“The coming of Christianity represents, in a sense, the central moment, the turning point between involution and evolution. This is why it radiates so brilliant a light—a light that is nowhere so pregnant with life as in the Gospel of St. John. …
“It cannot be said that modern theology has this conception of the Gospel. From the historical point of view it is considered inferior to the three synoptic Gospels, as being, in a sense, apocryphal. …
“During the Middle Ages a number of Brotherhoods saw in this Gospel the essential source of Christian truth. … All were engaged in practical occultism and looked to this Gospel as to their Bible. … It was the popular expression of the secret doctrines. … Such truth as this regenerates the souls of those who become aware of it.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Gospel of John
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … The true light that gives light to everyone.” ~Gospel of John
It is unfortunate that this Gospel is probably the least understood of the four Gospels in the Bible. John is clearly an advanced spiritual person, a person of higher consciousness, who knows what he is talking about. Materialists, unfortunately, think it is all nonsense, of try to bend and twist the spiritual truths into something material.
The Good Shepherd and the Bad
It is this Gospel which refers to Christ as “The Good Shepherd”. Most of us know the tale. The good shepherd, when he finds one of the flock has wandered off, goes looking for the missing sheep and returns it to the flock. This is allegory saying that Jesus (or Christ) will seek to bring those who have strayed from God back into the Light.
The part that is almost universally ignored is the part about the bad shepherd. “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?” is another quote from the Gospel of John. This also should not be taken too literally.
John was not complaining about the behavior of shepherds specifically, but of people in general. He is complaining about the leaders who use their position for personal gain rather than for helping the people (it sounds like he knew a lot of our modern politicians!). He is complaining about priests who are more interested in teaching what people want to hear, and will therefore pay to hear, rather than teaching truth, no matter whether they like it of not. And he is complaining about the greedy who take far more of what God has provided, then sit back and laugh while others go hungry and without shelter.
Gospel of Light
The Gospel of John is much more a Gospel of Light than the other Gospels. With lines like:
- “I have come into the world as light”
- “I am the light of the world”
- “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all”.
If you search the internet, you will find a number of theories on the meaning of all these references to light. Some say that it is simply an allegory for Jesus. Some say that the light is the blood of Jesus shed for us.
The truth is the references to light are actually literal, yet also allegorical. They are literal because they refer to something that really is light: the Light from God that come to us through the agent of the spiritual sun. They are allegory because they refer to something spiritual, not physical. And it is this Light which awakens and nourishes our spirits and souls, not blood. Blood nourishes vampires and demons, Light nourishes spirits and souls. That is the most important message of the Gospel of John.