a reply to: WarminIndy
You must not have read most of my prior posts on this thread, otherwise you would see something very similar to what you just wrote about Jesus' use
of parables, depending on one's level of recognition of him as Divine, their intelligence, etc. The parables are brilliant multi-layered examples of a
true master at work, as are his two great commandments.
Relative to esoteric truth, one recognizes the truth of what Jesus is saying through various means. One is that it is corroborated in other spiritual
traditions. Another, more importantly, is the self-evident truth of being pervaded by the Divine.
For some of Jesus' followers, they obviously recognized something about him as Divinity, and followed him. Why else would the disciples just leave
their homes? They were simply attracted to him and could not help themselves. The same with some women - they adored and served him.
You do agree that Jesus was the disciples' Master, right? What do you think that means? They were initiated spiritually by him. How did they know if
this was the truth? It was self-evident to their hearts - they were willing to stay with him regardless of the difficulties they encountered. Again,
they couldn't help themselves.
How do you personally know the truth of the Holy Spirit? That is certainly esoteric - so why do a lot of people discount all esotericism in the Bible?
What else could being Blessed by the Holy Spirit be, other than spiritual/exoteric?
In John 14:
25 I have told you this while I’m still with you. 26 However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you
everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.
If this isn't esoteric, I do not know what is! The Holy Spirit will forever infill the disciples with Blessings and they will be re-awakened to their
heart recognition of their beloved Jesus.
Also, I provided you with various scriptural passages relative to the argument that Jesus did not condone blood sacrifice as a form of worship, but
you did not respond at all to that.
It is a key example of how the official Church deviated from Jesus' teaching by mythologizing Jesus' blood sacrifice as everyone's redemption,
requiring only faith/belief, not real responsibility for his requirements each day. Most people obviously would favor the belief in him equals
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