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A Mystery Revealed

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Throughout the Old Testament, the history of God’s “chosen” people is recorded with highlights of both their obedience and disobedience. The Gospels continue to weave the tapestry of compliance and rebellion toward God. Instead of falling to their knees in repentance, the Jewish leaders rose up displaying a religion that was far removed from God’s intention. The religious leaders imposed rules and regulations that would cause people to conform to their interpretation of God’s Word. The Scriptures were interpreted to fit into the understanding of the Pharisees and the religious community. The coming of the Messiah was secondary to the teachings of the Pharisees. When Jesus arrived as a baby, and through out His thirty-three years, God’s people did not recognize Him.

Today, the Church must understand its mission is to present Jesus as Savior and Lord, not Christian psychology. Pastors must present Biblical directives that lead to changed and enriched lives. (Note: Wednesday and Sunday nights would be good times to present Christian social skills… Oh, wait a minute; many churches don’t have those services anymore.) Not too long ago, I attended a Sunday morning service in which the pastor was teaching a four week study on the book of Revelation. Here is a book that is almost impossible for Believers to unify on the intended meaning of its passages. To present four different interpretations to a captive audience is to enhance division instead of unifying the hearers. (Note: Did God intend there to be more than one interpretation of the book of Revelation?) I believe that Sunday mornings are a time of preaching (heralding divine truth), while the mid week services and cell groups are a time for promoting interactions around the Truth. If I had brought a new Christian to this church that was teaching on Revelation, it would have taken me all day to straighten out the confusion he may have been experiencing. The Holy Spirit can direct us through the book of Revelation, but our “Pharisee” teachings would first have to be compromised.

One of the most blessed individuals in the New Testament is Paul. He was chosen to reveal a mystery (secret) that would engulf every human being. No longer would God’s people be limited to the Jews, but an “open adoption” was offered to anyone who accepted His Son. (Ephesians 3:6) The revealing that Jesus was the Messiah must have swept over Paul to the point he could hardly catch his breath. All those years of study had failed to prepare him to recognize the Messiah when He came. The Word Paul had been taught was sifted by the strainer of tradition. God saw the zeal Paul possessed and knew the potential he had to represent the complete Truth. The revealing that Jesus was the Messiah was only the beginning, for he had also been chosen to reveal the mystery of God’s will which had lain shrouded for generations. Overcome with not only the Truth that Jesus was the Christ, but with the knowledge that the family of God was not exclusive, but inclusive to anyone who accepted God’s offer, Paul began an outreach that would touch the lives of people for generations to come.

The biggest challenge for Paul was to bring the “chosen” and the “elected” together. Almost immediately after Paul started his “Stewardship” of God’s Grace, he was met with resistance from the “chosen” community. From the early stages of the Church to its existence today, we continue to experience divisions. As a result of hearing incomplete or limited Truth, most of the “separatist” defend their theology. Lack of interfaith communication continues to erode our Gospel message. Believers must stop defending their editorial viewpoints of the Scripture and start experiencing the Word under the Holy Spirit’s direction. The Word will bring unity, but it must be rightly divided. All Believers are now the “Chosen.” Let us walk in unity as members of the family of God.

Unusual Aspects of Reincarnation – Parallel Selves on the Earth

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The conventional mind-set of human beings is embroiled with petty ego-based matters of life, so much so the wider aspects of life remain unknown. People who show interest in the esoteric side of life understand this and spread their wings of awareness beyond the self-created prison. That is the attitude needed to perceive the truth of hidden issues like reincarnation. Once we are interested in flying free, we keep on discovering deeper and deeper truths about our life on this planet. That helps us bring about certain natural discipline in our daily living. Most of all, we exude unqualified compassion towards all, without identifying oneself with a nation, religion, language etc.

Topics like reincarnation, Near Death and Out of Body experiences make us reflect and be adventurous in our explorations of life on this planet. They particularly take us away from falling prey to the surrounding conditioning influences leading to religious fanaticism, adamant atheism and stubborn agnosticism. The exploratory spirit sustains certain humility and frees people from emotional attachment to conclusions, especially to favorable and unfavorable prejudices.

It has been noticed by researchers on reincarnation that the soul is eager to experience the many aspects of manifestation on this planet. That is how it goes though many lives incarnating under various life circumstances. From each life, the soul carries the expansion in awareness. We build on what we had learned in all our previous lives. This enables us advance in spirituality characterized by love, joy, and deepening awareness. Thus the soul moves forward towards Divinity to rejoin the source of all energy and intelligence. The following is an excerpt from the presentation by Karen T (nderf.org, NDE No. 4317) on her near death experience. To the interviewer’s question on whether there was any change in her values and beliefs because of the experience, she gave the following reply. (Her reply clearly shows that true spirituality is beyond all religious conditioning.)

“I expected to meet Jesus and I expected to face judgment for my sins. There was no element of judgment, nor were some people qualifying for life after death because of belief in Jesus and others not being allowed to have eternal life. I no longer believed that Jesus was the only one who could save me and allow me to have eternal life. I now believe in reincarnation and the innate value of every human life. I believe that our Earthly lifetimes give us experiences that can lead to our spiritual growth.”

Parallel Lives
Of late, there have been research findings which indicate that sometimes the soul prefers to incarnate in more than one body; that is, as two individuals at the same time. When a soul needs to learn from wider experiences, Parallel Lives are the answer. The soul “splits” its attention; the best qualities and traits are divided up between the two individuals. This means each individual has to bear less karmic load and so can learn faster. It enables them to make different choices, to experience different outcomes, and to learn different lessons in each of their bodies and circumstances. The sum total of it all will advance them through the uniting soul whose level of awareness is heightened by the double receptivity during the process.

An interesting case study of parallel lives is presented by the well-known researcher Prof Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia. For details, you may do a Google search on ‘iisis + Semkiw + split incarnation’

The Transformation
As a result of applying ourselves to the study of reincarnation and parallel lives, our vista expands to absorb all that which lie beyond the apparent. The peace that descends on us due to the expanding awareness is irreversible. The little cocoon where the ego makes a lot of noise can be left behind. Narrow minded sectarian religious practices that bring in hatred between various groups will be dissolved. All self-centred activities in the name of religious affiliation would also end giving humanity the chance to bring about universal camaraderie and well-being.

In the recent past, several cases have been recorded where the soul reincarnates even before the previous physical entity has ended. The Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS) published a very interesting article by Walter Semkiw entitled “Past life Story of Eeva-Maija Kaartinen | Maria-Liisa Kaartinen: Soul Plan, Reincarnation & Talent, Split Incarnation or Parallel Lives”. Interested people can find the article by doing a Google search on “Eeva Maija Kaartinen – soul plan”.

Those who appreciate the meaningfulness of reincarnation find themselves being presented by unusual aspects of that process, such as the one above. Those things make us sense how little we know of the vaster consciousness in which our little individual consciousness functions. That is how the possibility of expansion of our consciousness becomes clear to us. It generates a deep interest in understanding our life regarding its place in the immense scheme of things. In the absence of such a disposition, the petty human mind conceives life merely as means to ego-satisfying results, like ensuring a place in heaven after death. Here it is good to note that the lust for heaven is no different from the lust for the worldly desires; they both emanate from the same ego.

When we dig into the hidden areas of life and sense what wonderful things welcome us there, we are drawn to the many Near Death Experience messages which confirm such a state of affairs.