Sin and forgiveness. Brutal sacrifice of animal, self-flagellation, a brutal murder of a son by his loving father for redemption…all ancient stories interpreted into the modern age through a very new reading of texts as literal. What is forgotten is allegory, the art of legend for truth, and the context the story was written in. What was forgotten with Levitical laws is a people once enslaved, debased and abused returning to their homeland and needing to discover themselves, heal from trauma, and re-learn how to connect with their inner core, their Golden Cord, one that Brother Jesus illuminated with his greatest commandments in Matthew 22:34-40 (New Living Translation):
34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’e 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’f 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
What is missed in this core of the ancient law, is what was missed in the recited Shema, and in the Levitical Law and cultic practices of the day—that it comes to the core of the being, the love of self, for in discovering love of yourself that is authentic you have awakened. One who is awakened is resonating at a vibrational level of truly living in awareness of unity within the Holy Mystery and the Holy Mystery within.
John The Baptist, Jesus’ elder cousing by 6 months, he of the hair loin cloth, wild honey and locust eating, an Essenes living in the wilderness, neither shaving (and probably not bathing), calling out the so called religious who are using God’s name in vain, who have placed power and control as the God above Love. The nest of vipers, revealed by this Harbinger—the one that will lead the way (for those of DC Comic persuasion in the `80’s will remember the Millenium crossover and the Forever People who were leading the call for the evolution of the Meta-Gene…anyway I digress).
For not was much written of this chap outside of his conception, and then the time of Baptizing Jesus, to then his beheading for a child who a Herod lusted after…but what was his back story. The Aquarian Gospel shares some thoughts that may resonate with you on this account, but in the idea of sin and forgiveness, using the language of the early 20th century it rolls out a teaching around Sin/Forgiveness and a challenge to the idea of Murder on the Cross for our Sins (13:11-22):
- John was delighted with his visit to Jerusalem. Matheno told him all about the service of the Jews; the meaning of their rites.
12.John could not understand how sin could be forgiven by killing animals and birds and burning them before the Lord.
13. Matheno said, The God of heaven and earth does not require sacrifice. This custom with its cruel rites was borrowed from the idol worshippers of other lands.
14. No sin was ever blotted out by sacrifice of animal, of bird, or man.
15. Sin is the rushing forth of man into fens of wickedness. If one would get away from sin he must retrace his steps, and find his way out of the fens of wickedness.
16. Return and purify your hearts by love and righteousness and you shall be forgiven.
17. This is the burden of the message that the harbinger shall bring to men.
18. What is forgiveness? John inquired.
19. Matheno said, It is the paying up of debts. A man who wrongs another man can never be forgiven until he rights the wrong.
20. The Vedas says that none can right the wrong but him who does the wrong.
21. John said, If this be true where is the power to forgive except the power that rests in man himself? Can man forgive himself?
22. Matheno said, The door is wide ajar; you see the way of man’s return to right, and the forgiveness of his sins.
Matheno a wisened elder in Egypt takes the young John under his wing and into the temple for a celebration, where the blood—I mean just imagine the aromas, the death, the burning, the blood, the cries of animals as they know what is to come, the chanting, children and women cast outside not able to bear witness to the horror, but this child does, and asks a deeply profound question: why does God want blood?
Think of that, for it is a question I have always had throughout my journey when I am told that it is death on the cross, shed blood that gave me access to God….
Why does God want blood?
Or if we take the source of all—
Why does Love demand Death?
Why does Love demand Violence?
Why does Love demand BLOOD?
And John takes the journey, for without blood, and force sacrifice then a group cannot control and exert authority, for if love is all, and it resides in all, through all and with all…then…if love is all there is…
Sin, forgiveness, cannot stand…love wins…
And the blood, death, violence…is not of Love…it is false…it is designed to break the Golden Cord…
So step out, tune in, awaken…and Love will lead. Love will heal.
So are you willing to let Love reign in you, through you and with you?