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Of the Spirit of Christ or the Cross of Man?

 
 
 

Be sure to take advantage of the links and Table of Contents found below.

Is much of popular Church Doctrine truly Biblical? Check it out for yourselves.

Come join in a Bible based search for some fresh ideas, thoughts and possible answers to fundamental questions of faith.

As Matthew says," Seek and ye shall find".

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"If Christians of all denominations and divisions should investigate reality, the foundations of His Holiness Christ would unite them. No enmity or hatred will remain for they will all be under the one guidance of reality itself. Likewise in the wider field, if all the existing religious systems will turn away from ancestral imitations and investigate the reality, seeking the real meanings of the Holy Books, they will unite and agree upon the same foundation, the reality itself. As long as they follow counterfeit doctrines or imitations instead of reality, animosity and discord will exist and increase. "(Compilations, Baha'i Scriptures, p. 331)

For those who would be fearful of being deceived by Satan or lead astray from Salvation I give you the following Bible verses.

Matthew records Jesus as saying: "7:7-12 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (King James Bible, Matthew)

And Luke 11:9-13 repeats: Jesus saying," And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (King James Bible, Luke)

It seems,  God does not reward an open-minded seeker of truth with lies and deception; such as taught in many churches. How often does ancestral habitual faith lead to superstition and superstitious fears entrap those who would independently pursue their own investigation of truth.

"The bestowals of God which are manifest in all phenomenal life are sometimes hidden by intervening veils of mental and mortal vision which render man spiritually blind and incapable but when those scales are removed and the veils rent asunder, then the great signs of God will become visible and he will witness the eternal light filling the world. The bestowals of God are all and always manifest. The promises of heaven are ever present. The favors of God are all-surrounding.

But should the conscious eye of the soul of man remain veiled and darkened he will be led to deny these universal signs and remain deprived of these manifestations of divine bounty. Therefore we must endeavor with heart and soul in order that the veil covering the eye of inner vision may be removed, that we may behold the manifestations of the signs of God, discern His mysterious graces, and realize that material blessings as compared with spiritual bounties are as nothing. The spiritual blessings of God are greatest." (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 266)

Jesus' blood atonement sacrifice washing away the sins of the world:

Jesus' blood atonement sacrifice is seen as a pivotal teaching of church doctrine. Much of this idea seems to come from the Apostle Paul. Hence, might not this teaching originate from Apostolic communications to ancient churches rather than from Jesus himself? In other words, is this belief reflecting Paul's own opinion? Also, are there possible translation issues involved here? Read more on my search for an answer.

More Mystic Meanings of Jesus' Sacrifice

"Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all created things. Its evidences, as witnessed in all the peoples of the earth, are now manifest before thee. The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive, and resplendent Spirit." (Gleanings 85-86).

Jesus explicitly warns,

" Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord,Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matthew 7:21-23) Could this be an address to some present day churches? See: Questions for Churches

To continue with more questions and personal observations, here are some links to often asked questions. Some of the answers based from the Bible itself may surprise you.

This is just a basic list of popular and/or controversial topics of interest. Many more topics can be found here.

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What is the Son of God? What is meant by the Word?

I and my Father are one

Does God have a single name much as you or I might have?

 of many names Also see: And a New Name

By whose authority does Jesus speak?

These words are not my own:

Should the specific name of Jesus be worshipped?

Does "My Name" mean Jesus? Also, be sure to check this out:  Another question about the Name of Jesus?

Was Christ born of Mary or "descended from heaven"?

Was the Christ Begotten of Spirit or of man? Also see: Begotten of God?

Baptism: Rite of passage; from "when" to "where"?

Baptism: of Water, or the Holy Ghost?

Did God truly have a son by a human woman? Are there other virgin birth legends?

Other virgin birth legends including; Krishna, Buddha, Dekanawida.

What about statements such as," You are going to Hell unless.."!

Of fear and judgement. see also: Blood of Life; not sacrificial death.

The Trinity: As expressed in many ways through many faiths.

Trinity: a Universal Three in One?

Rapture and "End Times"; A Bible contradiction?

Of Rapture and contradiction?

Did Jesus sacrifice himself on the cross as a ransom payment for our sins?

The Son's Sacrifice for sin See also: Offering Himself up as sacrifice:  

How might Jesus view modern church preachings and practices?

Modern churches and the Woes of Christ? See also: Questions for Churches

Spiritual understanding adds a new dimension to the Sacrifice of Jesus.

Jesus' sacrifice in a new lightt

Monothiestic worship of a single God is practiced in many Faiths; in spite of what you may have heard.

One God is honored by many faiths

Was Jesus physically resurrected from the dead?

The Resurrection: Foundation of Faith.

What about false prophets? .

Is the name of Jesus overemphasized?

Might priests and prophets lead one astray? Also: Click here

 Worshipping Jesus' Name

is this "resurrection" a metaphor used in other faiths?

Other Resurrection Stories:">

Did you know slavery and sacrificing your firstborn son is condoned in the Bible?

Slavery is endorsed! So is: Firstborn sacrifice.

 

 

   
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What is the role of the Church, clergy and preachers in all of this? Click here for more on Prophecy, prophets and preachers as signs of the End Times.

This is just a basic list of popular and/or controversial topics of interest. Many more links and topics can be found here.

The reality of Jesus was the perfect meaning, the Christhood in Him which in the Holy Books is symbolized as the Word.

57.5"The Word was with God." The Christhood means not the body of Jesus but the perfection of divine virtues manifest in Him. Therefore, it is written, "He is God." This does not imply separation from God, even as it is not possible to separate the rays of the sun from the sun. The reality of Christ was the embodiment of divine virtues and attributes of God. For in Divinity there is no duality. All adjectives, nouns and pronouns in that court of sanctity are one; there is neither multiplicity nor division. The intention of this explanation is to show that the Words of God have innumerable significances and mysteries of meanings -- each one a thousand and more. (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 155)

A Baha’i explanation of the Word and the Trinity

Abdul-Baha: “Our belief in regard to Christ is exactly what is recorded in the New Testament; however, we elucidate this matter and do not speak literally or in a manner based merely on blind belief. For instance, it is recorded in the Gospel of St. John, in the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God. The majority of Christians accept this matter literally, but we give a logical explanation that no one need find occasion to reject.

The Christians have made this statement about the word, the foundation of the trinity; but philosophers state that the trinity as regards the identity of divinity is impossible

 We explain this subject as follows: By the word we mean that creation with its infinite forms is like unto letters and the individual members of humanity are likewise like unto letters. A letter individually has no meaning, no independent significance, but the station of Christ is the station of the word. That is why we say Christ is the word - a complete significance. The universal bestowal of divinity is manifest in Christ. It is obvious that the evolution of other souls is approximate, or only a part of the whole, but the perfections of the Christ are universal, or the whole. The reality of Christ is the collective center of all the independent virtues and infinite significances.”

          (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 147)

 In his letter to the Colossians Paul writes,” He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.” Colossians 1:1-15-17

 Yet in other documents in the Bible Jesus talks of his true reality, that we are not to worship him but rather God who sent him.  “Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. ”As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”       

John12: 44-49

Islam:  Sura 4 in the Quran admonishes:

171” O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word, which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not "Three" - Cease! (It is) better for you! - Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.”

(The Qur'an (Pickthall tr), Sura   4 - Women)

Surah 5 in the Quran also says:

72 “They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

 73 They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve.

 74 Will they not rather turn unto Allah and seek forgiveness of Him? For Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

As the Guardian [Shogi Effendi] explains in the book “God Passes By” (p. 118, 121, etc.). The Trinity according to our Teachings is the unknowable Lord, the Perfect Man, and the Holy Spirit.”

            (Islamic Miscellaneous, Gail - Six Lessons on Islam, p. 18)

For more on the Trinity click here.

"By detachment is not meant renunciation of the world, mendicancy or asceticism. In a nutshell, detachment is to submit one's will to the will of God and to seek His good pleasure above one's own. Therefore, the challenge to every believer in this life is detachment from all else save God. To become detached from something of this world is often a painful process and this is where sacrifice becomes necessary, because man is attracted to the material world and to his own self by nature. When the believer sacrifices something of this world, an act which entails pain and suffering or deprivation of material benefits, he will attain to a higher spiritual status, depending on the measure of sacrifice."  (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 3, p. 211)

Part B

Of Science, Faith, Objectivity, Reason and Superstition:

Can we evolve out of our present predicament?

Go to the "Evolution Page Click here:

Evolution and Revolution; a new race of men.

Science and Religion:
Can both work together in mutual discovery?

Discernment and Balance:

Man or monkey?

Open minded balance: Either/or thinking causes conflict, in which case, both sides are wrong.

A historically rough relationship.

Section B.
Evolution Science verses Creative Design:

Creation v. Evolution Demands Philosophical Revolution:

Detach yourself from biased based thinking. Open your eyes to the uplifting presence of the Divine.

Philosophy of Theology in a Social Ideology.

Immovable unquestioned certainty v. tentative questioning reevaluation:

The argument of Evolution v. Biblical Creation in the United States is
fueled by these statistics

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In this study it has become apparent the Bible has much to offer but the Word of God to be found within it has become victimized and sorely abused at the hands of schooled educated men of the cloth who in turn instill and nurture within the masses an ever reinforced popularized church doctrine, dogma, ritual, habit and expectation.

Bahá'u'lláh, of the Baha'i Faith, writes: "Beware lest human learning debar thee from Him Who is the Supreme Object of all knowledge, or lest the world deter thee from the One Who created it and set it upon its course. Arise in the name of thy Lord, the God of Mercy, amidst the peoples of the earth, and seize thou the Cup of Life with the hands of confidence. First drink thou therefrom, and proffer it then to such as turn towards it amongst the peoples of all faiths.

Churches and clergy authority figures seem to peddle tradition and status quo. Favorite Bible passages are quoted by rote while others are forgotten. Old and New Testament scriptures are often used to prove certain events or become a foundation supporting church sponsered ideologies. Click here to see how Bible quotes can be used to  support a very different hypothesis.

Presented below are two videos representing spiritual based tradition, thinking and enlightenment  among Native American people. Both videos were made in Northern Minnesota among the Anishinabe Indians.

(Remember, Priests of early America saw them as "heathen".)

1. is titled "Earth Drum: an Eternal Cosmic Rhythmn." The title meaning becomes clear as you watch the video.
2. "Intertribal Song: of Deep Vision and Wisdom", Examines the musical form, symbolism and lessons of  "Connection" to the Divine, through Trinity, to God - all this in a Powwow Drum Song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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