posted on Oct, 1 2009 @ 12:41 PM
For what it’s worth the ideas of some early Gnostics such as St. Paul and Jesus place your ideas into perspective.
After the first Council of Nicea the Roman rulers decided to incorporate the fledgling persecuted Christian movement into a government controlled
entity and by doing that the "salt lost its flavour". Any person thought to have the truth of Christ’s and Paul's teachings was hunted down and
After all the servant, Christ, suffered and died warning all that any who followed his ideas would also suffer persecution.
The kingdom described by Christ is a bottom up structure. Blessed are the meek as they will inherit the earth. (And all of its God given riches)
The first will be last and the last will be first.
Even the warfare was different. Instead of hate, killing and death to overcome Paul suggested to love those who persecute you and accuse you
Because the tools of warfare used by Jesus Christ are the Helmet of salvation (we are bought with a price...the blood of Christ), the shield of faith,
the sword of the words of Christ (i.e. you are forgiven, you are healed, I will give you living water etc)... and we are to abide in faith, hope and
Paul said that love, kindness, gentleness are tools of the human spirit to be used to advance the unseen kingdom.
He noted that their is NO LAW with which to crush the kingdom principles of love, peace and kindness.
For example agape is said to never fail.
Anger...which Paul was guilty of ...thwarted his effectiveness (read Acts account of Paul before the Sanhedrin) for which he then publicly
The ideas of earthly kingdoms, domains, countries are a top down structure.
The structure laid out by Jesus Christ (whoever you may say he is) is a bottom up structure.
This is the key to viewing many principles such as letting he who is least among you to be first and whoever is greatest to be humble.
The bottom up structure of Jesus Christ and the Apostles flies in the face of Rome and strikes at the very heart of the structure laid down by the
powers, principalities and spiritual powers of the air of whom all creation groans and travails against as we are or were under the thumb of this
St. Paul says not to be led by those who say do not touch, do not eat for the Kingdom of God has given to man all the things of the earth for his
enjoyment. At the same time one is not to be given to the pleasures of the world which will enslave a man or women.
All that is in the world...the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life are not given to us by God ( or whoever whatever
you perceive as the force behind the concept of goodness) but they are given to us by the powers that be.
These three principles are a means of control as are the ideas, which may seem to be in opposition to but are merely the other side of same coin that
is the ideas of forbidding wine, beer, sex within a loving relationship, free movement or passage to any place on earth etc.
The realization of the power behind St. Paul’s ideas as well as Jesus Christ's ideas brought the Roman government to realize that they must
incorporate and control the spiritual movement.
The apostles spread the good news as far as Viet Nam and Northern Europe...that is that man is free, and that man (man includes woman...the other man
lol) can operate in a bottom up structure free of control. It marries into Buddhist traditions as well.
The conflict between these ideas still goes on within the walls of Rome, Europe, Asia, Africa and with in the structure of the America's.
Peace is the desire of every man unless he is enslaved with desire. Desire unbridled leads to violence. Violence is destuctive both to the giver and
reciever. Peace heals both giver and reciever.
Be at peace.
(PS...I am in no way even close to walking in these principles in the way that Paul or Christ or Bhudda walked in them)