“The holy man hath his church in himself, wherein he hears and teaches. But Babel hath a heap of stones into which she goes with her seeming holiness and real hypocrisy. There she loved to be seen in fine clothes, and making a very devout and godly show. The church of stone s her God, in which she puts her confidence.
“But the holy man hath his church about him everywhere, even in himself; for he always stands and walks, sits and lies down in his church. He lives in the true Christian Church; yea in the Temple of Christ. The Holy Ghost preaches to him out of every creature. Wherever he looks, he sees a preacher of God therein. … For the heart is the true church, where a man must practice the service of God.” ~Jacob Boehme
The Holy Man
Don’t think that when Boehme refers to the “holy man,” that he is talking only about a saint or prophet. He means any of us who truly wish to know God, to know truth, and to reach high levels of consciousness. Such a person does not waste time on appearances of holiness. He doesn’t make a point of being seen entering a great church of stone. He doesn’t try to impress others with appearing to prey while sitting in the great “heap of stones”. He has his everywhere church which is with him always.
The Whores of Babylon
What Boehme is calling “Babel” is otherwise known as the Whore of Babylon. This seems like pretty strong language for a religious person. He is essentially calling those who make a show of attending “Church” in some great artificial cave, when their hearts are not really in it, whores and hypocrites .
That may be a bit strong, but not untrue. Too often today the people who do attend church and frequently talk of Jesus do not practice anything resembling real Christianity at all. They pray to Jesus while full of hate toward others and practicing violence and negativity. All in opposition to the teaching of Jesus. Continue reading “Everywhere Church of the Spiritual Man”