John the baptist

John the Baptist and His Odd Habits

“Without laying stress on the details of the story of John’s infancy as given in the third gospel, reminiscent as they may be of the Old Testament birth-stories of the old-time national heroes Isaac, Samson and Samuel, not to mention the coincidence that the two heroines of the gospel birth-narratives bear the names of Miriam and Elisheba, the sister and wife respectively of Aaron, the first priest, we may very reasonably believe, as it is stated, that John was of priestly descent; and therefore in every probability he was well versed, if not highly trained, in the scriptures. Vowed from his birth to God by his parents, his strange dress and peculiar ascetic mode of life are quite in keeping with prophetical traditions, and thus of the schools of the prophets. But in keeping with the spiritual significance of his whole teaching, which will be more fully brought out in the sequel, such an outer sign in high probability had an inner meaning for this great proclaimer of repentance, of the turning back of Israel in contrition unto God. Now there were certain Palestinian pre-Christian allegorists or exponents of the scriptures on quasi-mystical lines called Dorshē Reshumōth. According to a Rabbinic legend, going back along this line of interpretation, the ancient myth of Gen. 3:21 was conceived more spiritually. After the fall, the first falling away from God, Yahveh-Elohīm clothed Adam and Eve in coats of skin, not because of their nakedness, but in exchange for their lost paradisaical garments of light.” ~”Gnostic John 
the Baptizer: Selections from the
 Mandæan John-Book” by G. R. S. Mead

John The Baptist

It is strange that John the Baptist is treated by many Christians as a superficial character in the story. Most know him as nothing more than the one who baptized Jesus. But John wasn’t just a typical wandering priest unaffiliated with any church or religious organization. Others may remember that he was a strong supporter and defender of Jesus and his teachings and was eventually put to death for it. Still, when they talk of the great figures of the Bible, John the Baptist is probably not in the top five.

Mead says that John was of priestly descent and probably well versed in scripture. John was, in fact, a Rabbi of the Essene sect, just as was Jesus and his family. While there were many wandering priests and preachers in those days, few achieved the following of John and Jesus. Some people are able to recognize truth and holiness when they see it and hear it. Those people listened to these holy men.

The Strange Habits of John the Baptist

One of the best known of the strange habits of John was his food. It is said he lived on honey and locusts. A strange diet for sure. But is that really what he ate, and the only things he ate? Probably not. While it is true that the highly trained and experienced members of Essene communities ate little, when they did eat, it was simple food like bread, herbs, and wine or water. There is no mention that I am aware of Essenes eating locusts or any other insects. So why does the Bible say that John did? There are two possibilities. One is that this claim was made my an enemy to put him down as a crazy person to be ignored. Another is that it was symbolic, not literal.

The locust or grasshopper generally symbolizes a leap forward. When dealing with spiritual people, it likely means a leap forward in faith and beliefs. So John “eating” locusts meant that he had had a leap forward, a spiritual awakening. This made him a worthy preacher and teacher, a proper forerunner and defender of Jesus and the true teachings that have largely been lost or abandoned by the popular churches of today.

Honey is a symbol of heavenly bliss, therefore also represents a spiritual awakening. More specifically, honey does not rot. It lasts virtually forever. And coating outer things in honey can preserve them for a long time. It therefore also represents immortality.

So when it is said that John the Baptist “ate” honey and locusts, it means that he has taken that leap forward, has awakened his spirit and soul, and has become a true immortal. Immortality is never a thing of the material body, but one of the spirit and soul. But we don’t truly become immortal as individuals until we awaken the soul, which is to say, making it conscious by filling it with Divine Light from the spiritual sun.

The Even Stranger Clothing of John the Baptist

It is said in the Bible that John the Baptist was clothed in skin just as Adam and Eve were after they fell from the Garden of Eden. Mead gets it partially correct when he says that this was not to hide their nakedness, but because they had lost their divine garments of light. He takes it too literally, though, in believing that this means that Adam and Eve wrapped themselves in the hides of dead animals. Even more, he gets it wrong when he accepts that John the Baptist did the same in memory of that event.

Again, we are dealing with allegory, symbolism. Adam and Eve were not wearing the skins of animals. They were wearing their own skins, skins and bodies of dense matter. This they didn’t have before the fall. In the garden of Eden, they had bodies of spirit and light, not matter. After the fall, their true self was hidden in a garment (cage?) of flesh so they could function in a world of matter. T was the recognition of this fact that had Adam and Eve trying to cover and hide themselves. They wanted to hide their bodies of matter, not specific organs.

So when it says that John also clothed himself in skin in memory of Adam and Eve, it means that he was a spiritual being, perhaps an angel, who “fell” down to the dimension of matter where he had to take on a body of matter in order to function. What he wore on that body is not relevant. It is the body itself that is being discussed when it says he wore skins.

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Essene Jesus and Gnostic Christians

“Jesus of Nazareth was an Essene, as were most of his followers, including the twelve Apostles (some of whom were his cousins). Many elements distinguished and even separated the Essenes from the rest of Israel. Their claims about their very existence was certainly a controversial matter. For the Essenes averred that Moses had created them as a secret fraternity within Judaism, with Aaron and his descendants at their head.

“The prophet Jeremiah was a Master of the Essenes, and it was in his lifetime that they ceased to be a secret society and became a public entity. From that time many of the Essenes began living in communities. Isaiah and Saint John the Baptist were also Masters of the Essenes. Their purpose was to follow a totally esoteric religious philosophy and practice that was derived from the Egyptian Mysteries. As the grandson of the Pharaoh, Moses had been an initiate of those mysteries and destined to ultimately become the head of the Egyptian religion.” ~Abbot George Burke

Essene Jesus

The question of whether or not Jesus was an Essene is one we may never have a definite answer for. Among spiritual groups, however, the evidence is clear enough that he was a member of an Essene community. And since he was often called “Master” or “Rabbi” by his followers, it can reasonable be assumed that he was an Essene Rabbi and the leader of an Essene community.

We can say, then, that if Jesus was an Essene Rabbi, than he apostles and many of his other disciples were Essenes. There are hints of this fact in the Bible and elsewhere. When a wealthy man asked how he could join with Jesus and his community, he was told that he would have to sell his property and donate the money to the poor.

This sounds like a harsh requirement. But it was common practice in an Essene community for anyone who joined to turn over all his wealth and property to the community treasurer to administer for the good of all. And the Essenes often referred to themselves as “poor folk” because they dis not own anything individually, but only as a community. So Jesus was really telling the wealthy man what any other new member would be told: turn over your money and property to the community treasurer. So while academics can argue about it forever, most spiritual schools now except Essene Jesus as a fact.

Students of Moses

Burke says that the Essenes were students of Moses. It may be more accurate t o say that Moses was an Essene. The Essenes claim to have existed for thousands of years under different names in different places. Evidence of that has been found in India and China. Burke says they were followers of the mystery schools of Egypt. In any case, they were strongly connected to the early Christian community under Jesus, and later under Peter and James. The later Christian church formed by Paul, however, was not connected with them. Essene Jesus certainly did not select Paul to take over His church. If He had thought James and Peter were not doing a good job, He would have appeared to them and corrected them. Continue reading “Essene Jesus and Gnostic Christians”

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Begotten Twice in a World of Duality

“This is He who was begotten from the Godhead according to His nature, and from manhood not after His nature, and from baptism not after His custom; that we might be begotten from manhood according to our nature. … He then was begotten from the Godhead, He that came to a second birth; in order to bring us to the birth that is discourses of. …Who supposes that his beginning was from Mary, may be admonished that His Godhead is before all; so that whoever has concluded His beginning to be corporeal, may be proved to err hereby that His issuing forth from the Father may be narrated. The Father begat Him.” ~St Ephraim the Syrian

Begotten

There has been arguments on both sides since His birth on whether or not Jesus Christ was “begotten” like a human or was created by God. St Epraim is doing his best to try to clear up the confusion, though his way of putting it is in itself confusing. Lets try to clear it up. Jesus Christ had a dual nature. He was both human and divine, spirit and flesh. For convenience, we will refer to the human side as Jesus and the divine as Christ.

Begotten from Manhood

When St. Ephraim says that Jesus was begotten from manhood, he is saying that the human Jesus was begotten in the normal human way by Mary and Joseph. The idea that Mary was a virgin was a fantasy added centuries later when Christianity began to move into areas where the worship of a virgin goddess was common. Early Christians often had Jesus or Mary assume the attributes of a local god or goddess to become more appealing to the people in that area. But that was Jesus, not Christ.

Begotten from the Godhead

Christ is a different matter. This pure spirit is the first begotten of God, the first creation. He was not born with Jesus, but entered Jesus when Jesus was born. Christ existed long before the birth of Jesus and was not born at all in the sense that we usually mean it. Continue reading “Begotten Twice in a World of Duality”

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True Christian Who Follows the Teaching of Jesus

“The Christiandom that is in Babel, striving about the manner how men ought to serve God, and glorify Him, also how they are to know Him, and what He is in essence and Will. … But a Christian is of no Sect: he can dwell in the midst of sects, and appear in their services, without being attached or bound to any. He hath but one knowledge, and that is Christ in him. He seeketh but one Way, which is the desire always to do and teach that which is right; and he putteth all his knowing and willing into the Life of Christ.
“He sigheth and wisheth continually that the Will of God might be done in him, and that His Kingdom might be manifested in him. … His faith is a desire after God and Goodness.” ~Jacob Boehme

The Babel Christian

What Boehme calls the Babel Christians are those who worship Jesus rather than following his teachings. We see this in many of the larger Christian churches and sects, but especially in the Evangelical Christians. These people have strayed nearly as far from the original teachings as is possible. Yet they not only still call themselves Christians, but insist they are the only real Christians.

These Christians confuse good deeds done on a material level with doing the work of God. They think that by attending church regularly, giving to the church, dressing modestly, and so on, that they are on the express train to Heaven. Not only are they not on the express train, they aren’t even heading in the right direction.

What Jesus and his real apostles taught was a development of our spiritual faculties. It is good to be a nice person on a material level, but that isn’t enough. Heaven is a spiritual realm and you must develop spiritually if you are to ever get their. Continue reading “True Christian Who Follows the Teaching of Jesus”

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