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You Mean THAT'S In The Bible? - Satyaraja Dasa, Steven Rosen

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  1. You Mean THAT's In the Bible?
  2.  
  3. by: Satyaraja  Dasa (Steven J. Rosen)  
  4.  
  5. ISKCON New York - Sri Sri Radha Govinda MAndir
  6. 305 Schermerhorn St.  Brooklyn, NY  11217
  7. http://radhagovinda.net
  8.  
  9.      ________________________________________________
  10.  
  11.  
  12.      Dedicated to  His Divine  Grace A.C.  Bhaktivedanta  Swami
  13. Prabhupada, who  set the  perfect example  in his  own life, by
  14. loving the  Lord with  all of  his heart,  soul, and mind. (see
  15. Matt. 22:36-40)
  16.  
  17.      ________________________________________________
  18.  
  19.                        Table of Contents
  20.                       -------------------
  21.  
  22. 1) Introduction
  23. 2) You Are not the Body
  24. 3) One Who Loves Christ Must Follow His Commandments
  25. 4) Meat Eating
  26. 5) Reincarnation
  27. 6) Celibacy
  28. 7) Renunciation
  29. 8) "There is much I have to tell you..."
  30. 9) Jesus And God May Be One--But They Are Also Different
  31. 10) Miscellaneous
  32. 11) After word
  33.  
  34.  
  35.  
  36. (Special thanks  to His  Grace Rajendranath Dasa; the fruits of
  37. his research  were indispensable  to  the  production  of  this
  38. pamphlet)
  39.  
  40.    ________________________________________________
  41.  
  42. 1)  INTRODUCTION
  43.  
  44.  
  45.    Both read the Bible day and night.
  46.    But thou read'st black where I read white.
  47.   --William Blake--
  48.  
  49.  
  50.      Everyone has  some conception of Christianity, whether one
  51. is a  believer or  not. The  Christian doctrine  is amenable to
  52. many different  interpretations and,  indeed, many  have  taken
  53. advantage of  this amenability.  As early  as sixty-five  years
  54. after the  time of Jesus, for instance, Paul, who had never met
  55. Jesus, debated  with the  original Apostles in regard to Jesus'
  56. teaching:   Paul thought  that Jesus'  advent freed  the people
  57. from following  the Old  Law, that  faith alone  was  required.
  58. Meanwhile, the  Apostles taught  that Jesus came to enforce the
  59. Old Law, and that faith without work is dead.
  60.  
  61.  
  62.      The  faith/works    polemic  has    been  going    on  for
  63. centuries.   And countless forms of "Christianity" have emerged
  64. as variations  on this theme. The subject became so confused by
  65. the time  of Martin Luther(1483-1546) both faith and works were
  66. hard to  find. The  Popes of  the  Renaissance  epitomize  this
  67. confusion.    The  deMedici  Popes  were  considered  the  most
  68. debauched men  in the  history of  religion. The  original Pope
  69. John  XXIII   was  deposed  for  "notorious  incest,  adultery,
  70. defilement, and  homicide." In 1415, while still a chamberlain,
  71. he openly  kept his  brother's wife as a mistress. In an effort
  72. to squash  the scandal,  his superiors promoted him to cardinal
  73. and sent him to Bologna, where "two hundred maids, matrons, and
  74. widows, including  a few nuns, fell victim to his brutal lust."
  75. In 1484,  Pope Innocent VIII was elected. he was nicknamed "the
  76. Honest" because  he was  the  first  Pope  to  acknowledge  his
  77. illegitimate children  publicly. This  whole farce  reached  an
  78. unquestionable peak  when, in  1724, the  Roman Catholic Church
  79. banned  the   confessional  requirement  that  men  name  their
  80. partners in  fornication when  it was  discovered that  priests
  81. were actually  making carnal use of the information. Seeing the
  82. iniquities of the Papacy, Martin Luther proposed an egalitarian
  83. solution: "Each  man  should  have  his  own  divine  right  to
  84. interpret  holy   scripture."  While   this  new   version   of
  85. Christianity released  many  believers  from  the  dictates  of
  86. insincere leaders,  a new  problem arose:  Many would interpret
  87. the scriptures  with some ulterior motive (both consciously and
  88. unconsciously). And this is the problem that exists today. Many
  89. are using  the  scriptures  to  rationalize  [his/her]  habits,
  90. activities that God would never ordain.
  91.  
  92.      Readers of this pamphlet--Christian and non-Christian--are
  93. advised to  view the  following with  an  open  mind,  possibly
  94. achieving a fresh outlook. The distinct feature of this work is
  95. that it  is not beleaguered by vague or popular translations of
  96. the Bible.  All Bible  verses are  rendered with  references to
  97. Reuben Alcalay's Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary for the Old
  98. Testament, and  to Nestle's  Greek/English Interlinear  for the
  99. New Testament.  The importance  of a  word-by-word  translation
  100. should  not  be  underestimated.  Ambiguous  and  aesthetically
  101. pleasing--but inaccurate--translations  are  at  the  heart  of
  102. Biblical interpretive problems.
  103.  
  104.      We are, of course, working with the premise that the Bible
  105. has  not   been  drastically  changed  (this  is  obviously  an
  106. important  assumption   when  delivering   textual  criticism).
  107. Otherwise, all  Biblical texts  become meaningless.  An opinion
  108. that is not uncommon.
  109.  
  110.      Still, America  is basically  a Christian country, and all
  111. Christians base  their conception of Christianity on the Bible.
  112. For such  persons, this  pamphlet  should  prove  useful;  with
  113. exception of  a few editorial notes, we will allow the bible to
  114. speak for itself.
  115.  
  116.      The ultimate purpose of this work, however, is to show the
  117. harmony that  exists between  the Bible  and  the  more-ancient
  118. Vedic texts  of India.  The essential  message of the Bible and
  119. the Vedas is one: to love the Lord with all of ones heart, soul
  120. and  mind.   This  message  is  revealed  to  different  people
  121. according to  time, place,  and circumstance;  based  on  these
  122. considerations, specifics  may vary.  Still the essence remains
  123. the same--it  is simply  delivered according to the capacity of
  124. the audience.
  125.  
  126.      For instance,  that which  is taught  in  a  primary  math
  127. course differs greatly from that which is taught on in a higher
  128. level. In  elementary mathematics,  one is  taught that numbers
  129. can not  be subtracted  from smaller  numbers. And this premise
  130. should be  accepted by all who study basic arithmetic. However,
  131. in advanced mathematics, you learn that you can subtract larger
  132. numbers from smaller ones: the results are negative numbers.
  133.  
  134.      Similarly, prophets  and  sages  reveal  religious  truths
  135. selectively, for  the benefit  and gradual  upliftment of their
  136. audience. And,  on minor  points, you may find that one prophet
  137. deprecates a  certain activity,  while  another,  from  another
  138. tradition endorses it.
  139.  
  140.      In this  way, persons  of different  cultures can  advance
  141. gradually, according  to their  means. Revelation  itself comes
  142. gradually. And the ultimate revelation is that religion is one-
  143. -for God  is one.  If this  short pamphlet  can induce even one
  144. person  to   reach  this   conclusion,  the  author  will  have
  145. considered this work worthwhile.
  146.  
  147.     ________________________________________________
  148.  
  149. 2)  YOU ARE NOT THE BODY
  150.  
  151.  
  152.  
  153. 40) "There are also celestial (epourania: heavenly) bodies, and
  154. bodies terrestrial  (epiyeia: earthly):  but the  glory of  the
  155. celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another."
  156.  
  157. 42) "So  also is  the resurrection  of the  dead. It is sown in
  158. corruption (ie.  born in  matter); it is raised in incorruption
  159. (ie. Spirit).)
  160.  
  161. 44) "It  is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
  162. There is a natural body, and a spiritual body."
  163.  
  164. 47) "The  first man  of the  earth, earthy  (ie. first birth is
  165. material): the  second man  is the  Lord (anthropos:  man) from
  166. heaven (ie. second birth is spiritual)."
  167.  
  168. 48) "As  is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and
  169. as is heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly."
  170.  
  171. 49) "And  as we  have borne  the image  of the earthy, we shall
  172. also bear the image of the heavenly."
  173.  
  174. 50) "Now  this I  (Paul) say,  brethren, that  flesh and  blood
  175. cannot inherit  the kingdom  of God;  neither  doth  corruption
  176. inherit incorruption."
  177.  
  178.  
  179.      I Corinthians 15;40, 42, 44, 47, 48, 50
  180.  
  181.  This  section clearly  shows that man has both a material body
  182. and a  spiritual body,  and that man first goes through a birth
  183. of the  material body  and then  takes birth  in his  spiritual
  184. body.
  185.  
  186.  
  187.      ________________________________________________
  188.  
  189.  "While  we look  not at  the things which are seen, but at the
  190. things which  are not  seen: for  the things which are seen are
  191. temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
  192.  
  193.  
  194.      II Corinthians 4:18
  195.  
  196. This shows  that the  seen, material  world is temporary, while
  197. the unseen,  spiritual world  is eternal.  Similarly, the body,
  198. which is seen, is temporary, while the life-force (soul), which
  199. is unseen is eternal
  200.  
  201.      ________________________________________________
  202.  
  203. 1) "For  we know  that if  our earthly house of this tabernacle
  204. were dissolved,  we have  a building  of God, an house not made
  205. with hands, eternal in the heavens."
  206.  
  207. 2) "For  in this  (house) we  groan, earnestly  desiring to  be
  208. clothed upon with our house which is from heaven."
  209.  
  210. 6) "Therefore,  we are always confident, knowing that, while we
  211. are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord."
  212.  
  213. 7) "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
  214.  
  215. 8) "We  are confident,  I say,  and willing rather to be absent
  216. from the body, and to be present with the lord."
  217.  
  218.  II Corinthians 5:1, 2, 6, 7, 8
  219.  
  220. This  is  clear  that  while  in  this  material  body  we  are
  221. suffering, and  desiring to  be in our spiritual body; and that
  222. by spiritual  knowledge we  know  that  the  material  body  is
  223. separate from  the Lord. Not the reference in verse 7 to sastra
  224. caksus.    
  225.  
  226.      ________________________________________________
  227.  
  228.  
  229.  "And  it came  to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples
  230. were with  him: and  he asked  them, saying, Whom do the people
  231. say that  I am?  They answering him said, John the Baptist; but
  232. some say  Elias; and  other say that one of the old prophets is
  233. risen again."
  234.  
  235.  
  236.      Luke 9:18-19
  237.  
  238. Now why  would the  disciples answer  like this if they did not
  239. believe in reincarnation.
  240.  
  241.  
  242.      ________________________________________________
  243.  
  244. CONFLICT BETWEEN HIGHER AND LOWER SELF
  245.  
  246.  
  247.      "For  I  know  that  nothing  good  lodges  in  me--in  my
  248. unspiritual nature,  I mean--for  though the will to do good is
  249. there, the  deed is not. The good which I want to do, I fail to
  250. do; but what I do is the wrong which is against my will; and if
  251. what I  do is against my will, clearly it is no longer I who am
  252. the agent, but sin that has its lodging in me.
  253.  
  254.      I discover  this principle,  then; that  when I want to do
  255. right, only  the wrong  is within my reach. In my inmost self I
  256. delight in  the law  of God, but I perceive that there is in my
  257. bodily members  a different  law, fighting against the law that
  258. my reason  approves and  makes me a prisoner under the law that
  259. is in my members, the law of sin. Miserable creature that I am,
  260. who is there to rescue me out of this body doomed to death."
  261.  
  262.  
  263.      Romans 7.18-24
  264.  
  265.      ________________________________________________
  266.  
  267.  
  268. 3)  ONE WHO LOVES CHRIST MUST FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS
  269.  
  270.  
  271.  
  272. "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
  273.  
  274.      John 14:15
  275.  
  276. Very clear instruction.
  277.  
  278.      ________________________________________________
  279.  
  280.  
  281.      "He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, hi is that
  282. loveth me:  and he  that loveth me shall be loved by my Father,
  283. and I  will love  him, and  will manifest  myself to him. Judas
  284. said unto  him, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself
  285. unto us,  and not  unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto
  286. him, if  a man  love me,  he will  keep my words; and my Father
  287. will love him, and make our abode with him."
  288.  
  289.  
  290.      John 14:21-23
  291.  
  292. This  clearly   says  that   love  of  God  means  keeping  the
  293. commandments, and  if one  does not do so, he will not have God
  294. manifested to him.
  295.  
  296.      ________________________________________________
  297.  
  298. "If ye keep my commandments, ye shalt abide in my love, even as
  299. I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in His love."
  300.  
  301.  
  302.      John 15:10
  303.  
  304. This says  also that love of God comes from following the rules
  305. of God.
  306.  
  307.      ________________________________________________
  308.  
  309. "For this  is love  of God,  that we keep His commandments; and
  310. His commandments are not grievous."
  311.  
  312.  
  313.      I John 5:3
  314.  
  315.      ________________________________________________
  316.  
  317. "For it  had been  better for them not to have known the way of
  318. righteousness, than,  after they have know it, to turn from the
  319. holy commandment delivered unto them. But it happened unto them
  320. according to  the true  proverb, the  dog is  turned to his own
  321. vomit again;  and the sow that was washed to her wollowing into
  322. he mire."
  323.  
  324.  
  325.      II Peter 2:21-23
  326.  
  327.  
  328. This shows that performing atonement for sin then doing the sin
  329. again is like eating vomit.
  330.  
  331.      ________________________________________________
  332.  
  333. 21) "Not  everyone that  saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
  334. into the  kingdom of  heaven, but  he that doeth the will of my
  335. Father which is in heaven."
  336.  
  337. 22) "Many  will say  to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
  338. prophesied in  thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?
  339. And in thy name done many wonderful works?"
  340.  
  341. 23) "And  then will  I profess  unto them,  I never  knew  you;
  342. depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
  343.  
  344.      Matthew 7:21,22,23
  345.  
  346. This is  a good  verse to quote to people who say that it is by
  347. God's grace  that you  are saved,  and not by works. Here it is
  348. clear that one attains grace by doing the will of God only.
  349.  
  350.  
  351.      ________________________________________________
  352.  
  353. "Be ye  therefore perfect,  even as  your Father  which  is  in
  354. heaven is perfect"
  355.  
  356.      Matthew 5:48
  357.  
  358. This kills  the argument  that one  cannot stop  from  sinning.
  359. Therefore just  accept Jesus  and you  are saved. Here Jesus is
  360. commanding them  to become  perfect, that  is to not commit any
  361. sin.
  362.  
  363.      ________________________________________________
  364.  
  365.  
  366. 4)  MEAT EATING
  367.  
  368. While the  Bible--in many places--seems to endorse meat-eating,
  369. these sections should not be taken out of context.
  370.  
  371.      Instead of using Noah's emergency expedient (following the
  372. flood in  which all  vegetation was  wiped out)  as outlined in
  373. Genesis 9:3,  a  more  important  diet  is  the  original  one,
  374. enunciated by  the Lord in Genesis 1:29; "And God said, Behold,
  375. I have  given you  every herb-bearing  seed and  every tree, in
  376. which is  the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be
  377. for meat  (food)." god  further  indicates--in  the  very  next
  378. verse--that this  diet is "good," while the later diet referred
  379. to--the one  containing meat--was  allowed "simply  to  satisfy
  380. their lust."
  381.  
  382.      This is outlined quite clearly but, again, it must all be
  383. studied in context.
  384.  
  385.      The example  of the Quail God purportedly arranged for the
  386. children of  Israel, after  they "tired"  of His manna (Numbers
  387. 11:31), is  a prime  example of quoting out of context. Indeed,
  388. verses 31  and 32  (of Numbers)  describe  the  quail  and  the
  389. feasting that followed, but verse 33 must be read to secure the
  390. full impact  of this  passage: "and  while the  flesh  was  yet
  391. between their  teeth, ere  it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord
  392. was kindled  against the people, and the Lord smote them with a
  393. great plague." He was not happy with their meat-eating.
  394.  
  395.      It also  becomes clear  when one studies the early history
  396. of the church that the founding fathers espoused the vegetarian
  397. ideal. You  can study  their lives:  Tertullian, Pliny, Origen,
  398. St. John  Chrysostom, the list goes on and on. Parenthetically,
  399. that these early Church fathers were avowed vegetarians makes a
  400. large statement as to what we may have read in the Bible before
  401. it was worked on at the various Ecumenical councils...
  402.  
  403.      It was  not until  the time of Emperor Constantine (Fourth
  404. Century)   that   vegetarian   Christians   had   to   practice
  405. underground--this was because Constantine was a meat-eater.  He
  406. was also  a maniac,  and Church  history books  abound with the
  407. stories of  how he  would pour  molten lead down the throats of
  408. Christian vegetarians  for their chosen diet.  Incidentally, he
  409. also killed his wife by setting her in a vat of boiling water.
  410.  
  411.      Scriptural knowledge  is simple  for the simple--but it is
  412. difficult for  the twisted.  The Bible clearly says "Thou shalt
  413. not kill" (Exodus 20:13). It could not be stated more simply.
  414.  
  415.      The  exact  Hebrew  is  "lo  tirtzach",  which  accurately
  416. translates: "thou shalt not kill."
  417.  
  418.  
  419.      One of the greatest scholars of Hebrew/English linguistics
  420. (in the  Twentieth Century)--Dr.  Reuben Alcalay has written in
  421. his mammoth  book "The Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary" that
  422. "tirtzach" refers to "any kind of killing whatsoever." The word
  423. "lo" as  you might suspect, means "thou shalt not." DON'T KILL!
  424. Let's face it, the Bible is clear on this point.
  425.  
  426.      The Vedic literature is also clear on this point. In fact,
  427. the Vedas  take this point past vegetarianism, because there is
  428. still a  sinful reaction in killing vegetables.  Therefore, the
  429. Vedas prescribe  a lacto-vegetarian  diet--the  diet  which  is
  430. least harmful  to living  beings--and a special process to free
  431. one from the minimal sinful reaction that is there from killing
  432. the plants.  The  process  is  given  in  rudimentary  form  in
  433. Bhagavad-gita, and  is elaborated  upon in  Srimad  Bhagavatam.
  434. After applying the process--which centers about the chanting of
  435. the  holy   Name  of  the  Lord  with  love  and  devotion--the
  436. foodstuffs are  known as  prasadam, a Sanskrit word which means
  437. "the Lords mercy."
  438.  
  439.                              * * *
  440.  
  441.  
  442.      Many Bible  scholars persist  with the  theory that Christ
  443. ate  animal  flesh,  obviously  swayed  in  their  opinions  by
  444. personal habits.  The desire  to accede to prejudice and uphold
  445. existing tradition  has been  a human  characteristic for  many
  446. centuries, but  truth appears  now even  more important  as man
  447. exerts his  independence in  so many aspects of life. Respected
  448. Bible scholar Rev. V.A. Holmes-Gore has researched the frequent
  449. use of  the word "meat" in the New Testament Gospels. He traced
  450. its meaning to the original Greek.
  451.  
  452.      His findings  were  first  published  in  World  Forum  of
  453. Autumn, 1947.   He  reveals that the nineteen Gospel references
  454. to "meat" should have been more accurately translated thus:
  455.  
  456. Greek          Number of references               Meaning
  457. ------------------------------------------------------------
  458. Broma               4                             "food"
  459. Brosis              4                             "the act of
  460.                                                   eating food"
  461. Phago               3                             "to eat"
  462. Brosimos            1                             "That which
  463.                                                   may be eaten"
  464. Trophe              6                             "nourishment"
  465. Prosphagon          1                             "anything to
  466.                                                   eat"
  467.  
  468.      Thus, the  Authorized Version  of John  21:5, "Have ye any
  469. meat?" is  incorrect; It  should have been translated: "Have ye
  470. anything to eat?"
  471.  
  472.  
  473.      "Fish" is  another frequently  mistranslated word  in  the
  474. Bible. Its reference is often not to the form of swimming life,
  475. but to the symbol by which early Christians could identify each
  476. other. It  was a  secret sign,  needed in times of persecution,
  477. prior  to  official  acceptance  of  Christianity  as  a  state
  478. religion.
  479.  
  480.      The  sign  of  the  fish  was  a  mystical  symbol  and  a
  481. conversational password, deriving from the Greek word for fish,
  482. "Ichthus." As  such, it  represented an  acrostic, composed  of
  483. leading letters  of the  Greek phrase,  "Iesous Christos  Theou
  484. Uios Soter" -- "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour."
  485.  
  486.      Frequent references  to fish  are intended  as symbolic of
  487. The Christ,  having nothing to do with the act of eating a dead
  488. fish. But  the symbol  of  a  fish  did  not  meet  with  Roman
  489. approval. They  preferred the  sign of  the cross,  choosing to
  490. concentrate more  on the  death of Christ than on His brilliant
  491. life. Perhaps  this is  one reason only ten percent of His life
  492. record appears  in the  canonical scriptures. Most of His first
  493. thirty years is omitted.
  494.  
  495.      How many worshippers go home from church and sit down to a
  496. feast cut  from a  once proud  beast in  defiance of  the  very
  497. commandments they  have just  been advocating? The verses below
  498. should clear  up any  misgivings the  reader may  have in  this
  499. connection.
  500.  
  501. DISCUSSION OF MEAT IN THE BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)
  502.  
  503.      "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing
  504. seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in
  505. which is  the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be
  506. for meat."
  507.  
  508.      Genesis 1:29
  509.  
  510. Shows that the true diet of man is vegetarian.
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  512.  
  513.      "But flesh  with the  life thereof,  which  is  the  blood
  514. thereof, shall  ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives
  515. will require; at the hand of every beast will I require it.
  516.  
  517.      Genesis 9:4-5
  518.  
  519. Shows that  man is  not allowed  to eat meat, and if he does he
  520. will pay with his own life. And he will be killed by the one he
  521. kills. This is called Karma.
  522.  
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  524.  
  525.      "To what  purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto
  526. me? Said  the Lord:  I am  full of the burnt offerings of rams,
  527. and the  fat of  fed beasts;  and I delight not in the blood of
  528. bullocks, or  of lambs,  or of goats. When ye spread forth your
  529. hands, I  will hide  Mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many
  530. prayers, I will not hear, for your hands are
  531. full of blood."
  532.  
  533.      Isaiah 1:11,15
  534.  
  535. Shows that  God does  not accept  even the  prayers of  a meat-
  536. eater.
  537.  
  538.  
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  540.  
  541. "He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man."
  542.  
  543.      Isaiah 66:3
  544.  
  545. Shows that cow killing is equated with murder.
  546.  
  547.  
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  549.  
  550.      "It shall  be a  perpetual  statue  for  your  generations
  551. throughout all  your dwellings,  that ye  eat neither  fat  nor
  552. blood."
  553.  
  554.      Leviticus 3:17
  555.  
  556. A trick  commandment: You  cannot eat  meat and  not eat blood.
  557. This is  the origin  of the  idea of Kosher food (meat with the
  558. blood drained out of it.) It has been compared to passing stool
  559. and not passing urine. Impossible!
  560.  
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  562.  
  563.      "And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of
  564. strangers who  sojourn among  you, that  eateth any  manner  of
  565. blood; I  will even  set My  face against that soul that eateth
  566. blood."
  567.  
  568.      Leviticus 17:10
  569.  
  570. Note the  term "any  manner of  blood". All  flesh  comes  from
  571. blood.
  572.  
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  574.  
  575.  
  576. APPEARANCES OF THE WORD "MEAT" IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  577.  
  578.      This section  shows  how  certain  words  were  translated
  579. wrongly in  the King  James Version  of the  Bible. The correct
  580. translation are taken from the Nestle Interlinear Greek-English
  581. New Testament, which also references the King James Version.
  582.  
  583.      "And the same John (the Baptist) had his raiment of camels
  584. hair, and  a leathern  girdle about his loins; and his meat was
  585. locust and wild honey."
  586.  
  587.      Matthew 3:4
  588.  
  589. The word  used here  is trophe, nourishment. Also note that the
  590. word "locusts"  refers to  locust beans,  or carob,  St. John's
  591. bread.
  592.  
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  594.  
  595.      "And her  spirit came  again (referring  to a  woman Jesus
  596. raised from  the dead),  and she  arose  straightaway:  and  he
  597. (Jesus) commanded to hive her meat."
  598.  
  599.      Luke 8:55
  600.  
  601. The word here is phago, to eat.
  602.  
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  604.  
  605. 14) "Therefore  the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
  606. a young  woman shall  conceive, and  bear a son, and shall call
  607. his name Immanuel."
  608. 15) "Butter  and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse
  609. the evil, and choose the good."
  610.  
  611.      Isaiah 7:14,15
  612.  
  613. Christians are  fond of quoting the first part of this verse as
  614. proof that Jesus is the saviour, but they rarely quote the very
  615. next verse, which says he will be a vegetarian.
  616.  
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  618.  
  619.      "And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he
  620. (Jesus) said  unto them (his disciples), Have ye here any meat?
  621. And they  gave him  a piece of a broiled fish, and a honeycomb.
  622. And took 'it', and did eat before them."
  623.  
  624.      Luke 24:41-43
  625.  
  626. The word  here is  brosimos, eatable.  Note the use of the word
  627. "it" (my emphases), which is in the singular. Jesus was offered
  628. fish and  a honeycomb,  but took  only one. Judging from Isaiah
  629. 7:15, we know which he chose.
  630.  
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  632.  
  633.  
  634.      "For his  disciples were  gone away  unto the  city to buy
  635. meat."
  636.  
  637.      John 4:8
  638.  
  639. The word used here is trophe, nourishment.
  640.  
  641.  
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  643.  
  644.      "And when he had received meat, he was strengthened."
  645.  
  646.      Acts 9:19
  647.  
  648. The word used here is trophe, nourishment.
  649.      ________________________________________________
  650.  
  651.      "And while  the day  was coming on, Paul besought them all
  652. to take  meat, saying,  this is  the  fourteenth  day  ye  have
  653. tarried  and   continued  fasting,   having   taking   nothing.
  654. Wherefore I  pray you  to take  some meat:  for  this  is  your
  655. health: for  there shall  not an hair fall from the head of any
  656. of you.  And when  he had  thus spoken, he took bread, and gave
  657. thanks to  God in  the presence  of them  all: and  when he had
  658. broken it,  he began  to eat. Then were they all of good cheer,
  659. and they also took some meat."
  660.  
  661.      Acts 27:33-36
  662.  
  663. The word  used here  is trophe,  nourishment.  Note  that  even
  664. though they  say meat,  they show  clearly  that  what  he  was
  665. referring to was bread, which they all took.
  666.  
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  668.  
  669.  
  670.      "And when  he had brought them into his house, he sat meat
  671. before them,  and rejoiced,  believing  in  God  with  all  his
  672. house."
  673.  
  674.      Acts 16:34
  675.  
  676. The word  used here  is trapesa,  table. It says he set a table
  677. before them!
  678.  
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  680.  
  681.      "But if thy brother be grieved with that meat, now walkest
  682. thou not  charitably. Destroy  him not  with thy meat, for whom
  683. Christ Died."
  684.  
  685.      Romans 14:15
  686.  
  687.  
  688. Both words  here are  broma, food. This is actually a reference
  689. to spiritual food.
  690.  
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  692.  
  693.      "For the  kingdom of  God  is  not  meat  and  drink;  but
  694. righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
  695.  
  696.      Romans 14:17
  697.  
  698. The word  used here  is  borsis,  act  of  eating.  This  is  a
  699. reference to the fact that the kingdom of God is not material
  700.  
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  702.  
  703.      "But meat  commendeth us  not to  God, for  neither, if we
  704. eat, are  we the  better; neither,  if we  eat not,  are we the
  705. worse."
  706.  
  707.      I Corinthians 8:8
  708.  
  709. The word used here is Broma, food. This verse does not say that
  710. it doesn't  matter if we eat meat or not, but that the activity
  711. of eating has little to do with our relationship of God.
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  713.  
  714.      "Wherefore, if meat makes my brother offend, I will eat no
  715. flesh while  the world  standeth lest  I  make  my  brother  to
  716. offend."
  717.  
  718.      I Corinthians 8:13
  719.      ________________________________________________
  720.  
  721.      "And (they) did all eat the same spiritual meat;"
  722.  
  723.      I Corinthians 10:3
  724.  
  725. The word here is broma, food.
  726.      ________________________________________________
  727.  
  728.      "For meat  destroy not  the word  of God.  All things  are
  729. indeed pure;  but it  is evil  for that  man  who  eateth  with
  730. offence. It  is good  neither to  eat flesh, nor to drink wine,
  731. nor anything  whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or
  732. is made weak."
  733.  
  734.      Romans 14:20-21
  735.  
  736. A very  good verse.  The word meat used here is Broma, food. It
  737. shows that  it is  not food  which is  wrong, it  is not eating
  738. prasadam, food  offered to  God. The  word flesh  used here  is
  739. kreas, flesh. So it is clear that meat eating is not good.
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  741.  
  742.  
  743.  
  744. 5)  REINCARNATION
  745.  
  746.  
  747.      Under circumstances  that to this very day remain shrouded
  748. in mystery, the Byznatine emperor Justinian in 553 A.D. (at the
  749. Second Council  of  Constantinople)  banned  the  teachings  of
  750. reincarnation from  the  Christian  scriptures.  There  remain,
  751. however, certain  allusions to  reincarnation in the Bible. And
  752. these few are very powerful.
  753.  
  754.                              * * *
  755.  
  756.      In the  ninth century  B.C. the  Hebrew prophet  Elijah is
  757. supposed to  have live.  Four centuries later, Malachi recorded
  758. this prophecy  in the  closing  lines  of  the  Old  Testament:
  759. "Behold, I  will send  you Elijah the prophet before the coming
  760. of the great and dreadful day of the Lord."
  761.  
  762.      The first  book of  the New  Testament, Matthew, refers to
  763. this prophecy  on three  occasions, and  the remaining  gospels
  764. speak of  it seven  times. In the verses that follow, the Greek
  765. form of  the prophet's  name is used. It will be noted from the
  766. remarks  of   the  disciples  of  Jesus  that  there  was  much
  767. speculation and widespread acceptance among the Jews concerning
  768. not only  the return  of Elijah,  but of  other ancient  Hebrew
  769. prophets.
  770.  
  771.      When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi,  he
  772. asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that I am? And they
  773. replied, Some  say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias;
  774. and others, Jeremias, or one of the other prophets.
  775.  
  776.  Matthew 16:13-14
  777.  
  778.  
  779.      And as  they came  down from  the mountain,  Jesus charged
  780. them saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of Man be
  781. risen again from the dead. And his disciples asked him, saying,
  782. Why then  say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus
  783. answered them,  Elias truly  shall first  come, and restore all
  784. things. But  I say  unto you,  that Elias has come already, and
  785. they knew  him not,  but have  done unto  him  whatsoever  they
  786. listed. Likewise  shall the  Son of  Man suffer from them. Then
  787. the disciples  understood that  he spake  unto them of John the
  788. Baptist [who had already been beheaded by Herod].
  789.  
  790.  Matthew 17:9-13
  791.  
  792.  
  793.      Jesus  began   to  say   unto  the  multitudes  concerning
  794. John...this is  he, of  whom it  is written,  Behold, I send my
  795. messenger before  thy face,  which shall prepare thy way before
  796. thee...And if  ye will receive it: this is Elias, which was for
  797. to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
  798.  
  799.  Matthew 11:7,10-11,14-15
  800.  
  801.      Another reference is to be found in Luke 9:7-9: "Now Herod
  802. the tetrarch  heard of  all that  was done by Jesus, and he was
  803. perplexed, because  it was  said of  some, that  John was risen
  804. from the  dead; and  of some,  that Elias  had appeared; and of
  805. others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod
  806. said, John have I beheaded; but who is this of whom I hear such
  807. things?" The same incident is related in Mark 6:14-16
  808.  
  809.      The early  church father  Tertullian offers  the view that
  810. some orthodox  people take concerning all these verses from the
  811. New  Testament  [Although  Tertullian  was  also  an  outspoken
  812. advocate of reincarnation]. In brief, Tertullian's reasoning is
  813. that Elias  never died  in the  first place. God translated him
  814. directly to  heaven. Thus,  his subsequent re-descent was not a
  815. rebirth, but  merely a return visit. It has been described that
  816. Tertullian bases  his reasoning  on the  statement in  II Kings
  817. 2:11: "Behold  there appeared  a chariot of fire, and horses of
  818. fire...and Elijah  went up  by a  whirlwind to  heaven" and was
  819. seen no  more. However, if this church father's reasoning is to
  820. be logically  sustained, Elijah's  return to  earth as John the
  821. Baptist should have been in the same miraculous way he left: He
  822. should have been precipitated on earth as a mature man. Yet the
  823. scriptures indicate  that John  was born  in the  ordinary way.
  824. Thus all  serious Christian  theologians  have  concluded  that
  825. Tertullian's theory is not tenable.
  826.  
  827.      The  nineteenth-century   [North]   American   philosopher
  828. Francis Bowen  of Harvard,  after citing a number of the Gospel
  829. passages already  quoted, remarks  in his  article,  "Christian
  830. Metemphychosis": "That  the commentators  have not been willing
  831. to receive, in their obvious and literal meaning, assertions so
  832. direct and  so frequently  repeated as this, but have attempted
  833. to explain  them away  in a non-natural and metaphorical sense,
  834. is  a  fact  that  proves  nothing  but  the  existence  of  an
  835. invincible prejudice against the doctrine of the transmigration
  836. of souls."
  837.  
  838.      One final  point. The  rebirth of  saviors and prophets is
  839. clear enough  in Christian  teaching, but  what about  ordinary
  840. men? Do  they return?  That the  disciples of  Jesus  seriously
  841. considered this  possibility is  evident  from  their  question
  842. concerning the  man who  had been born blind. They asked:  "Who
  843. did sin,  this man, or his parents, that he is born blind?" One
  844. can not  evade the  conclusion that the disciples must have had
  845. reincarnation in  mind, for  obviously if the man had been born
  846. blind his sin could not have been committed in this life. Jesus
  847. had a good opportunity to smash the reincarnation idea once and
  848. for all--but  he did  not! He  merely replied  that the man was
  849. afflicted because  he was  destined through  Christ to have his
  850. sight restored  so that  "the  works  of  God  should  be  made
  851. manifest in him."
  852.  
  853.      That it  may be  legitimate to look to a previous life for
  854. the source  of individual  goodness or badness seems plain from
  855. St. Paul's  comments on  Jacob and  Esau. He says that the Lord
  856. loved one  and hated  the other  before they  were born--Romans
  857. 9:10-13; Malachi  1:2-3. How could a nonexistent being be loved
  858. or hated?
  859.  
  860.      Another illustration is the one in which Christ warns that
  861. those who  live by  the sword  will die  by the  sword [Matthew
  862. 26:52]. This  could only  be universally  true--as all  of  the
  863. savior's statements  should be--if  there is more than one life
  864. in which  to experience  the  reaction  for  many  professional
  865. combat soldiers  die quietly  in their  own beds.  This view is
  866. completely consistent  with Newton's  Third Law  of Motion--for
  867. every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction--and with
  868. the Law of Karma promulgated in the Vedic literatures.
  869.  
  870.      A similar  reference is  found  in  Mark  10:28-31,  where
  871. rewards are  listed that could hardly be fulfilled in one life.
  872. Peter said unto Jesus: "Lo, we have left all, and have followed
  873. thee." And  Jesus answered: "Verily I say unto you, There is no
  874. man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or
  875. mother, or  wife, or  children, or  lands, for  my sake, But he
  876. shall receive  an hundredfold  now in  this time  [in this age]
  877. houses, and  brethren, and  sisters and  mothers, and children,
  878. and lands,  with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal
  879. life. But  many that  are first  shall be  last; and  the  last
  880. first." Certainly  the enumerated rewards could not possibly be
  881. fulfilled in one incarnation.
  882.  
  883.      Saint John states in Revelation 3:12: "Him that overcometh
  884. will I  make a  pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go
  885. no more out." It seems he had gone out into incarnation before,
  886. otherwise the  words "no  more" could have no place or meaning.
  887. It may  have been the old idea of the exile of the soul and the
  888. need for  it to  be purified by long sojourn before it could be
  889. admitted as  a "pillar in the temple of my God." In Luke 20:35-
  890. 36, a  similar idea  again occurs.  Jesus says:  "They who  are
  891. accounted worthy to obtain that world...neither marry...neither
  892. can they die any more."
  893.  
  894.  
  895.      It can  be concluded  from both these verses that the goal
  896. to be achieved is of such a transcendent nature, one short life
  897. would be  insufficient to  reach it. Thus, in Professor Bowen's
  898. essay, "Christian Metemphychosis," previously cited, he wonders
  899. whether in addition to the obvious spiritual meaning, there may
  900. be "a  literal meaning  in the  solemn  words  of  the  Saviour
  901. 'Except a  man be  born again,  he cannot  see the  kingdom  of
  902. God.'"
  903.  
  904. "An eternity  of either  reward  or  punishment,"  says  Bowen,
  905. "would seem  to be  inadequately earned  by one brief period of
  906. probation on earth."
  907.  
  908.      ________________________________________________
  909.  
  910. 6)  CELIBACY
  911.  
  912. There are  many verses  in the Bible stating that one should be
  913. chaste and  celibate.   The entire  chapter of  I  Corinthians,
  914. chapter 7 deals with this subject comprehensively. Here are the
  915. highlights of that chapter:
  916.  
  917. 1) "Now  concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me (Paul):
  918. it is good for a man not to touch a woman."
  919. 2) " Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his
  920. own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."
  921. 3) "Let  the husband  render unto the wife due benevolence; and
  922. likewise also the wife unto the husband."
  923. 5) "Defraud  ye not one the other (i.e. have sex), except it be
  924. with consent  for a  time, that ye may give yourself to fasting
  925. and prayer;  and come  together again, that Satan tempt you not
  926. for your incontinency."
  927. 6) "But I speak this by permission, and not by commandment."
  928. 7) "For  I would that all men were even as I myself (celibate).
  929. But every  man hath  his proper  gift of  God, one  after  this
  930. manner, and another after that."
  931. 8) "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for
  932. them if they abide even as I."
  933. 9) "But  if they  cannot contain,  let them  marry; for  it  is
  934. better to marry than to burn."
  935. 10) "And  unto the  married I command, yet not I, but the Lord,
  936. let not the wife depart from her husband:"
  937. 11) "But  and if  she depart,  let her  remain unmarried, or be
  938. reconciled to her husband; and let not the husband put away his
  939. wife."
  940. 25) "Now, concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord:
  941. yet I give my judgement, as one that hath obtained the mercy of
  942. the Lord to be faithful."
  943. 26) "I  suppose therefore  that this  is good  for the  present
  944. distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be."
  945. 27) "Art  thou bound  unto a  wife? Seek  not to be loosed. Art
  946. thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife."
  947. 28) "But  and if  thou marry,  thou hast  not sinned:  and if a
  948. virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have
  949. trouble in the flesh: but I spare you."
  950. 32) "He  that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to
  951. the Lord, how he may please the Lord:"
  952. 33) "But  he that  is married careth for things that are of the
  953. world, how he may please his wife."
  954. 34) "There  is a  difference also  between a wife and a virgin.
  955. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she
  956. may be  holy in  body and  in spirit:  but she  that is married
  957. careth for  the things  of the  world, how  she may  please her
  958. husband."
  959. 37) "He  that  standeth  steadfast  in  his  heart,  having  no
  960. necessity, but  hath power  over his  own  will,  and  hath  so
  961. decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well."
  962. 38) "So  he that giveth her in marriage doeth well, but he that
  963. giveth her not in marriage doeth better."
  964.  
  965.  I Corinthians, Chapter 7
  966.      ________________________________________________
  967.  
  968. "This I  say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill
  969. the lust  of the  flesh. For  the  flesh  lusteth  against  the
  970. Spirit, and  the  Spirit  against  the  flesh:  and  these  are
  971. contrary he  one to  the other: so that ye cannot do the things
  972. that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under
  973. the law.  Now the  works of  the flesh  are manifest, which are
  974. these; adultery,  fornication,  uncleanliness,  lasciviousness,
  975. idolatry,  witchcraft,  hatred,  variance,  emulations,  wrath,
  976. strife, seditions,  heresies,  envyings,  murders,  drunkeness,
  977. revellings, and  such like: of the which I tell you before as I
  978. have told  you in  time past,  that they  which do  such things
  979. shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
  980.  
  981.  Galatians 5:16-21
  982.  
  983. Compare to  BG [Bhagavad  Gita] 3.37,  where Krishna [God] says
  984. that it  is lust  only that  drives a  person to perform sinful
  985. acts.
  986.      ________________________________________________
  987.      
  988.  
  989. "But fornication,  and all  uncleanliness, or covetousness, let
  990. it not be once named among you, as becometh saints."
  991.  
  992.  Ephesians 5:3
  993.  
  994. Note how  fornication is  linked  with  uncleanliness,  and  is
  995. considered an unsaintly quality
  996.      ________________________________________________
  997.  
  998.  
  999. "Mortify therefore  your members  which  are  upon  the  earth;
  1000. fornication;   uncleanliness,    inordinate   affection,   evil
  1001. concupiscence  (bad   desires),  and   covetousness,  which  is
  1002. idolatry;"
  1003.  
  1004.  Colossians 3:5
  1005.  
  1006. Here also fornication, linked with uncleanliness, is condemned,
  1007. and also plain old inordinate affection.
  1008.      ________________________________________________
  1009.  
  1010. "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye
  1011. should abstain  from fornication:  that every one of you should
  1012. know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor."
  1013.  
  1014.  I Thessalonians 4:3-4
  1015.  
  1016. This is  a good  verse. It shows that the method of sanctifying
  1017. the body  is to  abstain from  sex life; it also shows that the
  1018. body is just a vessel for the spirit.
  1019.  
  1020.      ________________________________________________
  1021.  
  1022. (Paul speaking  to disciples)  "For I  am jealous over you with
  1023. godly jealousy:  for I have espoused you to one husband, that I
  1024. may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
  1025.  
  1026.  II Corinthians 11:2
  1027.  
  1028. Note the  implications here that Paul arranged the marriages of
  1029. his disciples.
  1030.      ________________________________________________
  1031.  
  1032. "I (Jesus)  say unto  you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to
  1033. lust after  her hath committed adultery with her already in his
  1034. heart."
  1035.  
  1036.  Matthew 5:32
  1037.  
  1038. Shows even subtle sex life is to be considered as adultery.
  1039.      ________________________________________________
  1040.  
  1041. "It is  reported commonly  that there is fornication among you,
  1042. and such  fornication  as  is  not  so  much  named  among  the
  1043. Gentiles, that should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed
  1044. up, and  have not  rather mourned,  that he hath done this deed
  1045. might be taken away from among you."
  1046.  
  1047.  I Corinthians 5:1-2
  1048.  
  1049. This shows  that  Paul  felt  that  if  one  of  the  followers
  1050. committed  fornication,   he  should   be  kicked  out  of  the
  1051. association of other disciples.
  1052.      ________________________________________________
  1053.  
  1054. "Flee fornication.  Every sin  that a  man dieth is without the
  1055. body; but he that committeh fornication sinneth against his own
  1056. body."
  1057.  
  1058.  I Corinthians 6:18
  1059.  
  1060. Very clear  verse. Fornication  is considered  to be  the  main
  1061. cause of  material life.  Note  that  the  word  used  here  is
  1062. porneiana [meaning]  fornication, not  moicheian, or  [meaning]
  1063. adultery. The  purport is  that any  sex life, not just illicit
  1064. sex life, causes material consciousness.
  1065.      ________________________________________________
  1066.  
  1067.  
  1068. "Meats for  the belly,  and the  belly for  meats, but the Lord
  1069. shall destroy  both it  and them.  Now that the body is not for
  1070. fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body."
  1071.  
  1072.  I Corinthians 6:13
  1073.  
  1074. The words  used here  are  both  broma,  food.  Also  note  the
  1075. statement about  the body not being for sex life. The word used
  1076. here is porneia, [meaning] fornication, not moicheia, [meaning]
  1077. adultery.
  1078.      ________________________________________________
  1079.  
  1080. THE ADVANTAGE OF CELIBACY
  1081.  
  1082. "It is  my opinion,  then, that  in a  time of  stress like the
  1083. present this  is the best way for a man to live--it is best for
  1084. a man  to be  as he  is (celibate)...If, however, you do marry,
  1085. there is  nothing wrong in it; and if a virgin marries, she has
  1086. done no  wrong. But those who marry will have pain and grief in
  1087. this bodily life, and my aim is to spare you...I want you to be
  1088. free from  anxious care. The unmarried man cares for the Lord's
  1089. business; His  aim is  to please  the Lord. But the married man
  1090. cares for worldly things; his aim is to please his wife; and he
  1091. has a  divided mind.  The unmarried or celibate woman cares for
  1092. the Lord's  business; her aim is to be dedicated to Him in body
  1093. as in  spirit; but  the married woman cares for worldly things;
  1094. her aim is to please her husband."
  1095.  
  1096. "In saying  this I  have no wish to keep you on a tight rein. I
  1097. am thinking  simply of your own good, of what is seemly, and of
  1098. your freedom to wait upon the Lord without distraction."
  1099.  
  1100.  I Corinthians 7:25-26,28,32,35
  1101.      ________________________________________________
  1102.  
  1103. CHASTITY
  1104.  
  1105. "...The disciples  said to  him, 'If  that is the position with
  1106. husband and  wife, it  is better  not to  marry.'  To  this  he
  1107. replied, 'That  is something which not everyone can accept, but
  1108. only those  for whom God has appointed it. For a while some are
  1109. incapable of  marriage because  they were born so, or were made
  1110. so by  men, there  are others  who  have  themselves  renounced
  1111. marriage for  the sake  of the  kingdom of  Heaven.  Let  those
  1112. accept it who can.'"
  1113.  
  1114.  Matthew 19:10-12
  1115.      ________________________________________________
  1116.  
  1117. LUSTY OR GREEDY PERSONS HAVE NO SHARE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
  1118.  
  1119.  
  1120. "Fornication and indecency of any kind, or ruthless greed, must
  1121. not be  so much as mentioned among you, as befits the people of
  1122. God...no one  given to  fornication or  indecency, or the greed
  1123. which makes  an idol  of gain,  has any share in the kingdom of
  1124. Christ and of God."
  1125.  
  1126.      Eph. 5:3,5
  1127.      ________________________________________________
  1128.  
  1129. ONE MUST LIVE A PURE LIFE, FREE FROM EARTHLY THINGS
  1130.  
  1131. "Agree together,  my friend,  to follow my example. You have us
  1132. for a model; watch those whose way of life conforms to it. For,
  1133. as I  have often  told you,  and now  tell you with tears in my
  1134. eyes, there  are many  whose way  of life makes them enemies of
  1135. the cross of Christ. They are heading for destruction, appetite
  1136. is their  god, and  they glory  in their shame. Their minds are
  1137. set on earthly things."
  1138.  
  1139.  Phil. 3:17-19
  1140.      ________________________________________________
  1141.  
  1142.  
  1143. 7)  RENUNCIATION
  1144.  
  1145.  
  1146. ONE MUST BE DETACHED FROM THE MATERIAL WORLD
  1147.  
  1148. "Do not set your hearts on the godless world or anything in it.
  1149. Anyone who  loves the  world is a stranger to the Father's love
  1150. Everything in  the world  affords,  all  that  panders  to  the
  1151. appetites or  entices the  eyes, all  the glamor  of it's life,
  1152. springs not  from the  Father but  from the  godless world. And
  1153. that would is passing away with all its allurements, but he who
  1154. does God's will stands forever."
  1155.  
  1156.  John 2:15-17
  1157.      ________________________________________________
  1158.  
  1159. ONE "GUIDED BY THE SPIRIT" TRANSCENDS THE LOWER NATURE
  1160.  
  1161. "If you  are guided  by the  Spirit you  will not  fulfill  the
  1162. desires of  your lower  nature. That  nature sets  its  desires
  1163. against the  Spirit, while  the Spirit fights against it.  They
  1164. are in  conflict with  one another so that what you will do you
  1165. cannot do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under
  1166. law."
  1167.  
  1168.  Gal. 5:16-18
  1169.      ________________________________________________
  1170.  
  1171. ONE WHO HAS THE SPIRIT TRANSCENDS BODILY DEMANDS
  1172.  
  1173. "Our lower nature has no claim upon us; we are not obligated to
  1174. live on  that level.  If you do so, you must die. But if by the
  1175. Spirit you put to death all the base pursuits of the body, then
  1176. you will live."
  1177.  
  1178.  Romans 8:12-13
  1179.      ________________________________________________
  1180.  
  1181. RENUNCIATION OF POSSESSIONS
  1182.  
  1183. "...none of  you can be a disciple of mine without parting with
  1184. all his possessions."
  1185.  
  1186.  Luke 14:33
  1187.      ________________________________________________
  1188.  
  1189. "If thou  wilt be  perfect, go  sell what thou hast and give to
  1190. the poor  and thou  shalt have  treasure in  heaven.  And  come
  1191. follow Me."
  1192.  
  1193.  Matt. 19:21
  1194.      ________________________________________________
  1195.  
  1196.  
  1197. SELF-SACRIFICE
  1198.  
  1199. "If anyone  wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self
  1200. behind; day  after day he must take up his cross, and come with
  1201. me."
  1202.  
  1203.  Luke 9:23, Matt. 16:24, Mark 8:34
  1204.      ________________________________________________
  1205.  
  1206. "As they  were going  along the road a man said to him, 'I will
  1207. follow you  wherever you go.' Jesus answered, 'Foxes have their
  1208. holes, birds  their roosts;  but the  Son of Man has nowhere to
  1209. lay his  head.' To  another he  said, 'Follow  me,' but the man
  1210. replied, 'Let  me go  and bury  my father  first.' Jesus  said,
  1211. 'leave the  dead to  bury their  dead; you must go and announce
  1212. the kingdom of God.'
  1213.  
  1214. "Yet another  said, 'I  will follow  you, sir; but let me first
  1215. say good-bye  to my people at home.' To him Jesus said, 'No one
  1216. who sets  his hand to the plough and then keeps looking back is
  1217. fit for the kingdom of God.'"
  1218.  Luke 9:57-62
  1219.      ________________________________________________
  1220.  
  1221. THE DEVOTEE NEED NOT ENDEAVOR FOR MATERIAL NECESSITIES
  1222.  
  1223. "I bid  you put  away anxious  thoughts about food and drink to
  1224. keep you  alive, and  cloths to cover your body. Surely life is
  1225. more than  food, the  body more than clothes. Look at the birds
  1226. of the  air; they  do not  sow and reap and store in barns, yet
  1227. your heavenly  Father feeds  them. You  are worth more than the
  1228. birds!...And why  be anxious  about clothes!  Consider how  the
  1229. lilies grow  in the fields; they do not work, they do not spin;
  1230. and yet,  I tell  you, even Solomon in all his splendor was not
  1231. attired like  on of  these. But  if that is how God clothes the
  1232. grass in  the fields,  which is  there today,  and tomorrow  is
  1233. thrown on  the stove,  will he not all the more clothe you? How
  1234. little faith  you have!  No, do not ask anxiously, 'What are we
  1235. to eat?  What are  we to  drink? What shall we wear?' All these
  1236. are things  for the  heathen to run after, not for you, because
  1237. your heavenly  Father knows  that you  need them  all. Set your
  1238. mind on  God's kingdom  and his justice before everything else,
  1239. and all the rest will come to you as well. So do not be anxious
  1240. about tomorrow;  tomorrow will  look after itself. Each day has
  1241. troubles enough of its own."
  1242.  
  1243.  Matt. 6:25-34
  1244.      ________________________________________________
  1245.  
  1246. ONE SHOULD RENOUNCE THE MATERIAL WORLD
  1247.  
  1248.  
  1249. "The world is crucified to me, and I to the world."
  1250.  
  1251.  Gal. 4:14
  1252.      ________________________________________________
  1253.  
  1254. AUSTERITY OF THE BODY
  1255.  
  1256. "It is  time for  you to  wake out of sleep, for deliverance is
  1257. nearer to  us now than it was when first we believed. It is far
  1258. on in  the night;  day is  near. Let us therefore throw off the
  1259. deeds of  darkness and  put on  our armour  as soldiers  of the
  1260. light...give  no   more  thought   to  satisfying   the  bodily
  1261. appetites."
  1262.  
  1263.  Rom. 13:11,12,14
  1264.      ________________________________________________
  1265.  
  1266. THE REAL CHRISTIAN CRUCIFIES THE FLESH
  1267.  
  1268. "Those who  belong to  Christ Jesus  have crucified  the  lower
  1269. nature with  its passions  and desires.  If the  Spirit is  the
  1270. source of our life; let the Spirit also direct our course."
  1271.  
  1272.  Gal. 5:24-25
  1273.      ________________________________________________
  1274.  
  1275. RENUNCIATION OF FAMILY
  1276.  
  1277. "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother,
  1278. wife and  children, brothers and sisters, even his own life, he
  1279. cannot be  a disciple  of mine.  No one  who does not carry his
  1280. cross and come with me can be a disciple of mine."
  1281.  
  1282.  Luke 14:26-27
  1283.      ________________________________________________
  1284.  
  1285. "You must  not think  that I  have come  to bring  peace to the
  1286. earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. I have come
  1287. to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother,
  1288. a son's wife against her mother-in-law; and a man will find his
  1289. enemies under his own roof."
  1290.  
  1291. "No man  is worthy  of me  who cares more for father and mother
  1292. than for  me; no  man is worthy of me who cares more for son or
  1293. daughter; no man is worthy of me who does not take up his cross
  1294. and walk in my footsteps. By gaining his life a many will loose
  1295. it; by losing his life for my sake, he will gain it."
  1296.  
  1297.  Matt. 10:34-39
  1298.      ________________________________________________
  1299.  
  1300. "...anyone who  has left  brother or sister, father, mother, or
  1301. children, land or houses for the sake of my name will be repaid
  1302. many times over, and gain eternal life."
  1303.  
  1304.  Matt. 19:29
  1305.      ________________________________________________
  1306.  
  1307. MATERIALISTIC PERSON CANNOT UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL THINGS
  1308.  
  1309. "The sensual  man perceiveth  not the  things that  are of  the
  1310. Spirit of  God, for  it is  foolishness to  him, and  he cannot
  1311. understand it."
  1312.  
  1313. "A man who is unspiritual refuses what belongs to the Spirit of
  1314. God; it  is folly  to him; he cannot grasp it, because it needs
  1315. to be judged in the light of the Spirit."
  1316.  
  1317.  I Cor. 2:14
  1318.      ________________________________________________
  1319.  
  1320. AUSTERITY AND RENUNCIATION
  1321.  
  1322. "The young  man saith unto him (Jesus), All these things have I
  1323. kept from  my youth  up: what  lack I  yet? And Jesus said unto
  1324. him, If  thou wilt  be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and
  1325. give to  the poor,  and thou  shalt have treasure in heaven and
  1326. come and follow me."
  1327.  
  1328.  Matthew 19:20-21
  1329.  
  1330. This clearly  says to  give away everything you own and take up
  1331. spiritual life, if you want to become perfect.
  1332.  
  1333.      ________________________________________________
  1334.  
  1335. "And it  came to  pass, that as they went in the way, a certain
  1336. man said  unto him,  Lord, I  will follow thee wheresoever thou
  1337. goest. And  Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of
  1338. the air  have nests,  but the  Son of Man hath not where to lay
  1339. his head.  And he  said unto  another, Follow  me. But he said,
  1340. Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto
  1341. him, Let  the dead  bury their dead; but thou go and preach the
  1342. kingdom of  God.   And another  also said,  Lord, I will follow
  1343. thee; but  let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home
  1344. in my  house. And  Jesus said  unto him, No man, having put his
  1345. hand to the plough, and looking back, it fit for the kingdom of
  1346. God.
  1347.  
  1348.  Luke 9:57-62
  1349.      ________________________________________________
  1350.  
  1351. "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he
  1352. cannot be my disciple."
  1353.  
  1354.  Luke 14:33
  1355.      ________________________________________________
  1356.  
  1357. "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live
  1358. after the  flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die;
  1359. but if  ye live  through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the
  1360. body, ye shall live."
  1361.  
  1362.  Romans 6:12-13
  1363.      ________________________________________________
  1364.  
  1365. "Love not  the world, neither the things that are in the world.
  1366. If any  man love  the world,  the love  of the Father is not in
  1367. him. For all that is this world, the lust of the flesh, and the
  1368. lust of  the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father,
  1369. but is  of the  world. And the world passeth away, and the lust
  1370. thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."
  1371.  
  1372.  I John 2:15-17
  1373.      ________________________________________________
  1374.  
  1375. STATEMENTS SHOWING  THE NECESSITY  OF RENOUNCING  THE FAMILY TO
  1376. TAKE UP SPIRITUAL LIFE
  1377.  
  1378. "And everyone  that  hath  forsaken  houses,  or  brethren,  or
  1379. sisters, or  father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands,
  1380. for may  name's sake,  shall receive  an hundredfold, and shall
  1381. inherit everlasting life."
  1382.  
  1383.  Matthew 19:29
  1384.      ________________________________________________
  1385.  
  1386.  
  1387.  
  1388. 8)  "THERE IS MUCH I HAVE TO TELL YOU..."
  1389.  
  1390.  
  1391. STATEMENTS SHOWING THAT THE BIBLE IS NOT THE ONLY OR FINAL WORD
  1392. OF GOD
  1393.  
  1394. "I have  yet many  things to  say unto  you, but ye cannot bear
  1395. them now."
  1396.  
  1397.  John 16:12
  1398.  
  1399. Here it  is clear  that there  is more knowledge to be had, but
  1400. the disciples  were  not  purified  enough  to  receive  it  or
  1401. understand it.
  1402.      ________________________________________________
  1403.  
  1404. "These things  I have spoken unto you in proverbs; but the time
  1405. cometh when  I shall  no more speak unto you in proverbs; but I
  1406. shall show you of the father
  1407.  
  1408.  John 16:25
  1409.  
  1410. Here also  Jesus is saying that there is more to come, and that
  1411. the disciples have not yet learned anything of God Himself, but
  1412. that more  teachings were  to  come  that  would  describe  God
  1413. Himself clearly.
  1414.  
  1415.      ________________________________________________
  1416.  
  1417. "And there  are also  many other  things which  Jesus did,  the
  1418. which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even
  1419. the world  itself could  not contain  the books  that could  be
  1420. written."
  1421.  
  1422.  John 21:25
  1423.  
  1424. Here it  is shown  that not all of Jesus' activities are known;
  1425. in fact, it is intimated that only a small fraction of them are
  1426. known.
  1427.      ________________________________________________
  1428.  
  1429. "All  scripture   is  given  by  inspiration  of  God,  and  is
  1430. profitable for  doctrine,  for  reproof,  for  correction,  for
  1431. instruction in  righteousness, that  the  man  of  God  may  be
  1432. perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
  1433.  
  1434.  II Timothy 3:16-17
  1435.  
  1436. Here it  is clearly  shown that  any bonafide scripture must be
  1437. accepted, at least on the basis of instruction, even if it does
  1438. not describe Jesus. Therefore, the Christians should all accept
  1439. Bhagavad-gita [the Koran, and any other bonafide scriptures].
  1440.      ________________________________________________
  1441.  
  1442. "If you  do not believe when I tell you of material things, how
  1443. will you believe if I tell you of spiritual things?"
  1444.  
  1445.  John 3:12
  1446.      ________________________________________________
  1447.  
  1448.  
  1449.  
  1450. 9)  JESUS AND GOD MAY BE ONE--BUT THEY ARE ALSO DIFFERENT
  1451.  
  1452. "I do nothing of myself."
  1453.  
  1454.  John 14:2
  1455.      ________________________________________________
  1456.  
  1457. "My Father is greater than I."
  1458.  
  1459.  John 14:2
  1460.      ________________________________________________
  1461.  
  1462. "The Lord our God is one Lord."
  1463.  
  1464.  Mark 12:29
  1465.      ________________________________________________
  1466.  
  1467. My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
  1468.  
  1469.  Matt. 27:46
  1470.      ________________________________________________
  1471.  
  1472. "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit."
  1473.  
  1474.  Luke 23:46
  1475.      ________________________________________________
  1476.  
  1477. "As You and I are one, let them also be one in Us."
  1478.  
  1479.  c.f. John 17:21
  1480.  
  1481. Thus, Jesus  implies that  his "oneness"  with God is something
  1482. that can be achieved by others.
  1483.      ________________________________________________
  1484.  
  1485. "But of  that day  and that  hour knowth  no man,  no, not  the
  1486. angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."
  1487.  
  1488.  Mark 13:32
  1489.      ________________________________________________
  1490.  
  1491. It is  also written  of Jesus:  "Behold my servant, whom I have
  1492. chosen,"
  1493.  
  1494.  Matt. 12:18
  1495.      ________________________________________________
  1496.  
  1497. "God...glorified His servant, Jesus."
  1498.  
  1499.  Acts 3:13
  1500.      ________________________________________________
  1501.  
  1502.  
  1503.  
  1504. 10)  MISCELLANEOUS
  1505.  
  1506. GOD IS NOT AN OLD MAN WITH A FLOWING WHITE BEARD
  1507.  
  1508. 10) My  beloved is  white and  ruddy, the  chiefest  among  ten
  1509. thousand.
  1510. 11) His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and
  1511. black as a raven.
  1512. 12) His  eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters,
  1513. washed with milk, and fitly set.
  1514. 13) His  cheeks are  as a  bet of spices, as sweet flowers; his
  1515. lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
  1516. 14) His  hands are  as gold rings set with the beryl; his belly
  1517. is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
  1518. 15) His  legs are  as pillars of marble, set upon socks of fine
  1519. gold; his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
  1520. 16) His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely. This
  1521. is my beloved, and this is my friend.
  1522.  
  1523.  Song of Solomon 5
  1524.  
  1525. Compare to Vedic description in Brahma Samhita.
  1526.      ________________________________________________
  1527.  
  1528. THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS: TO LOVE GOD AND ONE'S NEIGHBOR
  1529.  
  1530. (It is  thus also  indicated that to love God and to love one's
  1531. neighbor are two separate things)
  1532.  
  1533. "'Master, which  is the  greatest commandment  in the  Law?' He
  1534. answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
  1535. your  soul,   with  all   your  mind."  That  is  the  greatest
  1536. commandment. It  comes first. The second is like it: "Love your
  1537. neighbor as  yourself." Everything  in the Law and the prophets
  1538. hangs on these two commandments'"
  1539.  
  1540.  Matt. 22:36-40
  1541.      ________________________________________________
  1542.  
  1543. SELF-SURRENDER
  1544.  
  1545. "Father...Thy will be done."
  1546.  
  1547.  Matt 26:42
  1548.      ________________________________________________
  1549.  
  1550. CONTINUAL PRAYER
  1551.  
  1552. "Pray without ceasing."
  1553.  
  1554.  Thess. 5:17
  1555.      ________________________________________________
  1556.  
  1557.  
  1558. THE SINFUL PERSON HATES GOD, TRUTH. HONEST PERSON OTHERWISE
  1559.  
  1560.      "Here lies  the test:  the light  has come into the world,
  1561. but men  preferred darkness  to light  because their deeds were
  1562. evil. Bad  men all  hate the light and avoid it, for fear their
  1563. practices should be shown up. The honest man comes to the light
  1564. so that it may be clearly seen that God is in all he does."
  1565.  
  1566.  John 3:19-21
  1567.      ________________________________________________
  1568.  
  1569. ON THE UNPOPULARITY OF POTENT PREACHERS
  1570.  
  1571. "If the world hate you, know that it hated me (Jesus) before it
  1572. hated you.  If ye  were of  the world, the world would love its
  1573. own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
  1574. out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
  1575.  
  1576.  John 15:18-19
  1577.      ________________________________________________
  1578.  
  1579. ON LISTENING  TO GOD  FROM WITHIN  THE HEART  (INSTEAD OF  FROM
  1580. AUTHORITY)
  1581.  
  1582. "Jesus answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His
  1583. that sent  me. If  any man  will do  His (God's) will, he shall
  1584. know of  the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak
  1585. of myself.  He that  speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory;
  1586. but he  that seeketh  His (God's) glory that sent him, the same
  1587. is true  and no  unrighteousness is  in him. Did not Moses give
  1588. you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?"
  1589.  
  1590.  John 7:16-19
  1591.  
  1592. This clearly  says that  we must  not follow our own ideas, but
  1593. just obey  the law  and try  to understand what the authorities
  1594. say. This  defeats the people who day "Jesus speaks to me in my
  1595. heart."
  1596.      ________________________________________________
  1597.  
  1598.  
  1599.  
  1600. 11)  AFTERWORD
  1601.  
  1602.      The merits  of this pamphlet can easily be obscured by the
  1603. Christian  exclusivity.   Dogmatic  denial   of   non-Christian
  1604. religions seems  to be  a tenet  of popular  Christianity. Such
  1605. prejudice is  largely based on the following verse from the New
  1606. Testament:
  1607.  
  1608.      ego eimi  ha hodos  kai ha  alatheia kai  ha  zoa;  oudeis
  1609. erketia pros ton patera ei ma di emou
  1610.  
  1611.      "I am  the way,  the truth,  and the life; no one comes to
  1612. the Father except through me." )Matt. 14:6)
  1613.  
  1614.      However, this  is a  rather slender  peg on  which to hang
  1615. one's religious  intolerance.  Especially  since  the  original
  1616. Greek renders  the verse  a bit  differently than cited above--
  1617. although the  above translation  is the  one you would probably
  1618. find in your Bible.
  1619.  
  1620.      The Greek  work erketai  is extremely  present tense.  So,
  1621. rather than  "comes" as  the word  is rendered  above, it would
  1622. more accurately  be "can  presently  come."  This,  of  course,
  1623. changes the  whole meaning. Jesus is actually saying, "I am the
  1624. way, the  truth, and the life; no one can presently come to the
  1625. father except  through me." Thus, Christian exclusivity becomes
  1626. absurd. Unlike the interpretations pushed upon us by the Bible-
  1627. thumpers--who say  that surrender to Jesus is the only way, for
  1628. all time--Jesus  simply said  that eh was the way presently, at
  1629. that time,  in Palestine--  2,000  years  ago.  Says  Dr.  Boyd
  1630. Daniels of  The American  Bible Society,  "Oh,  yes.  The  word
  1631. erketai is definitely the present tense form of the verb. Jesus
  1632. was  speaking   to  his   contemporaries."  (From   a  personal
  1633. conversation with the author.)
  1634.      ________________________________________________
  1635.  
  1636.      The  Codex   Sinaiticus,  our   earliest  existing   Greek
  1637. manuscript of  the New Testament, can presently be found in the
  1638. British Museum.  Interestingly, this  manuscript was written in
  1639. the year 331 A.D. - Just six years after the Council of Nicaea.
  1640. We have no New Testament manuscripts from before this council.
  1641.  
  1642.      Why is  this interesting?   Because  history reveals  that
  1643. everything was  rearranged at  the  council--and  at  the  many
  1644. councils that  followed.   No one  knows what  Christianity may
  1645. have been  like before this first ecumenical synod.  And no one
  1646. is ever likely to find out--for the Christian tradition has not
  1647. been preserved.   Rather,  it has  been subject  to change  and
  1648. decay
  1649.  
  1650.  
  1651. This pamphlet was keyed by Skosch Penrose.
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