by Dina Marcus
The movement started by the historical man referred to as Jesus was not called Christianity! As documented in the Book of Acts, it was called TheWay, and the original communities forming its Spiritual Inner Core were either slaughtered, silenced, or driven underground when the Roman government, under the Emperor Constantine, took over the Christian Church for his own political gain, and wrote them off as “deplorable.” This set up the entire Western world for the period that we know today as the Dark Ages.
Over the next several several centuries, the Roman emperors and their favored clerics decided, in a top-down fashion, which doctrines and practices were acceptable (and must be accepted on blind faith alone), and which were to be written off as “deplorable.” Not surprisingly, most of these were designed to keep people in a perpetual dependence on the “priest” classes. Those found guilty of “heresy” for not adhering to dictates of the Emperor were hunted down and tortured and/or killed for being “heretics.” Many Christian reformers came along in the ensuing centuries, yet most “Protestant” Christians today regard the period in which Luther, Calvin and Knox lived as the start of the Christian “Reformation.” Why? They certainly were not the first reformers–they were just the first who managed to get enough political power on their side to survive the “witch” hunt. Yet sadly, as shown so eloquently in Tolkien’s epic work The Lord of the Rings, those who make use of the ring of power to further their own cause–even if they ostensibly seek to better the world with it–not only fail to create the better world that they seek; the movement that they start will turn against its own first principles and will ultimately make the world far worse off.
Yet, there is hope! The man known as Jesus promised, when speaking of the movement which he started, that “the gates of hell shall not prevail over it.” What this means is that access to the original teachings lies in a realm that is beyond the corruption of this world, and beyond the ability of the priests and politicians to destroy it, and it remains so to this very day. The American Constitution was–in large part–set up in order to provide the necessary environment where the people could live in relative freedom and prosperity, and pursue higher spiritual knowledge in accordance with their ability to receive it. To get an idea of what the original teachings of Jesus were, see, for instance, this website:
The Ten Key Instructions of the Original Teachings of TheWay
1) Seek to keep the Commandments of the Lord as set forth in the Gospels. Love the Lord and do unto your brothers as you would have them do unto you.
2) Endeavor to become what is portrayed in the parable of the Sower And The Seed as the “good ground” in body and mind — with an open mind to the Higher Revelation of the Living Word.
3) To be ever faithful to one’s spouse — and to build within one’s marriage the Consecrated Temple of Love and Light (see The Divine Marriage).
4) Seek the Truth. Each of us exists at different rungs of the proverbial Jacob’s Ladder — as stated in the Gospel Of The Nazirenes: “God gives you all truth, as a ladder with many steps, for the salvation and perfection of the soul, and the truth which seems today, you will abandon for the higher truth tomorrow. Press toward perfection” — therefore, each of us must strive to live the level of Truth that we have received, in Word, Thought, Desire and Deed.
5) The scriptures are the developmental text-book for the lost prodigal sons and daughters who dwell in this world. Therefore, seekers of TheWay must learn to apply the scriptures within their own mind and being as the Key of Knowledge — seeking to enter in the “narrow strait gate” which gives entrance to the Inner Kingdom.
6) By Divine Design, all people are subject to the Tower of Babel Syndrome — they all see the world differently and speak a different language as presented at The Enigma Of The Segmented Mind. When we judge them, without discernment through the intuitive empathetic understanding as set forth in The Solution To The Segmented Mind, then we both slam the door to our own progress in TheWay, and bring judgment upon ourselves.
7) Seek to edify and purify the body-vessel (see TheConsecratedLife.com) to fulfill the Royal Law and transform self into the Consecrated Living Temple as set forth in the Pistis Sophia (Faith Wisdom): “Do not desist from seeking by day and by night, until you find the purifying mysteries of the light, which refine the body of matter and make it a pure light very refined.”
8) The most popular scripture used in the first century was the Shepherd of Hermas which portrays those who walk in TheWay as being married to the Lord. Thus, those who walk in the way of this world are portrayed as an adulteress: “…it is adultery, if a man pollute his flesh, but whosoever doeth things like unto the heathen committeth adultery. If therefore in such deeds as these likewise a man continue and repent not, keep away from him, and live not with him. Otherwise, thou also art a partaker of his sin.”
9) “Be temperate as to what is evil, and do it not; but be not temperate as to what is good, but do it. For if thou be temperate as to what is good, so as not to do it, thou committest a great sin; but if thou be temperate as to what is evil, so as not to do it, thou doest great righteousness. Be temperate therefore in abstaining from all wickedness, and do that which is good’.” ( Shepherd of Hermas )
10) Do not seek after that which belongs to another: “…neither touch that which is another man’s, nor lust after it; for it is wicked to lust after other men’s possessions.” ( Shepherd of Hermas – see also Social Justice And The Natural Laws)