By Alvin Boyd Kuhn

The quest to discover the hidden origins of Christianity and become aware of its real message has develop into a present subject of fascination for lots of readers. everyone is desirous to recognize the truths at the back of the biblical legends and the mysteries that created Christian rites, ceremonies, and codes of habit. Kuhn argues that the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity don't painting old truths, yet symbolic and mystical metaphors. The religious fact encoded in scripture, says Kuhn, is much extra very important than its literal narrative. Kuhn's learn offers a transparent knowing of the allegorical interpretations of the scriptures and their importance to a deeper, extra profound Christianity. He lines the historic and philosophical origins of Christian inspiration to demonstrate that Jesus was once one of the incarnations of an everlasting archetype that has surfaced in lots of religions. in truth, those that wrote the scriptures could have by no means even meant the point of interest to be on Jesus, the guy. furthermore, Kuhn investigates the issues (psychological, non secular, and differently) that consequence from a only old interpretation of Jesus. In doing so, Kuhn reclaims the magical energy on the center of Christianity's message, which has to do with the "birth" of the interior Christ and the emergence of divine cognizance in humanity.

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It was a subjective, not an objective realization, although the subjectivity would be made objective, since all objectivity proceeds from subjectivity. The esoteric form of the Messianic concept was, however, too abstract and philosophical for general appreciation. For this reason, the illuminati of 69 the period withheld the teaching from the populace. Even the Christians at first had their Greater and Lesser Mysteries; St. Paul recommended meat for strong men, but milk for babes. There is evidence that in its early days Christianity sympathized with the notion of esotericism which was always embodied in pagan culture, for neophytes were held in the class of catechumens a considerable time before being admitted to full communion.

To the ancients, it was soul and not body that held the essential being of existence; the one uppermost objective in religious literature in antiquity was to devise ways to represent the pilgrimage of the soul. And because the system of hieroglyphics was developed to conceal as well as to reveal, empirical study has been unable to sift the gold of meaning out of the gravel of mythical events. It seems clear to this writer that Gerald Massey has come closer than others to plumbing the depths of Egypt's well, yet his work has largely been ignored, primarily because his revelations did not agree with orthodox historical findings.

But in Jesus the divine ideal was already realized, a fait-accompli, a unique unrepeatable event. The special role of the Savior precluded its duplication again on earth. Mankind could never hope to reach a similar height. Jesus made salvation available for all in whom faith was strong. Yet because Jesus was the only intercessor and mediator with the Father, there was no hope for the Christian believer unless he were to surrender himself wholly, and thus surrender the only divinity to which, as the pagan system constantly reminded him, he does have instant and constant access--the Christ within himself.

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