Why do I portray the baptism of the Church as counterfeit and false? Actually, I don't -- but Paul and the earliest of Genuine Christians do.
The original teachings on baptism should be understood with a seriousness that is not at all apparent or understood to the modern believer. So much so, that I rarely ever bring it up in any conversations with seekers. In the parable of TheCall to the Wedding Feast, it is baptism that is allegorically portrayed as the required "wedding garment"
-- which original teachings can be explored at http://Sacraments.Nazirene.org
. And as noted in all the earliest of documents and scriptures, the person who puts on the wedding garment (baptism) must live the necessary Consecrated Life in TheWay and CEASE all sin. Which is why Paul warned: "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who ...then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.. For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 6:4-6;10:26-27 RSV).
And this cease to sin reality is supported by all the earliest writings.
In the parable of TheCall, those who are portrayed as the invited guests, are those who had received the Royal Law of God -- received the sacrament of baptism -- and failed to live the necessary Consecrated Life that enabled them -- as the prodigal sons and daughters -- to enter the Inner Kingdom and make the return journey in TheWay to the Edenic Kingdom of Origination. But modern Christians are so spiritually disenfranchised by the dogma of the Church, that they don't even know that their are supposed to travail in TheWay, and enter the Inner Kingdom (see http://KeyOfKnowledge.org
). Because modern Christianity has absolutely nothing in common with the original teachings and objectives of Jesus and TheWay, they fail to comprehend how Paul's above words pertain to them where in the parable of TheCall those who would be Christians today were portrayed as being destroyed -- i.e, "The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city...".
Yet, the unbelievers who did not put on the wedding garment received the lesser judgment, and were merely cast into the "outer darkness"
-- i.e., "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are invited, but few are chosen"
). Which of course confirms the statement that Christians are incapable of comprehending, where the unbelieving sinner receives less judgment than the Christian who fails to follow in TheWay -- i.e., “That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:47-48 NIV)
. Which is further confirmed by that ignored and profound warning of Peter that "If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: A dog returns to its vomit, and, A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud" (2 Pet 2:20-22 NIV).
Which provokes the question: How can it be better not to have been a
Christian? And receive less judgment as an unbeliever, than does the
person who claims to be a Christian, and defiles the "wedding garment"
by continuing to sin?
What the Modern Christians fail to understand is the fact that they worship the Mithraic-Christ -- the baptism of which was for a washing away of sins -- and the Eucharist of Mithraism which was a sacrament for a dispensation from the sins they commit in the manner that the modern Church uses the sacrament today. In the original teachings of TheWay, if you sin and then celebrate the Eucharist, you bring damnation upon yourself -- i.e., , "Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks damnation upon himself" (1 Cor 11:27-29)
Will the sacraments of Mithraism bring the modern Christian salvation? Will belief and faith in the Mithraic-Christ save you? While the Apostle Paul and the earliest of Christians state that it will not, modern believers continue to embrace the tenets and sacraments of Mithraism. They perpetually argue over the meaning of the scriptures that Paul warns is impossible for them to understand the true spiritual meaning of (see http://AnInconvenientTruth.org/#WhatDifference
). In the original teachings of Jesus and TheWay, the sacrament of Baptism is the beginning -- and it must be followed by living the necessary Consecrated Life whereby the body becommust be transformed into the Living Temple -- the mind must be nourished by the Divine Manna -- and the Indwelling Logos that the earliest Christians called the True Prophet ( http://OuterDarkness.Nazirene.org/#TrueProphet ) MUST be the seeker/disciple's ONLY TEACHER. And because the modern believers reject the original teachings of TheWay, and instead preach the dogma of the Mithraic-Christ -- even promoting the sacraments of Mithraism -- the above words of Paul are true that "...whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink
of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body
eats and drinks damnation upon himself"
While Christians should be the most enlightened people on the face of the earth, because they have rejected the Original Gospel Teachings of Christ, and promote the dogmatic sacraments and teachings of Mithraism -- they have exiled themselves to a Diaspora of Abject Spiritual Ignorance.