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The "Ardors Account" is an excerpt from the book
"Towards the Light"  (available at Amazon.com) - which book
is a result of a group-channeling via a media or mediator
 Mrs. Johanne Agerskov in Denmark during the years 1919-39,
and published by Amelius Publishers in Denmark.

This huge material gives an interesting view seen from a
religious/philosophical point, but by making it available
on this web-site doesn't by any necessity mean any
immediate agreement to every word of it by any of
those in connection with the AZAIYA Website.

Naturally it is up to any of those reading it
to form their own opinion about it all.

Please also note that the language of this account is
adapted to a common understanding 1919-39, and
that much water have run under the bridges ever since.

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ARDOR'S ACCOUNT:

FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES!

I greet you in the name of our God and Father!

I Ardor, have been sent to you by the Almighty to answer your questions, and I have promised to form my thoughts so that the words by which the thoughts are rendered can be understood by human beings.

But I ask you to remember that the word is but the means whereby divine thought is revealed unto human beings; for many believe that the word is in God, and of God, but this is not so. Words, in the form you know them, are of earthly origin. But the simpler the word, the more clearly will it convey the thought, which comes from God and is in God - The Mind and The Will in  The Light of One - the source of all that is.

Has God Existed through all Eternity, and is God a Personal Being?

Through all eternity Darkness was everywhere.

In the Darkness was the Light; in the Light were Mind and Will.

But the Mind and Will were not in the Darkness.

Unknown eternities passed.

Slowly, Mind and Will were drawn toward each other.

Slowly, the Light spread, it became brighter and purer.

It was dawn.

Unknown eternities passed.

Mind and Will drew more closely toward each other.

The Light spread more and more, it shone with radiant beauty.

It was morning.

Again, unknown eternities passed.

Mind and Will drew closer still toward each other.

The Light welled forth everywhere, it blazed clear, fair and glorious .

It was day.

Again, unknown eternities passed.

Mind and Will became united.

Then there arose from the Light, by the power of the union of Mind and Will, a blazing figure, a spiritual Being - God.

But in the same moment God caused twelve radiant figures, spiritual beings, to emerge from the Light. And these became the Helpers of God, God's Servants.

And this was the beginning of time.

But no human being is, and no human being ever will be, able to gauge the eternities that have passed from

the beginning of time until this day, your time.

When God arose from the Light, Darkness was vanquished, but not destroyed. By the power of Thought-Will, He brought Darkness under the concealing waves of the sea of Light.

To separate and to purify the evil and the vile, God causes Darkness to flow through His flaming Being in eternally swirling waves. Slowly, Darkness diminishes, but when that day will come when all evil and everything vile has been absorbed by the Light and purified by God 's flaming Self is known unto Him alone, who is all-knowing.

When God arose from the Light, He was perfect - all-knowing, all-loving, almighty. And He endowed His Helpers with much knowledge, much love and much power.

By Mind and Will and from the Light, He formed and created a vast Kingdom, perfect in its glory.

By Mind and Will and from the Light, He formed and created abodes for Himself and for His Helpers.

Then God became the Creator, the Light of One, and the Father of all.

But I can describe nothing of this Kingdom and of these abodes, nothing that can be comprehended by human beings. For compared with the glorious Kingdom of God even the most beautiful place on Earth is misty and cold.


How did the Angels Enter the Kingdom of God, and what is their Relationship to God?

Possibilities for infinite forms of life rested in God, for God bore all creation within Him.

By Mind, Light and Will, and from His own flaming Being, He formed and created thousands upon thousands of glorious, graceful figures spiritual beings - the Angels.

And He endowed them with wisdom, with love and with power; and He gave them all abodes in His vast Kingdom.

Then God became the Father.

When God and His twelve Helpers emerged and arose from the Light they were two within themselves, for they bore within their nature all that is male and all that is female.

But the beings God created from His own Self were created to be one within themselves , to be man and woman , destined to fulfil and complement each other in wisdom and in love, destined to be separate for ever - to be two - and yet be one.

God bestowed His deep, His infinite love upon these, His own children, for they were of Him, with Him and within Him. And He was truly in them all.

And they lived a life of splendour and joy in God's Kingdom.

And God endowed them with the power and the will to study and to learn. And His Helpers instructed them in the laws and the secrets of the Light; taught them to form and to create by Mind and from the Light.

But the Helpers of God had not the power to solve the mystery of life, which only He knew - He who was, and is, the Lord of the Fixed Design and Life.

1.
How and for what Purpose did God Create the Globes of the Universe?

Many aeons passed.

The Father rejoiced in the progress of His children in wisdom and in love.

Behold, there arose in God the thought of creating new beings.

And He decided to create them beautiful and good, with possibilities open to them of attaining, under the guidance of His elder children, the same fullness of wisdom and love.

And He decided to prepare dwelling places for His still uncreated children, dwellings in which they could live a life of beauty and joy, striving toward the fulness of the Light, and toward His Kingdom o Glory.

Then God laid the plan and gave the laws for the making and being of the Universe.

By Mind and Will and from the Light, God formed and created four mighty spheres of Light, and in their fiery bosoms He laid down numerous forms of life.

Borne in space by God's Thought, holding fast to one another by equal attraction, by equal repulsion, these glowing suns swing two and two, opposite each other, in eternal orbit about God's Kingdom.

But from these mother suns, all the globes of the Universe were hurled out and formed.

Borne and arranged in space by God's Thought, they all swing in fixed paths, according to given laws.

2.
Were Human Beings Created by God? From where and for what
Reason have Sin and Death Come to Afflict the Human Race?

Many aeons passed.

Then God saw that dense fogs veiled certain of the globes that He had formed. And He saw, in His wisdom, that after some eternities had passed these would serve as dwelling places for the beings He thought to create.

Behold, then He chose one globe, your world - the Earth.

By Mind and from the Light, God formed a radiantly splendid spiritual world about the fogs and vapours of the Globe, that the Light from this realm of beauty might pervade and shine upon the Earth and mould it in the likeness of the spiritual ideal that He had formed.

Slowly, the Light spread over the Earth to ready it for life, to make it fruitful, and to draw from its bosom the dormant possibilities for the many forms of life.

Some eternities passed.

Then God saw that the fogs about the Globe were lighter and less dense. And He knew, in His wisdom, that after a time the Earth would near its completion.

Then God spoke unto His children.

And He said: "I, your Father, wish to give you a part in My creation, for I shall create new beings, create them from My own Self and from the strong radiations of the Globe. I shall create them beautiful and good, with possibilities open to them of receiving, under your guidance, everything through the Light. And they shall live a life in beauty and joy on one of the globes that I have formed, on the one which I have chosen for that purpose. In the fulness of time shall I choose from among you some, and unto these shall I give a dwelling in the world I have created about the Earth; for from there shall they lead My youngest children, lead them along the paths of the Light, until they reach My Kingdom of Glory. But the chosen leaders may, when they so desire, return unto their abodes in this My Kingdom, that they may rest; for no work is done well, if it is not accompanied by rest."

And God bade His Helpers to show them the Earth and the world which encompassed it. and whereafter it had been formed.

And they all went forth unto this world.

But God's Helpers instructed His children in much of what was to come. And they understood that their Father would give them a difficult task to fulfil.

Some time passed.

God's children spoke among themselves of whom their Father would choose. And many of the Eldest believed that the choice should fall upon them.

And they often went unto this new-formed world about the Earth and remained there at length, and they were much pleased to abide there, for it was truly beautiful.

Some time passed.

Then some of the Eldest said: "Why does our Father not create? Behold, the Earth is now ready for habitation. Why, then, does our Father tarry?"

But at that same moment God caused His voice to be heard in warning .

And God said: "My children, return unto your abodes in My Kingdom; for I have not chosen you; only they are fit who have patience. "

And they all heard the voice of their Father. But they returned not; for they still believed that the choice should fall upon them.

Again, some time passed.

Then one of the Eldest said: "Still our Father tarries and we grow impatient. Let us seek to solve the mystery of life and create the new beings ourselves; for then will they be our children, and our power over them will be greater yet."

And they all became of one mind.

By thought and from the Light, the Eldest sought to form and to create spiritual beings. But they were not able to solve the mystery of life.

Then they grew still more impatient. And some said: "We know that life dwells also in Darkness. Let us avail ourselves thereof."

Once more God caused His voice to be heard.

And God said: "My children, return unto your abodes in this My Kingdom; for I have not chosen you; only they are fit who have patience. But you, who waver between good and evil, between Darkness and the Light, you are not worthy to lead others. My children, I say unto you: never will you fathom the mystery of life that is in the Light, though you seek through all eternity; for you arose not by the strength of your own will, you were formed and created by Me, your Father, formed and created from My own Self. But you, who are of Me, though you have the power to create from Darkness, the power to solve its mystery of life, yet I say unto you: do not concern yourselves therewith! For the life of Darkness is not everlasting! For in Darkness is the seed for all that is evil - for sin and for death! But should you nevertheless avail yourselves of evil and call yourselves its masters, beware, lest you become its servants!"

And they all heard God's voice.

But they heeded it not; for they were greatly impatient.

Then the Elder of the Eldest stood forth.

And he said: "Our Father says that the life of Darkness is not everlasting; but we know not this to be so!

"Let us seek to create from Darkness, and is the life thereof not everlasting, then shall we return unto our abodes and remain there to await our Father's call."

Once more God's voice sounded unto them.

And God said: "My son! Why do you concern yourself with evil? Beware, lest you become its servant! For I alone am the Lord Almighty.

"Know you, My son, that the beings that you can draw forth from Darkness by the strength of your thought will never bless you, but only curse you and that whereof they were created. For you shall know that each life, however wretched and lowly it may be, will always strive toward the Light, toward that which became victorious through Me. My son, do you avail yourself of evil, then will Darkness bind you and all who follow you - bind you - until your children have learnt to pity you rather than curse you.

"My son, My children! I have spoken unto you, that you may choose that which is right."

And they all heard God's voice. But none took heed; for they were all of one accord.

Then God, their Father, fell silent; for God compels no one to do that which is right. But He looked with sorrow upon their conduct.

Much time passed.

By the strength of Mind and Will, the Eldest sought to draw forth Darkness from the concealing sea of the Light.

Slowly the Light receded and Darkness broke forth.

In heavy waves it whelmed over them, flowed through them, bound them to itself, defiled and bewildered their thoughts.

In heavy waves Darkness surged through their glorious world, ravaged it and laid it waste, while dense fogs laid their dwellings in ruin and took away the pure, radiant colours, while evil vapours spread everywhere.

In heavy waves Darkness whelmed over the Globe, made it fruitful and brought forth some of the many dormant forms of life.

But the Eldest saw with horror the destruction of all that was beautiful.

And they said: "How came this to pass? For this was not our will, for this was not in our thoughts.

Truly, the power of Darkness is awesome!"

Much time passed.

God's Youngest children grieved deeply over the evil that had come to pass.

And they agreed to go forth unto the ravaged Kingdom to call back their brothers and sisters.

And they all departed to that place.

The Eldest heard their calling voices, and they all listened. But the calls sounded distant and faint, and the Eldest dared not answer; for they could not see the radiant figures of their brothers and sisters; for the fogs and vapours of Darkness covered all.

Then the Youngest grieved still more.

And they returned once more unto God's Kingdom of Glory; but they were not able to forget the evil they had seen. And they went unto their Father.

And they said: "Father, forgive our brothers and sisters! Father, bid them to return!"

But God answered them and said: "I bid no one to do that which is right; it is not I, but their evil deeds that bind them to Darkness. But for the sake of your prayer will I sound My voice unto them at the passing of each aeon of time, that they should remember that which they have forsaken, and repent of what they have done. For are they able to repent, then will the Light in their hearts loose them from the binding power of Darkness and draw them back unto their rightful Home; and I, their Father, shall forgive them; for I love you all. "

Then the Youngest fell silent, for they saw that their Father's grief was without bound.

Much time passed.

The Eldest sought to create anew their ravaged Kingdom, but they were not able to do this. Dense fogs and vapours overturned and laid waste all that they sought to build up. And they were homeless amid their imperfect dwellings.

All was barren and dark. And there was no gladness.

Much time passed.

Then the Elder said: "We are not able to make this straight, for we lack the power to do so. Let us descend unto the Earth, for I see that there is Darkness also."

And they all descended to that place.

But then became their horror greater still; for Darkness was there still darker, the fogs still more dense, and the vapours exceeding hot.

But life was everywhere .

For Darkness had drawn forth many forms of monstrous, hideous and awesome creature; for Darkness had brought forth manifold foul and pallid growths. Devoid of order, these sprouted and grew among each other - small, large and mighty.

But these ugly growths and these hideous creatures were to the Eldest the first forms of plant and the first forms of beast upon the Earth; for they had not seen how Darkness had corrupted all that

was already created under the radiance of the Light; for they had not seen how Darkness had made fruitful and called forth some of the manifold dormant forms of life.

But filled with wonder, the Eldest beheld the evil and the hideous.

Mighty beasts waded in the swamps and tramped upon the Earth. Some moved ponderously through the air, others meandered through the waters, many let out roars and terrifying cries.

All was disorder and confusion.

The Eldest saw the beasts multiply and bring forth new creatures.

And they saw them attack one another, hurl one another to the ground, tear and trample one another asunder.

But those that fell unto the ground rose not again.

And the Eldest saw that the torn bodies of the beasts slowly dissolved and soaked into the ground, while evil vapours spread everywhere. And they saw dark shadows rise from the torn bodies, saw them slowly absorbed by the Darkness that compassed them about.

Then the Elder said: "Truly, the life of Darkness does not endure; for we see the earthly bodies dissolve and soak into the ground, and we see the spiritual bodies be swallowed up by the Darkness that is about them. Thus, all returns to that from which it was taken. Truly, this is death! The power of Darkness is awesome!"

And they wandered further across the Earth.

But everywhere was the same life, the same confusion.

Then the Elder said: "These creatures we can never lead, for we have not the power. But let us now carry out our thought: to form and to create earthly beings after our own likeness; let us endow them with the power and the will to multiply and bring forth new beings. For we have seen that not the single being, but the kind lives on. And when we have formed and created our children, then shall we lead them, that they may become rulers over the Earth, and we shall give them such power that they can make themselves lords over these beasts."

And the Eldest became all of one mind, for they thought that this was good.

But then God's voice sounded unto them; for an aeon had passed from the time when God had promised his youngest children that He would help their fallen brothers and sisters.

And God said: "My children, I, your Father, speak unto you, that you may remember that which you have forsaken, and repent of what you have done; for are you able to repent, then will the Light in your hearts deliver you from the binding power of Darkness and draw you back unto your rightful Home; and I, your Father, shall forgive you. "

The Eldest heard God's voice; but it sounded distant and faint.

And they all were filled with fear. And they dared not answer.

Then God fell silent; for He compels no one to do that which is right. But He looked with sorrow upon their conduct.

Much time passed.

By thought and from the radiations of Darkness and of the Earth, the Eldest tried to form and to create earthly beings in their own likeness. But their thoughts were confused, and they made many vain attempts.

Again much time passed, while they sought to fashion the images of their thoughts in the earthly clay.

And after much toil and after much trouble, the Eldest succeeded in forming creatures that were able to breathe and to live in the dense fogs and vapours of the Earth.

These beings were the first of the human race. But they were not beautiful in any way, neither were they good, nor were their creators able to endow them with power, but only with the lust for power.

Truly, human beings were not formed and created by God, but were formed and created by God's eldest, fallen children.

3.
Have Human Beings no Right then to Call themselves
Children of God?

When the human beings had been formed and created, the Eldest chose lands and places that were raised somewhat above the swamps and the waters.

And they led the new beings there, that they might make themselves lords over the Earth and over the beasts.

But when the human beings awoke to life and saw the mighty beasts, they fled in great fear and terror. Some sought shelter in the densely entwined growths; some dug caves, dug them with their hands in the steep slopes; others fled into the bleak mountains; and none dared come forth until hunger drove them out in search of food. Then they fell upon the smaller beasts, killed them and sucked their blood.

Thus they sustained life.

By thought the Eldest sought to influence and to guide their creatures. But the streams of thought from the Eldest were evil and sinful, and they led human beings to perform many wicked, many dreadful deeds.

The human beings were not able to see their creators, but when they perceived the streams of evil that emanated from the thoughts of the Eldest, they fearfully raised their hands toward the sun of the Earth, which shone with a reddish glow through the fogs.

And the Elder said: "Behold, our children seek help from the Light of the Earth, our children turn away from us, away from Darkness. "

The human beings looked upon one another with evil in their eyes, they fought, they killed one another, and the living sucked the blood of the dead.

But the Eldest saw the spiritual bodies of the dead rise slowly from the ground and walk among the living.

And they saw these dead wander about, without thought, without will, without aim. They saw them as pale shadows, living and yet without life.

And some of the Eldest said: "The spiritual bodies of human beings are not absorbed in the Darkness that is about them, but the earthly bodies dissolve and return to that from which they were taken.

"Why then does Darkness not absorb the spiritual bodies?"

But the Elder answered them and said: "When we formed and created these beings from the radiations of Darkness and of the Earth, we forgot to withhold our own selves, and some of that from which we ourselves were formed and created flowed with the waves of Darkness into the spiritual bodies of our creatures. And no matter how faint it may be, we know that the Light, which is of our Father, can never be quenched; and these shadows will continue to be for all eternity. "

Then some of the Eldest answered: "This is fearsome; for this was not our will. Let us seek to withhold our own selves, that no more shadows shall live and yet be without life."

Much time passed.

The human beings were like unto the beasts, they lived like them, mated like them, and their offspring became abundant.

And the streaming waves of Darkness drew a spiritual force of life from the Eldest, and imparted it to all new-born human children.

And the Eldest sought to break the power of Darkness, sought to withhold their own selves, but they were not able to do this, for Darkness bound them.

Then said some of the Eldest: "Truly, we are the servants of Darkness; for we are not able to free ourselves from those we have created, we are not able to withhold our own selves, Darkness pervades us, Darkness binds us. And the human shadows will continue to be through all eternity."

The Elder answered them and said: "Let us persevere, until at last we become the masters of Darkness!"

But they who had spoken would not hear him, for they were not with him. And they said unto one another: "Let us remain in our ravaged Kingdom, let us remain in our imperfect dwellings, and nevermore venture unto the Earth; for we have no power to make straight this confusion."

Much time passed.

The human beings continued to multiply. And they went forth across the Earth; but their shadows followed them. And these became ever greater in number.

Some of the shadows found their way unto the ravaged Kingdom, drawn by the thoughts of the Eldest.

But then were the Eldest filled with dismay.

Many fell silent. And for them there was no joy, for they grieved profoundly.

The shadows entered the imperfect dwellings, wandered about in the ravaged Kingdom without thought, without will, without aim living and yet without life.

And the Eldest saw this.

But they had not the power to help them.

Then the voice of God sounded unto them once more; for another aeon had passed.

And the Eldest all listened.

But the voice of God was distant and faint.

And God said: "My children, I, your Father, speak unto you, that you may remember that which you have forsaken, and repent of what you have done!"

Then some of the Eldest answered.

And they cried out: "Father, Father, be merciful toward these wretched shadows, our creatures! Father, grant them the everlasting life of the Light, that they shall not live for ever and yet be without life! Father, be merciful! Forgive us our evil deeds!"

When they had thus cried out, the voice of God was heard once more; but then it sounded beautiful and clear.

And God answered them, and He said: "For the sake of your

prayer shall I take your children into My care. For the sake of your prayer shall I make your creatures Mine, and I shall bestow upon them a portion of My own Self, give them of eternal life.

"My children, suffer the remorse in your hearts to draw you unto your rightful Home. I, your Father, forgive you; for I love you all!"

But they who did not answer when God spoke saw their brothers and sisters depart from the ravaged Kingdom, borne by the radiant waves of the Light.

And Darkness closed behind them; and it grew darker yet about those who remained there.

But God provided His repentant children with abodes in distant parts of His vast Kingdom.

And He said: "Remain here in peace and rest until the Light has pervaded you and purified you; remain here until I call upon you, that you may help your creatures, help them to journey forward toward the Light, toward My Kingdom!"

And God went unto His youngest children.

And He said: "My children, some of your elder brothers and sisters are returned; bid them be welcome; for they have suffered much.

"My children, I, your Father, have promised these, your brothers and sisters, to take their creatures into My care and to make them My children. Behold, I shall bestow a spark of My own radiant Being upon every human shadow, that they can thereby strive forward, through numerous lives on Earth, from the deepest Darkness unto My Kingdom of Glory. My children, I, your Father, know that aeons must pass before the last human being is delivered from the bondage of Darkness and from life upon the Earth. But likewise do I know that you, My children, can shorten this time greatly, if you will suffer your radiant spirits to be bound unto earthly bodies, if you will live as human beings live, and suffer as human beings suffer, that you may bring the Light of the Spirit unto the Earth, that your future brothers and sisters can more easily find the way unto My Kingdom of Glory.

"My children, you shall not be compelled to go unto the Earth; but would you do this of your own free will, then I, your Father, shall thank you. "

The Youngest all fell silent; for they dared not answer; for they remembered the evil that they had seen.

But when they had all remained silent for a time, the eldest of the Youngest stood forth.

 And he said: "Father, I am ready; I shall bring the Light unto the children of the Earth, I shall be like them, I shall live among them and seek to help them, they who shall be my brothers and sisters. Father, send me unto the Earth!"

But then they all cried out: "Father, we are ready. We will help our future brothers and sisters, that in time they may enter Thy Kingdom. "

Then God looked fondly upon them all.

And He said: "My children, you have chosen that which is right. I, your Father, thank you. But I say unto you: should human beings have struggled forward without your help, should they have fought alone against Darkness and striven through sufferings and sorrows, through sin and through death, until they had reached their rightful Home, then would their glory have become greater than yours, then would human beings become the first, and you would become the last; for then would they themselves have had to strive forward to all that 1, your Father, have given you. But are you able to keep your promise, to help your earthly brothers and sisters, then will you all be equal when in time you gather in My House, and I, your Father, will love you all. "

And God turned toward the eldest of the Youngest.

And He said: "My son, you were the first who was prepared to bring the Light unto the Earth. Through you this work of the Light has begun, through you shall it also be fulfilled. To you I grant the power to lead human beings forward through numerous earthly lives, until you deliver them from the Earth, that they may journey further along brighter and happier paths. And your brothers and sisters shall all obey you. But I, your Father, shall stand by your side, that you shall not grow weary. And in the fulness of time shall you bring unto human beings the greatest of all, which is Love; for you shall teach them to love one another, teach them to do good unto all who suffer. And I, your Father, shall guide you in your journeying upon the Earth."

And God spoke further unto His children.

And He said: "Your Father's blessing shall follow you all; your sorrows shall be My sorrows, your sufferings shall be My sufferings; and your sins shall I forgive and blot out if you repent and if you pray; for all of you will sin, for the power of Darkness is awesome! My children, I say unto you: never strive against that which is good, against that which is true; never strive against love, against compassion, and never turn away from the Light that is within you! For then will Darkness bind you, for then will you forget Me, your Father, and then will you delay your work, delay your progress toward the high goal!"

And they all promised to obey, they all promised to follow their elder brother.(1)

1) The eldest of the Youngest is known to mankind by his earthly name: Jesus of Nazareth - the name he bore in his fifth, and last, incarnation.

4.
Are the many Earthly Lives of Human Beings Predetermined by God?

When the Youngest had promised to let themselves be bound unto earthly bodies, had promised to live as human beings, God gave them a certain time, that they might prepare themselves for their difficult task.

In this time of preparation, God laid the plan and gave the laws for the life and being of mankind in the time to come.

Then God became the Keeper.

But God saw that dwellings were wanting for the future human spirits. And He resolved to fashion dwelling places for them.

By Mind and from the Light, God formed and created six spheres. And the first of these He laid about the ravaged Kingdom and the Earth, and the next He laid about the first.

And God created the spheres in such manner that they brightened, through numerous shadings, from shimmering dawn to clear and glorious light. And He created many dwellings in all of the spheres, that none of His future children should be without a home.

And God ordained that while embodied upon the Earth the human spirit should itself prepare for the next earthly life by the striving of the free will toward the Light and the good, and by the striving of the free will against Darkness and against evil.

And He ordained that the spirit, when upon death delivered from the earthly body, should be drawn unto that place, unto that dwelling it had itself prepared through its deeds; prepared with that purity, with that wisdom and love that the spirit had attained through the struggle and suffering of life upon the Earth.

And God ordained that the spirit, after each completed life upon Earth, might for a time abide in its dwelling, there to reflect upon the life just ended, to repent, to rest, to learn and to prepare for the coming journey.

Thus, through numerous lives on Earth, prepared by its own struggles and victories, should the human spirit rise slowly from the early dawn of its first dwelling, to the clear and glorious Light of the final dwelling in the final sphere. And there, the eldest of the Youngest, by you called Christ, should receive the human spirit, and in the name of the Father deliver it from the Earth, that it might journey further along brighter and more beautiful paths.

When God had fashioned and ordained all these things, He bade His Helpers to gather the shadows. And God's Helpers gathered together all the shadows from the Earth and from the Kingdom ravaged by Darkness.

And behold, there was a mighty host, legions of legions!

And God bestowed upon each shadow a spark of His own radiant Being. And He took them all into His keeping, to a place He had prepared for them far from the Earth, that in peace they might abide there, until the divine radiance was become one with their bodies of shadow. And thus endowed with life could they once more be bound unto human bodies, to begin their journey toward the high goal.

5.
In what Manner were the Spiritual Bodies of God's Children
Bound to Human Bodies? And in what way did
the Youngest Bring the
Light unto Mankind?

When God had taken the shadows into His keeping, He went unto His youngest children.

And He said: "Behold, all is made ready, and the hour is come when you must make good your promise. I, your Father, have made new dwellings for you in the last of the spheres that I have laid about the Earth and the ravaged Kingdom. In these dwellings shall you abide while you work for mankind, in these dwellings shall you rest when you return from each completed life upon the Earth.

"My children, I, your Father, have so ordained that not all of you shall walk upon the Earth at once. Some shall be embodied now, some shall help your elder brother to guide the journeying of mankind, and others shall hold vigil and protect those brothers and sisters who are among human beings, that they should not go astray. My children, I have so ordained that you shall not grow weary; and when the first of you return, then shall they rest while others walk upon the Earth. Thus for a time will you all be among those who lead, for a time among those who rest, for a time among those who guard and protect, and for a time shall you live among the suffering human beings."

Then God chose some of the Youngest.

And He said: "My children, be you the first to go forth unto the Earth ! "

And God blessed them, and He said: "When you are become as human beings and perceive the evil that issues from your fallen brothers and sisters, then pray you for them, but curse them not, for pray you for them, then will your tender thoughts reach unto them, and more readily will remorse awaken in their hearts."

When God had spoken thus, the Youngest all went unto the new dwelling places.

But they whom God had chosen to be embodied as human beings were brought by God's Helpers and by their brothers and sisters unto the Earth, and there bound by the life-giving cord of the Light to human children yet unborn. And God took their thoughts, took their remembrance; and of the Light of the spirit they kept but that which they had promised to bring unto mankind.

But when the fulness of time was come, and the children should be born, the Youngest that were bound to the unborn children's bodies drew nearer and nearer unto them. And at the moment when they were born unto life, the spiritual bodies of the Youngest - guided by the Will of God - were laid as a mantle about the new-born, and they took the form of their earthly bodies, while the life-giving cord brought the stream of Light from the spiritual unto the earthly body. And only death could sever the bond and deliver the spirit anew.

Thus became God's children united with human bodies, and thus will all spiritual bodies, according to the laws of the Light, be bound unto those of the Earth.

But when the first of the Youngest were become as human beings, earthly time began; for until that hour all had been disorder and confusion.

While century followed century and millennium followed millennium, the Youngest led mankind forward toward the Light.

Human beings learnt much from their leaders, learnt to shape their simple thoughts in speech and characters; for the first human beings had no speech. As beasts they uttered manifold cries to give warning, draw attention or show joy, fear, anger or revulsion.

Slowly human beings received more and more knowledge.

And they learnt to kindle fire with flint and wood, learnt to fashion implements with which to work and to defend themselves, learnt to protect themselves against the beasts and to take heed of the places whence flaming fire, rocks and scalding vapours gushed out from the depths of the Earth.

Thousands of centuries passed.

But unto each new generation the Youngest brought more and greater knowledge.

Slowly the waves of the Light streamed across the Earth. In many places new and better kinds of beast arose. But some of the monstrous and hideous beasts died out, for God made their offspring frail, and these were not able to multiply.

More pleasing and more useful plants sprang forth everywhere. Human beings learnt to till the soil and put some of the beasts to useful service, and they learnt to harvest the stems and leaves of plants and trees and their fruits. They learnt to hew the mountain rock and build their dwellings thereof. And they learnt to shape likenesses of themselves and of the beasts in wood, in stone and in coloured clay, to adorn their dwellings therewith.

Thousands upon thousands of centuries passed.

With each passing century the human body became more graceful, the spirit more full of Light, and human thought became more pure and lucid.

And the Youngest sought to bring mankind knowledge of a higher Power, a spiritual Being who ruled over and ordained all things. But the simple thoughts of human beings were not able to conceive of that which was not visible to their eyes, and they bowed down in worship of the sun of the Earth that shone upon them, prostrated themselves before the glowing sun, which gave them light and dispersed the fogs of the Earth.

Thus human beings continued, century after century, millennium after millennium, to worship the power that to them was the highest - the radiant and blazing fire of the sun.

Generation after generation, human beings journeyed forward toward the Light.

Through passing centuries they journeyed forth, seeking toward the goal, guided by God's youngest children in their human embodiment.

Thus were the purifying streams of the Light drawn across the Earth; thus was brought the Light of the Spirit unto human beings.

6.
How did the Eldest Look upon the Work of
the Youngest for the Benefit of Humanity?

But the Eldest who were in the ravaged Kingdom followed with wonder the conduct of their younger brothers and sisters. And Darkness, which flowed through them without cease, confused their thoughts still more and aroused anger in their minds; and they agreed to strive against their younger brothers and sisters, agreed to draw mankind back into Darkness; for the Eldest would not that their creatures should belong to the Light.

And then began the struggle between the Eldest and the Youngest.

The Youngest taught mankind to live in purity, in love and in peace with one another.

But the Eldest taught them to envy and to persecute one another, to live in sin and wickedness; taught them to gather themselves into mighty armies, to march against one another, to kill, plunder and rob; taught them to seize by force nations, cities and riches to which they had no right.

And the Youngest taught mankind to make good, wise and just laws.

But the Eldest taught them to make evil, unjust, and unwise laws.

The Youngest taught that one man and one woman should live their lives together; taught human beings to love and care for their offspring .

But the Eldest taught men to take many women, taught women to take many men; for in this way they were neither able to love nor care for each of their offspring. Indeed, many did not even know their own children, nor were they concerned with their lives.

And as centuries were added to centuries, millennia to millennia, Darkness compelled the Eldest to strive without cease against their younger brothers and sisters; for with each century the power of Darkness over the Eldest increased, their thoughts became still more confused and they were able to think only evil and to desire evil; for they were truly the servants of Darkness.

And the Eldest continued to cast stones in the path of the Youngest.

Many fell and many grew weary; but God, their Father, raised up the fallen, sustained the weak, forgave and blotted out that in which they had erred and sinned.

God, their Father, sustained them and strengthened their courage.

And they all journeyed onward, striving against Darkness, striving for the Light and striving for the good.

But when an aeon had passed from the time when some of the Eldest answered God 's calling voice in repentance, God sounded His voice anew to call upon those who were still in the ravaged Kingdom.

Only few answered Him; for only few repented of that which they had sinned. But God forgave the repentant, for He loved them all. And the streaming waves of the Light carried them away from the ravaged Kingdom. And it grew still darker about those who remained.

And once more, century after century passed, millennium after millennium.

And the Youngest sought to impart unto humanity greater knowledge of that which was not visible to the earthly eye; sought to teach that the highest power was God; taught that God was a merciful and loving Father, who loved them all and would draw them all unto His Kingdom.

But the Eldest whispered unto mankind that the highest power was a god of wrath and vengeance, taught that those who would not bow down before his stern divinity, would be cast into the pit, there to languish for ever.

And they taught them to worship many gods, to carve images in wood and stone and to bow down before these lifeless objects. Taught them to appease divine wrath by pouring out the blood of humans and of beasts upon the altars, which had been built unto these images that were without life and without power.

While centuries passed, while millennia followed millennia, the thoughts of mankind became confounded, and they confused all that they learnt; for they were not able to separate the evil from the good, to separate Darkness from the Light; for the Eldest continued to beset the Youngest in their work.

And they drew Darkness closely across the Earth, and Darkness awakened the inner forces of the Globe to a fearsome, flaming eruption. And the greatest of those realms that the embodied Youngest had created upon the Earth was laid waste and sank into the sea. Few only were able to flee from the death and destruction; for the waters flooded away most of the mighty land.

And the Youngest grieved over that which was lost.

But God, their Father, sustained the weak and strengthened their courage.

And they journeyed onward, striving for the Light, striving for the good.

Again, century followed century, millennium followed millennium; once more, the Youngest brought more and greater knowledge unto mankind, taught them anew to build mighty empires and great nations, to raise beautiful cities and glorious dwellings; taught them to mine the ores and many-coloured, sparkling stones of the mountains, to adorn with these their dwellings and adorn their bodies.

And the Youngest sought anew to impart unto human beings greater knowledge of that which was hidden from the earthly eye. And some few learnt to receive messages from the world that they did not see.

But invisible to human beings, the Eldest beset the Youngest in their work.

And they drew Darkness closer about the Earth; and they taught human beings some of the hidden powers of Darkness, taught them once again to worship the many gods, taught them to commit wicked deeds by worshipping and by calling upon the powers of Darkness.

Thus human beings journeyed gradually forward, in dawning and receding ages, toward the Light, guided by the Youngest from knowledge to greater knowledge, while the Eldest sought to draw them back, draw them under the power of Darkness.

8.
Did the Eldest Continue to be Invisible to Human Beings?
Were none of them Incarnated on Earth?

Many thousands of centuries had passed since the time God had last let His voice be heard by the Eldest. Then said one of those who had remained in the ravaged Kingdom: "Behold! We continue to live in Darkness and misery. Still we have not been able to bring Light and beauty unto our dwelling places, we have no power to bring back into the Darkness those we created. Let us seek to become human beings, and live among them as do our younger brothers and sisters; for we have seen that remembrance of life with our Father is blotted out from their memory while they walk upon the Earth. Let us bind ourselves to earthly bodies; for then will the remembrance of our wretchedness, of our lack of power and our sufferings also be blotted out from our memories and while we are as human beings we shall rejoice once more in possessing power, wealth and glory."

They all listened to these words and spoke much thereof; for they all wished to forget their sufferings.

But then God spoke unto them in warning.

And God said: "My children, commit not this act; for it will bring much strife, much misery and a great many sufferings upon mankind, your creation, and you it will profit nothing. My children, seek to repent of the evil that already you have done, then I your Father shall forgive you, that you may return unto your rightful Home. But are you still not able to repent, and would you, against My word, bind yourselves unto earthly bodies, then should you know that all of you must walk under the laws I have given for the progress of mankind. Then must you strive from Darkness unto the Light, then must you walk the paths that human beings walk; but this will become sorely trying for you, for Darkness will gather closely about you, and you will become greater than human beings, greater in sin, in vice and in wickedness. For the fear and terror of Darkness will never depart from you, and your sufferings will become very great.

"My children, I, your Father, have spoken unto you, that you may choose that which is right. Take much thought ere you commit this act, My children, take much thought!"

And they all heard God's voice, but they listened in silence, for they were not able to repent.

Then the Elder of the Eldest stood forth.

And he said: "We wish our creatures no harm, we seek only to forget our sufferings. Surely we shall not feel greater fear and terror among human beings than we feel in this our ruined home; surely we shall not find greater suffering among them than we find here.

"Behold, how the sun of the Earth shines and glows! It brings warmth and beauty unto all who live upon the Earth. Is this not better than the cold and Darkness which reign here? Behold the splendid dwellings of the people, their proud temples, the magnificent mansions of their princes! Is this not better than our crumbled ruins? Behold their splendid raiment, their golden adornments with the manycoloured glittering jewels! Behold the riches they possess, and the riches yet resting in the bosom of the Earth and of the mountains! Is this not better than our nakedness and the filthy rags with which we seek to cover ourselves? Behold the nations and splendid cities of the Earth, the tall luxuriant vegetation, the many-coloured flowers, clear streams and mighty seas! Is this not better than our barren rocks, our murky and fog-shrouded waters? Is this not better than the evil vapours that well forth everywhere in our realm?

"Truly, we wish our creatures no harm. We wish only to share in their riches and splendour, we seek only to forget our sufferings. "

Then they all cried: "We wish our creatures no harm, we seek only to forget our sufferings."

God, their Father, answered them not; for He compels no one to do that which is right. But He looked with sorrow upon their ways.

And the Eldest sought to bind themselves unto earthly bodies but they were not able to do so; only the Elder possessed the power to do this, for his power was great. And when his brothers and sisters implored him to stand by them, he promised to help them all.

Slowly the Elder journeyed from place to place across the Earth, and he bound his brothers and sisters unto human bodies yet unborn, bound them with the life-giving cord of Darkness. And he sought to take their memory, but he was not able to blot out all of it. Lust for power remained in their hearts, and the memory of the fear and terror of Darkness stayed with them all.

But when the Elder had helped his brothers and sisters, he would bind himself to an unborn human body. But behold! This he was not able to do; for he possessed not the power to blot out his own memory.

And the hour came when the Elder stood alone.

Alone and unseen by human beings, he wandered across the Earth. Alone with his fear and terror, he roamed the ravaged Kingdom. In heavy waves Darkness surged through his body, oppressing his mind and confusing his thoughts still more.

Then hatred awoke in his heart.

He raised his hands toward the heavens and cursed his God and Father, the source of all creation.

Then he stretched his hands toward the Earth, cursing his creatures, cursing his younger brothers and sisters, cursing those brothers and sisters who forsook him and left him to be alone.

But at that same hour God's voice sounded to him in warning.

And God said: "My son, cease your curses, for they profit you nothing. My son, I, your Father, say unto you: the hour will come when in humility, with grief and remorse, you will humble yourself before human beings and seek to obtain their forgiveness. My son, make it not harder for your creatures to forgive you, by adding your curses to the evil you have already prepared them: sin, suffering, misery and the bitterness of death. My son, cease your curses, for they profit you nothing, and I, your Father, grieve over you."

The Elder heard God's voice, but he answered not; for Darkness and hatred bound his mind and his thoughts.

Troubled times overtook mankind; for the Eldest grew up among them, and they became greater than human beings, greater in sin, greater in hatred, and they sowed the evil seed of Darkness everywhere.

Some of the Eldest were born to rule, and they wielded the scourge of power over all the peoples beneath them. And they laid the yoke of bondage upon men and upon women, that they should serve them and be slaves unto their evil lusts and desires. And they surrounded themselves with much magnificence and much splendour. They took many women, abused and slew numerous men and women. They warred continually with neighbouring kings and princes, conquered much land, many cities and great riches, conquering all by force and cunning. And they sent thousands upon thousands of warriors to their death; for their lusts were insatiable. For they were evil and cruel, haughty and proud.

But in their hearts they were cowardly and vile, for the fear and terror of Darkness was upon them.

Many of the Eldest were born to serve in the temples, born to be priests and priestesses of the gods. And they wielded the scourge of power over the peoples, over the kings and over the princes; for they spoke with much authority, threatening with stern retribution from their god, or gods. And all bowed down before them, bowed down in fear and submission.

The priests were counsellors to the kings and to the princes; but they gave evil and wicked counsel.

And they sought to conceal the sinful acts that were committed in the hidden chambers of the temples, for some of the priestesses of the gods were harlots.

The priests gathered together great riches, plundering by force and stealth, and they heaped up the gold in the treasure chambers of the temples.

But still they continued to seek more riches, to seek greater power; for their greed was insatiable. For they were evil and cruel, haughty and proud.

But in their hearts they were cowardly and vile, for the fear and terror of Darkness was upon them.

Troubled times overtook mankind.

Again, the inner forces of the Earth broke forth in flaming eruption. Again, a mighty realm sank into the sea. Thousands upon thousands of human beings perished, while mountain rocks crushed the magnificent temples, crushed the splendid dwellings, while the floods swept away all without trace. Only few were able to flee. But those who fled spread far and wide, travelled in smaller bands across nearby islands unto lands that to them were new and unknown.

But the Youngest grieved deeply for that which had been lost, grieved deeply over the evil seed of the Eldest; for they saw it spring forth everywhere, and they saw it bear manifold fruit.

But God, their Father, comforted them and strengthened them, and they journeyed onward, striving for the Light, striving for the good.

The centuries passed, millennium was added to millennium, human beings spread more and more across the Earth, moving farther and farther away from their first dwellings and homelands. And they built new realms, new nations; and each nation lived according to its own laws, governed under the rule of one man or of several men.

But those who had moved far away from their first homelands knew nothing of their forefathers, and they were no longer able to speak the tongues their fathers spoke.

Troubled were the times on Earth; for the Eldest still let themselves be embodied among human beings, and much evil, much wickedness spread everywhere.

And whenever the Eldest at death were freed from their earthly bodies, Darkness drew them back unto the ravaged Kingdom. But they implored their elder brother to bind them once more to new bodies; for they yearned to walk in the light of the Earth, in power and in glory.

And the Elder, who was the obedient Servant of Darkness, bound them anew to human bodies yet unborn. But often he bound them against his will, for his hatred was turned upon those who had failed him. And Darkness compelled him, for the power of Darkness is great.

But each time that the Eldest returned unto the ravaged Kingdom, after a completed life upon the Earth, remembrance of the times before their first embodiment became more faint and distant. For the Elder was not able to restore to them all that he had blotted out from their memory.

Remembrance grew still more distant, grew still fainter; but the fear and terror of Darkness never left them.

And while the centuries passed, some of the Eldest grew weary of life among human beings, and they remained in the ravaged Kingdom; for they feared to let themselves be embodied; for they feared to reap the evil seed which they themselves had sown.

And by the power of Thought-Will they sought to build likenesses of earthly dwellings and cities; and in these dwellings and in these cities they re-lived their lives on Earth.

But with their evil thoughts they continued to draw Darkness closer about the human beings, their own creation.

Troubled were the times on Earth.

Again, the inner forces of the Earth broke forth in mighty eruption.

Again, one of mankind's mighty realms was swept away. Blazing fire and glowing rocks ravaged and destroyed all, while the Earth opened in gaping chasms, while proud mansions and splendid cities crumbled and were swept away. Thousands upon thousands of human beings perished. Only few were able to flee from the glowing, all-engulfing torrents of fire.

And the Youngest grieved for that which had been lost.

But they sought persistently to draw the Light unto the Earth; for God, their Father, gave them still greater strength, gave them still greater power, and they strove mightily against the Eldest who were embodied upon the Earth.

Century was added to century, millennium unto millennium.

Once more the Youngest taught human beings to build realms, to found new nations, to raise new cities.

And they brought more and ever more knowledge unto human beings; taught them to gaze into the vastness of space, taught them to follow the paths and orbits of the glittering stars. But human beings were able only dimly to discern part of the greatness that encompassed the world in which they lived.

Troubled were the times on Earth; for the visible Eldest gained greater and greater power over mankind; for they tore down what the Youngest built up; for they continued to sow their evil seed everywhere and they won ever greater victories over the Youngest.

Ever more heavily Darkness descended upon the Earth. Mankind grew ever more wicked, sank ever deeper.

And the time came when many of the human spirits, when at death released from their earthly bodies, were not able to ascend unto the dwellings that God had given them in the spheres about the Earth. For their vices and evil desires bound them to the places where they had formerly lived while their mortal bodies were alive.

And then the spirits of the dead began to walk among the living, walk in their homes, in their temples, and in the palaces of the kings and princes. Wherever people went, the spirits of the dead walked beside them, whispering to them evil and sinful thoughts. Yea, they even sought to tempt human beings to commit the dreadful deeds of Darkness.

And there arose much chaos and confusion.

But some people were able to see the dead, and they spoke thereof unto others, and they were much afraid; for this strengthened many in their belief in an evil Deity, who fought with the highest God for dominion over humanity, for dominion upon the Earth.

And much fear was born in the hearts of human beings.

Troubled were the times on Earth. And the Youngest grieved over the advance of evil, and only few dared descend unto the Earth to fight against the powers of Darkness.

But these few brought great knowledge and much learning.

And they taught human beings to ponder the being and existence of nature, sought to open their eyes unto good and to evil, to the pure and to the impure. With clear words and compelling speech they sought to strengthen them in their belief in a just, all-embracing God, sought to bring them knowledge of the eternal struggle between Darkness and the Light.

And they taught mankind to search out some of nature's hidden laws, and to derive benefit from the knowledge gained. They taught them to render their thoughts, their yearnings, joys and sorrows in melodious verse; taught them to express the deep probings of their thoughts in wise and profound teachings.

And they taught mankind to build glorious temples, splendid dwellings, mighty vaults with marvellously curved arches, supported by slender columns, richly adorned with representations in many forms of animal, and most artistically entwined leaves, flowers and fruits.

And they taught them to form and to carve images of the human body and the imagined likenesses of gods and goddesses with care and artistry in the white stone of marble. And with these splendid works the human beings adorned their temples and their dwellings.

But the Youngest were not able to break the power of Darkness.

And when more than a hundred centuries had passed since the first embodiment of the Eldest, the Youngest were much disheartened, and only few ventured unto the Earth to strive against Darkness.

Then came the hour when many of the Youngest were gathered in the outermost sphere about the Earth. And they spoke much of the troubled times that were, and of the troubled times to come. And they counselled among themselves as to which course they should follow in order to vanquish Darkness.

But they continued to be much disheartened, and one of them said: "We are no longer able to lead mankind; for we have no power to do so. Behold, disorder and confusion abound!

"Many human spirits trespass against the laws our Father gave them. Behold, thousands upon thousands of their dwellings in the spheres stand empty, while the spirits, bound by their vice and lust, walk upon the Earth among the living. But we are not able to call back our earthly brothers and sisters, nor are we able to deliver them from the power of Darkness.

"And behold, some of our elder brothers and sisters in the ravaged Kingdom have sought, by the power of Thought-Will, to imitate earthly regions, cities, and dwellings, and in these shadow-realms they re-live again and again their last earthly lives. Unto these shadow-realms, by thought and by will, they draw numerous human spirits, bound in sin, to be slaves unto their evil lusts and desires. And we know that our brothers and sisters remain in the ravaged Kingdom so as to evade the laws to which they freely submitted at the time of their first incarnation.

"We know that they act in this way so as not to reap the evil seed which they themselves have sown, so as not to be overtaken by their own evil deeds. All this we know; but we have no power to bring our brothers and sisters under the laws they have forsaken. We shall never be able to do this!

"Nor shall we be able to guide mankind. Indeed, when, at our Father's bidding, we appeared before them in our full glory, without earthly form, to strengthen their faith in our Father's Divinity, we were able to awaken them to reflection for but a short time. Soon, they sank once more into sin and into vice.

"Truly, we 11ave fought - but we have not overcome. Humanity is lost. "

Then spoke the eldest of the Youngest.

And he said: "Break we not the promise that we gave our Father, then is humanity not lost. And we shall never break it; for do we this, then are we not worthy of His trust.

"And you must remember: you have all promised to follow me, your elder brother; behold, I say unto you: let us beseech our Father to help us; for He alone has counsel, He alone is able to set right all these things. Let us pray unto our Father for help; for He has promised to sustain us, for He has promised to lead us. Truly, I ask of you, stood He not often by our side, raised He not the fallen, strengthened He not the weak and comforted the disheartened? Showed He not often the way, when we saw it. vanish in Darkness? Verily, let us pray unto Him to give us still greater strength and still greater power, that we may overcome; for you should remember: not only have we promised to lead mankind unto our Father's Kingdom, we have also promised to win back our elder brothers and sisters. And furthermore, while we live as humans among the human beings, we can give our brothers and sisters much help in the arduous journey of their earthly lives. We can meet them with love, we can help them to bear their burdens, seek to remove stones from their path; we can sustain them and take them with us. And I ask all of you, what joy have we, so long as our elder brother is against us, so long as we feel his hatred and his curses? Verily, let us all pray unto our Father for help; for He alone has counsel. "

But when he had spoken, they all fell silent, for they searched their hearts.

And again, they spoke much among themselves, until they were all of one accord. Then they said: "Brother, we shall follow you; for we know that your words are true!"

And they all went forth unto God's Kingdom.

But the eldest of the Youngest stood forth.

And he said: "Father, we come to Thee with our sorrows; for Darkness has conquered us. We come to Thee to ask of Thee to grant us greater power and greater strength, that we may reach our goal."

Then God, their Father, looked upon them all with love.

And He said: "My children, be patient, for only those who are patient will overcome."

And God walked among them, and He spoke unto each one, and He said unto them all: "I, your Father, thank you that none of you broke the promise you gave Me; for the temptation was very great. My children, I say unto you: put not exceeding trust in the power and strength which is yours, but be mindful that I, your Father, will give you all the power and all the strength that you need, so long as you strive for the Light, for the good, and for the true!"

And God spoke further.

And He said: "I, your Father, compel no human beings to follow the laws which I have given for their progress. Of their own free will must they walk under these laws. But so as to lighten your burden, at the last hour of every passing century shall I let My voice be heard by all human spirits bound in sin. And I shall speak unto them, that repentance may awaken in their hearts, that the Light may draw them back unto their empty dwellings."

And God comforted the weak, and He strengthened them all.

And He spoke further.

And He said: "My children, when you are embodied once more among human beings, then pray for those who are bound by evil; for the loving thoughts of your prayer will awaken repentance in their hearts, and then will the streams of the Light carry the repentant back unto their dwellings, which stand empty. My children, I, your Father, ask of you: seek all of you, while you walk among mankind, to remember your eldest brother and to pray for him; for then will you be victorious!"

And God turned to the eldest of the Youngest, and He said: "Behold, my son, I shall send a multitude of your brothers and sisters unto the Earth that they may guide humanity. And I shall send many unto the Jewish people; for thence I hear the most cries for help and sustenance; for there the people sigh under the yoke of sin. My son, prepare yourself; for in a short while shall you follow your brothers and sisters. The times are evil, and mankind is in dire need."

But the son answered Him and said: "Father, I am ready. Thy Will be done!"

Then God blessed them all.

And He sent a multitude unto the Earth; and many He sent unto the Jewish people.

But when all the Youngest were departed, God let His mighty voice be heard over the entire Earth by all the human spirits that were bound by sin, bound by Darkness. And they all ceased in what they were about; for God called upon each one; for He named each one.

Many were those who heeded God's calling voice; but a great many more remained in Darkness. For they were still not able to repent, and only those who answered God, their Father, were borne by the streaming waves of the Light back unto the empty dwellings.

And they remained for some time in the spheres in order to be purified, to rest and to learn - until they should once more journey onward in new lives upon the Earth.

But before a century had ended, God summoned the eldest of the Youngest.

And He said: "My son, are your ready? For the time is nigh, when according to your promise to Me, your Father, you shall walk upon the Earth among mankind.

"Teach human beings to love one another, as brothers and sisters, teach them to love the Light and to shun the evil and sinful deeds of Darkness. Strengthen them in that which is good, strengthen them in that which is true. Teach them to have faith in Me, their God, the Father of their spirit."

But the son answered Him and said: "Father, I am ready."

Then God spoke further.

And He said: "My son, it may happen that your journeyings will be burdensome and hard, for many are the ways that you may walk among human beings. The times are evil, for Darkness reigns over all the Earth, and it will be hard for you to find the proper path. My son, are you ready?"

But the son answered: "Father, say unto me, shall I choose the right way?"

God looked fondly upon him, and He said: "I, your Father, will not choose the way for you. I will but show you the way that can lead unto the goal, and none can know beforehand whether you will fulfil your task.

"My son, hear me, for I shall seek to guide you: pray you for your eldest brother while you are as a human being, then will the loving thoughts of your prayer awaken repentance in his heart, then will he return unto his rightful Home in My Kingdom. And is your brother saved, then will Darkness have no servant to oppose you, then will the way of your journey be easier and more full of the Light, for then will mankind see in you the being that you are. Many will love you, and only few will hate you."

And God spoke further.

And He said: "My son, should you not remember your brother and forget to pray for him, then will he strive against you, then will the road of your journey be stony and dusty. The thorns will sting you, only few will love you, many will hate you, mock you and persecute you. Yea, human beings will bring you death - death upon the cross. Such will be their gratitude for the gifts that you bring them.

"My son, your Father asks of you: are you still ready?"

Then the son bowed down his head, and for a time he stood silent; for he searched his heart.

But his love for suffering humanity impelled him. He looked steadfastly upon his Father and answered: "Father, I am still ready. But Father, forgive me, should I not find the right path while I live upon the Earth; for Thou knowest Darkness; Thou knowest that its power is awesome."

Then God embraced His son, and He said: "I, your Father, shall lead you, that your journey should not be exceeding hard; but I say unto you: always heed My voice when I speak unto you; for then will you never go astray."

And God spoke further.

And He said: "Behold, My son, I shall ask one of your brothers to go with you upon your journey, that he may carry some of your burden and remove some of the stones from your path."

And God chose one of the Youngest. And he promised to go with his brother.

Then God spoke unto them both.

And He said: "Sustain each other, bear each other's burden, do not fail!"

And God blessed them, and He took away their memory; but He let them keep a faint remembrance of the times that were before the creation of mankind. God did this so that the eldest of the Youngest should never doubt who he was, nor ever doubt the truth of the words that he should speak unto human beings. God did this so as to help them work together, that the younger brother should not fail the elder.

And He sent them both unto the Jewish people.

But one was called Jesus of Nazareth and the other was Joseph of Arimathea.

Some while before God sent the two brothers unto the Earth, He called upon a third one of the Youngest.

And God said unto him: "Behold, your elder brother is distressed, the times are evil, for Darkness rules everywhere upon the Earth. 1, your Father, ask of you: will you prepare the way for him? Will you seek to remove some of the stones from his path, that his footsteps shall not falter upon his journeying? My son, will you go with your brother? "

His son answered Him and said: "Father, I am ready; give me Thy blessing, and I shall go with my brothers."

But when he had answered thus, God spoke further.

And He said: "Teach human beings to shun the deeds of Darkness; teach them to turn away from their false gods; teach them to repent of the evil they have done, that they may travel the straight road unto My Kingdom. My son, pray for those who are bound by Darkness. My son, seek to remember your eldest and fallen brother."

And God took away his memory, but He let him keep a faint remembrance of the brother that he loved, and for whom he should prepare the way. God did this so that he should know the eldest of the Youngest, when they met in their journeying through life upon the Earth.

And God sent him unto the Jewish people, and he was called John, named The Baptist. 

8.
Was the Birth of Jesus Supernatural? Was he Conceived by the Holy Ghost?

The earthly body of Jesus was conceived and born of the desire and will of man and woman.

And the eldest of the Youngest was bound unto this body, bound with the life-giving cord of the Light; for thus are all spirits of Light bound unto earthly bodies by the Will of God.

But God Himself guided and protected him in his arduous journeyings through life upon the Earth. 

9.
What were Jesus' own Thoughts Concerning his Mission on Earth?

In evil times he was born unto the Earth. In evil times he grew up among mankind.
His thoughts were pure. His eye saw and his ear heard more than the feeble eyes and the deaf ears of human beings.

Love and compassion filled his heart. And his hands brought healing unto many.

But his countenance was sorrowful, for he bore the heaviest burden upon his shoulders.

And he was a stranger among human beings.

His eye saw much sin, many sorrows and much suffering.

And he heard people in the synagogue and in their homes cry unto their god to free them from the yoke of bondage and soon, soon to send them the Messiah, the promised, the long awaited One.

Slowly, God called to life the thought in the mind of Jesus that he was sent unto the Earth to deliver the people from the yoke of sin, and to cleanse their hearts of all impurity; that he was sent unto the Earth to teach the people to love one another, to strengthen their faith in their Heavenly Father.

Slowly the hope awoke in the heart of Jesus that he was the promised, the long awaited One.

But he dared not fully trust this hope.

And he pondered much on these thoughts.

Often he sat in the synagogue and studied the ancient Scriptures.

And he listened to the elders and to the scribes expounding the words.

But he found not the peace that he sought.

Long and deeply he studied the ancient Scriptures. And his heart became heavy, for the god of the Scriptures was often vengeful, and he was in no manner just.

But Jesus did not grow weary, he continued to seek until he faintly dis- cerned a fond and gentle countenance - the God of Truth, of Love and of Compassion.

But the God of Truth and of the Light, whose countenance he discerned behind the Lord of wrath and vengeance, reminded him of the Father, whose image he bore within his heart.

And unto this Father he prayed fervently for help, for peace and for strength.

And God heard his prayer.

And He granted him strength, purity and peace of heart.

But at the moment Jesus knew himself to be strengthened, he went unto the synagogue and stood forth, and he spoke against the elders and against the scribes.

And all who heard his words wondered greatly, for his words were clear, and he spoke with much authority.

But some of the words of Jesus were these: "Behold, I say unto you; the god you fear and worship is not the God of Truth but the God of Falsehood! For I say unto you: should you search with care in the ancient Scriptures, which speak of this your god, then would you see how weak and faltering he is. Now he wields the scourge of vengeance and retribution over the heads of your forefathers and drives his people into exile, then he calls them back. Now he bids their leaders, through the prophets, take arms against their neighbouring peoples to plunder, to pillage and to slay, and when thus he has raged for a time with might and power, then he repents of his actions, repents of the evil that he has done, and promises to temper his wrath, promises to show greater mercy. Truly, truly I say unto you: this is not the God of Truth, this is not the God of Justice!

"And what worship he craves of you!

"How many beasts does he not bid you slaughter before his countenance, that this sacrifice may please him! How much blood is not spilt upon his altar, that the scent thereof may rise unto the heavens and delight his heart!

"Behold, I ask of you: is it not said unto you in the Law of Moses that you should not kill one another? And how often has your god not spoken, through the prophets, unto your forefathers and bid them slay thousands upon thousands of their enemies? And has he not pro- mised your fore fathers to reward them for these evil deeds with much glory, many riches and much land! Truly, I say unto you: that God who says, thou shalt not kill and that god who bids you kill are not the same; for that god who bids you slay your enemies, he is of the evil, and you should shun him."

And Jesus continued to speak; for deep silence had fallen upon them all.

And he sought by the words of the Scriptures to show them the God of Love, of Truth and of the Light; the God who with perfect righteousness punishes the transgressions of mankind. He sought to show them the God whose embrace was open unto each repentant sinner, the true, the highest, the only God. He, who was not only the God of the Jewish people, but of all the world - yea, even the God of the heathen.

But when he fell silent, all were dismayed.

And the scribes spoke harsh and condemning words against him.

And the ruler of the temple stood forth and forbade him ever again to speak in the synagogue, yea, forbade him to expound the words of the Scriptures.

But Jesus answered him and said: "None has the power to bid me keep silent in my Father's House.’’(1)

Then they all became yet more dismayed, and some cried: "Behold, the Evil One has possessed him and speaks through his mouth; hear how he profanes the holy and scorns the exalted."

And they sought to drive him out of the synagogue.

But Jesus answered them not. And he walked of his own accord out of his Father's House.

When the people in the city heard of that which had come to pass they wondered much, and many were angered.

But the parents of Jesus, the carpenter Joseph and his wife Mary, rebuked him sternly for the words that he had spoken in the synagogue against the elders and the scribes.

But Jesus answered them and said: "Know you not that I love you, and have I not sought to do your bidding? How much more, then, should I not seek to do the bidding of Him, who sent me? How much more, then, should I not love my Heavenly Father, love Him who reigns over all the Heavens?"

But they understood him not, and they grieved much, for they believed that his thoughts were confused.

1) Jesus regarded not only the Temple in Jerusalem, but also every synagogue as his "Father's House". 

10.
How are we to Understand the Baptism of Jesus?

But some time after Jesus was driven out of the synagogue, he heard much talk of a man John, called "The Baptist", who journeyed from place to place in the region of the river Jordan.

And Jesus heard that he spoke unto the people there, and taught them much about the Kingdom of Heaven; he heard that this man spoke sternly unto the people, for he rebuked them for their lack of faith, rebuked them for their worship of Mammon and of power.

And some of this words were these: "The Kingdom of Heaven is nigh, when you repent of the evil you have done, when you turn away from the false gods of this world, when you shun the deeds of Darkness."

And when men and women came unto him in sorrow and repentance, he took water from the river into his hand and poured it over them.

And he said: "As with water I cleanse your bodies of earthly dust and soil, so will the Lord cleanse your hearts with heavenly fire; cleanse you from the soil of sin and evil."

But, if anyone asked him: "Are you the Messiah, whom we expect?", then he answered, saying: "One who is greater than I shall come. But the Lord has sent me to prepare the way for him."

Many spoke of this unto Jesus.

And God awakened in his heart the desire to see this man and to speak with him; for that which he had heard caused him to wonder.

And Jesus went unto the place where John was.

But when John saw him coming, his spirit knew him.

And he bowed down before Jesus, saying: "Brother, be welcome! " And John turned to the many who were with him, and said: "It is he, whom I awaited, unto him I prepared the way."

But Jesus rejoiced greatly in his words.

And he spoke unto John, saying: "Brother, baptize me, as you baptize the people, that cleansed I may go forth unto my work."

Then John bowed down before him and said: "Even as your body is clean, so is your heart clean also."

But Jesus answered him and said: "None is pure but God."

Then John did as Jesus wished.

But when he had baptized Jesus, he turned toward the people who had gathered about them.

And he called in a loud voice: "This is the Son of God, the Beloved! Follow him, and be obedient unto him; for his words are true."

When Jesus rose from the water, the multitude fell back, for he stood before them as a king.

Many bowed down before him, and some sought to kiss the hem of his robe, but Jesus bade them to refrain.

And he abode with John, and they spoke of a great many things.

But after a time they departed from one another. And they went each his own way. 

11.
How should we interpret the Temptation in the Wilderness?

After his meeting with the Baptist, Jesus often journeyed unto the desert places, so as to search his heart in the stillness, so as to ponder his task and to listen to that which was inspired in him.

But when he was thus alone his eldest brother, the Servant of Darkness, stood at his side and sought to instil impure and sinful thoughts in him.

But Darkness could not defile the mind of Jesus.

Then the Elder sought to instil pride in his heart.

But when Jesus perceived these alien thoughts, he heard with his inner ear a distant, a gentle voice which said: "Pray for him who is bound by evil!"

And Jesus, who was able to see with his mind's eye, sought all about him to find the evil spirit which inspired in him the sinful thoughts of pride.

But he saw no one; for Darkness concealed his eldest brother.

And then he believed that the thoughts were his own, that the distant voice sought to warn him against these his evil thoughts. And he prayed humbly and fervently unto his Heavenly Father to forgive him the pride which filled his mind.

But the thoughts were not erased.

And once more the voice said: "Pray for him who is bound by evil ! "

Jesus listened to the words, and he sought to interpret them.

But he was not able to do so; for the curses that the Elder had hurled upon him oppressed his mind and obscured the faint remembrance that he bore in his heart of the brother who had fallen to the power of Darkness.

And a great fear filled the heart of Jesus; for he feared that an evil spirit had possessed his body and hindered him in discerning between good and evil.

And he cried: "Depart from me, thou who art of evil!"

But when the thoughts persisted he called in his distress upon his Heavenly Father and cried: "Father, deliver me from the one who threatens me!"

When God drew Darkness away from the Elder, and Jesus beheld his brother's countenance - then he dimly remembered the promise that he had given his Father before he began his journeying upon the Earth.

And he heard a distant, sorrowful voice which said: "My son, the path of your journey will be strewn with stones and filled with dust, and human beings will bring you death - death upon the cross."

But from that moment Jesus knew no joy; for he bore the heaviest burden of sorrow in his heart.

And later, when some time had passed, and he spoke unto his disciples of the Evil One who tempts mankind to sin, some of them asked: "Master, say unto us, did the Evil One ever tempt you?"

Then Jesus answered: "While I walked in the desert places he came and spoke unto me, so as to awaken pride in my heart; but I said: depart from me! For I was not able to pray for him; for I forgot the promise that I had given unto my Father."

But they who heard the words understood them not.

And they dared not question him; for they saw that he sorrowed greatly. 

12.
Did Jesus Teach of an Eternal Hell? Did he Teach
Nothing more of the Kingdom of Heaven
than what is already Known through the
Gospels?

But about the time that his eldest brother's countenance was revealed to Jesus, some people came unto him; for they had seen him by the river Jordan and heard The Baptist's words concerning him. And they much desired to hear him speak.

And Jesus did according to their wish.

And he expounded much of the Scriptures for them, spoke unto them of the God of Truth and Justice.

But they who heard these words spoke unto others thereof.

After this, great multitudes came to seek Jesus, to see him and to hear his words.

From among these multitudes Jesus chose twelve men, that they might walk with him upon his journeyings and help him speak unto the people; for he faintly remembered the twelve who were with his Father.

Thus he journeyed from town to town, in company with several of his chosen companions.

Jesus spoke in the synagogues, in homes and at the places where people gathered to rest when the labours of the day were done.

And he spoke unto them of God, their Father, spoke of His love and His compassion. And he rebuked them sternly for their intolerance, their hatred and envy of one another.

But some of the words of Jesus were these: "Love one another as brothers and sisters; for even as you love, so will your Heavenly Father love you also.

"Be compassionate toward all who come unto you; for show you compassion, then will your Father show compassion toward you also.

"Forgive your enemies and all those who sin against you, for in the same measure as you forgive, so will your Heavenly Father forgive you also, when you repent of what you have sinned against Him. Truly, I say unto you: be converted, repent of your sins and seek to cleanse your hearts of all that is unclean; for then shall you surely behold the glory of Heaven, then shall you surely enter the Kingdom of Heaven. For in my Father's Kingdom are many mansions, and they are all prepared for you; and all joy and glory are there for those who have repented of that which they have sinned. And I say unto you: you shall go forward unto greater bliss, yea, you shall go forward until you behold our Father's countenance. Therefore be you all perfect, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect! Be you all pure, for then shall you surely behold the countenance of Him, who loves you all.

"But, I say unto you: never must you demand the Kingdom of Heaven as wages for the good that you will do. Never must you let trumpets sound for you in streets and market places, that all may know what you have done. Nor ever must you with loud voice proclaim: behold, we have fed the hungry, we have clothed the naked, we have given our gifts unto many; ours is the Kingdom of Heaven! For do you act in this way and do you speak these things, then shall the Kingdom of Heaven not be yours. For I say unto you: are you good, then will you do that which is good, for you will not desire that which is evil! Are you merciful, then will you show mercy unto all, for you will not be able to let this be undone! And have you love in your heart, then will you have compassion for all who suffer, but then will you forgive your enemies also, and all who have sinned against you.

"Truly, I say unto you: do you all this, even as I have told you, then shall you surely behold the blessings of Heaven; for then shall the Kingdom of God be yours!"

But some came unto him and said: "Master, tell us, how shall we enter the Kingdom of God?"

Then Jesus looked upon them, and he said; "Heard you not my words? Behold, I say unto you: you shall love your God and Father with all your heart. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself!"

But they who had asked answered and said: "We heard what you spoke unto us; but many are they who did not hear the words."

Then Jesus said: "Go forth and proclaim that which you have heard, that all may share in the blessings of Heaven."

And Jesus spoke yet more unto the people.

And some of his words were these: "But will you not be converted and repent of your sins, and will you not cleanse yourselves of your uncleanliness, but continue to walk in disobedience and sin, continue to live in lasciviousness, to rob, plunder and kill, continue to bear false witness against your neighbour, continue to hate, persecute and curse one another; then surely shall you go unto the Evil Place, and there shall you suffer eternal(1) pain. There no sun will shine and no moon bring you light in the darkness; but there a fire(2) will be kindled in your hearts, a fire that will not be put out, but neither will it devour you. There shall you suffer the torments of hunger and thirst; for none will still your hunger, nor will anyone give you to drink. There shall you grieve; for there will be no joy, but only weeping and the gnashing of teeth; for the worm(2) of sin shall gnaw at you and pain you."

But when he spoke in this manner, a great fear came over the multitude.

And some went unto him and said: "Master, tell us, does no one return from that place?"

Then Jesus remembered the countenance of his brother, remembered his broken promise, and he answered: "Truly, I say unto you: be converted and repent of your sins while there is time; for no one but God knows whether any will return; no one but God knows whether the fire shall be put out; yea, truly, I say unto you: no one but God knows whether the worm that gnaws and pains shall die!"

But the people continued to question, and they said: "Master, tell us: how shall we prevent that many must go unto that Evil Place?"

Then Jesus looked upon them and answered: "Heard you not the words I spoke unto you: you must repent and be converted."

But those who had questioned answered him and said: "We heard the words, but many are they who did not hear them."

Then Jesus said: "Be you the salt; for even as meat is salted, that it shall not be tainted, so must you salt the hearts of human beings also, and proclaim unto all that which you have heard. But I say unto you: you must speak in my name; for if the salt lose its power, then shall the meat be tainted and it will reek badly - but then will neither the salt nor the meat be fit any longer, and all shall be cast away. Thus shall it be with you also."

Then the disciples understood him, understood that they were not to speak in their own words, but proclaim the words of Jesus.

And they went forth to impart unto others that which they had heard.

Jesus won many from among the multitudes; many followed him, and they who followed him loved him deeply.

But the scribes, and they who were called Pharisees and Sadducees, hated him and persecuted him.

1) Eternal - an inconceivably long time. Must not be understood as lasting through all eternity, since this is not what Jesus meant.

2) Because Jesus often spoke in images, the above expression must be understood as a metaphor describing the painful and gnawing memories of sin. The Evil Place that Jesus describes here is the ravaged Kingdom, the home of the Eldest. During his earthly life, Jesus kept many of his remembrances from his transcendental existence, though not all of them were equally clear and comprehensible to him. 

13.
Did Jesus Perform Miracles?
Did Jesus Heal the Sick?

When Jesus journeyed from city to city, he sought out the sick and the poor.

And he shared with the poor the gifts that he received from those who loved him. But unto the sick he spoke words of hope and words of comfort also. And to lessen their sufferings, he often laid his hands upon their bodies; but when he perceived the power and strength of his spirit come upon them, he prayed: "Father, if it be Thy Will, let these be healed!"

Thus he brought healing and strength unto many.

But this is not a miracle; many have done this from the earliest times, and many will be able to do this for as long as the Earth exists. 

14.
Was Jesus able to Call the Dead back to Life?

And during one of Jesus' journeyings it came to pass that a man came unto him and pleaded: "Master, heal my daughter, for she suffers much. Follow me and heal her, for she is nigh unto death!"

But when Jesus heard the words, he answered: "It will be of no avail that I come, for I have no power to deliver her from death."

But the girl's father continued to plead, and he said: "Master, help her, for she is the delight of my eye!"

And Jesus took pity on him; for his heart suffered with the suffering.

And he followed him.

But when they were come unto the house, they heard that the girl was dead.

And when Jesus saw the father's grief, he went in with him to strengthen and to comfort him.

And while Jesus stood at the child's bed, he saw with his mind's eye that her spirit had departed somewhat from her body; but the body was not dead, for the cord binding her spirit had not yet severed.

When he had seen this, he turned toward those who were present and said: "She is not dead, she sleeps; but I shall seek to waken her, I shall seek to call back her spirit."

But when he had spoken these words, he took her hand, looked steadily upon her and called her name in a loud voice. And behold, her spirit returned unto the body, and she awoke.

When Jesus saw this he said: "Strengthen her with food and drink, and give her care, for she is very weak."

Then all were stricken with awe, and they wondered much.

And they said unto one another: "His power is great. Truly, he must be the Son of the Most High."

And they bowed down in the dust before him, yea, they would even worship him.

But Jesus drew back from them.

And he said: "Heard you not my words? Heard you not that I said: she is not dead, she sleeps!"

The people answered him and said: "Master, we heard your words - but we saw that the girl was dead!"

Then Jesus said: "I say unto you: if the spirit has left the body, then life is no more, then the body is dead. But I perceived her spirit; for it stood among us, and when I called upon it. then she awoke."

But the people answered: "Master, we saw that you gave her life. "

Then Jesus became angered, and he said: "You foolish ones, you see, and yet you do not see, you hear, and yet you do not hear, and you would not believe me, when my words are true; but should I speak lies unto you, then would you believe me, then would you fall down before me and worship me. But I say unto you: you should by no means worship me, but worship Him, who sent me; for He has given me all, and of myself I can do nothing. Yea, verily, you should pray unto your Heavenly Father that He should enlighten you so as to make you see; for you are surely not able to know right from wrong. And never should you speak unto others of the death of this girl in that way; for you know not whereof you speak!"

When Jesus had spoken thus, he left them and journeyed on.

But that which Jesus did was not a miracle. Many have been able to do this before his time and after his time, and it can be done for as long as the Earth exists. 

15.
Was Jesus able to Drive out Unclean Spirits?

On his many journeys Jesus came upon human beings to whom were clinging spirits of the dead, people who were possessed. And their sufferings were very great, for the unclean spirits defiled their thoughts and drew much strength from their bodies, so that these became wretched and weak.

But when Jesus, with his mind's eye, saw unclean spirits enveloping the earthly bodies of human beings, he spoke sternly unto them, bade them to leave and thus restore peace to these human beings; and he forbade them to come back.

And unto those he had thus delivered, he said: "Cleanse your hearts and your thoughts of all that is evil, of all that is unclean; for do you abide in sin and in vice, your sufferings will become greater yet; for then will the unclean spirits return to cause you new and yet greater torments."

Some of those who had been possessed did what Jesus bade them to do; but many remained unclean.

Thus Jesus was not able to bring peace unto all whom he sought to help.

But that which Jesus did was not a miracle. Many have done this before him, and many have done it since his time. 

16.
How should we interpret the Transfiguration on the Mount?

Jesus often went unto the desert places, that in the stillness he might search his heart and ponder his thoughts.

But when he dwelt in solitude, he grieved much over the wretchedness of mankind, grieved over their sufferings, grieved over their hatred and wickedness toward one another.

And he prayed unto his Heavenly Father to grant him the power and the strength to guide the sinful and erring human race.

One day as Jesus rested in solitude, oppressed with sorrow, while those who walked with him had fallen asleep, tired from their journeying, God sent two of the Youngest unto him, that they should appear before his earthly eyes and thus bring him comfort and strength.

But when Jesus faintly perceived the forms of the bright and radiant figures, he called out: "Father, I thank Thee!"

Upon hearing this sudden cry, his companions awoke from their slumber, but they kept a faint remembrance of the glory that they had seen. For while their bodies rested, their spirits had seen and known the bright and radiant figures. 

17.
What was the Relationship of Jesus to the Apostles?

The twelve chosen by Jesus from among the disciples all had to labour hard to sustain themselves. But Jesus helped them; for he shared with them the gifts which he received from those who loved him.

But a number of those who walked with Jesus had a wife and a home. Therefore could they not always be in the company of Jesus; but he often came unto their dwellings so as to rest a few days, when his body was weary from the many journeyings. And the companions of Jesus welcomed him with much joy, and they took leave of him with sorrow, when he left them once more; for he was much loved by all his disciples, loved by men and women.

Eleven of those who walked with Jesus were of the Youngest. These were good, and their spirits were strong. But they were far beneath Jesus in earthly knowledge and learning; and the remembrance they bore in their hearts of the times that were before mankind was very faint; for their earthly bodies and their eldest brother's curses weighed heavily upon them all.

But the twelfth of those who walked with Jesus was of the Eldest.

And his name was Judas Iscariot.

Often when Jesus spoke unto the disciples, before the time when he had chosen the twelve, he saw Judas among them. And when the spirit of Jesus knew him, he saw that Judas bore the heavy burdens of Darkness.

And after Jesus had chosen the eleven, he went unto Judas and said: "Brother, come unto me and be among my followers."

But Judas turned his countenance away and said: "Master, are you able to give me the peace that I seek?"

Jesus answered him and said: "Not I, only the Most High has the power to do that!"

And he spoke yet further unto him, and he said: "Judas, seek to repent of that which you have sinned, take your burdens unto our Heavenly Father, then will He forgive you, that your heart may be cleansed. "

But Judas answered: "Never will my heart be cleansed - I must bear my burdens alone; for none can bear them for me."

Then Jesus continued to speak unto him.

And Judas hearkened to the words and promised to go with him. But he said: "Behold, I am not able to help you in your task; for did I this, then would the unclean defile the clean."

From that moment Judas was among the followers of Jesus. And when Jesus spoke unto them he listened to the words; but his countenance was dark, and he did not question, nor did he speak unto the people, and he chose to walk alone; for the eleven followers of Jesus shunned him; for they loved him not.

Jesus often spoke with his followers, and he sought to awaken the full strength of their spirit.

And he taught them how they could heal the weak and drive out the unclean spirits by the will of their thought and by the strength of their spirit.

But he said unto them: "Pray unto the Most High to give you wisdom, that you may know when you are able to help, and when you are not able to do so; for this you cannot know of yourselves."

Jesus often sent them two by two unto the cities of the region, that they might proclaim his words unto many.

He did this so as to strengthen them in their task; he did this so as to try their strength of spirit.

And he spoke much with them of the times that would come, when they should be alone upon the great mission; spoke much of the time when he should leave them. For he understood that he was not able to overcome the evil will of mankind, and he told his followers that the hour of his death drew near.

But when he spoke thus his followers said: "Master, how shall we fare when you are no longer with us? For we have neither your wisdom nor your power."

But then Jesus answered: "When I am returned unto my Father, then shall I ask Him to give you still more of His strength, to give you still more of His Holy Breath."(1)

When he had spoken thus, some of his followers asked: "Master, tell us, when you have left us, will you then return unto us nevermore? Shall we not see you among us while we are here? Shall we not meet again until also we have left this world?"

But when they had asked this, Jesus was silent a while; for he remembered the fair and radiant figures that he had seen with his earthly eyes.

And he said: "If our Heavenly Father allow me this, then shall you surely see me among you."

Then they all asked: "Master, when shall we await you?"

But to this Jesus answered: "This no one knows but God."

1)God's Breath is identical with God's Spirit or Mind. Here the expression means "greater spiritual life." 

18.
Was Jesus always Ready when he was Called
unto the Sick and the Grieving?

And it came to pass that Jesus came unto the house of Simon Peter to rest after many days of arduous journeying. As he entered, he spoke a greeting and said: "Give me water to drink and food to eat; for I thirst and hunger much."

And Simon Peter and his wife bade him be welcome and gave him a cup of water.

And while Jesus washed his body and cleansed his robe, Simon Peter's wife prepared him a meal.

When all was ready she said: "Master, eat, and strengthen your body; for you are sorely in need thereof."

But behold, at the same moment a shepherd entered the room; he went forth unto Simon Peter, greeted him and said: "If you know where I should seek the Master from Nazareth, then tell me; for I wish to see him and to speak with him."

But Simon Peter pointed toward Jesus, and he said: "The one you seek is here!"

Then the shepherd turned to Jesus, greeted him and said: "Master, my aged mother has sent me unto you; for she has lain still on her bed for many days. For she is sick and palsied and she is not able to come unto you. Master, come with me, for death draws near, and she desires much to hear your words."

When he had spoken thus, Jesus rose and he answered: "Brother, I will come with you."

But the wife of Simon Peter stepped forth and said: "Master, strengthen your body with food and drink, and rest, for you are sorely tired - the old woman can wait a while."

Then Jesus looked upon her, and he answered: "They who grieve and they who suffer shall in no wise call upon me in vain - and neither does death wait."

Then he took his staff and departed with the shepherd.

When they had walked for some time along the stony roads, they came unto a low and humble dwelling. And when Jesus had entered the room, he withdrew in haste; for a vile stench met him. But when he discerned the old woman lying upon the bedstead in the darkness of the hut, he went inside once more, laid his hands upon her head, and said: "The Lord's peace be with you."

The old woman greeted him and thanked him.

And Jesus said: "Behold! I am come; for you desired to speak with me."

The woman answered him and said: "My time is drawing near; but I am in fear of death and of the wrath of the Most High; for I have sinned against His commandments."

Jesus looked kindly upon her and said: "Those whom the Lord loves He forgives much."

But the old woman answered him and said: "I have sinned against the commandments of the Lord; how can He then forgive me?"

Then Jesus was silent for a while; for he spoke with his God and Father, and then he knew in what manner he should form his words.

And after some time had passed he said: "Tell me, where lives your daughter, your youngest child? Is she not with you in your old age to give you comfort? For I only see your son, the one who brought me unto this place."

The woman answered him and said: "My daughter is no longer here; for she hardened her heart; for her mother's home was not worthy, and she walked in ways unknown to her mother."

Jesus looked at her, and he said: "And you have cursed her and driven her away?"

But then came great strength upon the old woman; she raised herself upon the bed and she cried out: "How could a mother curse and banish the child that grew in her tender care? How could a mother curse and banish the child she bore and gave life? Truly, you know not the heart of a mother!"

Gently, Jesus laid her back upon the bed, and he said: "Behold, your daughter has sinned against you, and though she has not repented and has not come back you have already forgiven her in your heart. But this you have done out of your love for her. Truly, I say unto you: if. you, who are of this world, can find forgiveness in your heart for the child who sinned against you, how much more will not our Heavenly Father forgive His children; for though your love be great, His is still greater. Behold, I say unto you: never shall you fear death, neither shall you fear the wrath of the Lord; for you have loved much, and you have forgiven much - much shall you be forgiven. "

Then the old woman took the hands of Jesus and said: "Master, your words brought solace to my heart and banished my fear. But I pray of you: find my daughter, lead her back onto the right path; tell her that her mother forgave her, before she departed from this life."

But when the old woman had spoken thus, she closed her eyes.

And Jesus stayed with her until her spirit was returned unto the heavenly dwellings; then he rose up and journeyed back, alone, walking the long and arduous road unto the house of Simon Peter. But when he was come there, behold, he sank unto the ground, for his body was weak and weary from the many and arduous journeyings.

But Simon Peter saw him, and he took him inside and made him to lie down and to rest.

From that time Jesus sought without ceasing, and he inquired about the daughter; but none knew her, nor did anyone know where she lived.

But when some time had passed, and Jesus came unto Jerusalem, he heard that the young woman lived in the city, that she abode with a wealthy merchant; and Jesus was shown unto that place.

Jesus sought her, stood before her and spoke unto her in the name of her mother. And he bade her to follow him away from the ways of sin back unto purity and peace. And he brought her greetings from her aged mother, brought her the old woman's forgiveness.

Then sorrow and remorse awoke in the heart of the daughter. The costly raiment and the glittering jewels tempted her no longer. And she left the merchant's house; for she was not his wife; and she departed with Jesus.

And he brought her unto the house of Simon Peter. And Simon Peter and his wife received her with much kindness, and they gave her care, and she abode with them.

But this young woman was Mary Magdalene.(1)

1) The old woman-s hovel lay in the mountains about four kilometres from the town of Magdala. 

19.
Did Jesus Speak on the Significance of Baptism
with the Words Ascribed to him by Tradition?

People often came unto Jesus to be baptized.

But Jesus did not baptize.

And it came to pass that some came unto him, and they asked: "Master, baptize us, that we may be cleansed of our sins!"

Jesus looked upon them, and he said: "Tell me, how often do you cleanse your body?"

The people wondered at his words. But they answered him and said: "We cleanse ourselves each day; for each day our labour, the dust of the road and our sweat defile our bodies."

Again, Jesus asked: "Tell me, do you cleanse yourselves today for the mire which will cling unto your body tomorrow?"

Then they answered: "This we do not do; we cleanse ourselves today of what has defiled us today, and tomorrow of that which will defile us tomorrow."

Then answered Jesus: "Yea, this you do, for the other cannot be done. Therefore, I say unto you: each day shall you repent of your sins and each day pray unto the Lord that He forgive you. For He does not forgive today your sins of tomorrow. Truly, I say unto you: that which is has being, and this the Lord our God is able to forgive; but that which is not,(1) neither can it be forgiven. Yea, I say unto you: repent and ask for forgiveness each day, then on the day of your judgement shall you surely be shining and pure; for then will no evil thought bear witness against you, and no false words judge you."

But when he had spoken thus, the people answered: "John baptizes all who come unto him."

Then Jesus looked upon them and he said: "John has shown you the way; go and do even as he has shown you, and as I have told you ."

But they wondered greatly at his words.

And they went from him unto John. And they let themselves be baptized by him; for they understood not the words of Jesus.(2)

  1. Many of the apostles and followers of Jesus thought that baptism not only cleansed one of sins already committed, but also of future sins. Jesus tried to remove this mirconception, for which reason he always explained that baptism was merely a symbol. See chapter 20.
  2. Because Ardor, in the telling of the above episode from the life of Jesus, only very indirectly has answered the questions posed. 

20.
Why did Jesus Refuse to Baptize the People who Sought him?

After his baptism, Jesus spoke with many who had been baptized by John, and he saw that not all were able to interpret baptism in the proper way; for the people often put greater meaning in this act than was intended by John; yea, some even believed that through baptism they were cleansed for ever of the impurities of sin.

For this reason Jesus refused to baptize; but he sought to guide all who came unto him, sought to teach them that baptism was merely a symbol, and nothing more. 

21.
Why did Jesus then Allow the Apostles to Baptize,
when he himself Refused to do this?

When Jesus sent his followers upon journeys from place to place to proclaim his word, they were met with much opposition and distrust when, after the desire of Jesus, they refused to baptize those who sought them.

And when the followers of Jesus had returned from their first journey, they said: "Master, suffer us to baptize in the way that John does; for often the people turn from us when we will not baptize them, for they believe that this would make them worthy to be received in our community."

But Jesus answered them and said: "Baptize not, when it is not required of you; for many are they who do not understand the true meaning of baptism, and we should not confuse their thoughts still further."

But they continued to pray for sufferance.

Then Jesus answered: "Are you met with opposition and distrust, and is it required of you, so baptize all who desire it; but then shall you teach those you baptize to repent each day and pray unto their Heavenly Father to forgive that which they have sinned; yea, teach them that they will sin each day, even after baptism."

And the followers of Jesus promised to do as he bade them. 

22.
How did the High Priests and the Scribes Look upon the Works of Jesus?

But when the enemies of Jesus heard of all that had come to pass, a great anger came upon them. And they took counsel with one another as to how they should hinder the people from going unto Jesus, and how they should hinder them from following him; for they much desired to harm him.

And one of the high priests said: "Let us go unto Jesus of Nazareth ourselves and call him to account; let us seek to beguile him, that we may turn his words against him; for then could we accuse him before the Council; for then could we bear witness to that which we had heard."

And some of the scribes went unto Jesus.

And one of them said: "We have heard that you have much power, and that through this power you heal the sick and drive out the unclean spirits. Tell us, in whose name do you this?"

But Jesus knew their evil purpose.

And he said: "Tell me, in whose name did your forefathers drive out unclean spirits? And in whose name do you this?"

The scribes answered him and said: "In the name of the Most High. "

Then Jesus looked upon them, and he said: "Truly, I say unto you: that which I do, this I do in the name of the Almighty, in the name of my God and Father; for He sent me unto the Earth that I should be His witness, that I should reveal His power, reveal the glory of His Kingdom."

But when he had spoken thus, the scribes cried: "Hear how he profanes the holy!"

Jesus answered them and said: "It is not I but you who blaspheme; for you profane Him who sent me; for you are evil in your thoughts, you are arrogant and proud, and you pretend to righteousness before your god, though your hearts are hard as stone. Verily, I say unto you: you close your eyes, for you will not see; and you stop your ears, for you will not hear. And this you do because you will not receive me, I who am sent to you. Verily, I say unto you: the hour shall come when you shall see me with the hosts of Heaven, and then shall you know my power and my glory. Yea, I say unto you: the hour shall come when you shall bow down before him you denied, bow down before him you would not receive when he was among you."

But when Jesus had said this, the ruler stood forth before them.

And he said unto all who were with him: "Heard you not his ungodly speech! Heard you not how he profaned the Lord? For he said that he was the Son of the Almighty, of the Most High!"

And they all answered, and they cried: "We heard the words, and we shall bear witness against him."

Then the ruler turned to Jesus, and he said: "We forbid you to spread your false teachings among the people; for it is our place to guide them, that they shall not go astray."

But Jesus looked upon him and he answered: "The blind cannot lead the blind; for can none of them see, then will they all fall into the pit, and they will perish wretchedly."

Then the ruler was yet more angered.

And he said: "Cease you not your ungodly speech, then shall we accuse you before the Council, and we shall all testify against you; for now that we have heard how you profane the holy and scorn the exalted, we know whence your power springs, and we know by whose help you drive out unclean spirits; for this you do with the help of Satan, with the help of him who is the most evil."

And when he had said this, they all cried: "We know that you do this with Satan's help."

But Jesus looked upon them, and he said: "If you say that I drive out evil with the help of evil, then it is but good that I do so; for I say unto you: if I do this, then are Satan and all his brood in discord with one another. Yea, I say unto you, are the servants in conflict with one another, and in discord with their master, and if he drives all of them out of his house, then is the door open, and any who wish may enter and bind up the master of the house; for then has he none to give help. Truly, I say unto you: if I, through Satan, drive out all his brood, then have I prepared the way for you, then have I opened the door for you, and then may you enter and bind up the Hated One - if you possess such power!"

"But I say unto you: if your words are false, and if you do not mean what you say, then beware the Day of Judgement; for on that day shall you be called to account for each false word that you have spoken, yea, you shall be called to account for much."

And Jesus spoke further.

And he said: "That which you have sinned against me, that I forgive you, for you are blinded and you know me not. But that which you have sinned against the holy(1) within you, that shall you not be forgiven until you have suffered for it and repented of the evil you have done. Yea, I say unto you: beware the Day of Judgement; for then shall your words bear witness against you, then shall your words judge you. "

When Jesus had spoken, he rose from the stone upon which he sat and walked away from them.

But he continued to heal the sick, continued to drive out the unclean spirits. And he continued to speak unto the people of God's love and compassion; continued to interpret the Scriptures as his spirit moved him.

But the enemies of Jesus were yet more embittered.

1) The divine element that every human being receives from God.

23.
Was Joseph of Arimathea able to Assist Jesus in his Work?

And behold, it came to pass, when Jesus was near Jerusalem, that a scribe came unto him and walked with him along the road, while they spoke with one another.

But the scribe was Joseph of Arimathea, a man of much learning, of much esteem.

And he was among those who yearned for the coming of the Messiah; and daily he prayed unto God that He would grant him the joy of beholding the long-awaited One.

And when God saw his heart's yearning, He awakened in his mind the hope that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, the promised One, the long-awaited One.

But Joseph dared not fully trust in this hope; for he had heard much evil talk among the scribes of this man named Jesus, and he knew that many of the elders and the rulers had complained to the Council in Jerusalem, had complained of the blasphemous speech of the Nazarene.

And when he heard that Jesus was near, he decided to see him and to speak with him.

And Joseph went forth from Jerusalem to meet Jesus.

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, followed him unseen upon this journey.

And the Elder sought to blot out the faint remembrance Joseph bore in his heart of the times that were before mankind; and when he stood before Jesus, his spirit knew him not.

But the spirit of Jesus knew his brother.

And Jesus said: "Brother, be welcome! Be with me and strive not against me."

Joseph wondered greatly at these words.

And after a pause, he said: "Truly, I am not against you, but you are against me. Yea, you strive against all of us, who are the true leaders of the people, and you stir the people against us. Tell me, by what right do you this?"

Jesus looked upon him, but he answered him not.

Then Joseph continued to speak.

And he said: "Many say that you are the Messiah; and are you the One we all await, then should you not strive against us. Then should you gather the people about you, that together we may break the heavy yoke of bondage. Then should you gather all the people about you, that together we may cast off the heavy burdens that the heathen have placed upon our shoulders. Yea, are you the Messiah, then should you come unto us, for then should we make you the leader of all the people, then should we array you with the purple robe and place you upon the Throne of David, that we might thus fulfil the words that were spoken unto us of the Messiah. And then should all the people bow down before you, and they should all obey your words."

But Jesus answered him and said: "Truly, I say unto you: I was not born unto the Earth to rule over mankind; for my Kingdom is not of this world. Truly, I say unto you: I have not come to gather the multitudes about me by force, I have not come to kill, nor have I come to cast out the strangers, nor to rob, nor to plunder. But I was sent unto the Earth to teach human beings to love one another, so as to bear witness to our Father's Justice and to lead them all unto His Kingdom."

While Jesus spoke thus, Joseph heard with his mind's ear a faint and distant voice.

And the voice said: "Sustain one another, bear each other's burden, do not fail!"

And Joseph listened to the words; his heart softened, and he said:

"Are you the Messiah, then tell me, and I shall speak for your cause before all the people; then shall the elders and the rulers receive you upon my word."

But Jesus answered and said: "Are you to speak for my cause, then must you walk with me, then must you give your great wealth unto the poor, then must you renounce all power, honour and esteem. Yea, truly, I say unto you: would you speak for my cause, then must you forsake all that is yours and walk with me upon the stony and dusty roads. Then should we sustain one another, then should we bear each other's burden, and together should we lead humanity unto our Father."

While Jesus spoke thus, Joseph heard the distant voice, once more.

And the voice said: "Follow your brother, do not fail!"

Then Joseph faltered, but again doubt arose in his mind, for the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, stood at his side and sought to confuse his thoughts.

And Joseph said: "Are you the Messiah, then tell me, then give me a sign, that I may know that your words are true."

Once more Jesus looked upon him.

And he said: "Does your heart not tell you that my words are true, then can a sign help but little; for they who doubt and they who waver demand ever more signs demand ever greater signs. Truly I say unto you: outward signs will never decide the doubts that are yours, they will but make them grow stronger, and then will hope and faith never turn to assurance."

When Jesus had answered thus, he departed in anger; yea, his anger was so great that he did not turn to take leave of the scribe.

But from that time, there was no peace for Joseph of Arimathea; for the worm of doubt gnawed ever at his mind, and often his inner voice whispered unto him these words: Follow your brother; do not fail!

But at these times, and in those places where Jesus spoke unto the disciples and unto the many who gathered about him, Joseph was often among the people, listening to his words.

And they saw one another, but they could not draw nigh unto each other; for their elder brother, and the curses that he had uttered, stood between them and bound their hearts.

And they both grieved deeply. 

24.
Did Jesus Foretell the End of the World and his "Second Coming"
in the Manner Handed down by Tradition?

And it came to pass, when Jesus went out from the temple in Jerusalem, that one of his followers said: "Master, behold this temple. How magnificent it is, and glorious. Surely, no other is more richly adorned ! "

But Jesus answered and said: "Truly, this temple is beautiful to behold, yet I say unto you: the time shall come when the abomination of destruction shall pass over it and stone shall not be left upon stone. "

When his followers heard these words, some said: "This temple shall surely stand until the end of time, for the stones are closely fitted."

But Jesus answered them and said: "Know you not that the prophets have cried out: woe, woe betide Jerusalem, woe betide all people, yea, woe betide all the Earth?"

And Jesus continued to speak.

And he said: "Know you not that the day will come when Jerusalem shall be laid waste, when all that human hands have built shall crumble and be destroyed? Have you not heard that the day will come when nation shall rise against nation, when brother shall stand against brother and father against son? Yea, have you not heard that the day will come when the mountains shall fall upon you and crush you, when the rivers shall be dried up and the seas shall flood the lands, flooding away all that lives? Verily, this the prophets have prophesied unto you - and you know it not! Behold, I say unto you: when that day comes, then shall the Earth shake to its very foundation, then shall all things be laid waste, then shall the sun not shine, nor the moon. Yea, all the stars shall be extinguished. But then will you see the Heavens open, then will you see me in my Father's Kingdom with the heavenly hosts, and then shall you know my power and my glory. And you shall hear a mighty voice everywhere, yea, you shall hear it throughout all the Earth. For the Lord God will call upon the dead and He will call upon the living. Then shall He send His Angels to gather those who were, and those who are in that hour. And when all are gathered together, then shall I go forth and lead the just and the good unto our Father's Kingdom, and there shall be great joy. But the unjust and the evil shall go unto that place which has been prepared for them, and there shall they suffer much."

But when Jesus had spoken thus, some of his disciples said: "Master, tell us, when shall all this come to pass?"

Then Jesus looked upon them, and he said: "Say unto me: have the prophets proclaimed the day and the hour?"

But those who knew the ancient Scriptures answered: "No, this they have not done."

Jesus answered them and said: "I say unto you: the prophets have not made this known unto you, for no one knows the day, nor the hour, but God alone.

"But I say unto you: you shall turn from all sin, from all evil, and from all misdeeds, that such days shall never come. Yea, truly, I say unto you: pray daily of your Heavenly Father that never the time shall come when men shall curse their offspring and women bewail the children they have borne; for when men and women do this, then shall the end be near."

Thus spoke Jesus unto his followers and his disciples of all that the prophets had foretold about the destruction of Jerusalem, of the nations, and of the Earth.

Thus he spoke unto his followers and his disciples of the time when all the generations of the Earth should see him in his Father's Kingdom, and know his power and his glory.

But never did Jesus speak unto his followers, nor his disciples, of a time when he should once more walk upon the Earth among mankind. 

25.
Was it Predetermined that Judas should Betray Jesus? With what
Purpose and with what Words did Jesus Institute the Holy Com
munion?

And behold, when the time for the Passover drew near, Jesus resolved to journey unto Jerusalem and to keep the feast there.

But when he felt that the hour was at hand when mankind would bring him death, he sent word unto his twelve followers and bade them to meet him in Jerusalem at the house of his disciple Samuel the Water Bearer, that together they might hold the Feast of the Passover there.

The followers of Jesus promised to attend, but some went ahead to make preparations.

When the hour was come and they were met in the house of Samuel the Water Bearer, Judas was not with them.

But Jesus said: "Let us wait a while, that we may all be gathered."

When a time had passed, Judas came in to them, and Jesus went to meet him and he said: "Judas, we have missed you, be welcome among us."

But Judas' countenance was dark.

And he answered not; but he went straight unto the place that had been prepared for him at the table.

When all were seated, Jesus prayed unto God that He should bless their supper. Then he poured the wine into their cups, took the unleavened bread and gave them all thereof, and bade them to eat the Passover.

When Jesus had done this he looked upon Judas, and he said: "Behold, I bade you be with us in this hour, that I might bid all of you farewell before I leave you."

But when the followers of Jesus heard these words they said: "Master, stay with us, depart not from us!"

Jesus answered them and said: "Truly, I say unto you: it is not according to my wish that I leave you, but the people demand my life."

Then Jesus spoke further unto Judas.

And he said: "None shall say to me that I fear mine enemies, and none shall say that I hide from them; for when our supper is ended, then shall I go to meet them; for I know that they seek after me.

"Judas, I say this unto you, that you shall not listen to your evil thoughts, that you shall not turn your evil thoughts to deed."

But when Jesus spoke these words, great fear and anger fell upon the eleven of the followers of Jesus, and they cried out: "Master, tell us, what has he done unto you; for we understand not your words?"

Jesus answered them and said: "Be not dismayed, for I spoke unto Judas alone - and I saw that he understood my words."

But when they had all eaten and the supper was ended, Jesus took his cup and said: "Brethren, at this hour must we take leave of one another; for soon must I depart to suffer that which is prepared for me."

Some of his followers said: "Master, if you go then shall we go with you; if you suffer death for the sake of your teachings, then shall we share your sufferings."

But Jesus answered them and said: "I go, for it is required of me; I go that through my death I may confirm the truth of the words that I have spoken unto you. But you shall stay and proclaim unto all the people that which I have taught you. Yea, you shall go even unto the gentiles and seek to draw them unto you. But I say unto you: never shall you fear for the words that you shall speak; for when I am returned unto our Father, then, as I have promised you, shall I ask of Him to send you of His Holy Breath, send you yet more of His power and strength. And then shall you at all times know the words that you shall speak."

Jesus spoke further unto them.

And he said: "Brethren, I ask of you: remember me in times to come, when you are gathered together at this supper; for then shall I surely be among you!"

And Jesus spoke unto each singly, and he took leave of each one.

And he passed them his cup, and they drank thereof. But when he came unto Judas, who was the last of them all, Jesus offered him the cup and he said: "Judas, drink of my cup, and betray me not!"

But Judas turned the cup away.

And he rose hastily, and he left them without taking leave.

Some of the followers of Jesus would hasten after him, but Jesus held them back, and he said: "Judge not your brother; for truly is he tempted by the Evil One, and he does ill unto himself."

When Jesus had spoken these words he left the house of Samuel the Water Bearer.(1)

And he went unto the Garden of Gethsemane to ponder in stillness that which was to come.

Some of his followers went with him, for they wished to be near him until the last.

But Judas let his evil thoughts turn to deed.

1) The Feast of the Passover was observed in strict accordance with Jewish custom. Only those words and actions of Jesus which have general interest are included here, in order to show that Jesus took leave of his apostles at the Feast of the Passover without using the words which have since been ascribed to him. See chapter 33 and Commentary, p. 232. 

26.
What were the Words Spoken by Jesus when he Stood Accused before the Council?

And behold, it came to pass, when Jesus and his companions left the Garden of Gethsemane, that they saw a band of men who were servants of some of the scribes and of the chief priests.

The men came to meet them, and with them was Judas Iscariot.

But when Judas saw Jesus, he pointed unto him, and he said: "He is the one you seek."

And when he had said this he left them hastily, for he dared not stand before the countenance of the one he had betrayed.

When the followers of Jesus heard the words they stood forth to protect the one they loved. And in his anger Simon Peter struck one of the servants.

But Jesus restrained them and bade them to stand back, and he said: "Defend me not, nor follow me, lest more lives be taken than the one that is demanded."

Then the servants surrounded him, bound his hands, and they led him unto the house of Caiaphas, where the Council was assembled.

But among those that should sit in judgement on Jesus was Joseph of Arimathea.

And Caiaphas was chief of the Council.

All the scribes, the elders and the chief priests spoke much with one another on how they should ensnare Jesus; for they were in no wise of one mind.

But when Jesus was led before them, deep silence fell upon them all; for he stood before them as a king.

Caiaphas had summoned many people whom he knew to be enemies of Jesus.

This he had done, that their words should bear witness against him.

But the witnesses were all divided among themselves, and their testimony was at great variance. Yea, not even two of them spoke the same words; yet they all had many complaints against him.

Then Caiaphas became impatient, and he said: "Jesus of Nazareth, clear yourself of that which the people speak of you! Defend yourself, that we should hear your own words and judge you rightly thereafter."

Jesus answered him and said: "The people have accused me. Judge me according to their witness."

But Caiaphas answered him and said: "We cannot judge you by the words of the people, for their testimony is divided."

Jesus looked upon him, and he said: "If the witnesses quarrel, if their testimony is divided, if not even two of them speak the same, then surely is it not difficult for you to judge rightly."

But when he had spoken thus, Caiaphas became angered, for he understood the words of Jesus; and he pondered how best to ensnare him.

And Caiaphas said: "Many of the elders and the chief priests have heard you say that you are the Son of the Most High. Answer us: have you spoken thus?"

Jesus answered him and said: "That which you say is true. Those were my words. And I say unto you: the day will come when you shall all see me in my Father's Kingdom, and then shall you all bow down before me."

When Jesus had answered thus, Caiaphas turned toward the Council, and he cried: "Truly, we need not seek witness among the people; for from his own mouth have you now heard the blasphemous words, heard him speak falsely of the Most High. Let us judge him thereafter!"

When Joseph of Arimathea heard the words spoken by Caiaphas, he rose and silently departed from the chamber of the Council, for he dared not sit in judgement on Jesus.

But those who were present judged him guilty - guilty unto the death of the cross.

When Jesus heard their judgement, he said: "That which you have sinned against me, that I forgive you; for you know not what you do. But when we meet in our Father's Kingdom, then shall you know that my words were true; for there will the judgment you pronounced upon me accuse you and judge you. "

But when he had spoken these words, he was taken from the chamber.

And in that same night Caiaphas placed guards over him, that his friends should not help him to flee the city.

But the following day, in the early morning, he was brought before Pontius Pilate, and he affirmed the judgement. 

27.
What were the Words Spoken by Jesus before he Died on the Cross?

But when Jesus was led through the city, large multitudes followed him, and they shouted at him, scorned him and derided him; but Jesus answered them not.

And he was led by the guards unto the place which was called Calvary, where the condemned were crucified.

When Jesus passed through the gate of the city, he saw some women weeping. And he said: "Weep not over me, for my sufferings will soon be ended; weep for yourselves and the unborn generations, for many sorrows and great sufferings await them."

But when they were come unto the place, the soldiers took from him his robe, and they bound him unto the cross, placing a piece of wood beneath his feet; this they did so as to prolong his sufferings.

But when the cross had been raised, the multitudes broke forth and gathered about him; and the people continued to deride and to mock Jesus; yea, many took stones and cast them upon his body. 

And the guards sought to drive away the multitudes, but time and again they returned.

And behold, it came to pass that the sun was darkened; for slowly a heavy, black veil was drawn across the heavens, covering the radiant circle of the sun; and close darkness fell everywhere, while the Earth was shaken to its very foundation.

Then, great fear and terror came upon them all; for many remembered the words of the prophets foretelling the destruction of the Earth, and they thought that the end was nigh. And terrified, they fled into the city, where they hid themselves in their houses for as long as the darkness prevailed.

But some of the followers of Jesus and some of the women remained at the foot of the cross.

And among the women was the mother of Jesus.

When darkness fell upon the Earth, in great fear she stretched her hands toward her son and she cried out: "My son, my son! Why did you not abide in the faith of your fathers? Behold, the Most High has forsaken you!"

But when Jesus heard the words, he said unto those who were with her: "Sustain her and comfort her, for her sufferings are very great."

When he had said this, he felt his body weaken, and he prayed unto his Heavenly Father to forgive all who had sinned against him, who had sinned by condemning him unjustly.

And he prayed unto his Father for greater strength, that he might bear his sufferings with patience.

And God heard the prayer of Jesus.

And He sent unto him some of the Youngest, and Jesus felt his sufferings no more.

But when a time had passed, he lowered his head, and he said: "Father, receive my spirit. "

And behold, then his spirit was delivered from the earthly body; and the Youngest who were with him brought him unto their Father's Kingdom.

And God took him in His embrace, and He forgave him all in which he had failed in his life upon the Earth.

But they grieved with one another over the son and brother who still walked upon the Earth, grieved over the son and brother who had failed in the promise that he had given. 

28.
Was the Resurrection of Jesus Bodily or Spiritual?

When Jesus had died, some of his followers went unto Joseph of Arimathea; for they had often seen him among the people when Jesus spoke. And they besought him to seek leave for them from the Council to take the body of Jesus and to bury it.

And Joseph promised to speak to Caiaphas thereof.

But when he came unto them with the leave of the Council, he questioned them whether they had a place in which to lay the body of Jesus. But they answered him that they had no place. Then said Joseph: "Bring his body unto my garden, which I shall show you; for there in the rock is hewn a grave where I myself should be laid to rest. This place shall I give unto you, that the Master's body may rest in peace!"

The followers and disciples of Jesus thanked him much for this gift.

But Joseph spoke not these words for the sake of Jesus, nor for the sake of the disciples, but for his own; for he had often heard it spoken that Jesus would rise from the dead and appear before them; therefore would he hold watch, that none should steal the body and thus be able to say: behold, he is risen from the dead!

But the disciples carried the body of Jesus unto the tomb, and the women anointed his body, wrapping it in white linen, and they laid it in the tomb and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre.

When all this was done they left the garden, that together they might mourn over him who had departed from them.

Only Joseph remained, watching over the tomb until the light of day broke forth. Then he went back unto his home; for he knew that upon that day of rest, while the sun was high, none would remove the body.

And he pondered all day on how he might hinder that anyone should take the body of Jesus.

While he pondered, the Elder, the Servant of Darkness stood at his side and gave him evil counsel.

And when the last hour of the day of rest had passed, Joseph summoned an old servant and bade him to go with him unto the garden. And they took implements with them, that with these they might dig in the ground.

But when they were come unto the place they rolled away the stone and they laid upon the ground the white linen which had been spread upon the body of Jesus. Then they bore his body unto a distant corner of the garden and buried it in the earth. And they covered the place with branches, that none should see what they had done.

When they had accomplished this the dawn began to break, and they hastened back unto the tomb so as to return the stone to its place before the entrance.

But when they reached the place, Joseph heard a faint and distant voice that said: "Brother, why did you this?" And when he turned he saw the insubstantial form of the radiant figure of Jesus. And in great fear he fell unto the ground.

But when the old servant hastened to help his master, behold, he stood before the man whose body he had lately buried in the earth. And great fear and terror came upon him, and he fled from the garden.

When Joseph awoke to his senses the vision was gone, and he was alone. But he heard a distant voice which said: "Return the body of Jesus unto the place whence you took it; for should you not do this, then will your evil act bring much confusion upon mankind."

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, stood at his side. And Darkness descended upon Joseph, while his heart was filled with fear, so that he dared not go back unto that place where he had laid the body of Jesus.

And he fled out of the garden unto his house.

But when he was come there, behold, there sat the old servant, wailing and lamenting upon the threshold, while many confused words issued from his mouth.

Then Joseph knew that this man was not able to keep silent upon that which he had seen.

And the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, whispered evil counsel unto him; and Joseph said: "Behold, I shall bring you a cup of wine, that you may be strengthened thereby, for that which you have seen has made you exceeding weak."

Joseph brought him the wine, but in the cup was death.

And a while after the old man had drunk thereof, he fell back upon the ground, and his spirit departed from his body.

But Joseph went into his house, so as to be alone with his terror and with his remorse.

And when the day broke, the servants of the house found the old man. Some of the servants bore him inside, while others told their master of what had come to pass; and they all believed that the old man had died of infirmity, and none came to know that his master had taken his life.

But a while after Joseph had fled from the garden, some women came to mourn by the tomb and in stillness to talk of the one who had left them.

When they were come unto the place they saw that the stone was taken away from the sepulchre. And they wondered much and dared not enter therein; for they feared that someone lay hiding in the darkness.

But when they had spoken with one another on this, the woman who was Mary Magdalene said: "I will go therein, for I fear not."

And when she stood by the hewn grave, she saw that it was empty, and she found the white shroud in disarray upon the ground.

And she returned in haste unto the waiting women, and she said: "He is gone! Perchance unto his Heavenly Father, as so often he said that he would? Or has someone taken away his body? Let us go unto the city and tell of what has come to pass!"

But as she turned to leave the garden, she saw before her the insubstantial form of a radiant figure, Jesus of Nazareth.

He smiled and stretched his hands toward her.

When Mary Magdalene saw him she cried out with joy: "Master, have you come back to us?" And she ran forward to greet him.

But when she reached the place, he was no longer there.

And with sorrow she called unto the other two women and said: "I saw him, he was here; but he is gone once more. Stay in this place, that he shall not be alone, should he return to us again. I shall make haste unto the city and call upon Simon Peter and some of the others."

And she hastened away.

The women who remained wondered at her words, for they had not seen Jesus of Nazareth. They saw only Mary Magdalene run forth, and they heard her cry out; but him they did not see.

And they said unto each other: "Let us seek him in the garden, for surely has he not gone far away."

While they wandered about they searched everywhere, but they found him not.

Then one of the women said: "Let us look in the tomb; perchance he is hiding there."

And they went therein.

But they saw only the empty grave, saw only the white shroud upon the ground. And disappointed they returned.

And they agreed to go to meet the friends who were on their way.

When they had walked along the road in silence for some time, the woman who was Salome said: "Behold, I had a vision in the dark tomb; for I saw an angel in a radiant garb. He sat by the hewn grave, but a great fear tied my tongue so that until now I was afraid to speak thereof."

The other woman, Mary, who was the mother of Jacob, one of the followers of Jesus, answered and said: "Surely, I had the same vision, but there were two angels; for I saw another behind the one sitting by the grave. His hand pointed upward and he spoke some words, but I could not distinguish them clearly."

Salome, the woman who had spoken first, maintained that but one angel had sat by the grave. And they quarrelled heatedly and at length over something neither one had seen. For each had knowingly spoken falsely unto the other of her vision; for not all people are equally truthful, and these women would not be second to Mary Magdalene.

And later when Simon Peter, followed by certain of the disciples, came unto the place where the women awaited them, they both spoke of what they had seen in the darkness of the tomb. And they all wondered much.

Simon Peter and the others hastened unto the garden, and they searched everywhere; but they found him not.

And they saw that the tomb was empty, but him they did not see. 

29.
How many Times did Jesus Appear before the Apostles?
Did he Speak to them?

But Simon Peter sent for the followers of Jesus - though not Judas Iscariot - and he asked them to meet him that evening at the house of Samuel the Water Bearer, that they might speak together of that which had come to pass.

When the hour was come and they were all assembled, Simon Peter said: "You have all heard that our beloved Brother and Master has appeared before Mary Magdalene. And I, and others with me, have searched the tomb, searched the garden, but we found him not. And we have sought him in many places in the city, but still we did not find him, none has seen him. 1 believe that he is ascended unto the Kingdom of Heaven, unto his Father, as often he said he would. Therefore, let us pray of the Lord God that He may grant us the joy once more to behold our beloved Master among us, so that from our heart's conviction and our sure faith we may proclaim unto all that he was the Messiah, the Son of God."

When Simon Peter had spoken thus, he prayed on behalf of them all.

And when his prayer was ended, behold, visible to all, Jesus of Nazareth stood by the upper end of the table and a bright radiance emanated from his body. And he raised his hands toward them, and he smiled and said: "Peace be with you!"

The followers of Jesus knew their Master's countenance and they knew his voice, though it sounded faint and distant.

And they rose so as to embrace him and to greet him; but he vanished before their eyes.

And they all grieved that he had left them in such haste.

And it became known to the people in the city that the Nazarene had risen from the dead and had ascended unto the Kingdom of Heaven, that he had appeared before his followers, and that a woman had seen him.

Then they all wondered much. Many believed the words, and many were converted from their life of sin and vice.

But Pilate and Caiaphas caused a search to be made everywhere for the body of Jesus, for they believed that his disciples had removed and hidden it.

But it was never found.

And in the following days Jesus was seen in diverse places by many; some saw him on the roads near Jerusalem, others saw him on the Mount of Olives, where he was wont to linger; some saw him at Bethesda, yea, he was even seen by the Sea of Galilee, and many had heard him speak.

But it was the same with these visions as with the visions of the angels that the women had seen at the tomb. Many false words were spoken of the resurrection of Jesus, for only few are entirely truthful.

The many reports of the Nazarene also reached Joseph of Arimathea.

And again the distant voice sounded unto him. And it spoke: "Go unto the Council and tell of that which you did; for you know that the spirit of Jesus lives; for you know that his body is dead, and you know where it is to be found."

But Joseph dared not reveal his evil deed, for he feared to lose his dignity, feared to lose his esteem.

And he remained silent.

Thus was it on account of the doubter and murderer Joseph of Arimathea that the false belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth spread abroad among the people. 

30.
How should we Interpret the "Miracle of Pentecost"?

And it came pass on the day of Pentecost, when the followers of Jesus and some of his disciples and others were gathered in a house in the city, that a thunderstorm broke over the region; heavy clouds darkened the skies, and violent gusts of wind shook the house.

But the twelve(1) took no heed of the weather; and unto the people who were gathered they continued to speak of Jesus of Nazareth, the One crucified and risen, who was the Messiah, the Son of God.

And behold, it came to pass while Simon Peter spoke, that a blinding bolt of lightning crossed the sky, and for a short instant the twelve were brightly illuminated by a flaming glare - for they stood in front of the high window - and a great rumbling was heard.

Great fear and terror came upon all who were present, for they remembered all that they had heard and seen in the latter days.

And they feared that the Lord God was calling them unto judgement.

But the Eldest, the Servant of Darkness, stood unseen among them.

It was he who awakened the fear in their hearts. It was he who confused their thoughts, so that they called and cried out, praying unto the Lord God to forgive them of all that they had sinned, that they should not be cast out into darkness. And many words were spoken that could not be understood, and there arose much disorder and much confusion.

And one of the disciples called out unto the twelve. "Behold, surely the Lord has brought His holy, flaming Breath upon you, in the manner promised you by the Nazarene!"

Many believed the words and they cried: "His words are true, for we saw a flaming fire upon you!"

Then there arose among them yet greater confusion.

But the followers of Jesus sought to calm the people, and they exhorted them to quiet and to orderliness; and after much toil and much trouble, silence fell upon them all.

Then the twelve stretched out their hands toward Heaven and thanked the Almighty for the gift that he had given them.

And the simple faith of their hearts gave their spirits ever greater power and ever greater strength.

But none of those who were present understood that they had seen the lightning of a storm; for it. was the dry season, and not the time in which the clouds of heaven send lightning and thunder.

Some days thereafter, there came unto Simon Peter messengers from the scribes and the chief priests. These reproached him in harsh words for the unseemly conduct by all at the meeting on the day of Pentecost; reproached him that they had tasted overmuch of the sweet wine.

Then Simon Peter became angered, and he rejected their evil accusations; for he said that the meeting had been early in the day, and that none had touched the wine.

And he continued to speak, saying: "But you shall know, that what had come to pass was promised us of the Nazarene and foretold by the prophets, and on the day of Pentecost the Lord God fulfilled that which was promised and foretold!"

And he spoke unto them yet further, saying: "For you shall know that Jesus of Nazareth is he of whom the Most High spoke unto David in his day; for you shall know that Jesus was the promised Messiah; but in your blindness have you scorned him, mocked him and crucified him."

And they parted in great anger.

But Simon Peter never doubted that his words were true; for some of the disciples had told him that strangers had been present at the meeting on the day of Pentecost, and these had said that the cries and words sounded to them as if in their native tongue. But this the disciples said unto him because they were ashamed of their fearfulness; for thereby they meant to prove that they had received some of the heavenly power and strength also.

And Simon Peter believed that which they told him.

But after that time it often came to pass that one or more of the disciples came forward at the meetings, beat themselves upon the breast, stretched their hands toward heaven, and cried and spoke many and sundry words which were not understood. Later, they had all to interpret the meaning of that which they had spoken.

However, the followers of Jesus always sought to hinder these utterances; but they were not able to do so, and it spread to more and more of the disciples.

In this way the speaking in tongues came into being, born of the fear and confusion of the day of Pentecost.

1) A twelfth apostle had replaced Judas Iscariot. 

31.
Were the Apostles able to Proclaim the Teaching
of Jesus as Truly as they had Received it?

When the eldest of the Youngest - Jesus of Nazareth - was returned from his life upon the Earth, he resumed the leadership of mankind's many earthly journeyings. Then he also sought to lead his inheritors along the path that he had shown them while he walked among them upon the Earth.

But despite their promises and despite their good intentions, they were not able to proclaim the teachings of Jesus purely and simply, in the words that had come to them from his own lips; for the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, fought against them, and he sought to instil false words and alien thoughts in their speeches to the people.

Thus, as they proclaimed the words of Jesus, they often used their own; for all that they had seen and experienced since they parted with their beloved Brother and Master overshadowed in their remembrance the time when he had walked with them.

And they spoke unto the people of the imminent return of Jesus, when he should be the judge and ruler of mankind; for they thought that the time was at hand when he would return and show himself unto all the world in his splendour and glory and thus confirm his words; confirm that he was in truth the Son of God.

With these utterances they gained many followers; for the people were much afraid for the future, and many thought to escape judgement and punishment for their unclean and sinful lives by being a disciple of Jesus.

In this way the new teaching was brought from place to place; many were converted and many were baptized, so that, cleansed of the impurities of the heart, they could be received into the community of the followers of Jesus. 

32.
How was Saul Converted from Persecutor to
Preacher of theTeachings of Jesus?

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, stirred the scribes against the disciples of Jesus.

And the chief priests persecuted them, scorned and mocked them, imprisoned and punished them; yea, some of the friends and disciples of Jesus were put to death; for they would not deny their faith; for they would not fail their Brother and Master.

But among the scribes there was a learned man, and his name was Saul.

This man was greatly God-fearing, highly learned in the law, and in his heart he was sorely vexed over the new teaching. He despised all the apostates, persecuting them and casting many stones in their paths.

When the chief priests saw his great zeal, they chose him as an envoy; for they had much faith in him.

And they bade him to go unto the distant city of Damascus, for the new teaching had reached there also.

And they sent with him greetings and a letter from the Council in Jerusalem unto all the chief priests in Damascus, and they instructed him to ensure that the disciples of Jesus in that city should be imprisoned and punished; for in this manner they thought to halt the further spread of the new teaching.

Saul promised to do their bidding. And he chose some companions, and they set forth upon their journey.

But the way was long and arduous, and he had much time to think upon that which he had heard of the Nazarene. And often in his thoughts he repeated many of the fine and tender words of Jesus.

Slowly anger and hatred receded from his heart.

Slowly the thought arose in his mind that the Nazarene's words were true, that he was indeed the Son of God, the Messiah that they had all awaited.

But he dared not put his trust in these thoughts, and he sought to drive them away; but they always returned, and they much tormented him. And he pondered much and deeply on all that he had heard. But his companions wondered at his silence.

When they were come near to the city he was much fatigued, and he felt exceedingly weak; for the sun glowed upon their heads and the white dust of the road burned in their eyes.

Saul and his companions sought to rest a while by the wayside, and sleep fell upon his weary body; but his spirit kept vigil.

And behold, Jesus of Nazareth stood before him in all his radiant glory.

But his countenance was sorrowful. And he said: "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

For while Saul's body slept, Jesus came thus unto his spirit so as to stay his evil conduct if this were possible; for Saul was of the Youngest.

But when Saul's spirit saw his brother and knew him, he was dismayed at the evil that he had done.

And his fear awakened his slumbering body.

And at the sudden awakening he kept a faint remembrance of the glory that he had seen, while the words of Jesus sounded in his ear.

But when he arose, he was dismayed yet more; for his eyes were blinded, and all was dark about him.

In his fear he cried unto his companions, and he told them that the radiant lustre of Jesus of Nazareth had blinded his eyes; but they understood him not.

But when they saw that he was sick and weak they led him into the city, to a place where he might in stillness rest himself. And when they had tended him for some days his eyes grew stronger, and he was able once again to see; for it was the sun and the dust of the road that for a time had blinded his eyes.

But Saul understood that God, through Jesus of Nazareth, had called upon him, so as to keep him from going astray. And in his heart he promised both of them that in times to come, he would himself proclaim the teachings that he had formerly opposed.

And Saul became a mighty warrior for Jesus of Nazareth. 

33.
In what Manner did the Doctrine of Atonement Arise?

Fearful of the anger of the Council, Saul dared not return unto Jerusalem; for he had destroyed the letter which he should have presented unto the high priests in Damascus. Nor dared he present himself before the followers of Jesus, for he was afraid that they would not believe the truth of his conversion. Therefore he decided to withdraw for a time and stay with distant kin.

And he fulfilled that which he had decided.

And there, while abroad, far removed from all clamour and strife, he searched his heart, and he pondered much on that which he had heard and seen.

And he sought to find the hidden meaning of the human embodiment of Jesus.

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, stood at his side, and slowly the thought arose in Saul's mind that Jesus, the Son of God, was sent unto the Earth to reconcile God with his earthly children, the wicked and ungodly human beings. For the human being Saul was a scribe and highly learned in the law, and he was not fully

able to reject all the ancient Jewish teachings. And to him the Most High was and remained a god of wrath, whose righteous anger must be appeased with unceasing sacrifice of blood and sweet incense.

In Saul's interpretation of that which had come to pass, Jesus therefore became the Sacrificial Lamb, who through death of his own accord redeemed humanity from judgement, retribution and damnation; yea, he became the Lamb, whose blood washed away all human sin and impurity.

But Saul understood not that the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, had implanted this false interpretation in his mind; for Saul was a highly self-righteous man, and the self-righteous are never fully able to discern whether the thoughts implanted in them are of Darkness or of the Light; for they often neglect to seek counsel of God in the greatest though they will seek counsel of Him in the least.

And thus Saul's teaching of the embodiment of Jesus of Nazareth became a mixture of Darkness and of the Light.

When Saul returned unto Damascus, having lived in foreign parts for some years, he began to proclaim his teaching of Jesus there; and he preached it unto many - to the Jews and to the so-called gentiles. Many heard his words and believed his interpretation, yea, many who were formerly disciples of the followers of Jesus turned from them and followed him.

And when later he reasoned with Simon Peter and other followers and disciples of Jesus, these were still not able to change his perception of Jesus: that he was the Saviour and Conciliator of humanity. And Saul continued to proclaim his teaching after those words and thoughts that he believed he had received from God and from Jesus.

Later, when the so-called Communion, or the Lord's Supper, was adopted by the congregations founded by Saul, he tried in the usual manner to explore and to clarify the intent with which Jesus had gathered his followers for a meal on the Day of Unleavened Bread.

And he interpreted the act in this way: when Jesus meted out the bread to his disciples, he thereby made known unto them that as now he satisfied them with his bread, that they should not hunger and die, so would he give up his body for their sake also, that through his death he would fill them with eternal life. And when Jesus gave his disciples wine from his cup, he thereby made known that he would shed his blood for them, and thus blot out their guilt of sin.

And in the mind and thought of Saul these words were conceived and born: my body and my blood I submit unto you as a new covenant between you and the Lord(1)

And he taught his disciples this interpretation of that which had come to pass, and they received the words and they used them at their Communions, and they spread far and wide from congregation to congregation.

And people kept these words in their hearts, for they believed that they were spoken by Jesus. And when the time came that men wrote down the accounts of the earthly life of Jesus, they ascribed to him these words which the Elder had treacherously implanted in the mind and in the thought of Saul.

Thus Saul founded Christianity with his teaching.

Many congregations were founded among the gentiles, many people were won and Christianity spread far and wide; for Saul never grew tired, but travelled far on perilous and arduous voyages. And wherever he went he proclaimed his teaching on Jesus of Nazareth, who was the Son of God, a Saviour and Conciliator of humanity.

But none of the spiritual heirs of Jesus - neither his followers nor Saul - were able to gather all the people into one congregation, which in deep humility and childlike love would in unison bow down before their Heavenly Father; a congregation, in which love of one's neighbour would defeat sinfulness, the lust for power and human selfishness.

And thus became overshadowed by Darkness the commandment that by Jesus was stated to be the greatest: love for God, love for one's neighbour; for from the time of the earliest Christian Church, anger and hatred toward one another were known in the congregations, as were the lust for power and self-righteousness.

Thus was Jesus' simple and beautiful teaching of love neglected, and thus it failed to thrive.

1) Originally, without any later distortions, the explanation which Paul gave his disciples after having thought out the matter in the above fashion was the following: "As Jesus gave the apostles of his bread and wine, so he gave his body and his blood to his followers as spiritual food and drink; yea, he gave himself as a sacrifice for sin, a sign of a new covenant between the Lord and us." 

34.
Did the Light Make no Advance against Darkness with the further
Spread of Christianity?

Slowly, Christianity spread from place to place, from nation to nation. Thousands upon thousands chose to follow the Christian teaching. But only few found their way unto their Heavenly Father. Guided by the inner Light, guided by their profound repentance, these few sought and won forgiveness for their sins and for their evil deeds.

But many continued to walk in the Darkness of sin.

Unseen by human beings, many of the Youngest laboured to bring the Light unto the Earth; and they drew the purifying streams of the Light unto those human beings who truly sought to live in purity and in mutual forbearance; they drew the purifying streams of the Light unto those brothers and sisters who, bound unto earthly bodies and thus visible to human beings, sought to break the power of Darkness.

But Darkness and the Eldest hindered the progress of the Light; for the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, sowed the evil seed of wrath, the evil seed of hatred in the hearts of mankind.

Troubled times arose for the Christians in the mighty Roman Empire; for the highest ruler of the realm, the Emperor, decreed that all people should bow down before him, decreed that all people should honour him as a deity. And the governors persecuted all who hailed not in worship the image of the Emperor.

But not all Christians would renounce the teaching which had brought peace and purity unto their minds and thoughts. And those who would not worship the Emperor were tormented and slain. But they bore their sufferings with much patience; for their conviction of God's mercy and compassion and their firm belief in the victory of truth strengthened their spirit and strengthened their earthly bodies. Numerous Christians went to their death with songs of praise upon their lips, and their courage and steadfast faith won ever more followers unto the new teaching.

And as the years passed, as century was added to century, more and more people embraced the Christian faith. But only few found their way unto their Heavenly Father, while many who bore the name of Christians continued to live in sin, in vice and ungodliness; for the evil seed of Darkness thwarted without cease the progress of the Light.

And the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, continued to corrupt the Christian teaching, so as to call forth strife within the churches and to separate them ever further from one another.

And he instilled his evil poison into the minds of the leaders, into the minds of the learned and those versed in the Scriptures, so that their thoughts conceived and gave birth to new and yet more obscure interpretations of the human embodiment of Jesus, of his word and of his works. Further doctrines were devised and were developed, and there arose much controversy and much dispute; for the learned were divided; for the one would not yield unto the other, and each would acknowledge only his own opinion, his own thoughts.

And they continued to dispute about a great many things.

Some of the learned held that, contrary to the many gods of the heathen, there was but One God, that all power in Heaven and on Earth was rightly His alone. But their adversaries believed that God indeed was One, but yet strangely was He also three; for they made Christ, the Son of God, One with the Father; and they made God’s Thought, His creating and life-giving Breath, an independent, divine Being. Thus were they three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; but together they formed that entity which was God(1)

Some of the learned maintained that God had bestowed upon human beings a free will; held that these, by virtue of this will, could rise toward the Light and struggle free from sin and Darkness. But their adversaries believed that human beings were blind, weak-willed beings in the hand of the Most High. They believed that God, before He created them, had pre-ordained some to eternal life in heavenly glory and joy, and others to eternal perdition, to an everlasting life of suffering in the misery of Darkness.

Some of the learned maintained that the bread and the wine that were offered at the Lord's Supper changed into the flesh and blood of Jesus when blessed or when eaten. They believed that by partaking of this they shared in his suffering and death and thereby received the forgiveness of sin. But their adversaries thought that the Lord's Supper was established as but a remembrance of Jesus.

Some of the learned held that human beings, through baptism, received inheritance and part in the life and the blessedness of Heaven; maintained that all those not baptized were doomed to eternal perdition. But their opponents thought that baptism was but a symbol of the cleansing of mankind from the impurities of sin.

Thus the learned continued to dispute, for they would not yield to one another. And they hurled hateful and condemning words at one another.

But they all forgot to seek counsel, strength and guidance from God the Almighty, forgot to turn unto Him who alone could guide them.

And thus pride infested their minds, thus hatred and lust for power bound their hearts, while Darkness prospered ever more among them.

But Christ, the eldest of the Youngest, grieved for man kind's intolerance, and he faltered under the heavy burdens that mankind heaped upon his shoulders.

Despite the strife among the Christian congregations, better times arose; for succeeding rulers of the Roman Empire saw that they were not able to thwart the victorious advance of Christian teaching. And when all persecution ceased, Christianity spread wider yet.

At many places in Christendom splendid and magnificent buildings were raised, richly adorned to the honour of God. And in these buildings the congregations gathered to worship and to bow down before God and Christ in the expounding of the Scriptures and the singing of songs of praise.

But some pious men and women withdrew from the large congregations to worship the Most High in solitude, in prayer and in self-torment. And in many congregations they began to honour those men and women who had been put to death when they would not renounce their faith. Yea, some even besought these so-called holy men and women for help, support and intercession with God and Christ.

Inspired by Darkness, conceived and born of the thoughts of unknowing people, numerous accounts appeared of the great piety and wondrous deeds of these martyrs. In the same way arose confused and incomprehensible stories of Mary, the Mother of Jesus: the chosen, the immaculate virgin who bore the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Ghost. And many Christians honoured her and bowed down before her.

But they who heard these stories believed them.

And the words were passed from mouth to mouth, and they were spread far and wide.

Slowly, Christianity spread to ever more distant lands, and when the time came that one of the Roman Emperors took the Christians into his protection, then Christianity grew into a power before which mankind was compelled to submit.

More and more of those learned in the Scriptures were joined to the numerous and mighty congregations, but over these - the priests - were the bishops, and they took unto themselves ever greater power, ever greater riches; for their lust for power was insatiable.

Some of the bishops sought, with great authority, to settle the never-ending disputes; but though certain interpretations and doctrines concerning the embodiment of Jesus and his words and deeds were chosen before all others, so as to form a solid foundation for Christian teaching, they could not procure universal accord.

But slowly, from the strife and discord there arose the "Holy Catholic Church", which sought by force to gather the divided congregations into a single community. And the bishop in the city of Rome was made the highest ruling and governing authority.

But when Christianity was grown strong, the Christians ceased to be the persecuted and became the persecutors; and they persecuted the so-called heathen, and they who would not renounce their gods and their beliefs were put to death.

And thus Christianity, even as it. spread, departed more and more from Christ's teachings of love, purity and compassion.

1) Several other versions of the unity of the Son and the Father are not included by Ardor, as any one who so desires can make private studies of the controversies of those times. 

35.

Did the Youngest not seek to Counter the False Teaching that the

Elder had Instilled in the Minds of Human Beings?

But when the Youngest saw their elder brother's profound sorrow for mankind's blindness, intolerance and lack of understanding, they agreed for a time to unite their efforts upon a single task: to destroy the false doctrines of Darkness and bring forth the pure teachings of Christ.

For this purpose several of the Youngest let themselves be bound anew to human bodies, and they let themselves be born unto the Earth in diverse lands and in diverse places.

And when their bodies and their spirits were become ready, they set forth and strove mightily to destroy the false teachings and to make the truth be known.

But only few understood them, and only few followed them, while many scorned and derided them - yea, some of them were persecuted unto death.

And among these was a man known to the people by the earthly name of Mani.

This man brought unto mankind some of the truths of the Light; and he spoke wise and eloquent words on that which lay beyond the earthly world.

But the Elder also was able to instil false teachings into his preaching of the spiritual truths; and neither full light nor full clarity was shed upon the teachings of Mani.

Many were they who listened to his words; some followed him, but still more derided and persecuted him; and these rewarded him with death for the truths that he sought to bring them.

Thus the Youngest continued in manifold ways to strive for the true teachings.

But Darkness and the Elder hindered the advance of the Light; Darkness blinded human beings and bound their thoughts.

Thus the Youngest strove from century to century, while Christianity, the false teachings of Saul, spread to distant lands.

Then came the century in which one of the Youngest, known by his earthly name of Mohammed, succeeded in proclaiming the teaching to humanity that God is One, that none is over Him, that none is under Him, and none is at His side. And he taught that God alone was the source of all creation, was the Creator of the Universe.

When Mohammed appeared before the people of his native land with these teachings, he was met with scorn, anger and contempt.

Few only listened to his words, few only followed him.

But as the years passed, he gained more and ever more followers. And as his enemies feared his ever-growing power, they sought to put him to death. When Mohammed learnt of their evil intentions, he left his house in the city of Mecca and fled unto the city that was later named Medina.

Mohammed's dominion over the people became ever greater; an ever larger number of people gathered about him, and his words spread far and wide.

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, sought to confuse his thoughts, sought to defile his mind.

And the Elder awakened pride and the lust for power in his heart, awakened the passion and desires of his body, and his lust for beautiful women became insatiable.

Darkness descended upon him and he stumbled time and again; for his foot was caught in the snares that were laid for him.

And Mohammed summoned certain from among the highest in the land, and he spoke unto them and bade them to wage war upon their enemies, so as to propagate his teachings by force; for he proclaimed, falsely, that to God this would be a pleasing act. And he promised that God would reward those valiant men who died in battle; he promised that God would reward them for their victories with the most lavish and the most glorious pleasures of Paradise.

And with a mighty troop he went unto the city of Mecca, made himself the master of it and the ruler of the people, and all who refused to follow him were slain or were banished.

But from that time, Darkness gained yet greater power over him. His thoughts grew yet more confused, his teachings became less and less lucid, and often he would be at variance with his own words.

But Mohammed's dominion over the people was not diminished, and he was honoured greatly; though he himself found no peace and no rest; for Darkness was upon him; for the Elder strove against him.

And when his body succumbed to earthly death, his spirit grieved that while he was a human being he had not been able to proclaim the whole truth; grieved that he had not been able to break the power of Darkness.

But some time after Mohammed's death people began to collect and to write down his teachings. Numerous sayings and doctrines appeared and were ascribed to Mohammed, sayings and doctrines that he had never spoken nor considered; and therefore arose much disagreement and multifarious disputes.

Thus became also the Holy Scriptures of the Mohammedans a mixture of good and evil, a mixture of the teachings of Mohammed, of the work of human beings, and of the false teachings of Darkness.

After the death of Mohammed, the Elder incited his followers and they waged war upon the neighbouring peoples, seized much land, much power and untold riches, and they forced numerous of the conquered nations to submit to the teachings of Mohammed.

But the Christians saw with anger that the teachings of the Prophet spread further and ever further; and they were astonished to hear that many even followed his teachings of their own free will.

And when it became known among Christians that the Arabian people had made themselves masters of Jerusalem, the Holy City, then they felt yet more anger, and they grieved deeply when they came to the city to worship and to linger at the holy places. And from this arose, over the following years, much strife between the Christians and the followers of Mohammed, the Prophet.

And yet later, when the tidings reached far across the lands that a warlike, Mohammedan people(1) had conquered Jerusalem, then hatred and the desire for revenge burned deep in Christian hearts. Many swore upon the Cross of Christ that they would drive out the strangers and recapture the city; yea, they even promised to crush and to destroy all who were enemies of the teachings of Christ.

Then began the cruel wars and battles between the Christians and the Mohammedans.

Now the followers of the Prophet won, now the Christians. Thousands upon thousands were slain, for one power would not submit to the other. And while century followed century, violence, murder and gruesome misdeeds were perpetrated in the name of God and Christ.

But as time passed and the Christians saw that the Sign of the Holy Cross by which they fought did not bring them the victory they expected, they became more and more disheartened. And when two centuries had passed, the Christians had to yield; for the followers of the Prophet were the stronger.

But during these numerous and protracted wars, Darkness gained ever greater power over mankind.

Bound to earthly bodies, the Youngest sought without cease to advance the truth and the Light; but time and again they had to give way to Darkness, for it had many and powerful helpers among the embodied Eldest.

Nor were the Youngest able to halt the endless disputes among the Christians .

New doctrines were devised, giving rise to new quarrels. Bishops and priests gathered unto themselves more and more power, greater and greater wealth. And raised high above them all, over nations, princes, kings and emperors, stood the highest of bishops, the socalled pope in the city of Rome. And against all who would not acknowledge his might and his power, he hurled his mighty curses; for the Vicar of God and Christ forgot the words of Christ: Forgive your enemies!

And with implacable hatred, the Christians persecuted all who would not profess the Christian faith. In many a place and country, the pyres blazed, where Mohammedans and Jews, the so-called heretics, were tortured and burnt to the honour of God and Christ. Many Christians even, who sought to protect the persecuted, were to follow the condemned unto the stake and suffer the same tortures, the same horrible death; for mankind forgot the tender words of Christ: Love one another as brothers and sisters!

Truly, the power of Darkness was awesome!

1) The Selukians. - Publisher's note.

Deeper and heavier sank Darkness over the Earth, blinding mankind, dulling and binding their thoughts.

Numerous Christians bowed down in worship before painted and sculptured images of Mary, the mother of Jesus, bowed down in worship before numerous images of holy men(1) and women.

But in all this idolatry(1), they often forgot to pray unto God the Almighty, forgot to pray unto their God and Father, forgot to pray unto Him, who alone was able to grant their prayers. 

1) Many Christians prayed directly to the Virgin Mary and to the holy men and women, rather than asking them to intercede with God on their behalf. Saint-worshipping thus became idolatry. And since the mother of Jesus, and all "saints" - despite their good deeds - are subject to the Law of Reincarnation, any prayer to them is in vain, and is, indeed, often senseless, for the worshipped saints live on Earth from time to time as human beings, and consequently are unable to hear any calls for intercession or help from their fellow human beings.

Among the spirits who were bound to the earthly bodies of the so-called saints can be found both the Youngest, the Eldest, and human spirits. In the latter case, the law of rebirth has been established by God so that they can go forward and upward. The Eldest brought themselves under this law because of their first, unlawful self-incarnation. The Youngest have submitted voluntarily to this law while working for the advancement of mankind. Thus, when human beings call upon holy men and women, they pray to beings whose existence as saints is imaginary. 

More and more pious men and women - monks and nuns - withdrew from the world and lived in their own retreats, under the laws of their own communities. But though these men and women vowed to live in chastity, not all of them were able to keep their vows. Only few were pure of mind, only few found their way unto their Heavenly Father, only few sustained the poor out of love and compassion; and only few ministered to the sick out of pity for their suffering.

Deeper and heavier, Darkness laid itself upon the Earth, and only few of the Youngest dared in human form to fight against the evil.

Then came the time when many of the Youngest were gathered once more with their elder brother, in the outermost sphere about the Earth.

And they spoke much with one another of that which came to pass at that time in the world on Earth, spoke with one another of the ways that they should follow to lead mankind out of Darkness.

But they were all faint of heart.

And one of them said: "Let us cease our work among mankind; for we are not able to lead them unto our Father's Kingdom. Again and again have we let ourselves be bound unto earthly bodies; but none of us, while we were human beings, has yet been able to break the curses our eldest brother has hurled out. But not one of us, while we were human beings, has been able to pray for our brother and thus deliver him from the binding power of Darkness. We have brought only grief and suffering upon ourselves with our work among mankind; let us therefore return unto our Father's Kingdom, that the children of the Earth may walk in their own ways."

But when he fell silent, Christ, the eldest of the Youngest, stood forth.

And he said: "Though all of you turn from mankind, so shall I not forsake them; though there be none among you who will help me bear the burdens that mankind has laid upon my shoulders, so shall I never lay down these burdens, but pray unto our Father to help me that I may bear them all.

"Truly, I say unto you: break not your promise; for be the power of Darkness great, so is the power of the Light still greater; and our Father's words to us were these: if we will, then can we lead mankind unto His Kingdom of Glory and overcome Darkness. And the words of our Father are immutable! But would you follow me, then let us pray unto our Father to show us the way, for once more is the way lost in the mists."

When he had spoken they all were silent, for they searched their hearts.

But in the stillness, God let His voice be heard.

And God said: "My children, be patient! For only they who have patience will be victorious! Fail not one another, nor fail your elder brother, nor ever break the promise you have given Me, your Father; for you must remember that My blessings are upon you, My thoughts follow you and My hand sustains you while you strive for the Light, for that which is true and for that which is good.

"My children, hear My words, and I shall guide you.

"Behold, I say unto you: once more must you bring the Light of the spirit and clarity of thought unto mankind; for they are no longer able to reason clearly; for they are not able to sift falsehood from the truth, the clean from the unclean. Teach mankind this! And you must gradually teach them to discover some of the eternal laws, teach them to release and to make use of some of the many hidden powers. You must teach them to look out into the vastnesses of space, teach them to discover and to measure the paths and orbits of the heavenly bodies. You must open the eyes of human beings unto the pure lines of earthly forms, unto the splendour and diversity of colour. You must teach them to listen to the fulness and beauty of music.

"And when you have taught mankind all this, then will they themselves begin with wakened eyes and clear thoughts to perceive the web of lies that Darkness has spun about them; then will they themselves begin to search the ancient Scriptures, themselves sift out the grains of gold and cast away the dross of Darkness.

"My children, I, your Father, have shown you the way. Follow it.! For do you this, then shall My blessing be with you."

But when God's voice fell silent, they all answered: "Father, we shall follow the way that Thou hast shown us! Help us, that we may never fail!"

Once more many of the Youngest let themselves be bound unto earthly bodies, that once again they might bring the Light of the spirit and clarity of thought unto those human beings who were led astray by the Eldest and by Darkness.

But when they had brought greater knowledge and learning unto mankind, and dispersed some of the Darkness about them, would others of the Youngest follow, and seek to overturn some of the false teachings of the Elder, and thus prepare the way for mankind's own study of the Holy Scriptures that were inherited from their forefathers.

The first who ventured forth to speak unto the children of the Earth on those matters that were as yet beyond their understanding were ill received and met with scorn, anger and contempt.

But more and more of them came forward with that which they had promised to bring.

Some of the Youngest taught people to cut alphabetic characters in wood and in metal, to use these to manifold the written words, and thus bring them into the possession of many. Others brought them greater knowledge of the world they lived in; and through perilous voyages new lands were discovered, and hidden riches won from the bosom of the Earth(1)

Some of the Youngest brought unto mankind new and useful implements, whereby daily life became easier to live. Others sought to retrieve the wise and profound writings of times gone by from the depths of oblivion.

Some of the Youngest brought joy to people by renderings of graceful images in clay, in wood and in hard marble.

Others portrayed the men and women of the Holy Scriptures and the earthly life of Christ in fine pictures, rendered the life and endeavours of mankind - all in the profusion, splendour and beauty of colour.

Once more mankind began to awaken; eyes were opened, thoughts became more free and more lucid. But only slowly did the Light advance, for the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, sought always to hinder its progress.

1) The spirits bound to explorers of those times were not all of the Youngest - several were of the Eldest.

Closer and closer he drew Darkness over the Earth, and sowed yet more of his evil seed. And hatred, anger, violence, murder and iniquity thrived among human beings.

And the Elder strengthened the Christians in their worship of the Virgin Mary, strengthened their faith in the help and intercession of holy men and women, so as to hinder them in praying to God alone. And he strengthened them in their belief in the torments and sufferings of Hell, that the fear and terror thus awakened in their feeble hearts should give him greater power over them. And in their fear of Hell, many Christians sought to buy dispensation from future punishment with gold and with silver and precious gifts, sought to buy absolution from the mighty popes.

But the Youngest continued to strive for the advance of the Light; for God strengthened them, and God sustained them.

And again they taught human beings to build magnificent temples to the honour of God, taught them to build fine palaces for their princes, kings and emperors, taught them to embellish temples and palaces with vaulted domes, lofty towers and soaring spires.

And human beings were filled with joy for the splendour they beheld.

But Darkness lay heavily upon the Earth.

War and strife reigned everywhere.

The princes of the nations warred among themselves; the popes fought with the prelates beneath them, fought among themselves,(1) fought with emperors, kings and princes, while mighty curses were hurled against all who would not yield.

And the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, continued to strengthen humanity's belief in the power held by the Prince of Hell over all sinners. And he implanted in the fearful the thought that a great many men and women were able to bring harm upon their enemies and opponents by summoning the help of the Evil One, and the socalled sorcerers and witches were persecuted with much severity. Many were tortured and burned for misdeeds which they had never committed, for people believed they saw evil spirits and demons wherever they turned.

But the Youngest continued with patience to work for the progress of the Light, for God strengthened them, and God sustained them.

And once more they taught human beings to look out into the vastnesses of space, taught them to follow the paths and orbits of the glittering stars. But for a long time this knowledge remained very incomplete; for human beings as yet possessed but few and imperfect means whereby they could observe the celestial bodies, whereby they could measure and reckon their positions and paths.

Some of the Youngest conveyed the thoughts and longings of their spirit in beauteous, resounding and melodious stanzas; and many human beings rejoiced at these new and beautiful things that they had received.

1) At times the disputes between the prelates were so severe that they resulted in the election of several popes, who fought among themselves for the Holy See in Rome. - Publisher's note.

And the time came when the Youngest who had promised to prepare the way for humanity's own study of the Scriptures came forth and sought to separate some grain of gold from the heavy dross of Darkness.

But among them were two men, who are known by the names of Luther and Zwingli.

These two grieved much over the blindness of human beings, grieved much over their profound debasement; and they both sought to break the yoke of bondage which Darkness had laid upon humanity.

And in their great zeal they both turned against the highest authorities of the Church, they showed how small and insignificant the popes were, despite their power and might; they showed how wretched they were in their anger, hatred and lust for power, and they both proclaimed that the popes, the Vicars of God and Christ, were by no means infallible.

And they sought to show the so-called Christians that they had become idolaters by worshipping the numerous images of holy men and women; for many knelt only before these saints, while they forgot to bow down before Almighty Cod.

Luther and Zwingli won many followers by their lucid writings and by their masterful speeches, for they awakened human beings to reflection .

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, sought to estrange them from one another. And these two, who before their earthly lives began had promised their Heavenly Father to walk together, became bitter foes; for the Elder stood between them, and he drew Darkness closer about them so that they were not able to agree upon a common teaching. For they were not agreed upon a great many things, for they fought against each other on many of the ancient doctrines.

And as the years passed, they also acquired many enemies and many adversaries.

But Luther was a mighty warrior, and he met all attacks with harsh words, with fiery and severe speeches; for none was able to subdue his proud spirit.

But although Luther himself at times erred, he continued to lead humanity toward the Light; thus he caused certain of the ancient Scriptures to be published, that human beings might seek consolation and sustenance from the study of the words and doctrines, which had been handed down from their forefathers.

Though Luther's power and authority were great, though he was hard and unyielding toward his foes, he still remained faint of heart when alone; for he perceived that God's full strength was not upon him. At times, he was seized by fear and terror of the Darkness that streamed toward him, and he felt that he was bound by the hatred that emanated from the Elder, the Servant of Darkness; so that at times he did not heed the voice which sought to guide him.

And Darkness gathered yet closer about him. Harsh and condemning words sounded from his lips. And when some of the people who laboured hard and suffered much united to secure more and greater rights for themselves, he angrily turned against them, and in his anger he cried out that these unworthy should be put to death, that their evil intentions should be destroyed.

But despite the many and grave faults of Luther as a man, he was able to reject certain of the false teachings of the Elder, and he and Zwingli together were able to bring humanity a few steps further toward the goal.

But neither of them was able to carry out that great work, which had been laid down before they were born unto the Earth, the great work that together they should have performed among human beings.

When Luther and Zwingli met once more in the heavenly abodes, after death had broken their earthly bodies, they both grieved much over the enmity which the Elder had called forth between them while they lived upon the Earth.

But yet more of the Youngest sought to sustain their brothers in the struggle against the papacy, and one of them is known by the name of Calvin.

His thoughts were lucid and keen, and with wise words he formed the new teaching.

But he was not in full agreement with Luther, nor was he fully agreed with Zwingli. For influenced by the Elder, he revived some of the ancient, rejected doctrines; he worded them anew and defended them with much authority.

Many followed him, and he was much honoured.

But Calvin was a stern man, and he demanded much of his followers, demanded purity, piety and obedience. And he was unbending in his sternness, for the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, stood at his side and hardened his heart, so that he pronounced harsh judgements on all who were against him; indeed, in the hardness of his heart, he even let one of his adversaries suffer death at the stake; for he had forgotten the words of Christ: Forgive your enemies!

Thus neither was Calvin able to break the power of Darkness, nor to overcome the curse of the Elder.

But even though Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin could not present the full truth, they were nevertheless able to bring forth some of the grains of gold in the ancient Scriptures, and were able to teach the Christians to study for themselves and reject several of the false teachings. And thus was some of the Darkness enshrouding mankind dispelled.

But with the attacks that those fearless men aimed at the papacy and the numerous fallacies of the Christian teaching, lengthy and fearsome conflicts and struggles broke out anew in many places. For as the years went by, and more and more people joined the new forms of the Christian faith, certain of the followers of the old faith sought to uphold the faltering papacy.

Further and more severe monastic orders were founded, some of the old fallacies were abandoned, and new, more stringent laws enacted, demanding greater purity, greater piety and greater obedience.

And the followers of the Papal Church sought to punish the apostates with fearsome persecution, torture, and death, seeking to halt the progress of the new Christian teachings.

Once again, Darkness descended more closely and more heavily upon the Earth.

Again, the pyres blazed to the honour of Almighty God. Thousands upon thousands were put to death. And in their blind hatred and lust for revenge, certain of the followers of the papacy had several thousand adversaries slain in a single night.

Truly, the power of Darkness was awesome!

And the time returned when nation rose against nation, brother against brother, ruler against ruler.

And while songs of praise rang out in the churches to the honour of God, murders, plunderings, and frightful misdeeds were perpetrated in His name!

Closer and heavier, Darkness descended upon the Earth. Poverty and misery abounded in the lands.

The fear of human beings grew greater yet, and they feared yet more the Prince of Hell and all his helpers. And sorcerers and witches were tortured and burned.

Darkness was everywhere and sufferings were everywhere; for the evil seed of the Elder sprouted and bore fruit.

But no longer were the Youngest faint of heart; for they trusted in God, their Father; for He strengthened them, and He guided them.

Amid suffering, violence, death and misery, they strove to advance the Light, strove to bring more knowledge and more learning unto human beings.

And when after each completed life upon the Earth they returned unto the heavenly abodes, many of them did not accept the rest that was rightfully theirs; for they all yearned to break the power of Darkness, for they all yearned to overcome the curses of the Elder; and they hastened to be bound unto new earthly bodies, that they might lead mankind forward toward the goal.

As century was added to century, the Youngest sought in numerous ways to augment the knowledge that they had already brought unto mankind.

And they gave unto humanity yet more of the splendid and colourful paintings, with which they adorned churches, palaces and the mansions of princes.

Slowly the Youngest taught mankind to study the structure of the human body, its tissues and cells; taught them to discover healing for some of the body's many ills. Taught them to capture the winding ways of fleeting thoughts; taught them to form, clarify and preserve their thoughts in wise sayings.

And they taught them to listen to the beauty and fulness of sound. They taught them to fashion instruments, large and small, with which they could bring forth an abundance of pure and resonant tones, a diversity of beautiful and harmonious sounds.

They taught them to fashion instruments with which better to unravel the paths and positions of the glittering stars in distant space .

And they taught mankind to unleash some of the hidden powers of nature and how to draw benefit from such knowledge; taught them to study the many forms of life; taught them to discover some of those laws which govern creation - the least as well as the greatest.

As centuries receded, human beings learned to improve the routes and the highways between the many kingdoms and continents of the Earth; learned to locate and to unearth some of the beautiful cities, mighty temples and proud mansions of olden times; numerous hidden treasures were brought to the light of day from the bosom of the

Earth, treasures which told of the life and customs of their forebears.

In this manner the Youngest brought ever more knowledge and yet greater learning unto mankind.

And as the years passed, the Light began slowly to spread once more across the Earth.

But there was still fighting and dissension; as yet, murder, killing and misdeeds still flourished. Princes, kings, and emperors were still able to rouse nation against nation in battle and destructive war fare .

Numerous Christians still kneeled in worship and prayer before the lifeless images of the holy men and women. Many still debated old and new doctrines with masterful words and fiery speeches; and numerous forms of Christianity arose.

But the Light continued to spread throughout the Earth - and slowly Darkness began to yield.

But the Elder, the Servant of Darkness, continued to instil his poison into the hearts of human beings. And in the minds of some he implanted the thought that God did not exist. And those who believed him stood forth, and in their folly they defended this blasphemous thought with great authority.

But Darkness continued to recede, and the Elder knew that he could no longer halt the advance of the Light; and he knew that the hour drew near when the power of Darkness should be broken.

Then fear and terror were born in his heart. For he knew that should the Light overcome him, then must he himself reap the evil seed that he had sown among human beings, he knew that all the curses that he had hurled out must turn against himself. And he feared that retribution would crush him and destroy him for all eternity. For he thought that for his sins there could be no forgiveness; for he forgot his Father's infinite love, forgot His omnipotence, forgot His compassion. 

36.

Did the Spirits of the Dead Continue to Walk among Human Beings, or did God Cradually Succeed in Calling back all of them?

A little more than eight decades before the eldest of the Youngest was born unto the Earth as Jesus of Nazareth, God called for the first time upon the earthbound spirits. But from that time, at the last hour of each passing century, God let His voice be heard by them to awaken remorse in their hearts. But fewer and fewer returned unto the spheres, for only few were able to repent of their sins and misdeeds, for Darkness lay heavily over the Earth.

And as the centuries passed, Darkness bound ever more human spirits after their death to walk upon the Earth among the living.

And the time came when the spirits of the dead became a mighty host - legion upon legion. They wandered everywhere and brought much discord wherever they went, for they inspired mankind to many sinful lusts, many evil and unclean thoughts.

Some people could see the spirits as shadow-like beings, some heard their speech as faintly whispered words; and this strengthened their belief that they were surrounded by devils, evil spirits and ghosts.

And human beings feared the dead.

Some of the Youngest who were not bound unto earthly bodies often went unto the Earth, where with kind and gentle words they called these wretched beings back unto life and to the Light. But the Youngest were able for but a short time to dwell among the spirits of the dead; for the close Darkness and evil vapours made them weak and faint of heart.

But after they had rested for a time in their dwellings, unseen by human beings they went forth again unto the Earth to bring help once more unto the children of Darkness. And God, their Father, strengthened them, and He sustained them in their arduous task.

But the eldest of the Youngest, Christ, did not tire. Despite Darkness, despite evil vapours, he persevered. Kindly and tenderly he sought to awaken remorse in the hearts of the earthbound spirits, and he carried home many of the fallen unto their empty dwellings.

And upon his journeyings he was wont to find a brother(1) or a sister(1) who had stumbled over the stones cast in their path by the Elder, while they fought for the progress of mankind. But Christ brought them back unto the outermost sphere about the Earth, and he helped them to cleanse themselves of the Darkness which had defiled them.

But wherever Christ ventured, there was he followed by God's watchful eye. And God saw his deep sorrow over the wretchedness of human beings, saw the patience with which he sought to bring help unto the fallen - unto the living and the dead.

And God granted him yet greater power, yet greater strength.

1) The Youngest who, tempted by the Elder, committed misdeeds during their lives on Earth were often, because of their consciousness of sin, bound to an existence without rest among the earthbound human spirits, after their earthly lives had ended.

But behold, then Christ ventured into the ravaged Kingdom, to seek his elder brothers and sisters there.

And he spoke with them and he tenderly bade them to return unto their Father, bade them to return Home. Many scorned him and mocked him; but some were drawn by the pure and radiant Light which surrounded him, were drawn by his tender words; and remorse awoke in their hearts. And he carried them unto a distant place, where they could rest in peace until remembrance of all that was awoke in their memory.

And Christ walked among the living human beings. Unseen and unknown, he came unto the sinner and the breaker of law. With his tender love, with his unending patience, he often drew them back from the abyss which threatened to swallow them. By his warning call, he forestalled many a sinful and impure thought, so that it never turned to deed. Many evil and wicked deeds were thus averted by his purity, they were forestalled by his call and by his warning.

And no longer did Christ tire, neither did he falter; but he carried with patience the heavy burdens that mankind continued to lay upon his shoulders; for God strengthened him; for God gave him ever greater power, ever greater patience.

And when the time came that the Light again began to spread slowly across the Earth, a faint joy, a faint hope awoke in the mind of Christ. But when he saw that the Light spread still more, he understood that the time was drawing near when the power of Darkness should be broken; and he fervently rejoiced.

And it came to pass, eighteen and a half centuries after the time when the eldest of the Youngest was born to live among human beings as Jesus of Nazareth, that God called him unto His Kingdom of Glory.

When Christ heard God's calling voice, he hastened unto his Father, greeted him and said: "Father, Thou didst call! Behold, I am come."

But when he had spoken thus, God fondly bade him be welcome.

And He said: "My son, I, your Father, have followed you in all your works. I saw your deep sorrow over the misery of humanity. I saw your longing to lead your eldest brother back unto his rightful Home. I followed you, while, unseen by the children of the Earth, you walked among them to draw them away from sin and impurity. I followed you, while you walked in the ravaged Kingdom to call back your elder brothers and sisters. Truly, for all this I thank you!

"And behold, I have followed the work of your brothers and sisters for the progress of humanity, followed your guiding of mankind's many journeyings in life upon the Earth, and I have rejoiced over the good fruits which your love, which your patience have borne. For by your work has the Light made Darkness to recede. Truly, for all this I thank each of you. But unto you I say: would you continue to follow the way that I have shown you, then shall you surely reach unto your goal, though centuries may lie before you."

And God spoke further.

And He said: "My son, I bade you to come; for I desired to show you a shorter road by which you may reach your goal more quickly. But I say unto you: would you follow this shorter road, then must you walk through thorns and thistles, over chasms and through streaming waters, then must you bend again and again to remove the stones which hinder your progress; then must you never grow weary - and you must bear your burdens with yet greater patience."

When God had spoken thus, He was silent a while.

But Christ answered Him and said: "Father, show me the road of which Thou didst speak; for can it. lead us sooner unto the goal, then should we surely follow it."

Then God spoke further.

And He said: "From you and through you have human beings learnt much; but they have no complete knowledge of our world, they know nothing of the world that remains hidden from their mistveiled earthly eyes. My son, I say unto you: give you the children of the Earth knowledge of some of the laws whereby life is lived; My son, speak unto humanity!"

And God spoke further.

And He said: "Some of the many human spirits who are bound by Darkness, bound unto the Earth by their sins and misdeeds, have from the earliest times when they began to walk among the living sought often and in manifold ways to make themselves known unto human beings; many have seen them, many have heard them, and many could receive messages from them. Turn this to good account! For you know that also you can in manifold ways make yourselves known unto human beings. My son, I say unto you: from the Light shall you build a bridge across the chasm which separates our world from the Earth. You shall lift a corner of the veil which covers the entrance to that life which is for ever!
But I say unto you, seek those human beings who are able to see through the earthly veil of mist with their spirit's eye! Seek those human beings who are able, with their spiritual ear, to perceive the high vibrations that arise from the sound of your voices. Seek those human beings who can withhold their earthly selves, that they might receive and render the thoughts that you think and inspire in them!
And when you perceive that they have complete trust in you and in your words, then shall you speak unto them of your brothers and sisters, who are theirs also, and who, concealed by Darkness, wander across the Earth without home and without rest. And do they understand you, then make you them your helpers, make them your intermediaries.

For the thought and speech of human beings is more easily perceived by the spirits of the dead.

Indeed, you shall teach human beings to pray for those who are bound by Darkness, teach them that the loving thoughts of their prayer can draw the Light unto all for whom they pray; and when repentance awakes in the hearts of the earthbound spirits, then can you lead them back unto the dwellings that stand empty.
My son, I say unto you: will you follow this shorter road, with human beings as intermediaries and helpers, then within a century can you draw all spirits of the dead away from the Earth and back unto life and the Light - and then will purer and brighter times soon come unto all of you.
But I say unto you: would you do this, then shall you know that for a long time must you leave your fine abodes, then for long periods must you remain in the Darkness, fog and evil vapours upon the Earth; for you must without cease protect the human beings that you choose for your helpers, that Darkness shall not descend upon them and shall not lead them astray."

When God had spoken thus, He remained silent for a time.

But Christ answered Him and said: "Father, art Thou with us, then shall we surely overcome; but Father, I ask of Thee, how may we in this manner win back our eldest brother?"

Then God looked upon him with favour.

And He said: "My son, your brother is among those who are bound by Darkness, bound by sin; teach mankind to take pity upon him and his sufferings also! Teach them to forgive that which he has sinned against them. Teach them to pray for him also, teach them to pray for his salvation! For do they this, then will the loving thoughts of their prayers break for ever the power of Darkness over him. Then shall the bonds that bind your brother be broken, and then can we draw him unto us."

But when God had spoken thus, Christ bowed down his head. And his voice was sorrowful when he said: "Father, mankind loves not Thine eldest son as we do; human beings hate him, fear him and curse him. Verily, no one will pray for him. "

But God answered him and said: "My son, seek among those that love you; for upon your word and by your intercession will they surely pray for your eldest brother. My son, I say unto you: find you but a single human being who with trust in your word and with compassion of heart will pray for him who created a world of sin, sorrow, and misery, then will the power of Darkness be broken, then will your brother be free, and then shall we, who know him and love him, forgive him and receive him in our midst."

Then Christ looked steadfastly upon his Father, and he said: "Father, say that Thou art with us; for then shall I know that we shall be victorious."

But God embraced him, and He said: "My blessing shall be upon you in all that you do."

Then Christ returned unto his dwelling in the outermost sphere about the Earth. And he called upon all of the brothers and sisters who at that time were not bound unto earthly bodies.

And when they were gathered together, he stood forth and spoke unto them of the road that their God and Father had shown him.

But when he had spoken, deep silence fell upon them all; for they understood that this would be a sorely trying, an exceedingly burdensome journey.

And when none answered him, Christ continued to speak, and he said: "Fear you to follow me, then shall I walk alone; but I say unto you: forget not that our Father has promised to be with us!"

Then they answered: "Brother, brother, we shall go with you and help you to bear these new burdens. Truly, you shall not walk alone. And be our Father with us, then shall we surely be victorious."

Christ thanked them, and he said: "Not all can follow me; for some of you must remain in these our dwelling places to make straight and to lead, that all shall not become disorder and confusion."

And he chose certain of his brothers and sisters, and they promised to lead and to make straight all in accord with his spirit.

But when all was prepared God let His voice be heard by them.

And God said: "My children, I, your Father, thank you all. But ere you journey unto the Earth, would I speak unto you these words: sustain one another, never fail one another! For should you fail, and should you falter, and should you tire, then will the shorter road become for you the longer. "

Then they cried out: "Father, be with us, that we may never fail!"

And God answered them.

And He said: "I, your Father, shall give you the strength that you need; for My Mind shall lead you, My hand shall sustain you and My blessing shall be upon you!"

When God's voice ceased, a host of the children of the Light went forth unto the Earth, that without human embodiment they might begin their difficult journey.

And they went unto those places where people gathered to receive messages from the spirits of the dead.

And with kind and tender thoughts, the Youngest sought to influence the men and women who were intermediaries between the living and the dead. But this was exceedingly difficult; for their thoughts could hardly pierce the Darkness that shrouded the earthbound spirits; for these thronged in great multitudes about the so-called mediums, those people who in various ways sought to interpret the thoughts and the words of these wretched beings.

But as time passed, the Youngest became ever more skilful in leading the mediums with the help of the Light. And the messages that were received became clearer, easier to understand and less filled with error.

But when the Youngest in their talks with human beings dared question the venerated faith, then were they met with harsh words and stern judgement. Many were angered, many were vexed; for in their unwisdom these thought they were in discourse with evil spirits or devils. And Christ and those who were with him had to journey on to seek other and better helpers. And they grieved sorely over the great blindness of humanity.

But as the years passed, they found greater understanding and greater trust. Then they spoke unto mankind of the life that follows earthly death.

Many listened to the thoughts and to the words, and some believed that which was imparted.

And in numerous places of the kingdoms and the continents of the Earth, more and ever more men and women sought to communicate with the dead, while knowledge of the messages from the spirits spread more and more.

The learned then began to listen, indeed, some of them pondered, searched, and studied to discover the laws that governed all these things. But from this there arose much discord and much strife; for, as was their custom, the learned were by no means in agreement. Some spoke for, and others spoke against the truth of that which came to pass.

But, without growing weary of the scorn, anger and intolerance of human beings toward one another, the Youngest continued along the road that their Father had shown them; but wherever they went, they were pursued by the Elder, the Servant of Darkness. And he drew Darkness still closer about the men and women who were mediums, seeking to confuse their thoughts, seeking to falsify the words that they received. And in the hearts of many he awakened pride, self-righteousness, and the lust for power.

But the Youngest sought to protect their mediums, sought to warn them of Darkness and of falsehood, that they should not listen to the thoughts and to the words of the Elder.

But in spite of all warnings, against all admonitions, many mediums followed the Elder's alluring thoughts and sayings - and many fell. Indeed, some rose up at large gatherings to exhibit their accomplishments for their own gain; and did they not succeed in making the desired contact, then would they often make pretences. But this led to great confusion and much falsehood. But when the Youngest saw that despite the given warnings their helpers and intermediaries succumbed to the temptations of Darkness, they turned away from them and went on to seek other, more perceiving helpers.

And they grieved over the people's blindness, grieved over their feeble trust.

But despite the power of Darkness, the Youngest continued to meet with ever greater understanding. And then they began to tell about the many spirits who, bound by sin and evil and without earthly embodiment, walked among human beings without home and without rest.

People listened and many believed the words, and they who believed that which was said began to help these wretched beings, and they prayed unto Almighty God for peace and salvation for the spirits of the dead.

And behold: it came to pass even as God had spoken, that the compassionate thoughts of human beings awakened remorse in the hearts of many of the earthbound spirits, and the streaming waves of the Light drew the repentant spirits back unto the dwellings that once they had left.

And the Youngest who were in the spheres received them tenderly, and they gave them all care.

Slowly, the Youngest advanced further toward their goal; and they found more and still more helpers. But when Christ spoke unto them of the many false teachings of the Christian faith and told them who he was, only few dared listen to his words, only few dared trust him; for they believed that he was the Evil One who sought to lead them astray with kind and tender words. And many turned away from him, and from those who were with him.

And Christ sorrowed greatly.

But the years passed; and a new earthly century (1900) began. A multitude of the spirits of the dead was still bound unto the Earth, the power of Darkness was still not broken, and invisible to human beings, Christ and those who were with him still journeyed from place to place, striving to obtain the help that they desired.

And as the years passed, they found more and better helpers. More and more people prayed unto God the Almighty for peace and for salvation for those who were bound by Darkness.

And upon his journey across the Earth from place unto place, from country unto country, Christ found a few people who came to trust him fully, came to trust his word. And Christ rejoiced greatly; for then he knew that they were drawing near unto their goal.

But wherever they went, God's ever wakeful eye followed them. He sustained them and He strengthened them.

God saw their untiring love, saw their great patience, their many sorrows, their few joys. And He resolved to sustain them still more.

And when little more than a decade(1911) of the new earthly century had passed, God let His mighty voice be heard over all the Earth to call back the spirits of the dead.

But this came to pass a few earthly years before a century had passed since the time when God had last let His voice be heard by all the dead.

Behold, they all ceased in what they were about, and they all listened; for God called upon each one, He called each one by name, and He spoke unto each one, He spoke unto them all.

And He said: "My children, I, your Father, ask of you: will you for ever be slaves unto your evil lusts and impure desires? Will you continue to walk in Darkness and in sin? Truly, you shall know that no sufferings, no curses, no impurity and no Darkness can endure for all eternity. My children, hear Me! Seek to repent of that which you have sinned! For then will the bonds that bind you be broken, then will the Light draw you back unto peace and to rest. My children, answer Me, your Father, will you not return unto life and to the Light?"

When God had spoken thus, He fell silent for a time.

But the stillness oppressed the spirits that were bound in sin. And they called upon their Father, they cried out and they answered Him.

All who walked in Darkness upon the Earth and the Eldest in the ravaged Kingdom cried out and answered Him - only the Elder made no answer.

And the answers sounded as a mighty cry: "Father, forgive us that which we have sinned; deliver us from the power of Darkness!"

And God spoke unto them.

And He said: "My children, that which you have sinned against Me, and that which you have sinned against the eternal laws, that shall you be forgiven, and it. shall be blotted out! But that which you have sinned against one another, that must you also forgive one another!

"My children, be you all welcome back unto life and to the Light. "

But when the voice of God fell silent, behold, the Light welled forth. Borne by its eternal, streaming waves, thousands upon thousands of the fallen spirits were drawn away from Darkness, away from the Earth, back unto the dwellings that stood empty.

And the Youngest who were in the spheres received them with love and they gave care unto them all.

And God sent unto the Earth a multitude of the Youngest so as to sustain and to guide those who were fallen the deepest, those who could no longer rise, those who were blinded by Darkness. Borne by the Youngest, the deepest fallen were brought back unto their dwellings.

And soon they were all returned unto peace and to rest.

In fear and in terror the Elder saw the Light well forth, saw its clear, pure waves flood and wash away the ravaged Kingdom, saw it absorb the evil vapours and dispel the heavy Darkness.

And he fled from that place in terror, fled across the Earth.

But the ever-streaming waves of the Light pursued him and enfolded all the Earth as a glowing dawn.

But for the Elder there was no peace, there was no rest; for he was still bound by Darkness, still bound unto his creatures, and he was still the Servant of Darkness.

And without home, without rest, he continued to flee across the Earth.

But when a time had passed, a voice sounded unto him, a gentle, loving voice that said: "Brother, why do you flee?"

And he ceased his frenzied flight; and behold, Christ stood before him in all his radiant glory, and the Elder bowed down his head; for the brilliant light blinded his eyes.

But Christ embraced him, and he said: "Brother, I am come to bring you rest, to bring you peace!"

But the Elder answered him and said: "The wrath of our Father will crush me and destroy me."

Then Christ said: "Our Father's love, His tenderness, His compassion will draw you away from Darkness, away from your sufferings. "

And Christ spoke yet further.

And he said: "Brother, follow me for I will lead you unto human beings who trust me, who trust my words; surely will they take pity upon you, surely, at my intercession, will they pray for your peace and salvation; for this is the wish of our Father. Brother, seek to repent of that which you have sinned, for then will the bonds which bind you be broken, then will the Light carry you unto our Father's embrace."

But the Elder answered him and said: "Humanity hates me, fears me and curses me - no human being will pray for the one who created a world of sin, of sorrow and of suffering."

Then Christ said: "Brother, I say unto you, the power of prayer is great when it is borne by thoughts of love. Follow me and trust me; for on my word will human beings pray for you".

When Christ fell silent, the Elder stood for a time, answering no word.

Then hope awoke in his heart, and he answered: "Brother, I will follow you!"

And Christ led him unto an earthly dwelling, where people were gathered; for they spoke with some of the Youngest, who were there unseen to sustain and to guide them in their work.

But Christ called unto the people who were there; and they listened, for neither could they see him. And he said: "I, Christ, your elder brother, speak unto you - hear me! Help me pray unto our Father that He may grant peace and salvation to the brother I have brought unto you. Have compassion for him; for so deep has he fallen that none can fall deeper; for so much has he sinned that none can sin more, and his sufferings are very great!"

When he had spoken thus, he turned toward the Elder, and he said: "Tell them who you are, tell them that which you have sinned, and they will help you; for they fear you not - our Father is with them ! "

And the Elder spoke unto them, he told them who he was, told them that which he had sinned.

The human beings listened, and they understood that his words were true; for they perceived the evil streams of Darkness that emanated from him.

But when he fell silent, then they prayed from the compassion of their hearts unto God the Almighty, prayed that He should grant peace and salvation unto him who was the cause of all sin, all sorrow and all suffering.

And God heard their prayer.

Then awoke the full memory of the Elder, then he remembered vividly the blessed times that were before mankind. And he faltered beneath the mighty burden of remembrance.

But some of the Youngest sustained him, that he should not fall.

Behold, then grief and remorse awoke in his heart, and he cried out: "Father, Father, help me to break the power of Darkness, to break the bond of Darkness! Help me to remove sin and suffering from the human beings, my creatures! Father, forgive that which I have sinned against Thee and that which I have sinned against all!"

And God heard his cry.

And He sounded His voice unto him.

And God said: "My son, that which you have sinned against Me, your Father, and that which you have sinned against the eternal laws, that shall you be forgiven, and it shall be blotted out! And that which you have sinned against your brothers and sisters, that I surely know they will all forgive you.
But that which you have sinned against human beings, your creatures, that must they themselves forgive you!"

"My son, I, your Father, bid you welcome back unto the Light, bid you welcome unto your Home."

When God was silent, the Youngest carried their brother, whom they all loved, back unto their Home, back unto their Father's embrace.

And God received His repentant son with tenderness and with fervent joy.

And God spoke unto Christ and unto those among the Youngest who had been with their brother, thanking them all for the work they had done, thanking each one for the great patience, for the great love that they all had evinced.

And there was great joy and they all shouted in jubilation; for they knew that thenceforth would there arise brighter and happier times for them all. Yet they knew that much time would pass before mankind became purer and less sinful; yet they understood that aeons must pass before the Light had fully absorbed all Darkness and removed it from the Earth.

And the Youngest led their eldest brother unto a place, where in stillness he might rest and ponder all that had come to pass.

Then they went unto the outermost sphere about the Earth so as to rest for a short while in the beautiful dwellings for which they had yearned so long.

But, when one earthly year had passed, God let His voice be heard by the Elder.

And God said: "My son, your time of rest has ended. Go unto the Earth, unto the human beings. Say unto them that they are no longer to fear you, to hate you, or to curse you. Bow down before them, seek to obtain their forgiveness for all you have sinned against them for do they forgive you, then will the bond break asunder, the bond that binds them unto the curses you have hurled upon them. Then will they with greater ease overcome the Darkness that enshrouds them, and then will the Light shine with greater purity and brightness upon the Earth."

The Elder listened to the words. And he said: "Father, then shouldst Thou surely be with me; for I fear that human beings will have no trust in me; for I fear that they will turn from me, that they will not hear my words."

But God answered him and said: "Follow your younger brother; for he has promised to sustain you and to guide you! My blessing shall be upon you!"

Then the Elder bowed down his head.

And he said: "Father, I thank Thee; Thy will be done!’

But when he had spoken thus, Christ and some of the Youngest stood with him.

And Christ said: "Brother, in the year that has passed we sought to prepare the way for you. Follow us; for we will lead you unto human beings through whose help you may form your thoughts in earthly language and in earthly signs."

The Elder thanked them, and he followed them.

And they went unto the Earth. And with the help of human beings they built a bridge over the chasm that separates the world of Darkness from the world of the Light, and they lifted a corner of the veil that conceals the entrance unto eternal life.

For God, their Father, was with them.

Behold, I, Ardor, the Elder, once the Servant of Darkness, obeyed our Father's command and I spoke unto you; spoke of the Darkness, the sufferings, and the wretchedness that my fall and my sin brought upon the human beings, my creation. And through you I speak unto all mankind, unto all generations that are, and unto all generations to come.

And I say unto you all: fear me not, hate me not, curse me not! For I am no longer the Prince of Hell, and Hell is no more!

And I pray you from the depth of my heart - if you can overcome your hatred, if you can overcome your anger - to forgive me that which I have sinned against you all!

Forgive me, that the peace of our Father and His blessing
may be with you now and for all eternity!

AMEN

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