When asked why Christians are limited in their spiritual development and understanding, it is important to understand the plight of the lost prodigal son and the quagmire of the Divine Pattern of Creation with respect to the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Duality. From the perspective of the parable that Jesus taught, the lost prodigal son is held in a condition of servitude to the (Citizen) god of this world, until which time he is able to free himself, and begin to journey in TheWay. And thus, the dilemma that equally confronts all of mankind in his struggles in this world which he must eventually prevail over, in order to escape what is often portrayed as the illusions of Plato's Cave.
The problem confronting mankind in his search for answers is seen in the fact that the physical body in which we presently dwell, only supports the development of mind to a level that corresponds to the needs of the body. Therefore, it is truly difficult for organic man to understand his own higher spiritual reality, because in his present infantile form, it is virtually impossible for him to even envision his own higher true soul-reality (see SoulSelf.org ). The question is, then, in order to develop the mind beyond organic limitations, the person not only needs to consciously embrace a higher reality that is beyond the needs and requirements of the physical -- but this development must be brought about in such a way that it uses the Laws of Nature and Creation as a catalyst, to bring about the condition of expanded consciousness (see The Heightening And Expansion Of Mind). Why? Because it is necessary to work with the inherent design of the body and mind, in order to advance beyond organic levels which serves only the needs of the body. By this I mean that in order to advance yourself beyond a certain level of development which can be portrayed as natural organic consciousness, you must understand the Laws and Controlling Factors of this world, in order to bring about any reasonable advancement within yourself. In the same way that the Laws inhibit you from driving a car over the Grand Canyon, building a campfire with wet wood, sustaining life while depriving the body of food and water, or holding your breath beyond a very limited point, in order to advance you must learn to use the Laws and Forces of the physical and mental, in order to move beyond natural organic limitations.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the god of this world holds the lost son in a state of slavery and servitude, by imposing organic limitations upon his being. True Spiritual Religion is therefore not belief and faith in the unknown -- but rather, the systematic use of the Laws and Forces of Mind and Being in the endeavor to prevail, and move beyond these organic limitations which can be portrayed as natural awareness and carnal consciousness. That man possesses this innate latent potential that he for the most part remains ignorant of, is largely because of his lack of esoteric knowledge -- which from a biblical perspective, causes him to perpetually Wander In Error.
While there is no gender or other divisions in the higher reality of the soul -- no male or female souls -- in this world EVERYTHING that exists, exists in a divided reality -- and the rungs of the proverbial Jacob's Ladder that elevate you into a higher reality, is NEVER built upon one side or the equation or the other -- but rather, the infusion of both into a higher reality that can only be envisioned and brought about through WHOLENESS. And herein lies the problem -- i.e., while this is admittedly difficult for the vast majority of mankind, the task is easily accomplished when leaders arise who have accomplished the fulfilling of the Laws within themselves -- giving meaning to the reality of Jesus' words that religious leaders should first remove the beam from their own eyes, before attempting to remove the splinters from the eyes of their brothers and sisters.
Paradoxically, in the same way that we can say that faith apart from actions is dead -- that the flesh without the spirit is dead -- that the male without the female is impotent and dead -- that conservatism without liberalism, or liberalism without conservatism, always brings about tyranny and insanity -- that the linear without the intuitive, and the intuitive without the linear, is always a dilemma of distortion -- that one side of the paradoxical equation without the other is dead -- and thus, the one polarity without its opposite is the proverbial forbidden fruit of the Tree of Duality (aka Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil).
If it is true that the historical man Jesus manifested a oneness with Creator-God as set forth in the original Gospel Accounts (see TheTenWords.com ), then we can say that he was God Manifest in the flesh. Yet, it is also true that the historical Jesus was very much a man -- just as all other men -- who prevailed and overcame. Which means that we are bound to profound error if we attempt to portray the historical Jesus as God, or if we attempt to portray him as just a man. And without understanding the equation of man and God -- the physical and the spiritual -- and the third-force balance of the soul of man -- then it will remain impossible for the mind of the person to evolve beyond a very low-level human reality -- i.e., carnal consciousness. From a Christian perspective, the reading of either the scriptures, or the great bulk of Christian books, can do absolutely nothing to bring about the necessary development of mind, because what is being read totally lacks the opposite polarity within the foundational equation -- and therefore is nothing more than ideological programming that brings about mental and spiritual impotence. But from a Church perspective of traditional organized religion, a congregation of blind-faith believes is the objective of the charlatan clergy and political leaders who used religion to control the masses.
By nature, religion is intended to bring about a marriage of the intuitive (feminine) with the linear (male) spheres of mind (see Intuitive vs Linear) -- and as with all evolved marriages, the two become One and Whole within the construct of the Union. But this essential Spiritual Marriage of opposites, becomes totally undermined by Church dogma and doctrines of belief. Why? Because Church dogma peddled to the masses -- and as such, is intended to explain what is incomprehensible from an organic-mind perspective -- and because it is politically promoted as the only answer to the equation -- while all other (opposing) positions either rejected, and/or even condemned as heresy -- then there can be no movement beyond that very low level carnal understanding, until the marriage of opposites is instituted. From a biblical perspective, a linear construct and pattern that supports linear reasoning, can very much be portrayed as a same-sex union -- as can an intuitive perspective that supports intuitive reasoning. From a biblical perspective, same sex unions are an abomination, because such unions squander away one's inheritance -- i.e., one's vital life-force -- with nothing gained and no development brought about. Growth and development cannot be brought about, unless you first have a marriage of the linear and intuitive opposites in support of the third-force balance of higher mind development. An example being that from a Christian perspective, without understanding how man can manifest Creator-God in the flesh -- which necessitated a rejection of the original Gospel message (see TheTenWords.com ) -- Church dogma has made it impossible for the congregation of believers to follow in TheWay, subjecting them to a fate where believers will remain perpetually flat-lined from a spiritual perspective.
In ancient times, one of the primary purposes of religion was the political control of the people. If you opposed the leaders of the Jews, you would be stoned. If you opposed the Romans, you could get crucified. A recent EPA official was forced to resign by suggesting that the EPA deals with farmers in a similar manner that the Romans conquered towns and villages (see CNN) when he was quoted as explaining: "like when the Romans conquered the villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into little villages in Turkish towns and they'd find the first five guys they saw and crucify them." Anyone who opposed the ideology of the emperor, was immediately dealt with. And since the emperor was the vicar of God -- and even promoted as God manifest in the earth -- to oppose the religion of the emperor, was to oppose God -- and as a heretic, was immediately dealt with. In the fourth century the two most powerful religions were Mithraism and a very pagan form of Christianity -- and as the political leader of the empire, Constantine synthesized the two into one religion, in order to bring about a peaceful harmony in the empire. And because the Spiritual Christians -- along with the Ebionite Nazirenes -- refused to embrace the religion of the emperor -- they were hunted down as heretics -- their scriptures destroyed -- and important original Gospel teachings were declared to be heresy, and were edited out of the Churches official (Canonical) version of the scriptures (see http://BibleCorruption.com ).
The result was that the consciousness and the reasoning of the leaders of the Church was not only carnal -- but must be evaluated as low-level heathen that totally lacked development. To the degree that it can be said that superstition was probably on a higher rung of the intellectual ladder, than their thinking and mindset. And that their dogmatic doctrines of belief continues to be promoted by a clergy who lives off the collection plate of the superstitious, is the reality of our Churches today. But the problem is that the the intellectuals in our educational systems are totally linear -- having developed in an environment where the intuitive is totally suppressed -- resulting in the self-castrating environment where the inner workings of the Cosmology of Mind that is necessary to understand the Laws and Forces of Consciousness that must be developed, does not exist in our modern quasi-intellectual world. And while there can be no growth in the traditional dogmatic religious world -- or the traditional philosophy and ideology of the pseudo-intellectual word of the educrats who dogmatically rule over the thinking of our educational institutions -- only those who properly apply the Key of Knowledge, can possess the wisdom and insight to bring about the objective of walking in TheWay -- escaping what was portrayed by Jesus as the "outer darkness" of mind and being (see Outer Darkness ), or in the parallel analogy of the illusions of Plato's Cave.