Before I jump into the meat of this post, I want to make it clear that if a critic looked hard enough at my life he or she could probably find hypocrisy. With that being said, it is not my intention to attack any one individual. But I believe the very simple message of this blog post may help someone “see” the flagrant hypocrisy which lives and breathes in modern Christianity, and, hopefully, to help us all graduate from religion and live a more pure form of spirituality. As I write this post, I also examine my own life.
In my last blog post I wrote about the dangers inherit in attachments. I want to provide a real-life experience below for an example, but it should also serve to show how misconceptions about the Bible can cause serious spiritual stagnation.
I used to be involved with a church where the leadership strongly opposed anyone in ministry drinking alcohol. I understand the logic. A person that abused alcohol would certainly abuse the ministry. Addictions of the subconscious will always manifest in our actions. But many of the leaders in this same church organization regularly consumed up to a pot of coffee in a day. Not a cup. Not even two cups. But a pot!
I am not judging a man for drinking a pot of coffee, but does he have the right to judge someone for drinking alcohol (for fear of abuse) if he himself is abusing his body with so much caffeine that it will one day burn up his adrenals and ruin his blood sugar? Adrenals are a part of the endocrine system which are very important when dealing with the Holy Spirit (kundalini) by the way.
One of those leaders even proudly stated that he ran a few miles every week just so he could eat whatever he wanted, when he wanted. He also drank about a liter of coke every day. So what’s my point? There is an addiction that is being manifested from the subconscious. It’s an attachment that will eventually bring suffering in some form or other, and it stifles the movement of the Holy Spirit within the body as these religious leaders continue living very unconsciously on a day to day basis.
So how could a religious leader be so hypocritical? In order to truly understand such an unconscious belief and lifestyle, let’s look into a common misperception about Biblical interpretation. Modern Christian doctrine has caused a huge stumbling block for many Christians getting ready to evolve spiritually. In order to see this for yourself, take a step back a minute and don’t think about what you have just read. Right now let’s switch gears a little and try to understand St. Paul’s thinking, and then I’ll wrap up everything neatly by the end of this post.
Understanding Paul’s Meaning about Christ in Both the Old and New Testament
Consider a popular New Testament verse included in many sermons today:
“But now we are delivered from the Law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:6)
This scripture has caused a lot of confusion and spiritual stagnation in both religious leaders and their congregation members because they make the mistake of believing that the New Testament is a new and better way that God has provided salvation for his people. In other words, they believe that Jesus came along to make a new way for the people, thus providing salvation for all. But Jesus himself said:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law…but to fulfil.” (Matt. 5:17).
What did Jesus mean? Does this mean that since Jesus fulfilled the law, we don’t have to because he did it for us? No. Of course it doesn’t. Does this mean that you have to fulfill the law? Yes, it does, but not in the way you might be thinking. It’s much simpler than living Torah laws and codes. The entire Bible is a metaphysical document written in code. The stories are allegories to help you understand the evolution of your own consciousness! The entire Old Testament itself is a metaphysical code veiled beneath even the literal laws. The spirit of Christ fulfills every metaphysical law of the universe. That spirit is within you, and when you live from it by renting the veil over your own ego, you fulfill the law as well. That means you’ll be checked if you go to drink an entire pot of coffee day in and day out because you’ll become conscious of this attachment that stifles spirit.
Following Jesus is about living consciously. So now let’s back up again to Paul’s statement in Romans:
“But now we are delivered from the Law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.”
It is important for you to understand that Paul didn’t have a Bible containing the New Testament. To him, the only authority was the Old Testament. The Gospels and all the other epistles (none of which had been put into a Bible yet!) wasn’t considered Holy Scripture to Paul. It’s amazing how many Christians forget this important notion, and because of this, they fail to realize that the Christ of the New Testament was the SAME spirit that was available in the people before the time a man named Jesus walked the earth. If you have trouble believing that, then consider another verse by Paul as he talks about Moses and the Israelites:
“And were all (the Israelites out of Egypt) baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Cor. 10:2-4).
Serving in “newness of spirit” then for Paul is not about following another man; it was evolving, manifesting, and then living the Christ within you! Many religious leaders and Christians feel they have authority based on New Testament doctrine, when the truth is that New Testament doctrine means nothing!
Back To Our Righteous Religious Leaders
Now let’s return to the religious leaders I spoke about earlier. One of them once quoted a scripture by Paul to justify their not allowing anyone who drank alcohol into a position of ministry.
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).
When I explained to him that I didn’t drink wine or beer to get tipsy, he stated that it didn’t matter. He didn’t want to give anyone the chance to be in a position of leadership who was playing with fire—i.e., partaking in something that was spoken so ill of in scripture. I then explained that the were was a scripture in the Old Testament that stated God’s people could drink “strong drink” to their heart’s desire on one of the Jewish Feast days. This leader then said, “That’s old Testament!”
Do you see the problem here?
What’s Paul really saying in Eph. 5:18 anyway? That verse isn’t exclusive to alcohol; it’s speaking about attachment to anything of the material plane that would hamper the evolution of consciousness and spiritual development (drunk with wine, wherein is excess). To be “filled with the spirit” is to be filled with conscious living and kundalini awakening. It is the evolution of the Christ within you.
In Galatians Paul states:
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you!”
For Paul, the spirit of Christ is a latent potential within the soul and consciousness of every human being. A sinner is not someone who drinks alcohol (unless you have an unconscious attachment to it), but it is someone who denies the spirit of Christ evolving within them. Therefore the person who abuses both alcohol and coffee are both on the same page. But because of the many misconceptions about scripture, one act is justifiable while the other can be condemned.
The religious leaders I spoke of who denied anyone in ministry that touched alcohol may have the right motivation, but false understanding. He certainly wasn’t getting any authority from the Bible; it was unconsciously coming from his own ego.
In the next post I will address Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.