The egg symbolises the spiritual human. Inside the egg is the golden yolk – this represents the uncorrupted, pure and godly person, as brought into being by the Creator.
The hard shell represents the worldly person, the fallen man. The shell represents not so much all the illicit and evil lusts and desires but the man and his relationship to them. The outer 'shell' man is attracted to these. This outer man is connected to the 'world' and its evil, just the shell of an egg is connected to the outer world with all its dirt and filth. The inner yolk, is of course protected and remains pure and clean. The yolk is protected from the shell and all that is outside of it by the white of the egg; in our metaphor, by the power of God and His Angels. The inner yolk of a man – unlike an egg – can never be corrupted.
Thus even when we see a most evil man, we can still have compassion. Perhaps even empathy. We can, if we wish, see through the outer shell of the man and recognise that under that shell, no matter how filthy and corrupted, lies another being (hidden) that is worth not just something, but much.
Thus the purpose of life is to release the golden yolk from the bonds of its outer shell. Once released, the true man is realised. This is why the Christian must remain humble – the man that emerges from the egg is no better than any other man (one yolk is no more golden than all the others) and not only that, but the man that emerges has no merit that he can claim for himself – he is, in his purity – a creation of God, and not of one part of him can he claim credit for. Nor can any fault be seen in this created being.
Thus the humility of the reborn Christian (rather than pride). So let us all work with, rather than against God, in the great act of releasing ourselves and others from the hardness and evilness of matter.
It is the object of the Enemy of Life to try and create divisions, ill-feeling and hatred where-ever possible. To have the whole of humanity at each other's throats would be a great success for evil. To make enemies of brothers and sisters who were created to love and serve each other is evil's plan.
Everyone suffers injustice at one stage or another. If everyone's injustices - big and small - are allowed to manifest as hatred and anger, the whole world will soon be aflame. Marriages will fail, children will resent their parents, their teachers and anyone else who does them wrong, or is perceived to do them wrong - and much, much more.
Political issues suit this Enemy just fine - it leads us not see each other as individuals, it leads us not to consider another individual's suffering struggles, pain, weakness. Instead political issues focus us on what is considered a greater, more important problem. To God there is nothing more important than the individual. He loves each of us a child, and never forgets about our individual suffering and pain. When you talk to God He does not allow Himself to be distracted by all the injustice in the world - he meets you personally where you are at. I believe we should all try to do this for each other - to be a salve to individual hurt - which we have all experienced - rather than adding fuel to the fires which are already burning.
So what should we do when faced with injustice - whether directed at us personally, or simply seen around us in society? Well I see this is a great opportunity for spiritual progression, because I will argue the highest and most important duty we have to ourselves and others is to resist anger. Fixing the problems we see should be a secondary priority to resisting anger, else we risk making the problems of humanity worse. That is not to say one should not do anything, but keep these priorities firmly in mind - do not be drawn into the enemy's net by adding to the ill feeling and conflict in the world.
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you"
(Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32).
"Whenever you read about a wrath of God you shall thereby understand the eternally even and firm earnest of His will; and this earnest of will in God is the innermost heart of the very same purest and mightiest love from which infinity and all the works in it have gone forth. Surely, this love can never bear anyone a grudge in eternity. Or does anyone of you think that God, like a foolish man, could be angry?"
(Great Gospel of John Volume 4, Ch. 141-147)
[bold emphasis added]
Please Brothers and Sisters hear my plea, because one of us has drifted into insanity. He desperately needs our help I see, as a prisoner to vice he has become, and a danger to the innocent and unwily.
This man, and I fear many more, in Hollywood has been tempted so far as to fall. Brothers and sisters all, I ask that you help him, and in doing so protect those who are spiritually poor. I am unsure what to do but I believe with your aid, we can help this man escape from the trap that evil has laid.
I think perhaps first, brothers if you please, you could seriously implore him to change his ways. And sisters, aware of his weaknesses now that you be, please do be wary and try him not to tease.
This poor man Weinstein I fear for his soul, his search for happiness has lead him widely astray, but if we can all show him the power of our love I am sure he can be saved.
So here darling friends is the problem I see and some of a plan for a remedy. But brothers and sisters he and I your help we really do need, as it will be hard for us to snatch this fallen brother back from our enemy. So please guide him and teach him, and keep safe others too, from the evil that has infected perhaps the whole of Hollywood.
Your Christian Sister.
(at least how I imagine it might be)
Sociology has a tendency to divide any problem into two classes: oppressors and oppressed. The oppressors are seen as evil whilst the oppressed are viewed as (mostly) innocent victims.
Under this formulation a solution to the problem is to either replace members of the oppressing class with members of the oppressed class, or to take away the power of the oppressors and allocate that power to another group.
Christianity, however, sees not classes but individuals, and evil as pretty evenly distributed amongst individuals in all so called 'classes' of humanity. The Christian predicts that switching the roles of the oppressed and the oppressors is unlikely to result in any noticeable improvement, and as such neither would replacing some members of the oppresssors with the oppressed, nor would taking power away and giving it to another group – as all will, if not immediately, end up as just as corrupt as each other.
It seems that history supports the Christian view – look at the French and Russian revolutions for example.
So if the Christian view is correct, then efforts to reform systems by changing members of the ruling elite from hereditary to elected, or similar, are unlikely to solve all the problems. Of course, systems of accountability do help, and have their place, but this is not the point. The sociologist is not talking so much about systems of accountability, but rather which 'group' holds power. Christianity asserts that corruption and evil in any system will be unchanged regardless of who holds power. In fact, in some cases change may make things worse as protections in place are removed.
So what does this mean? This means that efforts to introduce systems of accountability and many restrictive laws are perhaps worthwhile – although they have a high cost and run the risk of stifling decision making and change. Not to mention that they can eventually be corrupted themselves.
But in regard to really improving society, and doing it in such a way as to allow maximum freedom, the Christian view offers more promise. It suggests that if everyone in a society is actively working towards overcoming their natural selfishness and working to help and love each other, then the situation will improve without the need for tyrannical laws, expensive and time consuming independent panels of review, etc. Thus Christianity offers a way to improve society with the least conflict, and best and freest outcomes. And although it makes no promise of achieving a heaven on earth, we may hope to create a paradise.
For the past 1000 years at least, the Western world has been relying on the knowledge and so-called wisdom of men (with a few exceptions, eg: Aquinas, Alfred the Great).
And we can see clearly now where the wisdom of man has led us, and must lead us. There is no human law or strategy that can lead us back from destruction. The only way to live happily and justly is by following God's laws, of which there are only 10.
So leave aside the opinions of arrogant and haughty men and women who think they know better than God Himself, a God most of them refuse even to recognise.
We are in the situation so accurately described, perhaps predicted in a sense, by John Knox, who quoted the Prophets to the Scottish in his own time as follows:
"The prophet Ezekiel, who saw this horrible destruction, forespoken by Isaiah, put into just execution, gives an answer in these words, "I gave unto them laws that were good, in the which whosoever should walk, should live in them; but they would not walk in my ways, but rebelled against me; and therefore, I have given unto them laws that are not good, and judgments, in the which they shall not live." (Ezek. xx.) The writers of the books of Kings and Chronicles declare this in more plain words, saying, "The Lord sent unto them his prophets, rising early, desiring of them to return unto the Lord, and to amend their wicked ways, for he would have spared his people, and his tabernacle; but they mocked his servants, and would not return unto the Lord their God to walk in his ways." (2 Kings xvii.) Yea, Judah itself kept not the precepts of the Lord God, but walked in the manners and ordinances of Israel; that is, of such as then had declined to idolatry from the days of Jeroboam; and therefore, the Lord God abhorred the whole seed of Israel, that is, the whole body of the people; he punished them, and gave them into the hands of those that spoiled them, and so he cast them out from his presence.Hereof it is evident, that their disobedience unto God, and unto the voices of his prophets, was the cause of their destruction. Now have we to take heed how we should use the good laws of God; that is, his will revealed unto us in his word; and that order of justice, which by him, for the comfort of man, is established amongst men. There is no doubt but that obedience is the most acceptable sacrifice unto God, and that which above all things he requires; so that when he manifests himself by his word, men should follow according to their vocation and commandment. Now so it is, that God, by that great Pastor our Lord Jesus, now manifestly in his word calls us from all impiety, as well of body as of mind, to holiness of life, and to his spiritual service; and for this purpose he has erected the throne of his mercy among us, the true preaching of his word, together with the right administration of his sacraments: but what our obedience is, let every man examine his own conscience, and consider what statutes and laws we would have to be given unto us.
Wouldst thou, O Scotland! have a king to reign over thee in justice, equity, and mercy? Subject thou thyself to the Lord thy God, obey his commandments, and magnify thou the word that calleth unto thee, "This is the way, walk in it;" (Isa. xxx.) and if thou wilt not, flatter not thyself; the same justice remains this day in God to punish thee, Scotland, and thee Edinburgh especially, which before punished the land of Judah, and the city of Jerusalem. Every realm or nation, saith the prophet Jeremiah, that likewise offendeth, shall be likewise punished. (Jer. ix.) But if thou shalt see impiety placed in the seat of justice above thee, so that in the throne of God (as Solomon complains, Eccles. iii.) reigns nothing but fraud and violence, accuse thine own ingratitude and rebellion against God; for that is the only cause why God takes away "the strong man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, the prudent and the aged, the captain and the honourable, the counsellor and the cunning artificer; and I will appoint, saith the Lord, children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. Children are extortioners of my people, and women have rule over them." Isa. iii.
If these calamities, I say, apprehend us, so that we see nothing but the oppression of good men, and of all godliness, and that wicked men without God reign above us; let us accuse and condemn ourselves, as the only cause of our own miseries. For if we had heard the voice of the Lord our God, and given upright obedience unto the same, God would have multiplied our peace, and would have rewarded our obedience before the eyes of the world.
Some selected videos from the many 'I am Second' recordings:
Each person is given their own weaknesses to overcome in this life. God gives us all weaknesses to overcome, in this regard we are equal, and in this regard we all must conquer those weaknesses. However, the weaknesses are not all the same, every person has their own specific weaknesses, and each gender has its own common weaknesses. God wants a variety of children, who can help each other in different ways, so thus there each of us has his or her own path to walk. But let us look at the weaknesses (and strengths) given to men and women.
Currently there is much talk about the spiritual weaknesses of men in our society. Violence is one of these topics. The capability to physically overpower a women is an ability most men have over most women. There is much discussion about abuses of this power in our society. Men know, and are being told, that they need to control their physical selves and not assert this sort of power domestically.
However, women also have physical power over men. In this case it is not strength, but sexual power. Women can, and do assert this power quite often. The damage of asserting this is not so immediate or obvious as perhaps asserting physical power. This is perhaps what makes it a far more dangerous and corrupting force. Take as an analogy the dangers of explosions and radiation. The effects of explosions are obvious. Also it is easy to connect cause and effect in these cases. Anyone who knows how to recognise dynamite can avoid it or take precautions. But radiation is just as deadly, but the effects may be delayed, also it is not easily detectable without special instruments. Thus in this sense it is in fact far more dangerous than dynamite. I will argue that men's physical power is like dynamite, a strong man can be detected, and if aggressive, the danger can be detected and avoided (at least detected, often avoided). The danger is clear. However, the danger of women's sexual power is not nearly so obvious, yet its use is just as dangerous,. Like radiation, it needs special instruments to detect - in this case instruments of the spirit - and like radiation the effects only appear much later, and connecting the effects with the cause is more difficult. The effects in this case include spiritual corruption. Just as women are less able to resist the physical power of men, men are less able to resist the physical power of women. Both are damaging to the injured parties: physical damage to women (and other men), and spiritual damage to men.
The video below discusses concepts related to this issue.
There certainly is a lot of oppression and misery and war around today and I cannot say that I definitely know the answer to what Jesus might do if he arrived again today as He did 2000 years ago, but we can perhaps learn from what he said and did then.
There was certainly oppression then too, but Jesus did not rage against the worldly authorities - the Romans - only against the priests, who were also worldly authorities, but ones who were supposed to be concerned with the spirit. When asked about high taxes, Jesus said 'render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's' i.e such things - to do with worldly circumstances - were not his concern; his kingdom he said was 'not of this world' i.e it was a spiritual kingdom, which I interpret as being concerned with the state of the heart of each person, and not so much any temporal difficulties they might be encountering.
If we look at the following transcript regarding the betrayal by Judas, we can see that Judas was arguing like many a social justice warrior today. He was arguing that it was not enough to help a few sick people, that all the oppressed should be helped also. Judas believed in Jesus' power to defeat the Romans, Herod and the Temple, but Judas felt Jesus was reluctant to do this (i.e too weak minded). Judas felt that he too had a role to play in stopping the oppression. Judas thought that if Jesus was placed in a position where he was forced to defend himself, Jesus would smite all his enemies and thus set everyone free of the oppressive and corrupt worldly authorities (i.e much like the authorities are today). Thus Judas had delusions about his own role in the salvation of others and his ability to understand and influence events.
The text below explains Judas' thinking. And Jesus' lack of action against the worldly authorities makes one suspect that today he would act no differently - seeking to change the hearts of the individuals he encountered, perhaps criticising the established church, but leaving worldly authorities as they were.
Thus my conclusion is that if Jesus does come in a "Second coming' - it will not be to overthrow worldly authorities, it would be either to teach as he did before (although as he has already done that once, I am not sure there would be much to be gained by a repeat) - or more likely it will be because we have made such a mess of the world that divine intervention is now necessary to save the whole of humanity from physical destruction, and without such intervention there would be no-one left to learn from his teachings.
If you are interested, please read the following extract from the Great Gospel of John Book 11 - by Leopold Engel (started by Jakob Lorber):
CONVERSATION BETWEEN JUDAS AND THOMAS. DEPARTURE FROM BETHANY. STAYING AT THE JORDAN.
WHEN morning arrived, Judas tried to see Thomas and take him aside. They both went outside and talked with each other in this way: “Brother”, said Judas, “can you actually understand the way of acting of the Lord? Look, we are both men who always knew what we wanted, and once we had a goal in sight we always pursued it with all our strength. However, here I cannot clearly see what the Lord really wants, and I also am not completely convinced anymore that He Himself can clearly see His final goal. Yesterday, we were both witnesses of His victory, and we saw that He only would have needed little effort to bind the people who firmly adhere to Him, and this in such a way that they would have followed Him wherever He wanted. But instead of convincing everyone of His mission as the Messiah, He tolerates that the temple takes away all the fruits of His work out of His hands and He undertakes nothing of what the people is hoping for while there is truly so much power in Him that He could command the temple and the whole Roman kingdom if He would focus on it.
To what use is all His power of God to Him by which He commands storms, the sick and every disaster if He is in Himself so weak to not use that power when it is necessary? Should those who are healthy and suffer so heavily under the oppression of the Romans and the usury of the temple not find a Messiah in Him? What is the misery of a few sick people compared to the misery of the whole community? Judah, yes the whole world sighs under the oppression of that imperious people. Greedy kings and an almighty emperor who revels in wealth occupy the throne that should be occupied by a wise, just, very powerful ruler from God. The world would become a paradise. Suffering and sadness would change into joy and poverty into wealth if He would rule the throne which is now occupied by the emperor of Rome.
Oh my heart trembles from joy in my bosom when I think how it all could be but how it is not. And why is it not so? Because He, the only One in whom the power of God lives, cannot find the courage in Himself for a fast, determined action.
Look, brother, this saddens me, it makes me deeply worried, for I truly have still a heart for the deep misery of the people, but it seems to me that He, apart from the sick and the weaklings, has already lost His.”
Thomas answered him: “Brother, what are you saying? Did the Lord Himself not say: ‘I did not come into the world for those who are healthy but for the sick and disabled, to help and to comfort them’? Do you want to know better why He came to us than He Himself?”
Hot-temperedly, Judas answered: “And who is healthy in this country? Is not everyone sick and disabled? Only the temple and the big ones revel and fatten themselves with what they extort by their power, and the outer healthy body of the people is inside miserable, sick and spoiled by wrath and anger that is awakened by the way of acting of those supreme rulers.
He surely came also for those people. Do the people only need a Messiah for the physically disabled? The people want to be and must be happy. This is the will of God, but that happiness has to go together with a safely maintained outer position, like the people enjoyed under Salomon so that they lived in peace, and with an outer prosperity they also could develop their soul.
No brother, my heart is full of sorrow. I am opening it to you, for you are still the only one who did not hide his reason and opinion like the others who believe unconditionally without knowing why. No, I am not and do not want to be a slave of superstition. I want to know to where the road is leading. I do not want children’s games. I want to see manly deeds.”
Thomas was shocked about the furious looking Judas who disclosed his ideas so unexpectedly before him. And in a warning voice he said: “Brother, although I am someone who does not 265 easily believe, I am nevertheless convinced of what I once came to believe! If you want to make me wavering in my belief in the Lord – what I think – then this is useless, for I know what to think about Him! So leave me alone!”
Being agitated, Judas objected: “This is far from me! I also am firmly convinced that everyone can solely receive salvation from Him, but I am equally convinced that something has to happen to make this salvation come true! Now is the time, or never!
Herod is well-disposed towards Him. Right at this moment the power of the Romans is less significant here because they need their armed forces elsewhere. So everything is in favor to Him – the most powerful Man – if He only wanted. But to awaken the will in Him, that is what it is all about, for we saw how much He hesitated, and we have heard what the temple wants. If I only possessed a very small part of His power then I equally would mock the tricks of the temple as He has done up to now. That miserable vermin has certainly no power over Him. They never had before and will never have it. But it can be feared that God Himself will take away the power from Him if He resists God’s will to make His people happy.
Here in the Lord all the conditions are united which makes it possible to lay the power of God in Him. We will have to wait eternities before another man will arise and do such immense things. Therefore, He has to do it, now or never, before God’s tolerance runs out. If He does not find the courage in Himself to undertake that which is necessary because it was promised by God, then He must be forced to do it.”
Being shocked, Thomas jumped up and whispered: “To force? Who wants to force Him from whom the Almighty Himself speaks?”
“If He is the One whom He says He is, let Him prove it. If He is not, then why wait for nothing?” mumbled Judas half loud and somber. Being frightened, Thomas whispered: “How could He be forced? Brother, give up those thoughts. It is not good. I am terrified by it.”
Gloomily Judas said now: “You, weakling, are terrified of great thoughts? But I still do not know myself how this can be possible. I only feel: something must happen. It must. Goodbye brother. Keep silent against the others about what we both discussed. Do you hear? Promise me. None of those inside do not love me much. I do not want more hate to come over me.”
Thomas reached out his hand and thought: “Who would benefit from my conversation? I promise you.” After a short greeting, Judas left him and went to the top of the Olive Mountain to be alone and think. But Thomas returned with an anxious mind to the others and he tried to fight his worries by having a calm conversation with the brothers.
As Jesus prepared himself for the Crucifixion he has a conversation with Peter as follows (GGJ 11.46.3):
"'See that which is happening in My soul, will never be experienced by any human heart, because now the Son of Man must elevate Himself to the Son of God. That is why he will also will be stripped of all His power and then all of you, who were around Me up till now, recognise the will of the Father.'
Peter asked: 'Yes Lord, but You yourself are the Father. Then how can you be stripped of your power?'
I answered: 'The greatest warrior and hero is he who meets the enemy also without weapons and does not fear death if he knows that he will strike down the enemy sooner by his contempt of death. That is why I lay down all weapons of power and go to meet the enemy only with the power of the word, of meekness and of love, so that also he will lay off all weapons of cunningness and evilness and will come near remorseful as the lost son'"
The author, Matthew, draws his ideas from writers such as C.S Lewis, Jakob Lorber, Emanuel Swedenborg and others.