Jesus Is A Witch!

“Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt 7:16 KJV)

There is an old saying that “actions speak louder than words,” and the actions of Jesus speak quite loudly. He healed the sick, and fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He walked on water, and changed water into wine. He even raised the dead. Regardless of whether one prefers to call Him witch or wizard, sorcerer or shaman, or simply mage, Jesus performed feats of magic that are a hard act to follow.

I have heard some people say that Jesus didn’t perform magic; He performed miracles! At best, this can only be characterized as a petty game of semantics. The reported acts of Jesus invoked supernatural power attributed to a beneficent God, and therefore, qualify as magic. These acts of magic were so amazing that He not only qualifies as a witch, but as an adept. Let there be no doubt that any modern Witch, Wizard, or Wiccan would be thrilled to perform the acts of Jesus. This may have even played a role in why He was crucified.

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:18 KJV)

When Jesus healed a demon possessed man, the Pharisees were reported as saying, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons” (Matt 12:24 NIV). In the next line, Jesus responds “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself” which establishes the connection between Beelzebul and Satan. The religious leaders (Pharisees) of the time were declaring Jesus to be in league with the Devil.

Complicity with the Devil was a common characterization of witchcraft throughout the middle ages, the Inquisition, and in the Malleus Maleficarum, through more recent history with the Salem Witch Trials, and even into modern times. Today, in the United States, there are religious factions that claim groups other than themselves are in league with the Devil, or deceived by him. Many were executed in those witch hunts, many are persecuted today, but Jesus was crucified before them all.

”That which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6 KJV)

One religious leader, a Pharisee named Nicodemus went to inquire of Jesus by night, for it would not have been good for others to see him with Jesus. It was in this famous conversation that Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 KJV) Naturally, Nicodemus was confused by such a statement and asked for clarification. Jesus clarified,”Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5 KJV). He further clarifies in the next line, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6 KJV).

There is an obvious allusion here to the breaking of a mother’s water just prior to birth in the flesh, or birth into the material world. Then a person must be born again of the spirit, or into the spiritual world, in order to see the kingdom of God, and to enter the kingdom of God. Spirituality is essential to sight and salvation, not religion.

Jesus didn’t usually keep company with religious leaders because He isn’t religious, He is spiritual. The difference between religion and spirituality seems best defined by Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation ( p. 6):

 My teacher, an old Indian man from the high Andes, once said to me… ‘Religions are simple concepts of spirituality: values, standards, truths, principles communicated in the form of a story that uses poetry and metaphor to illustrate its wisdom.’ These stories have been told and retold until even their embellishments acquire profound meaning and the figurative is taken literally and the lessons are lost.

Coincidentally, the Wiccan Charge of the Goddess states, “And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee.” Do you understand the mystery about finding the spirit within? Perhaps it would be more accurate to characterize Jesus as a Wiccan because of the developing pattern.

The religious leader sneaks to see Him undercover of darkness because Jesus was generally in opposition to the religious structure of that time. Jesus explains spirituality to the religious leader in the previously mentioned passages. The words and deeds of Jesus define Him as spiritual, not religious.

“There shall not be found among you… a witch… a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer” (Deut 18:10-11 KJV)

One definition for necromancy is “conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying.” Another defining act of Jesus’ is called the transfiguration in Luke 9:28-33 (NIV):

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (He did not know what he was saying.)

Clearly, the spirits of two long dead prophets appeared for Jesus to speak with about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment. Clearly, this was a discussion about future events. Clearly, Jesus was engaged in a powerful spiritual activity, and it was an activity that fits the profile of a witch, wizard, Wiccan, etc.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 KJV)

The passages referenced earlier that are the foundation for the Born Again doctrine (John 3:1-8), ironically, also undermines the basic principle of Christian fundamentalism that the Holy Scriptures mean exactly what they say. While this principle is not wholly untrue, strict adherence to this idea ignores the variables inherent with translation, which is evident by the number of translations. Strict adherence ignores the number of times Jesus spoke in parables. Strict adherence misses the need to read the Scriptures with an eye born of spirit in order to “see the kingdom of God.”

The Word was made flesh…” (John 1:14 KJV) and emphasized the importance of spirituality, but many believe they understand God by words read simply with physical eyes? An excellent example can be found in the beginning, Gen 2:16-17 (NIV) :

“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has long been considered the apple. In recent times, “scholars” have suggested that the pomegranate might be more appropriate. However, the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil is much more obvious if we read the Scriptures with spiritual eyes.

The Word was “in the beginning” of the Old Testament, and later “The Word was made flesh” in the New Testament. The Word tells us in the New Testament, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt 7:1 ASV). The obvious fruit of the knowledge of good and evil is judgment, and all too often judgment results in killing a persons spirit, if not the physical body. There is a weaving finer than intricate lace throughout the Christian Scriptures that seems lost upon most “Christians” since judgment is one thing they seem the most prolific at.

The judgments and finger-pointing of some Christian factions in modern America have not gone unnoticed by American Pagans. The rhetoric of some Christian leaders have raised concern over the security of everyone’s religious freedom under the First Amendment if these factions are successful in carrying out their political agendas in the upcoming presidential election year of 2012.

“So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matt 22:21 NIV)

Jesus actually established a separation between church and state centuries before the U.S. Constitution was written. If you read this verse in context (Matt 22:15-22), the Pharisees sent their agents to trap Jesus in his own words. This is a common practice in politics. Jesus’ view on these practices is made quite clear in Matt 22:18 (NIV), “But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?’

Modern Christian factions in the U.S. do not hide their engagement with politicians, or their political agendas. One Christian faction intends to reclaim seven spiritual mountains through prayer and political action – they have revealed their favor. Some politicians favor American Christians simply because they comprise the dominant religion in the U.S., even though, if elected, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution will prohibit any actions to respect [show favor] to that establishment of religion. It seems ironic (again) when these factions become disappointed in politicians because they do not live up to their expectations.

There is an emerging profile of Jesus being non-religious, non-political, and acting more in character with Paganism. When we start delving into the character of the Christian religion in the U.S., and its political activities, the emerging profile is far from being “Christ-like.” In fact, the political activity suggests that faith as been placed in something other than Christ. “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD” (Jer 17:5 NIV)

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matt 7:15 KJV)

It is quite common for charlatans from many walks of life to prey upon the weak in troublesome times. This passage warns of these kinds of people. It is here that Jesus reveals how to recognize such people with, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt 7:16 KJV). They prey upon fear during troublesome and uncertain times because “inwardly they are ravening wolves” seeking money and power. Money is power, and political alliances provide power, and the weakness of their prey makes it so easy. The pattern is tried and true, old and worn.

First the fear is magnified by words like “these troubles are upon us as a nation because we have fell out of God’s grace, we have lost His blessing.” Secondly, a scape-goat is needed so the congregation will not be totally alienated or fall so deep into despair that they become unresponsive, so the problem is blamed on one, some, or all non-Christian (unholy) groups – the element of judgment. Next, a little guilt is thrown in like, “But God is displeased by our acceptance of the unclean in our midst because, through them, we have become unholy to Him.” The preacher’s self-inclusion through the use of pronouns like us, our, and we helps create a more intimate bond with the congregation: it helps build trust. Trust is important in any confidence scheme.

Encouraging people to vote a certain way helps strengthen political alliances, but monetary contributions truly enhance the political alliance because campaigns are fueled by money. It may seem astounding that people suffering from a disastrous economy would contribute money to such things, but there are desperate people looking for any hope to cling to. Their fear also blinds them to poorly woven “sheep’s clothing.”

The “wolves” magnify fear, rather than give comfort. They preach judgment, not forgiveness. They also bear false witness.

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16 KJV)

Christianity is and has been the dominant religion in the U.S. for quite some time. However, the judgment has been passed and the fingers are pointed to minority religions as the cause of the troubled times we live in. The insinuations and accusations have been made that some are (once again) in league with Satan. As one who once was Christian, but is now Pagan, I know this to be a false accusation. As one who has sought wisdom by investigating several paths, I know this to be a false accusation. I know this to be a false accusation because the Bible tells me so in Proverbs 8: 1-2 (ASV):

“Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she standeth…”

She (Wisdom) stands at a pinnacle where paths meet. There is more than one path to this high place, but some religious leaders make their defamatory remarks anyway. However, what kind of testimony concerning the nature of God are these “leaders” offering?

Does the God of the Jews and Christians punish the general population for the sins of minorities? This concept is contrary to the nature of God as it is revealed in Genesis 18, where God agreed to spare Sodom if ten righteous people could be found there. No, it is the character of God to punish because of the majority, and show leniency because of a minority.

Perhaps it is time to consider the chastisement of “Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matt 7:5 ASV), particularly if one is going to bear false witness against God himself. If Americans currently suffer because they lost God’s blessing, it is probably due to the sins of the majority who call themselves by God’s name (Christian or Christ-like?), not the minorities. It is written, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7 KJV).

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?” (Matt 7:22 ASV)

The patterns of religion were old, worn, and very recognizable even two thousand years ago. In the next line Jesus says, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt 7:23 ASV). The Christianity manifest in the U.S. today is a religion that has lost its lessons; its spirituality. Jesus was and is very spiritual. It is significant that when the holy lamb of God, who was sacrificed upon the cross for the sins of the world, gave up His spirit “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom“ (Matt 27:51 NIV). The holiest place is not reserved just for priests anymore, but you must be born of the Spirit to see and enter the kingdom of God.

I set out to show the character of Jesus revealed by His words and deeds, as recorded in the venerated Christian Holy Bible, is that of a witch. His standards would probably limit Him more to the profile of a Wiccan. However, when He was made flesh (incarnate in the material world,) He seems to have had one foot in this world and the other foot in the spiritual world, which would more accurately place Him in the profile of a shaman. Actually, I suspect shaman may be the appropriate classification for all the Old Testament prophets. However, I am certain that such differentiation means little to the average “Christian.”

Epilogue

There has been great concern within the Pagan community as the Republican candidates for president appear out of the woodwork and pseudo-Christian movements, like the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), attempt to gain momentum. The NAR is simply the latest in a long line of pseudo-Christian movements and it will suffer the same fate as its predecessors. Such movements lack magic; the ability to invoke the supernatural power of a God who never knew them.

The nature of Christ is so very different from many of those claiming to be Christ-like, or Christian, today. I have attempted to provide the evidence of patterns which anyone could recognize. It would be a great injustice, though, to characterize all Christians by the public spectacle provided by some. I personally have known Christians of excellent character who I would break bread with even now. However, like Pagans, these Christians are only human and are just as susceptible to making mistakes as anyone else. I am not concerned about the power of the intent behind unscrupulous prayers, but I am very concerned about what this might cost the innocent and unwary in difficult economic times, when there appears to be no shepherds tending these flocks and guiding them away from the wolves. Perhaps it is the silence and inaction of Christian shepherds that should concern everyone.

There may be some truth to Christian America losing the blessing of their God, which may be creating troublesome times for all of us. In parting, I offer one last passage from the Old Testament, Jer 23:9-12 (NIV):

“Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words. The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. ‘Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,’ declares the LORD. ‘Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,’ declares the LORD.“

May the Lord of Light shine upon all!

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24 thoughts on “Jesus Is A Witch!

  1. The externality of the bible is reading it as a historical document with laws on moral conduct between individuals within society.

    However the internality of the bible is reading the bible with all its stories as events occuring with you. certain stages of development.

    Mans gradual realization of His egoism being the root of all his suffering and the desire to escape it. So Moses is the inner realization that you are a prisoner to the force of Egoism that all humanity is born into. Then the pharoah and Egypt id the symbol of that Egoism. the escape from Egypt is your attempt to coorect your Egoism. The red sea is when you realize that you cannot destroy your own selfish egoism. Then when you pray to the cerator he parts the Red sea ( You cross from this world to the spiritual world, meaning a sensation of the Upper One) while still in the physical world. Abraham is the inner changes that occur with you as you grow in Faith Abrham=Faith ect ect…..so is is like a symbolic journey occuring within you where every event character is a specific degree. Idol worship is always following the Ego. Satan is the ego within everyone.. when we get to Jesus and take it historically then we again miss the internality of the bible.

    Jesus heals the cripple who cannot walk = the light of the Creator gives you the strenght to walk toward Him. To spiritually walk in the Light of the creator.

    Jesus heals the Blind= The light of the creator aloows people trapped in Egoism to see that Egoism is a blockage to feeling the upper force. The Light heals the spiritually Blind.

    Jesus raises the dead= He raises the spiritually dead, who have no sensation of Gods love.

    Jesus sends out demons= The Light of the Creator heals the many demonic (Egoic) desire, thought and intention with YOU and ME and sends them out of you.

    All of this seen as happening will open up the bible in a much more personal way. If seen only as a historical account of actual event it will be very confusing and you will see only the darkness in others. Read internally it will help you correct yourself.

    This is only what has been reveal to me and I am not saying that this is the truth, just wanted to give you another perspective to ponder. Viewed like actual physical event and not what is occuring within you I must agree with you it sounds like magic.

  2. It is my feeling that there is the Essence of God that we can never attained. However the Light Emanating from the Unattainable Essence is possible to be felt by the soul. The Light being a Pure Force of Bestowal and the soul a vessel (desire) to receive this Light. The Unattainable Essence (FATHER) through the light, can make contact with our soul through the Son (The Light) and the sensation and wisdom and other qualities experienced causing the renewal of our mind and gradual correction of the soul is the ( Holy spirit)

    This is how I understand the New Testament in my heart. Because the spiritual world is sensed within me, I continual try and tie what the scripture is saying the inner actions and therfore the name Jesus must be the light of correction. Presently I feel a spiritual Light that fills my desire to make contact with the Creator, then I understand that only through this Light (Jesus) can I get to the Father. To me Jesus Christ is the personal Relationship that one senses with the Light, Jesus is the Light of God, mans salvation and is a Pure Force of Bestowal Emanating from the Essence of the Unattainable.

    I am not saying that this is the truth….but this is how it feels like to me. =)

    Unattainable Essence = Father

    Light Emanating From The Essences = Son (Jesus)

    The Influence It Has on The Vessel = Holy Spirit

    The Vessel for the Light = Soul

    Jesus means God Saves ( This is what I got when I looked it up, I may be mistaken)

    Now if God sends his only Son (offspring) to save us, then it makes sense to me that The Fathers (Unattainable Essence) only Son is the Light Emanating From the Essence.(Jesus ,The Light,) It makes sense that if we do not know the Light (Son) then we cannot know the Father. So the Light, Only Son, Jesus all point to the same Pure Force Of bestowal.

    If this is the Light referred to in all spiritual teaching, then everyone is talking about the same thing and Language is getting in the way.

    I am also not saying that there was not an actual man who embodied the Light at such an exalted level that he was the complete personification of the Light. Who am I to know if it was divine providence that sent Him. I judge from what is written, and I know that the origine of the parables are from a very elevated spiritual state. Or take away from the importance of a Historical account. However I am trying to unveil the trinity and how it function within me to the best of my ability and only with the purest of intentions. I am trying to connect my inner experience of Light with my love of all scriptures especially The New Testament.

    This is simply how I feel inside and in no way saying that this is the TRUTH. I am just trying to join all the dots. I know that this can be a very personal and I do not want to offend anybody, just trying to share,

  3. I hope you come over and read some of my posts, I would like to know what you think about my perspective.. Sorry if I wrote a novel here in the comment section…I won’t make a habit out of it. Either way we both love God and thats what counts and the heck with theological views if it causes any conflict between us. God judges our heart =)

  4. I totally agee that The Historical man that the Scripture was talking about was not very happy with religious organizations that try to gain a monopoly on the soul of man. We are spiritual vessel that are destined to receive the Light and I personally feel that jesus was trying to give back a direct way of connecting with the creator. However highly elevated souls that try and put into words things outside this world often get misinterpreted.

  5. “If this is the Light referred to in all spiritual teaching, then everyone is talking about the same thing and Language is getting in the way.”

    Based on my studies, which can hardly be called exhaustive, language does seem to be the thing getting in the way. Ironically, this may be due to divine intervention (see Genesis 11:1-9). However, friction tends to provide traction for growth.

  6. Eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil caused humankind to make egocentric judgments of what was good and what was evil. What one saw as good for themselves was frequently detrimental to someone else; the story of Cain and Abel being a first example. Eventually, this got so horrible that God cleared the slate (so to speak) by washing the face of the earth clean with a flood. Eventually, God handed down laws through Moses because no one could seem to figure this good and evil thing out because of their ego. Hence, the Old Testament reflects a dispensation of Law.

    The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for the sins of the world ushered in a new era. The New Testament reflects a dispensation of Grace where those born of the Spirit recognize the original problem concerning eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – judgment. Unfortunately, many fail to receive Grace simply because they still judge money, power, and fame to be good… and choose to pursue these things, rather than Grace. Obviously, how scriptures are internalized is the only thing that matters.

  7. Yup this is exactly what I feel is the problem, there should be no monopoly and the Upper Force. People experience of the Light will naturally evovle as there spiritual path unfolds. So our experience of this Force is always experienced from within and we gotta respect how there movie sorta is playing inside.

    2 people are fighting about wether gravity is real or not. Gravity does not care what the heck either one beleives its gonna do what its gonna do. So the first guy who had a keen sight, gradually understood how it effected all things,and fell down ledges alot less. The other one heard that if he kisses a bird enough times on a full moon that he will fly, because a one legged wise man sitting on a turtle told him so.

    So I don’t trust anything until I attain it. I tried following my Egoic desire and it made me sad empty and purposeless, however I had a feeling that there was some force acting on me. When I wasn’t aligned I suffered, then other times a huge sense of well being would descend over me thing started to make sense and I started to write stuff down, thinking I was really smart, Then I got interested in religions and spirituality and I was shocked to see that I wrote alot of the things that were in certain scriptuires especially eastern thought about releiving suferring. Then the state would leave and »I would fall back into the ego game and then back out, each time another layer surfacing. So that is why I say let your intuition guide you, read about everything and write down everthing you feel inside. That way when you read something 2 thousand years old and you felt that inside to, that ain’t blind faith that darn proof that something is influencing you.

  8. What I find interesting is that within our limited perception of reality we can use our reason and intellect to say that “this is good” and “that is bad”. However if the so called evil causes us so much suffering and torment that we run back to the Creator with our own free will then, the evil was the driving force (fuel) that pushes us to final state which is the revelation of the Creator.

    If evil drives us to the Creator, then from a higher view point evil has a part to play in goodness. Evil is the motivation to acheive good.

  9. Isaiah 45:7 (King James Version):
    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

    I remeber reading an article called

    There is none else besides Him which is a kabbalistic text from Baal Hasulam

    I will post it in a reply, I find it explains Isaiah 45:7 perfectly…I’ll post in the next reply

  10. Here is the Kabbalistic text from a book called Shamati which means I heard in Hebrew I think.

    It is written, “there is none else besides Him.” This means that there is no other force in the world that has the ability to do anything against Him. And what man sees, that there are things in the world that deny the Higher Household, the reason is that this is His will.

    And it is deemed a correction, called “the left rejects and the right adducts,” meaning that which the left rejects is considered correction. This means that there are things in the world, which, to begin with, aim to divert a person from the right way, and by which he is rejected from Sanctity.

    And the benefit from the rejections is that through them a person receives a need and a complete desire for the Creator to help him, since he sees that otherwise he is lost. Not only does he not progress in his work, but he sees that he regresses, that is, he lacks the strength to observe Torah and Mitzvot even in Lo Lishma (not for Her Name). That only by genuinely overcoming all the obstacles, above reason, can he observe the Torah and Mitzvot. But he does not always have the strength to overcome above reason; otherwise, he is forced to deviate, God forbid, from the way of the Creator, even from Lo Lishma.

    And he, who always feels that the shattered is greater than the whole, meaning that there are many more descents than ascents, and he does not see an end to these states, and he will forever remain outside of holiness, for he sees that it is difficult for him to observe even as little as a jot, unless by overcoming above reason. But he is not always able to overcome. And what shall be the end?

    Then he comes to the decision that no one can help him but the Creator Himself. This causes him to make a heartfelt demand that the Creator will open his eyes and heart, and truly bring him nearer to eternal adhesion with God. It thus follows, that all the rejections he had experienced had come from the Creator.

    This means that it was not because he was at fault, that he did not have the ability to overcome. Rather, for those people who truly want to draw near the Creator, and so they will not settle for little, meaning remain as senseless children, he is therefore given help from Above, so he will not be able to say that thank God, I have Torah and Mitzvot and good deeds, and what else do I need?

    And only if that person has a true desire will he receive help from Above. And he is constantly shown how he is at fault in his present state. Namely, he is sent thoughts and views, which are against the work. This is in order for him to see that he is not one with the Lord. And as much as he overcomes, he always sees how he is farther from holiness than others, who feel that they are one with the Creator.

    But he, on the other hand, always has complaints and demands, and he cannot justify the Creator’s behavior, and how He behaves toward him. This pains him. Why is he not one with the Creator? Finally, he comes to feel that he has no part in holiness whatsoever.

    Although he occasionally receives awakening from Above, which momentarily revives him, but soon after he falls into the place of baseness. However, this is what causes him to come to realize that only God can help and really bring him closer.

    A man must always try and cleave to the Creator; namely, that all his thoughts will be about Him. That is to say, that even if he is in the worst state, from which there cannot be a greater decline, he should not leave His domain, namely, that there is another authority which prevents him from entering holiness, and which can bring benefit or harm.

    That is, he must not think that there is the force of the Sitra Achra (Other Side), which does not allow a person to do good deeds and follow God’s ways. Rather, all is done by the Creator.

    The Baal Shem Tov said that he who says that there is another force in the world, namely Klipot (shells), that person is in a state of “serving other gods.” It is not necessarily the thought of heresy that is the transgression, but if he thinks that there is another authority and force apart from the Creator, by that he is committing a sin.

    Furthermore, he who says that man has his own authority, that is, he says that yesterday he himself did not want to follow God’s ways, that too is considered committing the sin of heresy. Meaning that he does not believe that only the Creator is the leader of the world.

    But when he has committed a sin, he must certainly regret it and be sorry for having committed it. But here too we should place the pain and sorrow in the right order: where does he place the cause of the sin, for that is the point that should be regretted.

    Then, one should be remorseful and say: “I committed that sin because the Creator hurled me down from holiness to a place of filth, to the lavatory, the place of filth.” That is to say that the Creator gave him a desire and craving to amuse himself and breath air in a place of stench.

    (And you might say that it is written in books, that sometimes one comes incarnated as a pig. We should interpret that, as he says, one receives a desire and craving to take liveliness from things he had already determined were litter, but now he wants to receive nourishment from them).

    Also, when one feels that now he is in a state of ascent, and feels some good flavor in the work, he must not say: “Now I am in a state that I understand that it is worthwhile to worship the Creator.” Rather he should know that now he was favored by the Creator, hence the Creator brought him closer, and for this reason he now feels good flavor in the work. And he should be careful never to leave the domain of Sanctity, and say that there is another who operates besides the Creator.

    (But this means that the matter of being favored by the Creator, or the opposite, does not depend on the person himself, but only on the Creator. And man, with his external mind, cannot comprehend why now the Lord has favored him and afterwards did not.)

    Likewise, when he regrets that the Creator does not draw him near, he should also be careful that it would not be concerning himself, meaning that he is remote from the Creator. This is because thus he becomes a receiver for his own benefit, and one who receives is separated. Rather, he should regret the exile of the Shechina (Divinity), meaning that he is causing the sorrow of Divinity.

    One should imagine that it is as though a small organ of the person is sore. The pain is nonetheless felt primarily in the mind and in the heart. The heart and the mind, which are the whole of man. And certainly, the sensation of a single organ cannot resemble the sensation of a person’s full stature, where most of the pain is felt.

    Likewise is the pain that a person feels when he is remote from the Creator. Since man is but a single organ of the Holy Shechina, for the Holy Shechina is the common soul of Israel, hence, the sensation of a single organ does not resemble the sensation of the pain in general. That is to say that there is sorrow in the Shechina when the organs are detached from her, and she cannot nurture her organs.

    (And we should say that this is what our sages said: “When a man regrets, what does Shechina say? ‘It is lighter than my head.’”). By not relating the sorrow of remoteness to oneself, one is spared falling into the trap of the desire to receive for oneself, which is considered separation from holiness.

    The same applies when one feels some closeness to holiness, when he feels joy at having been favored by the Creator. Then, too, one must say that one’s joy is primarily because now there is joy Above, within the Holy Shechina, at being able to bring her private organ near her, and that she did not have to send her private organ away.

    And one derives joy from being rewarded with pleasing the Shechina. This is in accord with the above calculation that when there is joy for the part, it is only a part of the joy of the whole. Through these calculations he loses his individuality and avoids being trapped by the Sitra Achra, which is the will to receive for his own benefit.

    Although, the will to receive is necessary, since this is the whole of man, since anything that exists in a person apart from the will to receive does not belong to the creature, but is attributed to the Creator, but the will to receive pleasure should be corrected to being in order to bestow.

    That is to say, the pleasure and joy, which the will to receive takes, should be with the intention that there is contentment Above when the creatures feel pleasure, for this was the purpose of creation – to benefit His creations. And this is called the joy of the Shechina Above.

    For this reason, one must seek advice as to how he can bring contentment Above. And certainly, if he receives pleasure, contentment shall be felt Above. Therefore, he yearns to always be in the King’s palace, and to have the ability to play with the King’s treasures. And that will certainly cause contentment Above. It follows that his entire longing should be only for the sake of the Creator.

    I love this article, it is not that the ego is not there, or for christians that satan is not there, but that the Creator uses this in the End for His Own means. So when Egoic desire that you thought you had disciplined or conquered resurface , of course that is evil, however then you have a need and reason to connect with the Creator or Light, or TAo, or Universal mind, whatever we want to call it.

  11. I don’t feel it my place to pass comment on a country and situation in which I don’t reside.
    I did though very much enjoy reading through your work. There are many points on which I agree with your conclusions.

  12. Thank you for your comment, and thank you for the respect you show. I am actually trying to stimulate people to open their minds, rather than draw conclusions. I believe we should be more open to what Spirit might reveal, rather than attempting to restrict and/or control that which cannot be restrained. Humankind generally has so many preconceptions and prejudices that they make themselves blind.

  13. NOTE: The “respect” that was shown is in reference to the statement, “I don’t feel it my place to pass comment on a country and situation in which I don’t reside.” This position seemed commendable, but I realize that my previous comment wasn’t clear in this matter.

  14. First, thank you Steve for coming to my blog on walking with Yahshua and giving me “likes”. Sure do appreciate that. I’ve had trouble subscribing to other people’s blogs – sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. All so new to me 🙂

    Your article prompted me (thank you again) to research and pray again about this topic. Also, what is your take on paganism, and is your view the general one, or your own “painting”? Would like to know, please. I may be a grandmother, but to me, learning never stops. To understand others is to remove the fear.

    Jason, you are very interesting. You sound like a kind person with a “seekers heart”.

    Anyway, in using the translation program we have, I found some interesting ideas on the word “witch” that I had not quite seen this way before. So, I would like to humbly present them to you for your consideration.

    Exodus 22:18 KJV says Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
    In the Septuagint it merely says “A sorcerer, or magician do not preserve, obtain, or acquire.”

    The Aramaic says “magic arts” stone and kill. Another Targum says “Enchanter no not to live”

    Hebrew says To practice magic no, not live.

    Well, it just doesn’t make sense now in this age to just say that without a thorough description of these offenses. Maybe thousands of years ago, they had a better understanding, a far greater description of what this refers to. There has to be. Else, you wind up with the dark times in history where so many (mostly women) were burned at the stake for using home remedies, or simply spending too much time outside in nature.

    Let’s see if we can find other references to give a fuller explanation of what was actually meant. Still translating out of Hebrew, Aramaic Targums, and Greek Septuagint.

    Deut. 18:10 Do not cause to be found among you those who cause to pass son or daughter through the fire – in or among the fire to divine divination to soothsay, or bring clouds, and then divine and then to practice magic.

    The Canaanite deities were a bloodthirsty lot and required blood sacrifices to appease them, and gain benefits of whatever kind. Their history is rampant with sex orgies and bloody times. If you know that, then tie Deut. 18:10 in with 2 Chronicles 33:6. Now we get more info.

    Deut. 18:10 matches up with the story of King Manasseh in 2 Chronicles 33:6. Here we get a bigger picture of what the God of Love was saying DO NOT DO! Verse 6 And he (Manasseh) caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. (2Ch 33:6 KJV) Manasseh worshipped the dark ones and set up idols to exalt himself and gain a name for himself forever. His motives were dark, his heart was dark, so he worshipped the darkness.

    Hinnom is where ancient Hebrews who worshiped idols burned their children alive as a sacrifice to Moloch and Baal. From the so-called “Hill of Evil Counsel”. Molech or Milcom Canaanite god of fire to whom children were offered in sacrifice; he is also known as an Assyrian god. He is attested as early as the 3d millennium B.C. The Judeans associated with this valley these two ideas, (1) that of the sufferings of the victims that had there been sacrificed in fire; and (2) that of filth and corruption. It became thus to the popular mind a symbol of the abode of the wicked hereafter. Don’t forget however, the Hill of Evil Counsel.

    Back to the word for witch: The same word in those 2 verses above is also found in Pharoah’s Court when Moses came doing amazing things. Whereupon Pharaoh called his wise men and sorcerers, the magicians of Egypt who also did in like manner with their secret mysteries.

    What is the difference? It is HUGE indeed. Moses while performing these things was under direct orders from the Creator of Love who wished to call the Egyptians to renounce their ways of darkness by showing that His power was higher. The Almighty hoped they would repent, stop oppressing and enslaving, and let the people go. But, they did not.

    What does the Ancient Aramaic Hebrew alphabet show us via the pictograms? The 3 Hebrew letters used in the word witch or witchcraft were K, Sh, Ph. lst letter Kaf is represented by an open hand, to open, bend, or allow. 2nd letter Shin is 3 prongs straight up off a flat line and means ‘sharp, pressing, to eat up, consume, and destroy. 3rd letter is Pey the mouth, to speak and in the negative to blow, scatter, and edge (as in the edge of a sword) = destruction.

    Add them all together and what do you have? To open, bend, and allow a sharp pressing intended to eat up, consume and destroy. To use the mouth to speak blowing, scattering, and hitting with the edge of destruction. Remember the “Hill of Evil Counsel?”

    Not a pretty picture.

    The final verse where witch is defined more clearly is Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers (witch), and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and reverence not me, saith YHWH of hosts. {oppress: or, defraud}

    So, add this to the definition of witch in the sense of negative outcomes: adultery (spiritual, emotional, or physical), swearing falsely or lying, oppression and defrauding of all who are downtrodden, poorly paid, or weak, orphans, and strangers. And, finally those who do not have awe and reverence toward the Creator.

    If the last paragraph fits, as well as the previous descriptions from Manasseh’s story, then it is definitely forbidden witchcraft. But, if it does not fit in there, it is NOT the contextual definition of witch.

    After all that, it is my perception that Yahshua Messiah is NOT a “witch” as defined in this context. Since His motives were to demonstrate what the Creator/Father is really like in helping others….to heal both inner being and outer earth-suit….to feed the hungry….to show kindness where the person had not received it…..to counter and negate the meanness of religion and religious people who seem to have hardened their hearts and turned off the LIGHTS.

    Have a beautiful evening to both of you, and may the LIGHT shine brightly, Teresa

  15. Thank you for such wonderful comments and questions.

    “…what is your take on paganism, and is your view the general one, or your own ‘painting’? “

    Modern paganism is so fractionalized that I am not certain if there is a “general take.” This should not be viewed as a bad thing or even uncommon, if we consider the many perspectives on Christianity or Islam. I recently read a report online that suggests more and more Pagans are moving towards solitary practices, which suggests to me that they are moving more towards spiritual practices as opposed to religious practices. Personally, I see this as a good sign because there appears to have been a significant change in Christianity once Constantine adopted it as the state religion. Religion appears to be the first step away from Spirit.

    I prefer to view Life as an art, rather than as a science. Therefore, I like to think that, however I choose to live, it will be my own painting. I believe “walking in the spirit” enhances individuality, rather than detracts form it. This is an observation I have made through nature, as well presented by your latest post “What Is The Creator Like? Part Two” – that there is great diversity in Life.

    “I found some interesting ideas on the word “witch” that I had not quite seen this way before.”

    Years ago, I read at ReligiousTolerance.org some skepticism concerning how witch was translated from the original languages of the Bible. What was said there seems very similar to what you are saying here. However, you bring to light the idea of the meaning of words within the context of a time and a culture.

    “To open, bend, and allow a sharp pressing intended to eat up, consume and destroy. To use the mouth to speak blowing, scattering, and hitting with the edge of destruction.”

    As a comprehensive definition of the original (scriptural) words that were translated as “witch,” certainly Jesus was not a witch. However, the centerpiece of my essay was that actions speak louder than words, because the meanings of words can and are twisted. The question is: why did the translators choose the word “witch” to represent these foreign words? Do you know that there are nine (9) instances of the word “unicorn” in the bible?

    I would be guilty of trying to manipulate the minds of others if I failed to mention that the nine instances of “unicorn” only appear in the King James translation. In other translations of the same nine passages, “wild oxen” is the common interpretation. However, Young’s Literal Translation interprets this as a “reem.” A reem is defined as a Urus, or Aurochs, which is an extinct type of cattle. Wikipedia also defines reem as an Arabic word for gazelle.

    Personally, I prefer the KJV translation of “unicorn,” but my personal preference doesn’t make it the best or most accurate interpretation. Similarly, someone else’s preference to translate the definition you provided (above) into “witch” doesn’t make it the best or most accurate interpretation. In fact, history strongly indicates that this was the politically expedient interpretation for the Catholic church, through the Inquisition, and even as recently as the Salem Witch Trials.

    “It is my perception that Yahshua Messiah is NOT a ‘witch’ as defined in this context.”

    Yahshua is definitely not a witch when defined within this context, but yet He definitely is a witch (shaman, sorcerer, Wiccan, etc.) when defined within the context of His actions. I believe the latter to be the more accurate definition because Yahshua defines Himself in accordance with His teaching, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Perhaps the better question is why does anyone choose to define “witch” within the context you provide when it is obviously flawed (particularly in the context of modern understanding)? This was the context of the Catholic church, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, and even contemporary persecution.

    Magic vs. Magick

    There is a convention within modern Paganism to differentiate real magic from stage illusion by adding a “k” on the end. This is considered a matter of importance among many because stage illusion is not real; it is a deception; it is “sleight of hand.” The basic ploy of “sleight of hand” is to draw the attention of the crowd away (distract) from the manipulation (trick) that makes something appear “magical.” Historically, Christianity has employed this very technique.

    Using “witch” as defined in the above context, Clergy and Inquisitors would distract the crowds by pointing to selected victims and declaring “WITCH!” The crowds were so distracted by the finger pointing that they never noticed that the ones using “the mouth to speak blowing, scattering, and hitting with the edge of destruction” were the Clergy and Inquisitors. Once again, a paradox is created if we accept the definition of witch as you have portrayed it because, by their actions, the ones doing the destroying with their mouths were the accusers, the Clergy, and the Inquisitors. Many innocent people were burned at the stake, hung, stoned, and crucified. They were accused of being in league with Satan, just as Yahshua was accused.

    The workers of iniquity twisted words then, and they twist words today. They twist words when they interpret words. Learning to “know them by their fruits” is an important lesson in discernment. You cannot trust the illusions they cast with words. When we learn to discern, then we can also “counter and negate the meanness of religion and religious people who seem to have hardened their hearts and turned off the LIGHTS” also.

    In no manner great or small did I write this essay to diminish Yahshua. I am certain that if He walked among us in the flesh today, He would be crucified again by the religious. I am certain of this because of their fruit. I wrote this essay because such injustices bother me.

    May the Light shine brightly!

  16. It is my feeling that besides me all of the events and people sent my way are from the Creator. Even the varying inner states and emotions and desires that awaken from seemingly nothing are sent to me from the Creator. Therefore I should not waste these moments sent by the Creator to pray and asked for different situations and for anything different. They are all the Upper One sending me exactly what I need at that moment.

    I demand only that the Creator prepare as a proper vessel to house his LIGHT. I am like a container and I am only as good as what I hold within me. So I do everthing to demand the Upper one to change ME……not chnage things outside myself. What do I know in this state of concealment what is needed to correct my vessel.

    Therefore witch craft even if it is called white magic and used to help others is implying that we know what is needed to benefit another. The path of suffering is the Creator pushing us to correction just like the norrow path to heaven is pulling us towards our collective destiny. So praying for anything other than to ask for ourselves to change is to imply that the Creator needs consultations and can be bribed with prayers. This does not imply that we cannot feel compassion, empathy for others who suffer and connect our hearts to what they are living. However what happens must happen and is all within the blueprint of our collective salvation. God does not in my opinion stop bad things from happening to good or bad people. However having HIM dwell with you during your deepest suffering give you the support, insight and strenght to get through it.

  17. I very much agree with you regarding the condition of our Country and more specifically the Republican party. I fear all of them greatly. I was raised in a “Christian” home, but my mother’s family was Irish and Scotch-Irish so there was always an underlying Celtic-Druid influence in my life. My grandfather managed to integrate the 2 concepts into a very Spiritual way of life. My dad’s family was 3/4 German and 1/4 Scotch-Irish, he and my mom were “burned” by the so called Christians because my mother had been raised in a pseudo Methodist style (remember there was all the Celtic-Druid influence) and my dad’s family had attended some Baptist services, the so-called Christians saw this as blasphemy that my parents weren’t planning to align themselves with just the Baptists so my parents basically left the church because of this. However, my mom and dad were spiritual people and prayer, God, Jesus, all were part of our life growing up, along with angels, saints, faeries, and other Spirits, plus respect for the earth, air, water, plants, animals, any “life form” or being was believed to have a heart, feelings, opinions, and a soul destiny here in our realm. From my own personal experiences as an adult, I believe The Great Creator (God), Jesus and the other Spirits are all upset over the way many people are mistreating each other, the way we rape the earth and disrespect animals, children and the Spirit of every individual. I’m comforted that there are others who see what I’m seeing in our country and other parts of the world also. My personal opinion is Jesus, God, all Spirits wish for us to understand that every Spiritual practice based in respect and love has valid points and I believe when we cross over (I don’t actually believe in death as its usually described) we are going to find out that the “Truth” is: no one religion or spiritual practice had all the right answers and that most of them held beliefs and practices which contributed to the overall “Truth.”

  18. You summed up what I am trying to say in this blog well. I am not trying to sell anyone on following any particular path, but rather I am trying to build a bridge of understanding to foster respect between belief systems. Unfortunately, the chasms that some have created may be too wide to bridge. Blessed be.

  19. You’re correct that the chasm is wide, the bridge of love we need to build is that no one path will lead to truth. Only when we learn to accept the truth in many paths, even the ones we are not familiar with, will the world truly evolve and mankind can begin to change for the better.

  20. Hello. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am new to the community and not even a week old, so I appreciate your support. I very much enjoyed this article and I commend you on your effort to encourage an open mindedness on such sensitive topics. It is my goal as well to achieve the same with my blog in the near future. You said something that caught my attention in this article, about the breaking of the mothers water prior to birth in the flesh, linking it to the scripture you stated. I believe you are absolutely right about the connection there. I am a firm believer that we are all baptized at birth. And being born again, I believe is a process from birth until death, growing in knowledge and maturity in our minds and actions through a desire and sincere effort to search the heart and mind of the spirit of truth, and all that that implies. But that in itself is a lengthy topic, one which I will not go into here. Wistful though the idea may be, I long to see the barriers and strongholds of the institution of ‘religions’ come toppeling to the ground. The concept of ‘religion’ is the main source of war and persecution in the world, with narrow minded doctrines reducing our tolerance and love for one another. I have love for the whole of the human race, and believe in the innate goodness of the heart and feel strongly that we were made to be so much more than our history has defined us of being. But as long as we have breath in our bodies, and there is a new day to awaken to daily, then there is also a new hope that awaits us, waiting to be fulfilled in the willing soul. 🙂

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