|Jesus: Who was he?|
(exerpt from "The New Age Bible")
The philosophical basis of Christianity was first propounded by the Greek philosopher Plato who taught the mystery of the Christos to the Academy of Philosophy in Athens in the third century B.C.
Plato taught that the world of matter was under the control of a great spiritual principle—the Nous—which principle was also called Logos, or The Divine Mind or Word of God. When this principle manifested itself in the world, it was called virtue or goodness, or chrestos, from whence we get the name Christ.
This philosophy caught on like wildfire and, by the end of the first century A.I)., every religion around the Mediterranean had adopted it, claiming that its own chief deity or hero was a manifestation of this chrestos, or christ.
Gnosticism, which was composed of elements from the Greek and Egyptian mystery schools, the Jewish Caballah, and a mystical form of Zoroastrianism, expanded these teachings into a complex system of emanations and angels. The key element of Gnosticism was that, through various mystical practices man could attain the lost consciousness or knowledge (gnosis) of his divine nature. Channeling was an important element of most Gnostic sects. It took the form of either revealed scripture or speaking in tongues.
About 43 AD. some of the Jewish Zealots began to claim that their Messiah, Joshua, was the Yeheshuah prophesied in the Apocrypha. lhey claimed that he was not only a manifestation of the principle of virtue—chrestos—but was actually the Chrestos (or Christ) in person.
Because they were a highly organized and highly motivated group, zealous in their missjonary efforts, the Zealots 500fl became the most powerful force in the Christian movement. By the end of the second century, the Gnostics had all but been eliminated.
In the fourth century, the Romans used the story of the Zealot rebellion against the empire as the theme around which they constructed a new religion that embraced all religions in the empire. They hoped this new religion would be the glue that would hold the empire together through the Age of Jupiter, their name for the Age of Pisces, so named because at that time the planet Neptune was unknown and Jupiter ruled the astrological sign Pisces.
The Development of Jesus
There was never any single individual who was the Jesus portrayed in the New Testament. The mythical Jesus is construBted of many elements from the religions of the Roman empire. Chief among these are: 1)Joshua ben Pandera, the second Messiah of the Zealot movement. The Gospel of Mark was likely built around his life story. 2) an itinerant Essene teacher who was killed during an All Fools’ Day celebration in Alexandria about 28 ~\.D. and 3) the sacrificial hero of Middle-Eastern mythology.
He was the son of the Roman centurion, Pandera, and a Jewish woman, whose name very likely was not Mary. Pandera was later transferred to Germany where he died and a statue was erected to his memory.
Joshua likely lived in Gamala, in what is now Jordan. This was a hotbed of Zealot activity and was out of the jurisdiction of King Herod, who was the chief target of their hostility. He bec~rne their second Messiah after the death of Judas Iscariot. His’ name carried a lot of weight with the Jewish people because Yeheshuah was the name given to the Son of Man in The Book of Enoch,. and Joshua was also the name of the Old Testament warrior/prophet who led the Children of Israel into the own nation. It is likely that only a few of the quotations attributed to Jesus are those of Joshua. The rest come from other sources.
Joshua was either executed for treason by King Herod about the year 30 AD. or else committed suicide along with thousands of other Zealot patriots at Masada in 70 A.D.
A Roman governor on his way to Jerusalem from Rome, passed through the city of Alexandria, Egypt, and recounted in his report of a festival that took place there in which a poor wayfarer, in this case a wandering Essene therapeutae, was taken and crowned Fools’ King. He was taken, garbed in royal robes, given a crown of thorns, and ridden through the marketplace wh~re everyone made mock worship of the "king". After enduring this homage for the better part of the day, the man was beaten and crucified.
This practice was not uncommon in the Middle East, dating back to prehistory. The original practice involved the death of the king ~very few years as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of his people. During festivals in Babylon, condemned criminals were chosen to act as surrogates for the king. The chosen victim was treated as a real king in every way. He wore the king’s robes. consorted with the royal concubines, carried the scepter, and was honored by the populace. After five days he was stripped, scourged and then hanged or impaled. When this practice began to be considered inhumane, it was replaced by the sacrifice of animals—read about the Scape Goat in Jewish Law.
‘l’he practice of sacrificing the Fools’ King was supposed to have ended under Roman rule, but was apparently still being practiced clandestinely. John 11:50 quotes the High Priest Caiaphas saying, "One man should die for the people."
Eventually this practice became what we know today as All Fools Day.
The Sacrificed Hero
In some ancient Hindu scriptures is an account of the God Indra, in one of his incarnations, being crucified. One illustration shows the god nailed to a cross with five wounds representing five nail holes.
The legend of Prometheus, who sacrificed himself to bring fire to mankind, says that he was nailed up, arms extended, on Mount Caucasus.
Mithra, who was born at the Winter Solstice, also died on the cross.
The Babylonian hero, Tammuz, a form of Adonis, was crucified and then rose from. the dead three days later, about the time of the Vernal Equinox, i.e., Easter.
A View by Neville
Neville (Goddard) 1905—1972 was born in Barbados, West Indies, the fourth son in a family of nine. He came to the U.S. at the age of 17 to pursue a career in drama. Upon discovering metaphysics he changes directions and eventually went on a 30-year lecture tour. He is the author of ten books.It is asked me over and over again. “Do you not believe that a man called Jesus Christ walked the earth?” It is my hope that I will be able to clarify this point for you, that you may know the truth which will set you free. Speaking of Jesus Christ, it is said that his name shall be called the Word of God. Here we see Jesus as a person with a name, yet he is the truth that sets man free. Confessing that he came into the world to do his Father’s will, Jesus made this statement: “This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him, shall have eternal life.” (John 6)
Now, there is not a truth, or a lie, that does not have a man as its agent, as it takes a man to express either a lie or a truth. Jesus Christ is called the truth. He is not a unique man who was born in four BC and named Jesus Christ, but God’s plan of salvation.
In the Book of Samuel the story is told of David’s son Absalom who revolted against David and tried to take over the kingdom. All during the battle, however, David inquired over and over again, “How is it with the lad, Absalom?” And when David received the news of Absalom’s death he went up to the chamber over the gate of Jerusalem and wept crying, “Oh Absalom, my son, my son. Would I have died instead of you. Oh Absalom, my son, my son.” This, one of the saddest yet poignant statements of scripture, is a foreshadowing of the story recorded in the New Testament where we find that God the Father does what David longed to do, for only God can give his life to save his Son.
Speaking to humanity, Blake put these words into the mouth of Jesus:
God died by emptying himself of his divinity. He is not pretending to be dead, but actually becomes the very breath of life of every child born of woman.
Now walking in the forgetfulness of man, God has prepared a plan for his return and man’s redemption. This plan is Jesus Christ, but because it is personified, man has taken the vehicle that conveyed the instruction for the instruction, and the agent that expressed the great truth for the truth itself. If truth is to be expressed, it takes an individual man to express it. Therefore, when the story of redemption unfolds in a man, he relates his own experience.
In scripture, the words see and know are interchangeable in both Hebrew and Greek. When I paint you a word picture of the plan of salvation, I am showing you God’s Son. It does not necessarily follow that you will understand what I am saying and believe me, so the statement is made, “To everyone who sees the Son and believes, is eternal life.” I hope you can follow my words, understand and accept them.
Jesus Christ is not a person, but God’s plan of redemption which must be discovered and understood. One must wear a body of flesh and blood in order to enter this world, but it takes a spiritual body to enter the kingdom of heaven, and my words are spirit!
No man can set you free. This man called Neville is simply an agent expressing truth. It is not good enough for you to just understand it. You must believe, not in Neville, but in the truth he is expressing.
I am telling you what I have experienced. Jesus Christ, God’s story of salvation, has been fulfilled in me. I have experienced the birth, the discovery of God’s only begotten son David, the splitting of the temple and the ascent of the Son of man into heaven and the descent of the dove.
The majority of the people of the world will not accept my story. They want a person on the outside as their personal savior, unwilling to believe that their savior is a plan of salvation who is God Himself!
Now I ask you. do you believe in scripture? It is said that, “Among those born of woman, none is greater than John the Baptist, yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” If you insist upon believing that Jesus Christ is a man of flesh and blood, and the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist, then John is greater than Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, God’s plan of salvation, is a supernatural drama. It hasn’t a thing to do with any child which came (or comes) from the womb of a woman. His story takes place in an entirely different area of the mind. Read the 6th, 8th, 18th and 19th chapters of John to discover the wonderful hiddenness of Christ recorded there.
In the eyes of hundreds of millions of people, Jesus was Joseph’s son, but Jesus does not make that confession. He tells you, “I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me, and heaven is within.”
How can Jesus be sent from heaven and be Joseph, a mortal man’s son? When asked who his father was Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father, for it you knew me you would know my Father also.” In other words, if you know Christ in the true sense of the word, you know he is yourself. You will know your Father is he who is called God. Although it takes a man to express God’s plan, Christ cannot be seen by mortal eyes. He can only be known and experienced as God’s plan of salvation.
When Pilate asked one who expressed the truth to tell him who he was and where he was from, he did not answer. And when Pilate said, “Do you not know I have the power to release you or to crucify you,” truth replied, “You have no power over me unless it is given you from within.”
The world of Imagination is not this world, and the drama called Jesus Christ unfolds in the world of Imagination. I am sharing with you what I have experienced in that world.
Now, a lady writes: “In my dream I was watching the tape of my recorder move from one reel to the other. As I watched, I realized that if I arrested the activity I observed, it would freeze. As I did, my senses seemed to open and expand. But I soon discovered that I could not start the reel again until I contracted them. This fascinated me, so I repeated the action several times, each time realizing that I could not start the action in my open and expanded state. Only when I had contracted my senses once more would the reel start and move, seemingly independent of my perception of it.”
There is only God! God in the eternal state of existence! God in procession and God in return!
This experience of hers is a foreshadowing of God’s return to union with himself. Wearing a female garment God, in her, is tasting a power which is completely unknown to man. Man is frightened by his own little devices and thinks they can blast the universe apart, but they are only little firecrackers compared to the power of the Human Imagination.
Our astrophysicists claim there are one-hundred billion galaxies in the universe, with each galaxy containing one-hundred billion stars, yet they can find nothing like our little Earth. The only thing in the universe that could cradle this biological experiment called Man, is right here in our small planet consisting of a sun and a moon, called Earth.
Dwell upon this thought. The entire universe was created by an orgasm of God. Have you ever seen the orgasm of a man under the microscope?
Billions of live organisms are there to attempt the likeness of the man, but only one organism is successful. Here is God’s orgasm, of which one system came out which could cradle his experiment of making man in his own image. Nothing here can do it. God had to die in order for man to live knowing, “If I die I shall arise again and thou with me, for if God dieth not for man and gives himself eternally for man, man could not exist.”
When God became man he brought his plan of salvation, called Jesus Christ, with him. The churches, however, have organized and personified Jesus.
They have painted pictures of him and placed them on the wall. But Jesus Christ is God’s eternal plan of salvation which is expressed by a man.
When I am gone, and you are asked if you believe that a man called Jesus Christ was born of Mary, lived and was crucified on a wooden cross, tell them the true story of salvation, from experience. For, by then you will be witnesses to the truth of God’s word. As a witness, you will be the fruit of the tree of life upon which Jesus Christ (God’s eternal plan) was crucified.
Men are looking for that tree in time and space, but Blake tells us,
God’s plan of salvation is embedded in the brain. Engrafted there, it will grow and erupt into these four major events. Then the man in whom the eruption has taken place will linger to tell of his experience and encourage his brothers. After which he will depart, not to be restored to this terrestrial world, but to enter that age called the kingdom of heaven where he will exercise a power greater than the wildest dream of mortal man.
When God’s plan of salvation is complete, man will have returned to himself. That’s divine reunion. Then he will know from experience that he came out from the consciousness of being the Father and came into the world by being aware of its existence. Again he will leave the world and return to th awareness of being God the Father.
This world is not some accident, but a plan to create and expand God’s creative power. There is no limit to your expansion, only a limit to contraction which is man. Taking on the limit of contraction and the opacity of man, God unfolds himself in man to know unlimited translucency and expansion!
Jesus Christ is God’s plan of salvation. When this is clear to you, you will believe in yourself. But if you reject this, you do not believe in yourself. The entire gospel of John tells about faith and lack of belief in self! Telling you a story about himself, John expresses truth and personifies it as a man. ft’s the truth you should worship, not the man! “Hold onto the truth, for the truth will set you free.”
If you accept the word of God that abides in you, you will know its truth and be set free. But if possessing wealth, or being famous is more important to you, I say, “O foolish one, your soul is required of you tonight. Tomorrow I will put you in a sphere where you will have your millions and your fame, but you will have to work for it.”
Don’t think that because you are now playing a noble part, you cannot move to an ignoble one. Just like an actor, you may play the part of a king on the stage of time and space tonight, and tomorrow be cast in the role of a clown. God only acts and is in existing beings or men. We are cast in role after role until the work ‘we agreed to do is completed in us. And regardless of what we do now, or our social or intellectual position, when we leave here we are cast in our appropriate roles. This I know from experience. Everything is done and everything is perfect. God planned everything as it has come to pass, and as it will be consummated.
This truth must be expressed by man, so a man comes and expresses it. One must learn to let the man go, and hold onto the truth he expresses, for the truth will then engraft itself upon the individual and unfold from within. Then he will know who Jesus Christ really is, from experience.
When God’s only begotten son David calls you father, are you not God? If it is said that God’s body was split from top to bottom and it happens to you, are you not God? As these events happen, the Bible will open up and you will see the wisdom of Blake when he claimed that rivers, mountains, cities, villages, all are you, for in eternity all are men.
Scripture records that the Mount of Olives was split. You will know that it is your own body that is divided. You will discover you are the river Jordan. When you enter into the awareness of being the mountains, the villages and 4he cities, you will walk in their heavens and earth, just as you now walk in your own heavens and earth, for “All that you behold, though it appears without it is within you, in your Imagination of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.”
All of the mountains of scripture are within you, as are the cities and the villages, regardless of their names. You become the Jerusalem, the bride who comes down at the dawn. Being God, individualized, you will personify God’s plan of salvation called Jesus Christ, for there is nothing but man and man is God.