The Individual Human Soul
The real Christ-ian life is not about
joining a Church led by priests or
ministers in an orthodox or protestant or
essene or gnostic or catholic liturgy or way of worship.
It is an individual experience, a private, inward
personal experience not needing any rituals,
icons or public worship.
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." New Living Translation (©2007)
The most important thing is our personal relationship to our
spiritual nature and to Christ. If this primary condition is met, then
an organization of spiritually based humans could work together
to use their numbers to uplift Christian values and
and ethics in society.
Christ was wrath at the money
changers in the temple of the priests who
sold animals to sacrifice and burn in their
twisted picture of praise and worship.
The most well known service mentioned is
the last supper, where the disciples met in
the upper room of a humble home,
and drank new wine or pressed grape juice,
carob bread, figs and other fruits. Salads
and vegetables and cultured milk also
would have been part of these communal
feasts. Simon Barabbas was married, but John,
Simon Lazarus and James, the three pillar
Apostles were unmarried.
They eschewed the worldly life and lived
simply on a small plot of land
cultivating a garden for their food.
Christ-ian life is all about the communion
that happens three times a day when we
eat. Living water in the form of fruits and
vegetables are taken daily to live in union
with the spirit. The raw food movement
to be based on the health of the body
only is not right. Living water rich foods
nourish the spiritual faculties and allow
one to be reborn in Spirit as our true
Human Selves. The most important act
is to commune with the Spirit of Christ
as found in living fruits and vegetables.
Not just to give us physical and mental
health and longevity but to free us from
the materiality of this world. Meat will
silence the conscience, and bread will bind
us to earthy, inorganic matter and weigh
us down in spirit, yet fruit and vegetables
lighten us and free us in body and mind
from the ignorance of this material world.
John Wycliffe was the first to translate
the bible in English and thus the first to
protest against the Roman dominated
church. The key feature of Wycliffe's
(1324-1382) reform was, "the endeavor to
recall the Church to 'Apostolic
Christianity'. Each human soul might
have access to the divine life and was
responsible to God alone. Therefore, the
mediation of a priest was unnecessary,
and the pride and greed of the ecclesiastical
hierarchy for power over nations was
nothing more than a fungus grown upon
the primitive church of Christ. He
denounced pilgrimages and the sale of pardons,
indulgences and relics, as of no avail. The
climax came when he denounced the
cornerstone of priestly authority,
TRANSUBSTANTIATION. Under pressure
and overshadowed by persecution, he
withdrew to his parish church at
Lutterworth and devoted his energies to
translating the Bible into the speech of his
countrymen and to training "poor priests"
who would perpetuate his message. These
men came to be known as Lollards. In due
time Wycliffe was denounced as a heretic
and although his writings were burned in
accordance with Papal decree they were
reproduced by the Lollards with marvelous
rapidity and were read everywhere, even
in the houses of the nobility and at the
court of King Richard the Second." (from
the book New Light in an Old Lamp by
Joseph C. Bonner).
Wycliffe was right and he did the best
he could in his translation using the
Vitus Italica manuscript and not the
Latin Vulgate of Jerome which is the
official translation of the Holy See and
unfortunately what the King James Bible
is based on.
But, today in the third Millennium we have
translations direct from the Aramaic and
even lost scriptures from the mouth of
John found at Nag Hammadi, so there
is no lack of knowledge about what
the message of Christ was.
We don't need high priests or master
teachers or gurus to think for us.
Krishnamurti said give up all gurus and
the Buddha gave up all teachers to
commune with the Light as an individual.
We all are born alone and die alone in
this world and likewise the religious
or re-leagueing with God experience is
alone, a personal experience. We can
read the teachings for ourselves and
understand the truth of who we are by
ourselves. Our intuition or conscience
made clear by a purified diet will guide us.
Christ and God are ultimately the only
teachers or priests.