I Pray All Is Well With Everyone…And Your Hearts And Minds Are Full Of Love, Joy, And Compassion…For All God’s Children…And All God’s Creation! Now, I Know That May Not Be So With Many Of Us! However- It Is So With Most Of Us. And When We Continuously Radiate Our Own Individual Worlds With The Abundance Of Loving Energy From Our “Mighty I AM Presence” – By Being Love, Thinking Love, And Showing Love – Then, That Loving Energy Expands Further Into The Atmosphere All Around Us. And Since Love Is A Powerful Force Of Energy…Our Collective Force Of Loving Energy Begins To Penetrate Those Empty Spaces…Where Love Seems Lack In The World. And As We Emit More Loving Energy Into The Atmosphere…Positively Affecting The Collective Consciousness – As Opposed To The Hate And Darkness That Has Been Affecting It For Centuries – And Definitely Present In Our Time – Only Then Will We See The Positive And Productive Changes In The World That Mankind So Desperately Requires. But The Longer We Take To Utilize Our Power Of Love For Positive Changes On This Earth…The Longer Will Mother Earth And The World…Experience The Continued Suffering! Amen…
Give Thanks And Praises For Love And Life…
And Y’all Be Love…
“I must say a few words here about the Codex Nazaræus, the Bible of the disciples of John the Baptist. It is sometimes called the “Book of Adam,” and it contains views about the Logos analogous to those of Plato; and is, the great French authority Adolf Franck thinks, earlier by centuries than Christianity. John’s disciples are called “Nazarines” in the book; and it bristles with Essene sayings, many of which were afterwards placed in Christ’s lips in His “Sermon on the Mount.”
“Blessed are the peaceful.” “Blessed are the just, the peacemakers, and the believers.” “Blessed are the peacemakers who abstain from evil.”
“Desire not gold nor silver nor the riches of the world, for the world will perish and all its riches.” “Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, for he who gives will receive abundantly.” “Put on your stoles and white garments, O Peacemakers, symbols of the Water of Life. Put on your heads white crowns like the crowns of glory of heaven’s angels. Take up arms not of steel but of more worthy metal, the weapons of faith and justice, the weapons of the Nazarine.” (etc.)
…The fact that the disciples of the Baptist are called the Nazareens in the “Codex Nazaræus” is important. The Christians according to the Acts were called Nazarines, and the section of Christ’s flock which kept close to the traditions of the Apostles was called the Nazarines for at least three hundred years.
Pilate on the cross wrote up Ἰησοῦς ο Ναζαραίος, (Jesus the Nazarine). This in our Gospels is translated “Jesus of Nazareth,” a place invented, some think for the purpose. The “Encyclopædia” Britannica announces that there is no mention of this “Nazareth” outside the New Testament, until Jerome and Eusebius seek to identify it with an insignificant village near the modern Nasira.
The Gospels announce that Christ was born in Bethlehem, but that he lived for some time in Nazareth, but a Roman Procurator in giving the name and crime of a condemned man would scarcely descend to such small facts in his biography. The prophecy, “He shall be called the Nazarine,” wherever it comes from, has been literally fulfilled. Jews, old and modern, early Christians, Mussulmans, all the East, have used this title, and it is still used. “Nazarite” and “Nazarine” are the same word. “We are they,” says Tertullian, “of whom it is written, Her Nazarites shall be whiter than snow.” And Tatian thus bitterly sums up the change of the Pauline party which converted an intuitive into a sacrificial religion. “Ye gave the Nazarite wine to drink, and commanded the Prophet saying, ‘Prophesy not.'”
We must now consider a little more closely the contention that Christ and His disciples were orthodox Jews. The main evidence for this is deduced from St. Paul’s epistles, which assert roundly that the chief apostles “Cephas, James, and John” attempted to compel the new church to “live as do the Jews.” They enforced the old laws about circumcision, the Sabbath, unclean meats, festivals, and holidays. They forbade any preaching to the Gentiles. In this last they were certainly backed by speeches put into the mouth of Jesus Himself in some of the Gospels. He commands His apostles to avoid the Gentiles and go to the “lost sheep of the House of Israel.” They are not to give that which is holy to the dogs, or cast their pearls before swine. That the “dogs” mean the Gentiles is proved by Christ’s dialogue with the woman of Samaria. And the following text is cited to clench the postulate that the earliest Christianity was pure Mosaism.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am come not to destroy but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law.”
Now all this it must be admitted would upset the main contention of this book, if by the word “law”, Jesus and St. Paul meant the Mosaic law, as interpreted by the dominant party. Let us take St. Paul first. He is rather vague about the word “law,” and uses it in more senses than one. Sometimes the word means the mere law of right and wrong. Sometimes it means the Jewish law as interpreted by the orthodox Jews; and sometimes as interpreted by the Essenes. “For ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews. Who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us, and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, that they might be saved.” Here he plainly confuses the two together. He could never mean that it was the Essenes who killed Christ and the prophets, or that it was Caiaphus and the priestly party that forbid the Christians to spread Nazarine ideas amongst the Gentiles. The capital offence with them was preaching such ideas to the Jews.
Let us turn to the Epistle to the Romans. “The Church of Rome,” says Renan, “was a Jewish Christian foundation in direct connection with the Church of Jerusalem.” It was the chief stronghold of the Petrine party outside the Jewish capital. St. Paul, in his epistle to this community attacks those who would be saved by “works,” and he states explicitly that his own followers are only a remnant, that is a minority. And the fourteenth chapter allows us to see the nature of the “works” relied on by the majority of the Christians in the Roman capital, the Petrine party, in point of fact. They abstained from flesh meat, and were offended with those who preferred flesh meat to herbs. They forbade the use of wine. This completely shows that St. Paul’s foes at Rome were Essenes. Killing and eating flesh meat, with proper ceremonial, was a religious duty with orthodox Mosaism.
And other epistles show also that the “false Apostles,” as St. Paul calls them, who opposed him in the church were Essenes. It could not be Jews of the orthodox Mosaism whom he accused of “forbidding to marry,” or who had “each one a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation.”
It must be mentioned, too, that Origen in a translation of Josephus in the Philosophumena states that the Essenes insisted on circumcision, and that some of their more violent members “if they hear one discoursing of God and His laws if he be uncircumcised, one stands in watch for such a person when somewhere alone and threatens to slay him without he consents to circumcision.”
That brings us to the first of our string of questions. Did Christianity know anything like early Buddhism and its Buddha?
Now certainly there was an early Christianity whose leader was a mere man. He is born of a woman, and has a line of human ancestors. He forsakes all to become a Nazareen, as Buddha desires to become a Yogi. He has his baptism, his fastings, his temptations by the spirit of evil. He sits in solitude to purify his soul, and render it a fit receptacle for the Spirit of God. He has human imperfections. He prays that the cup of death may pass away from him.
The Jewish Saint becomes full of the Spirit of God and goes forth to preach the Dharma Raj – the Kingdom of Justice. He denounces bloody sacrifices; and like Buddha, has his “Beatitudes,” invoking blessings on altruism, a forgiving spirit, purity, the love of even our enemies. At the last supper a treacherous disciple dips into the dish of each. Both die like ordinary mortals; and a Magdalena washes the dead body of each with her tears.”
India in Primitive Christianity, by Arthur Lille, 1909