Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 24, 2018 • 26 Comments
Human Nature, Jesus, The Teachings of Jesus
Those that we used to think were dead tell us that achieving more rapid spiritual growth is the reason why we are born to live brief lives in this spiritual gym. They also tell us that Jesus is genuine, and they confirm that He told us the truth about God, reality, death, the afterlife, and the meaning and purpose of human life almost two thousand years before we could have received this wisdom in any other way. For my own part, I can confirm that the Gospel teachings of Jesus are the simplest and most effective short-course in rapid spiritual growth that exists! When those teachings are seriously applied, they can be effective in only months.
Another thing the dead are telling us is that the level of consciousness vibration on this planet has fallen so far away from love and toward fear that a concerted effort is now being made by beings at the highest levels – including of course the Lord Himself – to elevate us away from fear and toward love just as rapidly as possible. Historical hindsight may eventually suggest that our now being able to confirm the truth of the genuine Gospel teachings of Jesus is a literal miracle that has occurred at almost the eleventh hour.
The fear-based religion that claims to be based in Jesus has nothing to do with Jesus. This is obvious to anyone who looks at the religion’s dogmas and then reads the Lord’s canonical Gospels with even a half-open mind! And especially now that the dead are abundantly confirming that Jesus is genuine, it seems to be extremely important that we give the Lord a second chance to enlighten and uplift the world. Jesus never meant to start what we now call Christianity. And nothing that Christians are taught is true.
So if Jesus didn’t come to start a religion, and He certainly didn’t come to die for our sins, then why on earth did He come at all? Jesus plainly tells us that He came to teach us to relate to God on our own. His words are so clear that even as a devoutly Christian child I came to suspect this might be true. It is no wonder that Christian leaders forbade the reading of the words of Jesus by laypeople for more than a thousand years, and the first translation of those books into English was not done until the 16th century!
The Lord told us that He came from God, and He said that the words that He spoke were from God. The Gospel of John is the most spiritual of the four canonical Gospels, and there He says, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves” (JN 14:10-11). “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak” (JN 12:49). Those that we used to think were dead confirm that Jesus is from the highest aspect of the Godhead, so elevated that God could “look through His eyes” and relate directly to those living on earth. Our own amazing confirmation of the divinity of the eternal Christ is that He knew and said things two thousand years ago that we are able to confirm only now! Please pause for a moment and savor that fact.
Jesus came to us as God on earth in an effort to free us from all religions, to teach us to relate to God on our own, and to teach us how to elevate ourselves spiritually to the point where we can bring the kingdom of God on earth.
Toward the end of His earthly life, Jesus gave His disciples what is called the Great Commission, sending them out to share His Gospel teachings with the world. He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (MT 28:18-20). But this extraordinary movement that Jesus founded to begin the process of effecting the rapid spiritual growth of all humanity soon was turned into a fear-based religion that all but ignores the Gospel teachings and treats Jesus as just a blood-sacrifice to an imaginary God that needs a blood-sacrifice. Similarly, every subsequent effort made through willing people on earth by love-based beings not now in bodies to further the work of God on earth was foiled by the very religion that had co-opted and defiled the Lord’s mission. But we are told now that a fresh effort is being made by those at the highest levels to reintroduce the Lord’s Gospel revelation!
Their effort begins with the withering of the false religion that otherwise would continue to stand in the way of our sharing of the Lord’s Gospel truths. You and I are not alone in throwing off the husk of a moribund religion; in fact, many Americans now freely say that as they move farther away from Christianity they are becoming ever more spiritual. The field of our hearts is being cleared for fresh seeding. And gloriously, as this post-religious but more spiritual world finds its footing in the West, we can begin to speculate about how much better our lives and the world are going to be once everyone knows these perfect truths!
The Lord has been calling us all along to look behind false religious dogmas and seek His perfect eternal truths. He says things like, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (MT 7:7-8).“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (JN 8:31-32).
The more you study the Gospel words, the more you will become convinced that Jesus actively despises religions! He says in frustration, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (LK 6:46). And, “Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?… You hypocrites! Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men’” (MT 15:3-9). “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you!” (MT 21:31) “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (MT 8:11-12).
Jesus especially urges us to keep religions from interposing themselves between us and the only God. He says, “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (MT 6:1-6). How is it even possible that for two thousand years religious people have been claiming they were following Jesus, but then they would read His Gospel words and altogether ignore them?
And here is an amazing piece of scripture that never made sense to me until now. Jesus foresaw false Christianity’s rejection of Him, and He foresaw as well the genuine Christian movement that eventually would take its place! He said, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The Stone which the builders rejected thus became the chief corner stone; this came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it” (MT 21:42-43). He was quoting Psalm 118:22-23, which was written by David three thousand years ago. There is no objective time in eternity. Was the rise and fall of false Christianity and the flowering at last in the twenty-first century of the Lord’s eternal Gospel truths foreseen by David even so long ago?
The altogether secular movement that Jesus came to earth to begin is the only true Christianity. Rather than the bloody, fear-based religion that even today hides His teachings from the world, for millennia humankind could have enjoyed a flowering on the earth of forgiveness and love, an ever closer walk with one another, an intimate union with the only true God, and worldwide spiritual growth as a species that could have made it possible for us by now to be looking back on centuries of peace and reveling in a twenty-first century in which the kingdom of God overspreads the earth. But God will not be mocked. The Lord’s truth will win. As that false religion shrivels and dies, at last we can begin the Lord’s great work of elevating and transforming all of humankind!
26 thoughts on “The Lord’s Christianity”
I am at a loss of what prayer should be . Do I repeat the ‘our farther ‘s
and ‘hail Mary’s that I learned in Catholic school ? do I ask for guidance to be a better person and of service to and to understand my fellow man ? Or should I be silent mentally and hope the answers will come to me ?
Oh, what a beautiful question! Thank you so much for asking it, Gregory! For a long time I wondered about this too, as I came to understand ever more deeply the nature of God and the power of our minds. Next week I plan to talk about what God is (to the limited extent that we can comprehend that from here) as a part of sharing a better understanding of spiritual growth, but of course that question must be answered now if we are to have any idea of how we should be relating to the Spirit that is the only power.
As best we can understand, God is the same infinitely powerful and infinitely creative potentiality that we experience as human consciousness. Consciousness is apparently all that exists, and it exists in a range of vibrations from infinite fear at the lowest vibration to infinite love at the highest vibration. The more loving consciousness is, the more powerful it is, and since the Godhead is concentrated at that highest vibration, Its power is literally infinite. Mikey Morgan, the author of Flying High in Spirit and perhaps the highest-level being other than Jesus that ever has communicated with us, says that “God is the unity of pure love, and all that exists.”
Jesus in essence told us the same thing, but when He was on earth He was working against the fact that to speak against the prevailing religion would have brought Him a prompt death sentence. So He spoke of God as His Father and said other things that He might have phrased differently if He could have spoken more plainly; but we know more now, and we don’t have His constraints! God is not a guy on a throne. God is almost certainly not one entity in the sense that we think of entities, but instead God is apparently the unity of pure love that Mikey talks about. God is composed of all those who have reached the highest vibrational levels, and of that eternal Godhead Jesus is by far the highest-vibrating entity Who ever has come to us. Does this concept of God diminish God in our eyes? It shouldn’t! Instead, it should help us for the first time to realize how much beloved each of us is. You and I and all people are part of that one vast, eternal Mind that is all that exists. We are not the measly little sinful grubs that Christianity makes us out to be, but in fact we are – always have been, always will be – perfect in the only God!
So we are IN God. We relate to God the way one hand relates to the other hand, the way both eyes focus together to see well, the way each living cell relates to, supports, and relies on every other cell in the body. So we must not pray as an outsider to God!
And our minds are much more powerful than we imagine, so we must be careful in praying that we not ASK for things, but rather that we CLAIM the blessing we want. Asking for things is praying from lack; but claiming the gift unites our power with the Mind of God in making the gift manifest.
Please know, too, that expressing and feeling gratitude is extremely important. Gratitude is like an engine of prayer! Jesus doesn’t talk much about gratitude in the Gospel words that survive, but I’m betting He talked a lot about it while He was here.
So in view of all of this, I now do the following:
1) I live my life with an open prayerline. If I envision it, I imagine that the whole top of my head is open and my every thought and emotion is beamed to or connected with God. Jesus tells us there is no thought that is hidden, and living this way makes that manifest for me. If you want to begin to take God as seriously as God takes you, then open that prayerline and let God in.
2) I pray only in gratitude affirmations. When I gave my life to God, I prayed, “Thank You for giving me work to do. Thank You for showing me how to do it.” I have prayed those words every day since, and several times a day – whenever it has occurred to me to pray them – for almost the past ten years. To me, this is the only useful form of prayer! Repeating long rote prayers can help to calm your mind and make you think you are doing something useful, but it is not talking to God.
3) Don’t pray for either essential or frivolous things. Jesus says that! God knows what you need, God knows what you want, and you in particular are God’s best-beloved child. Like any good parent, God wants what is good for you and only what is good for you, and since the whole point of coming to earth is spiritual growth then you can expect that will be God’s focus. There are rare times when I will say through that open prayerline, “You know, I really am stressed by the lack of (this or that), so if it could manifest I think I could do this work better”; but I don’t think of it as a prayer. It feels more like a working collaboration.
So, how should you pray? That is up to you and God. For me, it has come down to my saying and trying deeply to think the Lord’s Prayer. It’s an excellent prayer, and saying it feels like another gentle submission and gift to my Wayshower and Best Friend. I follow a single mindful recitation of the Lord’s Prayer with my again giving my life to God. And I go about my day or I settle down to sleep.
What prayer does is to connect you a bit more closely to the only Power, so the words don’t much matter. It’s only the love that matters!
I’m new to your blog. Could you address the aspect of physical healing? Perhaps it comes down to number 3 in your list here, or maybe you could refer me to some other writings you have on this subject. Have been struggling for several years with serious illness. I wouldn’t mind so much to pass on, but I greatly want to be here for my adult son who loves me very much and I feel would be crushed if I left the planet prematurely. I’ve prayed every which way I know how. At times I feel improvement and am heartened, and then later it all comes crashing down on me again for no apparent reason that I can tell.
Anita, claim the gift in gratitude and for the sake of others. Were I in your shoes I would say something like, “Thank You for the gift of my health and vigor that enable me to do X for Y person,” etc. The claim, the gratitude, and the wish to help others – if all expressed sincerely – can make this a pretty powerful prayer!
Please know, however, that each of us is following our own self-tailored lesson-plan, and sometimes a healing that we pray for won’t happen because the death might be for the spiritual benefit of someone else. It is therefore always good to say, “But let Your will be done!” Know that the entire universe exists for your good and the good of your son, so you have nothing to fear!
Roberta, thank you for the post and the answers. If Jesus foresaw the creation of the religion of fear, then this future was predetermined and nobody could change this?
Dmitriy, the future is not preordained and the dead cannot even see the future and predict it with certainty. Insofar as we are able to see, however, they can “game out” various future scenarios and make predictions based upon all the probabilities. And their predictions often come to pass, but they might not. We always have free will!
Does anyone know where in the bible it says that the only way to “God’s Kingdom” is through Jesus Christ? I find that a rather strange statement and even if it is written there, it could have been added by whoever was in power at the time of the translation to scare people into joining the Catholic church. Once books get translated into other languages, you can’t trust that the original meanings or words will not be twisted around to suit whoever is doing the translating;
I don’t believe it says that specifically; I cannot recall ever seeing it. What it does say in a modern English translation, though, is that Jesus is the only way to to heaven. For example, JN 3:16 is commonly cited. Here it is italicized, in context:
“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (JN 13:18). This is an example of heavily-edited words that may have been useful, if we could determine what Jesus actually said! But “only begotten son” didn’t come from Him, and He wouldn’t have said “whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” His whole emphasis – always – was on His teachings, not on something magical about His person! And He warned people about falling backward spiritually and ending up in the outer darkness (which is indeed real), but He didn’t warn that miscreants would not live eternally or would “perish.” He knew and said then what we know now: our minds are eternal. But the church-builders had their way with this passage – probably at the Council of Nicaea in 325 – so it is of dubious use to anyone now.
Here are two other spots where the mis-translation is much easier to see:
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (JN 14:6).
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (JN 11:25-26).
Again, Jesus was always talking about His teachings, and I’m sure He was talking about them here as well! Simply replace “I” and “me” with “my teachings,” and both of these statements are perfectly true! Note, though, that during His lifetime Jesus would not have referred to “the resurrection.” Again, church-builders. We can ignore that part.
Your Creator aware consciousness thoughts are beyond words, language & earthly comprehensions. They are a like the purely shining light of infinite galaxies and at the same time like the infinity of the darkness of our grasp of infinitely expanding space.
Reading your books and emails strengthens our unity consciousness.
We are so grateful for your loving graceful thoughts, they uplift us beyond in the way the infinitely aware Creator loves.
This is very sweet of you – thank you!!
I am so on board with this. Am praying that the Lord will help me to share what I call my new definition of Christianity. Not death to save us from our sins–but the message of love–I feel that Jesus gave his life trying to get us to know his message of love–no fear–just love–I pray for His help with this. More love and less fear–forgive 70 times 7…..
Dear Gail, based on the number of people I am hearing from now, and the things they say, I think that many people are not only turning away from the old, human-made, fear-based Christianity but they also are earnestly seeking the Lord’s Gospel truths. If you want to be part of helping people to learn how to live what Jesus taught, there is a desperate need for that! But it won’t be the Lord helping you and me, dear. What is needed now is for us to offer our help to Him in His way and on His terms.
After my son died, I tried to go back to church. I felt I needed to be close to god and I thought that was the way. I did enjoy the old familiar smells and words but left every time feeling like something was missing. Over the last three years I have realized I am close to god and feel a connection with him any where. I think I am starting an open prayer line, and I am thankful my son has shown me the way.
Thank you for your words Roberta.
Dear Lisa, I am sorry for your pain, but so glad you know your son is right there with you and helping you to grow spiritually! This is a wonderful new beginning for you, this much closer walk with God, and I wish you every possible joy in it ;-)!
Thanks, Roberta. I did replace the word “me” (meaning Jesus) with the words “my teachings,” and it does make sense. I still strongly feel that a lot of things were deliberately mistranslated in order to scare people into joining the Catholic church, as the more followers they could get, the more wealth they could acquire. This is kind of self evident when one realizes how much money the Vatican represents.
Your mis-translation worry is not unreasonable, dear Lola! And if the Catholic Church could have gotten away with it when it was more formed and more powerful, I don’t doubt it would have played more with the Lord’s words.
Fortunately, though, Jesus spoke Aramaic, and the first translations of His words into Greek were very early indeed; and then the Council of Nicaea in 325 used those first translations in building the earliest form of the Bible. There is therefore a paper trail, and it is possible to do some archaeology and ferret out what Jesus actually said, although I lament all the things that He must have said during those three-plus years that were not remembered for the couple of generations it would have taken to get things written down; and I also lament the things He may have said that the Council of Nicaea perhaps didn’t want to keep :-(.
We know that Nicaea did mess with the Gospels to some extent. They removed every reference to reincarnation they could find, and perhaps they removed other things but simply kept no record of that.
Nicaea also added things!
(1) They added references to a trinity (trinities were hot in religions at the time);
(2) They added references to end-times prophesy (also very hot at the time);
(3) They added language about some people being “the elect,” and about God’s judgment (which Jesus says never happens);
(4) They added references to churches (none existed in Jesus’s lifetime) and to a church hierarchy (ditto!) and religion-building details in general.
What they added is surprisingly easy to pluck out and throw away because it clashes with most of what Jesus said, or even because it would have made no sense in Aramaic (For example, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” is particularly ridiculous, since there was no church when Jesus would have said those words and “Petros” is a Greek word so in Aramaic the pun would not have existed.)
Again, what I really lament is what the Lord may have said but no one remembered it or saw its significance so it never was written down!!
There is a passage at the end of the one of the Gospels (I think it’s John but my New Testament isn’t handy to look it up), in which the writer says something like, Jesus did and said a whole lot of other great things that I didn’t write down, but trust me, they were great!
I remember in school always wondering what those things were. It’s like ending a story by saying “the lived happily ever after.” Maybe that ever after part is the best part!
Anyway I know there are “non Canonical” testaments. The Coptic texts, for example. I don’t know how legitimate they are considered to be. There are a lot of mystical and interesting elements to those so they always captured my interest if not my belief.
I recall that same passage, Mike! I tried to BibleGateway it, but nothing came up under any of the shortcut words that seemed obvious. That passage troubled me as well as a child, that maybe they had left the best parts out?
I have read a number of the non-canonical Gospels, but I never found any real revelations in them. Limiting ourselves to just the four that Nicaea chose and then edited – especially when Matthew and Luke are nearly carbon copies of one another! – is a further restriction on our potential understanding, and that also bothered me as I began my more intensive Gospel studies. I think now, however, that for us to use the Christian Bible to begin a public study of the words of Jesus is a huge step all by itself! And those words hold together, once the coal that was added later is plucked out: they hold together, and they give us a complete spiritual short-course that is without peer in the world (I plan to talk about that next week).
I think it all is unfolding now as the Lord intends it to unfold….
Yes, I totally agree. He never would have said “on this rock I will build my church,” as if he did, it would be in contrast to everything he said before. Besides, an actual “church” wasn’t part of their vocabulary. Also, in relation to reincarnation, the Essenes, a group that Jesus was certainly familiar with, believed in it, as did most if not all ancient religions. The phrase “you must be born again” was left in, but was said to mean one must be “born” again into their idea of the Christian religion when I clearly think Jesus meant this literally.
Appendix I of Liberating Jesus is a guide to discovering and plucking out the bits of coal among the diamond words of Jesus. I found when I first read it that actually removing the religious edits from the Gospel words that we have left is pretty easy!
Roberta, thanks for the answer. Theoretical question. Could it be that a person has forgiven himself, but his vibrations are insufficient for level 3?
The greater reality is immense, and it is as complex as this reality, so we should never say never about anything! But the evidence is strong that forgiveness is the key to staying out of the lower two levels. If someone’s vibration was high enough for him to have been granted a body on earth (there is a fairly acute competition for them) and to have worked out and attempted to follow a life plan designed around spiritual growth (this seems to be essential in order for nearly all of us to be allowed the body), then so long as he forgives himself and others when he comes home, he will be able to access at least level 3.
Roberta thanks for the reply. If we all come for spiritual growth, why do we choose tests that we cannot do? Is it really impossible in heaven to realistically assess your capabilities?
The evidence strongly suggests that we feel so powerful when we are there that many of us plan aggressive lives, and when we do that we and our own spirit guides reportedly must go before a council of advanced beings who will probably require that we tone it down a bit. They want to stress us spiritually because that is how we grow, but they never want to break us! Now sometimes it happens that we and our guides talk the council into approving a lifetime that does indeed damage us. Everyone hates it when that happens! And there is lots of counseling available to us, both at night while our bodies sleep and especially when we go home. So in short, the choice of trials is not up to us alone, and everyone involved is eager for us to succeed!
Somewhere in my education I learned that there was an early schism in the “church” — a difference in opinion between Peter and Paul, in which essentially one of them thought Jesus meant his teachings for everyone and the other thought they were for a select few. I strain to recall the details but that early difference may have been the beginning of the formal religious dogma. Does this ring a bell?
I recall this too, now that you mention it, but we are going back fifty years! I have no clue about the details anymore, especially since it was my intensive study of early Christian history in college that I realize now began my long slide away from the religion that I loved so much :-(.