After uploading my testimony, many people reacted by asking relevant questions but also by mixing things up simply because we do not know much what the Gospel really proposes.
The goal of these texts is thus to explain and to have a fresh eye, which will go as far as to throw most of us off balance, be he a Christian or not, on what proposes the Gospel, in particular on some phrases and notions which upset and puzzle people of today so as to give everyone in a spiritual quest new lights.
These lights are based on the teachings from an outstanding being, Mister Anthelme Nizier Philippe, who lived between 1849 and 1905 mainly in Lyon, but also on some experiences Heaven granted to me.
We all know how heated, how passionate debates about spirituality often are. Everybody is sure to know the truth and belittles what the other has to say but few throw passions off in favour of a logical and deductive reasoning. What about regarding spirituality in the same way as mathematics, with a logical eye and a deductive mind?
Let us begin with what upsets the most and which is on everyone's lips. When talking about the Gospel many get annoyed at the phrase of the Gospel of John 14-6,
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
and also, :
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
What do we notice? Christ did not say, "I am A way and, A truth and A life" nor did he say, "I am A light of the world", whereas he said
" darkness " which supposes that many types of darkness exist.
There is a claim of uniqueness in words of Christ.
That is why many wonder and tell me in substance,
"Isn't it presumptuous to think we have the truth and not the others?"
"Why wouldn't the others with their different believes have truth as well?"
First, you have to draw a distinction between our culture, the Catholic religion and the Gospel. It is NOT our Western culture which is in the truth more than another! We must also separate the Gospel, which is a universal text everybody may discover or rediscover, whatever his culture is, from the Catholic religion for the moment.
Therefore in these texts we propose, we will regard the Gospel as a text which stands alone. Once again, we also ask people listening to us
to leave every passion aside and to reason as if we were faced with a scientific challenge.
As long as passions and reasonings are mixed up we will not be able to progress.
What can we deduce from these two statements : "I am the way and the truth and the life." and "I am the light of the world."?
As we have said, there is a claim of uniqueness. Uniqueness of the path, uniqueness of the Light, uniqueness of the Life, uniqueness of the Truth but multiplicity of the ways in darkness.
This means, according to Christ, that any other religion or belief, are either in a partial truth, or in the wrong or in the lie. Therefore, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism and the other ways... are only partial truths, or in the wrong or in the lie. This means these paths are not in the Light and consequently are in darkness.
Obviously anyone sharing any of these believes cannot accept such words. Hence the unleashed passions and everyone's anger thinking he is not understood, despised in his culture and in his beliefs. But once again, we owe it to ourselves to reason like scientists and to leave passions aside! Let us see what can be still deduced.
First, let us listen the prophet Isaiah,
"For this is what the high and exalted One says,
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite. "
Well... well, let us wonder... contrite for what, lowly in spirit because of who?
In this world lies a duality hard to negate : The fight between Good and Evil, between darkness and the Light. That fight manifests itself by a daily unwitting fight for most of us who, by dint of being absorbed in it, cannot take a step back to perceive it and yet it is actually there. Observe that this fight manifests itself, with everyone's agreement, on screen. For instance, think of Harry Potter or the Lord of the Ring. What should be realized is that we, too, are in an adventure led by this darkness-Light duality. Christ, in the Our Father prayer he passed on to those following him, would not have added "but deliver us from evil" had this "evil" had no reality...
And this goes much further than you can perceive for you should get the following firmly set in your mind : The divinities humanity had had through civilisations and that history had described were beings who really existed and still exist. Master Philippe de Lyon would not have said,
(Life and Words Page 98 ) : "There is no possible parallel between Christ and the others (Orpheus, Krishna, Odin...), absolutely nothing in common."
if Orpheus, Krishna, Odin... were but a pure human invention. It would be an insult to the cleverness of these persons believing in them to pretend they have not existed. When such and such a power is worshiped, do believe that behind the symbol or the sculpture before which these persons prostrate or prostrated themselves, there are or were one or several beings whose power can vary considerably. Some humans have gifts to feel these powers and to communicate with them, even still today. Some proceed in this way to worship the supposedly legendary dragons in Asia or the numerous divinities in Hinduism for instance. It would be a serious intellectual mistake as well as an overweening pride to pretend that there is nothing but wood and stone behind these statues symbolizing these beings... the same goes when the Ancients worshiped the Greek, the Roman or the Egyptian gods for instance.
This fact, hard to believe for those that have not the gift to communicate with these beings, is highlighted by the first commandment of God the Father,
"You shall have no other gods before Me."
This implies the existence of other gods, other divinities... or at least other very powerful beings trying to take the place of God the Father so as to propose another way to women and men.
That is why Christ, God made Man, claims, "I am the way and the truth and the life", this "I am" echoes back the answer received by Moses from God (Exodus 3:14),
"I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.'"
The second deduction follows : since the original fall man is enslaved, humiliated and lowly in spirit by a lot of powers he is not aware of and these very powers are often negated by the modern man. Christ, by his incarnation, recalls that man is assigned to another rank that the one he is holding today. That is why his message through the Gospel is universal and goes beyond any culture or any religion.
Questions arises then:
Why does God the Father give permission to these powers to enslave us?
Answering this question is not an easy task for we are denied the origin of Evil at this point. However two lines of thought can be given :
1) Free will. Free will cannot exist if no counter-offer exists; how else could we choose?
2) The conscious choice. Bit by bit, those that want it become aware of these powers and begin to perceive the true identity of everyone of them. Those that want it will be able to choose in full knowledge of the facts...
What is the interest of these powers to enslave man?
Man had a soul. It is the food of these powers who have been enslaving us. In the parables of the Gospel, human beings are often compared to sheeps. You should muse this phrase from the Gospel of John 10-11 :
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it."
I saw and I am not the only one, many a being wandered after their live on Earth, their eyes were empty, without soul... they became wandering spirit without life... this is absolutely not the case for people I saw, also after their earthly live, but who had followed the path, the truth and the life...
That is why Hinduism or Buddhism for instance negate the existence of the soul...
Let it be. But then :
How do these powers proceed to manipulate man?
It is both simple and vicious. They use at least two types of doors. In any case, I can describe two concrete mechanisms I found out as I was wandering on my own spiritual path.
The first type of door: Icons, statues and symbols!
When you decide with your free will to greet at home, unwittingly or not, a statue, an icon, a symbol from a belief or from a religion, you open, whether you want it or not, a door between these powers and you and your family. When it is a Buddha, you open a door between you, your family and Buddha. The Buddhist tradition conveys a rather exceptional image of this being but are you sure that this image matches reality? Are you sure that this being works for your awakening, for your liberation?
If India and its divinities had been in pure Light how to explain that saint Thomas had gone as far as India to bring the Revelation, making several stone statues connected to Hindu divinities fall down. What is more, Buddha is more powerful than these divinities.
More informations about this being can be found in my testimony. The archangel name of Buddha, to partially answer a question asked by some readers, does begin with an L.
Besides the same remark regarding Christ holds. If you greet a cross at home or an icon of Christ or an image of Virgin Mary, you open a door between you, your family and them. And here again the same question arises, as for the others, how to make sure they come from the pure Light?
Perhaps you have observed that in a fight there is always sufferings or wounds or death. In this fight between darkness and the Light, there were two beings who suffered agonies : Christ first, since he was tortured by whips, humiliations and the agony of the cross and His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who saw her son tortured before her eyes.
Which other god or divinity became incarnated and suffered that much for the liberation of man?
In religions, the study of symbols always brings very interesting informations. You will have observed for instance that there are two very profound symbols in Christianism :
The first one is the cross, synonymous with suffering for liberation but also with resurrection... defeat Death by unconditional love which gives Life.
The second symbol is the Virgin and the Child, synonymous with family... yet since the original fall we, on our own, have by our fault broken this family tie, as Christ reminds it in the apocryphal Gospel of Saint Thomas (Saying 11) :
"On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you have become two, what will you do?"
Our original family became incarnated on Earth two thousand years ago to remind our memory what we had forgotten for too long... we were One, united. There is no other religion or spirituality proposing this so strong a symbolic of family, symbolic which, I repeat, really became incarnated on Earth!
Christ, God made Man, died on the Cross, did not show himself in his weakness on that very day, but in unconditional love, reminding by his resurrection that unconditional love is stronger than everything.
The second type of door.
The second type of door is your soul! and thus yourself. Although you have a priori the control of your moves, you have no control over your thoughts... Why is that so?
A day you will be calm, say in a loud voice, "I decide not to think to anything at all during a minute."
Do it! You will see; it's impossible. A lot of thoughts keep moving about in your head, it's swarming... It is for that reason many traditions set up all sorts of meditations... in order to pacify the spirit... and this echoes this phrase from the Gospel of John 14-27 :
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives."
When you try to meditate over the mental hubbub you have to face, you might have noticed that the tones of voice used in your head are the same than those you use when you think over a problem. The conclusion everybody draws is : it is we and only we who are talking to ourselves. This conclusion is partly true.
Yet, you should know that beings from above may interact with you, talk to you or implant ideas by using your system of voices, in particular by telepathy. It is not science fiction and you should not be afraid. Just be aware of that. In this world, a picture comes to my mind to better picture what seems unthinkable to you : Computers.
Any computer connected to the web might be hacked and many a computer, not to say all, have been hacked. Usually, viruses are implanted.
Imagine now that your brain, through your soul, is as your computer connected to the Great Whole. If your security level is weak then you are open to all sorts of spirits much more powerful than yours or than man's in general and you become liable to be manipulated.
You already know a type of manipulation of the mind by man : think to the hype to force you to purchase such type of products or to these little independent newspapers which filter some informations out to skew your judgements...
Yet, it is much more difficult to detect manipulations of world above for it uses your system of voices and those that live in have powers that man has not.
How, how is it possible that these beings manipulating us may access our brain and our thoughts?
This may be done through your soul and you begin to perceive a facet of the original sin :
That is why it is very hard to come back to God the Father, that is back to Christ because each time you will take a step towards your Father in Heaven, the opposing forces will infiltrate into you to try to step you back.
There will be a tension between the two paths and from this will rise your free will. What will be your next move?
If the path to free ourselves had been accessible to man, Christ would not have come here below and would not have suffered agonies. By his incarnation, he did half the path and did not do the whole path deliberately so that we may take part in victory and learn from our mistakes. It took me some time to become aware of these two types of door. I know that it is difficult to believe... and yet it is true!
How to fight?
Against the first type of door, throwing it off is enough. I myself threw off my statue of Buddha when I saw that the rays coming out of this statue didn't came from the pure Light. It took me a long time to do this move. You can read my testimony uploaded on the web should you wish more informations.
Against the second type of door, there is nothing better than prayers associated with acts. You have noticed that in many traditions prayers are repetitive. Think to mantras for instance, if you come from an Asian tradition, or to the rosary, or to the Jesus prayer (prayer of the heart) if you are a Christian...
Why repeat many a time these prayers during a long time?
Each, with his belief, repeats the prayers his tradition proposes to him. This allows to be put in resonance with these beings in the invisible so that these beings work on everyone praying to them.
Well, but what work?
When you pray to Christ or to the Blessed Virgin Mary by saying for instance the chaplet, the rosary, you say continuously the Ave Maria and the Pater Noster. These prayers deeply get into you as a balm of love in order to soothe your wounds, to subside your anger, your hatred and to clear out pathologic germs of thoughts that beings from above might put into you. Yet, this is possible only if you accompany these prayers by an irreversible willpower to become a better being, turned to unconditional love, charity, humility and forgiveness and if you put it into practice in your daily life... you now understand why it is so hard to be really a Christian...
"I am the way and the truth and the life." We have mention lines of thought regarding the path and the truth. It remains to explain the life.
The Catholic vision traditionally explained by "if you do wrong in your life you will go to hell, if you do good you will go to Heaven" ... fails to be profound and subtle. This cannot make sense if only to consider the family, the culture, the tradition you became incarnate in. For instance, it is very hard for a child who is born in a family lapsed into thefts or vices to evolve peacefully towards the Light... in ONE life. It is nearly impossible for a child born in a family who has not known Christ yet, raised in his traditions and his culture to be able to access the Revelation... in ONE life.
Therefore, things must be much more subtle than we can imagine and luckily for us.
Let us give a line of thought : you think you are alive... but it is only an illusion. Those that are really alive have their name written in the Book of Life.
As for us, we are in an illusion of life, and our name is not written in the Book of Life yet. By our willpower to become better beings, willpower associated with acts, we are moving step by step towards the door which will lead us to be written in the Book of Life; this is what we call resurrection. It takes a long time.
We will deal with this subjet in another text where reincarnation and resurrection will be discussed. We will see that the Gospel gives a definite example of reincarnation even if it does not mention the word explicitely and we will see that the notions of reincarnation and resurrection are complementary and non exclusive as we often think, in particular in the Christian world.
In conclusion, this phrase from Christ, "I am the way and the truth and the life" echoes back this phrase from the Gospel of Matthew 10-34 in a very strong way :
"Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be the members of his own household."
And I add if Heaven permits that Christ also came to separate, once and for all, man from his own culture, from his own beliefs so that he may evolve from a lowly-in-spirit status to the pure Light being status.
You now understand you shall have to make a choice, to use your free will, to claw yourself out of your condition to either go to Christ, or against Him, or to remain luckewarm as the Gospel says. In any case, you will have to choose a side!
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