Today’s topic, the serpent and the messiah, has been addressed on this blog before by Anny, but today I am going to look at it from a few additional angles. I recently had a great discussion about it with a friend. This friend doesn’t agree with esoteric teaching because she is a mainstream Christian, but we greatly respect each other’s views and enjoy a healthy debate from time to time. [Read more…] about The Paradox of the Serpent and the Messiah
Good and Evil
Did God, as an outside agent, create man? Or is there scriptural evidence suggesting that man is an integral part of who God is? In other words, are God and man somehow eternally linked? Are they ONE?
A recent discussion with a friend inspired this upcoming series. I am going to concentrate on Genesis chapter three to provide our answer. I will also use other Old and New Testament scriptures, but I believe Genesis chapter three will be one of the best places to start because the symbolism is obvious. Talking snakes, magical fruit, naked men and women who do not realize they are naked (until they eat the magical fruit!), physical paradise, and omnipotent beings walking through gardens are all contrary to our everyday realities. [Read more…] about Genesis Chapter 3: The Allegory of the Serpent Ego
As promised, this post will unveil the esoteric meaning of the beggar Lazarus who died an ended up in Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man died and ended up in what appears to be a description of eternal torment, i.e., hell. Of course the Bible never describes a literal hell in the traditional Christian sense (see part one of this series for more information). The same holds true for the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. [Read more…] about Lazarus the beggar and the rich man: Understanding Soul Growth and Meaning of Hell
During the period of October 2013 – January 2014, I wrote a series of articles for SOS, mostly about the esoteric interpretation of Bible texts, based on Hebrew numerology. In at least five of these articles this theme of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the serpent was examined, each following article building on the findings of the previous ones. [Read more…] about The Tree of Judgement?
I want to show you something pretty neat if you compare the Genesis creation account to one of my favorite creation myths from ancient Egypt. After a comparison I think you’ll agree that the Genesis account was definitely influenced by it. The similarities are astounding. What I hope you’ll notice is that both the Bible and ancient the Egyptians were trying to explain complicated aspects of consciousness, science, and physics through the same myth and allegory. [Read more…] about Further Cracking the Symbolic Meaning of the Genesis Creation Account
It’s not hard to see that Cain, Adam and Eve’s son, represents the lower self in scripture. Although he comes first, many Bible scholars believe the scripture indicates he was a twin of Abel. The birth of these twins symbolizes the higher and lower aspects of man as a result consciousness leaving Paradise (Adam and Eve’s first act was to procreate after being kicked out of Eden). Cain was also a tiller of the ground. It makes sense that he is tied to the earth. The earth always represents the physical plane and lowest manifestation of consciousness. Cain, then, is naturally tied to it. [Read more…] about Cain Kills Abel and is Banished to Nod
I was reading a blog post about karma this morning by Katinka Hesselink (linked here). I like Katinka’s simple explanation of this largely misunderstood concept. Check out what she has to say below:
Somehow the law of Karma has people in all sorts of mental knots sometimes, so I thought I’d start out with the basics:
- When you help someone today, they will be helped. You will get the blessings later.
- When you hurt someone today, they will hurt. You will get similar problems later. [Read more…] about Judgment and Karma in the Bible
The tree of life. It is arguably one of the most popular symbols in the Bible. It’s too bad that so many people read Genesis, discover the tree of life, and think it’s literal. To do so robs the mind of this ancient symbol’s true beauty and essence!
Sometimes called the cosmic or world tree, the tree of life did not [Read more…] about Meaning of the Tree of Life
Have you ever thought about becoming a medium or going to one? If so, you may want to think twice about it. Even though esoteric literature doesn’t always spell out the dangers involved, they are very real, and we should all acquire the knowledge to discern why.
Before delving into this controversial subject, it is important to point out that having a proper knowledge about something is crucial. [Read more…] about Divination
Did God really create evil? This is the question I want to address in today’s post. It is a question that has plagued mankind since the beginning of our journey, and since it’s not going away anytime soon, I think it’s an honest question that deserves quite a bit of pondering.
The Bible emphatically states that God created evil.
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7).
But what did the Biblical author mean by “evil?” I must caution you: there’s a lot more depth and breadth to this concept and verse than first meets the pondering mind. [Read more…] about Did God Really Create Good and Evil?