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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


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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The Shepherd and the Sheep

“It is said of the Shepherd that he carries the lambs in his bosom: but the sheep are expected to walk, and put up with the inequalities of the road, the bunts and blunders of the flock. It is to vigor rather than to comfort that you are called. Since the transcendental aspect of your being has been brought into focus you are now raised out of the mere push-forward, the blind passage through time of the flock, into a position of creative responsibility. You are aware of personal correspondence with the Shepherd. You correspond, too, with a larger, deeper, broader world. … Each little event, each separate demand or invitation which comes to you is now seen in a truer proportion, because you bring to it your awareness of the Whole.” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Shepherd

You could interpret Ms. Underhill’s use of the term “the Shepherd” as a reference to God or to Christ. It really doesn’t matter which is correct. What matters is what she says about the interpretation of the Shepherd having “the lambs in his bosom”. This is thought by many popular churches to mean that the sheep have to do nothing, that the Shepherd will carry them around and do it all for them. Neither Jesus, Buddha, or any other great spiritual leader ever taught such nonsense. Continue reading “The Shepherd and the Sheep”