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Finding Jesus on Christmas Eve


December 24th, 2007

If Jesus walked the earth on Christmas Eve, where would He go to worship or pray? Adorned in old clothes, a Hebrew shawl, and a pair of old sandals, who would welcome Him in to grace their hall? With pockets empty of gold coin or plastic to swipe, who would give Him a morsel of food or a roof for the cold night? If He knocked on the door of B’nai Jeshurun, would they not say, take a left down that road, my friend, to show Him the Salvation Army? If He wandered to your walkway beside your reindeer and red sleigh, would you not send him swiftly on His way? Would you invite Him in to warm Himself by your fire, give Him a cookie from Santa’s stash, and a cup of spiced eggnog with rum? Or would you call the police and report a bum?

So where would you find Jesus, the poor Jew, if He walked the earth this Christmas Eve? Would He knock on the door at the Church of Christ and sit among the parishioners and listen to a mass in a foreign language ? You would think not.

You would probably not see Him, because He would be standing on line with the hungry and poor at your local soup kitchen. He would not be quoting scripture and verse, nor ask what religion or faith you be. He would be sitting beside a homeless veteran in some darkened doorway on the edge of town. He would be standing on a Bridge next to a jumper ready to plunge or he would be holding the hand of prostitute child strung-out on dope. He would not attend his own birthday party, because the Spirit would move Him another way — just as it did 2000 years ago. That’s where you would find Jesus on Christmas Eve.

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what the Arch Of Canterbury said and what the pope claims as infallible, as it is a matter of faith


December 23rd, 2007

I know at this time of the year we can get a bit overawed with the idea of “the virgin birth” and wise men from the east and stars standing still etc but I want to share with you some information which may be of interest to you regarding this matter. Those of us who are not prepared to accept the dictates of the organised Church are none the less inclined to accept the nonsense they sprout about the conception and issues concerning the birth of Jesus.

Firstly some words from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the titular head of the Church of England
The Archbishiop of Canterbury … has picked apart elements of the Christmas story, including how a star rose high in the sky and stood still to guide the wise men to Jesus’s birthplace. “Stars simply don’t behave like that … and there was little evidence the three wise men had existed at all. Matthew’s gospel says they are astrologers …that’s all we’re really told, it works quite well as legend”. He went on and said that while he believed it himself, new Christians need not leap over the “hurdle” of virgin birth before they could join the Church.

And now to the pope and his claim for infallibility in matters of faith. By the way we should remind ourselves that the pope claims there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church so if you disagree with him on matters of faith you are damned!

Perhaps in the forlorn hope that by much repetition, lies will somehow miraculously turn to truths, Pope Benedict XVI has just stated the following:

“…Christmas is a commemoration of the incredible miracle of the birth of God’s only son, born of the Virgin Mary…”

Contained within these few words are no less than THREE (3) lies -

Lie Number 1
“God’s only son”
God has many sons (and daughters)

Lie Number 2
“born of the Virgin Mary”
Mary was no different to any other young woman – the New Testament teaches that she was a virgin until she first had a sexual relationship, during which she conceived and gave birth in the normal fashion.

Lie Number 3
The premise of the Pope’s statement is that Jesus became the “only son” of God through his birth. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus was the called the only-begotten son of God because he was the only raised-up.

It is not as if these truths are buried deep within the New Testament – they are cornerstone teachings. They are not recognised as such, however, because of the wholesale manipulation and distortion of the Christian message by false doctrines retrojected onto Scripture by the Hellenist-Latin ‘fathers.’

So why do the Pope and his cohorts of scholars and theologians cling so desperately to a demonstrable pack of lies? Simply because to back down now would expose the false claims of the Papacy, not the least of which are Papal Infallibility and Apostolic Succession.

The gentleman of the Curia have a tiger by the tail. And with the exponential growth in access to information, the tiger is becoming more difficult to control with each passing day.

What would the man who lived and died for truth think of the bitter irony that our celebration of his birth is hedged about with so many lies?

What would be our response if we discovered that this man, this Jesus of Nazareth, was not a projection of our own delusions of grandeur, but was a man born in the most disadvantaged and humblest of circumstances?

A test for the heart and mind perhaps?

Have a happy holiday
Al

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THE THREE BASKETS OF KNOWLEDGE


December 21st, 2007


This is the story of how Tane, the creator of mankind, of the forests and all the creatures of the forest, ascended through the many realms to the uppermost realm, occupied only by Io-Matua-Kore, God-the-Parentless, and there obtained from Io the three baskets of knowledge. Tane returned to Earth with the knowledge, and there created humankind from the Earth.

According to the ancients there are twelve Rangi or realms, which some call heavens, beyond this earthly realm; these are their names:-

Tikitiki-o-rangi

Tiritiri-o-matangi

Rangi-naonao-ariki

Rangi-te-wanawana

Rangi-nui-ka-tika

Rangi-mataura

Tauru-rangi

Rangi-matawai

Rangi-mareikura

Rangi-parauri

Rangi-tamaku

Rangi-nui-a-tamaku-rangi

This last one is the realm of Rangi-nui, Sky Father, and is the nearest to our earthly realm.

In each of these realms reside both male and female spiritual beings.

Io, the supreme spiritual power, resides in the uppermost, at Tikitiki-o-rangi. Many are his names:-

Ko Io

Ko Io-nui (The almighty)

Ko Io-Roa (The eternal)

Ko Io-Matua (The parent)

Ko Io-te-Wananga (The all wise)

Ko Io-taketake (The foundation of all)

Ko Io-te-waiora (The fountain-head of life)

Ko Io-Matangaro (The hidden)

Ko Io-Tikitiki-o-Rangi (The supreme over all realms)

Ko Io-te-Whiwhia (The all encompassing)

Ko Io-Mataaho (The glorious one)

Io decided that one of the children of Ranginui and Papatuanuku should ascend to his uppermost realm to obtain the three baskets of knowledge, the wananga, for the children of the primal parents, and for mankind to come. So he sent his messengers, Rehua, Ruatau and Paoa down to earth to report to him about things in that realm. On their return he decided that the seeker of knowledge should be chosen from among the offspring of Rangi and Papa by the offspring themselves. He said “Go to Tu-te-aniwaniwa, to Wharau-rangi, to Huaki-pouri and ask who among them shall seek the wananga”. Whiro-te-tipua, Uru-te-ngangana and others lived at Tu-te-aniwaniwa. Tumatauenga, Tamakaka, Rongmaraeroa and others lived at Wharau-rangi. Tane, Paia and others lived at Huaki-pouri.

Whiro said that he would be the one to get it, but those at Wharau-rangi said it should be Tane. When Rehua asked the question at Huaki-pouri Tane said “I will ascend to the uppermost realm to get the wananga and the two sacred stones.” He said he would ascend by way of “Te Toi Huarewa”, the “aratiatia”. Some say that these names apply to the whirlwind. Suffice to say that it is the sacred way.

Rehua said to Tane “Follow us and ascend to the entrance to the uppermost realm”, but Tane demurred saying that the winds were violent at that time, and the upper realms disturbed, and that he would follow in the summer. The messengers, Rehua, Ruatau and Paoa then returned to Io.

When summer came Tane called upon the God of winds, to help convey him on his journey, and they set out; Tane, Te Haeata, Tawhiri-matea, Uruao, Tukapua, Taka-wairangi, Rangi-ihi-matua and others. And they arrived at the second of the twelve realms or heavens, Rangi-tamaku, and consulted with the many winds, among them Huru-te-arangi, who agreed that Tane would be conveyed to the uppermost realm, Huru-mawake, Huru-nukuatea and Huru-nukurangi. The resting place of these Wind Children was at Tihi-o-Manono, at Rangi-naonao-ariki, the tenth of the twelve realms.

On their arrival there, Tane and Taka-wairangi had a ceremony performed for them through which they were prepared for entry to the uppermost realm, and they were instructed not to eat or drink until they returned for another ceremony to prepare them for their return to Papatuanuku, Earth Mother.

So Tane, Te Haeata and Taka-wairangi were then conveyed to Tiritiri-o-Matangi, the eleventh realm. Then Te Haeata and Taka-wairangi turned back.

Tane then left for the entrance to Tikitiki-o-rangi (the uppermost) but when passing Rangi-naonao-ariki he was attacked by hordes of spiritual demons of the insect and bird clan. These were told to do so by Tane’s older brother, Whiro-te-tipua, who wanted Tane slain or wounded. But the attack was stopped by the many winds, offspring of Tawhiri-matea, who whirled and whirled so that the attackers did not even get near to Tane. This incident is known as Kopara-kore.

On arrival at the entrance to Tikitiki-o-rangi Tane was met by the many spiritual beings who guarded that place, and who live at the house called Tawhiri-rangi. The door in the middle of the house is called Te Pumotomoto and it leads to the eleven lower realms, and to this earthly realm. The doorway to Tikitiki-o-Rangi is called Tahurangi. So Tane was conducted to Tikitiki-o-Rangi, and underwent another ceremony, before being conducted to the presence of Io.

“Are you alone?” Io asked.

“My elder brother, Whiro-te-tipua, is ascending by way of the side of the realms”, replied Tane.

Io replied that he would not succeed for the winds of Tiritiri-o-Matangi are fierce. “Why are you here?”

“To obtain the baskets of knowledge and the sacred stones”, said Tane.

Tane was then taken to the place called Rauroha where the male and female beings of Tikitiki-o-Rangi are, and where he underwent ritual ceremonies to prepare him to receive the knowledge. It was during these that he received his many names, including -

Tane-nui-a-rangi

Tane-matua

Tane-te-Wananga

Tane-te-Waiora

Tane-Torokaha

Tane-Uetika

Tane-te-Whawhanga

Tane-Tahurangi

He was then taken to Rangiatea, the house where the knowledge is kept to get the three baskets and the two sacred stones, and again was subjected to ritual ceremonies. Te Kete-o-te-Wananga, the baskets of knowledge are:-

Te Kete Tuauri

Te Kete Tuatea

Te Kete Aronui

The sacred stones are used in the graduation ceremony of the Whare Wananga, the house of learning.

The spiritual beings of that place, Tikitiki-o-Rangi, then escorted Tane with the three baskets and two stones on his descent from there. When they got to Tiritiri-o-Matangi they were joined by the winds of Tawhirimatea, and when they arrived at Rangi-naonao-Ariki they were once again attacked by the forces of Whiro-te-tipua. Once again the wind forces were victorious and the attackers defeated. Some were captured and Tane brought them to live on Papatuanuku, Earth Mother. They included Bat, Owl, Mountain Parrot, Brown Parrot, Sparrow-hawk, Night-parrot, Parakeet, Green Lizard, and Mosquito, Sand fly, Midge, Butterfly, Mantis, Moth, Fly and others.

So Tane returned to Earth with his precious items, and once again there was a ritual ceremony; a ceremony preserved down through the generations of learned men of Te Whare Wananga, the sacred Maori house of learning.

To many, this is a simple mythological story which seeks to explain how humankind gained its knowledge of things both earthly and spiritual from te ira atua (the gods). The story is but the beginning of the stories of the Whare Wananga, which describe how this Earthly realm came to be, and how everything in it came to be ordered as it is, including how mankind was created by Tane.

To some it is a metaphor for the ideal life, a journey of striving for knowledge and education and enlightenment, to become better people. In this context it graphically depicts the striving after knowledge of those chosen few who in days gone by were allowed to enter into the house of learning.

But it is more. It is also a metaphor for the archetypal inner journey of the mystic, as he or she travels inwards, seeking always to find unity with the universe, and to become one with his or her concept or knowing of Io or God or the Supreme Being or the Way. This story is the blueprint for the ancient mystical journey of the Maori, left to us by the spiritual masters of old, to guide all who would follow in their footsteps.

Those who would set out on such a spiritual journey will be confronted by many challenges, as Tane was, but for those who persist on the journey, knowledge and enlightenment await; perhaps even a meeting and unity with, and in, Io.

Although this story is specifically Maori, in the context of a blueprint for the journey of the spiritual traveller or mystic it will be readily understood and appreciated by the mythological, spiritually and mystically inclined of all cultures.

by Rev Hutika Crofts-Gibbs

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“Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.”


December 21st, 2007

I just wanted to reach out to you and say, “Happy holidays, happy season of Divine Light and a wonderful time of enjoyment for you and yours.”  I have every faith that the wonderful spiritual energies coming down to all of us this time of year will brighten that spark of Divine Light within you.

 

Just a suggestion, dear Member, to make sure that, during this season, especially, we are not all swept away strictly by extra commercialism ?.  I suggest we all take a little bit of extra time for ourselves to strengthen that wonderful spark of Divine Light within all of us.  We can do this with a few moments of meditation or prayer every now and then, turning within, aligning yourself to go with the spiritual flow through yoga, Chi Gong, or Tai Chi, simple walks in Nature, taking in all she has to offer – things such as these to nourish your soul, especially during this hectic time of year. 

 

In short, dear Members, I want to reach out to you and say, may love, laughter, inner peace, tranquility, joy and good memories be yours during this holiday season.

 

Love and Light,

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WHEN IS A MYTH NOT A MYTH.?


December 21st, 2007

WHEN IS A MYTH NOT A MYTH.?

 

 

Throughout history Christians have taken over much of the world, wiping out or absorbing many indigenous cultures in their path. In an effort to quell resistance and more easily gain control over these regions, Christians adopted many of the traditions and symbols of pagan religions, often renaming them and claiming them as their own. Nearly every aspect of Christianity can be traced to pagan origins.

One thousand years before the time of Yeshua, the Phrygians worshiped Cybele a fertility goddess. Cybele’s lover Attis, was born of a virgin mother, and was also said to have died and come back to life after three days.

That is understood as myth.

When “Jesus Christ” was born of a virgin mother, died and came back to life after three days.

That is not myth.

 

About 200 years before the time of Yeshua, the Romans worshiped Attis with a three day festival, held where St. Peter’s in Vatican City is now located, that included eating bread, a symbol of the body of Attis.

That is understood as myth.

Roman and English Catholic Churches offer the Eucharist as the body and blood of “Jesus Christ”

That is not myth.

 

The Romans believed that Attis was born on December 25th, having been conceived during the Spring Equinox, and that when Attis was sacrificed his blood ran down and redeemed the earth.

That is understood as myth.

Jesus Christ” was born on the 25th December, having been conceived during the spring equinox, and when he was sacrificed his blood was spilt to redeem mankind.

That is not myth.

 

When Osiris is said to bring his believers eternal life in Egyptian Heaven, contemplating the unutterable, indescribable glory of God.

that is understood as a myth.

When the sacred rites of Demeter at Eleusis are described as bringing believers happiness in their eternal life –

that is understood as a myth.

In fact, when ancient writers tell us that in general ancient people believed in eternal life, with the good going to the Elysian Fields and the not so good going to Hades –

that is understood as a myth.

When Vespasian’s spittle healed a blind man –

that is understood as a myth.

When Apollonius of Tyana raised a girl from death –

That is understood as a myth.

When Pythia, the priestess at the Oracle at Delphi, in Greece, prophesied, and over and over again for a thousand years, the prophecies came true –

that is understood as a myth.

When Dionysus turned water into wine –

that is understood as a myth.

When Dionysus believers are filled with “atay”, the Spirit of God –

that is understood as a myth.

When Romulus is described as the Son of God, born of a virgin –

that is understood as a myth.

When Alexander the Great is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman –

that is understood as a myth.

When Augustus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman –

that is understood as a myth.

When Dionysus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman –

that is understood as a myth.

When Scipio Africanus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman –

that is understood as a myth.

 

SO HOW IS IT THAT WHEN “JESUS CHRIST” IS DESCRIBED AS

 

  • the Son of God, being born of a mortal woman,

  • being born of a virgin

  • fulfilling ancient prophecy,

  • having turned water into wine,

  • raising girls from the dead, and

  • healing blind men with his spittle,

  • setting it up so his believers received eternal life in heaven, contemplating the unutterable, indescribable glory of God,

  • telling the bad folks they are off to hell.

 

This Is NOT Myth?

 

The only rational conclusion that one can draw from to all this is that the evidence clearly shows contemporary Christianity as fundamentally no different from other ancient pagan religions.

 

 

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