Ay Caramba! I remember when that was me, albeit many years older getting submerged in a local stream in Southern Appalachia in the middle of summer. The water was still frigid even then.
I have fond memories from that time of my life, but something was always gnawing at me, a gut instinct or feeling that submerging myself in water wasn’t going to help me with the emotional issues I was dealing with at the time. As I progressed in my knowledge and understanding of what the Bible was really saying, it became clear that I had been reading scripture literally (of the letter) when I should have been reading or interpreting it spiritually.
Being raised Southern Baptist and baptized Pentecostal, the thought of questioning hundreds of years of tradition never really entered my mind until I came across the following passage of scripture that read:
Mark 7:13 (KJV)
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
My religious tradition was making God’s law ineffective in my life? This spoke to me on a very deep level, and I was soon to find out that just because it was a religious tradition didn’t mean it was the truth of how it was meant to be interpreted.
I got additional clarity when I read the Apostle Paul in Hebrews saying the following: Hebrews 6 (KJV)
6 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Principle: a fundamental proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. “the basic principles of Christianity”
Doctrine: a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.
That is some serious, tough love from Paul! He knows that the church is teaching these texts literally and the resulting chaos and confusion that it is creating, and attempts to give us back the key to the kingdom. Sadly, too many of us are steeped in religion and tradition to take the key back, because we may offend friends and family if we break away from the herd and choose our own path. They may tell us that we will go to “Hell” if we continue in our “blasphemous” ways. That is nothing more than religious conditioning built around guilt, fear and a literal (of the letter) interpretation of biblical text, which we are told not to do (2 Corinthians 3-6).
So, in short, the traditions, practices and religious beliefs like baptism, a fiery Hell, laying of hands-on people, and the physical resurrection of the dead taught by the church are to be left behind because they are a misrepresentation of the text, and you are to pursue perfection, which is acquired by going within yourself when you practice meditation.
Paul is saying that you need to stop reading and taking the Bible literally. So stop with the chaos and lunacy of religion and tradition and move on to perfection. Water is truth and the second level of human consciousness. Hell is the lower mind. The resurrection of the dead does not mean your physical body but your dead spiritual nature, etc.
Christians have been baptized in water for centuries, but what does water do besides get you wet? Nothing at all, really. It’s a symbolic gesture that has a very limited psychological effect. You are still at the mercy of your emotional nature or carnal mind (which is enmity against God, or mutual hatred) no matter how much water you submerge yourself in. Getting wet cannot possibly change that. But, can looking at what baptism and water mean spiritually give us a greater understanding of what they truly represent? Absolutely!
To gain an understanding of what water and baptism symbolize spiritually, we need to understand how the ancient mystics, who influenced the biblical writers, encoded their teachings. The words do not always mean what they appear to mean. Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth is a great place to start to gain an understanding of this concept. If you don’t have some kind of guide to help you, you’ll be reading it like actual history.
Using Astrotheology (the study of the stars and planets) can we get a better understanding of baptism? Let’s find out.
When Jesus, the Son, was 30 years old He was baptized by John the Baptist. When the Sun in the sky is reborn on December 25th during the Winter Solstice, thirty days pass and it enters the constellation of Aquarius, the Water Man, or as it was known even deeper in time, Baptismo. Hmm, that’s interesting. Why the similarity? Is the Jesus character somehow connected to the movement of the sun through the twelve signs of the Zodiac? Twelve signs of the Zodiac? Hey, wait a minute, there were twelve apostles. Are they somehow related to the twelve signs of the Zodiac? Can you see how all of this can lead you down a rabbit hole of how sun worship became the core of all major religions?
Jesus, I’m kind of lost and I don’t know what I should do first. Can you help me out?
1. Matthew 6-33 “seek ye first the Kingdom of God”
Okay, where is the Kingdom?
2. Luke 17-21 “the Kingdom of God is within you”
Great information, as usual. How do I access it?
3. Matthew 6-22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”
Thanks, dude! (fist bump)
And what does it means for your eye to be single? Meditation! It’s simply the third-eye of Hinduism, the bindi on the forehead. The pineal gland has many characteristics of an actual eye, and there is only one of them in the brain, hence “if therefore thine eye be single.”
This really isn’t a huge leap if you understand that eastern mysticism had an immense influence on the biblical writers, especially when you know that Alexander the Great conquered all of the way to Punjab, India during his conquest that opened up the East to the Greeks around 300 BCE. Plenty of time for that influence to make its way into Greek writings.
Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and all of the great “god-men” of antiquity are telling you that you should be meditating, practicing the single eye, activating the pineal gland of the brain, the seventh chakra, to find the Kingdom of God within yourself. Nobody is coming to save you, because your salvation is your responsibility, not a third-party savior.
The purpose of meditation is not just relaxation, although it has many proven health benefits, but to understand your own divinity and that the Kingdom of God truly is within you if you would only believe it.
Let’s take a quick look at the five stages of human consciousness that the Greeks, who wrote the New Testament, used to shape their myths. These are the same all over the world except for China, which has references to wood and metal.
- Earth (Beta) – The state you are in right now. Symbolic of the lowest or first stage of human consciousness; that which touches the Earth is considered unclean. You can see an example of this with the washing of the disciples’ feet in John 13; 5-15, Moses and the burning bush (the Earth/bush is consumed by the Fire); pigs and goats referenced in scripture fall into this category as well.
- Water (Alpha) – Symbolic of the 2nd stage of human consciousness. The beginning of the separation from thought. Water also symbolizing “truth.”
This is the stage we are looking for!
In your meditation, you rise above the Earth/first Stage to be baptized by the water of truth in the Water/second Stage. It has nothing to do with literal water. You go from Beta to Alpha, representing a change of the cyclic patterns and rhythms of the brain. You can see examples of this with the story of Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the Whale. So much water imagery in the Bible due to the writings occurring in the Age of Pisces, the twelfth sign of the Zodiac.
3. Air (Theta) – Full separation from thought. Some examples in the Bible of this are when we rise to meet Jesus in the air, or when the Apostle Paul is having an out-of-body experience and refers to the third heaven. Again, it has nothing to do with literal air. Fundamentalists believe that they will be magically transported in the air to meet Jesus or be raptured. Rapture is actually one of the ten worlds of Shakyamuni Buddha, and that is indeed where it was plagiarized from.
4. Fire (Delta) – When Jesus is said to baptize with fire is a great example of this. The “fire” purges away your lower self to receive the Higher Self. This is also why the cyclops in Greek Mythology is fireproof because it is symbolic of the single eye or pineal gland. The “fire” rises from the Solar Plexus, the place of the sun within you, to the pineal gland in meditation. It’s just symbolic of the movement of energy in the body.
5. Perfection/Quintessence – Complete and total union with the Higher Self and realization of your inner divinity. “Ye are Gods” It’s not saying that you are God, just symbolic of recognizing your divine already. You are not a sinner in need of redemption; that’s just more religious nonsense.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
Once again, where is the Kingdom of God? Within you! (Luke 17-21) And how do you go within yourself? Meditation, of course! Once you enter deep meditation with no thought, you then are born a second time of spirit, the Higher Self. This IS what it means to be born again, not the mouthed profession that Jesus is your lord and savior and you accept Him into your heart.
There is now so much current scholarly and peer-reviewed research to show that the church has been intentionally misleading people for centuries. The church is misinterpreting these holy texts and holding back humanity from evolving to its true potential. It’s time for a shaking down of old, limiting beliefs and traditions. Religion, unfortunately, creates division and we need to be able to rise above it to come together as one unified people not only our benefit, but for the benefit of the entire planet.