The Wilderness Experience

Luke 4:1-13

After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.'”

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.'”

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’

and

‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'”

Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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Christianity has no idea what the ‘Wilderness experience’ is about. It is not about forty days trying to use will-power to give up some worldly temptation: chocolate, swearing, sex, or anything like that.

The ‘Wilderness experience’ is about self-sacrifice, completely. It is about the death of the ego-driven will, to be reborn of the Mind of Christ. That self-sacrifice brings upon one the Will of God, which cannot be swayed by the illusions of the material world.

We read, “After his baptism, Jesus [was] full of the Holy Spirit.”

That baptism was the cleansing of his soul. The Holy Spirit is what led Jesus into the wilderness. That was not a place, such as the Judean Wilderness, but a state of being. Jesus was led to not be Jesus the man, born of a woman; but to become Jesus Christ, born of Divine Will.

“Forty days” is not a timeframe, such as between Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 9:00 AM and Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 9:00 AM. Forty days is forty God days, which is forty thousand years, give or take a century. That means “forty days” is an eternity, which encompasses whatever remaining linear years of artificial “time” one has left in the flesh that is draped over one’s soul. “Forty days” is no different than the forty years Moses led the Israelites around in the Sinai wilderness. It was not about place of being; it is all about state of being.

Do you think Noah could jump off the ark and grab whatever delicacies the world had to offer, if he wanted, when it was pouring rain and flood was everywhere? His ‘wilderness’ was all about being willfully within the vessel God told him to build. Jesus was within his ark, which was the vessel of the Holy Spirit being one with his body.  Jesus was afloat in the world, without contact to it.

A human being cannot survive forty linear days of ‘time’ without food.

When we read, “[Jesus] ate nothing at all during those days,” it means Jesus did not need worldly sustenance of any kind. The soul of Jesus was nourished completely by spiritual food. Spiritual food, like manna from heaven, is supplied by God, through His angels.

When we read, “and when [the linear lapse of time was] over, he was famished,” the Greek word “epeinasen” (translated as “he was famished”) is better read as “he was hungry.” By Jesus being “hungry,” he was ripe for being tested.  Being asked to abstain from something, when one is already satiated, is no test.  One must be hungry first and then told to abstain, if a true test is to be made.

The test of hunger means: One passes the “hunger” test by refusing to be tempted with earthly delights, because the Mind of Christ overrides a brain made of flesh. One fails the “hunger” test by accepting the temptations of Satan, because the gray matter inside a skull lusts for what it has been missing.

“Forty days without chocolate!  Maybe forty minutes … maybe.”  These are the thoughts of brains that have become addicted to substances.  Brains cannot will abstinence when the body is addicted.

Jesus passed the tests because the Father’s Will had replaced that of the body of Jesus.

When Satan tempted Jesus to turn a stone into a loaf of bread, Christians who fail the tests of Lent (everyone?) fail to see the Greek word for “stone” (“lithō”) represents the “tablets of stone” (“luach ebenim”), or the Law of Moses, given by Yahweh to all His priests to adhere to totally. Turning the Law into something soft and deliciously satisfying, where pieces can be easily torn away from the rest and savored as one chews that which is not meant to please the flesh is what Satan recommended to Jesus.

Can you see how often Christians fail to observe the Law? Can you see how that “stone” has been transformed into whatever some false priest, misguided bishop, or antipope (retired or dual in rule) has tempted believers to accept?

“If the stone of the Law and the barrenness of one’s self-imposed ‘wilderness’ is too hard to swallow, try this substitute: (fill in the blank of addiction). It is oh so sweet and tasty. Rather than sacrificing, it is self-serving! Here, take a bite.”

When Jesus was shown by Satan “all the kingdoms of the world,” he was trying to bring his brain back to consciousness. He was trying to awaken Jesus from self-sacrifice, in a Spiritual place that required nothing worldly, and make him see the structures of worldly existence. Instead of the Mind of Christ transforming the body of Jesus into the Kingdom of God, Satan wanted Jesus to see the powers of nations and earthly kingdoms.

The temptation of Satan was to say, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”

Have Christians ever heard a leader of their ‘church’ say, “Let us be political and side with this philosophy of man”? Has anyone ever judged others, based on their opposition to their ‘authority’ to speak for Jesus? Have priests marched in protests wearing the glory of holy robes?  Are they not serving Satan’s will, rather than standing pat in Christ?  By whose ‘authority’ do they speak, if not for oneself?  Satan’s?

How often does Bishop Michael Curry tell Episcopalians, “’Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him”?

I hear him preaching the Gospel of John, Paul, George and Ringo, “All you need is love, love love. Love is all you need.”  I see “worship the Lord” as being in that “wilderness experience’, where only Satan projects unattainable commitments as the authority given by the master trickster.

Is not love a will of self? Love of God and serving only Him means everyone else is out of eyesight and out of one’s brainwaves of thought. God’s love led Jesus to reject Satan … to love Satan by telling him, “Get out of my face!”

Finally, Satan tried to make Jesus see the future, when he would be placed high upon the pinnacle of religious buildings … not those sacrificing animals to Yahweh, but cathedrals of Christianity. Satan said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here.”

Have not many a Christian cleric thrown Jesus down from atop brick and mortar shrines of worldly worship, saying to the people, “Jesus Christ lives among us of faith, so we welcome anyone, regardless of their sins. We have thrown Jesus down so we now speak for Jesus. Because we believe Jesus was the Son of God, our words will be held up by the hands of angels”?

How often are church leaders saying to the world, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test”?

Not often, because the Christian churches of 2019 are all testing God by failing to be Jesus Christ reborn by the Holy Spirit.

A fancy building cannot be Jesus Christ. The fancier the building the more Satan has had Christians throw Jesus from the pinnacle of their faith.

The ‘wilderness’ is the relationship an individual develops with God. When God speaks to that individual, saying, “This is my Son. In him I am well pleased,” then (regardless of one’s human sex organ) one has been reborn as Jesus Christ (a most Holy male, of the masculine Father). One’s soul has been washed clean of all past sins – FOREVER.

One has then begun an eternity as a servant-slave-subject of God’s Will, with one’s self-ego purged … left behind.

One might remember that the Apostle Philip was also found in the wilderness, when he came upon an Ethiopian eunuch. John the Baptist had his wilderness experience also, prior to his ministry of washing Jews with river water and prior to his presence at the baptism of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. The wilderness experience is a must for salvation. It is what separates wantabe Christians from true Christians – those reborn as Jesus Christ.

A true church is a collection of those who have entered the wilderness and faced temptation; all have passed. Soon after Jesus died, resurrected and ascended, Jesus Christ returned in each of his disciples (sans Judas Iscariot) and the Christian Church was born of those committed souls, who would gather “in the name of Jesus Christ” together.

That selective gathering is no longer as it was. Today, human beings, with their egos still attached and their lusts still leading their hearts, gather in buildings, calling those structures holy. Those human beings are the ones who pretend to sacrifice for forty days, with only one sin being caged up temporarily.

“Don’t worry lust, you will be back out soon.”

Today, more people pay respect to Fat Tuesday than Ash Wednesday.  The same trend goes for All-Hallowed’s Eve, rather than All-Hallowed’s Day.  Christians love being pagan, more than they love being religious.

That, my friends, is the meaning of us reading in Luke:

“When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.”

These are most opportune times for Satan to tempt the believers of God.


To all the would be piracy thieves that search the Internet for free stuff to steal.  May the rewards of your works be repaid tenfold.

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Nothing to see here. Move along.

Because the Epiphany is so misunderstood, with all kinds of wild theories about the visit of the Magi, I will not re-post my article written in January 2017. I have no immediate plans to post anything on any blog for the time being. I am writing a book that deals with the Christmas stories and how they tell clues of the actual birth date of Jesus. When the book is published [little ole self-publisher that I am], I will make an announcement here.

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A friendly reminder

Jesus spoke wisdom in the “sermon on the mount.”

We call it that because Matthew wrote, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:” (Matthew 5:1-2)

In Luke’s Gospel, he wrote, “[Jesus] went down with [his disciples] and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. Looking at his disciples, he said:” (Luke 6:17:20a)

Jesus then proceeded to tell one right thing to do after another.

It is important to realize that Jesus’ words had no impact on the disciples, as far as them doing the right things then. While they might have memorized what Jesus said, they were incapable (at that point in their lives, as disciples) of actually living their lives based on what Jesus said to do.

While countless pilgrims might have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit as Jesus spoke the lessons of God, we will never know. We will never know because one who is filled with the Holy Spirit don’t run around bragging about how they know everything that is right to do. They simply live that way.

One of the things Jesus said while sitting on the mountain overlooking the plain of Bethsaida [great acoustics there, especially when the wind blows westward – a cooler eastbound current higher crosses above the Sea of Galilee and then sweeps down the mountains to the east, blowing westward over the warmer air of the sea] was:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Luke 6:1-4)

This recommendation was not something that the Pharisees could ever live by.

If nobody saw them making proclamations in public, then nobody would ever think that they thought they were holier than the public. Without the public thinking that, the Pharisees were nothing more than those who are all dressed up with no place to go.

Of course, the Pharisees, like the disciples of Jesus, were far removed from the Holy Spirit, they could not act as holy as Jesus was.  The Pharisees acted like all rich human beings act, at all times, when they are afraid of losing their wealth and influence.

The disciples did not act like the Pharisees; but they thought being rich like the Pharisees was what being blessed by God was all about.  People not filled with the Holy Spirit, those who are not yet reborn as Jesus Christ, have a hard time not wishing for sins that they have been told, “You can’t touch that!”

Do not think the Pharisees and students of Jesus are not present in Christianity today. They are alive and well, playing the same roles. Today, many wear clerical robes and fancy hats, pretending to be holier than the rest of the public.  They love to practice their religion publicly and get loud about it [nothing makes noise like the media trumpet], so they can be rich with the power of influence on earth.

Keep in mind that the pilgrims Jesus spoke to on that mountainside were ALL people that were Israelite descendants, foreigners and local Jews. There were no Romans checking out what lessons could be heard in Galilee. There were no Samaritans – the outcast Israelites –and no Palestinians , Arabian tribesmen, Persians, or Egyptians either. That absence means Jesus was not telling anyone else in the world how to be a good Jew [and there were no Christians at that time].

One can even assume that the Romans allowed immigration into Judea and Galilee back then.  Certainly, all would have to show papers that allowed free travel, or they would be slaves taken there by Roman conquests, forced to serve their Roman masters as servants or laborers.

Jesus would have easily spotted foreigners who were not Jews; and like all well-taught Jews, he would have avoided contact with Gentiles that did not seek him out [like some Greeks did]. Certainly, Jesus said nothing during his sermon on the mount that advised the Romans to “let the world’s people be free,” or Pilate would have just been given good reason to order Jesus’ death … before the high priests asked him to.

Recently in the news, an illegal alien in the United States was ordered to report for deportation, but some Episcopalians in North Carolina attempted to hide the alien, under the pretense that it is un-Christian to not allow illegally entered foreigners to stay, once they have reached a safe harbor [sanctuary city or church].

Some of those who supported the illegal alien’s stay in the United States were arrested for having broken U.S. laws in this matter.  The liberal media and liberal Episcopalians have cried like Martha and Mary did, after Jesus came back to Bethany too late to save Lazarus.

Just as then, Jesus weeps; but not for poor deported illegal aliens or criminals caught aiding and abetting criminal activity.

You see, Jesus never told anyone to break the laws of a nation. The Laws of Moses were what God told His servants they must live by [the Covenant]. The vast majority of Jewish laws are based on failures to live up to the base Laws. Anyone who lives within the Ten Commandments will always obey any national laws, unless a nation’s laws say:

1. No belief in YHWH elohim allowed; the State [nation] is your god;
2. You must worship the National Party [politicians] and wear emblems that announce to others your patriotism;
3. You must judge anyone negatively who does not swear allegiance to your National Party;
4. Every day of the week is sworn to the National Party, with no rest or free travel allowed;
5. The State is your parent, with all humans commanded to turn all children over to the State, for indoctrination to begin by age three;
6. You might be selected by the State to spy on other nations and ordered to kill suspected spies;
7. You might be asked to use sex to spy on other nations, regardless of one’s marital status (spy or spied upon);
8. You might be trained to steal information from other nations and illegally enter foreign lands for the purpose of recruiting spies;
9. You might be asked to spy on neighbors and testify falsely against them, in order for the State to convict them of serious crimes;
10. You will be taught that evil nations have evil possessions, which you may only possess if you commit fully to the downfall of those evil nations, as they are all our enemies.

When a nation’s laws stipulate how immigration is to be controlled, then there is nothing Jesus said that tells anyone to help an illegal alien steal into anywhere. Nothing Jesus said tells anyone to falsely testify to the agents of a nation that have been given a legal role to uphold.

As far as is known, no one in Homeland Security or I.C.E. is forced to become atheist, so they can have no religious beliefs that would hinder their doing their jobs according to the letter of the immigration laws.  Therefore, there certainly have to be Christians working in those law enforcement agencies.

The Episcopalians in North Carolina that broke the Laws of God can be allowed to do so if they stop calling themselves believers of YHWH elohim. Despite all their public outcries, they are proving they are lying, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Thus, they are harming their souls by doing what they are doing, saying they are doing that because Jesus would do the same.

That is speaking for God, which means having a god before God – oneself, one’s political persuasion, one’s hatred of others calling themselves Christians, and so on and so on and so on. It is blasphemy.

Consider this: If one thinks Jesus judges community organizers with favor, then why would Jesus not also show favor for those who would defend their property against thieves. Neither are yet filled with the Holy Spirit.  Neither have been reborn as Jesus Christ, so organized communities have crime and possessive land owners are not quite able to give away those things hard work went into earning.

Try this: Give up everything you own and give it away: job, house, car, land, etc. Do just like Jesus told the young rich ruler [a Pharisee].  Then, go around asking others to let you live off them for a while.

See what response you get; but do not pretend to do that. Do it for a year minimum. Perhaps, leave the country and go some place where illegal immigrants are leaving.  Take over their hovel or hut. Then, go tell those who live there what Jesus would do.

In the mean time, try to think very hard if there are any poor people who were born in the United States of America and are living in threatening environments, such as slums and ghettos. Ask yourself, are there poor people in this country that feel they have no place to run? Do they seek asylum here?  Ask still, are there not already enough children abused in this country that need helping hands?

Perhaps, it would be more believable if people who say what Jesus would do actually did what Jesus said to do, because they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were Jesus reborn?  Someone like that could work a miracle AND not tell a soul he did it, because he did it for God.

God knows who needs help.  Us mere humans have no clue, unless we are filled with the Holy Spirit and sent to save someone as Jesus Christ reborn.

It is one thing to turn over the vendor’s tables on the steps of the temple and to curse a fruitless fig tree for not bearing fruit. Being Jesus Christ has its anger moments, for sure.  However, it is another thing entirely to call Christians in a Christian nation evil, simply because they do not think like one does.

Did Jesus slap Pilate around for not being able to see Jesus was not a King of the Jews?  No?  Maybe being reborn as Jesus Christ means dying for one’s faith, from time to time.  Maybe being Christians and being persecuted to death is a good thing?  Maybe Jesus never told anyone to lie, cheat, and steal, just don’t suffer?

The answers to those questions [and more] can be grasped; but this is where one needs to remember to always love God with all you heart, all your mind, and all your soul. Then you love other Christians just like you love God, because they are like you – all reborn as Jesus Christ, knowing what Jesus would do too.

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Honor your father and your mother

In Exodus 20, amid the listing of the first ten commandments sent by God through Moses, we find “Honor thy father and thy mother.” (Exodus 20:12)  The actual Hebrew states, “Kabed et abika weit immeka,” which literally states, “Honored is the father and the mother,” but also implies, “Multiplies a father and a mother.”

Now, this was not commanded so the greeting card industry could make a buck.  It is not primarily focusing on YOUR father or YOUR mother, although one way to gain meaning is to see a commandment to honor God as your Father, while also honoring the Earth as the mother from which your physical body manifested.  Still, that is a secondary meaning to the primary purpose.  It requires one understand the meaning of “Kabed“: “abounding; achieve honor; boasting; burdensome; distinguished; glorified; held in honor; laid burdens; make it glorious; makes himself rich; respected; and multiplies.” (from Strong’s Hebrew 3513).

For people like Charlie Manson, whose mother was a prostitute and his father was some person who never picked up young Charles on weekends, taking him to ballgames and McDonald’s, allowing him to play in the plastic ball pits and crawl in the hamster tubes.  How can someone “honor” a parent that is absent, abusive, or criminal?  If you read this commandment as a way to judge Charles, for never living up to the high expectations of his parents, your arms will grow tired from whacking all the “motherless” and “fatherless” children who grow up unhappy and fail to stand tall and say, “I love my mummy and da.”

Because we are earthly creatures and not heavenly manifestations, without physical bodies and dangling sex organs, we all have a father and a mother.  For those who like to question, “What came first, the chicken of the egg?”  The answer lies in the order of the words written, where “abika” (abba), or “father” comes before “immeka” (ima), or “mother.”  This story relative to the order of creation of holy priests, as found reflected in Genesis 2, where Father Adam came before Mother Eve.  In Genesis 1, we see that the God the Father of all came first, before He created the Earth Mother (Genesis 1:1).  We also see how the Holy Bible says animal-like human beings (non-priests) followed the same order: “male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)  However, the point of God’s Commandment is that all of us have a father and all of us have a mother, in some manner, regardless of one’s relationship with our parents.

The Commandment is then to BECOME a father or a mother.  YOU honor the LORD by bringing forth babies, by taking on the “burden” of parenthood.  You honor God by taking a spouse, through which children will be born.  Thus, the completion of Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and your mother so you may live long on the land the LORD has given you.”  If you become greedy and selfish and take the land given, but never have babies to teach the same Commandments to, then the land remains long after your dust will be found blowing in the wind, after you die without a spouse who can bear children.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Core Christian Values

A couple of days ago I did a search of the core values of Christianity.  As expected, there was a list of good things to do, each with a quote from Jesus to give it support.  Things like forgive others, love everyone, take a vow of poverty, turn the other cheek, and things like that.  Since it was the core values of Christ-ianity, it was a very New Testament list.

The only Old Testament rule on the list was always love God.  Nothing was there recommending a Christian should always have God with you when you rush an enemy’s camp, killing everyone who is a heathen and trying to kill you.  Nothing like always cut the head off the giant you knock down with a stone from a sling-shot, so he doesn’t come to and get back up.  There was nothing about fighting to defend your beliefs.

There certainly is nothing wrong with following a list of core values of Christianity, if you can actually live up to them.  However, if you spend every day telling everyone you love them, even the ones stealing your wallet and identity, planning on ruining the credit you used to have, before you gave up worldly possessions, then if the collections guy finds you and slaps you around, trying to take your coat off your back, remember not to hit back as you give him your coat and gloves.

It seems to me that people mistake the New Testament as a Replacement Agreement.  At the same time they read “Old Testament” and think “old” means last year’s model, like those books are as worthless as a 2010 I-phone.

When Jesus walked the earth, HE was the new covenant sent by God to be written on our hearts.  Nothing was written about him at that time.  So, when the young rich man asked Jesus, “How can I be sure I will go to heaven?”  The first thing Jesus said was, “You know there’s the Law?”  The rich young man got excited, saying, “Man, I’ve been following the Law my whole life.”  It was then Jesus said, “Good!”  Of course he also added, “Now if you really want to get to heaven, sell your possessions, give the profits to the poor and do as I do.”

You will notice, not once did Jesus answer the rich man by asking him to get a pencil and paper to take notes.  Jesus never said, “Forget the Old Testament.  That will just get you fired up and make you want to go slay someone.  Do this instead: 1. ______, 2. ______, …”.  No list handed out by Jesus.  Just in the four Gospels alone, there are way too many “core values” to list and then check-off every day, just to be sure one actually qualifies as being Christian.

This is how Jewish people set the table for the Passover Seder meal.

This is how Jewish people set the table for the Passover Seder meal.

When Jesus gave his disciples the bread and said, “Eat this symbolically, as a way to remember me,” he was saying, “This bread is like the Holy documents that are the Old Testament, and any other new documents you guys may write too.  You can digest those words and find reason to believe it was prophesied I would come.”  To be Christian, you have to actually discuss the Holy Bible.  You have to chew on the words, because they are unleavened and flat.  You have to work to make them soften and rise inside your body.  They have to nourish you.

Jesus then gave his disciples the wine and said, “This wine is symbolic of the new covenant I bring, which will be written on your hearts.  Whenever you drink this, remember me.”  Jesus meant, “Wine does not need to go through the intestinal system to start making you feel different.  It comes quick and alters your state of being.  It makes you do things you ordinarily would not do.  Like that, I will send you a different kind of “spirits,” of the holy variety, and you can remember my deeds when they become yours.”

So, all the things that are listed in the “core values of Christianity” can only be accomplished by people high on the Holy Spirit, acting like Jesus.  That is because, like Jesus, one possessed by the Holy Spirit is with the Father and the Father is with that one, in spirit.  To get to that point, one has to spend some serious time pouring over the stories of the Old Testament, comparing notes with the New Testament.  After your mouth has worked itself tired from chewing, and your tongue is dry from the bread soaking up all your saliva, then let the wine pour.

You will find that if you have not cleared the space around you, and if you have not slain a few demons trying to block your path, and if you have not made your space safe so you can begin to learn your faith well enough to defend it, without notes and cheat sheets, then you will always find yourself way too distracted to ever do anything on the “do good” list.

Always remember that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before he began to work miracles; and it was during that time he was tested by Satan.  Jesus told Satan like it was.  He said, “You’re blocking my view of God.  Get behind me or get lost.”  That same attitude should be number one on any list of core values for being Christian.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Confirming new Christians

Last night my wife’s church had a confirmation service for several members who had taken lessons and done all that is required to become “officially” recognized by the Episcopal Church (Anglican Church of North America) as Christians.  The Bishop of our diocese was present to welcome these new souls into the fold.  This is the last year of our Bishop’s service, before he retires and turns over the diocese to a newly elected Bishop (still unknown at this point in time).

The Bishop gave a sermon that linked to the readings, without directly focusing on any of the readings.  The readings were Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 139:1-6, Romans 12:1-8, and John 14:15-21, all of which emphasize what it means to be a true servant to God.  Those readings eloquently state the conditions that can be found surrounding those who can be termed “Christian,” although that title has only been around for roughly 2,000 years now.

The Bishop announced that he was going to preach as a teacher, and his teaching would be how to understand the questions and answers those being confirmed, and those of the congregation, would read from the printed service bulletin.  It was the part under the heading (in bold letters) “Baptismal Covenant.”  The new confirmees, and later the whole congregation, would soon be reading those words aloud together.  We needed a refresher as to the meaning of those words beforehand.

The Bishop then explained, making it beautifully clear that no one was vowing to serve a doctrine or an institution (although doctrines and institutions can be good).  All questions of belief and all answers relative to belief were about a personal acceptance of God within one’s heart.  The words to be recited were not part of a question and answer session about what one thinks faith means.

From a personal relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, where each moves one on an emotional level, from which all mental and physical actions are subsequently based, we each make a commitment to serve God.  In return, God will help us to act like His Son acted.  Only in that model are we truly Christian.  We allow God to control our actions, so we not only live as one Christian, but as one among a world of other Christians and non-Christians, in a Christian way.

The point the Bishop made so clear is that we are confirmed through a baptism by the Holy Spirit, not a sprinkle of water, not by a mark on our foreheads, and not by a laying on of hands.  Holy baptism comes through belief IN Christ and IN God.  Paul, as Saul, was so baptized, and thus a confirmed Christian, without any necessity of a group or organization putting their seal of approval on that confirmation.  Still, a confirmed Christian needs to associate with others of like heart, like mind, and like heavenly goals.

Confirmed Christians support one another to fuel the flames of faith, to renew the spirit of that first acceptance of Christ within, so one can stop thinking and simply act.  Too often we get caught up in the pageantry of a moving ceremony in a lovely building and we THINK that is what being Christian is all about.  It is so much more.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Christians in the lions den

In the past, I have posted my thoughts and feeling about those who condemn Nostradamus as a “false prophet.”  I have read several web posting that explain the reasoning behind that label placed on the head of someone who died in 1566.  That was well before the creation of many of the present-day sects of Christianity.  Such an onerous distinction as “false prophet” would demand that someone actually know what Nostradamus wrote; and then it would demand that one also know what Nostradamus predicted that was proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be false.  Certainly, logical examples would follow, in support of those claims of falseness.

It is amazing how those individuals, all claiming to be Christians, scatter-shot most of their condemnations against general trends and philosophies, such as Freemasonry, the Mayans, and Witchcraft (et al).  But they suddenly get personal by naming Nostradamus specifically as a “false prophet.”   It presumes their weak brains cannot name another example of a “false prophet,” while knowing no names of rank in the other areas.

The reality is, as I read their reasons for badmouthing Nostradamus, they all begin with a flawed premise.  Such an erroneous beginning can only lead to a false conclusion.  Regardless, IF Nostradamus were indeed a “false prophet,” when one makes a flawed opinion as the premise the whole argument can be summed up as biased garbage, proving nothing.  IF Nostradamus were truly a “false prophet,” all bias and preconception needs to vanish, so only the facts prove the validity of such a claim.

Yesterday, an Old Testament example came to me.  It gave me insight into what these people who condemn Nostradamus really are.  It also acts to show how one who claims to be Christian should truly stand up to a real “false prophet.”  The example comes from the Book of Daniel.  Whereas part of that book tells of how one should have true faith in God for protection against all threats (the story of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego – chapter 3), the story I focused one is the test of faith found in Daniel in the lions den (chapter 6).

In the story of Daniel in the lions den, several characters, or players in the act, have to be seen as symbolic.  Through allegory, Biblical stories can be found continuously representative of a life of faith, throughout all times.  In this particular story, there is Daniel, King Darius (the Persian ruler overBabylon), the administrators and satraps to the king (regional rulers), and (of course) the lions.  There is also an angel of God, which plays a spiritual role.

When you take this story and wrap it around the issue of Nostradamus being a “false prophet,” I see Nostradamus in the role played by Daniel.  Both are able to prophesy, due to a connection with God, based on their faith.  The faith of Nostradamus is strongly evident through his letters explaining The Prophecies, where he repeatedly terms God as immortal or eternal, and the source of his words.

Because those who condemn Nostradamus are jealous of his faith, by showing disbelief in his faith, those who write and post public condemnations on the Internet are represented by the administrators and satraps to Darius.  It was them who “could find no corruption in (Daniel),” or facts that could uphold their condemnations with valid logical argument (truths).  It was due to that lack of proof that their jealousy made them contrive a plot against Daniel.  This is just as Nostradamus’ naysayers plot against him, unjustly.   Nostradamus seems like a threat to their business of explaining Scripture.

King Darius, as the one who followed the urging of his administrators and satraps, is tricked into issuing a decree that no one pray to anyone, other than Darius, for thirty days.  Anyone caught doing otherwise would face a penalty.  That punishment would be administered by being thrown into the lions den, full of hungry lions.

Since there are no longer any kings about who could make demands for self-deifying worship, with a harsh penalty for non-compliance, let’s see Darius as now representing the “court of public opinion.”  This means that everyone who has heard the name Nostradamus in the media is misinformed and confused.  Some think, “Maybe there is something to Nostradamus,” but others hear, “Nostradamus is a false prophet who preys upon the ignorance and innocence of the public.”

Doubt prevails over belief.  The public wants a test.  They want to know the truth.  Is Nostradamus a false prophet?  Or, is his God the true God?  Inquiring minds want to know.

This makes the lions den the test of all prophets.  Certainly, more excitement is generated when the blood and guts of false prophets is the result of punishing tests.  Sure, anyone can make up stuff and try to pass it off as a prophecy simply by saying “God told me,” but woe be it to those who lie.  The test will tear you limb from limb, if you lie.

The administrators and satraps to the king made up a lie, which would put Daniel to the test in the lions den.  Those people did not think Daniel would pass the test, but he did.  The result was they were then tested too, just as Darius had been – thrown to the lions.  Poor things, they were eaten before they hit the den floor.

This makes the lions symbolic of the test of logic, where the strength of one’s argument is the only test.  I have proven Nostradamus through such a tests of strength, and the lions’ teeth and claws do not harm Nostradamus.  However, those who proclaim to be seers, who can spot a false prophet from 460 years away, their arguments do not even make it to the floor of debate.  They are nothing but false, biased, self-serving opinions.  They die quickly.

The angel of God who is sent to calm the lions and keep them from harming Daniel is no less than the Holy Spirit.  When the angel holds the mouths of lions, the lion becomes the source of truth.  From the mouths of lions the truth be told.  In this regard, one needs to consider the link between a lion symbol and Christ.

Many are familiar with the Lion of C. S. Lewis books, and its link to Christianity.  Still, there is reasoning for that comparison.  The Lion is the symbol for the astrological sign Leo (Latin, meaning Lion).  The Sun is the ruling orb of that sign.  The Sun is the giver of life to the world; and the Sun, the only direct light represented in astrology, represents that which illuminates within each of us. As the Sun god, Apollo (Roman name) was known as the god of truth, with that same trait found in Jesus.  Jesus is the light (Sun), who always spoke the truth (“verily I say”).  Thus, the lions are the truth of prophecy, which reaches prophets via the Holy Spirit.  This means that true prophets will never be harmed by tests of truth and validity.  False prophets, on the other hand, will be torn to shreds by such tests.

When one thinks about it, ANYONE who says they have a message for EVERYONE to know, saying it is truth coming from God, ALL who say they have something so important MUST be tested by the lions den of logic.  Logic is the tool brought to the tester by the angel of God (the Holy Spirit), allowing one to open up the truth so that the lion of Christ can be known.  One needs to realize that IF one has true faith in God, false prophet lions will never harm one.  They will be exposed through the knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and those prophecies will become moot.  All knowledge allowing this exposure will be credited to the source (God), and not proclaimed publicly, as, “Look at me!  I know it all, just like God.  I have the power to declare publicly who is or is not a false prophet!”

It is very important to keep in mind the words of Jesus, who said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)  Think about that for a minute, and think about it as “giving up his life” being a test as to whether or not a shepherd is false or true.  Daniel offered up his life by willfully going into the lions den.  He tested true.  Nostradamus has been tested for almost 458 years now, and no one has proven him false, as evidence being he is still alive and hanging around with The Prophecies.  Can you name all those who have claimed him to be a false prophet?  No?  Were they consumed by the test of time, making their prophecies false?

One must also remember that when Jesus made his statement about the good shepherd, he did so in front of the Pharisees.  The Pharisees did not want to believe Jesus was telling the truth.  They wanted to stone him to death.  Jesus was making them seem less important, especially when he asked them questions they could not answer.

That is the how those who are saying they are Christian, but who are only wearing sheep’s clothing, are wolves.  Wolves want to treat Nostradamus as poorly as the Pharisees wanted to hurt Jesus.  It is easy to see someone who is professing not to be Christian and call them false prophets when they prophesy.  It is easy to get people to believe non-Christians are false believers, because they believe differently.  Sheep Christians follow the claims of the self-proclaimed Christian shepherds, and hate on others due to a sheep’s faith in the shepherd.

The worry is not those who are clearly not Christian, but those who say they are.  A false prophet would quickly strike fear in sheep Christians, causing them to run away, if one came at them looking like a wolf.  False prophets want to gain the trust of believers in Christ, so they will speak in terms Christians understand and believe.  However, Nostradamus did not speak in understandable terms that a normal Christian could make sense of; and the Pharisees (and disciples too) did not understand what Jesus was saying (until after he was gone).

In that regard, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”?  (John 10:34) If he called them (prophets) gods, to whom the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be broken, (John 10:35) do you say of me, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming”? (John 10:36a)  The Pharisees called Jesus a “false prophet.”

Jesus then said the test of himself was, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; (John 10:37) but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:38)  Jesus said, “Test me for the truth, and believe what the truth may be.”

All of this can be wrapped around Nostradamus, IF one takes the time to see the works of Nostradamus (i.e.: his writing, The Prophecies).  Most importantly, it is his letters explaining how The Prophecies are divine, and what they mean.  That meaning comes when one is filled with the Holy Spirit and when one can see how the letters instruct one how to read everything for understanding (with the help of the Holy Spirit).

People understand less of the letters than they understand about the quatrains (4-line verses).  They cherry pick here and there, to make it appear they know what they are talking about.  They know the majority of people, the poor lost shee,p know nothing at all about Nostradamus.  Their errors of logic (of which “cherry picking” is one), which naysayers of Nostradamus use, are the same fallacious arguments used by the naysayers of religion (in particular Christianity).  A false premise always leads to an invalid conclusion, unless one wants to draw a false conclusion.

Nothing about what Nostradamus wrote in his letters breaks with Scripture.  He quoted Scripture, in Latin, in his letters concerning The Prophecies.  If you do not believe that Nostradamus is a true prophet, how can you deny him, or anyone who says he or she prophesies ONLY because the Father is in he or she and he or she in Him?

You do not deny.  You investigate.  You test from a strength of faith, knowing God will lead you to the right answer and true understanding.  True understanding is only possible through the Holy Spirit, the angel sent by God to protect each of us.

Declaring Nostradamus as a false prophet is to say, “You are gods.”  To claim you do not know how to read Nostradamus is the truth.  All that says is that you do not have complete faith to test any prophet, true or false.  It says you are afraid of the lions den.  Plenty of Jews did not have the faith of Daniel, or that of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego.  However, after being led to deeper faith by those of true faith, they were able to develop that faith.  The good shepherds protected the flock, despite the efforts of the bad shepherds.

Christians vs Lions

Could your faith save you if thrown in the arena to fight for your life?

Copyright by Robert Tippett

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