Jefferson's Bible And Our Constitutional Foundation
Few Americans -- and especially Christians -- understand why Pres. Thomas Jefferson stripped all the miraculous accounts out of his Bible which has become historically known as The Jefferson Bible. From a Christian perspective, Jefferson is seen as having cut out the best parts -- and from a purely spiritual perspective, this is indeed their folly. As an Enlightened Deist living in 18th century America, Jefferson was simply not able to convey to the people the whole story as to why he removed all supernatural accounts from the pages of his Bible. But even today, the confusion continues as both critic and proponent lack the true insight necessary to understand why Jefferson did what he did.
For many of the same reasons presented in the article The Outer Darkness Of Mind And Being, it was virtually impossible for Jefferson to reveal his true source of knowledge -- and for the most part, this remains true even today. While the vast majority of mankind -- as well as their religious, political, philosophical and cultural leaders, remain totally earth-bound and carnal in their thinking and perception -- unable to see beyond what would be portrayed as the illusions of Plato's Cave -- there have in every generation been a very small number of seekers and visionaries who have developed the ability to perceive beyond the barrier of this physical world, and directly access a higher source of knowledge and wisdom that remains totally unknown to the vast majority of mankind and his counterfeit religious and political leaders.
One of the realities that is not at all understood by those whose mind and thinking is subject to what Jesus portrayed as the world of illusions in the "outer darkness" of mind and being, is the reality that Deists such as Jefferson rejected the manmade dogma of Roman Emperors (see Spiritual Castration Of The Church) that was the foundation of Church doctrine -- and as enlightened seekers, Deists believed in the pre-existent soul that evolves to perfection and completion over the course of many lifetimes (Deist Beliefs On Reincarnation) -- this enlightened understanding was brought about through the process of developing their minds to enable themselves to access the inner Source of Knowledge that Jesus taught was the One Teacher that his disciples and followers must seek out (see The True Prophet). In other words, Jefferson, as well as virtually all the core Deists who were the framers of our Constitutional form of Government (see American Spirituality), all believed that while the teachings of Jesus were representative of The Truth and TheWay, because of the corrupting influences of the Church, few Christians possessed the necessary depth of understanding to comprehend these important teachings, and thereby fulfill the true spiritual objectives which are represented in the core Gospel teachings and spiritual concepts. Quoting the Wikipedia under Deism: History of religion and the deist mission. Most deists saw the religions of their day as corruptions of an original, pure religion that was simple and rational. They felt that this original pure religion had become corrupted by "priests" who had manipulated it for personal gain and for the class interests of the priesthood in general. According to this world view, over time "priests" had succeeded in encrusting the original simple, rational religion with all kinds of superstitions and "mysteries" – irrational theological doctrines. Laymen were told by the priests that only the priests really knew what was necessary for salvation and that laymen must accept the "mysteries" on faith and on the priests' authority. This kept the laity baffled by the nonsensical "mysteries", confused, and dependent on the priests for information about the requirements for salvation. The priests consequently enjoyed a position of considerable power over the laity, which they strove to maintain and increase. Deists referred to this kind of manipulation of religious doctrine as "priestcraft", a highly derogatory term. Deists saw their mission as the stripping away of "priestcraft" and "mysteries" from religion, thereby restoring religion to its original, true condition – simple and rational. In many cases, they considered true, original Christianity to be the same as this original natural religion.
Were the Deists right? A simple reading of The Ten Minute Test, demonstrates conclusively that every tenet of Church dogma is openly rejected and condemned in the New Testament as Spiritual Apostasy that rejects the true message of Christ. And yet, it is this same dogma that continues to be preached from every pulpit across the Nation. Which demonstrate the Deist position that the majority of Christians are not at all seekers of Truth -- but rather, are Christians because of their belief in the supernatural and the hope of a reward for merely believing. Yet, as a soul who was himself a first-century follower of the historical man Jesus, when Jefferson tapped into this inner source of knowledge that Jesus taught to seek out (see The True Prophet) and learn directly from the One Teacher that revealed all Truths to the mind of the seeker/disciple, Jefferson perceived the folly of manmade pagan Church dogma.
As someone who was myself an 18th century personal friend of Thomas Jefferson in that life, what Jefferson knew that other Christians do not, is a spiritual reality revealed only in the article An Inconvenient Truth. The question is this: Would the biblical authors have written esoteric truths that the entry-level Christians were totally incapable of comprehending (see Mystery Of The Gospel)?? Would they have written esoteric truths that the pseudo-shepherds would have condemned as heresy -- and immediately corrupted the written word (see http://BibleCorruption.com )??? No -- and for this reason the enlightened Jefferson was shown by the One Teacher that Jesus taught to seek out, that the miracles and supernatural events reported in the Gospels never actually happened -- and these accounts were presented in this allegorical manner, in order to preserve and protect the important esoteric teachings which they concealed within the body of the written text -- which is the only reason they exist undisturbed today.
True Spiritual Christians and Genuine Seekers of Truth have long realized that while the common belief in Reincarnation is a Counterfeit Doctrine, what was actually taught by Jesus and the pre-Nicene Christian Church was the higher reality of the Pre-Existent Soul (see The Early Church On Predestination) -- and that Spiritual Christians who succeed in escaping the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see Outer Darkness), must come to terms with the reality of what can only be portrayed as the Spiritual Castration Of The Church by the Roman Emperors who outlawed the teaching on the Pre-Existent Soul.
Thomas Jefferson understood that only those who live in accord with the teachings of Jesus, could be counted as genuine believers. And that while great numbers of people would claim to believe based upon supernatural events, miracles, and the promise of reward -- such things were for the most part self-serving -- and only those who believed and did good for no other reason than doing good, would themselves inherit the promise of the scriptures. Mankind is portrayed as the lost prodigal sons -- and the key to escaping the cloud of ignorance which envelops and enslaves the people of this world, is to become a servant. And it is impossible to be a servant while you are motivated by the idea of receiving a reward -- and only those who are motivated to do good for the sake of doing good, while manifesting Truth and Light while in this world, can inherit the promise of the Gospel. The true followers and believers in the Gospel are those who do as Jesus taught -- i.e., "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Mt 5:16).
As a man of Enlightened Reason, Jefferson also knew that the important esoteric knowledge could only be revealed to those who were portrayed as being In The House -- and that because institutionalized religion always corrupted the sacred writings in order to promote their own self-serving dogma, that what is portrayed as the Key of Knowledge could be employed in order to conceal and safeguard this important foundation of esoteric knowledge within the allegory of miracles and supernatural accounts that would be preserved from the corrupting influences of institutional secularized religion. Yet, the key to escaping the Outer Darkness and the Illusions of Plato's Cave, were greatly dependent upon the perpetual observance of the teachings based upon Jesus' Sermon On The Mount (see Gift On The Altar). And from the perspective of what is necessary, the allegorical account of miracles and supernatural events, was more of a distraction from the true essence of the Gospel message.