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* DISMANTLING THE CHRISTIAN EDIFICE *
The hold of Christianity over the Western world was largely gained in the first place through force, fear, and fraud. It was a tragedy for the West that it was Christianised and – as William Quan Judge puts it in “The Ocean of Theosophy” – “On the coming of the Christian era a heavy pall of darkness fell on the minds of men in the West.” He refers to it as “the mental night of Europe” and this “mental night” wasn’t actually fully dispelled until the 20th century when the actual facts about the utterly untrustworthy, unreliable, and downright erroneous and misleading nature of the scripture, theology, and background of the Christian religion were proven and exposed beyond any degree of argument.
Although many Christians like to imply that the dawning of the Christian era was the beginning of a “period of light” for humanity, the facts of the matter show otherwise. It was the enforcement of ignorance and often the massacre and murder of all who dared stand in the way of the progress and supremacy of the Church. Far from being the beginning of a period of light for humanity it was the beginning of centuries of darkness, particularly for those nations of the world which had the misfortune of becoming Christianised.
Now let us consider the following…
For Christians to describe their God as infinite is a contradiction in terms. They say that their God is a “personal God,” yet a personal God must of necessity be a finite God because if something is “infinite,” it can have nothing finite about itself whatsoever. Unless Christians believe that they are entitled to give entirely different meanings and implications to words which we all use, they must admit that the “Infinite” has to be entirely unconditioned, not-finite, undifferentiated, omnipresent, absolute, immutable, undefinable, indescribable, and impersonal.
“But we do believe and teach that God is omnipresent,” they say.
The word “omnipresent” literally means “present absolutely everywhere.” If there is something which is present absolutely everywhere, then there can be nothing in existence apart from THAT. If this is so, then God is all and in all, which is exactly what Hinduism teaches, as does Theosophy, although the latter tends to refrain from using the term “God” because of the likelihood of it misleading people. But if God is not all and in all, then God is not omnipresent. And if “God” is not omnipresent then “He” is severely limited and therefore not worthy of being called “God” at all, let alone being indicated as Divine. Christian theology says that unless a person follows their prescribed formula for salvation, they are separated and cut off from God and headed for an eternity in hell. The very fact that Christians perceive a pervasive duality and separateness amongst humanity – between the “children of God” (Christians) and the “children of the devil” (all non-Christians) – shows that they do not believe in the divine omnipresence at all. Theirs is a dualistic, separate, separative, separating God which is the very antithesis of that which is “Infinite.”
However, in the Gospels, Jesus is presented as saying to a huge crowd of people from all walks of life and all types of backgrounds, “The Kingdom of God is within you,” and “You are gods and all of you are the children of the Most High.” None of these people could have been Christians, seeing as Christianity didn’t come about until after the death of Jesus. None of them had been “redeemed by the blood of Christ” yet Jesus tells them that they are all divine and that they are all the children of God. This is one of the innumerable contradictions and discrepancies which Christians try to avoid facing and dealing with.
“Every student of the Bible must be aware that the first and second chapters of Genesis could not have proceeded from the same pen. They are evidently allegories and parables; for the two narratives of the creation and peopling of our earth diametrically contradict each other in nearly every particular of order, time, place, and methods employed in the so-called creation. In accepting the narratives literally, and as a whole, we lower the dignity of the unknown Deity. We drag him down to the level of humanity, and endow him with the peculiar personality of man, who needs the “cool of the day” to refresh him; who rests from his labors; and is capable of anger, revenge, and even of using precautions against man, “lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life.” (A tacit admission, by the way, on the part of the Deity, that man could do it, if not prevented by sheer force.).” – H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
As Madame Blavatsky and others have shown, the first Christians were undoubtedly the Ebionites and they were Gnostics who followed the Essene-based teachings of the older Nazarene sect, to which Jesus had belonged during his lifetime. The sect of the Nazarenes existed long before Jesus was born and he belonged to them during his lifetime. The oldest texts show that Jesus wasn’t actually known as “Jesus of Nazareth” but as “Jesus the Nazarene,” referring to his belonging to the Nazarenes, which the Apostle Paul later belonged to, hence his being called “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” in the book of Acts.
All the relatives of Jesus belonged to the Ebionites following his death and it is a proven fact that neither the Ebionites nor any other Christian group for the first few centuries of Christianity believed Jesus to have been divine or to have been “God incarnate.”
The Ebionites had but one scriptural text, namely the Gospel of Matthew, the original version written in Hebrew, which is known to have been entirely different from the so-called “Gospel of Matthew” which exists in the Christian New Testament today. The Gospel of Matthew which we have today is – in its initial Greek form – largely the product of Saint Jerome in the 4th century A.D. but has also been edited and altered on numerous occasions since then, as has the entire New Testament.
The Ebionites, which included Jesus’ own friends and family, rejected all other Gospels and scriptures than their Hebrew Gospel of Matthew as being false (this Hebrew Gospel of Matthew was a highly esoteric text which only a relatively small number of people could comprehend at all, as they had to be initiated into the understanding of it) and maintained that Jesus was neither a Saviour, nor a Redeemer, nor the “Only Son of God” but simply “a good and righteous man only” who they believed taught an important message.
Another interesting consideration – this time in regard to early Christian art – is that the very first images of Jesus, which themselves didn’t appear until at least 200 years after his death as the original Christians were strongly against the idea of portraying him, all showed him as clean shaven and holding or using a magic wand to perform his miracles. The later images of the bearded Jesus were based on Greek artwork of Zeus, as an attempt by the Christian Church to attract the pagan masses to the new religion.
After the scheming bishops and theologians had liberally adopted countless aspects, symbols, and allegories from other religions, they then proceeded to condemn all the others as demonic and evil, began to rigorously persecute them all, and flatly denied there being any similarity whatsoever between them.
“Jesus taught the world nothing that had not been taught as earnestly before by other Masters. He begins his sermon [on the Mount] with certain purely Buddhistic precepts that had found acceptance among the Essenes, and were generally practiced by the Orphikoi, and the Neo-platonists. There were the Philhellenes, who, like Apollonius, had devoted their lives to moral and physical purity, and who practiced asceticism. … He tries to imbue the hearts of his audience with a scorn for worldly wealth; a fakir-like unconcern for the morrow; love for humanity, poverty, and chastity. He blesses the poor in spirit, the meek, the hungering and the thirsting after righteousness, the merciful and the peace-makers, and, Buddha-like, leaves but a poor chance for the proud castes to enter into the kingdom of heaven. … Every word of his sermon is an echo of the essential principles of monastic Buddhism.” – H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
It may be asked in what way Theosophy views Jesus. First of all, Theosophy maintains that the Jesus of popular Christianity never existed. For one thing, if this were not the case then why is it that of all the writers, philosophers, historians, and commentators who lived at the time Jesus was supposedly doing all those many wondrous things in such wonderful ways before enthusiastic and increasing crowds of many thousands all over Palestine, none of them ever mentioned him in any way or even seem to have known or heard of him?
As Madame Blavatsky wrote, “Renan shows that Philo, who died toward the year 50, and who was born many years earlier than Jesus, living all the while in Palestine while the “glad tidings” were being preached all over the country, according to the Gospels, had never heard of him! Josephus, the historian, who was born three or four years after the death of Jesus, mentions his execution in a short sentence, and even those few words were altered “by a Christian hand,” says the author of the Life of Jesus. … For nearly four centuries, the great historians nearly contemporary with Jesus had not taken the slightest notice either of his life or death. Christians wondered at such an unaccountable omission of what the Church considered the greatest events in the world’s history. Eusebius saved the battle of the day.”
This last sentence is in reference to the historian Josephus’ apparent reference to and glorification of Jesus. This is still used and referred to by some Christians today as proof of the reality and legitimacy of the Jesus preached by their Church and theology. But the fact is that this praise of the supposed “Saviour” was not in Josephus’ original works and only began to appear in the editions that followed his death. It was in fact Eusebius, one of the Church Fathers, who had the passage in question fraudulently interpolated into the text, in order to give credence to the claims of Christianity and to help the Christian cause.
Theosophy states, however, that a spiritual Teacher did exist in that part of the world sometime around that time, some of whose teachings and activities bore some similarities to those later described in the Christian Gospels (which, let us remember, are categorically proven to have not been written until at least 500 A.D. at the very earliest and thus not by the four Apostles at all!) and that the Jesus of the Christian Church is largely just a fictitious, fantastical, and distorted copy of this actual individual, who may indeed have been named Jehoshua or Yeshua.
It is this Teacher who I have made reference to at various points earlier in this article and it is of him that HPB affirmed, “The personage (Jesus) so addressed – whenever he lived – was a great Initiate and a “Son of God”.”
However, as shown, the teachings of Theosophy emphasise the fact that “Jesus taught the world nothing that had not been taught as earnestly before by other Masters,” and maintain that in reality his life, mission, and work were of very little importance or consequence to the world at large. And if that statement should inadvertently cause offence to some, we have only to turn to the purported words of Jesus himself in the Gospels to see that he believed and taught that he was to be a Saviour only to the Israelites and not to the other races and peoples of the world.
“I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” he is recorded as saying in Matthew 15:24. There are also numerous instances related in the Gospels where Gentiles (meaning non-Jewish people) approached Jesus to be healed, only for him to inform them that “I was not sent to the Gentiles but to the children of Israel. Is it right to take the children’s bread and give it to dogs?” The Gospels relate that he did often eventually consent to heal such individuals but only because of their relentlessness and refusal to leave him in peace until they had received the blessing they sought for.
The Christian religion – including its God, its Saviour, its Bible, and its
Blavatsky described Christianity as “a parasitic growth” and wrote that it is “suicidal” for any country to adopt it as the national religion.
doctrines – is largely built upon centuries and centuries of lies, treachery, ignorance, and corruption. H.P. Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Movement, had no qualms about describing Christianity as the most arrogant, ignorant, and impudent of all the world’s religions. It is also the one which stands on the shakiest and most dangerous ground when it comes to the investigation of facts, history, theology, and proofs – for in the 21st century blind fanatical faith and wilful ignorance will not and CANNOT prevail against evidence and hard fact.
He who does his part – wisely, sanely, and decently – to help dismantle altogether the already largely fallen Christian edifice is doing humanity a great service, for the Christian religion is not the cure for atheism but the cause of atheism…for millions upon millions of people in the West at least.
Having been a devout and seriously committed evangelical Christian for some time in the past and having even, during that time, very nearly entered the Christian ministry, I do not say these words lightly but rather sincerely and wholeheartedly, out of love and concern for the spiritual future of humanity.
By MW, May 2013
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“The Christian virtues inculcated by Jesus in the sermon on the mount are nowhere exemplified in the Christian world. The Buddhist ascetics and Indian fakirs seem almost the only ones that inculcate and practice them. Meanwhile the vices which coarse-mouthed slanderers have attributed to Paganism, are current everywhere among Christian Fathers and Christian Churches.”
“Let it not be imagined that we bring this reproach to any who revere Jesus as God. Whatever the faith, if the worshipper be but sincere, it should be respected in his presence. If we do not accept Jesus as God, we revere him as a man. Such a feeling honors him more than if we were to attribute to him the powers and personality of the Supreme, and credit him at the same time with having played a useless comedy with mankind, as, after all, his mission proves scarcely less than a complete failure.”
“Let them [i.e. the Christian priests and leaders] pass on – we have devoted too much space to them and their conglomerate theology, already. We have weighed both in the balance of history, of logic, of truth, and found them wanting. Their system breeds atheism, nihilism, despair, and crime: its priests and preachers are unable to prove by works their reception of divine power. If both Church and priest could but pass out of the sight of the world as easily as their names do now from the eye of our reader, it would be a happy day for humanity.”
~ H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled ~
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