Releasing the Riddles of Holy Scripture through Questions About the Bible
The Bible is a stumper for many of us. It’s not unlike the Riddler teasing Batman with his “riddle me this” taunts. But what if we could understand the Bible and know what some of those obscure passages mean? What’s the truth hiding in the myth of Adam & Eve? And what was up with that Tower of Babel?
Bible Me This is a collection of in-depth answers to a variety of questions about the Bible. Here is the Pathwork Guide’s call for questions:
“It would be most helpful and beneficial for you, my friends, if you became more familiar with the Bible. I am most eager and willing to help you understand this great document. To disentangle for you what belongs on which level.
For this great book is a combination of fragments of historical accounts; of symbolic meanings; and of the greatest truths; of distortions deriving from human limitation of consciousness; of existing cultural conditions that were “right” at that time, but are no longer so today.
I would like to lift up the jewels of truth contained in this book, separating the grains from the husks. So that you can appreciate and benefit from the timeless wisdom of these messages. So I suggest that you ply me with questions. You have a whole month to prepare. And I promise you that I will give you interpretations. These answers will be most useful and helpful for everyone. This will open a new horizon for you.”
— The Pathwork® Guide
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Back in the day of Christ, Mystery Schools were a way to safeguard spiritual truths. This was to keep the masses from getting at them and making a mess of them. And in fact, this does seem to be what happens in current times when people attempt to read, interpret and understand the Bible without the benefit of a clean lens. It seems riddled with contradictions and shrouded in mystery. Turns out, that was intentional. So much for avoiding a mess.
People often have a mistaken idea about what myths are. Over half of us think of them as inventions, fantasies, fairy tales or lies. The real meaning of myth is quite different from this.
There are many myths in the book of Genesis, including the one about the Tower of Babel. In fact, it could be possible to write entire books just to explain this passage. That’s how much it contains. For now, we’ll consider just one aspect of it, starting with the reference to “of one language.”
For men and women alike, we think we are practically two different species…In truth, our differences aren’t half as great as we think they are. We are the reverse of each other, with men embodying the active current and women the more passive. Where men are more passive though, women are more active. We’re two sides of the same coin.
So we can look at how the myth of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis conveys this. Here you have the masculine and feminine represented, which would be the active and passive respectively. Yet in the story, we have Eve, which is the feminine and passive aspect, taking the first step toward the Fall of the Angels. Why would this be so?
- What more can you say about the true meaning of “turn the other cheek?”
- “He who wants to win his life will lose it. He who is ready to give it up will win it.” What does that mean?
- What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it; And I will give thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be bound in Heaven.” (Matthew 16: 18-20).
- In the Book of Exodus, people were told to collect manna only for one day and on the Sabbath for two days. If they collected for two days on any other day but for the Sabbath, it rotted. But for the Sabbath, it did not. What is the meaning of this?
- What is the true spiritual meaning of the statement, “To those who have, more will be given, and to those who have not, what they have will be taken away?”
- What’s the deeper meaning of, “All things work together for the good for those who love God.”
- What’s the explanation for the saying of Jesus, “Come as a little child?”
- What did Jesus mean by “the meek shall inherit the earth?”
- Please explain the Biblical passage, “The word of God was given to Moses: Thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning.”
- What did Jesus mean when he said, “Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, he has no life in you”?
- We interpret another saying of Jesus as meaning injustice. From the words in Mark 4:25, which read: “For he that hath, to him shall be given; and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”
- In the traditional Scriptures of Judaism and Islam, the texts are specific regarding the consumption of fish, flesh and fowl. It is commanded that “of their flesh shall we not eat.” Christianity, however, does not ban pork. But then in the fifteenth verse of Matthew, Jesus said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the man, but that which cometh out of the mouth”. However, during Lent, Christians observe dietary restrictions. What gives?
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- The language used in the Bible seems to encourage moralizing, perfectionism, and other distortions. Humanity has been trapped in these, especially with regards to sexuality and the non-acceptance of it. For example: “Do not fornicate,” in the Old Testament. Or the passage on adultery that Christ preached on the Mount: “But I say unto you. That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Can you help us to understand this?
- Can you shed some light on the symbolism in the passage? “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee, for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell”. How can we read and interpret this in the spirit of love?
- In the Bible it says: “In the beginning there was the word and the word was God’. I have also heard the word is “Om.” Could you explain?
- What did Jesus mean in John 15:26 when he said, “But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me”. Also in John 16:13-15 he speaks of the Counselor or the Spirit of Truth who will “answer you into all the truth”. Who or what is the Counselor, or the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit?
- In Chapter 24, Verse 52 of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Jesus says to one of his disciples who defended him against the servant of the high priest as he was captured: “Put up again thy sword into its place, for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword”. Is this to be our response in the struggle against evil?
- Can you explain what is being said in the book of Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, John’s vision: the beast with ten horns and seven heads, ten crowns and a blasphemous name on each head; the mark of the beast, 666, which is man’s number; the 144,000 sealed on the forehead with God’s name who are untouched by the doom at the end of the world; the pregnant woman, the dragon and the woman’s fleeing to the desert for 1260 days; the thousand years of Satan’s imprisonment.
- In the first Beatitude, which Jesus Christ gives in his sermon on the mount, it says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. What is the meaning of this?
- In Matthew 5:32, it says, “But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery”. Matthew 6:25 goes on to say, “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?” What’s up here?
The Guide offers insight for understanding the deeper meaning of the following commandments:
2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
4) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5) Honor thy father and thy mother.
6) Thou shalt not kill.
Reincarnation was on Jesus’ mind when he spoke of how we need to be reborn… It would be pure folly to assume that we could complete all of the development we need to do in one short life. This defies any logic and all common sense. So Holy Scripture hints at reincarnation in the concept of being reborn. But it seems to be a boldface fact in the clear expression that John the Baptist was a reincarnation of Elijah. In the early years after the life and death of Jesus Christ, in fact, it was normal for the Christian religion to teach reincarnation. So early Christians knew perfectly well that reincarnation was a true reality.
It was later on that church fathers saw how Eastern traditions were misusing the knowledge of reincarnation. So they took action to remove this danger; they took it out of the Bible.
What is the deeper meaning of baptism? When we use the expression “in the spirit of Jesus Christ,” or “in the name of Jesus Christ,” what does this mean?
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