THE BIRTH OF JESUS

Birth of JesusThere is quite a lot of speculation as to when Jesus was born.  The Christian religion teaches that Jesus was born on December 25th. Messianic Jews favor a date that ties in with one of the fall Feasts, such as the Feast of Trumpets or Feast of Tabernacles.  There are also a few spring predictions out there.

Let’s start with what Jesus is. The seed of God (Luke 8:11).  God is called the husbandman,  which means gardener.  A gardener plants his seed in early spring.  Let’s assume God planted His spiritual seed into the physical womb of Mary the first day of spring, the March equinox beginning on March 20th.  The flesh that would house this spiritual seed takes forty weeks to form, putting the birth on precisely December 25th.  

A December 25th date puts Jesus among the many other gods believed to be born on this day: Buddha, Krishna (eastern gods), Mithras (Roman god), Quetzalcoatl (Aztec god), Hercules (Greek god), Tammuz (Sumerian god), Horus and Osiris (Egyptian gods). This is where we need to look at the customs and practices of the people that worship these gods. The custom of the Egyptians was to be buried with their most valued earthly possessions, which they believed would go with them into the afterlife.  Certainly, not a concept of Jesus, who taught us not to put value on earthly possessionsThe reason we should not group Jesus with the eastern gods, is because the practices of the east are mind-body disciplines. Jesus advocated for a heart discipline, which brings us to the Aztecs, who sacrificed human hearts to their gods.  Clearly, not a concept of Jesus, who taught on the spiritual sacrificing of the impurities of the heart.

For the spiritually-minded, the birth of Jesus is not about a literal day, but about a spiritual or internal experience. When seed is planted in the earth, symbolizing the heart, the life in the seed (John 1:4) is regenerated through its conception, which through the process of time, brings forth.  Maybe our time would be better spent thinking about the birth of God’s spiritual seed in our heart instead of the birth of the physical body that housed the spiritual seed, which is why Jesus would not have been born on December 25th, a date that fits the physical conception of physical seed, rather than the spiritual conception of spiritual seed, which Jesus was.

Maybe we will never know the truth when it comes to the day that Jesus was born because it is the spiritual birth that matters. The birth of truth can not be given a day. It takes place within the individual, over an indeterminate period of time.

It is the Christian religion that is responsible for the way many think about the birth of Jesus.  And religious Christmas songs like, “Come let us adore him…” doesn’t help, taking our mind off of the spiritual, and putting it on the physical.  Christians say they believe in Jesus, which is to believe at a mind level. They adore the physical aspect of God’s holy seed.  But adoration for the spiritual aspect of Jesus requires us to believe on a heart level through spiritual or internal works, which has nothing to do with proclaiming we love Jesus with our mouth, or in our mind.

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”  Isaiah 29:13

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”  Matthew 15:8

It is through these spiritual or internal works that we regenerate truth in that spiritual womb called the heart, giving birth to truth, through which we demonstrate our love for the spiritual Jesus.  Let us think about the birth of Jesus in the context of what his birth symbolizes.  There is not enough information to determine exactly when Jesus was born in the flesh. But there is enough information to determine how we give birth to truth in our flesh.

“Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city: But the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the chapels, they pulled down. And having cleansed the temple they made another altar, and striking stones they took fire out of them, and offered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth incense, and lights, and shewbread.  When that was done, they fell flat down, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations.  Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Casleu. And they kept the eight days with gladness.” 2 Maccabees, Chapter 10, verses 1-6. 

December 25th, the day the heathen profaned the temple. The word profane means lacking due respect. We profane the temple through our false religious and personal images or beliefs, which we have set up in that spiritual temple called the heart. We cleanse the temple by overcoming these false beliefs through the birth of the spiritual Jesus from within our heart. In doing this, we are no longer counted among the heathen, the unbelievers, who only celebrate the birth of Jesus literally, perpetually, one day out of the year.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015

REINCARNATION

Reincarnation: the doctrine that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form. Rebirth of the soul in a new body. This is the general understanding of reincarnation today, which came from the east.  A different understanding comes from The Holy Bible— the Sacred Text of the west.

The soul, by definition, is the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought, emotion, and action. The soul is unique to each individual because none of us have the same exact experiences in life, which determine how we think and feel; thought and emotion.  The eastern concept of reincarnation teaches that the soul of an individual can return again and again for the purpose of reaching total enlightenment.  Here, the body experiences a physical death, followed by a physical birth as the soul is transferred to a new body.

Energy is either transferred or transformed.

The east teaches transference of the soul-energy.  Here’s the problem with this incomplete concept.  Our soul, through the painful things we saw, heard, felt, and experienced throughout our life, took on negative and destructive energy.  If our soul-energy is not transformed during our time here on earth, our unhealed mental and emotional energy will be transferred, passing over into the spiritual realm—“in heaven as it is on earth.” If we are to accept the eastern concept of reincarnation, we must accept that the infant comes into this world in an unhealed mental and emotional state.  Otherwise, what would be the purpose of the soul’s return, which according to the east, is to reach enlightenment.  So now, the poor soul that has taken on a new body, not only has the burden of the negative and destructive energy of the previous life, but the burden of the negative and destructive energy his soul will carry through the painful experiences of this life.  To have a complete understanding of reincarnation we must incorporate what the Sacred Text of the west has to teach us on the subject.

The Holy Bible teaches spiritual reincarnation through a spiritual death and rebirth that takes place while we are in the physical body.  To reach enlightenment does not require the soul to experience many past lives through many bodies. But rather, to experience the past of this life in this one body.  Jesus said we must “become as little children,” which takes place through the transformation of our mental and emotional or soul energy, through which we return to the state we lived in as little children; pure in thought and emotion. Jesus provides the instruction for returning to this pure state through his cup and platter parable. The inside of the cup” symbolizes the thoughts of the mind.  The inside of the platter” symbolizes the emotions of the heart.  We are transformed through the purification of our mind and heart. Transformation is an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed. The process through which we become a new creation, our “first heaven and earth,” formed through false perceptions and beliefs, which carry negative and destructive mental and emotional energy, passing away (Revelation 21:1). This is the spiritual death that precedes the spiritual birth of a new creation; “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart,” which being formed through the spiritual light of truth, carries positive and constructive mental and emotional energy, the soul reaching enlightenment in one lifetime. The soul consists of mental and emotional energy. The transformation of this energy is the rebirth of our soul in our body.

This is the teaching of the Sacred Text of the west on the subject of reincarnation.

“The last Adam was made a quickening spirit…”

 The spirit is the power or energy that works through the mind and heart— through the soul.  The word quickening means to (re-)vitalize, make alive, give life.  Through this transformation process, the holy spirit is revitalized.  And with the revitalization of our portion of God’s holy spirit, comes the regeneration of God’s word (Matthew 19:28), which forms our new heaven and earth, the word regeneration meaning the act or process of creating anew. 

As man enters the third day, he is given one last opportunity to revitalize his holy spirit through the conception of truth in his heart, returning his soul to the pure state in which it was received. A new mind and a new heart equates to a new soul, in which dwells a new spirit (Psalms 51:10).  A new soul formed inside of this old body, as opposed to the eastern belief of an old soul entering a new body.

Jesus asks, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? … Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias (Elijah) and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Matthew 16:13,14.  But I say unto you, “Elias is come already.”  Matthew 17:12

Jesus’ response was for the benefit of the Jewish scribes, who understood that Elijah must come before Messiah.  But Jesus is also teaching us a very important spiritual truth.  It is not the soul, which is unique to each person, that returns.  It was not the soul of Elijah that returned.  It was the spirit of Elijah, which rested upon John the Baptist, while Jesus possessed the spirit of Elisha.

“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”  2 Kings 2:9

“And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood upon his feet.” 2 Kings 13:21  

Jesus said, I am the resurrection.”  

So now, through the Word of God, we understand that it is not the soul that takes on a new body.  But a body that takes on the spirit of one that has come before.  During a past-life regression, my sister saw herself as Queen Sheba. She took it to mean literally.  When in truth, it was the spirit or idiomatic expression of Queen Sheba that she took on in this life.

Any knowledge of a past life should be used to understand the past of this life.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015