The Vanishing Worlds,
The Old Books,
and Jesus of Nazareth
Since the beginning of recorded history, people have been searching for new ways to make their thoughts "real." Thoughts are the foundation of "reality" on planet Earth. Whatever people think and agree to accept as "real" becomes conventional wisdom, accepted knowledge. Standards of proof are required before conventional acceptence becomes widespread enough to be considered "the way it is."
The man-made things we see on the ground and in the air around us today are the products of thoughts conceived in the hearts and minds of many different living Souls. Thoughts given expression through a Soul on planet Earth determine the character of that Soul.
Some characters are more good than evil.
Some characters are more evil than good.
There are two ways, and two ways only, whereby a human character can be known: 1. By what they say. 2. By what they do.
Today, the world (cosmos) we see on the ground and in the air around us is called "the real world." People have been calling this world "real" for many years. But the "real world" of 5000 years ago has vanished. A few dusty relics and a few old books remain but the world of Moses and the children of Israel is gone. So how "real" was the world of Moses? How "real" can anything be if it always vanishes and leaves nothing behind but a few old books and dusty relics?
The old books tell of Almighty God and how at first, God and man lived in harmony together. God Himself walked and talked with us "in the cool of the evening." Then we (the male and female Soul) misused our God-given Freedom. By the supernatural Knowledge of Good and Evil, the perfect harmony between God and ourselves was shattered. Death came. And when Death comes, everything changes. For the present moment, everything decays and dies. Atoms die. Galaxies die. Human bodies of decaying atomic flesh die. The non-atomic Soul lives on. You may not like it. You may not believe it. But that is the world that Souls live in today: a world that is always dying.
Generations of this terrible Death passed. Finally, during the days of Moses, Almighty God began the process of re-introducing Himself to the Soul of this troubled planet: EARth. Are you listening? The consummation of God's Self-Revelation of Himself has been (according to the old books) summed up in the life of a single individual.
The individual's name as we know it today is Jesus of Nazareth.
Unlike any other character who has ever existed on planet Earth, this particular character is reported (by the old books) to have been a character possessed of all Goodness and no Evilness. The old books say "Jesus was tempted in all points like we (you and me) are but Jesus was without sin."
In the old books, the concept of "sin" is defined as: ANYTHING THAT FALLS SHORT OF ABSOLUTE PERFECTION IN THOUGHT, IN WORD, IN DEED. According to the old books, all individuals except Jesus have "sinned" and fallen short of God's glory and perfection. According to the old books, Jesus of Nazareth was, (and, by the old books' definition, IS), God Incarnate.
The old books say Jesus of Nazareth was-and-is God Himself in a body of ordinary mortal flesh. Furthermore, the old books say that by the process of God's Spirit working in and through the mortal flesh of Jesus, Jesus' mortal flesh was transformed into an immortal, non-decaying-no-death form of flesh. The story of "doubting Thomas" is the astonishing story that the old books tell about this transformation of a mortal life-form into an immortal life-form.
When the religious fervor inspired by the old books is set aside, the stories (from the time of Moses to the time of Jesus) that the old books tell sounds like a super-fantastic tale of ghostly science-fiction. Much of what the old books tell defies the perceived and accepted modern, scientific laws of the natural world that we live in today. The old books of the so-called "Holy Bible" tell of many strange and wonderful things. So strange and so wonderful are the tales of the old books, many people today absolutely refuse to believe any of it could possibly have happened.
Many incredulous people today embrace a bitter and contemptuous disdain for the old books and the tales they tell: "The Bible! What nonsense! A lot of fabulous phantazzmagorified poppycock invented by primitive minds in a world that vanished long ago. THIS is the "real" world, bub. So get real and deal with it."
The problem with that attitude is an obvious one. This "real" world of today is also vanishing. In 5000 years, most of the man-made things we see on the ground and in the air today will not exist. What sort of world will be "real" then? Who then will define the terms of "reality?"
The only person in history who has spoken definitively and at some length about the vanishing world of today is Jesus of Nazareth. Others have referred to heavenly places and heavenly states of mind that can be attained through certain modes of behaviour. Jesus of Nazareth condemned all forms of human behaviour as corrupt and cursed with death. Furthermore, Jesus of Nazareth said specifically and repeatedly that no amount of human effort no matter how well-intentioned, well-planned, and well-executed would be "good" enough to overcome the curse of death and the certain, ultimate destruction of this presently vanishing world.
All of the information known about Jesus of Nazareth is contained (more or less?) in the old books of the so-called "Holy Bible." In the minds and hearts of many people, "The Bible" is a book of religious things; holy things that are to be held in the highest possible esteem.
Sects, denominations, cults and you-name-it have been organized around information contained in the old books of the Holy Bible. But when the sweaty, stern, austere, devoted, sweet, compassionate, hateful, unforgiving, loving, generous, ritualistic ideals of humanistic "religion" are set aside, the Holy Bible becomes nothing more (or less) than a unique book of unique information. In one way or another, be it small or great, every book published is in some way unique.
Some people say the Holy Bible is "the most unique book of all" because it contains so much information from worlds that have vanished and because no other book in this world speaks of a God Who Speaks for Himself. All of the other Holy Books in this presently vanishing world are presented by prophets who speak for the deity: "God told me to tell you to do this and you will go to heaven."
The Holy Bible is the only book about "god" that presents God Himself speaking for Himself. "You have heard it said unto you, but I say unto you..."
What's the point? Mainly that we exist as a vanishing species in a vanishing world. In this presently vanishing world, the forces of Good and Evil ebb and flow. Information in the old books of the Holy Bible defines Good and Evil as spiritual, supernatural powers created by God Himself.
According to the old books, God Himself has determined to establish His Good and destroy His Evil. According to the old books this presently vanishing world is the place where God Himself is making this demonstration of His determined purposes visible to the dying eyes of mortal men as well as the immortal denizens of His eternal, heavenly kingdom.
According to the old books, time as we know it today eventually runs out and this old world finally vanishes away completely. According to the old books, the new world that is yet-to-come will be void of evil as defined by God Himself in the old books. In this present world, it is impossible for a living Soul in a body of mortal flesh to actually experience "a world without evil."
Those in this presently vanishing world who embrace the ways of evil and eschew the ways of good are, according to the old books, also destined for a certain vanishing point from which there will be no return. It is also impossible for a living Soul in its presently vanishing body of mortal flesh to actually imagine the "nothingness of oblivion." According to information contained in the old books, each of us must exist "as we are" until God makes His decisions of Final Disposition concerning the living Soul species.
See? Doesn't it sound too fantastic to be anything but a fancy story? Doesn't it sound like a far-fetched morality fable invented by a grizzly old jamoke who may have eaten one too many mushrooms or pulled one puff too many from his opium pipe? Sure it does. After all, this is the "real world" isn't it? We've got tons of studies and lots of science to back it up, don't we? We've got facts that prove things we hold near and dear. We know what "the truth" is and " the truth" is the facts of whatever the "science" of man says is true.
That's exactly (more or less?) what the people around Moses were saying 5000 years ago. Since the beginning of written history, every generation of men have believed they knew "the truth."
Two-thousand (2000) years ago, Jesus of Nazareth said, "I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. No man comes to God except through me." There is a record of Jesus' egotistical claims displayed in the old books of the so-called new testament in the Holy Bible. Nowhere in the literature of mankind has any individual made such an overwhelming statement about his own Presence.
Everyone on planet Earth today has his-or-her own sense of "presence." But Jesus of Nazareth set His Presence apart by succinctly defining Himself in a way that no other human creature in history had ever (until Jesus) imagined. The succinct definition that Jesus of Nazareth gave of Himself actually did change the way that people think of themselves and each other. No one in history has ever used ordinary human language in the way Jesus of Nazareth used it. The things that Jesus said about Himself and about the condition of humanity in relation to Himself opened the door to a new universe of thought.
Most people who have lived and died since the days of Jesus have remained content to stand at the door and not walk through the door that Jesus opened into the never-dying world of new enlightenment that Jesus Promised those who follow Him. See? More frigging phantasmagoria and moralistic religious hype invented by some greedy old Jews for the exploitation of the masses. Damn religion!
That is precisely what Jesus of Nazareth said about the religious leaders of His day. He called them snakes and sons of Satan. He called them murderers. Jesus said the "religious leaders" were like open graves, filled with every kind of putrid corruption and disguised with "religion" to look like "the way to heaven." If many people today hate and despise the "religions" of mankind, Jesus of Nazareth hated it and despised it before them. In fact, according to the old books of the Holy Bible, God-man Christ has hated and despised every form of humanistic "religion" since the beginning of time. Nothing is new under the presently vanishing sun.
Again, what's the point?
The point is that Jesus of Nazareth is most unique among the billions and billions of unique individuals who have ever passed through this veil of tears called "earth." The point is that Jesus of Nazareth really did ask a single question that has survived two thousand years of other people trying to forget that He asked: "Where is the profit for a man who gains the whole world and loses his Soul?"
The answer to that question is one word: "Nowhere."
People like to yuk it up when the subjects of "death" and "eternity" come into the conversation but that's a childish, silly, uninformed reaction to what is utterly and completely inevitable. The entire experience of anything that "lives" on planet Earth is pointed toward the terrible, putrefying experience of D-E-A-T-H. Skull and Croxxbones. Jolly Roger. Grim Reaper. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Dead and stinkin'. Boot Hill. Marble orchards of tombstones. Smoke from the greasy stacks of the neighborhood crematorium.
The old books of the Holy Bible tell of how Christ-man Jesus came into this world of death and spoke (factually and with authority) of eternal life. The old books tell of how Jesus did many wondrous things in the presence of those who were around Him at the time. People then and now say those things were "miraculous." That's precisely the sort of "religious" gibberish that Jesus despised. According to the words of Jesus Himself, He wasn't doing "miracles." He was doing "works."
Every Soul on planet Earth today has some "work" they have to do. In that respect, Jesus was no different. He had "work" to do and He did it. But since the "works" of Jesus are (to this day) unlike any other "work" ever done before or since the time of Jesus, people have taken up the habit of calling His work "miraculous." And "miracles" are, by human reckoning, spiritual/religious in character. Therefore most people, whether they are "religious" or not, classify Jesus of Nazareth as a "religious" leader. It's a common misunderstanding. In His own public proclamation and testimony, Jesus of of Nazareth said more than once and in many different ways that He had come down to Earth for the purpose of disposing of "religion" and establishing a new way of life and living that would be (and is) unencumbered by any form of humanistic religion.
The definitive event that illuminates the totally irreligious character of Christ-man Jesus is recounted in the old books in a meeting that Jesus had with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Jesus disabused this woman of her religious proclivities by telling her that God was seeking people who were willing to "worship God in Spirit and in truth." And since, elsewhere in the old books, Jesus made it clear that He, Himself is "the truth" and that He Himself commands the Spirit of God to abide with whomsoever He chooses, it is (or should be) evident that all "worship" should now take place in Christ.
And that's another way in which the information contained in the old books of the Holy Bible puts many people off the track of escaping this vanishing, death-cursed world. Everything Jesus said would happen to people who follow Him is invisible and imperceptible by any means of ordinary human sensation. According to Jesus, "worship in Spirit and in truth" now has nothing to do with anything or anyone but Him. According to Jesus, the only thing a living Soul in a body of mortal flesh needs to do is "turn to Him" and He takes it from there. According to Jesus, He Himself will meet every living Soul who turns to Him where they are now. The penitent Soul doesn't have to do anything, indeed CANNOT do anything to earn or merit the new way of living and the new form of Life that Jesus Himself has established in this vanishing world.
For more than a few people, it's just too much to expect of one man. There has to be "something" that "I" can DO. There has to be "something" that "I" MUST DO in order to avail "myself" of the "new and living way" that Jesus opened up for the confused Souls inhabiting this old, vanishing world.
But if "I" sincerely hope (and pray?) for some kind of relief from the agony and torture to which "I" am now subject as a living Soul in this dying body of mortal flesh, there is nothing "I" can DO but ask Jesus. And then wait for Jesus to respond. He said He would respond. He said, "Fear not little flock. It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Most amazing of all, Jesus said, "When you have seen me, you have seen the Father."
The religious leaders of the day hated Jesus for making Himself equal with God the Father. No one had ever said such a thing. Until Jesus said it, no human being on Earth had ever imagined saying such a thing. Roman Emperors thought of themselves as "gods" but their thinking was not original. They were parroting what the priesthood of Rome told them to say. The religious leaders of Jesus' day called Him a blasphemer. They were willing to acknowledge the "divinity" of Ceasar but they wouldn't tolerate God Manifest in their presence. Jesus was a threat to their meal-ticket. So the religious leaders of Jesus' day employed citizens and political leaders of low estate to, finally, put Jesus on trial in a court of kangaroo religion where they condemned Him to death. The story of Jesus' trial and execution is, to this day, one of the most famous stories in this world. Everybody knows what happened to the man named Jesus of Nazareth and most people believe (more or less) that Jesus died by crucifixion on a Roman cross.
What many (if not most) people DON'T believe is that Jesus "came back to life"after being dead for three whole days. It's just too far outside the realm of ordinary, everyday events. Dead is dead. Whether its a road-killed animal or a highborn human being dying in their bed, dead is dead and the dead don't "come back to life."
As a general rule, dead IS dead. But in the case of Jesus, the experience of death in this vanishing old world of ours was nothing more or less than a brief interruption in the larger, ongoing experience of Eternal Life. A few of the Old Testament prophets brought dead people back to life. Jesus Himself called Lazarus back to life after Lazarus had been stone-dead for four days. Those were cases where the prophets and Jesus Himself acted as Agents of God's Purpose; outside forces working on the corpses of the departed. There were no "outside forces" apparent in the Resurrection of the Christ-man. According to the old books, Jesus was dead and buried alone in a tomb and the Romans stationed a guard outside the tomb to make sure no one stole the body. Sounds like a done deal by any standard of human reckoning. But it wasn't. Not by a long shot.
The old books say Jesus actually did "come back to life" and walked around for days afterward. Not only did He walk around. He ate food and let people "handle" Him. Doubting Thomas thought Jesus was a ghost when Jesus appeared out of thin air in the midst of those disciples who were hiding out, cowering in fear of being nailed to crosses themselves. Jesus told Thomas, "Handle me. Put your fingers in the holes where they drove the nails through my hands and anklebones. Give me something to eat. I'll show you that I'm "real."
So again, and again, What's the point?
The point is that Jesus of Nazareth is a Person and a Personality described in the old books of the Holy Bible. The information about Jesus of Nazareth that is presented in these old books has been and is to this day the most volatile, disturbing, upsetting and revolutionary information that exists anywhere in the literature of mankind. In terms of human experience at any level of endeavor, there is no story anywhere that comes close to the story of Jesus who is, according to the old books, "the eternal Christ and only begotten Son of God."
Shortly before the agony of his trumped-up trial and bloody execution began, Jesus of Nazareth made certain Declarations concerning what would happen afterward. Earlier, Jesus had foretold the events and conditions that are now happening before our eyes every day on worldwide television. As the time of His trial and crucifixion drew near, Jesus of Nazareth looked beyond this world and spoke more certainly and descriptively of the world to come.
Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless. I will send you my Spirit. My Spirit will lead you into all truth [Himself] and show you things to come." And that is precisely what has happened and is happening now. The old books of the Holy Bible continue to point in the direction of "that new and living way" Jesus of Nazareth, single-handedly brought down to Earth from the Highest Heaven. The old books of the Holy Bible tell the amazing story of God Walking In The Flesh among ordinary men and doing everything that He could do to convince people that He was, indeed, The Real Deal.
The only thing He didn't do was use His Great Power to make slaves of people. Lots of people don't think so, but it would have been no problem for Jesus to make any human refusal of His Omnipotent Sovereignty utterly impossible. But He didn't do that. The old books of the Holy Bible report Jesus' own words concerning the esteem in which He holds His Liberty and the Freedom of His Liberty. The Liberty wherewith the Christ sets men free is held in highest esteem by Christ Himself.
So what it all boils down to is sixty-six old books in an old book called the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is a book of information about a new world and a new way of living in that world. The Book itself is as dry as desert sand and dead as a hammer. Millions of people pick up and lay it down every day, untouched by any of the words it contains. Why is that? Anybody can take a guess but God knows precisely why the heart and mind of a living Soul refuse to "see" beyond this presently vanishing world, into the "new and living way of Christ."
Some people don't care about anything but themselves and how they "see" themselves in this world. But as time runs out, it is becoming evident that there are dimensions of "being" which are beyond the realms of human sensory perception. More and more, the forces of Good and the forces of Evil are engaged in battles that are certainly visible to the naked eye. But the motivation, the inspiration, the impetus behind the actions of the combatants is completely invisible and altogether imperceptible to ordinary human perception.
The humanistic moralists and ethicists produce their schools of thought, attempting to "do something" that will finally make peace between the troubled Souls of this troubled world. Peace. Peace is a spiritual commodity and God Alone knows how to "make peace." The old books of the Holy Bible have been available for thousands of years. The information about the essential, elementary spirituality of this vanishing old world has been published in every human tongue and distributed in every land where human creatures live. And what has changed?
What has changed? Only the hearts and minds of those Souls who reach through the dusty pages of the old books into that place where God Himself has remained as "the still, small voice." That still small voice is not in the pages of the old books. It is in the Spirit that God-in-Christ has sent into the Earth and commanded to abide within the hearts of men until a full end is made of this vanishing world. How many ignore the still small voice of God? Only God knows the answer to that question.
The old books tell of God saying early-on, "My Spirit will not always strive with man." Ever since God said that, time has been running out. We live in a vanishing world.
This page was created 08July2005.