In the beginning there was a Word, it was “go”, shortly thereafter the war began! There probably shouldn’t be any self proclaimed Christian alive who doesn’t know that he/she is engaged in the war between heaven and hell everyday. But it seems that not many are aware of the full scope of this battle, or how it appears in the world around us. Our great Crusades are more subtle and silent, happening inside of us instead of out. We are currently in the midst of a great battle and not many seem to notice. Have we become so comfortable with the Christ’s forgiveness? That we seem to think he will forgive us for anything and everything we do? He will. But he also told us in Ga:6:7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Ga:6:5: For every man shall bear his own burden. We seem to have lost sight of the original purpose. This is due to several factors I shall attempt to illuminate with this essay.
To begin with, there seems to be little
reflection upon the
truth of the word. All throughout the bible we are reminded to be ever
vigilant, to be not tempted or discouraged by evil. Indeed I believe a
many saints recognize this but fail to act upon it. It could be you
much time letting other people read the bible to you rather than read
it for yourself,
meditating on what you’ve read, and then seeking to practice it. Or you
but you are caught up in a world that is slowly but consistently
grey every issue that used to be clearly defined in black and white.
are confronted by the face of the seemingly innocent pleading for
equality of sin. They mean us no harm, but they feel that the nature of
they care to engage in is permissible under the concept of freedom
Most of us like to imagine the
spiritual world as an
invisible intangible environment where we simply cast our hopes and
aspirations, and with luck we fair favorably. This is not the case. I
A key notion to understanding the
nature of the war we have
been caught up in, is gaining a true understanding of the nature of the
and us in it. Modern materialism repeatedly reminds us that if we can’t
or measure it, it must not be there. A key difference between us and
of the first century AD, is that materialism as we know it today did
then. If you study the metaphoric content of mythology, you see that
peoples based their entire life on the world of spirit that surrounded
nature and the heavens. As time has passed and we have evolved into the
age, the church has gone from being a building imbued with living
spirit, to a
building made simply of brick and stone. Machines have drawn us away
seeing the world as spirit born, to seeing it as nothing more than a
sequence of chemical reactions. Thus, our perception of spirit has been
compromised by our technological progress, a changing of our
order to lead a truly spiritual life we must individually build a
bridge to a
world we cannot see. Faith becomes a key element in that structure.
Faith is the antidote of fear.
I can testify that this process takes time, but most importantly it takes change on our part. We have further to go within ourselves than that Christian did in the first century AD. Today we think materialism means that we get sucked into the gratuitous acquisition of stuff. I know people who think that by not having an attachment to stuff that they are more spiritual. When in all actuality to be trapped in materialism means you cannot see yourself outside of your physical body. To put that another way, you must begin to see yourself as a spiritual being connected to the cosmos, not just in your body, but in the scope of the entirety of human endeavor through every act of your free will. You must see the entirety of human history as the reflection of the struggle of one individual. And you must begin to let go of the world of sense that we rely on to our undoing. You cannot begin to build your bridge if you rely solely on your five physical senses. This is where we must, for the moment, leave the restrictive physical concept of historic Christianity. This is indeed the impulse behind our search for something more. This was indeed the point at which I left the physical Christianity in search of something more. My answers came from the realm of Esoterica.
One key to being a Christian in today’s modern world is to do some research into the history of Christianity. If you remember that we have been engaged in spiritual warfare ever since Eve convinced Adam to eat the apple. Then you’ve got to consider the notion that in 2000 years, the inner nature of the church could be compromised. One key point of evidence for this is how in 1870 the Pope declared the order of Papal Infallibility. Which in essence meant that the Pope had positioned himself between God and Us, and everything he declared as church law, God would automatically support. Case in point, the way the church handled the whole affair of child molestation by pastors in the church. The Pope initially presumed to keep the matter under the jurisdiction of the church, where the church would mete out punishment for the crimes, rather than turning the said Pastor’s over to civil authorities. Eventually they gave in only because of the public outcry but initially the Pope presumed to keep it a church affair. Now understandably, not all Christians are Catholic. But what you have to understand is that the book you know as the bible, in most cases, contains material that has been censored and controlled by the Catholic Church for the past 2000 years. Religious history concerning doctrine and the bible is long and bloody. The Pope frequently dispatched armies to destroy any concepts of Christianity that were contrary to the position of the church. Especially in the realm of Esoterica!
Esoterica stems from the Latin prefix
“eso” which means
internal. Modern Christianity today is referred to as Exoteric, meaning
external, as it focuses on the physical life of Jesus of Nazareth.
Christianity tells the story of the Christ being that came down to
posess Jesus of Nazareth in the river Jordan. Esoteric Christianity
the spiritual mission of the Christ. Jesus was a man, the Christ was a
spirit that inhabited his body during the baptism
God may bless individual American’s
based on the course of
their personal lives. But the point is that for a modern day Christian
believe he or she has the right to justify violence or murder for any
and feel forgiven or even justified in the eyes of god is pure
enemy has made certain that the entire process of western civilization
borne on violence. We have been trained generation after generation,
violence is the end of all conflict. Not recognizing that at that point
where the incident at
No! I’m afraid God does not bless
Dale G. Cox