Friday, October 11, 2019

The True Meaning of Father and Son in Christianity



Most people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Father and Son in Christianity, and conceive of them as two distinct persons.  This is a fundamental mistake of modern Christianity, and it can be traced back to church councils of the 4th century A.D.  But what is the true meaning?  Many reject Christianity as there is a false thought of three persons, and Christian theologians declare they believe in one God when yet in the thought there is three. But let us for the moment forget what is taught to many in the churches, and go back to the time of Jesus Christ. And instead of just blindly following church councils, let us read what scripture tells us.

POINT #1: GOD IS THE FATHER SINCE JESUS WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN

The first point to make is quite a simple one: Jesus called God his father since he was born of a virgin. Pure and simple. There was not concept of three persons of the Godhood, there was only one God whose name is Jehovah or Yahweh.  Jehovah or Yahweh is a personal name for a singular being. There was no concept of a "son born from eternity" as later theologians would invent. Rather, Jesus Christ is the Son of God born in time to the virgin Mary.

God is the father of Jesus Christ, due to the fact that he was born of a virgin, is a fundamental testimony of the gospels. This can be first seen in Gabriel's explanation to Mary as to how she would give birth without having any relations with a man:
Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man? ”The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:34-35)
There you have it. Jesus calls God his Father, and he is known as the Son of God, because he was born of a virgin.

POINT #2: THE FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIP DID NOT EXIST UNTIL JESUS WAS BORN

Given that Jesus is the Son of God by virtue of having been born of a virgin, the next point is a corollary conclusion: the Father-Son relationship did not exist until Jesus was born. This can also be derived from the following prophecies:
I will recount the statute, Jehovah has said to me, You are my Son, this day I myself have begotten You. (Ps. 2:7)
This is quoted in Acts 13:33 and Hebrews 1:5 as having been fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ. "This day" is to be born in time. This particular passage caused a lot of problems for theologians as they wanted to declare that the Son existed from eternity, which obviously does not fit the phrase "this day" and "begotten."

Besides that, there is another passage is not so well known, which can be found in Psalm 89 which is another Messianic prophecy, the Christ who would be descendant of David:
He shall call to Me, You are my Father (Ps. 89:26)
This was fulfilled when Jesus was born. After that, he most commonly called God his Father. Up until that time the title "Father" was rarely used to reference God in the Old Testament.

POINT #3: THE FATHER DIRECTED EVERYTHING JESUS DID

Jesus was not an independent entity or being from the Father. In fact, the Father directed everything that Jesus did. Throughout the gospels, Jesus speaks of the "will" of the Father.  The "will" is always associated with the Father, but never with Jesus. And Jesus declared that the Father directed everything he did:
Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father  does, that the Son does likewise. (John 5:19)
I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. (John 5:30)
POINT #4: THE FATHER IS THE SAME PERSON AS JESUS

So how could the Father direct everything that Jesus did? Because the Father is the same person as Jesus - they are one and the same!  This we know from what Jesus said to Philip, as Philip thought the Father was another person:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11)
There is a lot said in this passage. Philip conceived of the Father as a separate person, and Jesus said he is the Father. Moreover the Father exists inside Jesus - we can say, the Father is to the Son as the soul is to the body. Thus it is the Father within Jesus who does the works that Jesus does. How can two separate entities or beings exist inside each other? They cannot.

That Jesus is the human form of Jehovah, can be seen from the fact that the name Jehovah was pronounced by the Jews as "Lord" or Adonai in Hebrew.  And this is the reason why Jesus is called Lord in the New Testament. Thus Jesus says:
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. (John 13:13)
And Thomas declares this to Jesus when he realizes he rose from the dead:
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
The Father is the invisible God beyond our reach, unseen, but Jesus is the visible human form of God, as He is God incarnate:
He is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15)
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him (John 1:18)
That the Father is the invisible Divine, and the Son is the visible Divine, and the Spirit is the proceeding Divine -- one Divine Being -- is the essential doctrine of the New Church, and this doctrine is supported from scripture.

POINT #5: GOD INCARNATE WAS BORN INTO A LOWER STATE

This last point is essential to understand. When God became incarnate in human form, He was born into a lower state, where He had to grow as a human.  Moreover, his human form inherited evil tendencies from his mother Mary.  Thus Jesus could be tempted.  Without being born incarnate the Divine could not be tempted. The difference was, his soul was Divine, it was Jehovah himself, so Jesus could not succumb to the temptations. By becoming incarnate, Jehovah in His human form could fight against all of hell and save humanity by resisting temptations. These temptations could only be possible if God was born as another man into this lower state of humanity. The Catholic Church, in elevating Mary, miss the whole point of the incarnation and diverge from the truth of Christianity, and they really cant explain how salvation was effected. Nor can the Protestants who inherited their theology from the Catholic Church.

Thus when God became incarnate and was born into a lower state, he was born as another man, like us in every way. Thus Jesus does pray to the Father as to another person. And this is where a lot of people, judging from appearance, assume there are two persons. But this is not the case: God incarnate was born into a lower state where he has to grow like all humans do. The gospels declare this:
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
And thus Jesus declared himself lesser than the Father:
For my Father is greater than I (John 14:28)
And during his life Jesus wanted to return to his former glory before he was born:
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. (John 17:5)
And Paul explained this better in how God lowered Himself to become a servant:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:5-11)
Jesus became "highly exalted" when the human form he had adopted became transformed into a Divine Human, one that had become completely Divine. From His glorification, His spirit could then flow into all humanity, and we can now all become sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ. To declare "Jesus Christ is Lord" had a more significant meaning back then: the word Lord, or Adonai, was used as a title of Jehovah. To truly acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to acknowledge Him as Jehovah in human form, and to live by His commandments.

OTHER QUESTIONS

When confronted with a new way of thinking of God incarnate in Jesus Christ, it takes time for people to assess this and questions arise as they assume what they have been told is correct. When I have brought this up before, I have heard the following objections:

  1. The Father and Son must be two distinct persons as otherwise Jesus would be praying to Himself.
  2. The Father and Son must be two distinct persons since they are referenced with personal pronouns in the New Testament
  3. The Father and Son relationship must be eternal as otherwise "God is changeable."
  4. The Trinity of three distinct persons must be correct as there is no way for God to allow a falsehood to be perpetuated for several centuries in the church.
  5. If the Father and Son relationship did not exist until Jesus was born, then that would mean there was no pre-incarnate Christ.

To which there are the following answers, summarized:

  1. Rather than thinking of distinct beings or persons, we should look at One Personal Being, who is Being itself, which can exist in multiple states. A lowered state in a human form will bring upon the appearance of distinctness or separation, but in actuality that is not the case. It can also be compared to modern psychological concepts of the human personality, which postulates a higher and lower self using their own terminologies.
  2. To create a distinct person just because a personal pronoun is used would be a misuse of the language, where Jesus speaks of different aspects of Himself using personal pronouns. The Father and Son are indeed distinct aspects or states of the Divine, must not distinct persons. A similar distortion occurred in ancient times where different aspects of the One God were worshiped using different personal images, thus polytheism arose. One also has to ignore the OT in which God declares Himself to be "I AM" (not, "we are.")
  3. In Greek philosophy God was declared to be unchangeable, and as Christianity spread west the concept of God becoming incarnate brought up this question of changeableness in the Divine, thus engendering the theological disputes that led to the creation of a Trinity of three persons. This idea tends to imagine God as static and abstract, and not interacting with creation.
  4. Everyone assumes they were born into the "one true religion" from what they learned as a child. The way we should look at this is everyone's understanding varies, and no one is going to be 100% correct. Also it was foretold that in the latter days the church would become corrupt, and that there would be a lack of faith in the end times. God cares more about one living a good life, rather than having a singular one true belief.
  5. The objection that there would be no pre-incarnate Christ stems from the idea is everyone thinks that there was a "Son born from eternity" as declared in church councils. But Jehovah always existed, and Jesus is simply Jehovah in human form. So He indeed pre-existed, as a visible Divine Human in the heavens that would occasionally invest itself in an angel to appear to men.
The end result, when acknowledging one personal being Jehovah who became incarnate in Jesus Christ, there is no longer a question of who one should pray to. All prayers should be directed to Jesus Christ, for no one can approach the Father except through Him.

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Possible Prophecy of Senator Elizabeth Warren


Image courtesy of Associated Press, from Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters

I have encountered many clairvoyant and prophetic dreams in past years through interpreting dreams, and among these a couple stand out, which are unique in their nature as they are highly symbolic. They are different in nature, in that the dreams referenced fictional novels that corresponded to real life events. I refer to these kinds of dreams as references to "precognitive fiction."  An author writes a novel off the top of the head, and without realizing it the author had somehow wrote about events in particular detail before they happened. And then later, a dream comes along pointing me to the novel. In one case, it was Lord of the Rings. In another case, it referenced a particular story line in some X-Men comic books from over 30 years ago.

For the latter case, I fully documented the dream and the X-Men stories it referenced in the e-book, the X Prophecy. What began as a novel that predicted personal events about myself toward the end expanded to predict events on a global scale during my lifetime. Examples can be seen in these previous posts: X-Men Prophecy of 9/11 and X-Men Prophecy of Prince William of England and the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown. It is admittedly weird but that is exactly where the dream pointed us.

The historical and future events which corresponded to the story line in the X-Men comics culminated in late 2018 and early 2019, at which time I published the e-book. Strangely enough, one of the final events is that the Senator of Massachusetts would run a campaign for U.S. President. And here we are, with Elizabeth Warren, Senator of Massachusetts, not only running a presidential campaign but rising to the top of the ranks. The other possibility, which I also mentioned in that book, is William Weld who was a former Governor of Massachusetts.

So, before anyone gets too excited, if the so-called "prophecy" would be fulfilled, the campaign of the Senator of Massachusetts would fail - and it would fail due to racial hatred, and hatred against immigrants. It is unfortunate, but the media rarely discusses the things that matter most to people - such as jobs being transferred overseas, and reduced healthcare benefits. What drives many who vote? False hatred against immigrants, when in fact its the corporations that are shipping jobs overseas in order to increase their profits.

But of course, the future in this case is not set in stone, and to reverse it - ignore the propaganda against immigrants, and ignore the stupid ad hominem attacks. Because that is not where the problem is. The problem is the rich are getting richer, and the middle class is disappearing.  All it take is one bad health problem, and its all over for many financially. So let's hope that this prophecy does indeed fail. In which case I would consider it a success, as in the case of Jonah.

That is not the only surprise here. Some events have taken place which have personally affected me, one of which I did not foresee but it was foretold in a symbolic manner. Its taking up my time dealing with the matter, thus the scarcity of blog posts.  I will perhaps write another postscript to the book once the future unfolds a bit more.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Military confirms UFOs are Real, but Who are They and Why are they Here?

In case anyone has not been paying attention, recently the U.S. Navy declassified three videos in 2017 and confirmed that UFOs are real. They apparently prefer to call them "unidentified aerial phenomenon."  Here is a news clip from CNN showing portions of the three videos:


So what I like about this is we have a chain of custody for these videos, one taken from the gun camera of a fighter jet off the coast of the United States. So this eliminates any argument about the authenticity of the video or photograph. A U.S. Navy pilot reported that one of the objects was hovering over the water and immediately accelerated vertically to 12,000 feet. And in less than 2 seconds it flitted out of sight to not be seen.

So the next argument is they are just indicated as "unidentified."  But their behavior shows an object under intelligent control that clearly exceeds the capabilities of our military aircraft or any drone. From the NY Times article 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’:
"The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up."
And not only could they accelerate and manuever very quickly, they would play around with our fighter jets listening in on the communication between the U.S.S. Princeton aircraft carrier and the fighter jets:
"The two fighter jets then conferred with the operations officer on the Princeton and were told to head to a rendezvous point 60 miles away, called the cap point, in aviation parlance.They were en route and closing in when the Princeton radioed again. Radar had again picked up the strange aircraft.
“Sir, you won’t believe it,” the radio operator said, “but that thing is at your cap point.”"
So this is not exactly news - this has been going on for over 60 years since the explosion of the atomic bomb. What has changed is that the U.S. Military, or a group in the intelligence community, has apparently decided to slowly disclose what they know to the public. Before it was outright denial, and pilots who had reported this phenomenon would often be met with ridicule and perhaps subjects to a psychological evaluation. It was reported that in 2019 that the U.S. military has finally changed this policy, and is now asking pilots to come forward with information on sightings, as these things have been increasingly doing regular incursions on military exercises - see U.S. Navy drafting new guidelines for reporting UFOs.

SO WHO ARE THEY AND WHY ARE THEY HERE?

So, there is something technologically advanced under intelligent control that likes to perform incursions on our military exercises, or on our high speed aircraft and even rocket launches. In the past they have shown an interest in our nuclear sites. From their behavior we can derive the following:

  1. They prefer to observe and not make open contact
  2. They wish to gather information on our military and/or technological advancement
  3. They may be concerned on how human activity is destroying the earthly environment
As for their origin, I can propose three options:
  1. Our own military is testing secret craft against our own military, or
  2. An advanced civilization or base that lives underground or underwater, or,
  3. Extraterrestrial
As for #1, I have no doubt that the U.S. military has done some reverse engineering in top secret facilities. But I doubt we would test something having this capability against our own military and then declassify it for public release. It is also apparently causing concern in the U.S. military as they are now telling pilots to report what they encounter instead of hiding it.  I consider #3 the most likely explanation, and if so, it is likely they have established forward bases in remote locations somewhere in our solar system for logistical reasons.

SWEDENBORG'S CONTACTS WITH EXTRATERRESTRIALS

As far as I know, the earliest explicit contact with extraterrestrials occurred in the 18th century through the waking visions of Emanuel Swedenborg. In his exploration of the spiritual world, he discovered that certain spirits were indeed human but not from this planet earth. In his attempt to identify where they came from, he may have surmised incorrectly that they came from other planets of our solar system (for a summary of explanations, see An Explanation of Swedenborg's Extraterrestrial Encounters).  Among the ones that may explain something about these UFOs are the humans he identified as coming from the planet Mercury. They traveled across the universe, with the goal of collecting and gathering knowledge. They would travel across the universe in the form of a  globe. If indeed they are same as the ones piloting these UFOs, it may mean they are just here to gather knowledge.

So why do they not make contact? Swedenborg provides more answers in this area. In his encounters, the extraterrestrials wished to avoid contact with humans on earth, simply because we tended to be much more evil than they were. From an angelic perspective, earth itself was under a "spiritual quarantine" and contact with other extraterrestrial societies was very restricted, even in the spiritual world. Also unlike most other extraterrestrial societies, humans on earth have lost direct contact with heaven. On other planets, extraterrestrial human societies had direct spiritual communication with the angelic spirits of heaven. This creates a spiritual barrier to communication, for Swedenborg explained that due to evil human nature contact with spirits on this planet with those who are not in true belief is strictly forbidden (see The Origin and Cause of Demoniac and Poltergeist Activity).

So the answer to this mystery, if we wish to know more - is to become more spiritual, to look inward, and to cease from evil. And of course be willing to have an open mind, and acknowledge that they are here, observing from a distance.