Walk into any major retail bookstore, and you will see countless thousands of books. There will also be several versions of sacred texts or scriptures that belong to various different cultures and religious factions, with the Bible being the biggest seller. The question to ask is this: If you knew every single word of every single set of sacred scriptures ever written, would it be enough to save you? Or better yet, would you then have the secret to life?
Sacred scriptures, in particular the Bible, rests on many a table in millions of homes, and the words are read silently and from numerous pulpits on a daily basis. Yet, Jesus did not carry the scriptures of his day around with him, and the only time he spoke of the scriptures was when he had to correct a gross misunderstanding by someone who tried to confront him with them. On one occasion Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life…and are unwilling to come to me…” Here lies proof that life is not in the scriptures, but rather, pointers that lead to where the home of all truth resides, referred to in the Bible as “the Kingdom that is within you.”
Why do we keep the scriptures around? Is it possible that the reason we are still reading them and continually trying to be “inspired” by them is because we simply do not understand them? Consider a child in the first grade, reading and studying from an elementary math book. The child is presented with profound new concepts meant to stretch the mind, so to speak; concepts that require inner reflection, and above all: comprehension. It is not enough to memorize that one plus one equals two. This basic fundamental building block of mathematics must be perceived, studied, grasped, and then stored in the mind.
Once the child has learned these very foundational teachings, the basic book that taught them is then left behind for another book that builds upon what has been previously ingested, and unless the brain suffers from an accident or old age perhaps, the knowledge gained is not lost, and the “elementary” textbooks are no longer needed. It is the writer of Hebrews who urged us to leave the “elementary teachings of the Christ behind,” and move on to maturity; spiritual maturity.
The ability to do a little bit of basic math is a necessity if one is to survive in the physical universe. Most people learn enough math when they are young to serve them throughout the remainder of their lives, and many never open a math book again. There are times, however, whenever the elementary math book is re-examined, but only for a brief refresher course, or perhaps if aiding another “child” with his studies.
Then there are those who go on and build upon the basic foundations that were previously laid by examining and studying Chemistry, Algebra, Calculus, etc., which eventually leads to the comprehending of the deeper, more profound truths such as the laws of physics and motion, time, space, matter, or comprehension of what many call “God’s equation,” E=mc2. The Bible would call this greater knowledge “strong meat.” However, no further exploration of these deeper truths that govern this physical creation can ever be attempted unless the core elementary teachings are wholly grasped. It’s like building a house, one brick must be stacked solidly in place upon a strong foundation, before more bricks, which here we are referring to greater mathematical truths, can be added.
If you think that the writers of the gospels and of the various letters to the churches would be honored that we are still reading their words, then think again! It is the same scriptures that we continue reading which scold and admonish us to “move on” to the meatier matters. And like the elementary math book, once the scriptures are understood, the knowledge gained will be stored within and we will have the spiritual tools necessary to face what will eventually come upon every person alive, at one time or another: the deadening of the soul to things that are material in nature. In other words, the things of the world will no longer give much pleasure.
The Bible is a book of symbols and codes and secrets. This is called the veil that covers the scriptures. These secrets and symbols and codes are horrendously mistaken for literal history and actual events, and then at the end of this most greatest of secret and sacred books, in the book of Revelation, all of the symbols and codes that have been used all throughout the Bible are then stacked on top of one another, making it impossible to understand by the one who has given no thought to the meaning of anything that proceeded it. It is a very comfortable feeling to read the Bible as a textbook, memorize scriptures, and then tuck the “truth” away, but that is not quite how it works.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” said Jesus. Sadly, this has been cleverly marketed to mean that one man can save the soul of everyone. Jesus plainly said that it was not himself–the flesh and blood man that people could see, hear, and touch—that was speaking, but rather, the Father that was speaking through him; the same Father that is the giver of life to every single living soul. One can never own or be in possession of the “truth.” This truth will never be found in the Bible or any other set of religious or spiritual sacred writings. It can, however, be understood through the aid of them. Then, once the truth is found within, you become it, and then just like the elementary math book, that particular scripture or book can be left behind.
The purpose of the Bible and all other scriptures is enlightenment, and there are a select few in the world today who are teaching profound truths that have been hidden since the foundation of the world, and they are doing so in ways that are fairly easy to understand, but still require inner reflection, meditation, and “spiritual work.” So we must ask ourselves, “Why bother with the Bible anymore?” Why even bother interpreting what others already know now?
The answer to this question is quite simple, and I know the answer because I have lived it. There are countless millions who have been indoctrinated with the scriptures since the day they came into this world. Their religion and their scriptures are just as much a part of their identity as their name and social security number. These people absolutely cannot and will not leave the scriptures until they understand them, and finally see that it is ok to move on, and grow in spirit and strength of character, rather than in social status. The world is “out there.” The Father, the Son, and the truths of our very souls are “in here.” Ask yourself, where do you focus most of your time? Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.
The Bible is probably the greatest literary achievement ever given to mankind. However, it has been taken by thieves and used as a method of hypnotizing masses of people for the purposes of self glory, power, and greed. Hitler hypnotized his armies in the same way. It has been used as a method of dividing the minds of people and making them believe that a piece of dirt under our feet is holier and the people more worthy of life than people who reside on another piece of dirt somewhere else on this material planet. The truth of the things written will blow your mind though, and it is time that these blind guides be exposed for who they are. This journey has to start with the one staring back in the mirror though.
Are you ready for such a journey? Jesus said, “Count the costs.” Take it slow. There is such a thing as overdoing it the other way also, which means becoming too involved in spiritual searching. The goal we are after in understanding the elementary truths of the Bible is simply this: a subtle awakening from the spiritual tomb. This is the whole message of the Bible and of the story of a man named Jesus Christ. That story is yours and it is mine, and the death and transformation that goes along with it is meant for every soul, regardless of culture, race, religion, or creed.