In ancient past, priests were the only keepers of scientific knowledge. Later religions changed all that. Today, it is not commonly known that we, humans, as indeed all living creatures, are NOT our bodies. We, all of us, are Individualized states of Omnipresent Consciousness which resides, considering our immortality, for a very short time in physical enclosures. We are no more bodies in which we walk than we are cars in which we drive, from place to place.
Furthermore, we are also not the apartments, condos, houses, villages, towns or cities in which we dwell.
Bible concerns itself with Consciousness. In the scriptures the scribes used various places of habitation to define, or at least suggest, a state of consciousness of people abiding therein—rather as we tend to describe, often judge people, by their physical appearance, by their houses, and their material domains. Hence, the meaning of the “name” is of utmost importance. Physical possessions do NOT define the Consciousness.
There is another problem.
In their day, the scribes amassed many books, and many more were lost. Even then, the Protestants claim 39 of them, the Catholics 46. The Hebrew canons is satisfied with just 24 books, one for each scroll for each of the scrolls on which these works had been written long, long ago. And then there are the Gnostic writings of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Dead Sea Scrolls…
Those who treat the Bible as a historical document are fighting a losing battle. With such diversity of numbers, many scholars, let alone fundamentalists, risk being wrong.
And then come the proper names. Every biblical name defines or at least describes the character of its bearer.
For example Yeshûa, also known as Yehoshûa, or later Jesus, conveys the idea that God (Yeho- or YHVH), and (“yasha” meaning “deliver, save or rescue”) delivers (his people). It should be noted that “Yeh-” (Yah-) or the Greek “Jeh-” can be seen in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, or Halleluiah. It is not limited to Jesus alone. The names are intended to define peoples’ convictions or states of consciousness.
The same significance should be applied to many other designations, which define peoples’ convictions and/or modes of behaviour. Their meaning in English often changes the purported meaning of the scriptures.
It is vital to realize that all Scriptures deal with states of Consciousness—not with physical bodies, which those individualizations of Omnipresent Consciousness temporarily inhabit. When Yeshûa said: “let the dead bury the dead”, he was not referring their physical condition but rather to the state of consciousness of the men involved. Spiritual consciousness defines life, lack of it… death.
The same is true of all other facets of the Scriptures. We know from science that our transient material or phenomenal world is imaginary, and only the energies of the mind, soul (subconscious) and ultimately Consciousness lead to true REALITY. Soul is the attribute of the Omnipresent Consciousness, which makes it possible for IT to individualize Itself.
Welcome to the mystery of the Bible.
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