Apostle Paul taught New Age Christianity. Of course 2000 years ago it wasn’t called New Age, but many of the concepts are the same, especially in regards to the concept of cosmic consciousness. I know mainstream Christianity would vehemently disagree, but this is only because they have failed to understand the symbols and language of the Bible.
Personally, I think the future of mainstream Christianity is in trouble—what was once a mystery is now being shouted in books, websites, and blogs across the world: Christ is in us!
The Bible has contained this truth all along. As Paul said:
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
But what exactly does this mean? How can Christ be in us? It means exactly what it says. Christ is not just outside of you. He’s inside as well, as a part of everyone, including the Jew, Christian, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamist, Pantheist, and yes, even the atheist. Notice how 1 Cor. 1:27 proclaims this concept as a mystery unto the Gentiles, the outsiders! But for over a thousand of years mainstream Christian dogma has made salvation exclusive to those who follow a certain doctrine.
Part of the reason for this exclusivity has been religious authorities who misunderstand the term “Jew” and “gentile.”
Paul’s use of the term “Jew” is the one who goes “within” to find the Christ. The “gentiles” were those who didn’t have access to this kind esoteric knowledge and therefore could not know the Christ. But Paul’s mission was to change that.
I know that I am already treading the water of heresy, but since I’m already on the subject, I think I’ll dive all the way in!J Not only did Paul proclaim that Christ was within everyone, but he also hints at the fact that Christ is within everything!
“…[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible…” (1 Corinthians 1:15-16).
Let that sink in. Paul is effectively saying that Christ is within all of creation!
Maybe now the scripture I quote below can finally be made sense of:
“…be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…” (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Surely the Gospel of mainstream Christianity never reached South America, the Arctic Circle, Northeastern Asia, Japan, and Australia, the thousands of islands in the Pacific, and many other places of this earth, at least not in Paul’s day, right? So what in the heck was Paul referring to? Some say Paul was referring to the known world at the time. Please! The ancient Egyptians, before the time of Paul, had extensive enough knowledge of every continent to build the Great Pyramid near the center of all land area of the world.
Paul is speaking esoterically here. The Gospel was preached to every creature under heaven because every aspect of creation is teaming with Christ. Life itself was created through Christ because Christ is that life itself. In the truest understanding, the LOGOS, as Christ is often called, is the essence of consciousness and energy (spirit) taking on the form of matter. And that’s us.
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
The truth is that mainstream Christianity has terribly limited both Christ and the Gospel. The original intent of the Gospels—especially John—was taught by groups such as the Gnostics. They made plain what Paul waxed philosophical in 1 Corinthians.
“When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living father.”
—Gospel of Thomas
The Greek, gnothi sauton, or, “know yourself,” was a famous saying at the temple dedicated to Apollo at Delphi, Greece. To those in the ancient world with esoteric knowledge, knowing the depths of one’s self was the pinnacle of knowledge. In the East it is the same:
“We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings.”
And yet Orthodox Christianity still fails to see this same thought evident in its own scriptures:
“…know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you… (2 Corinthians 13:15).
This type of “knowing” that Paul refers to is not head knowledge, but the kind that matters beyond death: experiential knowledge of the cosmic kind. This kind of knowledge survives physical death, even that death where the dissolution of the personality and ego must also eventually take place in the more subtle realms.
But does mainstream Christianity really teach us to know ourselves? Even after becoming “saved” by putting faith in Jesus and his death on the cross? Are we then taught to know ourselves, the type of knowing which seeks to purge our lower nature so that we can manifest the higher nature? Probably not. It’s usually more church, salvation programs, preaching, another building fund, and some singing. Where’s the power that’s going to affect the soul after the death in that? Sure, it can bring joy and contentment to the soul, but after such practices has the mind really been renewed? Transformed?
One of the meanings of “transformed” is to be altered in nature. Don’t you think Paul was going for something a little more serious than a simple belief in Jesus as the way to salvation? How about something like an expanded consciousness? Now that would be a transformed mind!
Cosmic consciousness is not a New Age concept, by the way. It is a very old age concept, one of the original great truths of spirituality existing thousands of years ago. This cosmic union is what manifesting the Christ is about. And it is Biblical!
Fortunately, this cosmic union is explained in the crucifixion of Christ on the cross and the renting of the veil between the holy place and the holy of holies. In the last post I stated we were going to discuss exactly how the renting of this veil correlates with the expansion of consciousness (Christ consciousness), but I felt what is written above needed to be stated first. That information is still coming in our next post. Specifically, we will be dealing with more information on meditation, the pineal and pituitary glands, and the third ventricle of the brain. All this information will tie in with our last post of the human mind being symbolized in the tabernacle of Moses in scripture. I believe it will be some great information to help us all understand the Bible a lot better!