The Outer Darkness Of Mind And Being
The Outer Darkness Of Mind And Being
While most of the Christian world celebrates Christmas, the proverbial question must be asked: Do they know the Truth? Or, do they dwell in what the Bible calls, the "outer darkness"? Is Jesus God, as the 4th century Roman Christians believed? Or, was he a true holy man who so fulfilled the Law within himself, that he became One with God, as his earliest Ebionite Nazirene disciples believed?
When the man addressed Jesus with the title of "good master", and asked him what he must do to have eternal life, Jesus replied: “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt 19:17 KJV). If Jesus was God, he would have accepted the title of Good Master. He would have replied: Believe in me, and you will have eternal life. And if the Law was done away with as Christians maintain, he never would have told the man: "...but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”. Paul correctly warns that the written Law is an allegory that contains an inner meaning not apparent to those who read the written word that he calls the "letter that killeth". And with respect to the deeper spiritual meaning, Jesus said: "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life" (John 6:63 NIV). Before a believer can become a disciple of Jesus and TheWay, they must first fulfill the Law within themselves. And those who have remained of a natural organic mind, and have yet to bring about the transformation that fulfilling the Law initiates in their lives -- i.e., "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Col 3:5 NIV). To the degree that Paul warned: “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV) -- remain carnal, and cannot become a disciple and enter into Life. And as prodigal sons and daughters who have not come to TheCall, they remain spiritually disenfranchised from the Inner Kingdom, and dwell under the power of the god of this world -- they cannot know the Truth, because they dwell in what the Bible portrays as the "outer darkness".
In the Gospel of Matthew the term "outer darkness" is used three times in conjunction with the fate of the Jews who did not seek to walk in TheWay. The man who had come to TheCall, and had failed to put on the required wedding garment of consecrated purity, was bound hand and foot and cast into the -- i.e., "So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt 22:12-14 NKJ). The modern Church emphatically states that Jesus deceived the people with this parable, because it demonstrates the importance that the believers actions play in their salvation. In like manner, the servant who put his talent into the earth, instead of multiplying what he had received was also cast into the "outer darkness" (Mat 25:14-30). In listening to the Rev. Rick Warren's Christmas message which was carried over the Fox News Channel, most of his message is a refutation of Jesus' words of warning, and a celebration of how God rewards those who put their talents into the earth. And while Pastor Warren has gotten rich off of peddling his many books, because he does not understand the reality of the "outer darkness", he represents the epitome of the modern blind guides that Jesus, Peter and Paul warned the people to reject (see The Complacent Christian), or be turned out of TheWay.
It is important that we ask the question: What is the "outer darkness"? What it represents is the outer dimensions of mind and consciousness that is associated with the natural organic mind of man. With respect to this condition of mind and being, the scriptures warn that it is the reason why the people of this world will look upon the Mysteries of God as utter "foolishness"!!! All of us are equally the Prodigal Sons and Daughters of our Heavenly Father. We are presently dwelling in the "far country" -- dwelling under the power of what the parable portrays as the "citizen" of this world. Paul called it the god of this world. The first Spiritual Christians called it the Demiurge, because this Power of the Left Hand is the creator of illusion that keeps the Prodigal Sons and Daughters as slaves to the things of this world. And as the prodigal sons who dwell in the "far country... outer darkness" of mind and being, all of mankind dwells in a state of ignorance with respect to the inner reality of his soul and spiritual natures -- as well as the Inner Kingdom (Lk 17:20-21) -- because he has been cast into what the Bible calls the "outer darkness" of consciousness. And because the lost prodigal sons and daughters dwell in the "outer darkness" of mind and being -- under the control of the god of this world -- failing to remember when they dwelt in the Kingdom of the Father -- Jesus could only speak to them about the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Inner Kingdom, in parables -- i.e., "And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them'" (Matt 13:10-15 NKJ).
While great multitudes flock to celebrate the Saturnalia renamed Christmas (see The Christian Judas), which is the celebration of the birth of the proverbial sun-god of Rome, the reality of the words of Jesus continue into our present time -- i.e., "...For many are called, but few are chosen". And in the same way that Jesus did not say to the man who called him "good master", believe in me, and you will have eternal life, those who flock to celebrate the Saturnalia renamed Christmas, continue to dwell in the "outer darkness" of mind and being. Thus, until, in the manner of Jesus' portrayal of the prodigal son, he is ready to arise and "turn about", he will remain under the illusion of unknowing and ignorance of his true self -- surrendering his inheritance as the Offspring of the Most High -- until which time he is ready to return Home to his Source of Being. Jesus warned those who want to be his disciples and followers, not to believe the teachers and authorities of this world, because they have all been deceived by the god of this world. Jesus taught that there is the Power of the Left Hand that Rules this world -- and the Power of the Right Hand that draws the true seeker who has put on his "Wedding Garment" into the Marriage with the Divine Bridegroom of our inner souls. Which means that to hear and come to TheCall, all we need to do is apply the Key of Knowledge in our lives, strive to live the Consecrated Life that Jesus Ordained, seek the Divine Manna of Heaven which is given only to those who are worthy to receive it, and seek the Kingdom within (see http://GateOfEden.com ). But alas, while "...many are called, but few are chosen"
Brother of Yeshua