In this article, I want to look at some of the writings of the Apostle Paul (Pol, Appolonius) or whoever he was, to show you what he says about salvation and how it needs to be obtained within you, as it should be, and not by claiming someone as your personal Lord and Savior on the outside to come and “save” you. But we have to be careful because of the mass-tampering with these texts by religionists of the middle ages that skewed some of these writings toward a theological bent and not on the true gnosis that they were intended to convey. Sorry, but the Bible cannot be the “inerrant word of God” if human hands have changed and edited it so many times.
Let’s briefly take a look at what scholars say about the works attributed to Paul, often referred to as the Pauline Epistles in the Bible.
The mainstream consensus of scholars agrees that these letters are authentic:
The mainstream consensus of scholars agrees that these letters are NOT authentic:
And the mainstream consensus of scholars agrees that these letters are of disputed or unknown origin (also, none of these mention Jesus being on earth):
Hebrews (which is anonymous, but probably written near the time of Paul)
1 Peter (which is to be rejected only if we assume Peter was illiterate)
James (we do not know which James wrote this or when)
Jude (we do not know which Judas wrote this or when)
1 Clement (only in some Bibles, probably written near the time of Paul).
Dr. Richard Carrier is a great resource for breaking this down. His peer-reviewed book can be found here: On the Historicity of Jesus
His blog can be found here: https://www.richardcarrier.info/
And if you are looking at this from the angle of Astro-Theology, or the study of any religious system founded upon the observation of the stars, I would recommend a small collection of books by author Malik Jabbar entitled: “The Astrotheological Foundation of the Christ Myth“. These books show you that the entire Bible was written in the stars thousands of years before the Bible was written. They were a large part of my coming to grip with the truth of the Christian religion. An excellent read, in my opinion.
Anyway, back to salvation and what that truly means.
Shakyamuni Buddha spoke of something called “Rapture”, which is a state mind that we exist in when we dwell in our higher nature; ecstasy, unspeakable joy. The only problem with that is that it doesn’t last very long. One moment you are on top of the world, and the next you’re angry or depressed, etc. Hardly ever existing in balance within ourselves. Such is life here on planet Earth when we allow ourselves to become brainwashed into believing that we are separate from whatever God, Source, or Creator is. Always looking to the sky in the hopes that a God will hear our prayer somewhere out there in the cosmos and intervene on our behalf to make slow people stop driving in the fast lane, to make that person chew with their mouth closed, etc. The problem is that we have been taught and trained to look for a God out there when, in fact, we should have been looking inside ourselves all along.
This has nothing to do with religion. Buddha had nothing to do with religion. Krishna had nothing to do with religion. And Jesus most certainly had nothing to do with religion. And what did the church do? They made a religion out of him for their own personal gain. That’s where we are today. We have to start looking at these texts the way they were originally intended to be looked at, which is spiritually.
I mean, where is the “Kingdom of God?” The Bible tells you very clearly where it is:
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
So, if the Kingdom of God is literally within you, not “within you”, salvation should be sought after by going within yourself. Right?
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
So the “gospel of Christ” is a “power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” That’s interesting and here’s why.
The gospel he is talking about would be agreed upon by most people as meaning the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But here is the kicker, the gospels of the New Testament were written after the Book of Romans. That’s right, truth to the rescue again.
What he is actually talking about is the power of the Buddha, Krisha, Christ within you; the higher nature that dwells within us all, Christ Consciousness, Krishna Consciousness. How do we prove that he is not talking about a book but an inner power?
1 Corinthians 4:20
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
Do you see that? The gospel of Christ has nothing to do with anything written in a book. The gospels didn’t exist at that time. It is a power that is within you because the Kingdom of God is within you.
Back in Romans 1:16, it says that this power is available to all who believe. What does that mean? It means that you have to believe that this power, the Christ, the Higher Self, resides in you already and is waiting for you to come to that realization to be able to access it.
Eventually, you have to come to the realization that what is actually going on here is that God is not withholding anything from anybody. “He” is not doing something for somebody in Timbuktu that “He” is not doing for everybody in the universe. The truth is that God is not withholding from you but you are withholding it from yourself by not allowing this divine power to flow through you for your betterment. You don’t accept this power because the Church and fundamentalist religion have taught you that you are a sinner in need of redemption. And that God is out there somewhere and not within you. How sad.
Jesus said that He, You and God are one:
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
I mean, if you don’t believe that God is within you, can you at least believe that there is energy within you? What pumps your heart? What makes you breathe in and out? What makes your hair grow? You’re plugged into something and it doesn’t seem that you have any control over it. Something is powering you, and it’s far superior to any of us. Is it God? I don’t know. If you want to call it “God”, go right ahead. But something is going on that we can’t explain.
It’s up to you to either embrace this inner kingdom by going within yourself, which is obviously meditation or continue to follow the instructions of those that are outside of the mystery: the church and religion. You can continue to go to church, sing Amazing Grace, what a wretch am I, give them money to continue funding separation from God, hiding behind stained glass windows so they can’t see the mess on the outside and they’ll convince you that everything will be okay because you’ll get your reward after you die. They couldn’t figure out how to save you while you’re alive so this was the next best option. What a gig. God is not a God of the dead, but of the living.
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Back again to Romans 1:16 where it says “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Does God discriminate? Why are the Jews given such a higher priority? Why would God allow this power to hit first the Jew and then whatever is leftover to the Greek? Let me show you what the true meaning of a Jew really is.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Do you now see why the power comes to the Jew first? It’s an inward circumcision, not an outward one. The power comes to one who dwells inwardly, which is meditation. The kingdom is within you, etc. The power of the salvation of the gospel of Christ comes to one who dwells inwardly first.
Let me show you something interesting in the Old Testament that will further cement this perspective of an inward Jew. What follows is the positioning of the tribes of Israel in the center of the desert. In the center of the desert, they put the tabernacle, which signifies the center of your being.
3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies
10 On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies
18 On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies
25 The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies
In Genesis 48, you can see the zodiacal references as to what each camp represents as it pertains to consciousness.
Dan represents your emotional nature. Ephraim represents your intellectual nature. Reuben represents your physical nature. And Judah represents your spiritual nature, that which is camped at the point of the rising sun, the light, the right hand or the right side. Because when you face Due North, the East is always on the right side.
That’s why the right hand is called the “right hand” and why we say the word “right” as a reference to correct. We don’t say “you are left”, we say “you are right”.
Anyway, we get the word “Jew” from the word “Judah”. One who dwells in the East (the right hand, the right side, the spiritual nature, the inner kingdom) is considered to be a Jew in mysticism of which the Bible is filled with. That’s why this power comes to the Jew first. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Jewish people of Israel in the so-called “holy land”.
The reason the West or left side or the left hand is considered negative is because of its association with Ephraim, that which is the intellect. The intellect comes from the West, the carnal mind, which blocks out the Sun, which is of the East or Judah. Make sense? The intellect gets in the way of the spirit within you.
Many years ago, my family took a trip to India and I got to see this literalized in real life. If you tried to take or accept anything with your left hand, you got a very disapproving look. The problem is the same though. This isn’t supposed to be taken literally, but spiritually. Nothing is wrong with your left hand.
How many times have you been to church and this is the first time you are hearing this? Exactly. It’s time to put away childish things and move on to looking at the true meaning of all of these bizarre stories of the Bible.
If you want to be a Jew, then cast your net to the right side.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. (**fish are symbolic of spiritual nourishment, not actual fish**)
Okay, so why does so little come to the Greek after the Jew? Because as you dwell in meditation at the right side, that power comes to that which is the Jew within you, that which is the spirit within you, and after, it spills over into the flesh, the Greek. After you receive it, you can act it out in your daily life. First comes the thought, then the action.
Krishna says: “We must first address the quality, then the action. And the action will be a manifestation of the quality”.
If you are acting like a horse’s ass, it’s because the quality is negative inside of you. But the quality is negative because you have been programmed that way by your parents, school, government, and most importantly religion. You’ll never have true lasting peace within yourself as long as you have war and chaos within. Jesus spoke of this in the Gospel of Thomas, Chapter 21:
“Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, ‘These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.’ They said to him, ‘Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?’ Jesus said to them, ‘When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom.’” (22)
Until you change the structure of your mind through meditation, you will constantly be out of balance in this world; physically, mentally and spiritually.
You know, most Christians are always talking about faith in God, faith that it will work out somehow because whatever God “out there” will intervene and make everything okay. Faith, faith, faith.
What did our buddy Paul, or whoever wrote Hebrews, say about faith?
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 the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Did you see what he said? “Leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ.” Leave the religion behind. “Not laying again the foundation….of faith toward God”. He also said to stop dunking people in water for baptism (it has nothing to do with literal water), laying on of hands, believing in the dead rising out of their graves and walking around, and the belief in some kind of fiery hell because it doesn’t exist. Leave it all behind.
Stop believing in faith toward God and become one with God because you always have been. You just need to remember the truth of your being. That’s what he is really saying.
The only time you need faith is when you are unsure of something. You don’t need faith if you know that whatever God is is already inside of you. The way you come to know that is by meditation. Everything just seems to fall into place when you go to that quiet place within you. Nothingness, barrenness, just like Sarah from the Old Testament that gave birth at the age of 90. She gave birth to the child of promise, Issac. Not an actual child but a rebirth within yourself. The story is an allegory (a fictional story with fictional characters used to convey a deep spiritual truth), and the Bible even tells you so:
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
I broke this down to show you that this entire story takes place within you, your consciousness, in an article here.
If you don’t start to understand this now, the mystery of yourself, your divinity, you’ll come back again and again and again until you get it right. Why wait? Start putting these practices into place in your life and see what happens. My guess is that things will start to improve for the betterment of not only yourself but the entire planet as well. If we all started to understand the symbolic nature of religious writings, the deep hidden inner wisdom, we can send the church packing back to the darkness from which they sprang, and by default, begin to embrace our divinity for the continued evolution of our species back to the light from whence we came.
Gospel of Thomas, Chapter 50
(50) Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’, say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.'”
Why am I always mentioning meditation? Because those are the instructions of Jesus for those that have (spiritual) eyes to see and (spiritual) ears to hear.
- “Seek first the kingdom of God” Matthew 6-23
- “The kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17-21
- “If thine eye be single your body will be filled with light” Matthew 6-22
- “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” Matthew 6-27
All of that relates to meditation, period. Thoughtless meditation, to be more precise. The single eye is the Pineal Gland of the brain. It’s why Hindus wear a bindi on their forehead. It’s a symbol of the path of enlightenment. It’s important to stop letting the church tell us what the Bible is saying. They have been misleading people for two thousand years, and it’s time to wake up.
If you want salvation, go within and claim it, cast your net to the right side. It really is that simple.