The following is a revelation I received in 2004. Having spent a considerable amount of time on Christian and Spiritual message boards for the past three and a half years, I began to see some parallels:
Those proclaiming to be Christians were professing themselves to be born again and saved, while those proclaiming to be more spiritually minded (having left behind the judgmental dogmas of religion) were professing themselves (in their present state) to be spirit and perfected. And for both the Earth held little value. One group waiting to be whisked away from her by what they call “the rapture,” while the other group viewed the Earth as nothing more than an illusion. It was these observations that begged the question:
“Lord, Why the parallels between these two groups of people?”
The answer came early the next morning:
“It’s the two gold calves the king of Israel set up in Dan and Bethel. It’s the same image. An old religious belief in a new age wrapping.”
I understood the symbolism in this Biblical story immediately. And as time went by I began to fully understand why it had come about. For over fifteen hundred years now the children of God have been humiliated and browbeaten by religion, stripped of their self-worth and self-esteem, stripped of their authentic power, controlled by fear. Many of these children of God left the religious system in a very down-trodden emotional state, which made them overly susceptible to a belief that would make them feel good about themselves, their hearts eager to take on a belief that would tell them they were okay, that they we were not sinners bound for hell. It was the perfect time for the arrival of a new belief, one that would tell them what they so desperately wanted, and needed to hear. This belief helped them change the way they thought about themselves, gently patting them on the back, telling them they were perfect just the way they were. This belief would also teach them that there was no such thing as evil, and that the World that had hurt them so badly was just an illusion, a dream, so they could set their mind at rest— they could be at peace in their mind. This childish belief, while serving in part to help the children regain their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth, was causing the children of God to push the boundaries, as children do. They were taking it too far, impatiently proclaiming a spiritual state of being that can only be realized through spiritual works that change the heart. They had replaced a false religious image with a false self-image, the evil (negative and destructive energy) remaining in the false beliefs held by the heart contributing to the evil (negative and destructive energy) in the earth. Denying the evil only allows it to perpetuate, which is why Jesus said, “Resist not evil.” We must allow it to come to the surface, into the light, which is necessary for transformation, and is part of the creation process.
The Church told them they had sin, but in the wrong spirit, and with no truthful word of instruction on how to purify themselves. When one walks away from a religious belief, it is important to understand that the same emotional energy that gave power to the old belief is carried over, transferred to the new belief, which in this case was no different than the old belief, just spoken in a “new age” language. In both cases, the spiritual works that transform the negative and destructive energy into positive and constructive or creative energy are not being performed. There is no difference between saying we are “born again and saved” and saying we are (in our present state) “spirit and perfected,” both proclaiming the same exalted state; both omitting the spiritual works that would bring them into this saved or perfected state. There is no difference between saying “We have the Holy Spirit”(capital H, capital S) and saying “We are God.” (capital G). And their attitude towards God’s creation of Mother Earth is also one and the same. To call our Great Earth an illusion is to take away from the Omnipotent Power of God— the Divine Energy that formed this marvelous Earth through billions of years of evolution. And if we call evolution an illusion, denying its existence, we are denying the very process by which we spiritually evolve, throwing away the blueprints needed to build a new life through the creation of a new spiritual heaven and earth.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” Revelation 21:1
These two beliefs are one and the same, one existing at each end of a linear line. Bringing the two ends together (through their parallels) reveals that they are at the same point or place— in the same state of mind, deluded, their erroneous beliefs powered by what the Bible calls “the energy of delusion,” providing the mind with a false peace that acts as a wall, separating the follower of such a belief from his own heart, which symbolized by the temple, is where we offer up the spiritual sacrifices that purifies our heart.
Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2004)