that Peter himself, was “Satan.”

 

No doubt, there are parts of the Old Testament, that support a specifically Jewish priesthood, for Jews; but are there any really firm endorsements in the New Testament, of a specifically Christian priesthood? Preachers of course, will have kept looking for centuries, for passages from the Bible, that could be used to bolster their profession or avocation Yet here we will be finding that often the very few positive quotes from God, that they used, do not quite unambiguously mean, what we were told they meant, in church. Often the very few sentences that seemed to support Christian priests and their faith, are even in themselves, far more ambiguous than most people knew: many of these very sentences have a “second” meaning, even within themselves. In addition to problems with “be to me a nation of priests,” we might also note problems with the one or two other pillars of priestly authority. In particular: why were we hearing in Paul, say, not about following specifically, “priests”? But instead, about following “leaders”? And “fellow workers“? As it turns out, these and all other details of linguistic construction, in the Bible, turn out to be extremely significant. Ultimately we will be showing here, the Bible itself, God himself, clearly wanted to deliver a Bible to us … that for some time, was to be perceived as having at least two, rather conflicting major voices, or themes, or theologies, in it: 1) a “first” voice that supported priests and their spirituality and faith; 2) but then another, “second” voice; one that warned constantly about massive sins and errors in our holy men. While what we will be finding here? Is that amazingly, the “first” voice, turns out not to be the one finally favored by God; not at all. Finally, God did not want us to follow, explicitly, “priests,” as much as persons who do “good works.” Good workers; not priests.

 

Did the Bible, God – and especially the New Testament – really support specifically our Christian “priests” all that firmly, therefore? Consider, first of all, all the many warnings in the Bible about, specifically, “priests”; even those in Israel and the Judeo-Christian tradition; indeed apparently, even those in Heaven itself. Then too? If that was not damning enough, consider among other things … the historical background situation, of the New Testament: Jesus himself after all, was killed by especially, priests. The very people who, more than anyone else, wanted to kill Jesus, were the priests of his day. Who wanted to kill Jesus, because Jesus dared to cross some of their favored religious ideas. (Particularly for claiming to be yet another coming of God, to earth and flesh). So that? More than anyone, ironically – and significantly – it was precisely the priests who, more than anyone, killed Jesus:

 

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

 

“Our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him” (Luke 24.20).

 

“The high priest tore his robes, and said, ‘He has uttered blasphemy!'” (Mat. 26.65).

 

Why don’t we see many very strong endorsements of “priests” therefore, in most reliable translations of the New Testament? Likely, there were very few such endorsements, in the original texts. Logically, it would have been surprisingly hard, and rare, for any early Christians to really enthusiastically assert, that priests were always good. Since indeed? It was precisely the priests, that has just executed their leader, Jesus himself. On charges largely, of heresy, or “blasphemy.” Therefore, we should indeed, not expect too many strong endorsements of priests, or even a Christian priesthood, in at least in the New Testament. Rather at most, we find a few statements that are equivocal at best; and then? Dozens of remarks condemning priests, in fact.

 

A great reluctance to endorse priests, seems indeed, to be evidenced in the language and structure, the “tongue” of the New Testament. In general, the text is at best ambiguous on this as in many other key topics. While in general, we will see that there are really two major voices, or schools of opinion, on this and related subjects. To be sure, there is a voice in the New Testament, that seemed superficially, to support religious “leaders”; still, that was not quite an unequivocal statement in support of “priests,” by name. No doubt much of the New Testament was probably dictated, from a time when there were e) still vivid memories of Jesus being executed by priests. And a time when therefore, there was not quite a fully established, independently, specifically “Christian” priesthood. That is, perhaps, f) in spite of the execution of Jesus by priests, some very early converts, if anything, probably still thought of themselves as Jews, and wanted to follow the Jewish “temple” – and its priests – basically. Indeed, early on, Christians like Paul were often (if not always) at pains to try to prove they were totally obedient to the Old Testament – or some would say even to Judaism – and its God. While very idea of Christianity splitting away from Judaism, to become a separate religion, with its own temple or church and priesthood, would have seemed like simply, blasphemy or heresy or apostasy or schism. So that? T he very idea of “Christian” priests, or indeed of “Christianity: as a religion entirely apart from Judaism – and its temple and priests – was perhaps, alien to the very first converts; and seemed like simply, a heresy.

 

These are some reasons why there wouldn’t there be many statements in support of priests, in the New Testament. To be sure, many would say that the apostle Paul for example, attempted to set up such an arrangement, to set up a Christian priesthood; when Paul suggested that Jesus himself was a new kind of high priest, after the order of “Melchizedek” (in Heb. 5,6,7). Yet even this, would only set up Jesus himself, specifically, and no one else, as a priest, it would seem technically. While it is not clear that this was accepted by Jews; or that it was accepted by many, that Jesus would set the pace, for an priesthood that was entirely independent from Jewish rabbis and so forth. Indeed? Note that Paul’s argument was taking pains, to try to establish that the priesthood of Jesus, was consistent with a pattern set in Judaism; when one “Melchizedek” was made a priest. Here therefore, we do not see the very firm establishment of a specifically, Christian priesthood; not at all.

 

Given all this and more, many scholars (especially Protestants), have long suggested that, curiously enough – though for reasons that we can now begin to understand – the New Testament was often curiously reluctant and equivocal, about setting up a specifically Christian priesthood. Related to this: it has likewise been suggested that the early “churches,” were really just groups of people, meeting informally in houses; congregations or meetings. Because again: many early Christians would have had many reservations, about setting up a specifically Christian priesthood, and related to that, setting up their own churches, independent of, or in replacement of, the main Jewish temple in especially, Jerusalem. Such an act, would have been perceived by many, as an obvious rebellion against the Jewish tradition, and its God. While still other early Christians would have been quite shy about setting up any priesthood at all, for rather the opposite reasons. Not because they wanted to remain loyal to the Jewish church or temple and its priesthood; but precisely because they wanted to get as far away from all that – and from all priests – altogether. Since the priests, after all, had just killed Jesus himself. And g) for that matter? Jerusalem had become a possession of Rome, around 64-63 BC; and then, when Jerusalem rebelled against Roman rule? Jerusalem itself was burned to the ground by Rome. In 70 AD. So that first of all, the Temple – and its priesthood – were largely destroyed. Priests were probably being killed by the Roman occupiers. While any survivors, any surviving priests – Jewish or Christian – were no doubt, not highly favored by later Romans. So that it would not have been politically wise, one would think, for anyone to present himself too zealously, as a very prominent and very traditional, Jewish or Christian priest. Indeed, the New Testament began to note that the first rather priestly followers of Jesus, like Stephan and others, were soon, killed, “martyred,” by the Romans and Jews themselves.

 

Did the New Testament really favor “priest” at all, ever, therefore? We will have begun to see here, that there were many forces at work in the time of early Christianity, that would tend to ensure that there would be surprisingly few statements in the New Testament, unequivocally in favor of “priests” in general; and especially, distinctively, specifically, Christian priests. Among the dozens of factors at work here, especially, finally, we should all consider the h) dozens, hundreds of statements in the Bible; where God himself continually noted sins in apparently, his own priests. Finally in fact, we will be reviewing dozens, hundreds of negative remarks, by God, regarding acute failures and evils, even in his own priests. Indeed, finally God issues statements that suggest that we should not even have a Christian priesthood. Or that, if we do? God suggested that if a Christian priesthood was ever formed, it would never be entirely reliable. Especially since priests tended to follow “false prophets,” and so forth; while indeed eventually, all the religious leaders that priests followed, would themselves be shown to have been largely false; and were fated to be dissolved in the destruction of Heaven itself, by God himself.

 

Therefore, if Paul and Peter every appeared to attempt to establish that Jesus himself was a priest, and thus tried to endorse a Christian priesthood (Heb. 7, 1 Peter 2.5-9; Rev. 1.6, 5.10, 20.6)? Actually, that was a claim, an effort, that was surprisingly hard to justify, in a way consistent with the rest of the Bible. If there were ever any “parts” of the Bible, that really unambiguously supported priests? There were also far more parts – another whole thematic voice, in the Bible itself. That warned constantly, about priests. That in pact, warned that it was priests, more than anyone else, who killed Jesus.

 

Eventually to be sure, St. Peter twice suggested that someone or another, was “a chosen race,” forming a Christian, holy priesthood (1 Peter. 2.5-9). “A royal priesthood, a holy nation.” But here Peter quoted an ambiguous phrase, from the Old Testament; one that probably referred originally to just Jews. While finally? Generations of Protestant scholars, might note that finally after all, Peter himself was such a sinner – that Jesus himself finally called St. Peter, Satan; in Mat. 16.23.

 

The fact is, that it was especially, the priests that killed Jesus, in the first coming. And i) likely, unless our preachers and the people take heed today, given this record, it may well be the priests, who are the greatest enemy of the Second Coming of Christ, as well. No doubt in the Second Coming, the priests especially – or their immediate lay associates – that will again try to kill Jesus. Some priests will no doubt again try to kill Jesus in the Second Coming … for the very same reasons as the first time: for him daring to note sins in holy men, in “scribes and Pharisees.” For challenging their authority, in many ways. For saying that he, Jesus, is God come again, to physical material earth, and to physical “flesh.” Indeed, the priests killed Jesus the first time; and no doubt, though many preachers today are more sensible, there will be priests in the more activist/secular/political branches of the churches especially, that have not been adequately trained, that have not adequately learned the lessons of the past; and who will be working to have the Christ of the Second Coming too, arrested, jailed, and killed.

 

And as this happens? In church, your priests will constantly read to you, misleading fragments of the Bible, that seem to support the authority of priests. Yet as of today, those countless believers who have been loyally, faithfully following priests all their lives (and collectively, for centuries), should remember how selective and distorted our priests’ quoting the Bible has been. It is precisely in fact to counter that, that here we have begun quoting some parts of the Bible, that priests do not tell you about in church. That priests have suppressed, and disobeyed. In order to try to partially preserve the people from their priests, among dozens of other quotes, it might be useful for the formerly blind believer, to memorize say, the following quote. And never, ever, forget it:

 

“Our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him” (Luke 24.20).

 

 

 

Ministers

 

 

If all our preachers and churches in fact, have already in effect, denied and disobeyed it, there was always however, already, a first outline of a second and better, fuller coming of Christ, in the Bible itself. A second and fuller picture of Christ. And anyone can discover it … just by re-reading the Bible itself. While paying particular attention to the parts that priests disregarded and disobeyed; or that they conceptually “twist”ed and “whitewashed,” and denied.

 

For thousands of years, too many people have followed their priests all too well. Here and now however, it is time to take a far more critical look, at preachers, and their sermons and homilies and theologies. In particular, it is time for the people to be told that the Bible really has at least two major, rather different themes in it. To be sure, “parts” of the Bible, seemed to support priests, ministers, prophets; whom we have called generically, here, “holy men” and “angels.” And those parts of the text, seem designed for (and by?) priests, to support their own authority. While priests tend to only quote and teach, only that theme, those parts, of the Bible: the part that supported priests, and a spiritual/ascetic way of life. But in doing this, priests radically and culpably, criminally, falsely represented the Bible and its larger, fuller message. The fact is, alongside the 1) first-quoted parts of the Bible, that seemed to support priests and holy men? There were 2) always other parts; a “second” voice. That noted massive sins in holy men.

 

Often we see the two voices, first and second, at work even within single sentences. Often the very phrases that seem to support priests most adamantly … are rather systematically open to a second, more critical reading. For example? We have just begun to consider the major Biblical passage that preachers make to defend their status based on the quotation, “be to me a kingdom of priests.” Among earlier objections to their many sermons on this passage, we might that the above-phrase, is a) just one example. Which must be weighed against dozens more warnings about priests. And furthermore, b) even this single example, is in itself, not unequivocal in its support of priests; it is ambiguous. It is open to two or more readings.

 

Does this quotation – “be to me a kingdom of priests” – really tell us to follow priests? Or c) does it instead, tell all of us, each of us, to be our own priests? And, d) if it does order us to try to be priests – does it guarantee that we will be successful? Or e) does tell us what kind of priests, are good? Does it tell us which group of priests, is the right one? Or indeed, f) is this command to be priests, even surely directed to we ourselves, and not just some historical persons in the past?

 

For once, let’s look at the fuller context, of the rest of the Bible. In this case, it often noted sins for example, even specifically in the prophets and people of Israel. Given that, it now seems likely that the above quotation, was a command, a directive from God, to try to be good. But the text did not really guarantee our priests’ success. It did not guarantee that we, or even Israel itself, or our priests, would be entirely successful; or that we had attained that status. Indeed, later history shows that Israel itself, often did bad things, and went against God. So that the Bible more carefully read, warned that all such injunctions or prognostications, were conditional; would come true, only if the people really heard and followed God fully: we would become a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation,” only “if you obey my voice” (Ex. 19.5). While there were constant warnings in the Bible that many priests did not really obey the right voice; either through simple disobedience, or inability to “discern” what exactly it was, that God was saying.

 

Indeed, we are finding here that even our allegedly Christian priests, did not really, fully hear and obey the voice of God. Finally, our priests seriously misread the Bible. They read or stressed, only the parts of it that could be mis-used, to support their own priestly authority. While preachers never adequately read to us, the parts of the Bible, the elements of the “voice” of God, that told us to “prophesy against the prophets of Israel” (q.v.). In spite of their many pretenses, preachers were never fully good or honest. They proudly read to us the fragments of the Bible that, taken out of context, seemed to support their own priestly authority, and that of the “Lord”s they worked for. But they never quite told the whole, full story.

 

Indeed, there are finally hundreds of quotes in the Bible, that confirm that the Bible finally warned about priests and holy men. And the Bible is not just warning about honest mistakes; it also warned that many of our ministers are delivering false messages … and are being deliberately and consciously false. As just one example among hundreds? Note Paul, as he warned there were already many false apostles in his own time, even in the first Christian Churches. While Paul confirmed that many holy men are really agents of “Satan”:

 

“Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Corin. 11.13-15 RSV; cf. KJE).

 

“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It comes as no surprise that his ministers disguise
themselves as ministers of the justice of God” (NAB).

 

Today, many say that “God would not allow” such an evil thing; would not allow it to happen, that our very angels and priests, those who present themselves to us as the very essence of all that is good, could be actually … agents of literally and by name, the devil himself. Yet that is what the Bible itself often told us. According to the Bible, Satan’s favorite disguise, is to hide himself in, present himself as, the very things we thought and were taught were absolutely holy. Satan’s favorite disguised in fact, is to present himself to us … as a priest, or minister, or apostle, or angel. Or indeed, Satan is referred to as an “angel” in the Bible.

 

Clearly therefore, neither the angels of the church – nor the priests or ministers – are very unreliable. The Bible warned that “all have sinned”; and it spent lots of time describing sins in particularly, preachers; in priests and ministers. Indeed, the Bible finally tells us that many priests and “ministers,” are often agents literally, of Satan himself.

 

 

 

The Two Voices;

Two “Part”s of the Fuller Truth

 

 

Therefore, should the people, should you yourself, really be so faithfully and religiously, following what your priests and ministers say? So faithfully? Should you be reading the Bible, only the way that your preachers tell you to read it? Should you continue to listen only to the parts of the Bible, that seem to support preachers? And ignore the rest? If so, you are ignoring some key parts of the Bible; you are ignoring and disobeying, some key parts of God.

 

The fact is, we will be showing here and elsewhere, that there are two major themes, or “voices” in the Bible, regarding holy men and their authority. First, 1) there is a minor voice or theme in the New Testament, that seems written to support “leaders”; which preachers say, means preachers and churches. And that voice today, furnishes generations of preachers, some quotes; quotes to “prove” they are perfect or from God. While preachers have quoted these parts of the Bible, a million times, over the centuries; to the whole world. But to be sure, we will be noting here at last, the 2) “second” theme in the Bible; a “second” vision of God. Where God actually … warns constantly about huge sins in holy men and angels. And surprisingly? We will show that this “second” vision, is actually “first” in importance, in the end. (St. Paul seemed to feel at times that the physical man was “first,” and the spiritual “second”; but Paul’s numbers are different than ours. And then Paul confessed his own knowledge was im-“perfect” and would “pass away.” While Paul dimly intuited a “third” heaven too; something more like our second).

 

The Bible therefore, seems at first, to be of two opposing mind, regarding both Jewish and Christian priests as it turns out; at times it supported them … but then, other times, it warned about them. So that by themselves, quotes by preachers of just the single supportive voice, are in themselves misleading; often right after that voice that seems to support priests, or before it, there has always been another, “second” voice, that delivers a caveat, a qualifier, a caution, about priests after all.

 

It seems hard to believe it. But first of all? The Bible’s overall message has often been said to be multi-dimensional or “poetic”; to often deliver two or more significantly different messages, even in a single sentence. As the Bible itself seems to have acknowledged at times,

 

“For God speaks in one way, and in two” (Job 33.14; a spiritual 1 Tim. 3.8, Mat. 6.24, Luke 16, resolved in favor of science in 1 Kings 18.21 et passim.).

 

The Bible often advocated elements of language – like proverbs and figures of speech – that spoke at two different levels:

 

“That men may know wisdom and instruction … understand a proverb and a figure …and their riddles” (Proverbs 1.2, 6). “Parables” (Mat. 13.13-34).

 

At times though, to be sure, we should be troubled by such things: a language, a Bible, that utters phrases that could mean two or more entirely different things? Is a document that is extremely hard, even impossible, to follow; some would even say that any such document is simply, unreliable.

 

And as a matter of fact, even the Bible itself, seemed troubled by the “confusion of tongues,” or languages. And specifically, by “double”ness; by language with two or more rather different meanings. As language was used by oracles and priests and others, from the days of the Oracle at Delphi. Especially, the Bible itself was disturbed by a “double-tongued” language; and/or one that presented two levels of text; including a level of the text that was hidden, or “veil”ed:

 

“Even if our gospel is veiled … it is veiled only to those who are perishing” (2 Corin. 4.3; 3.15-16).

 

The Bible itself was sometimes troubled, it seems, by the morality of using a language that had two or more, often even opposite meanings or levels in it. And to resolve that? At times, as we will see, it seemed to want to finally, just favor just one or the other voice. To resolve the conflict. But which voice did the Bible finally favor? In part, the conflict is between a 1) priestly – or as we would say here (to avoid the “P” controversy), especially, a spiritual voice; and a 2) a more practical, kingly, materialistic voice. And almost the entire text of the New Testament, vacillates, often, all but continuously, from sentence to sentence, word by word, between the two. Often a single biblical writer – like St. Paul especially – seemed to want to favor, say, the spiritual voice, over the materialistic one. But often even Paul would vacillate between the two readings. While another writer, like James, would at times … speak rather against a just spiritual religion, after all (James 2.14-26).

 

If we hear two rather different voices, then which one should we follow? For centuries, priests themselves acknowledged finally two different “callings” in the text; one to a 1) priestly life, and another to a 2) good but more practical working life, in the laity. While priests asserted – of course – that it was the priestly calling, that was superior and “lofty”ier. Yet finally we will see here, that we should all have heard both voices. Of these two voices in the text, in the end, we are not supposed to have just one, or the other – either just spirituality, or materiality – but really, both. Or indeed, the merger of both is what is indicated, of the End: when God pours his “spirit” on “flesh,” when heaven comes down to earth. Finally we are to see both things, once thought to be in opposition, come together: so that the old spirit/matter, god/earth, hierarchical dualism, ends. And we do not have to choose one or the other any more; but, when we see God not just “in heaven,” but immanent, on earth, we can have both at once. To be sure though, while priests often look forward to this moment? Priests have never understood that they themselves, never ally fully understand the nature of this merger; priests are always over-spiritual, and never understand that the return of God to “flesh” after all, means that “flesh” and “world” themselves, always had far more importance than priests thought.

 

At first therefore, the two voices, the two callings, the two sides of life – spiritual, and earthly – appear to conflict, hopelessly. Yet finally? They are both important; and are both supposed to come together. As say, the following quote might begin to suggest. As Paul spoke of choosing between two churches, he may also have been sending us a message, on what to do about the two “paths” or vocations; of the lay person, vs. the priest. To be sure, Paul wants to affirm that finally he follows “God.” But following God, we are saying here, does not, mean following just a spiritual life. Indeed, our major point is that there are two sides of God: the spiritual, but also the physical. While indeed, Paul speaks of a “double pleasure,” and understanding not just “part” of God, but understanding and following him more “full”y. And not “vacillating” between two different voices:

 

“I hope that you will understand fully, as you have understood in part, that you can be proud of us as we can be of you, on the day of the Lord Jesus. Because of this, I wanted to come to you first … that you might have a double pleasure…. Was I vacillating….? Do I make my plans like a worldly man, ready to say Yes and No at once?… With him it is always Yes” (2 Corin. 1.13-19; on visiting two churches and?).

 

As we will see in our later writings, specifically on the language of the Bible, its many layers, or polysemy? There are first of all, dozens of quotes in the Bible to suggest alternative readings of everything in it; quotes that assure us that the Bible is full of poetic, artistic language, and stories that are open to more than one reading; full of “figures” of speech or metaphors; “allegories,” “parables,” and so forth. And yet then too, the Bible was often worried about that; about the “confusion of tongues,” say. And those who spoke in a “double-tongue”ed way. Indeed, the Bible itself knew that many of its own words, seem to have a double or triple meaning. It at times hinted that its own message was not “secret” or “veiled”; both other times suggested that indeed, part of its message might be hidden from many. Yet any hidden-ness was never fully endorsed, some would say. Or in any case, it now seems that if there were say, two messages in the Bible? That we finally need both. While most preachers assume that it was only the “spiritual” meaning that was to be triumphant? Finally, that is not what we will be finding here, in the end. In the end, we need both. Which means? That if the too-materialistic masses need to be more spiritual … on the other hand, our too-spiritual priests, need to learn to be more materialistic. To achieve the right balance, the fuller outline of truth. In the end, our very spiritual Heaven is destroyed, after all. And “God” returns to “earth.”

 

Many scholars have noted that the Bible was often written in “poetic” language; the Bible often spoke in fact, in phrases that often conveyed two rather different – even often rather opposite – meanings. But what should we do, when a holy document, delivers two rather different, even conflicting, messages? Priests have probably always thought that they themselves at least, had discerned and followed the primary voice and meaning: they at times told us all that we must become priests, and all become one-sidedly spiritual. Some even suggested that we should all become priests. Yet actually, we will show here that the Bible finally, id not really support priests all that firmly. And indeed, surprisingly? The best, more balanced reading of our holy books, says that if lay or secular people often made mistakes – if they were too materialistic, or “worldly”? On the other hand, our priests always simply go to the other extreme; priests are too spiritual, and overlook and deny the material side of God.

 

Here and now though? We can now begin to unpack, unveil, both of the two major readings of, callings or vocations in, the Bible.

 

First 1) we need everyone to understand that the Bible had two major voices in it. To be sure, God was impatient with those who were “double”-tongued and so forth (Ps. 12.2 vs. 2 Corin 1.15; 1 Tim. 3.8; Isa. 66.18; Luke 17.34; Rev. 19.20; Php. 1.23 ff). But finally, the Bible itself, God himself “speaks in one way, and in two.” And so, next: 2) what are the two major themes or messages? They are first: a) a literal physical meaning and promise in texts. And then a b) spiritual metaphorical reading and promise. The two main layers of the Bible, in other words, are first of all, passages that seem to, at the literal level, promised even huge physical material benefits to following God; to promise aa) at least physical “prosperity,” and even bb) physical “wonders”; and some even say, cc) riches, and even dd) physical “miracles.” But then, after that? Since no doubt priests especially had problems in the physical sphere, problems say actually delivering on “all” and “whatever” physical miracles we ‘ask” for? (As when Paul hinted, when he asked, “do all work miracles”?) Then next, our priests began to suggest that after all, perhaps religion should not be concerned with the physical side of life; but should begin to emphasize delivering just mental or “spiritual” things.

 

These therefore are perhaps the two major readings – and indeed, the two major, rather different theologies and life paths, the significantly different two kinds of promises – that the Bible itself seems to offers us: the 1) literal promise of real physical things; and/or the 2) promise of mental or spiritual results.

 

Is one better than the other? Our priests of course today, are widely known to advocate especially just the side of the Bible that seemed at times to put down the “materialistic” life, or the life in pursuit of “riches” or “possessions.” Priests of course, famously, follow spirituality. And they follow the parts of the Bible that seem to support spirituality, over physicality; the times that say Paul might have seemed to have suggested at times that the “spiritual” was “second” in time, but “first” it our importance (q.v.) But what we will be finding here, will be that Is that essentially, priests have never really fully understood the fuller, mind-and-matter message of the Bible. Finally we will be finding that God often warned about priests and holy men. And in part the reason was, that they were always unwise, in their choice to be so one-sidedly spiritual, and to reject God’s physical side; which we might call the fuller Nature of God.

 

God and the Bible, we will be showing here, really had not one, spiritual side. But two major sides: the 1) spiritual, but also the 2) physical side. So which one should we choose? This question troubles many in the holy books themselves; which often discussed the problem of “double”ness, and so forth. And eventually, our priests decided that they should stress and follow, only the spiritual side, after all. Jesus himself for a moment, suggested that “no servant can serve two masters,” “God and mammon,” (Luke 16.13); and many priests have said that Jesus meant that we should not follow riches, the material side of life. Yet in the end, we will show, “mammon” is a hard word to translate. (Perhaps relating to the multiple mammaries of the statue of Artemus, at Ephesus?). In the common priestly reading, it is read as telling us not to take any heed of the entire physical side of existence, and of our lives. While indeed, many parts of Jesus seem to lean that way. But finally, we will be showing here that the Bible itself began to note that those persons who are too spiritual, and who are too disdainful of the physical side of life? Are neglecting, denying, part of God. The God who “fills “all things,” in Heaven “and earth.” The God who promised us material, physical rewards, for being good. So that, regarding Jesus’ apparent condemnation of “mammon”? Perhaps it is best read, not as condemning a desire for modest material necessities, but merely condemning excessive Greed. Perhaps Jesus is best not read, as entirely despising the material side of life (and God); but only as speaking against really excessive Greed for material things; for not righteous but only “unrighteous” riches.

 

In any case though? If at times the Bible itself seems quite spiritual, and to be rejecting the physical side of life entirely? Other times, it goes exactly the opposite way. Indeed, the Bible – and often our churches – usually promised us not just one or the other, but both. Both 1) physical wonders, and 2) spiritual things. While our final position, will probably be this: 3) the Bible indeed, valued both the spiritual but also the physical side of life. And if at times our holy men (even Jesus himself?) seemed to very strongly stress just the spiritual side of life? Even Jesus mentioned that we might seek spiritual Heaven first; but that after all, regarding physical things like food and drink? These things “will be yours as well.” Since our Father in heaven “knows you have need of these things.”

 

Especially though? What we see here is that indeed, the message of the Bible, and of religion, was long ago, schizophrenically, dualistically split, into two quite different promises: promises of 1) physical wonders, vs. 2) promises of only spiritual things. While our priests became specialists, in the spiritual side of things; and priests suggested at times that only the spiritual side of life was important? But finally? The Bible overall, saw the importance of both sides of life, spirit and matter. And finally, especially? If for a while, our priests split off spirituality, into a separate sphere? One “day,” in the End, we are to see two dualistic halves of life, finally merging: seeing the old spiritual Heaven “dissolve.” And as for the “new heaven”? It is supposed to come down; to be joined to the physical earth. So that in the end, the “double” or “dual”istic split, between mind and matter, spirit and world, is to be ended. Indeed, as the Bible said, in the end we do not see just the “triumph of the spirit,” as priests assume. Rather instead, we see “spirit” joining, or spirit be poured on, “all flesh.” We see spirit, merging with material life. Spirit, re-joined to matter. In the end therefore, the one-sided spirituality, the anti-materialistic “world”-“hating” of preachers, was never right. God is not just a spirit; and the final reality is not just a spiritual one. The reality is, spirit returning to, merging with, physical, material existence.

 

The Bible therefore, contains two rather different, rather conflicting, messages, themes: 1) physical promises, vs. 2) spiritual things. The Bible furthermore, was itself at times troubled by the inherent conflicts in this split, “double” message. And it was troubled by the extreme separation, between the two callings or vocations; the 1) practical worldly lay people, vs. the 2) priests.

 

So how finally, was this split to be resolved? Priests have usually assumed, and assured us all, that if there were two sides to God or life, it meant that finally the spiritual side must simply triumph over the physical side. Yet that key message, the very core of so many sermons, the very core belief of the priesthood, we are about to begin finding here, was substantially, false. The spiritual religion that we have always gotten from Priests was in fact, largely false; one sided. So finally? To repair this, the Bible itself began to see … God speaking of another sort of return of God, to this physical earth. In the Second Coming; and the appearance of a “kingdom” of God, not just in Heaven any more; but here, on this physical, material earth (Rev. 21).

 

God warned constantly, about sins in priests, holy men. And, as we have begun to see here, there were many different kinds of mistake, that preachers have made. But in the end, the truly great mistake that priests typically made? The great mistake, their great sin … was rhetorically over-stressing the “spiritual” side of life; and neglecting and degrading, the physical side of life and of God.

 

But furthermore? This radical conceptual split, between spirit and world, was a horrible, priestly mistake; one that, after all, the Bible itself was aware of. And so, we will show here, the Bible itself began to speak of how that awful schizophrenic split, that “double”ness, was to be resolved, fixed, one “day.” But if at times, our priests suggested that it could only be resolved, by the utter triumph of priests, and their spirituality? That common priestly vanity, is not the truth; that was not the final vision contained and endorsed, even in the Bible itself. What we actually see in Revelation, the final book of the Bible, is a return to spirit and God, to physical life. God, returning to this physical, material earth. As the old spiritual Heaven is “dissolved”; and the new heaven visibly descends to this physical earth. To form a kingdom here, in physical form, on this physical, material earth (Rev. 21).

 

Or, as the major part of all this process? Here we see Religion, joining Science. We see God advocating a Science of God. A discipline that, in combining religion and science, fulfills part of God’s plan; by conceptually merging “spiritual” thinking, with materialist/empirical thinking, at last. And thus? Here we begin to see the lost links between Heaven and Earth; spirit and world; spirit and flesh. In effect, with the Science of God, we see God – precisely as foretold – leaving and dissolving, a spiritual heaven; to reappear, on this physical earth (Rev. 21).

 

So that here, the great strength but also the great sin or preachers – their radically one-sided spirituality – begins to be ended, or improved, fulfilled. The priestly dualism, the radically dualistic pair in the Bible, the two opposed readings – spirit vs. matter say – are finally, resolved. By a merger of the two. God returning to earth. And/or matter; by perhaps a “new nature” in each of us. As our physical “bodies,” though physical, also “put on” spirit; or “put on immortality.” As the Bible said.

 

For centuries in fact, our preachers have been vaguely aware of some such things; but they never quite fully understood how it all might happen. Most thought that the return of God to earth, in the Second Coming, meant just the destruction of the physical earth of world; and the utter, one-sided triumph of a spirit heaven, obliterating the “world.” But that common priestly vision or image, is not a balanced, “full” vision or image of God and of the Bible; not at all. The fact is that all along, the Bible spoke of the importance of physical things. Indeed, from the “beginning,” God made the entire physical universe, and said it was “good,” not evil (Gen. 1). While, if our religion and its ideals seemed to float away from the surface of this physicalistic world for a while? If it seemed for a while to speak only of an immaterial “heaven”? Then if so, one “day” or another, that one-sided vision, is supposed to be exposed, exploded. In favor of a God, a “Heaven” that after all, return to this physical earth. While our coming Science of God, helps this process. To be sure, many churches have long claimed to do this already: to be Heaven or God, the promised “kingdom of God,” on material earth. Though finally, we will be showing here that the churches often did not quite do as well, in this, as one might hope. Indeed, the Science of God, does a much, much better job, at that critical task: of helping bring a spiritual-seeming God, back to material referents.

 

In fact? Our priests, in their chronically one-sided, literally fatal over- spirituality, were never close enough to God. But the Science of God, begins to help fix this. And it does I all in an eminently Biblical way; indeed, it helps many ancient biblical prophesies, simply, come true. Here, as foretold, we will accept not one, or the other, but both the two sides of God; but both. Here we will be regaining the picture of God, of life, that is both spiritual … but also very physical too. Once again.

 

To be sure, this will be hard for some priests. Since they have to at last, see and face, their inadequacies, and even their sins. Though surely? Some priests should finally embrace … the return of God to earth. After all. Even if the return of God to earth, means God exposing sins in, and “refining,” even priests themselves; even the very “household of God” itself.

 

Can a preacher accept this? Can priests accept chastisement, rebuke, from God himself? Surely they should. There are in any case, two voices in the Bible; a 1) physical one, and a 2) spiritual one; a 1) lay calling, and a 2) priestly one. But these two voices, these two different callings, often appear to conflict. So how do we fix that? Or how does God fix this? The Bible began to describe how this is resolved, in part with reference to the various “apocalypse” prophesies; though especially, we will find here, the neglected but finally key part of the Apocalypse: God fixes all this … first of all, 1) by continually exposing the errors, the imbalance, in priests, and priestly thought. And then 2) God finally fixes this – by one day especially, God appearing on earth to expose errors in holy men on earth; and then by destroying (our priestly, over-spiritual) Heaven itself. And replacing it all with a new heaven, that clearly comes down to merge with this physical earth (in Rev. 21; after Isa. 65-6 etc.). God speaks not just in one way, but in two; but one day, that split is supposed to be dramatized … and then, out of that crisis, finally resolved. As perhaps it is even here and now, in part. When we begin to see God, religion, linked to science, we link spirit to earth, pour spirit on flesh again.

 

Yet in the meantime? Until our answer is heard? There will have been millions of people, who were polarized. Who did not really adequately, “full”y, see both sides of God and of life; who were either 1) too materialistic, or 2) too spiritual. Priests of course, have constantly warned everyone else, the people, about being too-materialistic. But what they have rarely seen, and never adequately practice, are the parts of the Bible that warned that there are sins, a kind of excess, even in their own spirituality. And in their own priestly life. So that, as it turns out, the Bible itself finally delivered two rather different opinions on priests, specifically: at times it 1) delivered a very few positive-seeming statements about priests and their very spiritual life; 2) but then the Bible finally delivered countless warnings about priests and holy men.

 

Of course, our preachers rarely noticed, or certainly rarely repeated, the negative opinion of priests, much in church. So that the vast bulk of humanity, worldwide, has never heard what we are saying here and now. Yet here at last, it is time to reveal to the people, the second voice of God. Though to be sure, it will be utterly shocking, even heaven-shattering, to a billion believers. Because of course, this second voice of God, found in the Bible itself, at times almost exactly and totally reverses, overrules, and cancels, the first, ascetic voice, that priests taught us was the only voice or message from God.

 

To those millions, billions of people raised by priests and ministers, who were told from infancy that our priests were holy? And that material things are unimportant? Hearing and seeing at last, the fuller picture of God, the second and fuller appearance of him, will be literally heaven-shattering, “fiery,” and immensely disillusioning and painful. Since that second voice, often says things rather exactly opposite to what we heard proclaimed as holy in churches; says things rather directly opposed to our priests and ministers; even to the saints and angels in heaven itself. Indeed, what we are seeing and hearing here, are first of all, among other things, God’s constant warning of deep sins and errors in “all”; sins especially in our holiest men and angels. And perhaps, in the duplicitous, equivocal language they have used? Priests and holy men often used a special language, that often said two rather different things at once. Indeed, it was a “poetic” or equivocal language, that tried to cater to two very different theologies. The New Testament especially, was written/translated, into a language that equivocated between 1) a “first” voice, that supported priests and prophets and churches. But then? A 2) second voice. That confessed that after all, even priests and prophets often make many mistakes. So that we will need to go beyond our holy men.

 

As we will be seeing, nearly every passage in the Bible, is in effect, an omnibus, that presents quotes to support either of these two major positions. For example? You kind find quotes that support either the 1) priestly, or 2) non-priestly positions, in a single passage like the following. Which on the one hand, offers statements that could be read in church, as supporting the 1) idea that preachers, and their sermons, might “make not mistakes,” and might be “perfect.” But the many preachers who focused in on just that half of the text … that 2) warned that religious “teachers” often make mistakes, even among the “brethren”; that indeed we “all make many mistakes.” And though hypothetically anyone who made no mistakes in his speeches (/sermons), would be “perfect”; but this passage goes on to say that not only are “all” of us imperfect and make mistakes; but also … specifically, it is impossible for our “tongue,” our speeches, to always be good. In particular? It seems that the tongue “boasts” of big things, while indeed priests used to boast of the huge miracles and/or Heaven they would bring us. So consider this warning in that light:

 

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren….
For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man…. [But] the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things…. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, straining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind, but no human being can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison…. Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good like let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3.2-13 Revised Standard Version of the holy Bible henceforth “RSV”; boldface emphasis, our own).

 

Earlier, the Old Testament especially set up a priesthood; but it also 1) warned about “priests” explicitly and by name. While 2) here in the New Testament, we see it expanding that warning; when it mentions being “perfect,” but then speaks of problems in religious “teachers.” Indeed, the Bible warns about 3) “all” of even the Christian brothers or “brethren.” While 4) specifically? It warns about everyone’s speeches, our “tongue”; or in effect, including preachers’ sermons. While for that matter too, 5) with possible references to sermons that make big promises – like promises of giant miracles – James 3.2-13 above, specifically warned, of “boasting” tongues. And to resolve those false things? The text above 6) refers to the unreliability of language, tongues, and in effect mere verbal or written arguments. While it suggest finally that the only way to cut through the basic dishonesty of the “tongue” and arguments, apologetics … is to simply begin to look at actual, physical, empirical outcomes; physical results. Or here: “show … works.”

 

The Bible we suggest, was written in such a way as to give some material, to each of two sides, of a sort of theological debate. To give a sentence or two, to 1) priests, spiritual persons, in apparent support of their profession; as well as to 2) more practical working people. Yet priests have never honestly or fairly or fully represented both sides of this debate; they themselves obviously thought that the Bible itself favored the priestly side; that is why themselves became priests. Though here and now? We will be showing that amazingly, finally, of the two voices in passages like the above? Rather clearly, amazingly, the text does not give the priestly voice, the blue ribbon. Rather instead? Instead of valuing the typical priestly life (today) spent delivering sermons, speeches, the text, God, finally … warns continually about priests and their speechifying, sermonizing, pontificating life of the “tongue.” While finally God himself gives the gold metal to… ? The good but practical, honest, materially productive physical worker, working with his “hands.” Or the good but also materially-productive leader or “king,” who is not just spiritual. But who also – especially – guides us all, to physical prosperity. Here on this material earth.

 

The Bible therefore, to be sure, contains two major voices, themes, in it: one that favors 1) priests and the spiritual, sermonizing life. But 2) then the text also consistently, in passage after passage, began to note sins and errors in the one-sidedly spiritual, clerical life. While calling continually, for a healthier consideration for … materially-productive activity and orientation. For the orientation not of our mostly speechifying, spiritual preachers today (c. 1955); but of a religion, a credo, that is oriented far more, to producing real physical rewards, here on this physical earth.

 

Ultimately the Bible, God, in fact outlines and approves a religion that begins to severely criticize … preachers, therefore. And their typical spirituality. In favor of a religion, a true Christianity, that obeys the voice that preachers always thought was “second”ary in the text. But that now, in the end, turns out to have been “first” in the eyes of God, all along: the non-priestly, more practical voice, after all. Of non-priests. Or of specifically, the Science of God. As we will be seeing.

 

Ultimately therefore it becomes clear that warnings in the Bible about bad things in people in general therefore, do not refer just to ordinary non-priests or “lay” people; God explicitly began to warn about fundamental flaws in “all” people. While for that matter? God began to warn especially about flaws … in preachers. And in our highest saints and angels.

 

Many preachers to be sure, will – as they always have – constantly try to wriggle out of this. They will try to refute all this; to reinforce their own authority, and/or their own vanity and pride, their own high opinion of themselves; as they offer their sermons every week, as the very infallible Word of God himself. Yet we will rather clearly show here that while there was
one layer or voice in the Bible, that seemed to support priests and prophets, finally that layer was … qualified, and finally canceled. Even in the Bible itself. By a second higher, more consistent, more authoritative voice. One that told us that after all, “all have sinned,” even preachers. And that indeed, our alleged preachers and holy men and angels, were – amazingly – seemingly all but ultimately and forevermore, substantially canceled, condemned … by God himself.

 

At first, it seemed impossible. Since of course, many preachers will quote misleading parts of the Bible, one voice in the Bible; to “prove” that they themselves, and/or their ideas or sermons about saints and angels and God, are holy and reliable. But here we will have already begun to note a few of seventy or a hundred or more warnings, in the Bible itself. Warnings from God, about sins and errors in the very heart of essentially every thing that was ever presented to us as holy or Christian. About sins in everything perhaps, except God himself; and only God as he exists in himself, totally apart from our inevitably flawed human characterizations of him. Since even what a preacher calls “Christ,” will always be his own distorted vision of him.

 

So that finally, sins will persist in believers; even in those who continually invoke the “name” of the “Lord, Lord.” Sins will persist to the very end. Right through to the very “day”; the day when we see God as he really is. And when judgement comes:

 

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you evildoers’” (Mat. 7.22-23).

 

What though, does God really, finally say about specifically, preachers? God did not think as much of them, as preachers themselves, and the faithful, always thought. There were even times, when it seems that God cursed essentially all priests, and those who followed them. And hinted that massive sins would continue in priests, until the “end”; the end of time.

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart … 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…. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings...” (Mal. 2.1-3).

 

“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).

 

Preachers to be sure, proudly love to stand in front of congregations, to appear as all-but-infallible authorities; they love to present themselves as the very voicepieces of God himself. But the fact is, there are countless warnings throughout the Bible about pitfalls, sins, in every single aspect of religion – and about bad things especially in preachers. Even in their moments of spiritual “inspiration.” To be sure, Christian preachers have thousands of stock replies, standard sermons, common apologetics arguments, allegedly based on the Bible; to try to get around and deny their own errors. But indeed, preachers have not been good or honest here; they have only read and followed, only the parts of the Bible they like; the parts that stress priestly authority. While they have just left out, the other parts. The parts they did not like, or could not face.

 

Preachers just leave out or ignore the parts of the Bible, of God, they do not like. Or if they do notice them? To continue to dishonestly defend themselves, many priests will mention God’s criticisms … but then our pastors will “twist” God’s statements, a dozen different ways. Many priests will claim, among other thing, that warnings about bad and especially “false” things, about moral failures, in religious people and priests – are only, say, about 1) believers and priests of the past. Or our 2) our preachers today will assure us that any such warnings about believers and priests, were only meant to warn about preachers of other religions, other than Christianity; like believers in say, “Baal.”

 

Clearly though, many biblical warnings from God, about “priests” and “ministers” and so forth, are a) for “all”; b) especially about sins in holy men; and for c) all time; d) even in the time of early Christianity. Often, e) those warnings are explicitly about false things, sins, even in the apostles. And even f) in those who like Peter, at times had the authentic Holy Spirit. While g) furthermore many of these bad things, even a false Christ, came from out of “us” true Christians. There are indeed, h) false things, in those who present themselves as our own Christian “ministers” and so forth. Even in those i) who seem to be the very “angels of light”:

 

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Corin. 11.13-15 RSV). “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corin. 11.14-15 KJE)>

 

“As for you, you whitewash with lies” (Job 13.4).

 

“You … boast of your relation to God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed…, and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, … then you who teach others, will you not teach yourself?” (Rom. 2.17-21).

 

“So now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us….” (1 John 2.19).

 

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corin. 11.13-14 RSV).

 

Preachers have not been honest. Priests have not been honest, in this way especially: they quoted or stressed only parts of the Bible; especially the parts that could be read as flattering priests and their authority. While they ignored or “twisted,” as we will see, the other more important, “second” voice in the Bible. The voice that God used over and over, to warn us all of massive sins, in all holy men. And especially and by name, priests.

 

Finally, when dealing with priests, it is best to remember this:

 

Nobody is good, except one, God” (Mark 10.18 NWT; Luke 18.19).

 

To be sure, our preachers have spent 2,000 years trying to find parts of the holy books, that might support they, themselves. And to many people, they have found a few such passages. Yet what they have found, we are showing here, is at best, just one voice or theme, in the Bible, at best. While finally, the theme or motif that seemed to firmly support priests … evaporates, under close inspection.

 

Though most men and women have not clearly perceived this, until today, God himself, the Bible itself said, actually speaks in “two voices”:

 

“For God speaks in one way, and in two” (Job 33.14; a spiritual 1 Tim. 3.8, Mat. 6.24, Luke 16, resolved by and in favor of Science, in 1 Kings 18.21). “I am hard pressed between the two” (Php. 1.23; cf. Luke 16.13). “Let two or three prophets speak” (1 Corin. 14.29). “The testimony of two men is true” (John 8.17); the “evidence of two or three witnesses” (Mat. 18.16). “The two shall become one” (Mark 10.8). And another, on two coming together.

 

In effect, we are saying here that essentially all our preachers have always presented a false religion; one based just on one half the Bible or less; on mere “parts” of it; or one of two major themes in it (see Paul on “part”s). The fact is that the Bible
contains two major voices, two major levels. And finally, the spiritual voice that was thought “first” by preachers, is not the best one. First to be sure, there is 1) the level that we all heard preachers support constantly in church; the voice that seems to support the priestly life; to support even ascetic priests, and their “hate” against the “world.” But then, over and 2) against that, the Bible was utterly filled with … a far more practical voice. The voice of a working person; a good but materially practical person, following a Christ that “loves the world.” A voice moreover, warned about priests and holy men.

 

Why did priests never quite hear or see or adequately balance out their extreme over-priestly spirituality, with enough attention to that second and better voice? It was no doubt in part, out of human weakness it seems (or even demonic rebellion, and pride and vanity?), that priests have always read to us or emphasized, only the parts of the Bible, that seemed to support priests. It was largely, out of pride and vanityand desire for power over others, power over the world. That preachers dishonestly and vainly, read to us, only the parts of, the voice in the Bible … that stressed the authority of preachers. While they even systematically, even willfully, left out the other part, of God. It seems clear enough, that they constantly quoted or stressed only the parts of the Bible that – taken out of context, by themselves – seemed to flatter our holy men themselves; and to thus augment their unjust power and influence, over others. But here we are showing that first of all, in doing that, preachers 1) did not really understand, or 2) follow, the Bible or God well enough. They read to us and followed, obeyed and understood, only half the Bible at best. Their 3) great sin in fact? Is perhaps that they read and followed, only one, “first” theme in the holy book; the parts that could be taken to flatter priests or other holy men. While they constantly ignored and disobeyed, the other great, “second” voice or theme in the Bible. In effect, essentially “all” our priests historically, have constantly spoken falsely of the Bible. And they have spoken falsely of God, constantly. By quoting just misleading parts of them. And indeed? Our priests and the very angels of the churches, have always … rebelled against most of God.

 

How extensive, how obvious, how deliberate, how culpable, has the sin, the disobedience of our preachers been? Sometimes their deceptive practices are ludicrously obvious, to anyone who reads his own Bible. But finally their mistakes, their blindness, are so laughably obvious … that one can only conclude that even they themselves, must often noticed that what they said, was just not really true to the holy texts.

 

How willfully blind – and even deliberately deceitful – have all our preachers been? Consider as an example, one of the most common sermons, one of the most common biblical parts, that once appeared on church marquees, all over America. Consider this isolated part, that preachers particularly loved (c. 1950-1964):

 

Lift up your eyes to the heavens” (Isa. 51.6).

 

What line, would at first, seem less offensive, and more compelling? What could seem to be greater proof of the eternality and importance, of our preachers’ Heaven itself? Indeed, this tiny line or fragment of the Bible, fit nicely into advertising spaces outside churches. And taken by itself, it seemed moreover, to firmly support the priestly theology that was constantly presented to us all: it seemed to be intended to prove to us all, that God was a priestly, spiritual being, and that a spiritual “Heaven” particularly, should be our only and main goal in life. Yet let’s look a little closer here; when we do, we find that here, our preachers were even ludicrously or laughably, clearly, dishonest. Here it becomes absolutely clear, that they were dishonestly presenting misleading fragments of the Bible. That they were presenting only misleading fragments of the Bible, or one theme in it; while disguising, denying, the “full”er message of God. This becomes obvious … when we simply begin at last, to simply read the fuller body around the isolated sentence above; when we simply read what the text said, before – or in this case, after – the above.

 

For centuries, preachers have emphasized only the tiny fragments of the Bible that, taken out of context, seemed to support preachers and churches, and their authority and prejudices, their limited worldview. But what happens, when we ourselves, take a longer look, at the entire Bible? To see what indeed, the fuller Bible has actually been trying to tell us, here and elsewhere? Clearly, when we look at the larger context, we see that our preachers must have been even consciously deceitful, when they let the above fragment stand, as if it was “the” word of God. Because when we read the larger quote, we find that our preachers very clearly left out, the very next part of the very same sentence. Let’s look at the larger context, which actually, finally delivers a message … that is all too obviously and exactly opposite, to what preachers claimed:

 

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

 

Far from intending us to always consult Heaven, spirituality, and to look continuously up to the preachers’ heaven? Actually, we see that in one very compelling reading, the Bible was actually making precisely, the very opposite point, to what we were always told in church. Far from assuring us of the permanence of “Heaven,” the Bible was here assuring us that Heaven itself would indeed, vanish. Indeed, the text was really telling us that the preachers’ Heaven would vanish “like smoke.”

 

How obviously dishonest, how thoroughly dishonest, how even laughably dishonest and unreliable, have our preachers been? How strongly should be condemn them, for hearing and obeying, only one misleading voice in the Bible? Here as usually, we will be finding that 1) our preachers’ quotes have been so thoroughly, systematically blind, that we can only assume that there was a fairly strong element of their own will and deliberate, semi-conscious assent to their “mistake.” Indeed, we can only assume that they were often rather deliberately dishonest. So that finally, they are culpable, blamable. Furthermore, 2) their dishonesty, was not subtle, or minor: it was so extreme, as to amount to often, twisting the real meaning of the text, into exactly the opposite, of what it really meant. In this example, the message on the marquee and in the sermons inside, was so misleading, as to be Satanically misleading and dishonest. It was something like leaving the “not” out of “thou shalt not kill,” and presenting “thou shalt kill,” as the word of God. So that this was no small error: it twisted the word of God, into its exact and precise opposite. 3) Suggesting even fully Satanic intention or influence; distorting the word of God into its exact, evil opposite. So that? 4) When dealing with preachers, you should be aware that they are not even always, innocent fools, following vague biases, and making innocent mistakes: given the obviousness and extremity of their distortions, a certain percentage of preachers, must be conscious, deliberate deceivers. And therefore? Many priests and ministers must be very intelligent and resourceful, conscious, deliberate and ruthless enemies of God. Fully deserving not mild contempt from us; but deserving the immense caution that one should have, in dealing with agents of – or even the person of – Satan himself. As the Bible warned, of many priests and “ministers,” (NRSV?).

 

Given examples like this one, is such a laughably-obvious distortion of God … that we can only assume, it was willful, and deliberate. Or so thoroughly foolish, as to finally be … fully culpable. When we look at examples like this one, of our preachers selectively reading just parts, one theme in the Bible … while all too obviously ignoring the “second” part of the story? When we see examples this thoroughly wrong … we can only say that these mistakes are so laughable and obvious … that we finally, must holy preachers fully accountable for them. They either knew, or should have known, better. But finally, we should not just laugh this off.

 

Could this distortion of God, of Christ have been – not an accident? Suppose we look at a few more examples; examples that show that the misleading presentations of the Bible, by preachers, is so obvious and egregious, that finally we must assume that it was at least a semi-deliberate, conscious deception. Finally, there are just too many glaring examples of this, for it to have been a simple accident. As another, corroborating example? Consider especially, the next insert. This represents a biblical fragment that is often read is to Catholics especially. While this is especially important; since this misleading fragment, has always been presented as the very core, the very “heart,” of the Catholic Church’s claim to authority. So indeed, let’s consider the following fragment of the Bible, very, very, very carefully. The fragment that Roman Catholic priests quote continually – to assure us that God intended to tell us, that they and their Church, based on St. Peter, the “Church of St. Peter,” are absolutely reliable. The fragment that was read to us daily, to a million churches, for two thousand years, to billions of human beings. By preachers eager to use it to convince us all, that the Bible itself firmly told us that an apostles like Peter – and the church he founded – would be absolutely reliable; a firm “rock” that would never be shaken, and never defeated. Here it is, perhaps the most famous and influential quote in Catholicism:

 

” ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven'” (Mat. 16.15-19).

 

The above statement, is part of the very foundation, or certainly one of the major pillars, of the Roman Catholic Church, and to some extent, of all Christian churches. This is the fragment constantly quoted to us all, by preachers eager to assure us that Jesus had full confidence in, particularly, the apostle Peter. This is the quote, used constantly by a million priests over the years, to “prove” that Christ supported especially Peter, as the “rock” of the Church; and that Christ furthermore, intended to firmly set up a Christian church, based on especially, Peter. And the successors that Peter chose. Yet while this was the claim, made a million times by a million preachers? Here and now however, it is time to note that these lines, that we heard constantly in church, are a mere, misleading part of the larger, fuller story told in Matthew 16. Indeed? Priests of the “Church of St. Peter” always “forget” somehow, to note or adequately stress, what was said next,
in the Bible. At first, note, Jesus indeed seemed to support, above, Peter, and his Church. Christ appearing to support Peter as indeed, a “rock” on which a very firm “church” would be built; a church that would have all the authority – keys to – heaven and to God himself, it seemed. A church, a kingdom, that would never fail. Or so we were told. But now? In the words of Paul Harvey, it is time to look at the surprising conclusion, the other part, the “rest of” of the story:

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed…. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance [stumbling block] to me'” (Mat. 16.21-23 RSV).

 

“He turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me'” (KJV, Gold Seal Edition, National Bible Press, Phil.).

 

What does Christ really, finally say here? Did Christ really firmly, finally, endorse the apostles, and their Church, as firmly as our churches insisted? Everyone should at last, read and heed, at last, this second part of the text. Everyone now, should very, very, very carefully read the parts of the Bible, that preachers left out. Or that they failed to adequately foreground. Those who do this, are about to experience an Apocalyptic shock. Incredibly, 1) preachers somehow “neglect”ed or “forgot” to adequately note, some key parts to the text. They 2) neglect to note that the text in fact, finally ends up with precisely the opposite point, to what Catholic priests claimed. That right after Jesus appeared to express great confidence in Peter, and his church, Peter began to turn on Jesus. Indeed, 3) Peter declared that Jesus was wrong – even in a major doctrinal matter; like the necessity of the crucifixion. Note that Jesus had been telling the apostles that he Jesus, must be crucified, specifically. Which today is taken as being a major truth, a major doctrine, of Christianity: Jesus had to die, they say, in order to save us. By substituting, some say, his own life, for ours. But here, Peter turns on Jesus himself, and says Jesus is wrong. While Peter in fact, is going against Jesus, specifically on the matter of the necessity of the crucifixion; the very cross that was to be the main symbol of Christianity:

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed…. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you'” (Mat. 16.21-23 RSV).

 

Curiously – predictably, culpably – Catholic priests failed to emphasize, the part of the text where Peter – the founder of the Catholic Church and the first pope – turned on Jesus himself, and said Jesus was wrong. Wrong furthermore, not only in his prophesy (“this shall never happen”), but also wrong on a major doctrinal matter.

 

Indeed, 4) shockingly, preachers left out the real end of the story. Where Jesus himself, began to turn on apostles like specifically, Peter. Where Jesus even finally, ultimately warned us that Peter, the basis of the Catholic Church, was actually, “Satan”:

 

“He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance [stumbling block] to me'” (Mat. 16.21-23 RSV).

 

It is hard to imagine, a more obvious, flagrant, and outrageous – and unfortunately, more immensely destructive – mis-statement of the Bible, therefore, than the homilies of our Roman Catholic priests. It is hard to imagine, anything more outrageous and evil, than presenting and emphasizing, only the part of the Bible, that seemed, taken by itself, to give full authority to apostles like Peter; and to any “church” he founded. While our preachers left out the concluding second part of the story: where the Bible clearly concludes, with a few lines that make precisely and exactly, the opposite point to what priest have claimed. Where Jesus effectively, adamantly, retracts any apparent confidence he had in Peter, and the church he founded. Where Jesus in fact, says explicitly and by name, to Peter, that Peter is even, a stumbling block, and hindrance to Jesus. Where Jesus himself firmly says that Peter is even in fact … Satan himself.

 

No doubt, the language of the Bible is very difficult; and many simple readers miss such things. But this is all too obvious, too extreme, for anyone who can read very well, to simply, accidentally, miss it. We can only conclude that, when most priests have misused the above, we are therefore, dealing with a conscious, deliberate, demonic deceit. By preachers.

 

Some might have more or less seen it; but were simply, emotionally unable to face it. No doubt to be sure, it is extremely hard, even shattering, for believers in the Apostles, and churches, to face this side of the Bible, and of God. Likely in fact, many people will never face what we are seeing here; many will go into classic Denial, of this part of what God finally told us. Many will fail; they will not be able to face this, the painful side of God. Many will therefore, be unable to finally, face God … when he tells us that even our holiest religious leaders, like Peter, the very things we were told are the essence of all that is absolutely good … were actually often evil; that they were evil to the point of being one and the same, as “Satan.”

 

Many will to this very day, find this seemingly impossible to face. But on the other hand? Whether they can stand it or not? Whether they can wrap their minds around this or not? Here at last, everyone should at last, “see” it. The Bible itself, indeed, said it often enough, and firmly enough (see also say, 2 Corin. 11.14). To be sure, there will be many whose conscious minds will go into Denial and Repression, once again. There will be many who will not be able to conceptualize this. But here and now? It is being with perfect clarity and plainness, being presented to everyone.

 

Can Catholic priests, and Catholic churchgoers, ever really face this side of the Bible, and thus face God? Can they face the part of the Bible, of God, that constantly warned of huge sins, even in our holiest men and angels? That warned of massive sins, evils, even in the very apostles that founded our churches? Can Catholics particularly, ever learn to “face” the part of the Bible, where Jesus himself, called St. Peter, the very founder of their church, “Satan”? Can Catholics really face this second, fuller, heaven-shattering presentation of Jesus? Can they face Jesus – as he tells us that even our holiest religious leaders, were really often … Satan himself? As he begins to do … this:

 

“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 RSV).

 

Of course, to see and accept his, is heaven-shattering. Of course, this is incredibly painful to believe, or face. This absolutely contradicts and even shatters, the whole image and theology of God, that we were presented with as children or innocent adults, in churches all over the earth. But finally, there is no way to deny this: we are now seeing this sort of thing confirmed consistently, over and over. And not just in daily experiences with the Pederastical and other churches, but now we are also seeing it confirmed, a thousand times, in the Bible itself. As we compare the misleading fragments that we always heard, in church, to what we actually now read, in the fuller Bible? We find that the truth of God was often … exactly opposite to what we heard in church. And when we see that? Then our childhood Heaven begins to dissolve. We see that our holiest heroes and angels and saints and apostles in heaven … were all too often, agents of the Devil himself. And the “Christ” they presented to us? The Christ that absolutely, firmly supported apostles and churches? Was simply, one of the foretold “False Christ”s, after all. Exactly as foretold, Satan himself came to us all … disguised as precisely, the very things that were presented to us as most holy and sacred and good: as our Christian preachers; as our churches; as Christ himself.

 

This may seem impossible to believe or face. Yet to be sure, a major goal of our books here, is to at last, show believers, how they can face the many signs of sin and error in our holiest men and churches. But showing them that after all, seeing this, noticing this, does not go against the Bible or God himself. Indeed in fact? All this is precisely as foretold, as authorized, as commanded … by the Bible itself.

 

To be sure, this will be extremely painful, for most people. But this very revelation – and even the feeling of immense pain and disillusionment that we get from it – in fact, begins to fulfill yet another aspect of the Apocalyptic prophesies. First of all, the pain and anger and fear a believer feels, matches the anger that some deceived persons feel, on first seeing Christ as he really is. Then too? The feeling of pain, exactly matches the “fiery” sensation foretold. Indeed, the dis”illusion”ment and dis-“enchant”ment was foretold; and that disillusionment, the shattering of our childhood dreams, is also of course, extremely painful. It is not a pleasant experience, to find our most cherished childhood dreams, exposed and demolished. Indeed in fact, it fulfills the crucial part of Apocalyptic prophesy; the part that in itself, has been so difficult for preachers to see: the most important, key part, that preachers could never face, or publicly admit.

 

Indeed, all this begins to fulfill the prophesies of … the Destruction of Heaven. The moment that God himself begins to expose massive sins in our holiest men; and our traditional Heaven begins to dissolve. When we find that our traditional “Christ” was a False Christ; an avatar of Satan himself. But when we however, at the same time? Begin to get a second and better idea of God. Who seems to urge, first of all, a critical attitude toward holy men. No doubt we are to avoid unnecessary “disputes” about “words,” and “quarreling” and so forth; but on the other hand, as it will soon turn out, God considers a quite critical and scientific objectivity toward holy men, to be absolutely necessary. Since they often sin, we are to be prepared too, to simply “rebuke” them in the strongest possible language.

 

 

 

An Early Conclusion

 

 

Given this? What must we finally say? About essentially “all” our traditional priests and ministers and churches?

 

Obviously – to use the language of Jesus himself – essentially 1) all priests and holy men, have never been as good as they allowed themselves to be perceived; 2) indeed, to use the very words of Jesus himself, they have been “Satan”ic. They 3) have been demonically, satanically deceitful; in their self-deceit, and their deceit of others. From evidence just as what we are presenting here, it is clear that essentially all our preachers have clearly and criminally “twisted” the meaning of the Bible unbelievably. Indeed, 4) their rhetorical sophistries and lies, twisted the meaning of the Bible – even into the exact opposite of what God actually said. Preachers clearly, obviously, 5) read only one voice in, one side of, the Bible and of God. While 6) all our preachers clearly neglected, denied, and tried to destroy, the other voice, the other side, of life, and of God. Furthermore? Given the systematic and flagrant and obvious nature of their distortions? We must finally say that theirs was even 7) a culpable, and often even semi-conscious, or often even conscious and deliberate, rebellion. A rebellion against the fuller understanding of life. Or indeed, a rebellion against the “full”er outline, of God. Or to put it more simply? Essentially, long ago all our preachers, even the angels of the church, denied and rebelled against God. And they finally, worshipped or followed “Satan”; the figures that Christ himself warned, were really, actually, often, devils.

 

Essentially all our preachers, have been either “fool”ish, as the Bible might say, or they were deliberate rebels against God himself. And as we will show elsewhere, this was not a mere, abstract mistake; there 8) was a dark emotional underside, to their false theology, of a bloated love and spirituality: the hidden flip side of their “love,” was actually, “hate.” Hate for life in this material “world.”

 

Worse? Finally, historically, 9) our spiritual priests especially, deformed by their secret hate, successfully often mislead the entire world. With in effect, a false Heaven. Or in effect, they deceived the world, with a false, one-sided idea of Christ. With a False Christ.

 

Can this shattering discovery, really be true? Can this be true, even to the Bible, itself? In fact it can be. The Bible itself told us, remember, that one “day,” God was going to unveil, expose, massive sins in essentially “all” our holiest men and angels; on earth, and in heaven as well. While in this moment, the “Apocalypse” is fulfilled. Especially, the important part of it, that our priests have never quite seen. The missing piece of the puzzle: the all-important, Destruction of Heaven.

 

Can you yourself face this? Or will you go back to church, and listen to and believe, your preacher, as he twists all this around, and assures you that it cannot be true? Will you simply forget, the Bible’s many warnings about false things in especially, “priests” and “ministers”? Will you forget that Jesus himself, called the founder of all churches, “Satan”?

 

It would be better if you did not forget that. It would be far better, if you learned to face even this heaven-shattering, Apocalyptic moment. This moment of awful realization.

 

In the past, millions have not been able to face this. But perhaps they can learn to face this now. On finding out here that after all, there is a positive side to all of this. Since when you learn to “face” this, you will also be beginning to see a “second” and better appearance to Christ. As you see Christ advocating not blind “faith” in preachers and holy men; but advocating a critical, Science of God.

 

Or indeed? Perhaps it is about nothing much more or less, than growing up; becoming “mature.” Learning that there were warts after all, even on our very holiest heroes. Learning that it was not some future religion, but historical Christianity itself, that was the foretold deception of the world by a false Christ.

 

It is shattering? Is it immensely painful? It can be. But then you can get over it. It’s not much worse, than finding out there is no Santa Claus. And/or by then moving on. To the second and better presentation of Christ.

 

 

“Us”

 

 

Finally therefore, we have come at last, to the really frightening face of God. We have come to uncover the heaven-shattering, “second” understanding of God. We have come to the apocalyptic insight: that, exactly as the Bible itself continually warned, essentially all our preachers and holy men, and their “heaven,” and their “Christ,” were …merely the foretold false prophets, following a False Christ. Deceiving the whole “world,” with a false “worship,” and a False Christ. Just exactly, and precisely, as the Bible foretold (Rev. 13, 1 John 4, etc.?). Indeed, the author of the writings of John, warned that false christs, anti-christs, had already come, even in the days the New Testament was first being formulated (c. 30 D- 110 AD). While John himself admitted, that they had come out from the midst of “us” apostles, out of the company around John himself, and others of the first disciples:

 

“Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us…” (1 John 2.13-19).

 

The deceitful aspect of the future End Times had already begun in the time of the foundation of Christianity. And furthermore, John in Revelation, noted that such religious deceivers, and their false “worship,” would eventually deceive the whole world:

 

“Men worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ … And all who dwell on earth will worship it” (Rev. 13.4-8).

 

The Bible itself warned that one day, we would see that the whole “world” would follow a false religious leader, and his false “worship” (Rev. 13). Readers here should note, furthermore, a) that if it was to be a false “worship,” then it was a religion. While of course therefore, priests or preachers, will have been involved, in this. Since almost every religion or worship, needs preachers. While then too, since the deception of the whole world b) involved a false “Christ,” then of course here again, religion – and preachers – are implicated.

 

Of course, it seems shattering; impossible to believe. But in a way, no one should be so entirely surprised by this. We have been showing for many pages, that the Bible warned continually of sins in preachers. To all those who actually read the Bible. While here and now, we are now adding still more portions of the text; that indicated that preachers will have been mistakenly following, specifically, among other things, not only “false prophets,” and so forth; but specifically, a wrong idea of “Christ.” A false Christ. Following a false idea of Christ … and then presenting that false idea, to the rest of the whole world. Thus deceiving themselves, and/or the whole world, after all. Precisely as the Bible itself warned.

 

Why would anyone now fail to see this? There are many things that make seeing his, extremely difficult. First, 1) many of us were told from infancy, that respect for priests is the core of truth and good. And it is very hard for many, to believe that what we constantly heard in churches all over the world, from infancy, might not be entirely correct. Then too 2) as for preachers themselves facing this? Many preachers, for very human reasons, do not want to “face” this. Out of their own human weaknesses, like Vanity; they do not want to face that their own authority, might not be entirely legitimate or good. Thus? They do not want to hear this second voice; or tell the world about it. Or 3) perhaps many preachers – rather patronizingly – believe that the rest of the world is not “mature” to face this voice. Though perhaps they themselves are not mature enough themselves to face it. Since by today, even the whole world, even the average 7-year old, is well-enough educated, mature enough, to begin to be told about, the parts of the Bible that did not over-stress authority; but that warned that even our holiest priests often sin and err. By now, most people already know much of this. If not all of it.

 

Surely, for example, 1) universal education. And then? 2) The revelation that hundreds, thousands of Catholic priests, were sexually molesting children? Should have prepared even the dullest believer, for the hint that there was something wrong in traditional religion, in traditional Christianity. While 3) similar scandals in Protestant churches (Swindall, Jim and Tammy Faye Baaker, etc.), and 4) the classic Protestant criticism of Catholicism, should have long since prepared Protestants for this. While then too 5) science and 6) even the New Atheism, should have begun to warn even the blindest believers, that something was up. While 7) our own long, slow process, revealing constant Biblical warnings of such things? Should surely … have at last, allowed many to wake up.

 

Given all that? By now, surely most of the world can at last face, say, 1 John 2.19. Which seemed, at least for a moment, to have intended to rather boldly and more openly warn, that many sins, even a false idea of Christ, came even out of “us,” out of even Christians and the earliest Christian apostles. Like John himself:

 

“So now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us….” (1 John 2.19).

 

To be sure, though, even apostles, in spite of an occasional moment of actual modesty and self-doubt, really wanted to hold on to their own prestige and comforting self-love, a little while longer. So that? Although an apostle like John might for the briefest moment, begin to suggest that false things had been found even in the apostles, or in John himself? Still, John’s inherent Vanity would not allow that brief moment to stand, very long. So that very shortly after the above admission, the Apostle was extremely eager to double back on his all-too-brief moment of real humility. So that very soon after admitting that false things came out of his own immediate tradition … John was anxious to try to distance all that, from he, himself. And the churches that were to follow. As John sought to assert that of course, the errors that were made, were all in the past; that those who made them had been carefully, successfully separated out from those who were good and holy. And though John for a brief second, admitted that even “us” apostles made grievous errors? The next second, John himself begins twisting, nuancing the phrase “from us.” To try to suggest that after all, it was not John himself, and his tradition, that were wrong. As John tries anxiously to say that 1) while such sins came out of “us,” 2) they are not of “us”:

 

“So now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for it they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all know”” (1 John 2.19).

 

Uncomfortable with his own brief admission, regarding “us” apostles, John spends some time, semantically twisting the word “us.” While as part of that effort, he seemed to suggest that his own group, since separated out of the wrong crowd, had some special graces or gifts, that uniquely preserved his own followers, from errors; an 1) “anoint”ing, probably by the 2) “Holy One,” or Holy Spirit. Yet to be sure, we will have been finding out here, that if the “Lord gives,” he also “takes away.” Though for a long moment – for two thousand years – our preachers, our churches were to assert that this or that special gift or special grace, would efface the sins the Bible warned they would have? Finally, we will be showing, the Bible revealed sins and errors even in those special gifts and graces, in their own turn. First, for example, 1) we will already have begun above, to briefly indicate problems even with say, the alleged special protection of the Holy Spirit. While 2) as for anointing? Here as always, to refute the vain, first voice of self-satisfied preachers, we need only look up their keywords, in a Biblical concordance. To discover the parts of the Bible, where God himself warned about problems, insufficiencies, in each and every one of our alleged special gifts. Including anointing, say. Clearly a) ancient priests were anointed; and yet God criticized priests constantly. While b) for example, in the following passage of Leviticus, God clearly assumed that “anointed” priests would sin. As it made provision to now and then – temporarily – cleanse the failures, of even anointed persons, anointed priests:

 

“If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, let him offer for the sin which he had committed a young bull?” (Lev. 4.3).

 

“Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead” (Dead, after having betrayed Judaism and David; 2 Sam. 19.10).

 

“The breath [spirit] of our nostrils, the Lord’s anointed, is taken in their pits” (Lam. 4.20).

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests… They wandered, blind….” (Lam. 4.13-14). “Our eyes failed…. our end had come” (Lam. 4.17-18).

 

The text of the Bible simply assumes, and makes provisions for, anointed priests sinning. And if even the “anointed” priest sins; and if the sacrifice of a bull might temporarily remove whatever anointing did not? As it turns out, each and every successive remedy is only temporarily effective. And if it is said that the blood of Christ permanently cleanses us? Them surely however, it must be the blood of the right Christ; not the false Christ everyone has followed. And how can you be sure you have the right Christ? Is it the Holy Spirit? Note that those in Lamentations for a while had the spirit, the protection of God; yet in the end, even that holy breath, the spirit, was “taken” from them.

 

So as essentially all our priests and prophets, prove to be dishonest, and fail us? As one after another of all the sacraments, all the dozens, the hundreds special gifts and graces, fall and fail us too? Finally, what is the real answer? Finally, there is nothing that is perfect, it seems. But of all our gifts, the one gift that at last, admits its own imperfection, and thereby becomes our greatest and only gift from God? Is a methodology, a theology from God, based on “test”ing everything. Alluded to here imperfectly but partially, in say, Lamentations

 

“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!” (Lam. 3.4).

 

“Thou wilt requite them, O LORD, according to the works of their hands” (Lam. 3.64).

 

To be sure, the “day” when this happens, will not necessarily go well for those who think they are believers. Or for priests, in particular. As Lamentations noted of an earlier “day,” that became the model for the future, foretold “Day”:

 

“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).

 

“They wandered, blind, through the streets, so defiled with blood that none could touch their garments” (Lam 4.14).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 – vol. 7.1 BACK: Real Immortality

 

 

 

 

 

BACK:

 

The Real Resurrection,

And Verifiable Immortality

 

By

 

“Woodbridge Goodman,” Ph. D.

 

 

[CONTENT NOTES to Oct. 2011 edition: the following, like all our books, is an Author’s Rough Draft; this part of our volume revised by the author, Oct. 12, 2011 to END p. 234. Containing: Ch. 1 Lazarus; Ch. 2 Jesus; Ch. 3 Ezekiel’s Bones Vs. “Name” and “Seed”; Ch. 4 DNA; Ch. 5 Name; Ch. 6 Plato’s Heaven; Ch 7 Persephone, Vegetative Rebirth; Ch. 8 The Book; Literary Immortality to END p. 197? Addenda: On Copies, Heaven, Paul, to END p. 235]

 

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Lazarus:

 

A Simple Resurrection

 

[Last edited by author to p. 21, Oct. 7, 2011]

 

 

Segue

 

 

 

Is there a real, scientifically-verifiable immortality? What are the immortality and resurrection promised by Christianity, really like? Are they just like what we heard in church: dead bodies rising out of the grave one day? Can we simply trust the old, simple accounts of an afterlife, that we heard in church?

 

Our holy men, religious pictures, seemed to picture resurrection, as dead bodies rising from graves. But earlier, as it turns out, we found many quotes in the Bible that warned us that our holy men are not necessarily, that reliable. Today, many ordinary people are beginning to see sins, even in our holy men and angels, and in our churches; as we see for instance that Roman Catholic priests for example, were molesting children. And see all our bishops lied to cover that up, or “whitewash” it. And this is an incredibly difficult moment; indeed, as we see these sins in our holiest men, our childhood confidence in the church, even in Heaven itself, begins to collapse. But we will have seen in earlier books, that if we suddenly see sins in all our holiest men and angels, if our Heaven itself seems to be “dissolving” … then after all, all this is all to the good. Because this “day” was foretold, authorized, by the Bible itself. And soon, we can come to see another, second, better vision of God and good, to be sure; we will see a Second Coming of God to earth.

 

And indeed God, Good, we suggest, are coming to earth again, in part even now. As foretold. But to be sure, the Second Coming, the second appearance of God, is not quite what our priests and ministers thought. God, Christ, to be sure, do appear again here on earth. But they do not advocate such strong “faith” any more; but rather, believing in material science and material evidence. In fact we will have found, God tells us that our religion is not supposed to be based on “faith,” as much as based on Science; Christianity is supposed to be based on a Science of God.

 

But how does the Science of God work? What do its results look like? In earlier times, whenever scholars and others applied Science to Christianity, it seemed to come up with mostly negative results; it seemed to find almost everything in religion – especially promises of miracles – to be false. But the fact is, we find that the fuller Science of God does prove some old things in religion, some old readings of the Bible and of God, were false; but amazingly, we find here that the Science of God can suddenly show that the Bible itself was essentially, true, to real life. As it turns out, the Science of God can look at the Bible’s accounts of various “miracles” like resurrections … and show us how those accounts were not quite what preachers thought; but also that those accounts after all, amazingly, can be read as being accounts of things that Science can now … affirm and clarify.

 

Many preachers’ accounts of the Bible, and its “miracles,” were not reliable. Indeed, preachers at their best, were “humble,” and admitted that their own “knowledge” of God was imperfect. So that preachers should be open to seeing a new, second appearance to the Bible, and a second “appearance” to God; especially one that somehow “comes down to earth.” While indeed, when our Science begins to look at the Bible more closely – at its promises of immortality and resurrection – we begin to see a second appearance to resurrection; we begin to see something real in the biblical accounts, that corresponds to things that Reason and Science can confirm.

 

The Bible in fact, told us that there were always many bad and “false” things, even in Religion; even in “Christ”ian things, people crying “Lord, Lord.” But we will have found earlier that God gave us a way, to use science; and thus God gives us a kind of critical ability, a kind of “judgement.” That allows us to at last separate the good things from the false, the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the straw, in our religion.

 

Or indeed finally, the Science of God helps us to at last see exactly how Christ can be “resurrected” from “heaven,” to earth.

 

Indeed, among other things, many scholars have previously used science, to show that there is a real resurrection and immortality; one that science can now describe.

 

And when we see that? We begin to see a new appearance of Christ. One that finds Christ not hovering immanent, in a spiritual “Heaven”; but that sees him here, in and among the things of this physical world again.

 

As foretold.

 

 

 

Introduction to Immortality,

Resurrection

 

 

 

So what is immortality, really like? Immortality as it turns out, is rather complicated. And it was too complicated for our many preachers. Who gave us sketchy, surreal, magical accounts of it only.

 

For centuries, priests pointed to parts of the Bible, that seemed to promise us that if we were good, if we followed our priests “faith”fully, then we would get some form of afterlife, immortality, resurrection; in “heaven,” or in the “world to come,” etc.. Yet our holy men were seldom entirely clear on the details of how immortality, resurrection, worked.

 

What is immortality really like? At times, from sermons and rumors, it seemed 1) totally, simply, crudely physical: people who are physically dead, could rise from the graves, physically; like Lazarus. And yet we don’t see that very often in real life. So? Other times, 2) people, preachers suggested that it would be wholly spiritual; we would go up to “heaven” somehow, after death. While similarly, 3) others like Paul hinted vaguely that at the end of our lives, or the end of time, we are taken up into the “clouds” somehow, etc.. In fact, exactly what resurrection was, was very unclear and cloudy. While 4) eventually many preachers came to take all these hints of a life after death, as a sort of metaphor for spiritual rebirth; for the moment that that we put aside – or die to – our primal passions, lusts, and are “born again” into a new, ascetic, Christian life. But this means that there are many conflicting ideas of immortality then. (And then too, in any case – 5 – even if there is some kind of immortality in heaven say, preachers were often not very clear about which of us will go up into heaven, after all.)

 

There are many different ideas of immortality and resurrection; but all these ideas seem to conflict, we will see, and to cancel each other out. So is there something better? Is there 5) a real, scientifically or rationally-verifiable, afterlife? Or were all the old promises just false; or at best, metaphorical? As it turns out here, there is a rational/scientific reality to resurrection, that scholars are coming to describe today.

 

In ancient times, there were many rumors of wonderful, amazing things in life; things that were not however well understood at the time; things that were seen as supernatural miracles or wonders. For example? There were legends of people being taken up bodily into heaven, to live forever (cf. space travel). And there were rumors of dead bodies, rising up from the grave, to live again. Yet, as many believers look around themselves today, it seems as if we don’t see many of these supernatural miracles much today. And it even seems that our old heaven of “faith” in supernatural “miracles,” is being intellectually attacked, and is crumbling, even now; it seems that our old heaven of miracles, faith, is in fact collapsing, “dissolving.” But? As it turns out, if we use Science to look at the old accounts, at the Bible itself? Amazingly, we can find … a rational armature, to it all: some ideas from Plato; and from Greek mythology, that can finally be found to match … some things that Science can now confirm.

 

To be sure, many people have come to doubt the existence of supernatural “miracles”; and yet however, for some time, serious people, scholars, scientists, have been proposing various natural or naturalistic explanations, for what once seemed to be supernatural miracles. For some time, scientists have been suggesting for example, that ancient tales of “fire from the heavens,” for example, might have been an ancient metaphor for, say, meteors. Or the idea of “fire from heaven” might have been an old way of talking about burning oil, poured on enemies from the heights of castles, etc.. Though such naturalistic explanations are at first, disappointing to some, though they are not quite as grandiose as the claims and dreams of many preachers, finally we will have fund that many of those grandiose promises were not kept; and so now it is time to be more modest, humble, in what we claim. We need to limit our promises, more to what we can “prov”ably produce, that can be verified by empirical science. And though such naturalistic explanations are at first disappointing to some, they suggest that however, that in effect, there is something real behind the old promises. In effect? Naturalistic explanations do not “disprove” the Bible say; indeed, the are proving the bible to be true; scientifically true. Even as? They conceptually bring formerly disembodied, surreal ideas … down to earth. At first, such things seem disillusioning. But ultimately? The result is the realization of the dreams of the Bible: a God that comes down to this physical, material earth again; and creates verifiable, great, physical works.

 

For some time in fact, scientists and rational people have been finding real things in nature and technology, that would correspond to ancient accounts of miracles. And more specifically, for some time many scholars have suggested that if we read our Bibles more closely, with reason and science in mind, we find that we can see things in biblical accounts of immortality … that correspond to things that we can confirm, in science, in nature, and in technology. Amazingly in fact? We can confirm … immortality and resurrection, themselves. Here and now.

 

Many religious thinkers have earlier objected to scientific, naturalistic explanations of religious things. And in part, some of those objections were partially valid. The fact is that until recently, Science was a bit too crude itself, to really, fully do justice to many things in religion. But? In recent years, Science and Reason have themselves developed a bit; to include not only Physics and Biology, but whole new sciences, like Anthropology/Archeology, and emerging sciences like Sociology, and Psychology. And as it turns out? When we combine all these various sciences, to look at the Bible again? We can suddenly at last, make out the outline of … a scientifically-verifiable resurrection; a real, rationally-, or scientifically-verifiable, immortality.

 

To be sure, we must find that the apparent, simple phsycial resurrection of dead bodies from the grave – as in horror movies, and the tales of Lazarus – is not ultimately, the real resurrection or afterlife at all; that view of the afterlife is not even fully endorsed, even by the Bible itself, we will find. But to be sure, we need to look closely at the Lazarus tale; and show how the Bible itself does not fully accept it; so that we can get a clearer idea of what the real resurrection is not. So that we can move past this common but false idea of an afterlife; to something that is more true to what we actually see, in real life.

 

As it turns out, the Bible itself, does not fully support or back, the common idea of resurrection: dead bodies rising from graves. But if the Bible itself rejected this, that is also a hopeful sign, in one way; the rejection of this, suggests that maybe the Bible itself, after all, is looking for a view of life, compatible with science; for a scientifically-verifiable immortality. And in fact we will find here that 1) not only does the Bible itself question the simple “miraculous” resurrection of Lazarus; it went on to deliver better, alternative ideas of resurrection. First, the Bible itself began entertaining 2) the idea that resurrection, is just a metaphor or figure of speech, for feeling revived, or “renewed” in your spirit. But then finally, 3) the Bible itself went on to the most supportable, rational idea of immortality, from Plato; to the idea that our selves live on after death, in the sense that our a) “memory,” or cultural “name,” and our b) genes or “seed,” live on, or are carried on, in our children. Many of our ideas and our genes, are carried on in the people, the culture, that live on after our death. Which means that there is a real immortality; immortality is not a supernatural miracle at all; but is in effect a metaphor or slightly garbled description of some things that science can now confirm, in nature and in culture.

 

And if at first, this form of afterlife or resurrection or immortality, seems disappointing? Then consider that after all, we are now finding something verifiably real, in legends of an afterlife. And furthermore, in fact, we are now finding that even a sort of resurrection or rebirth of even Christ, for example, is possible; in this life. In a way that can be confirmed by science.

 

On the one hand, people are disappointed, disillusioned, when they discover that what we thought were supernatural miracles – like immortality – were, even according to the Bible itself, a sort of metaphorical summing up of some rather natural – even some might say mundane – aspects of life. But on the other hand, if the glass now appears half empty, it is also half full. Since the fact is, if resurrection and immortality are less spectacular than we thought – dead bodies rising from graves – on the other hand, what we do have, is scientifically verifiable and solidly real. As we will show here. And then, furthermore, once we have a clearer vision of the scientifically-verifiable side of Christianity, we can begin next, perhaps, begin to even … improve on the immortality that we have.

 

And amazingly, in any case, as we link the old religious ideas, with scientific and rational facts, today, we will be able to see here, in effect, a major Biblical prophesy coming true: we will begin to “see” Religion – or God, Jesus, spirit – in effect, returning to this material earth.

 

So that, as simple and worldly or “fleshly” as this resurrection appears at first … finally, in the end, this is the fulfillment of in fact, ancient Biblical prophesy. Of “spirit” poured on material “flesh”; of God, good, coming back down to this material earth, again, at last.

 

So, hard as it might be for the believer to “face” our more rational explorations into resurrection and immortality, finally, the believer should at last be prepared to accept and face and “bear” the findings of Reason and Science at last; on being told that after all, amazingly, these findings are consistent with, even commanded by, the Bible itself. It should be possible for believers to at last face and accept the findings of reason and science at last, on being shown that after all, our old Bibles and our old religion, the old “prophesies” of Christianity, are not being refuted or “debunked”; but are being … confirmed; “fulfilled.” As foretold, God, good, are returning; to be found in and among the things of this material earth, at last.

 

And so, after this message of hope for believers, let us now begin to look at the Bible itself; looking at it in fact, far more closely than our preachers did. Because, once we get past all the false preacherly “interpretations,” all the common illusions and delusions and false dreams … we will come at last to the scientific basis of it all; we are rewarded after all, with a real immortality. We are rewarded at last, with an at-first humble, but finally, real resurrection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1

 

Lazarus, Etc.:

 

Is Resurrection a

Simple Physical Resurrection From the Grave?

 

 

 

What is resurrection, actually? Here we will come to a rationally-defensible understanding of it. But to get there is not entirely easy; the reader will need a fair amount of sophisticated knowledge, to get there. But one way to get to that point, is to start a long, slow review, of the oldest or simplest ideas of an afterlife. Especially, we might look at parts of the Bible, that seemed to picture a very simple, even crudely physical resurrection: dead bodies, rising physically from the grave. As in the Biblical account, it has seemed, of Lazarus.

 

Countless Sunday School illustrations have been presented to children and adults, and pictured in religious paintings, that picture resurrection as being a conceptually simple, if miraculous, affair. Jesus is traditionally pictured, as walking up to the tomb of the physically dead Lazarus, and simply calling him back to physical life. As indeed, isolated parts of the Bible seemed to suggest at first:

 

 

“Your brother will rise again” (John 11.23).

 

“He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth” (John 11.43).

 

 

Traditionally, from parts of the Bible like this, resurrection it has often been pictured as a purely simply physical – if rather supernatural – miracle: simply, dead bodies rising out of the grave, literally, physically. Like it seemed, the raising of Lazarus. Yet that idea of resurrection, cannot be supported by science. While as for the apparent physical raising of Lazarus? Is a dead body rising from a grave, actually what the Bible itself described? Let’s look closer at what the Bible itself actually said. As it turns out, ultimately, even the Bible itself was not entirely sure about the truthfulness and accuracy of accounts of dead bodies, rising alive, from the grave. So, we will have to examine – and then, with the Bible itself, finally strongly question, even reject – the first, simple idea or hypothesis about resurrection: the idea of physically dead bodies, rising to physical life again, whole and entire, in their original bodies, from the grave. As it turns out, the Bible itself for instance, looks at that idea of resurrection, immortality, in the story of Lazarus especially. But then finally, even the Bible itself finaly, ultimately, does not fully endorse or accept, the alleged resurrection of Lazarus, as genuine. Though “part”s of the Bible seem to suggest that kind of afterlife, other parts finally deliver a very different, more complete understanding.

 

 

 

 

The Bible Itself, Notes Nuances in the Account of Lazarus

 

 

 

The Bible itself, as it turns out, examined many, many possible kinds, many rumors, of an afterlife. Merely the most simple form, seems to picture literally, physically dead persons, dead bodies, simply rising from their graves, to walk and talk again. And yet however, as it turns out, though the Bible briefly presents and examines this picture of resurrection, in the tale of “Lazarus,” finally, in the end, the Bible itself qualifies this idea of immortality. And even seems to reject it. In fact? The Bible itself, qualifies and questions, the simplist Lazarus account.

 

The “Raising of Lazarus” can therefore serve as a first, typical – but too-simple – picture of a rebirth, an immortality: physically dead people rising from the grave. But we will find that finally, even the Bible itself is not certain about whether Lazarus was even really, physically dead, in the first place.

 

Let’s look at what the Bible actually says about this. It’s from the New Testament. There it was said – or as it turns out, it was hinted, by some – that Jesus’ friend Lazarus, had recently, physically, died. While then – it was thought by many people – it appears that Jesus says a few magic/miraculous words … and Lazarus rises up alive, they say; to walk and talk and live again.

 

This is indeed, what millions of preachers allowed the people to think: that the story of Lazarus is a good simple account and promise of resurrection: a promise that if we are good, and follow our Lord, then we can expect that one day or another, like Lazarus, our physically dead body, will being raised up alive again, out of the grave. By some kind of supernatural miracle. However, let’s look at the text itself, very carefully. As you read the story of the “raising of Lazarus,” below, you should very carefully note this: that all during the description of this alleged simple miraculous resurrection, there are actually dozens of questions, in the Bible itself, about this resurrection. Especially in fact, the Bible itself questions, especially, whether Lazarus was really, actually, physically dead, at all.

 

Here’s the text. Read it very closely. Noting especially the questions it raised in the fine print, about whether Lazarus was really, actually, physically dead and rotting (and stinking), or not:

 

 

“Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary…. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death…. After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going to awaken him.’

 

 

Here for a moment, the text considers the possibility that Lazarus was merely “asleep,” or unconscious.

 

To be sure, the text is quite complicated and convoluted. And next? After raising the possibility that Lazarus was merely unconscious, the text itself, begins to interpret Jesus. And its interpretation seems to try to firmly reject that simple, natural possibility. Declaring that Jesus meant Lazarus was really dead. “Sleeping” with our ancestors apparently being read here, as a mere metaphor for … being dead. And in one reading, the text of John has John reading Jesus as in effect, speaking metaphorically, and/or somehow, in a very simple and “plain” sense:

 

“The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been talking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead…. But let us go to him.’ Thomas , who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

But then, what does the larger account of this incident, say? Suppose we look at it. When we do, we find that this incident is not quite what mere parts of the Bible seemed to be about to conclude.

 

The larger story? Includes many diverse understandings of what resurrection is; and whether it might even be somehow, a metaphor. For some kind of spiritual resurrection, perhaps. When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days…. And Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord….” Yet to be sure, other parts of the Bible seem to speak of living on in God and Jesus, to be not so simply physical.

 

And in fact, the biblical text itself does not clearly produce evidence that Lazarus was in fact even really, physically, dead. Though to a superficial reading, it appears to do that at first. For example? Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is [“Will be”? Making this a supposition, rather than a statement of fact; 11.39 RSV] a stench because he had been dead four days.'”

 

Here, the text might seem to suggest that Lazarus was definitely not sleeping; that his body was long dead, rotting; as evidenced by it stinking. But? Note that, curiously, Martha was merely issuing a hypothetical: she did not say the body was actually stinking, but merely that if Lazarus was dead several days, then his body would have a “stench.” Martha, in at least this part of the Bible, did not firmly say that Lazarus was dead, in effect. Or did not issue real evidence that he was dead.

 

And so? The raising of Lazarus is a good first example, of what many people have thought an afterlife was like. And this text – of the “Raising of Lazarus” as it is often called – has often been presented to us by preachers, in their sermons, as an example of a straightforward, solid miracle. And as a promise of afterlife for the rest of us as well. As a promise from God, that if we follow our preachers, or their idea of God and Good, even unto death, then we, like Lazarus, will one day be brought back to physical, walking and talking life.

 

Our long-dead bodies, they taught, would rise up out of our graves one day. In a simple, literal way. As it seemed, in the “first” simple reading of Lazarus. But now let’s take a closer look, at the fine print in the Bible itself; at the caveats, the qualifications, on that apparently simple promise.

 

Always read the finer print, in your Bibles; in this case, let’s look at what the text of the Bible really says, about this resurrection, this raising from the dead, a little closer. As it turns out, the Bible itself introduced many hesitations about the reliability of this account of a resurrection. Among other hesitations that the Bible itself had, we will note, this: a) first of all, actually, the Bible itself explores many hesitations, about whether Lazarus is really, physically dead. Indeed, the text, Jesus himself, considers the possibility that Laz was just simply “asleep.” And b) furthermore? Though Jesus also says Lazarus is “dead,” and though the apostles interpret that to “plain”ly mean that he is physically dead? Actually, we might note in passing, that this may be a mere supposition or speculation, by the apostles. Apostles who often, after all, were im “perfect” (as Paul confessed of himself, for example; see our volume on bad things in holy men, False Priests).

 

 

 

Was Lazarus Really, Physically, Dead,

In the First Place?

 

 

 

To many millions of people and priests, the picture of Lazarus does seem, at first, to offer us a simple physical miracle at first: a physically dead person, seems to rise from the grave, physically alive again. However, Science says today that truly dead bodies, bodies of persons long dead and rotting, do not come to life again today. And with this in mind, suppose we look at the Bible passage a little more closely. As it turns out, the Bible is not clear and unambiguous. And it is not ever clear, that the Bible itself, in the end, is entirely firm that this indeed, is the resurrection promised. It is time to note that in the Bible itself, there are a dozen suggestions that this resurrection is not quite what it seems. That maybe, Lazarus was not ever really, actually, fully, physically, dead.

 

The fact is, the Bible itself constantly questions whether Lazarus was really physically dead, in the first place. First, note that a) some of the witnesses here are unreliable, according to Biblical values. First aa) women are involved as major witnesses in this account. But women were not highly regarded, in many ancient cultures. And when women told stories in paternalistic Biblical times, it was often code for “doubtful witnesses.” Old women’s tales.

 

Then too for that matter? The witnesses here are doubly unreliable, according even to Biblical values; because not only are they mere women, but bb) also note, some of their apparent statements, witnesses, are not statements of facts at all, but are only hypotheticals. The women for example, do not firmly say in all translations, that there material evidence that Lazarus is dead and rotting; in that there is a stench in the air from Laz’s rotting body. Rather, they supposed, hypothetically, that if Laz was dead, then there would be a stench:

 

 

Surely there will be a stench” (John 11.39 NAB).

 

Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, by this time there will be an odor'” (11.39 RSV).

 

[Cf: “Lord, already there is a stench because he had been dead four days.’ ” vs. “Will be.” Making this a supposition, rather than a statement of fact; 11.39 RSV]

 

 

Therefore, the Bible itself noted unreliable aspects of this report of a resurrection; both as to the unreliability of witnesses; but also what witnesses said.

 

While furthermore? Jesus himself is often found issuing things like hypotheticals. In the following account, Jesus himself does not firmly say there is a resurrection of this kind; but merely asks others whether they believe that there is some sort of resurrection (John 11.25-27).

 

Finally, because of many conflicting statements on this, even by Jesus himself; Jesus himself noting uncertainty here, in effect. Next for example, notice that b) Jesus himself makes a statement, that says, in one common reading, that the (type of?) illness that Lazarus had, is not fatal (11.4):

 

 

“But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death….”

 

 

Here, Jesus himself can easily be read as saying that the illness Laz had, was not fatal. Therefore, the implication was that … Lazarus was not actually dead. Was Jesus wrong, or was Jesus right, when he noted this? Maybe Lazarus indeed, just had a normal, non-fatal disease. And was just in a coma, “asleep,” as many have speculated.

 

Was Lazarus even really, literally, simply, physically dead, therefore? Or was he just in a coma, “asleep”? Many preachers have not hesitated to proudly assert that they know the truth: Laz was really, actually, dead. Yet actually? We find here that the text of the Bible vacillates time after time; producing lots of different speculations within itself, as to whether Lazarus is really even dead or not. Indeed this – Jesus’ first statement that the disease Lazarus had is not fatal – is not the last word on Lazarus in this account. As it turns out, as we look at this – and then one after another pictures of a possible afterlife and ressurrection in the Bible – we will find that the Bible itself, in the fine print, expressed reservations and hesitations and qualifications, about such miracles. Specifically, regarding the alleged raising of the physically dead Lazarus, in the Bible itself, there is expressed over and over, some doubt , as to whether Lazarus was really, actually, literally, physically dead, in the first place. From the first, note, Jesus himself indicated that the disease that Lazarus had was not normally fatal.

 

c) Then too, we will note, Jesus himself does not say, clearly, for some time, that Lazarus is actually dead; Jesus indeed often says instead, that Lazarus is “asleep” (11.11). Suggesting Laz was just in a coma.

 

Or then, d) finally, we might add, when Jesus finally seems to say Lazarus is “dead,” note “dead” was often used in the Bible as a metaphor. A metaphor for being “dead to” or insensible of, insensitive to, good things. As we will see later, looking at say, the tale of the Prodigal Son.

 

So finally, what is resurrection? Did the Bible itself, unambiguously, even in the story of Lazarus, firmly, unequivocally tell us, that with Lazarus, a physically dead body, rose from the grave, to live again physically? His original physical body, dead and rotting … just got up and walked around? Actually, we find here in our first look at biblical resurrection, that if you read the fine print in the Bible, it is not really sure that the Bible itself, is actually offering that. That it is promising dead bodies rising from graves. As we begin to read the Bible more closely, we find that, for instance, the Bible itself is not even clearly, unambiguously saying that Lazarus was really, physically, dead. In the first place.

 

So that? Surprisingly, there is no firm promise here, in the story of Lazarus, that dead bodies will rise from graves. Not at all. Even even according to the Bible itself.

 

And? All those many millions of preachers, and their billions of sermons, that suggested that this promised a physical resurrection to us? They were substantially, stupid, or false. ‘

 

Is this possible? Remember that the Bible warned that one “day,” God would show us that essentially all our holiest men and angels, often sinned, and were specifically, “false” (Rev. 13; Isa. 34.4). “All have sinned,” the Bible itself told us, “no one is good but God” himself. So that finally one day, even “all the host of heaven,” and Heaven itself, are to be “dissolved” (Isa. 34.4 ff; 2 Peter 3.7-12; Rev. 21; etc.. See our volume on the Destruction of Heaven).

 

 

 

What is It?

Paul Calls it a “Mystery”;

We Discover Much Complexity

 

 

In the story of Lazarus, there are already many hints of hesitation about the subject; and many different readings offered. And finally we will find? Even this at-first very simple text, does not really, so firmly settle on a simple account, as many around Jesus supposed.

 

But if so, then what finally, will resurrection? What is the Bible really offering? If the story of Lazarus is not really definitely promising or describing a dead body rising from the grave, then what is the Bible really offering, in the way of immortality and afterlife? Finally, we will find, the Bible itself never firmly or obviously says, or reveals, an absolutely solid picture, or a full description, of immortality; to the point that St. Paul himself, finally called it a “mystery.” A mystery that even our (over time) millions of preachers, have never fully understood, or explained to us.

 

And yet however, finally we will see, using a little science, we can at last begin to see the historical roots and true nature of what the Bible was thinking of. And using this kind of study, we can at last walk the public, the people, through this mystery; and to reveal the secret of immortality, and resurrection, at last. To reveal the only scientifically-verifiable immortality and resurrection that would have been available in the time of Jesus; the only one that seems to come true, in real life. The only kind of ressurection that can presently be confirmed by the science of God. A resurrection which is both consistent with every word of the Bible itself, and with science as well.

 

Yet to find out what the Bible really offered, we need to read many biblical examples, in some considerable detail.

 

Briefly? First, 1) the Bible allows itself to appear superficially to offer – and many sermons and religious paintings have offered – an apparently simple, physical resurrection: our original dead bodies, rising from the grave, to live again. As it seemed to many, with Lazarus. But then, next, we find that in the fine print, even in the account of Lazarus, the Bible seems to question whether dead bodies come to life at all. Then St. Paul called it a “mystery.” While 2) next, the Bible shifts to suggesting that … resurrection, is a mere metaphor; a figure of speech. A symbols for, specifically, having our mind changed, or “renewed.” Or feeling reborn.

 

In fact, the New Testament at times offers what have often been presented as promises of big physical resurrections. But then in the fine print, you find out that the Bible itself questioned the reality or physicality, of those resurrections. While next we find that in fact, the New Testament turns things around, and begins to suggest that such promises were just metaphors or figures of speech, for something spiritual. Specifically, it suggested, when you have been bad and immoral, you are “lost,” and even “dead” to good. But then, when you have your mind educated, or turned around and made better, more moral in some way, when you are “saved” from sins and errors; and then, it is suggested, it is as if our mind was “dead,” but has come back to “life.”

 

In this way, the old physical accounts, were often metaphoricalized, spiritualized. As is typical in the New Testament, a promise of a literal physical wonder, it is suggested in the New Testament, is really just a “figure” of speech, or a metaphor, or a “parable.” For something happening just in our mind or spirit. In this case, what most people took to be a promise that our physically dead selves will rise to live again somehow, the New Testament began to write as if, this was just a metaphor for people whose minds or spirits were “dead” to morality and goodness … but who decide in their minds to became good. And who are therefore, converted to good at last. Saved. Which is, the Bible says, like a person being dead, coming back to life.

 

But is this really, finally, all the Bible was really promising, in fact? Were all those promises of immortality, resurrection, just metaphors, then? The fact is, that many people will feel justly, that they have been cheated, when a) preachers at first promised big physical wonders … b) but then suddenly turn around, and tell us to read the fine print: that all their big promises were just metaphors for spiritual things. So that finally? Though we need to read the fine print closely, c) we finally need to read it closer still; to find if we can after all, find another, real physical reality in it. Perhaps not our original bodies, rising from the grave. But some more subtle physical things.

 

And In fact? What we will find here is that, when we use a little of the science of God, to look at our Bibles even more closely – more closely than our preachers read it (or admit to having read it) – we will discover here many things about the mystery of immortality, resurrection, that our preachers did not know much about. We will find out that first of all, a) the old promises really were rather more metaphorical than many preachers thought. b) But then in our next chapter, we will discover that behind the metaphors – of our minds or “spirits” being renewed – is something scientifically, provably real: the transmission of ideas, minds, through DNA and Culture. Indeed, we will demonstrate the physical reality of the spirit; and its bodily re-appearance, too.

 

What we will find here is that in the end, there is a real, physical resurrection; even a resurrection of God, Jesus, here on this material earth. But to learn to see it, first we need to pass through [/intellectually “burn”], disprove, several all-too-simple, priestly, “child”hood visions of immortality and resurrection. Including first of all, 1) the idea that a simple bodily resurrection, is found in the story Lazarus. But then? Also 2) we need to see past the idea that the New Testament presented the idea that resurrection is just a metaphor; that “rebirth” is just a metaphor for things happening in our mind or spirit, while we are alive.

 

The fact is, we will eventually show that our minds or spirits are materially real; as real as computer software. And furthermore, we will show that the ideas – much of the mind or spirit – of many ancient people from the past, have lived on, through culture and DNA, holy books and so forth. Lived on … so that a) they are often partially revived, in modern believers. While b) one “day” we can really expect to see a really “full”er, far more complete, “second” appearance, rebirth, of God or Jesus.

 

Some of us in fact, may come to see much of the Second Coming, the second and better appearance of Christ – beginning in part, even, here and now. As you read this very book, you will come to see many things, in your mind’s eye. And then? You will see God and immortality… in the physical reality around you. God, in and on this physical world.

 

Once again.

 

To see this though is not easy; we have to submit one traditional religious idea after another, to critical fire; to see if it really holds up, to a) what the Bible itself really said; and b) to the Science that the Bible itself told us to honor. (As we noted in our many volumes on the Science of God).

 

 

 

Part II

 

Was It All Just Metaphors?

 

“Death” and “Rebirth,”

In the Bible;

The Prodigal Son

 

 

Here we will have examined a) the first simple idea of resurrection that most people have as children or un-knowledgeable adults: physically dead bodies, rising from the grave. But our finding here in this chapter, is that the Bible itself highly qualified all such apparent pictures of physical immortality, resurrection. Eventually in fact, all promises of physical resurrection were all but, apparently, subtly withdrawn, by the Bible itself. This becomes apparent if you looked for example, first, at the wording even of the raising of Lazarus, above. While next, let’s look at b) the way the Bible began to develop a more “spiritual,” or metaphorical idea, of resurrection. An idea of resurrection which took it to be merely a metaphor, for some spiritual process. Especially, biblical promises of a resurrection and rebirth, can be read as being just symbols for the way you are “dead” to good morality, when you were bad; but then, when you become Christian, you come to “life,” or become reborn – or resurrected – as a new and better person. To be sure, these metaphorical, spiritual ideas, will in themselves, not be enough. But
we need to examine them, and pass through them. Before seeing the fuller truth.

 

Could Christian promises of a resurrection have been just symbolic, metaphors? Remember that Jesus himself told us that he often spoke in “figures” of speech; meaning metaphors (as we noted in our chapter on Metaphors). Or in related “parables.” While in fact we will find here and elsewhere, St. Paul often clearly used the terms “life” and “death” metaphorically; before Paul in fact finally told us, when talking specifically about resurrection, that he was speaking in spiritual metaphors; not literally.

 

For now, let’s especially note Jesus himself, clearly using the idea of being “dead,” and coming to “life” again, metaphorically; in the tale of the Prodigal Son. There, a son had been bad, and had been away from the good home of his father; and the son was therefore said to be “dead”; but when the son becomes good, and returns to his father – he was therefore said to be “alive” again. So that, in the tale of the Prodigal son, “life” and “death,” and coming back to life, are clearly being used metaphorically, in at least this part of, this voice in, the Bible.

 

Here’s the famous story:

 

 

“The younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living….. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you…’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him…. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother
was dead, and is alive... (Luke 15.12-32; italics, mine).

 

 

Note that it is clear in this story, that the son, though he was bad, was not ever really, literally, physically dead. There is no account of the son literally, physically dying. Instead it seems clear, the son was merely “dead to” his good father; dead to morality and an honest life. “Dead,” say as far as his father was concerned; missing from the father’s good life. And perhaps, dead in that he had become dead to good things. But the son was never physically dead. (Similar to the story of Lazarus; where it was never certain Laz was physically dead). And so here, if the son (cf. Jesus, the “son” of God) is said to be “dead” and come to “life,” all that should not be taken literally. It is all metaphorical.

 

Therefore, the whole idea of a resurrection, the Bible deliberately hints here, might have been just a metaphor, all along. In the case of the Prodigal Son, the son here did not really, literally, physically die, and then come back to life. When the father says, “your brother was dead, and is alive,” then, he clearly means that metaphorically. The father means, it was as if the brother was dead, and come to life.

 

And so, if the Bible ever promised immortality or resurrection, what then did it actually promise? What then, is resurrection from the dead, so far as the Bible is concerned? Here, in this part of the Bible, it is nothing much more or less, than a … mere, metaphorical rebirth. It is just telling us that you can we “dead” to good men, but can come back to them – and to a new “life” – when you decide to be good.

 

This spiritualized resurrection might be good in some ways. But to be sure note, in this case, it is not true that you can physically die, or be long dead and rotting, but can then come back to physical, material life.

 

Is biblical resurrection and immorality then, just a metaphor? In fact, remember, the Bible began to hint 1) in the raising of Lazarus, that those persons that we thought were physically dead, and then raised, might not have been. But then 2) we found that the whole idea of life and death and rebirth, were often used metaphorically in the Bible. For example, a) the Prodigal son story, by Jesus himself, clearly used “life” and coming back from “death,” as a metaphor for a mere spiritual process.

 

(While we found earlier, in our chapters on Metaphors and Nature, that indeed, the New Testament in particular, often attempted to convert all physical miracles, in general, to metaphors.)

 

b) In fact, there are many parts of the Bible that seem to allow taking the old promises of resurrection for example, as just metaphors for spiritual things. Like this passage:

 

“He who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; and does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life” (John 5. 24).

 

Here, the old promises were re-translated in such a way that indeed, all the old promises of real physical results from Religion, could be secretly whisked away with some semantic sleight-of-hand; and re-presented, re-read, as being just metaphors. Just fictional stories, about spiritual or mental things. In this case, the rather vivid promises that preachers and their God would raise really, physically dead people back to life, are suddenly topspun, twisted, and presented as metaphors, in the Bible, itself. Which interprets coming to “life,” as a mental or spiritual process; one that can happen “now,” as they say, in this lifetime. As being really just a metaphor. Those who have heard the word of Jesus and believe in his Father, has already passed from death, to life, it is said.

 

c) Were all promises of life after death then, just metaphors? The New Testament especially, seems partially dedicated to metaphoricalizing all the old physical promises of God; to assuring us that God never really promised anything simply physical at all; that all those apparent promises were just (read the fine print), metaphors for mental or spiritual things that preachers can give us; like “faith” and “hope.” Now, more specifically, we might note that the Apostle/St. Paul in particular, also often used “life” and “death” in a very loose, metaphorical way. For example, St. Paul, like Jesus, said that many people who are still physically alive, but who are immoral or living in lust and “pleasure,” are said to be “dead” in some way:

 

 

“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth” (1 Tim. 5.6).

 

You were dead though the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world…. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God who is rich in mercy … even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us….” (Eph. 2.1-7. See also Prodigal Son, Luke 15.32: “this your brother was dead, and is alive”).

 

 

The metaphoricalization and spiritualization, of “life” and “death” and being born again – and of resurrection in effect – is therefore found in many places in the Bible. (While in addition, even in the John 5 passage on Lazarus, which seemed to promise a very real, physical resurrection, that promise is taken away – metaphoricalized; “dissolved” – in the fine print. Cf. the destruction of our first heaven).

 

Yet finally? If all the old physical promises are “twist”ed semantically into mere metaphors, many people are justified in feeling cheated, tricked. Since we find in real life (and in previous books here), that the physical side of life is important; and we need a religion that takes care of it responsibly. A religion that does not leave us physically starving to death. (As James warned, James 2.14-26; see our book on the literally, physically fatal side of Over-Spirituality).

 

 

 

 

Other Apparent Physical Resurrections?

All Could Be Metaphors

 

 

We will need a religion, a Christianity, that takes care of the physical side of life. But to be sure, the first physicalistic accounts of resurrection in the Bible to be sure, do not seem to be totally reliable or final. Though the Bible itself continually tries to come up with more and more subtle and yet also physical accounts of things. Like unconsciousness; and then beyond.

 

To be sure, many physical accounts are at first, unsatisfactory; dead bodies rising from graves, seems contradicted by empirical experience. And finally, it is questioned in the Bible itself. Which considers unconsciousness, “sleeping” and then rising, as one hypothesis. And if the account of Lazarus seems to consider that and then reject it? As it turns out, this debate or discussion goes on and on. Gradually producing an account of resurrection, that is neither very simply physical; nor too simply spiritual either.

 

Clearly, the Bible itself at first, offered at least one alternative to simple physicality: a simple spirituality. So if, in the Bible and in preachers’ sermons and religious paintings, we at first hear a first, simple voice, attracting us with big promises of big, dramatic, physical miracles – and a physical resurrection? It is “wise” no doubt, to read the fine print here, to start. To be sure, until about 1969 or so, preachers often promised to us, in millions of religious sermons and writings and paintings, that the physically dead, will physically rise, one day. (Or in some cases have already risen.) But eventually the New Testament especially, offered passages that allowed that any and all such promises, could be metaphoricalized, spiritualized; could be taken as mere metaphors. Ultimately, even these “spiritual” accounts will prove to be unsatisfactory, themselves. But we need to understand them, and then assimilate them into a better overall understanding.

 

c) Indeed, we need to keep looking at many various parts of the Bible, first of all. And to be sure, there are many that seemed, at first, to promise resurrections, say, of a simple physicality; out of the grave. Such images are repeated in many parts of the Bible; not just in the surface of the raising of Lazarus, but also in passages like the following:

 

 

“The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear
the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live…. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement. I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge” (John 5.25, 38-29, 30. Note the language incidentally, of “is coming” and “now is,” of the kingdom?).

 

 

However, remember that the Bible’s advocacy of metaphors, symbolism, finally was so great, that we can never be sure that anything whatsoever in it, is more than just metaphorical. (See our writing on what the Bible said about “figures,” “allegory,” “parables,” etc.). While for that matter? Elsewhere we established that the dead authors of the Bible, if they had heard themselves, would have heard – and now hear? – a more subtle view of resurrection. One that is somewhere between physical, and spiritual; one involving a real spirit you might say. As we will find in this book, in the end.

 

In the meantime? Let’s continue to look at evidence against a too simple physical resurrection. Including not only the argument that resurrections are spiritual; but also looking at the Bible itself, questioning the apparent physical details, of crudely physical accounts.

 

 

 

More Evidence Against Physical Resurrections

 

 

 

There is more evidence against a simple physical resurrection, from the grave.

 

3) Especially, those of us who have read a little more widely on religion, will also know that in the Bible itself, God told us to honor “Science.” And to take seriously, what we see actually, physically coming to pass, in this life around us. (As we noted in our writings on the Science of God). And in real life, note, most of us don’t see many physical resurrections. a) When indeed was the last time you yourself went to a funeral … and instead of just delivering kind words, the preacher raised the dead person out of the grave, to walking, talking, physical life?

 

The fact is, God told us to honor what we see “come to pass” in real life (Deut. 18.20 ff). And today, in real life, we don’t see many dead persons rising from graves, as they do in horror movies. So that, in point of fact, many educated people now think that such promises – of big physical miracles, like physical resurrection – are just flatly false. Or metaphorical at best.

 

b) Now and then, to be sure, we might see persons temporarily declared medically dead … whose brains however are kept alive; and who later revive. But such persons are not long dead and buried and rotting.

 

4) In fact, we might as well add here, many people questioned the existence of such amazing “miracles” in general, even in the Bible itself. And as we will find in our writings on “faith,” a) though some doubters were apparent condemned, in turn, as greedy “cravers,” or doubters, b) eventually, some canonical, accepted holy men, began to note that there had been problems, sins and errors and inadequacies, in some prophets, and their promises of miracles. Like, we would note here, resurrections.

 

Though Paul allowed that there might be “miracle-workers” on a church staff, he also asked, “do all work miracles?” And while Paul did not want to explicitly or entirely cut his Gentile-influenced Judaism, Christianity, off from the old Jewish promises of physical wonders, and from “prophesy,” Paul told us finally, merely not to “despise prophesy”; while at the same time, Paul told us to be aware that there were many “false prophets,” as Jesus had warned. And indeed, even Paul told us finally that we should “test everything” in religion (1 Thess. 5.21). To find out if it was true or not.

 

So that finally, even in Paul, we are told to use science to determine the truth of alleged miracles; like resurrection. We should, as it turns out, “test everything”; test promises of miracles, physical resurrections, to see if they are true. And historically, when we did that, when science tested such promises – and looked for say, preachers who really, actually, literally raised physically long-dead and rotting bodies from graves – finally, we note here, it didn’t find anyone who could actually do that.

 

 

 

But? Problems in Spirituality Too

 

 

By the time of Roman civilization, and its understanding of natural history – the time of Philo, Jesus, and Paul – it was no doubt becoming evident, to at least some educated people, that few if any people really had many magical or miraculous powers; that there were few if any physical resurrections from the dead, for example. And in fact, the New Testament seems to have begun to systematically suggest that any and all Old Testament promised of material wonders, miracles – like physical resurrections – might have been, or could be taken to be, just metaphors for spiritual things. As stories like Jesus’ tale of the Prodigal Son began to suggest, specifically, for tales of “dead” people coming to “life.”

 

To be sure, at first even the New Testament seems to promise real physical, material things. Jesus was pictured in the gospels in part, as uneducated or uncivilized people saw him: as working huge wonderful physical miracles. But we find now, that in the finer print, those promises were effectively, subtly, all but totally withdrawn. First, the accounts in the Bible that seemed to offer big physical miracles – like the raising of Lazarus – were translated, edited, with tricky, interpretative phrases, or glosses, interpolated. Phrases that questioned whether “dead” people like Lazarus, were really even dead at all. While especially then there were many suggestions that all such promises might just be spiritual metaphors.

 

So that finally, the Bible as it comes to us today, has many caveats, and qualifications, and studied polysemic, semantic ambiguities. The Bible comes to us today, with lots of fine print and questionings in it. So that in fact, first of all, Jesus himself spent a great deal of time raising the question whether or how, Lazarus was really dead. While with the infinite “subtlety” worthy of a snake (q.v.), that apostles were urged to have, other parts of the Bible were offered, which in effect offered metaphorical, spiritual equivalents of the old promises. And which could even be read as suggesting that all the old physical promises themselves, were just spiritual metaphors. Thus effectively dissolving our old heaven … of big physical miracles. Including specifically, promises of physical resurrection.

 

And indeed, for many years – centuries, millennia – the spiritual interpretation of things, was in fact regarded in many educated priestly circles, as the higher, better, smarter interpretation of the holy books. And it was often thought that the great advance that the New Testament and Christianity made over the Old Testament and Judaism, was learning to emphasize “spirit,” and not physical things; and learning to metaphoricalize the old physical promises of God.

 

To be sure though, we will be finding here, or in our own writings, that there are ethical and practical sins and errors, in spiritualization. Briefly: a) it is dishonest, for any document to allow itself to appear to promise big physical things – like resurrections – and then, slyly take away those promises in the fine print. While b) then too? We will note many fatal sins in the simple spirituality of preachers finally. We will show that man is not just a spiritual being; if he does not live by physical “bread alone,” he does live by physical bread in part. And any religion that does not take care of the physical side of life therefore, is highly irresponsible; and often literally leaves us physically starving to death (James 2.14-26; see our writings on the fatal over-spirituality of priests).

 

So that? Ultimately, neither the too-simple physical explanation of things, nor the “higher” and “loftier” spiritual one of priests, will be satisfactory. We will need something a bit more complicated … and then however, make it simple, “plain” enough for an everyday person to understand. With a simple phrase like this: “we live on in our children,” say.

 

 

 

 

If the Bible Secretly Turns or Twists,

From Literal, to Metaphorical –

Then Is the Bible, or Christianity, Honest

And Straightforward? Or

Is the Bible “Double-Tongued”?

 

 

Today, many people – and even most preachers, secretly – suspect that simple miracles, like really, thoroughly dead, rotting bodies rising from graves – are not very common, or reliable. But what is the alternative? Most of our preachers wrongly seem to think that spiritualizing, metaphoricalizing, is the answer to all our problems in religion. And indeed, the Bible itself for some time considered this possibility. But ultimately, even the Bible rejected the extreme spiritualizations of most preachers.

 

Today, 5a) even some ministers, more or less secretly sense that there are few if any big physical miracles – like physical resurrections – today. 5b) But preachers rationalize this, by way of many different sermons. (As noted in our chapter on Sermons as Excuses). Most preachers in particular, and nearly all Christians, have apparently accepted the idea especially, that even if we are not getting physical miracles, “riches” and “possessions” and “miracles” today, still, such things are not important. Whereas, the more important thing are “spiritual” results; not physical, material “riches” and “possessions.” At most, most preachers seem to feel, religion should meet our physical “needs,” only; not all our desires; not “all” we “ask.” While the major concern of religion, is furnishing us mental, spiritual things; like “faith” and “hope” and “love.”

 

So did you think that the Bible and a million sermons, clearly promised you a physical resurrection? Then think again. The surface of the Bible, and/or of the many sermons about it, seemed, superficially, to promise that. But Biblical text, and sermons, are typically extremely deceptive. There is in fact, a consistent confusing pattern, found over and over in the Bible itself; indeed, clearly the Bible has been systematically re-written to 1) appear at first to promise big physical miracles – in this case, a physical resurrection – on the surface. But 2) then the text slyly inserts qualifying phrases and fine print. Phrases that could be used to all but take that promise away, in the fine print, or in other parts of the Bible. Phrases that suggest that technically, in the fine print, God and the Bible never really promised big miracles at all. All apparent promises of big miracles, were just metaphors for spiritual, mental things. Things that happen in our mind, only.

 

But to be sure, c) if the Bible does this, then many people might well – justly – feel cheated. After all, many of our preachers and their Bible illustrations, constantly promised us big physical miracles. If suddenly we should find all those promises, dissolved, disappeared, by fine print, by metaphoricalization … shouldn’t, couldn’t many people feel they were taken? Cheated? Tricked? By a double-tongued, duplicitous religion? Which allowed itself to appear to offer one thing – aa) big physical miracles. While actually bb) once you signed on, and gave the preachers much of your money – or even everything you own (Acts 4-5; Mat. 19.22; Luke 12.23?) – then suddenly, after you have signed on … suddenly, the preacher changes the rules; and/or reads the fine print. Telling you that actually, you will not be getting what was originally promised.

 

Its exactly the same, as the Publisher’s Clearinghouse, Reader’s Digest scams, from the 1980’s or so, through 2000 AD or so: Ed McMahon appears in your mail, with official-looking documents, promising that you have just won a BMW car, a diamond ring, and/or several millions dollars; but only if you just fill in some forms to verify that – and sign up for a magazine subscription. However, as it turns out, in those ads, somewhere in the fine print it tells you that you didn’t really necessarily win any of these things; the forms just “confirm” that you know there is a potential for such prizes; or just make you “eligible for” such things.

 

Clearly, it is possible to deceive people with tricky language; it is called “playing word games” and playing “semantics” with people. This is possible – and in fact, common. We see this kind of thing, all the time, in advertising and politics. And unfortunately, this same, apparently duplicitous pattern, some would say, exists in the Bible itself. After allowing itself to appear to be making huge promises or gigantic miracles, the text next in the fine print, manages to subtly suggest that in effect, these – and all promises of miracles – are really, just metaphors. Or symbols. For, most have thought, spiritual things. So that suddenly, the promises that enticed you into religion … are dissolved; stolen away.

 

So finally, it becomes possible to ask this question: was our traditional Christian religion, wholly honest?

 

It seems that our religion is talking out of both sides of its mouth; and playing games with tricky language. So what should we say? Is our own religion, dishonest?

 

Ministers rationalize this to themselves, by any number of excuses. By claiming that aa) even if the text seems duplicitous, it is not; but rather just multi-layered. Or poetic. Or that bb) even if Religion never delivers miracles, it does deliver spiritual solace; which is more important. Though cc) as we have found elsewhere, none of these and dozens of arguments actually hold up, to a close examination of their morality and ethics. First, there are sins and errors, in both promises of miracles and spirituality. While even the Bible itself, for instance, tells us not to be “double-tongued”; and not to accept “empty” words, or “empty consolations”; especially not in place of real, material goods: “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proof”s; as proven by “science” and “tests.” (See Miracles, and Sermons as Excuses).

 

And we will have shown elsewhere, when you promise people physical things, then you should deliver them; simple honesty requires this.

 

Further when you promise things and do not deliver them, then you are guilty of breach of contract; and often damage them severely too. Since people are counting on things, that you do not deliver. Which can be fatal. Like the airplane that flies to the center of the ocean, without enough fuel … confident that the re-fueling plane will be there, as promised; but when it is not, then the plane falls to the ground; and everyone perishes. In the same way, the population of the world, has been encouraged to all but give up practical education and jobs – as “worldly knowledge” and mere useless “works.” And to rely totally for their food and needs, on faith and prayer and so forth. But what happened when people attempted to at least compromise with the priestly hate for life in this world, and tried as much as they could, to give up everything, all practical knowledge and science and work? To the extent that they did, they fell into ignorance, dysfunctionality, and then poverty and death and disease. Killed by the very thing that presented itself to them, as the very essence of all that is sacred and good and holy. As we found (in a chapter on this).

 

While related to this, St. James began to acknowledge that those religious leaders that offer primarily sermons only, or “spiritual” things, but no material sustenance, leave us physically staving to death. (James 2.14-26; amplified in our chapter on Over-Spirituality).

 

There is no doubt that parts of the Bible played around with the possibility that all the physical promises of God – including specifically promises of resurrection, immortality – might be taken as mere spiritual metaphors. And yet however, we will have seen that there are sins in such over-spirituality, too.

 

Since many churches spiritualize such things, there are in fact huge sins, in our churches; in both their false promises of miracles, and in their ostensibly better spirituality too. In fact, there is a massive amount of heretofore-inadequately noted damage that has been done to all of humanity, because of this. And those sins persist today. In much of the New Testament itself perhaps, and certainly in most churches, believers seem to accept the idea that even if our religion does not give us the material things it prophesied, and promised, that does not matter. Because it is not the job of religion to give us material prosperity; but only mental or spiritual things. And yet however, our preachers still continue to speak as if – and never explicitly renounce promises that – religion will give us “all” we “need”; even all and “whatever” we “ask.” While they encourage us to give up everything, all that we own at times, to follow this way of life. Even though it this way of life was followed by everyone, civilization would collapse. For lack of practical farmers and millers and truck drivers, to deliver our food. For lack of homebuilders, to give us shelter. For lack of medical doctors, to cure our diseases.

 

While in fact, today anthropologists and others, are beginning to document such damage. While we can better note them on our own, just by looking around. Many of the poorest people, are the most religious. The most religious nation on earth – India – is also the poorest. And because of lack of attention to physical, material things … many millions, billions, died unnecessarily. In India … and hundreds of other countries, over the last two thousand years, probably billions of people have been killed … by the over-spirituality of preachers.

 

So what should we say about spiritual resurrections? Perhaps it is time to say that God in fact warned us that there are even bad things in “spirits” and spirituality: “false spirits” for example. Indeed, the Bible often warned us Satan comes to us disguised as the very angel of light; evil comes to us especially in the heart of the very things we thought were absolutely good and holy. So that even “spirit” can be bad. Even if the Holy Spirit itself is good, we can never be sure whether the spirit or idea or mental sensation we are getting, really is the authentic Holy Spirit … or a false spirit, posing as the Holy Spirit.

 

To take all the promises of physical things – like physical resurrections – therefore, as being just “spirit”ual, leaves us with an unsatisfactory, duplicitous Bible, in fact. So indeed, we will need to move on. To find out whether there is a truth to the Bible, and to resurrections, beyond too simple visions of dead bodies rising from graves; and the metaphoricalization, spiritualization of all that, too.

 

 

 

 

Part III

Ambiguity:

More

Natural Physicality,

Dead Bodies Rise From Graves …

In Earthquakes (Gospel of John)?

 

 

6) Did the Bible itself, promise real material miracles – like a physically dead Lazarus, rising up physically – or not? Or was it all just spiritual? The fact is, neither of these possibilities is clearly, finally, definitely indicated in the Bible itself. There are definite hints of a popular tradition in the Bible, that had God promising dead bodies rising from the grave. But then, as we are finding out here, the Bible itself as we have it today, particularly the New Testament, has clearly been overrwritten by a lawyer and a poet; so that it is today, a radically ambiguous, polysemic, equivocal document. One that perhaps a) suffers from the ancient “confusion of tongues”; but b) then has also been obviously deliberately re-written or edited, to be deliberately ambiguous; in a way that it can never be pinned down on many issues.

 

The Bible as we have it today had been equivocal. Though overall, our position is that ultimately, any human credo or religion, that is to be adequate and not fatally narrow, has to be able to deal with and manage with great efficiency, both the physical and spiritual sides of life. And must be clear and unambiguous, if it wants us to follow its directions exactly. Whereas, the Religion that we have now, today, doesn’t do either.

 

 

 

Equivocation, Ambiguity, in John 5 –

Resolving into the Natural

 

 

The Bible is quite shifting, about many promises, and it often offers duplicitous or double messages. It often has two voices, two opposed meanings, on many subjects. In the case of resurrections, it offers two very different promises: first a very physical raising of dead bodies; versus a mere spiritual or metaphorical feeling as if you had been “reborn” in this lifetime.

 

The Bible equivocates between both of these two views. Read the following passage, from the Gospel of John, for example. a) First John seems to say that promises of an afterlife, “resurrection,” are metaphorical, and refer merely to the moment when one’s spirit is revived, by becoming Christian. b) But then John seems to picture real physical bodies, coming out of “tombs”:

 

 

“He who hears my word and believed him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life” (John 5.24). “The dead will hear … and … live” (5.26). “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth … to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement” (5.29. Cf. incident after Jesus where tombs opened and saints spilled out, Mat. 27.52; vs. Acts 16.26, etc.).

 

 

So which is it? Is our rebirth, a physical, material thing? Or just a metaphorical spiritual transformation – that can happen while we are still alive? The fact is, the Bible seems to have been written to systematically, simultaneously entertain at least two possibilities on many key questions. And among the key questions on which it systematically equivocates, is the matter of the meaning of “rebirth” and “resurrection.” Over and over, on the one hand, in one voice, it strongly implies that we are really, literally, raised from the dead, physically, after we are dead. On the other hand in another voice, it offers language that would allow us to take is all as a mere metaphor; for passing from being a bad person, to a good one, in this life.

 

The equivocation in the Bible is consistent and overwhelming. You can often see two different opinions, even in a single passage; like that from St. John, above.

 

c) Similar conflicts, apparent double messages, are found throughout the New Testament. So that no one can ever be sure, it seems what the Bible is really offering. While anyone can quote one side, or another; presenting the resurrection as a literal miracle, or spiritual metaphor, at will. Depending on audience, or inclination.

 

This conflict extends throughout the New Testament. Parts of the New Testament tell us that a wonder like resurrection, is just a metaphor for a change in our head, while we are still alive. While other parts, seen to insist on the literal, physical reality of resurrection.

 

7) Finally though, perhaps we can come to a better, natural understanding of resurrections than what our preachers offered in church; one that manages to harmonize or agree, but together, all these apparent contradictory descriptions. One that finds such things both physical, and spiritual; and real. But in a way that our preachers have not, until now, understood. Indeed, we will be showing eventually that such things are true, but in a subtle physical way that our preachers have not understood.

 

Passages at times to be sure, appear firmly, and simply physical. To offer dead bodies rising up alive from the grave. But as in the case of Lazarus, above, let us now read such accounts far more closely. Like say, this one:

 

 

“And the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filed with awe and said, ‘Truly this was a son of God'” (Mat. 27.51-54).

 

 

This passage would seem at first, to depict the promised resurrection – and as a very, very, simple physical event: dead bodies rise out of the graves, and are seen around town. Yet note though, now … that this is often depicted in a naturalistic way; as a) being caused explicitly and by name, in part, by an “earthquake.” So that in fact, this passage might be about something rather normal and natural.

 

The passage in John, seems to have been written to prove that some Apocalyptic prophesies might have been fulfilled right after Jesus’ death; specifically, that aa) the world or “earth” as we know it, was being destroyed; and bb) the dead raised up. Even right after Jesus died. But in any case, if it is, it is happening in a naturalistic way: an earthquake. cc) And furthermore, we might begin to suggest that, just as in the cases of Lazarus and then more metaphorical resurrections, this account does not necessarily recount a fully successful resurrection, either.

 

Perhaps that was a useful passage; indeed we might say on the basis of this and dozens of other passages, that the Bible itself suggested the “world” or “earth” has been destroyed several times. (Leaving only the Destruction of Heaven, to complete the Apocalypse). But in any case, what concerns us here, now, is that this event, as is typical, was written again, in such a way that it might seem on the surface, to be a physical miracle; and then as a metaphor for a spiritual event or resurrection too. But in addition to that, we should now begin noting that it is also written in such a way, that it could be taken as a very natural event; as an earthquake that exposed old graves. While, as for the bodies of dead saints being seen around town? The text does not say they were alive at that time; it may be merely that their dead bodies were exposed, and seen around town.

 

In one translation, to be sure, it is said the deceased saints “went” into the city; a translation which might suggest to some that they went by their own power, walking: and resurrection. Yet aa) there is no absolutely clear connotation here; while bb) the slightest shift in still quite legitimate translation here, could shift the meaning to something clearly more compatible with … their dead bodies being carried, or rolled around, in the city.

 

Even some existing translations in fact, are somewhat more compatible with this natural view of things; “bodies” were “raised,” and they “entered” the city, in the New American Bible (Mat. 27.53).

 

Why should we eventually prefer a more natural kind of translation? Remember that the Bible warned us that there are always many false things in religion, gospels; and it told us that we should therefore, “test” things with “science,” to determine which things are true, and which are false. And in this case, science and experience tell us that dead people do not often come up live from graves, to walk and talk. Therefore, any such accounts are either simply false … or misunderstood, garbled by the “confusion of tongues,” mistranslated. And, hoping to continue to honor the Bible itself, therefore, rather than calling such biblical accounts simply, flatly, false, we might suggest that this account be simply, re-translated. Re-translated in such a way as to be more compatible with the science of God.

 

To be sure though, while we thus seek to honor every word of the Bible here, finally, we might note to that finally, if parts of the Bible do no reconcile with what science says is possible, finally we will find the Bible allows that parts of the Bible itself might indeed, be simply, false. Yet, hoping to avoid such a flat conflict between the Bible or religion and science, word and world, we take advantage of the fact that the Bible itself allowed that much in it is metaphorical … to suggest say, that stories of dead saints come out of graves to appear in the city, can be taken as metaphors. But not as metaphors for spiritual things; but metaphors in effect, for … natural things. In this case, for dead bodies being exposed by an earthquake; and then being seen, shown, carried, taken, conveyed, around town. To be seen by many.

 

Thus we have an account here, that is consistent with science. And one which too, by the way, once again at the very least, notes possible qualifications, ambiguities in the text, regarding whether a simple physical resurrection took place here, for example.

 

With just a very slight shift in translation, and no change at all to the original Greek text perhaps, this whole episode could mean nothing much more or less, than this: that there was an earthquake, which exposed many bodies in graves; which either “went” – or were taken about – so that they “appeared to many.”

 

Some will still like to say it was a supernatural miracle; and that this is finally a real picture of a simple physical resurrection. But perhaps the Bible itself does not really say that, even here.

 

While in any case, such a picture is clearly qualified, by other parts of the Bible; which allow after all, that such things might be entirely metaphorical. Thus giving us much latitude in translation and understanding.

 

By the way, if this had been a real, physical resurrection, then this would pose historical problems for believers. Some might like to present this episode, as the miraculous fulfillment of the ancient promise, of the Apocalypse and the “day of the Lord,” etc.; of God coming, and destroying the “earth”; then resurrecting the dead by miracle. But further evidence for the superiority of the more natural explanation, note that if this had been a totally supernatural event, then it is strange that these saints did not stay, and rule the city “eternally”; as promised in the ancient prophesies. If you try to interpret this tale as an account of a physical miracle, then no doubt, the resurrected saints or someone, should have set up a real material and “eternal” “kingdom” too; yet history records that Jerusalem, in which this happened, was in fact burned in 70 AD. Indeed, it ceased to be the capital of any effective Jewish kingdom at all, until 1946 or so. Indeed, most religious people rightly regard the resurrection of the dead, not as completed in the past. So that popular opinion here might be right for once.

 

Those still want to try to take this “earth shook” episode as supernatural and physical miracle, as miraculous fulfillment of ancient prophesy, run not only into all kinds of contrary physical and factual evidence, but also historical difficulties. Whereas, if you take it all as an earthquake, then everything fits much better. One might even say that an earthquake destroyed the “earth,” and exposed some of the dead to “life” or living eyes, if you want. And were “transported” around town, say. All that is all that seems realistically allowed.

 

So that even this incident, the most apparently clear and dramatically real and physical resurrection in the Bible – where the bodies of the saints are disinterred, and are seen about town – is not absolutely, without question, a story of a physical, material resurrection. Not even taken by itself. While furthermore, we will see, even if it was taken as such, then it will have been in conflict with the dozens of other parts of the Bible; which offered a more nuanced, qualified, and different account of such things.

 

To avoid such conflicts, a simple re-translation is perhaps advised here. We might ask biblical scholars and language experts what can be done here. In order to more fully reconcile this account, with the rest of the Bible’s vision of resurrection.

 

 

 

“Like” Dead Men

 

 

8) Indeed, as a better account of all this, consider a passage that comes right after the above; right after Mat. 27, above. It is often the case in the Bible, that on controversial issues, if one rather extreme or contentious position is presented, then an alternative view, is presented within a fairly short space. In order to achieve balance. (As in a debate; a common method of teaching in Israel, among rabbis, and so forth). In this case, the extreme idea, is the hint above, that resurrection is a physical miracle; dead bodies rising from the grave. But this idea is modified, or given an alternative interpretation, in just the next chapter or.

 

So right after Mat. 27.51-54, which seems to present resurrection firmly as a physical miracle, consider by way of balance, what comes next, in Mat. 28.3. There we see many more indications that what is being talked about in the Bible, is metaphorical. But by the way, not just a metaphor for “spiritual” things , but for a spiritual state, that effects one’s body; for the fear which paralyzes. Consider indeed therefore, Mat. 28.3. Where first of all a) the episode – and death – is explicitly not to be taken literally; where it is a simile, or a sort of metaphor: where the guards see Jesus … and became “like” “dead men”:

 

 

“For an angel came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it…. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men” (Mat. 28.2,4).

 

 

Here we are given again, a kind of “death” that is not quite literal, but spiritual in part; the guards are paralyzed with fear, and become “like” dead men. They are not really, literally dead. (And probably they also come back to life later? Thus this passage written, to fulfill yet another prophesy? Bringing the dead back to life?). They merely become “like” dead men; a phrase that specifies it is an analogy, or a simile, or a sort of metaphor.

 

b) And so once again, after having presented us with a kind of apparent physical rising from the grave, that account is now balanced out, by presenting talk of death, as a kind of spiritual death. Being paralyzed with fear, no doubt; a “freezing” instinct one sees in many animals.

 

c) But interestingly, we might also add, this “spiritual” event, can be confirmed and better understood, as a real mental event; so we find “spirit” here is real: it is about our mind, too.

 

d) And furthermore, this spiritual/mental death, is one that be confirmed by science. This event, this “death,” is about … paralysis from fear. Something that psychologists can confirm. What happens is than many animals – including man – at times, “freeze” or experience automatic paralysis from fear. This response is well known; it is thought to be from ancient instinct, that had our bodies freeze and cease to move, when spotted by a dangerous animal; in the hope that they would not see us. Since animals notice things that move or are in motion, more easily. So in this case, the guards might have just become paralyized from fear. (While many suggest that “angel” just means “messenger”; and so even they were not supernatural either; though primitive and superstitious guards might have seen strange if rather normal messengers, and become paralyized from fear).

 

And so by now, perhaps we are ready to reach the fuller, better interpretation of tales of “dead” people, and them coming to “life” in the Bible. At first, a) the Bible seems to allow one simple interpretation: that they are about physically dead bodies, rising from their graves. But b) then the Bible suggests this is all metaphorical, analogical. While c) then next we are beginning to note here, we can now come up with a position that borrows a bit of both; that finds them to be naturalistically true. That finds all this to be about, in this case, a mental process that is confirm-able by a science, like Psychology.

 

What is happening with the guards, is a kind of “death” that is in fact, somewhat real. A sort of event which is to be sure a) first a strange or wonderful event (cf. “miracle”); but which is also b) in part spiritual; and also c) natural. Capable of being explained by rational, scientific means. (See remarks on paralysis from fear, on our writing on Medusa too).

 

In any case though, by now any reader should begin to see that the Bible is not simple; and there are many things we need to consider, before we can begin to say more definitely, what death and resurrection are, according just to the Bible itself.

 

What we will be coming to here eventually, is a fuller, more complete picture of many wonders of the Bible; especially resurrection. Finding it to be rather complex; as being 1) partially a physical wonder; partially 2) spiritual; but 3) finding even spiritual death and resurrection to be also, finally, a scientifically verifiable, natural, event.

 

So that all the many levels of the Bible are coming together, to form the “full”er picture of Resurrection. While indeed, many things are coming together here; as our a) material earthly understanding of things as being about physical events, joins to b) a “spiritual” or “heaven”ly reading; to form at last a union in effect, of heaven and earth. As foretold (Rev. 21).

 

Can our priests understand and accept this? When “spirit” is poured onto “flesh”? In any case, all this can be seen as the beginning of fulfillment of at least one prophesy; the merger of heaven and earth; the pouring of “spirit” on material “flesh.”

 

 

(Cf. also, earlier account of resurrection, as metaphor taken literally).

 

[Or in addition to all that, consider external evidence about resurrection. Archeology tells us in fact, is that many people in Jesus’ time were “raised from the dead,” in that it was normal custom in Jerusalem, c. 30 BC to A.D. 70, to bury bodies in a stone box for a while, until the flesh was eaten off, and then “Exactly a year after burial, the bones would be dug up, placed in an ossuary” or bone box, and returned to a family burial cave (Karin Laub, “A burial box’s ancient mystery,” Assoc. Press, Austin American Statesman, Nov. 7, 2002, A21 & A23; citing Oct. 2002 issue of Shank’s Biblical Archaeological Review, regarding box alleged to have been that of James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. Cf. story of Jonah, in Bible).

 

In many primitive tribal societies, people kept the bones of their deceased relatives around. Sometimes dug-up bones were spoken of – and sometimes to – as if they were a live person. (See Bible; where Moses tells us he brought the bones of a prophet with him, in the desert; Ex. 13.19). Rather as some people speak to gravestones or old photographs of deceased persons, o this day. Sometimes, they did this in the hope the bones would come to life again. Or that the bones might still be partially alive in some way (like the Halloween vision of dancing skeletons). This in turn, suggests where many stories of dead persons rising again, or coming up out of the grave, might have come from. (See “bones” in Ezekiel, etc. Our Chapter on Immortality).]

 

In every case, note, we are finding something half real in immortality; but something not quite what our preachers thought it was. In general though, finally, though the Bible at first seemed to promise a seemingly Lazarus-like, physical resurrection – dead bodies rising from the grave – finally, the New Testament metaphoricalized all that; to the point that it could be said that all the Bible ever really promised, was a mental or spiritual rebirth: passing from fated or “dead” ideas, to the ideas, spirit, “life,” of a good person or Christian. Indeed, the New Testament often suggested, hinted, that this was the real nature and interpretation of resurrection, and rebirth to a new “life.” In phrases like this one:

 

 

“He who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will heard the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (John 5.24-25).

 

 

Here, the Bible began to hint even that all that is being talked about, when the Bible speaks of resurrection, is just a change in your state of mind or spirit – while you are still alive. An “hour” which is not just in the future, but which can happen now, in your own lifetime; an hour which “now is.”

 

To be sure, there should be many people who object to the lack of ethics and morality of such a religion, that at first seems to promise another, real, physical life after physical death … but which then in the fine print, takes all that away; that suggests that what it really offered was only a metaphor for a spiritual change, in this lifetime. Yet to be sure, arguably, this is what Christianity has done.

 

 

 

Part IV

 

Some More Ethical Considerations

On Biblical Ambiguity

 

 

 

We are finding here that the Bible itself reviews many possibilities, many different possible pictures of both “death,” and resurrection; and we are finding to understand the Bible and what it promises, we need to review all the many aspects of what it says on death and resurrection for example, very carefully. But to be sure, when we do that, finally, it is at first, seemingly impossible to say whether the Bible itself ever really offered any physical miracles at all. Since every time we have looked at an ostensible physical miracle here (including dozens of other ones than resurrection) we find that the Bible itself, puts in plenty of qualifiers, hedge words. Qualifiers that suggest that “death” for example, and resurrection from “death,” might have been only some kind of metaphor; for just some kind of spiritual change that takes place in our first lifetime.

 

9) While hopes that our spirit in turn, might live on in “heaven” say, seem uncertain. (Given the destruction of heaven particularly; in 2 Peter 3, Rev. 21, Isa. 34.4 ff, Mark 13.31, etc.).

 

 

So is there a real, substantial resurrection? Was Lazarus really physically dead … and then physically revived?
The fact is, we cannot even be sure that Lazarus was really actually physically dead, in the first place. The Bible itself constantly questions the status of Lazarus. And it never really even clearly says, overall, given all the hesitations and various remarks, that Lazarus is even really, literally, physically dead; Jesus himself at times hinting that Lazarus did not have a fatal disease, and is only “sleeping”; while other times, to “sleep” is taken as a metaphor for being physically dead. Though still other times, if Jesus said finally Laz was “dead,” elsewhere Jesus used being “dead” as a metaphor, for merely being dead to, insensitive to, good spirits.

 

So that finally, in the Bible, there is no very clear, firm promise; of a real, physical resurrection, say. (cf. Judgement). Finally, the wording of the Bible is extremely tricky. All we can really be sure of, is that the account of Lazarus and Jesus’ words, reflects the knowledge of someone who seems to know something about the 1) ambiguities of both physical nature, and 2) the ambiguities of language too. Someone who knows probably, that 3) though many priests and others believe in physical miracles, it is rare for long -dead persons to come to life. The Bible was edited by someone who knew that 4) many such ancient tales, might therefore be best changed, so that they might be taken as literal truth; but also as poetic or “literary” metaphors, for things that happen in our mind or spirit, while we are still alive on this earth.

 

5) Given all the ambiguities and shifting changes here, in the language of the Bible, it seems that some ancient writers probably knew about ancient promises of resurrections, and were reporting them to us in our holy books; but many of these writers doubted the existence of miracles. And rather simply conclude that their religions were at least partially false, they made sure, that the language in the Bibles that we have today, reflects the ambiguities or uncertainties of what was promised in ancient texts. Finally, the Bible was written, edited, redacted, to such a state of ambiguity, that it is never entirely clear what the Bible did promise.

 

Today we have a radically ambiguous Bible, that is so complex, that only “fool”s declare it has a simple, clear meaning: that it simply promises dead bodies rising from graves for example. If anything at all is clear about the Bible, it is that it is an exceedingly difficult, qualified, evasive document. It is clear that the tale of raising of Lazarus from the “dead,” was written, or edited, by someone who had heard popular rumors of resurrections; but who say, knew a lot about the ambiguities of nature and medicine; about how hard it is, sometimes, to tell if someone is sleeping, or in a coma, or dead. (Something often surprisingly hard to determine, before modern tests, testing for the constriction of pupils, and so forth). And given all this, finally the writer and/or editors and translators of the account of Lazarus, cognizant that there were problems with old promises of miracles, and many interpretation of them … carefully crafted the text on this subject, to be open to many interpretations; including the interpretation, that no physical miracle had taken place at all.

 

6) So that, even if it should be proven some day, that there are no such physical miracles, no physical resurrections, still, religion, the Bible, cannot be definitely disproved; since the fine print always allowed that these “miracles” might not have been physical miracles after all. First because – as in the case of Lazarus – the account of such things is extremely a) ambiguous as to whether Lazarus was even really physically dead, in the first place (or just “sleep”ing, in a coma). Or b) whether it was all just a spiritual metaphor; Laz was “dead” to Jesus, etc..).

 

In fact finally, the Bible’s language is so complex, so tricky, that no critic or believer either, can really even firmly say, what the Bible itself described or promised, in the first place. In the way of say, Resurrection for example.

 

7) Yet to be sure, the Bible was written in such a way that there is no doubt that the surface of the text gives at least the superficial impression of offering huge material wonders. And 8) based on that, millions of preachers’ sermons did not hesitate to offer all the world wonderful, incredible physical miracles to us.

 

So that the 9) biblical text actually, has two levels in it; it has its cake and eats it too: it is a) open to being presented as promising huge physical miracles; yet, b) if it is discovered that such miracles don’t happen, it can then point to the fine print, and say it never promised a physical, material miracle at all. But only mental or spiritual things.

 

The 10) Bible therefore, is an extremely clever document; as “subtle” as the “serpents” or snakes, that Jesus advised his followers to be (Mat. 10.16: “Be wise as serpents”; cf. Rev. 9.19, 12.9, Mat. 23.33, Mark 16.18, 2 Corin. 11.3). But finally, is being thus “wise” – or “sly” – and as semantically twisting as a “snake,” really so good and honest? Such an ambiguous document, is given to all sorts of demonic mis-use. Our preachers for example, often use the surface of the text – promises of physical miracles – to tell us dogmatically, enticingly, that if we follow them, we will get physical miracles. And yet, after enticing us to join them on the basis of such promises- and even after having given them all our money (Acts 4.32-5.11) – then our preachers, shift, change their promises around; and begin to suggest it was all just a metaphor for spiritual things.

 

11) The “God” we see here, seems – as often – to be speaking ambivalently; with two tongues; with forked tongues; “double-tongued”; almost, duplicitously; out of both sides of his mouth. With “twist”ing phrases. So that perhaps at last we need the power to “tread upon serpents” (Luke 10.19), and to straighten out twisting “tongues.” To find out what is really being promised here; and what is true.

 

In the meantime, though, our Bible, which is so twisting, serpentine, might be objected to, by many good moral persons. Such an ambiguous Bible, presents some extremely serious ethical questions. Indeed, such a twisting document suggests that what we are hearing here – either in the Bible itself, and/or in the sermonic interpretations of it – is not really from God; but from a forked-tongue devil. A devil, pretending to be God, or the angel of “light.” A false or antichrist.

 

12) Was there any moral justification for such a document? There are those who a) defend the Bible as a “white” lie; as helping to subdue crude people, with apparent promises of big physical rewards, immortality, in their own lifetime. While b) simultaneously guiding them to a more philosophical, “spiritual” message, too.

 

13) But as it turns out, if the physical promises of the Bible were often bad, the “spiritual” promises were also often bad, in many respects. As we will see. (From James 2.14-26, etc.).

 

14) So finally, the split, two-leveled Bible that we have today – of the split understanding we have of it – is not good enough. It is bad to have a Bible that appears to promise something on the surface, that it takes away in the fine print. Or that is at very best ambiguous to the point that it cannot ever be realistically understood or followed. Or whose simple interpretations are found largely false.

 

15) No doubt indeed, we now need readers, who can straight these twisting phrases out; who have the power to tread on such “snakes.”

 

 

“Authority to tread upon serpents” (Luke 10.19).

 

 

And so indeed, let us keep working to straighten out all these twisting phrases and promises, here and now. Perhaps indeed, the Bible itself … contains a bad and simplistic voice or two; but with luck, it offered too a higher voice, a fuller reality.

 

Does the Bible send double, conflicting messages? Could there be something wrong with the Bible itself? Some might excuse that, with various arguments; a) the Bible itself, is written in part, by scribes, and other human beings; and they, out of human weakness, appear to have written a document, with no absolutely clear, definite, single meaning. Or b) some literary critics might celebrate their “ambiguity.” Yet there are many times, when ambiguity is not a virtue. When you are deadly ill, and ask for a guide, a map to the hospital, you don’t want poetic ambiguity; you want “clear, unambiguous prose.” And likewise, when you are being offered a life or death contract or covenant – you do not want the contracting party to try to wriggle out of their obligations, by playing semantic games with the contract.

 

Unfortunately, not only is the Bible, as written today, ambiguous and left millions confused; worse, many preachers have at times accidentally, at times slyly, systematically, used that ambiguity; to play deceptive semantic games. To appear at times to be promising wonderful things – miracles – up front; but then, after you have signed on, and have given your money and life to the church, they point to the fine print, the semantic undertow … and jerk those promises away. So that our preachers all deceived us, with false promises, and lures or big miracles. While they justify this to themselves – saying they are giving us spiritual things, which are better than physical miracles – in fact, we have found, that radical over- “spiritual” result, is even worse.

 

So what should we now say? “What is truth,” asked Pilate (John 18.38) … walking away from Jesus and his apparently many evasive ambiguities. Pilate and others had asked Jesus many times, to tell us clearly, whether he was the promised Christ for example; but most often, overwhelmingly, Jesus did not answer plainly, but answered with more questions and ambiguities: “who do you say I am?” he most often asked. Or he said others called him that: “You have said so” (Mat. 27.11). Ultimately though, Jesus made no defense of himself to his accusers it was said at times (Mat. 27.12-14; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19); even to the local lord on his judgement seat (Mat. 27.19). And so, Pilate was content finally, to see Jesus executed, as a false Christ; just another false leader, playing twisting word games with us; Jesus was executed as at best, an evasive, snaky, Satanic, semantic trickster. Probably a heretic and insurrectionist. No doubt, many came to the conclusion that this first Christ, Jesus himself, was actually … the foretold “antichrist”; just another false or failed pretender to the throne of Jerusalem and David; just another false Messiah. Indeed, Jesus himself had told us to “hate” our brother … while St. John told us that anyone who hates his brother is not good (q.v.); hinting that even the Jesus pictured in parts of the gospels, might be false and bad.

 

That would seem to be a reasonable conclusion at this point. However, though many might quite reasonably come to that conclusion, that is a decision that is too hard for many to face or bear. So let’s note that, in spite of a) a deceptive appearance – and b) even deeper down in the fine print and semantic undertones and its larger messages – c) the Bible itself, quite rightly warned that many, nearly “all,” would misunderstand its message. And that there might be a higher, better truth. Better than simple promises of physical miracles, and the simple spirituality of priests, both.

 

It may be that those who promised miracles, simply misunderstood the Bible; the blame might be laid not on the Bible itself, but (as St. Paul generously tried to lay it) with the perceiver, the reader, the ordinary person. While in any case, we ourselves might now finally, straighten out some of these snaky passages and tongues. To come up with say, a unified, whole, full, satisfactory account of say, resurrection. One which ties all the strands of the Bible together at last. To be sure, our final vision of resurrection, will not satisfy everyone; nevertheless, we suggest, it is finally, the best that can be made out of all this; the best statement or vision that can be described, that is consistent with both, the entire Bible itself, and with science and experience too.

 

To be sure, finally, the Bible is so radically ambiguous, and is so easy to read as promising material miracles, that if it is not in fact offering them deep down, then the Bible as presently translated, is at least misleading. (See Scripture chapter and notes*). And there is no doubt too, that whatever the Bible itself said, many preachers used it to promise miracles … that perhaps it did not offer, and that in any case that did not arrive as regularly and reliably as promised; so that many millions of preachers have been deceived, or even bad and evil. Millions of preachers (until about 1969 or so?) issued false promises to us.

 

The text of the Bible, was used by preachers, to issue many false promises. To entice the people into a faith that, finally, we will have found elsewhere, does not fully deliver what was promised. That promised dead bodies rising alive from graves … only to offer really, in the fine print, a mental or “spiritual” revival.

 

But now finally, having seen where the Bible itself supported this, it is time to go on next, to see if deeper down, there is reality to say resurrection, that would at least partially satisfy everyone; that would unify all the parts, levels of the Bible … and reconcile them to science and experience too. To show us, give us, a real immortality or resurrection.

 

Finally, this has been done before by previous scholars in the twentieth century; but the whole earth ignored it. Finally though, let us re-present the best answer we have today; the best composite picture of an afterlife, of a biblical resurrection. Of a resurrection that is both physical, and spiritual.

 

Let us continue looking for a while. First, we have looked at 1) the ostensible simple physical resurrection of Lazarus. And then 2) the metaphorical/spiritual revival, in the prodigal son, and in 3) St. John’s saints coming out of “tombs.” Let us go on next to look at say, the 4) the appearance of the resurrected Jesus, on the first Easter. Along with 5) some notion of our living on, in our name and seed; as related to 6) Plato’s ideas about immortality. As it turns out, all of these things can be taken to be just spiritual metaphors; and the Bible itself allows us to do this (as noted in our chapter on Metaphors). Then 7) we will go on to look back at a few more simple images: the Old Testament account by Ezekiel, of dry dead “bones” coming together, to form living bodies. Before 8) we come at last to a real, defensible immortality; a real resurrection. Something both spiritual, and physical.

 

 

 

 

 

END CHAPTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

The Easter Resurrection of Jesus,

First and Second Coming

 

 

 

Part VI

 

The Easter Resurrection of Jesus;

Is This Resurrection Real?

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a real, indubitable, scientifically-provable, real, physical (and spiritual?) resurrection, here on this material, observable earth? It seems impossible at first. But in fact, we will eventually show, there is a real immortality; a real resurrection. One that is not a “strange new doctrine,” but that has long since been demonstrated, from science and reason. One known at least from the days of Socrates and Plato, c. 350 BC. An immortality, a resurrection that, just as many scholars have always suspected, is the real root and meaning, of Christian resurrection. Briefly, Plato outlined it first: speaking of parts of our selves, living on in our cultural reputation, memory, or “name”; and our memory – and perhaps bits of our biological selves, our DNA – living on in our “children.” Or, as these things were known in Judeo-Christian tradition, we live on to some extent, in Biblical language, in our “name” and “seed.” And/or in our bio-cultural “neighbors,” and “children.”

 

As it turns out, this is both the most 1) rationally, scientifically defensible vision of immortality and rebirth; and 2) it is in fact, far more clearly consistent with, loyal to, the Bible, than the hopelessly vague – or even unbiblical – ideas of resurrection and immortality given to us by priests to date. Priests have often posed resurrection or immortality, “in heaven”; even though the Bible says that heaven is to be destroyed. Or priests pictured resurrection as rising from the grave; even though we will have begun to see here, though the Bible itself at times alluded to that, it did not really, finally, endorse that view. Indeed we will gradually see, even the Bible’s accounts of the first resurrection of Jesus, which at first seems to be a rising from the grave of a physically real Jesus, is not what it appears to be at first. Indeed, the only form of immortality, resurrection, that can really be defended rationally, scientifically, and Biblically … is to say that resurrection is not physically dead bodies rising from the grave; but the passing on of the ideas, mind, spirit, memory, reputation of someone like Jesus, to others after him; his spirit or ideas being “reborn” in them. So that spirits, ideas, are passed on from one body to another. Thus outliving the dead of any single individual. Through the cultural transmission of ideas, especially. (And also, to a lesser extent, through the biological transmission of basic brain structure, through DNA).

 

The germ of this idea, we will show, have been fairly well known for a while; arguably, since the days of Plato in fact, c. 350 BC. Who knew about a form of immortality, in the survival of our “name” or our memory, through our descendants. And so, having been written down centuries before Jesus, these specific ideas would have long since been available, to an educated Jewish man of Jesus’ time (like Paul, especially; who is said to have probably written in Greek; while many of our earliest New Testaments are written in Greek). And therefore, it is historically possible for persons like Jesus, to have had the earlier expression of such an idea, in mind; from knowledge of Plato. Indeed, furthermore, regarding the evolution of this idea from Plato (who may have refined earlier Jewish forms of the idea in turn?), we will show that the Apostle Paul for example, often in fact used the key vocabulary terms and concepts, from Plato’s famous Theory of Forms. Paul speaking of things, people here on earth, as “imperfect,” “perish”able “copies” of ideal forms or “patterns” in “heaven.”

 

Christian borrowing from Greek culture, or the refining of its own ideas by way of Greek, Platonic concepts, was historically quite possible, and Biblically defensible; indeed, Paul often confessed he owned much not only to Jews, but also Gentiles, and Greeks. Therefore, the historicality of this, is adequately founded.

 

And since, furthermore, the picture that Plato had of immortality, in turn, was – like most of Plato’s thought – quite rational, then we will have to say that surprisingly, legends of immortality, resurrection, have long historically had, a very, very rational basis. And furthermore, building on this rational basis, and expanding it with material from science, we can also now add further details from the sciences of Biology and Anthropology; and begin to at last offer an understanding, a vision of immortality, that can be confirmed, at last, with real science. Giving us a scientifically-verifiable vision of resurrection.

 

So that amazingly, we will be showing here that the Judeo-Christian-Islamic, “Abrahamic” vision of God and good, even its “resurrections” and life in “heaven,” can be shown to have had a rational, scientific foundation; dating from at least the time and writings of Plato, c. 350 BC. And then, furthermore, specifically we will now add, we will show that 1) the first resurrection of Jesus, was written, cast in language that is rigorously consistent with – and in fact finally demanding – our vision of resurrection.

 

And then too, 2) even more startlingly, we will show here, this is how a Second Coming can happen too; indeed, is perhaps already happening. As we show that in fact, God, Jesus, can be – and perhaps to some extent already is – returning to earth, in effect, by another resurrection. (from surviving ideas, spirits; from “heaven,” or more exactly, from the heaven-and-earth mind of God, or the memory of his Universe or Nature).

 

So amazingly, many of us can indeed, already begin to see the first glimmerings of the Second Coming of Christ. As of this writing, this is something that can be shown to really happen, even now. Even in a way that science and reason can now demonstrate; in a way that many of us will even here and now, learn to at last see, with our own eyes; even “face-to-face.”

 

And so there is an amazing revelation here. But to be sure, we will find, while resurrection and immortality, are real, they are coming true, to be sure, in a way that our priests and holy men have not, until now, understood. Or in ways that our preachers have not been able – have been not humble enough – to fully “face” or “bear.” Indeed, it is hard for priests to learn to accept things that science says; and for priests to learn to be humble enough to let go, some of their most cherished, traditional misconceptions of immortality and resurrection. But if so, then we have come to “refine” our priests a bit here and now. And though such refinement will involve even shattering moments of dis”illusion”ment and “pain,” finally, only those who learn to face and bear this pain, will really see, the second and better vision, the second and better coming, of Christ.

 

And indeed, those priests who resist such ideas, need to remember that God to be sure, warned even his highest apostles, that he was not fully revealing things, in ancient times, in the time of Jesus’ first coming, because many could not “bear” them:

 

 

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16.12-13).

 

 

God warned that many could not “bear” the truth in his own time. And if he gave us a “spirit” to guide us to all truth, God warned that there would still be great sins and errors even in priests, even in their allegedly inspired doctrines … even in spite of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Until finally, the … final “Day.” The “Day of the Lord,” “Judgement Day.”

 

Even some priests might become humble enough, to agree that even their own ideas of God, might not be already perfect; and that their views might even be inferior to, even less godly than, in some ways, science. Or many might agree that the Bible itself said that most people would not be able to really “bear” to see, the real, the terrible face of God, “face-to-face” … until perhaps, the “Day” of the End; and/or of the Second Coming. And yet perhaps after all, that day is dawning even now. And many might be able to bear this at last … on discovering here, that after all, what we are saying here is not a contradiction to the Bible; but is absolutely consistent with it; every word (so far as we now know. Though some clarifications and defences will have to be added to specific objections later, of course).

 

In fact, amazingly, the Bible is true; even its promises of resurrection. Even in a way that can at last be verified with science. So let us move on now, with that vision, at last. So that all the world can come to see Christ, God, on earth again, at last.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

The best way to start to see how the Second Coming might work, (after looking at Lazarus, then metaphorical resurrections) … is to carefully examine the most important resurrection in the Bible: the first resurrection of Jesus; the resurrection of Jesus as recounted in the Bible.

 

What, actually, is the Bible offering us, in general, in the way of an afterlife? If anything? First, if you have been one of those people who thought that the Bible promised 1) physically dead bodies rising from graves, then 2) you need to know about the “spiritual” side of resurrection, first. Before we can move on to the 3) better, unified, scientific vision of a real, spiritual and bodily resurrection. But we already did that in earlier writings. So let’s just look straight at Jesus himself for a while.

 

There are many different accounts of the resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus has already been revived, in several different ways, already, in the past, according to the Bible. First, 1) it was written that Jesus came back from the dead, arrived in a “second” coming, on the first Easter. Easter, three days after his death; around the Spring or “Vernal” Equinox celebrations. This vision of resurrection, return, as pictured in the Bible, offers a first, simple vision of an afterlife: apparently a dead body, coming to life, walking and talking. And it is said that this Jesus, was seen by many different people, for about forty – 40 – days; before this Jesus disappeared up into heaven (as noted in the beginning of Acts).

 

There are many biblical accounts of this first, apparently bodily resurrection of Jesus in fact. But as we begin to look at these a little more closely, we will discover that, just as in the case of the alleged physical resurrection of Lazarus, 2) these appearances are not quite as simply physical, as a dead body rising from the grave; actually, even within these accounts, we see another sort of spiritual “rebirth” or “resurrection” of Jesus, actually pictured. Finally it is actually said, even here, that Jesus was more with us metaphorically; in that his “spirit” lives on in, at least partially guides, various living individuals who came after Jesus. Indeed, many people consciously try to take on the thoughts and ideas of Jesus; and to even try to – as far as they are able – become Jesus. (Read the Imitation of Christ). And indeed we will find, Jesus is partially “reborn” once again, in those who come after him; who try to relive, re-embody, his thoughts, his spirit, in themselves; in their own brains and bodies. Indeed, it was long said that at least the churches – if not specific individuals in them – are the new “body” of Christ. While finally, beyond churches – and their occasional sins and imperfections – we could say that in this way, the spirit of God, of Christ, is with many of us, in fact. While it is possible that one “day” in fact, nearly the whole spirit of Jesus might be reproduced, in another individual. To the extent that we could say that Christ had been “reborn.” Indeed, billions of Christians try to be “reborn” to the spirit of Christ; and perhaps one “day” after all, one of them succeeds.

 

So let us look specifically at the resurrection of Jesus. From there, we begin to see once again, confirmation of a rational, scientifically-defensible vision of God. And we will also begin to see how a Second Coming can take place, too. By way of a real resurrection.

 

 

 

The Resurrection of Jesus

 

 

At first, the resurrection of Jesus looks like a simple, physical affair: Jesus physically dies, but then his dead body comes to life, and walks around town preaching. Rather like the resurrection of Lazarus appeared at first.

 

This is the dramatic picture that the Bible – according to most preachers – very adamantly insisted upon. Generations of preachers (and churches?) insisted that Jesus of course, was a real, physical person, and that he was crucified, killed. But three days after his death, he was raised to life again – really, actually, literally, physically – around Easter Sunday. To be sure, many versions of the gospel of Mark do not mention this resurrection; but other gospels include sections at the end, where the body of the dead Jesus, on or about Easter Sunday, disappeared from his tomb; where some then said “he is risen”; and then many people saw him alive and well and walking around.

 

Indeed, outside of the Gospel of Mark, the Bible itself has many pages of texts, in which the resurrected Jesus apparently stands, talks, and asks for food, etc..

 

 

“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hand I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last….” (Luke 23.44).

 

“This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb…” (Luke 23.52-3).

 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb…. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body…. ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you … that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise'” (24.1-7).

 

“As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? 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.’

 

And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them” (Luke 24.36-43).

 

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve … said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finer in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing'” (John 20.24-27).

 

 

This all looks like a simple physical miracle at first; the simple if supernatural, physical raising up of a dead body. Jesus, his original body was – as it seems to many, from the above – physically resurrected from the dead, bodily. As these parts of the Bible seem to insist, firmly. The texts above even goe out of their way to picture Jesus bodily, with full, graphic physical details, thus apparently insisting that he is fully, physically, bodily, resurrected. By 1) showing the crucifixion wounds on his hands and feet, the text emphasizes the physical, material nature of Jesus. And by 2) showing Jesus asking for food, as a physical person would; taking care of physical necessities. And then the text seems to emphasize the physical body of Jesus, by 3) having Jesus himself insisting explicitly that he is not a “spirit,” but the real, actual, original, in-the-flesh, physical Jesus; come back from the dead. (Also in the “flesh” in 1 John 4.2).

 

Quoting from passages of the Bible like those just mentioned, generations of preachers pictured the resurrection of Jesus as a full, bodily revival of his original body; with the fatal wounds of his crucifixion still visible. Yet, just as there were caveats, qualifications, hesitations, in the account of the raising of Lazarus, there are even more hesitations, we will find, in the overall account of the resurrection of Jesus himself. So that in the end, we find out that the resurrection is not quite as simple and physical, as it would appear at first.

 

 

 

Doubting Thomas;

Insisting on the Simple

Physical Resurrection?

Versus One That Isn’t Recognized?

That Often Can’t Be Touched?

 

 

The quotes above, are often used as inspiration for your first, simple, childhood
picture of the resurrection of Jesus: for Sunday School illustrations picturing resurrection as the simple coming back to life, of your dead physical body. And at first, it seems as if that is what the Bible was talking about. Indeed, in some quotes, the risen Jesus explicitly seems to say, that he is a real physical person, not just a spirit for instance. And the full physicality of his appearance, is further seemingly emphasized by Jesus actually asking for food to eat; emphasizing his physical body, by his need for actual, physical, food. Furthermore, we might add now, if anyone is still questioning the physicality of this resurrection, this picture of Jesus tells the apostle Thomas to test the reality of this physical body, medically. By tracing, probing the body’s wounds with his fingers.

 

Many churchgoers are familiar with this story, of “Doubting Thomas,” as we like to call him: after the resurrection of Jesus, Thomas is not sure that the person he sees, really is Jesus; and so he wants, like a surgeon, to actually, literally push his fingers into Jesus’ wounds. To prove that it really was Jesus himself, with his fatal wounds still in him.

 

Many people might think Thomas’ insistence on such proofs, is rude and crude. But in fact, Jesus often said that there were many false prophets and false things in religion; and that therefore, as much of the Bible said, we should “test everything,” with “science”; to make sure it is true. (As we showed at length in our chapter on this*). From what we were told in church, we are used to thinking of religion as being “faith-based.” But as it turns out for example, in the longest and most definitive account, of Thomas testing Jesus … in fact Jesus himself actually commands Thomas to probe his wounds, physically, like a surgeon. To physically, scientifically prove that this physical resurrection is a real, miraculous physical miracle or “work.” That a body with fatal wounds in it, is walking and talking.

 

So in fact, this would seem at first to be a firmly real, raising of a dead body. Further Jesus himself even commands Thomas here – as he often does – to scientifically confirm the physicality of this resurrection, by science. But now note that, in the longer, original account of Thomas for example, though 1) Jesus tells Thomas to do scientific tests … 2) there is no record here, of what later Apostles assumed: that Thomas actually did it. That Thomas actually probed the wounds.

 

Read the longer account of Thomas, closely:

 

 

“The works that I do … bear witness to me” (John 10.25).

 

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him,’ We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe’ (John 20.24-5).

 

The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out our hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless , but believing. ‘ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

 

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe…that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20.26-31).

 

 

At first, this raising of Jesus, seems to be quite physical. And for example, to be even a good, medical/scientific exploration of, confirmation of, physical resurrection. But here note that, just like the case of Lazarus, there are qualifications and hesitations, in the medical account. First, note that strangely, 1) notice that though Jesus himself orders Thomas to perform a good objective examination, in this, the longer and more definitive account of this incident, there is not any record here that Thomas actually did it; that Thomas actually probed the wounds. Note that – here at least – 1) Jesus tells Thomas to perform the exam, but then 2) there is no account here, that Thomas actually does probe his wounds. Instead, right after the command, we see Thomas merely saying “My Lord”:

 

 

“”Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'” (John 20.27-28).

 

 

Most preachers assumed that Thomas actually probed the wounds; but note that technically speaking, the text here does not say that. So that actually, amazingly, there is no account here at least, that this resurrection was medically verified; that Thomas actually probed the wounds.

 

It is often assumed, in other accounts of Thomas – even by other saints? (q.v.) – that Thomas in fact, took Jesus up on his offer, and actually probed his wounds, as ordered. But look at what is actually narrated here. Note that Jesus in fact commands Thomas to do this; but then, in the next sentence, we have Thomas immediately accepting, him as Lord – without, in this account, actually proving his wounds. “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out our hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless , but believing. ‘ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Thomas simply declares Jesus to be a miracle resurrection, without the account saying anywhere, here in Luke, that Thomas actually probed the wounds.
In Luke’s account therefore, technically, there is no actual sentence that says that Thomas actually did put his finger in Jesus’ side.

 

A miraculous, physical resurrection therefore, was never fully confirmed medically, scientifically, here. Indeed, even in this account, the emphasis began to shift subtly from emphasizing scientific proof … to emphasizing “faith.” Thomas hears the command to test Jesus … but without following that command, just, some might say, “believes.” (Though even here we are not sure he believes: Jesus asks, but does not firmly say, this: “Have you believed?” (John 20.29). So the text does not even say that Thomas believed; Jesus merely asks whether he did, in a question. So that the text here, at least, does not present proofs of a physical resurrection; and does not even show Thomas believing without it, either.

 

The Bible, churches sometimes say that these pictures of apparent physical miracles, are presented, almost as just aids or supplements to faith; to help people “believe.” Sometimes churches speak as if such pictures might not be true; but they have value as “white” lies; lies that while not true in themselves, encourage others to believe other things which are true; to have “faith” for example. But surely of course, no true religion, would accept false evidence. Indeed, any religion that must be supported by lies, is itself untrue.

 

So let us not simply gloss over these things; the fact is, the full or simple physicality of a bodily resurrection – dead bodies rising from the grave – was never verified here, in the story of Thomas; while in fact, as we will have been seeing here, that first simple idea of resurrection is not verified in the other parts of the Bible dealing with them at length, either. As we found in the story about Lazarus, likewise, the closer we look at the ostensible original-body resurrection of Jesus, the more we notice that technically, that resurrection was not confirmed, even in the Bible itself. There are many subtle qualifications in the language, that let a closer reader see this.

 

In fact, this is what we see over and over; the truth, of the simple physicality, of that resurrection is not fully verified, even in the Bible itself. In particular, by touching. Indeed, though several people are commanded to touch the body, there is no record in the text itself, that they actually did so. (Touching bodies being bad in many cultures). This is true not only in the case of Doubting Thomas; but also, to touch the resurrected Jesus is actually prohibited in other parts of the Bible. In the part for instance, when Mary wants to touch the resurrected Jesus – but he tells her that she is not allowed to touch him (John 20, below).

 

 

 

Mary:

Can’t Touch or Test?

 

 

The fact is, we find here, the Bible itself, began over and over, to question the reality of simple physical resurrections; of dead bodies rising from the grave. First of all, such resurrections are not verified by reliable witnesses. Then too, as part of this, for whatever reasons, people are not clearly pictured as even physically touching this physical-seeming Jesus; an act which would be necessary to confirm its physicality. (To confirm it was material, and not just a ghost, etc..):

 

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb…. She turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek”‘ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, ‘Mary,’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher [or “Rabbi”]. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Mag. went and said to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’….” (John 20.11, 14, 16-18).

 

 

This incident with Mary, where Mary is said to have seen the resurrected Jesus, is very illuminating; let’s look at it closely. First of all noting in that indeed, Mary is not allowed to physically touch Jesus. Furthermore, and more importantly, there are also other questions in the Bible, odd observations, on what the resurrected body looks like. Note particularly that – unexpectedly, oddly – Mary M., who knew Jesus well, nevertheless does not recognize him. Mary turns around, and “sees Jesus standing, but she did not know it was Jesus.” Nor was she allowed to touch or “hold” him.

 

Mary at first did not recognize Jesus. Which is somewhat strange; if this was really just a simple straightforward, physical, bodily return of the physical Jesus, then of course, his friends should recognize him right away. If this really is Jesus, resurrected bodily in the flesh, then he should after all, look pretty much the same. He should have been instantly recognized by his girlfriend, Mary M., and others. Yet, significantly, he was not visually identified at first at all. Not even by his closest friends.

 

Why not? Some say Jesus was wearing a “magical” disguise. (Note incidentally that people are still “weeping,” even after this resurrection, the beginning of this partial kingdom; when “weeping” is supposed to cease, as in Isa. 65-6; Rev. 21). But of course, magic is forbidden in Christianity.

 

So the bottom line here is that once again, a supposedly simple, physical manifestation of Jesus – a dead body rising from the grave – is not quite fully verified. Not only is that resurrected body really touched; but furthermore, the text often, in the most detailed accounts, does not firmly say that the walking talking body was even visually verified. Jesus asked Thomas if he had “seen”; but Thomas merely interjects an expression of surprise – “My Lord!” – rather than clearly confirming touch or sight either. While Mary is expressly forbidden to touch the body … and furthermore, at first, Mary does not even recognize what she sees, as Jesus; the Bible simply says Jesus was not recognized, say because of awful wounds; rather Mary simply assumed the person she saw, to be a “gardener.” So that Mary at first does not even visually verify the person she sees, as Jesus.

 

So, although resurrection was often pictured by priests, religious pictures, as being very simple and physical – as dead bodies rising from the grave – note many biblical objections to that common idea among priests. First, 1) this Jesus seems to promise he can be touched; or that others should try to touch him. But in these two major accounts at least, he is not actually touched, and confirmed. neither by Thomas, nor by Mary. Then too, 2) that this is Jesus, is not visually confirmed at first either; people who know Jesus extremely well, don’t recognize the person they see, as Jesus; which they should, if it is a simple, straightforward physical return. (Nor is this because he was disfigured by the crucifixion; as we will see, they instead saw him as a normal “stranger,” or “gardener,” without even noting anything different about him.)

 

Finally, too, we might now add this: 3) then there is another problem with this; in that this physical resurrected Jesus, by most biblical accounts, should have stayed in Jerusalem, eternally (Isa. 65-6; Rev. 21). But this first resurrection of Jesus is actually on earth, only “forty days” (Acts 1). Then it disappears up into heaven. As we see next.

 

 

 

The Resurrected Jesus Disappears;

Goes to “Heaven”

 

 

Note that this resurrected Jesus, the first resurrection of Jesus, the book of Acts tells us, lasts only “forty days”:

 

 

“To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days…. And … while they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts. 1.3-9. Note that though it is said there were many “proofs,” we have found the original accounts of Thomas and Mary, did not call these proofs, and did not document any scientific verification. Perhaps his “passion” or spirit was proven, but not his physical resurrection).

 

 

Even if Jesus had returned physically, simply, even if his dead body had been revived in the grave, still, there is yet another problem or shortfall, with this resurrection: all the old books suggested that when God returned to earth, it would be the foretold “day”; when at last, God would work incredible wonders; and defeat the enemies of Jews; and He would of course, not just later disappear. Indeed, when God appears on earth he is supposed to stay on in Jerusalem, himself (Rev. 21, Isa. 65-6, etc.):

 

 

“Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them” (Rev. 21.3).

 

 

When God appeared on earth, he is supposed to stay with them forever, on earth. However, in striking contradiction to this tradition, and to prophesies (Isa. 65-6, etc.) … Jesus next, after having been said to have risen from the dead, somehow, Jesus was unaccountably on earth only forty days (Acts 1) – and then disappeared. He was said to have gone up to heaven. Taken from the earth. To be “lifted up, and a cloud took him out of … sight” (Acts. 1.9 NRSV).

 

So even if Jesus was resurrected from the dead, physically, appearing on earth fully, physically resurrected, still however, this was a short-lived resurrection. This resurrection, or whatever it was, was very, very short; just forty days. And then, amazingly, Jesus just left. Jesus did not stay on earth, in Jerusalem – as had often been foretold – to rule his kingdom personally. Instead, he disappeared. For all the world as if he had been killed, after all.

 

And so finally, this (and other things too) suggests that this ostensible physical rising from the grave, was not the full, promised resurrection, or triumph, of God, on earth. Because, when God came to earth a second time, he was supposed to reign in Jerusalem, forever (Rev. 21, Isa. 65-6); but this Easter Jesus was not around for very long. Only 40 days. And if he left a church behind, that Church was never fully as good as all the old prophesies promised.

 

In sum, this ostensibly, physically-resurrected God on earth … was 1) not consistently verified, either by touch or 2) sight; and then 3) furthermore, it somehow – unaccountably, and in gross contradiction to earlier Biblical prophesies – said only a very few words over 40 days – and then, disappeared.

 

While indeed, 4) he disappeared up into a “cloud.”

 

Note that when things disappear into a “cloud,” clouds, cloudiness, have long been a metaphor, for things that are uncertain and indistinct, clouded or veiled. And, as will be seen, Jesus’ allegedly firm physical appearance here, was rather “cloudy”; as will be seen over and over, there are always uncertain and strange things about such appearances, even according to the Bible itself. Strange things, qualifications, hesitations, that will make it clear eventually, that the resurrection was not such a simple physical affair, as dead bodies rising from graves, at all.

 

No more than the alleged physical resurrection of Lazarus. Which was questioned by the Bible itself, as well.

 

Resurrection is indeed, a “cloudy” thing. Appearances of Jesus in this period are not just “cloudy,” but also strange in other ways too. As we are seeing now. Jesus appears in ways that last only forty days. And ways where others do not recognize him. While indeed, 5) because of all this though most Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, three days after his crucifixion, on Easter, many believe that this is a legend that confused Jesus with the Easter Bunny; with ancient traditions of the rebirth of plants and animal babies, in the spring. While 6) Christian tradition now half-ignores this Easter appearance; it believes Jesus rose … but then disappeared into “heaven” after forty days; and amazingly, it looks forward to yet another “Second Coming.” Most Christians believing that somehow, the first appearances of Jesus on earth were not quite enough; that yet another, second coming will be necessary, before all the old promises are fulfilled.

 

So let us keep looking; for a second and better vision, coming, of Christ. Which might begin to emerge in part, from looking at accounts of the first resurrection, the first Advent, of Jesus himself.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 5?

 

Churchly, Spiritual Interpretations

 

 

What then is resurrection like? Parts of the Bible seemed to favor the simple rising of a dead body from the grave.

 

Simon Peter for example, seems to say that he saw the body of Jesus, walking and talking and asking for food:

 

“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning inside as he talked on the road and explained the scriptures?’ They got up immediately and returned to … the Eleven disciples…. They were greeted with ‘the lord had been risen! It is true! He had appeared to Simon.’ Then they recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know him in the breaking of bread.

 

While they were still speaking … he himself stood in their midst…. In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you disturbed? Why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and my feet; it is really I. Touch me…. Have you anything here to eat?'” (Luke 24.13-36, 41 NAB).

 

This account appears to again assert that Jesus is appearing as a full, physical self. And furthermore, this even explicitly insists indeed, that it is not just a “ghost,” or a spirit.

 

But remember all those earlier qualifications on, and apparent sins in, such physical accounts. Among which was the problem that the physically-present Jesus was only on earth forty days. Leaving us with … what?

 

 

 

Spiritual Understanding of Resurrection

 

 

So what did the churches eventually, finally tell us is the nature of say, Jesus’ resurrection? To this very day, 1) we are often told the Easter Jesus was real and physical. However 2) to be sure, the physical Jesus, the Bible said, went to “heaven” after forty days. And 3) we don’t see Jesus around us, physically, today. So what should we say?

 

In effect, we must say that the first accounts of the physically resurrected Jesus, dead bodies rising from graves, were not the most durable accounts. Indeed finally, even the churches themselves began to admit that the physical Jesus himself was taken away:

 

 

“And when he said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1.9).

 

Jesus … was taken up away from you” (Acts. 1.11).

 

 

 

 

Spiritualization of Jesus

 

 

At this point, finally, the physical Jesus is no longer with us. But where therefore, if anywhere is God and his promises? Where is Jesus or God? Where is his promised “kingdom”? Many ancient people at this point, simply concluded that Jesus and his way of life were simply, false. Jesus was a false prophet, a false Christ; who promised many things, but did not deliver them.

 

However, this is a conclusion that many Christians could not face, or bear. And so, rather than face it, it came to be said that after all, the thoughts and ideas of Jesus live on; his spirit lives on. So, it is all metaphoricalized and spiritualized. The purely, simply physical Jesus, lasted only 40 days; before being taken away. While the old promises of physical rewards, are dealt with, by being all but totally disappeared. By metaphoricalization and spiritualization.

 

If Jesus was not physically there, in any obvious physical way, after forty days – and if he is not obviously walking around us today – then are promises of resurrection just totally false? Finally, the Bible left open the possibility, that the resurrection was all spiritual, or symbolic; that God and Jesus, live on, metaphorically speaking; in that Jesus gave us the “Holy Spirit” as his successor (John 20.22, Acts 2.4, etc.). And the Holy Spirit is always here.

 

There were in fact – especially in John and Paul – statements that after all, the things that Jesus presents and gives us, even the presence or resurrection of Jesus himself, might not be physical at all; but only spiritual:

 

 

“My kingship is not of this world…” (John 18.36).

 

“And when he said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20.22).

 

“As he blessed then, he left them, and was taken up to heaven” (Luke 24.51).

 

 

Here then is an extremely important point in the evolution of thinking about resurrection: when the simple physical Jesus – like the Easter Jesus – was taken away, (and discredited?) then what was left? Is there any future to ancient legends of resurrections left?

 

Remember that here are many physical ways Jesus was said to have appeared to people, after his death. But finally, all the more simply physical forms of re-appearance, resurrection in the Bible, even these seemingly very simple physical appearances, are actually indirect, partial, tentative … or temporary. The resurrected Jesus they encounter with the Eleven, for instance, was just one of many – and yet, the physical appearance, had many problems with it. First, 1) many could not “touch” it; indeed, 2) that physically resurrected Jesus, with the wounds in his side and appendages, disappears into the “clouds” after just forty days. So what now is left? Is Christianity, just false?

 

The simple physical reappearance of Jesus, body and all, it appears certain, was not quite reliable, or permanent. And so parts of the Bible began to suggest that after all, stories of apparent physical miracles – like resurrection – might be just metaphors; metaphors for spiritual things. Like the story of the Prodigal Son, above.

 

There are many evident errors, heresies, in any theory or picture of the afterlife, that suggests there is a simple physical resurrection, consisting in long-dead bodies rising from graves. The 1) first major sin in picturing resurrections as bodies rising from graves, is that the Bible told us to honor science … and such things are contradicted by science; we never see such things in real life. While 2) the next problem is that the Bible itself was not necessarily firmly committed to this picture of the afterlife, itself. First, a) the various accounts of such things in the episode of Doubting Thomas, and b) then Mary at th tomb, show that in effect, such manifestations were not empirically verified. While c) the Bible itself began in fact, to see bodies rising from graves, as metaphors; it began to “spiritualize” the resurrection. To suggest that Jesus “returns” and is with us, not in physical form, but in spirit.

 

Furthermore, c) even if a simple resurrection was true, still the Bible in fact, has the physically resurrected Jesus whisked up into heaven, after only “forty days” on earth. Raising the following question: why didn’t Jesus stay here, physically? It is hard to find good reasons for this; and all too easy to think of scientific and practical reasons, to say that such an appearance was not credible.

 

Many people to be sure, like to try to think of resurrection (and God) in very simple terms: as working “miracles”; as dead bodies, rising from the grave, for example. But the Bible itself, we are beginning to show here, actually is a multi-layerd text, that it presents “many” different pictures and perspectives, on the afterlife. And especially of the re-appearance of Jesus, after death (q.v.). And none of them are just simple, full bodily resurrections.

 

Indeed we see, St. Paul was quite disdainful of the idea of full body resurrections:

 

 

“But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ You foolish man! … But God gives it a body as he has chosen ….’ I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…. And this mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Corin. 15.35-38-50-53).

 

“It is spiritual and not literal” (Rom 2.29).

 

“He considered that God was able to rise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Essau…” (Paul, Heb. 11.19).

 

 

It seems therefore, that Paul thought that there is something “figurative,” “spiritual,” “not literal,” about resurrections.

 

 

 

Yet to be sure, many people will not be entirely satisfied with a religion that only delivers spiritual things, and not physical things. And so, let’s see if we can come up with something better than that, from the Bible itself. As it turns out, the story of the two witnesses to an appearance of Jesus at “Emmaus,” is actually, part of the key to a probably, spiritual and physical resurrection.

 

 

 

Section 6

Emmaus;

The Real Resurrection; the

Spiritual and Physical Resurrection

 

 

If Jesus was physically resurrected, eternally, or if God is on earth in the flesh, then he should have been around in history in every era; he should be here with us physically today. So where indeed, is God? How is he with us? Many say that God is with us in “spirit” only; the Holy Spirit. Yet actually, there have been many more satisfactory accounts, that reconcile the 1) apparent materiality of bodies rising from graves, 2) with spirituality, to suggest that 1) the spirit of God 2) lives on in various material entities around us. And finally we will find, this is the best and most defensible idea of afterlife, resurrection.

 

Our churches have long told us, that God appeared often in material forms. That for example, 1) originally appeared walking and talking it seems, like a person, before Adam and Eve, in heaven and on earth. And then 2) to Moses he appeared in various other forms, like a burning bush. While 3) God came to live in Jesus, his material body, somehow. Then, after Jesus was killed, 4) Jesus they say returned three days after his death, on Easter, as a bodily resurrection. But then 5) that resurrection of God on earth, in “flesh,” in Jesus, went to “heaven.”

 

So where is God and Jesus now? Many 6) churches say he somehow lives on, just as a spirit; like the Holy Spirit. 7) Or in heaven. But 8) others suggest that his spirit lives on somehow, in some material things; particularly in our churches; or 9) in the minds, brains, of ministers and priests (in “persona Christi” etc.); and 10) Popes or other religious leaders; or in the 11) Bible or other holy “word”s; or 12) somehow, in the Eucharist; the bread and wine of communion, the Lord’s Supper. Or finally the most important way – as some churches might allow – 13) in the minds or spirits and bodies, of believers.

 

There are many ideas of how God, his spirit, appears in physical forms. Or you might say, is “resurrected” in them. But how does this happen? Often paintings picture the Holy Spirit as floating like a dove, rather above physical things. Or they say that the bread in the Eucharist is really, actually, literally the body of Jesus; and when we eat it, we get Jesus in us. At various times in the past, it was hinted that the Pope was Jesus resurrected or some such.

 

But just exactly how this embodiment works, how God comes to earth and flesh, is never explained; it still seems very surreal. But now finally, we can outline what should probably considered by most preachers, to be the fullest and most accurate idea of the resurrection, or continuing survival of Jesus, or the resurrection of God into material bodies: the ideas – or “spirit” – of God, Jesus, the Bible, were stored effectively in the “word”s of the Bible; and those who read them, can have that spirit in their own minds, their own material brains. And it is in that way, finally, that Jesus “lives on” in the world; in that his thoughts, his ideas, his spirit, are duplicated, in the minds, brains, of living persons, from era to ear; on to today. In age after age, the spirit of God is downloaded so to speak, into various receptive minds. So that the thoughts, the spirit, find embodiment … in many various individuals. And as any given such individual dies, there is at least one other to take his place. So that the spirit of Jesus, God, never dies. And often in fact, we might “face” one or more such persons, even in our own lifetimes. So that we meet the “lord” face to face.

 

This seems rather amazing and over-complicated. But we can show this finally, is the best characterization of what the Bible itself was driving at. And what is more, we will show, it is both historical, and scientifically supportable.

 

Though the Bible at times seemed to many preachers, to picture many very simple if supernatural physical miracles. Miracles, with no reason in or natural explanation behind them – just ad hoc, deus ex machina appearances of things out of thin air; dead bodies rising physically from graves – eventually, the Bible itself moved on. In part, to a more “spiritual” version of the afterlife. The simpler vision can be seen in many appearances of the Easter Jesus: Jesus is said there, to have been resurrected from the dead, whole and entire, mind and body too. However, in addition to that, there are a number of other, more mysterious and complicated – and more sophisticated – forms in which Jesus was said to have reappeared, after death. Some of these reappearances were similar to, an extension of, the old belief in The Prodigal Son: that we are “reborn” only metaphorically; in that the thoughts or spirits or ideas of good people of the past, are conveyed to (enter) others; and that is how the old spirits or ideas are reborn; and that is how we ourselves are born again to a new spirit. And how the old spirits live on, or a reborn. As we will begin to show now. Which is the real, provable resurrection.

 

This picture at last explains – and is supported by – what is perhaps the most complicated, but also the best, picture of resurrection in the Bible: the apparent appearance of Jesus, after his crucifixion, at “Emmaus.”

 

The first, too-simple idea of resurrection that most priests have often had – dead bodies rising up – was in fact, eventually modified, amended, in the Bible itself. First the Bible began to include some ambiguities and refinements of the old bodies rising idea. For one thing, remember that it noted above, dozens of problems, ambiguities and unresolved doubts, among the crowds and in the accounts, of an apparently simple physical rebirth; in 1) Lazarus; and in 2) the physical side of the Easter resurrection of Jesus. As far as Lazarus, for example, the Bible itself is not sure that Lazarus is really physically “dead”; the Bible often used the term “death” and “life” ambiguously, and metaphorically. While indeed, medically, it is often hard to distinguish a coma, from death.

 

Then too, 2) so far as the ostensibly simple physical resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday (?), we find that there are problems with recognizing, verifying Jesus physically, and so forth. While then too, finally, that physically resurrected body disappears up into the “clouds” after just forty days. Leaving us with … what?

 

So supposed we consider the Easter resurrection, particularly Emmaus, even more closely; as being rather physical … but also rather spiritual. Or indeed, we see “spirit” being “poured” on “flesh.” So we have both spirit, and flesh; spirit, finding material expression.

 

Read the story of the appearance at Emmaus, carefully. It is set a short time after the crucifixion of Jesus. Two disciples are walking away from Jerusalem (quickly), on the road to Emmaus, a village nearby. While walking, they are overtaken by a man, a “stranger.” At first, they do not recognize the man as Jesus. As they walk on for a while though, they notice somehow, that this stranger … was actually, Jesus (Luke 24.13-15):

 

 

“Two of them that same day were making their way to a village named Emmaus seven miles from Jerusalem, discussing as they went all that had happened. In the course of their lively exchange, Jesus approached and began to walk with them. However, they didn’t recognize him. He said to them, “what are you discussing, as you go along?’ They halted, in distress, and one of them, Cleopas by name, asked him, ‘are you the only person in Jerusalem who does not know the things that went on there in the past few days?’ He said to then, ‘what things?’ they said: ‘All those that that had to do with Jesus…; how our chief priests and leaders delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified…. We were hoping that he was the one who would set Israel free. [But]… some women of our group have just brought us some astonishing news. They were at the tomb … and failed to find his body…. Some of our number … went to the tomb and found it to be just as the women said; but him they did not see” (Luke 24.13 ff, NAB;)

 

 

Then the “stranger” does this:

 

 

“Then he said to them, ‘what little sense you have!… Beginning then with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted for them every passage of Scripture which referred to him…. When he had seated himself with them to eat, he took bread, pronounced the blessing … then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them. With that their eyes were opened – and they recognized him; whereupon he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24.13ff, NAB; italics, mine)

 

 

Typically, this is often interpreted to us by preachers, as simply yet another, strange, inexplicable, surreal, physical “miracle.” Jesus appears, but is say, somehow – magically, mysteriously, miraculously – disguised. And then suddenly – magically, miraculously – he reveals himself as Jesus. And then – suddenly, magically – he simply disappears again. Dissolving into thin air.

 

At first all this appears – to someone who does not understand Nature at all – to be a physical miracle; and this is what many call it; an account of something that is beyond nature; of something we never see in real life. But if it is, it is supernaturally physical; a physicality that is very, very magical. Or, as magical-seeming things from God are called in Christianity, “miraculous.” A physicality that is totally different from what we see physical reality do in normal life. But if so, then at the very least, it is not quite normal matter, here; so let’s look at this alleged event more closely, now. As it turns out, there are many elements in it, of actually, another kind of semi-metaphorical “afterlife.” And then finally, we will show that this afterlife is the real one finally; one that is both 1) spiritual and 2) physical. Here we will begin to see that resurrection is real; but in a way that our churches have not to date, understood or been able to mentally “see.”

 

Note first, that if you read all the account of the resurrection at Emmaus, this reappearance of Jesus at Emmaus, is not quite the simple re-appearance of a physical body. Read it more closely, now: here Jesus is winking and blinking in and out of existence, somehow; now you see him, now you don’t. There is indeed something strange and different about this “physical” appearance, that is different from physical nature as we see in normal life. From the perspective of simple physical thinking, it is all quite surreal and inexplicable and magical. In part for instance, Jesus appears, but “disguised” or looking different, in some way, from his normal body. Disguised, it is said, as a – or in a? – “stranger.”

 

So first of all, this is not a simple reappearance of a physical body. Real, normal physical persons, do not often change their appearance so radically that their friends do not recognize them; and then suddenly vanish. Though this might happen in matter at the atomic level, it does not happen at the level of gross, visible matter.

 

And in fact, the strangeness of this appearance, is a hint that perhaps, we should read it metaphorically, allegorically. Or that the Bible intended to propose, actually, three or four different ways that Jesus actually was returning, in some different forms that were not quite simply physical in any obvious way. But here is the best one.

 

When Jesus appears to the disciples, on the road to Emmaus – the hot springs outside Jerusalem – at first, in Luke, this looked like a typical miracle; Jesus appears physically, bodily, wounds in his hands. However, it is time to note some strange details of that appearance. First, note, this resurrected Jesus appears, it is said, in “disguise.” That is, for some reason, the people do not recognize him. He appeared to be a “stranger,” to the walkers, and a “gardener,” to Mary. But finally, we can come up with an explanation that makes rational sense of all this. In the events at Emmaus.

 

Actually, the key to a rational understanding of all this, of resurrection, occurs there.

 

 

 

Looking Ahead

 

 

How does resurrection really work? How does the incident at Emmaus explain it all? It will take another, whole chapter to explain it adequately. But briefly, what happened in Emmaus, is that two witnesses met a good Christian … who had the thoughts of Christ in his mind. So that in this way, the spirit of Jesus lived on in, was reborn in, his own body. And this is how Jesus is resurrected.

 

That is, in certain social situations, involving real, concrete, physical ordinary people, the memory and ideas of deceased persons, can be brought to mind. By rituals designed to recall them, or reading about them in books, or just personal memories, and so forth. Which help bring their ideas, or spirit, to mind, or to call them up into our imagination.

 

And there are those who particularly, remember Jesus … and act like him no doubt. In this case, of course, scripture, and Christian rituals, and Christian behavior, help evoke, bring out, a bit of Jesus in all of us; we sense his “presence” more vividly than usual. And finally, it was sometimes said, such a person can become some imbued with the spirit of Jesus, that they “become” him, so to speak. As for instance, a Catholic Priest is said to “become” Jesus, or one with him, during the Eucharist, and so forth.

 

In some ways, this seems to many, very mystical and mystifying. But it is very commonsensical. And this we suggest, is what happened at Emmaus; the two witnesses (and Mary) actually just saw … a Christian, not Jesus, who had so perfectly embodied Jesus, his spirit, that … one “day,” they saw Jesus in them. That is why they do not recognize him at first; he, is spirit, is in another body. A “gardener,” a “stranger.” But eventually they come to see. To see Christ, living on, reborn, in other good people.

 

 

 

Part 7

What Is Resurrection, Immortality, Then?

A Natural (Understanding of) the Rebirth of Spirit,

As “Ideas” Living On

 

 

This is about the current state of the art, of interpreting resurrection and afterlife, as far as churches know. Until now, the resurrection of Jesus has been seen by many people, as being a physical miracle; God himself has walked around physically among us; Jesus himself with holes in his hands and feet, alive after being crucified. But then eventually, we were told, the way Jesus lives on, in stranger appearances; appearing in strangers and in rituals and so forth. While we were also told that his “spirit” lives on, in the Holy Spirit. But what was all that about? Is it all an impossibly strange and surreal miracle? Or does it all make some kind of firmer sense, finally?

 

Suppose we now try to explain it naturally, logically. By trying to correlate what the Bible says, to real things we have seen in real life. In fact, this part of the story was a roundabout way of saying that the spirit, the ideas of the Lord, are always present in some way, particularly in several different media, in certain situations. No doubt, God is everywhere; he “fills all things”; and his will is expressed in everything in Nature; but it is said his will for human beings, is expressed best or most vividly, some have tried to say, in certain social, moral situations and rituals and sayings. First, Jesus is said to be present, in some kind of “disguised” way, in, or as, 1) good-willed strangers, who have the thoughts and spirit of Jesus in their own souls. Then too, 2) he “appears” somehow, particularly when we read the Bible or scripture. Then too, 3) Jesus appears again, in some mysterious way in holy ritual ceremonies that memorialize his life; like especially the sharing of bread and wine with others; the shared Eucharistic meal (see Catholic “mysteries,” etc).

 

These qualifications should hint, that this is not just a simple physical appearance; first, it is not simple, in that it seems “disguised” in some way. Secondly, it shows up particularly in certain specific times and ways: particularly, we are told in the aftermath of the incidents an Emmaus, when the scripture is quoted; when the Eucharist is performed or bread is broken; when you are kind to strangers on the road; and so forth. Incidents which were intended to suggest that Jesus and the spirit of God re-appear most vividly, during religious services.

 

There are many different pictures of how Jesus might be resurrected, or live on. Many think of this as a supernatural miracle; dead bodies rising from graves to walk and talk, again. But God also told us to honor science, and what we actually perceive “come to pass” in real life; and such things as physical resurrections, science and experience say, do not happen in real life. While a closer look at the Bible itself, finds that the Bible itself had hesitations and qualifications attached to images of physical resurrections (in for example, the raising of Lazarus, and the Easter resurrection of Jesus). While the Bible also, indicated that many “images” can be misleading; and suggesting that even our own Christian images of God and good, can be read as “figures,” “parables,” “allegories,” or symbols; as metaphors.

 

Particularly, the Bible seems to authorize the interpretation of any physical incidents and “miracles,” as metaphors for spiritual things. And indeed, the final incidents right after the execution of Jesus, around Emmaus in particular, suggest the second, spiritual/metaphorical meaning to resurrection.

 

All this has seemed mysterious in the past. But the practical sense of all the above, we now note, is simply this: the ideas or spirit of Jesus, “live on” in the Bible; and survive in part, there. So that Jesus’ ideas – or “spirit” – appear to us again in our minds or spirits, when we read scripture; or when we perform rituals designed to recall them to us. Or when we simply recall the “word” – and thoughts – of truth in our own minds or spirit. In this sense, the moral theories or spirit of Jesus, are “reborn” in us; “live on,” in us. And in our churches and so forth.

 

That finally is the first part, of an at once, commonsensical and natural and “spiritual” explanation, of all the above, and of rumors of resurrection and immortality: the ideas (/”spirit”) of Jesus, live on, in the words of the Bible, and in the minds and spirits of those who follow him. Jesus is reborn, in us, in believers. To the extent that we accept his spirit, or ethical ideas and beliefs.

 

That is what the final parts of the gospels, at Emmaus, were trying to get at. And that is the first part, of what resurrection and immorality are about. No doubt, God “fills all things” in heaven and earth, religion and nature. But, it is said, he lives on particularly well for us, in some moral and ethical (and some say religious) and scientific teachings. And in those people who read them, and understand, and accept – and reproduce; resurrect – that spirit in their own hearts and minds. When we do that, Christ is “reborn” or resurrected in us and our communities.

 

(While by the way, we ourselves “die to” our former, unenlightened selves; and are “born again” with a new spirit in us. Then in addition, we will find, once we are good, then part of us continues in turn, in the good people who come after us).

 

To be sure though, all this has been known to a few persons, for ages; and all this probably still seems rather vague and mystical, spiritual and insubstantial, to many people. So we will need to firm all this up a little more. As we will do next; in our chapter on Immortality. Where we show how material and physical and provable and substantial, the transmission or perpetuation (/immortality) of ideas, or “spirit,” really is.

 

 

 

More

 

 

In the past, many strange theories and pictures were presented of the afterlife of Jesus for example; including 1) the Easter, physical resurrection (like Lazarus). But then, for whatever reason, that resurrected Jesus disappeared after 40 days. Then the Gospels turned to some other pictures of afterlife. Including 2) Jesus appearing somehow, in strangers; and/or 3) in “disguise”; or 4) walking and talking, but in a form not to be “touch”ed. Or 5) in a strange new “Holy Spirit.” Or 6) when scriptures are read, and 7) bread is broken.

 

What is the sense of the later ideas? In large part, the Bible or preachers, often tried to simply accept such things, without understanding them; accepting them as surreally disconnected, strange ideas. But God told us to use logic, and reason, and science.* And using them at last, finally these otherwise strange and surreal images, finally make perfectly natural sense. If we think of the “spirit” of Jesus, as his ideas. Then of course, it is easy to say that the ideas of Jesus, like that of many authors, live on in his written “word”s; the words of the Bible. Then, when believers hear those words or ideas or spirit, and take them to heart, or undertake rituals that remind them of that spirit … then those ideas, that spirit, find a place in – or are “born again” into – our own hearts or minds. So it is in that way, that the ideas – or “spirit” – of Jesus, are duplicated, born again – or “resurrected” – in our own mind or spirit. (Though this might seem like a new or strange doctrine, actually it is the sense behind traditional Christian teachings of churches like the Roman Catholic Church: we, the living followers of Jesus and God, become the “body of Christ”; hosting his ideas or spirit in our own bodies and minds).

 

What is resurrection? In the past, there have been many different, surreal, supernatural seeming pictures, images, of resurrection, and the continuing presence of God and Jesus. But none of them really made sense, in a rational or scientific way. But here, we are about to find, we can finally make rational sense again, of resurrection, immortality. In a way consistent not only with every word of the Bible, but also, with Science and Logic, too. We find that the old “images” and icons of resurrection – dead bodies rising from graves – were never fully approved even by the Bible itself it seems; much less, by the science it advocted. Whereas, a metaphorical/”figur”ative understanding of them, was approved by God himself, over and over again. (As we found in our chapter on Metaphors).

 

To be sure, for now, all this is still read, as being rather insubstantial, non-physical, and “spiritual”; resurrection seems to be, for now, about the what anthropologists and sociologists would call the “cultural transmission of ideas.” Yet, even now, our understanding of resurrection, is being handled by way of concepts in some relatively new sciences; anthropology and sociology. And as that happens, we will be seeing, suddenly, things thought to be surreally unrelated and supernatural and singular, are suddenly … connected to our normal, natural sense of things; to experiences we have every day. And though at first, this seems to make religion less than our spectacular dreams, in the end, it makes it far more practical, workable, real … and “fruitful.” As we will see.

 

Finally it also begins to fulfill part of the prophesy of the Second Coming of God to earth, spirit to flesh. When we suddenly match up the heretofore-disconnected and disembodied “words” and “spirits” of religion, to natural science, the part of this ancient prophesy is fulfilled: as our heaven, at last, begins to merge with our earth; as “word” and “world,” religion and science, “word” and “flesh,” “spirit” and “flesh” … begin to more fully meet, again at last.

 

So that actually, this more natural, normal, (which also means today, scientific) understanding of the events of the Bible, is actually the beginning, the catalyst of the greatest and culminating moment in believer’s life; and in the history of the world in fact: the return of God, good, spirit, from floating detached in heaven; to the world, to the earth. To practical, visible, workable, fruitful, materially-efficacious form.

 

As we will be seeing even more clearly, soon.

 

 

 

Looking Ahead

 

 

To be sure though, to get to this vision, this second and “full”er, better, attached and embodied sense of God and good, first, you have to be prepared to face sins and errors, in many of our pre-existing concepts, from Religion. First, indeed, we will have had to pass through the “pain” and “fire” critical self-examination, self-criticism, of our first, too-simple pictures, images, of things like resurrection. In this case, we must pass through the first images of resurrection, as simple bodily revival; remembering now that after all, those simple bodily resurrections, were temporary; that resurrected Jesus, disappeared after only forty days. What we should do, is move on first, to the somewhat more adult, priestly or “spiritual” interpretation of all that; as being about the transmission and re-creation of mind, ideas, or spirit, in believers, churches; the second “body of Christ.” But then, next, we will finally need to move beyond our preachers, our priests and ministers, our imams and gurus, our Ayatollahs and Mullahs. Finally, we will need to re-discover the side of God that our preachers forgot, or denied: the science of God. Which alone leads finally, to the truly “full”er, more “mature,” “second” or even “third” vision, second coming, of God, to this material earth or universe.

 

Any one of us and more, can come to see at least a pre-figuration, a preview – and perhaps, parts of the very substance – of the Second Coming of God, to earth. But to get there to be sure, requires real “humility”; humility great enough, to be humble even about our old religious ideas, too. Humility great enough, to begin a critical re-evaluation of even our oldest, most cherished ideas, of God and good. Of our heaven, itself. (As Finally, it is only if you do that, can you can get to the second, more mature, fuller, clearer vision of God and good, at last. (As we found in our chapters on the Destruction of Heaven, and Science).

 

No doubt, this is difficult, and painful, and hard to believe for many people. But it is finally, what the Bible itself said. It is what God himself said. In the Quran, the Vedas, the Torah, the Pali canon … and the Bible itself.

 

God told us to do this. So let us now continue to take a critical look at the many other at first, surreal, non-sensical, and apparently “super”natural visions, of resurrection and immortality, and the presence of God. But now, let us begin to help flesh out those ideas, help them make sense, come to earth again. By correlating, matching up the old ideas … with things we see in nature, “all around” us, every day. As we will begin to do further, next. With an at-once fully biblical, but also fully rational and scientific, proof of … biblical and Platonic, immortality.

 

There finally, we will be finding, is the scientifically-sustainable, real immorality: in that some aspects of our life – as will be seen, the 1) ideas of many of us – and our 2) genes and the character they determine – can live on … in others. And this is not vague or merely metaphorical; we will show that science – Psychology, and Anthropology specifically – now acknowledge, with Philosophy and Religion, that the mind – formerly “spirit” – exists. So that next we will be able to show that spirit survives, is reborn, through transmission and reproduction of ideas. Which is finally 1) not only the most important immortality and resurrection, described and developed in the Bible; it is 2) also scientifically real.

 

So, after having reviewed lots of misleading images of false or incomplete resurrections, finally the Bible itself – and we – will present a far more substantial vision, coming, of Jesus.

 

As foretold?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPILOGUE

 

Psychology: Vases or Faces; the Loved One

Who Seems to Reappear;

Psychology

 

 

 

Can we almost see someone revived today, from the ancient past? How did Jesus reappear on the Road to Emmaus? What is resurrection, in the Bible, then? Finally, about all it really is, it seems, is a very metaphorical things. It is that the ideas, ideals, of great persons of the past, live on in culture – and then, when we are educated in the sayings of past ancestors, and read and write books about them, and take their ideas as our own, the thoughts that were in the minds of ancient heroes, are “born again,” they live again … in us.

 

In this way, we ourselves can be “born again,” in that in some cases, someone from the past makes a particularly dramatic impression on us, and changes our lives; makes us a “new person.”

 

Is this enough? Is this all? And how does Jesus reappear?

 

And is it real enough, to comment on? In the past, according to the traditional hard sciences and common sense, such things seemed insubstantial; many called such things “just metaphorical,” and many religious persons, were inclined to call this just “spiritual,” not physical. However, as it turns out, today, the Social Sciences are finding that the cultural transmission of ideas, ideals, is actually, real, and important. Culture, the transmission of ideas, is important; it alone produces the complex consumer goods that makes real prosperity. Indeed, no human very complicated or advanced human community – which is what we need for affluence – can be sustained over time. Not unless there is some way to pass on – revive – the wisdom of its past; though language, sayings, material culture, books, and so forth.

 

So, although in the past this sort of thing was seen by 19th century, crude science, as evanescent, unreal, and though many preachers themselves saw it as “spiritual,” as it will turn out her, eventually, there is something real here. At one time, it seemed “ghostly.” To both believers, and to scientists too. Ghostly – holy ghostly – and some would even say, unreal; un-quantifiable. However, as we will seen in our next chapter … today Social Science is now capable of describing this; furthermore, not as something that is “just psychological,” either.

 

However, Psychology – one of the Social or Behavioral Sciences – can begin today, to give the Emmaus resurrection, or rebirth, a preliminary explanation. That will lead to a full scientific explication of this phenomenon, in our next chapter. And we can show, how indeed ancients, were undecided whether these events were 1) physical or 2) spiritual /mental. Because they occupied a realm of existence that impinged on both; and that was so complicated, it could not be exactly described clearly … until today.

 

Consider for a moment the “stranger,” or the “gardener,” who changed suddenly into Jesus; what is going on there? Was this just spiritual? Or did the people, say, actually see something, with their eyes as well as their hearts? Consider; phenomenologicalistic psychology or philosophy might tell us that often, what we think we see with our eyes, depends on our brains or minds, and what they are prepared to see. So that what we are seeing, can actually change, as our state of mind, our mindset, changes.

 

There is a common illustration used in introductory psychology texts, to prove that the actual visual appearance of a thing, seems to change, when our spirit/mindset changes.

 

At times, how our mind things, seems to change what your eyes see. That is because what our mind registers from our eyes, is not just what the physical eyes themselves see. The image from the eyes goes to the brain – which then interprets what it sees. The classic psychological diagram for this? It is of two identical faces in profile, facing each other against a dark background. Which, if you look at it one way, told it is a “vase,” looks like a vase. But then, if you are told it is two faces, you look again … and it looks like two faces facing each other.” This is a common illustration used in psychology texts, to prove that how your mind is set, can actually change the physical appearance of things, to you. It can be used in religion, to show that a “spiritual” change, can produce what appear to be physical changes, in at least this way.

 

There is a common case of this, that ordinary people might have experienced; a case when their “eyes play tricks on them.” It happens often, when someone has lost a loved one. Or is looking for him or her. As you walk though a crowd, your mind is set on that person … and often, you will think that someone who is like them, is them; your mind is set to see the lost one … and sees them in others. A girl who has broken up with a boyfriend, but misses him … will run up to a person that has her boyfriend’s walk, or looks somewhat like him … thinking it is the lost one. Because their mind is playing tricks on them; their mind is set on one thing, and everything around them looks a little different.

 

Likewise, when the first Apostles lost Jesus, when Jesus was executed, they had lost their loved one. But, they had his image – and his thoughts, behaviors, spirit – in mind. So that, when they began to look around them, when they saw things that reminded them of Jesus – a stranger that was like Jesus in his behavior; a bit of scripture that reminded them of things Jesus had said – suddenly, they “saw” Jesus in a stranger; the stranger seemed to “morph” into Jesus.

 

Another example: in many cases, Jesus told us that a person who appears superficially bad – like the Samaritan – might be good underneath. Sometimes the superficial appearance of a thing is very deceptive, and disguised deeper realities; other times, though, and more often, even St. Paul noticed that the visible things, are clues to the “invisible things” underneath. A visual shift in the appearance of a stranger, is clue to a spiritual reality, and vice-versa.

 

So how can Jesus appear to you? Many are not used to finding or “seeing” good, or Jesus, in anything but Jesus himself, his original body. They will look around themselves and see strangers and friends … but not Jesus. However, the Bible is attempting to change your mindset a bit, here, so that you can see Jesus, or good, or God, in others. When others are good, Jesus is peeking out from them; inside them. Or using them as a “body” for his “Spirit.” Or is “changing someone else, a stranger, into himself.” All these are different ways to talk about the same thing. But each of them is misleading in its own way too; you need to see beyond these illustrations, so they do not become idols. Learn to try to make out the deeper message.

 

Which soon, we will see. One day, you will see a stranger walking toward you; you will not quite recognize him at first. But then suddenly, now, you “see.”

 

 

 

Looking Ahead

 

 

Is that enough? Many will be disappointed by this; it is not as grand as many had thought, or promised; it is too normal, and natural; and also only metaphorical or spiritual. And yet, it is real enough. And as we begin to see the reality and solidity of the “cultural transmission of ideas” (and the transmission of the other characteristics, carried through DNA), we will begin to see at last, a modest, humble, but provable, resurrection.

 

Many have been disappointed at how natural and normal this resurrection is; they had always imagined, and promised, something far, far more supernatural and spectacular. But God told us to be “humble,” and not proud. So let us now, walk into the humble immorality. Where we see Jesus in others. And therefore, Jesus here on earth.

 

To those who have studied such things, this is not new or particularly revolutionary; the general idea here has long been known. Indeed, it has all-too-commonly been asserted, by various individuals or institutions or churches, that the spirit of God, Jesus, lives on in they themselves. And historically we have found, however, that though this idea is sometimes partially true, on the other hand, there has always been an irresistible temptation to vanity and pride in all such claims. Once one decides that the spirit of God, Truth, lives on in you yourself, or your institution, one becomes arbitrary, dogmatic, vain, dictatorial, inflexible, and stupid. For this reason, we might reissue such claims here … but with a number of strong cautions. The fact is, no human being is ever entirely perfect; and no human being, or any organization associated in any way with human beings is entirely perfect, sacred, holy, either. None of us is ever the absolutely perfect embodiment of ultimate Truth or God. Therefore, while asserting that many of the best ideas and spirits of the past live on in many of us, to some extent, even today, on the other hand, perhaps after all, just before Jesus, Julius Caesar was rightly chastised by the Roman Senate and others, for claiming to be a god. While finally, we will not have been founding yet another inflexible, vain, dogmatic assertion of perfection, god-hood, here; but will have been founding after all, a science of God; a science which knows that all our best ideas and spirits after all, are almost inevitably flawed in one way or another; that each and every one of our old ideas and spirits must be scientifically tested over and over; to see if they really work, today.

 

In this case, we will therefore need to continue to look critically, at whatever afterlife, immortality, was offered in the Bible itself. To see if we can understand it even better, next; and add to it, or improve it. As we will work to do, in our next chapters on the origins of Christian immortality, resurrection, in the work of Plato; Plato as re-presented to us by the Apostle Paul, and others. There we will begin to see more clearly, the clearest and most rational expression, of many ancient theories of resurrection and rebirth and immortality. And then we will see how to expand on that, with the science of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF CHAPTER