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My Metaphysical View of the World
As promised, this is my post in regards to the crucifixion, using the New Metaphysical Version of the Gospels. This first post will look at the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, for no other reason than these are the two books I own so far. I look forward to picking up the other two shortly. You can get your own copies of all four of the New Metaphysical Versions (NMV) of the Gospels at Rev. Dr. Holton’s website: http://www.metaphysicalbible.net/
As I said in my earlier post, I had the privilege of taking a class from the Rev. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton about a year ago. This class was a Unity sponsored class on the Teachings of Jesus. You can visit their church (Unity Spiritual Life Center) online at http://www.unityspirituallifecenter.org/
It is stated in the New Metaphysical Version (NMV) of the Gospels, that it is to be used in conjunction with traditional versions, not as a replacement of. Use them side by side in your studies, for a deeper understanding.
Several of you have asked about my affiliation and denomination, etc. I am a member of Unity Church of the Triangle (http://www.unitytriangle.org/) I am working towards my Licensed Unity Teacher certification. I am ordained through United Christian Fellowship. Like most, I am just a simple student of Truth.
To quote the very beginning of Rev. Bil’s books, he says, “It is my position that the Bible, which is the story of humankind’s evolution in consciousness, lends itself to four different levels of understanding:
Given that perspective, I believe the awesome richness of New Testament Scripture should be genuinely explored in accordance with each level of understanding, with the proviso that the fruits of each understanding are consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
This is how I feel, and how I attempt to study the Bible. With great teachers, like the Holton’s, and others within the New Thought Movement I hope to enrich my spiritual life, and bring some of their teachings to light for you to learn and enjoy.
In my last post I said I would add a link to the eSword software, and I forgot to do so. So, here it is for you today: http://www.e-sword.net/ This is a fantastic tool for anyone studying the Bible in any of it’s interpretations.
Okay, on with the material at hand.
In the Passion narratives, did Jesus carry his own cross or not?
Mar 15:21 They forced a certain passer-by who was coming in from the country to carry Jesus’ cross. He was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.
Mar 15:21 NMV If we dutifully walk the principled path, encrusted religious thoughts and erroneous material beliefs (Simon of Cyrene) which have burdened us for so long will be overcome.
Mat 27:32 As they were leaving, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced to carry Jesus’ cross.
Mat 27:32 NMV Encrusted religious beliefs and thoughts (Simon of Cyrene) are overcome.
So, if we walk that path of Spiritual Truth, leading that enlightened life, just as Jesus did, as He showed us how to do, we can cast off those old, limiting beliefs.
There was an inscription on the cross used for Jesus — what did it say?
Mar 15:26 The written notice of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.”
Mar 15:26 NMV and the distinction between the human personality and the Christ Personality gives way to a consciousness of oneness and wholeness.
Mat 27:37 Above his head they placed the charge against him. It read, “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”
Mat 27:37 NMV The distinction between the human personality and the Christ Personality gives way to a consciousness of oneness.
We look at the statement on the cross and we see a charge against a man, for being greater than the man. For the man being one with God, for being the King of the Jews, the Messiah. In casting off that foundation of thought, we can see it as it should be, that Jesus and Christ are one, man and spirit, living as one entity, reaching that enlightened state of oneness with the Divine.
Some gospels say Jesus was crucified with two thieves, though the Romans never crucified thieves.
Mar 15:27 They crucified two bandits with him, one on his right and the other on his left.
Mar 15:27 NMV Our belief in duality (two bandits) is wiped out of our consciousness.
Mat 27:44 Even the bandits who were crucified with him kept insulting him in the same way.
Mat 27:44 NMV That is why our belief in duality, good and evil, presented such a barrier to our spiritual unfoldment.
When looking at things from a metaphysical view, you must look at the numbers and what and how they represent things. Here you can see the two thieves representing our own duality. In Mark when they say they are crucified with Jesus, we can see that we have been given release from the duality. We no longer have to think in those terms. However, we see in Matthew that the thieves continued to insult Jesus, even as he Himself was being crucified with them. Showing us that right to the end, this concept of duality will continue to come at us. Never relenting, and always trying to keep us blind to the Truth.
Jesus is given a drink while he is on the cross, but what is the drink? The gospels in the KJV use wine and vinegar. In the NIV, they say wine and wine vinegar. In ISV, they use wine and sour wine. So with this example, we issue with interpretation as well as scriptural differences.
Mar 15:23 They tried to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he wouldn’t take it.
Mar 15:23 NMV We have quite literally chosen the eternal over imperfection (wine mixed with gall or myrrh).
Mat 27:48 So one of the men at once ran off, took a sponge, and soaked it in some sour wine. Then he put it on a stick and offered Jesus a drink.
Mat 27:48 NMV The bitterness of separation gives way to the sweetness of oneness.
Looking at the literal context here, wine mixed with myrrh was typically given to those being crucified (which happened to many people, this was not something just done to Jesus.) It was used to deaden the pain and keep crucifixion victims from struggling.
Jesus does not accept the drink that was offered. Is it because He does not need to deaden the pain, or has He just risen above it? From the metaphysical view point, we see quite literally that a choice was made by Jesus. He made the choice to move on to life eternal and not to ingest something imperfect. So by dismissing the imperfect He moves to that state of perfection instead. In looking at the use of the word sin, we take it at its original meaning, separation; or more formally, separation from God or the Divine. Symbolically, that separation is also seen here represented as the bitterness of this drink. Refusing to no longer be separate from God, He has chosen to be one with Him.
Romans supposedly witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion, but what did they think about it?
Mar 15:39 When the centurion who stood facing Jesus saw how he had cried out and breathed his last, he said, “This man certainly was the Son of God!”
Mar 15:39 NMV Our mortal will (centurion) becomes one with Divine Will and we celebrate our Christship.
Mat 27:54 When the centurion and those guarding Jesus with him saw the earthquake and the other things that were taking place, they were terrified and said, “This man certainly was the Son of God!”
Mat 27:54 NMV Our will (centurion) becomes one with Divine Will and we celebrate our oneness with Spirit.
The centurion here, representing the will of man, at last sees the Truth, realizing that it is one with Spirit. In realizing this oneness with Spirit, we rejoice. They exalted it loudly, as shown by the exclamation point. The Divine Will and our will are one and we rejoice in it.
The gospels describe several woman as having followed Jesus around, but let’s look at their part of the crucifixion story.
Mar 15:40 Now there were women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of young James and Joseph, and Salome.
Mar 15:40 NMV An important point to remember is that by honoring our intuitive intelligence and heightened receptivity to Truth (the women that followed the Christ)
Mat 27:55 Now many women were also there, watching from a distance. They had accompanied Jesus from Galilee and had ministered to him.
Mat 27:55 NMV An important point to remember is that by honoring our intuitive intelligence (the women that followed the Christ), we are able to heighten our receptivity to Divine Ideas and demonstrate Substance (provide for Him).
Stereotypical statements such as, “A mother’s intuition”, “female intuition”, etc. had to start somewhere. And I believe statements such as these have deeper meanings behind them. As we can see from the metaphysical interpretation, the women spoken of here represent that intuition, that intuitive intelligence that resides in all of us. By following that intelligent intuition, and opening ourselves up to those Divine Ideas, we too will be provided for spiritually, and physically.
The crucifixion of Jesus is the central event of the Passion narrative, but the narratives don’t agree on when the crucifixion actually occurred. What is the reason behind the differing timelines?
Mat and Luk – It’s not stated when the crucifixion starts, but the “sixth hour” occurs during the crucifixion. The 9:00 am time is considered the third hour when looking at the Jewish system of timekeeping back then.
Mar 15:25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
Mar 15:25 NMV At every level of our being, the trinity of trinities (number 9), we have crossed out error (are crucified),
Mat 27:45-46 Now from noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. About three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?“, which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Mat 27:45-46 NMV As the crossing out error process penetrates our subconsciousness (darkness comes over the land), we divinely order Truth over error. And when Divine Order is established (three o’clock), we can affirm confidently and joyfully, “My God, My God, it is for this purpose I have come!”
Numbers have special meaning throughout the Bible, and perhaps sometime I will blog about the Biblical meanings of numbers. However, this time I will just shorten it up to discuss the specific values presented here.
The number 3 is the first of the four perfect numbers and represents divine perfection, just as there are three attributes of God; omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence.
The number 9 has many important properties to theologians and mathematicians alike. It is the last of the digits, and thus marks the end; and is significant of the conclusion of a matter. So, 9 therefore represents finality or judgment. It also represents 3+3+3 the trinity coming together as one final ending, the removal of sin.
12 it self could be an entire blogpost on its own. However, we will just look at how it is used here. 12 is the product of 3 (the divine) and 4 (the earthly), so at noon we see heaven and earth coming together and culminating at 3, which is divine perfection.
Jesus’ last words before dying are important, but no one seems to have written them down? You have one version which is very much the man giving up, and another that is very Christ-like. We will discuss this difference further at the end of this post.
Mar 15:34-37 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani?“, which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?“ When some of the people standing there heard this, they said, “Listen! He’s calling for Elijah!” So someone ran and soaked a sponge in some sour wine. Then he put it on a stick and offered Jesus a drink, saying, “Wait! Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down!” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
Mar 15:34-37 NMV And when Divine order is established (three o’clock), we can affirm confidently and joyfully, “My God, My God, it is for this purpose I have come!” The power of our words confirm our conscious connection with our I-Am-Ness (our Elijah essence). The bitterness (sour wine) caused by the illusion of our separation gives way to the sweetness of our oneness with Spirit and we fully anticipate our complete entrainment into our I-Am-Ness (our Elijah essence). Because we are consciously and cellularly one with Spirit we are able to transcend all human limitations (breathe our last) and enjoy the immortality that was our birthright from the beginning.
Mat 27:46-50 About three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?“, which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?“ When some of the people standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling for Elijah.” So one of the men at once ran off, took a sponge, and soaked it in some sour wine. Then he put it on a stick and offered Jesus a drink. But the others kept saying, “Wait! Let’s see if Elijah will come and save him.” Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice again and gave up his spirit.
**Notice the difference in the two Gospels use of different Greek words for “God” — Matthew uses “Eli” and Mark uses “Eloi”
Mat 27:46-50 NMV And when Divine order is established (three o’clock), we can affirm confidently and joyfully, “My God, My God, it is for this purpose I have come!” The power of our words confirm our conscious connection with our I-Am-Ness. The bitterness of separation gives way to the sweetness of oneness. Our anticipated entrainment into our I-Am-Ness takes place and we transcend all human limitations (breathe our last) and gain immortality.
Very simply stated, this is our human affirmation of oneness with the Divine. In what some may call life everlasting. For me, this represents the fact that we are Spirit, having a human experience. It is the Spirit, our soul that lives on, not the flesh. I also believe that we can take this a step further, and reach that Divine state today, here and now, in the present. In the Eastern traditions, they speak of transcendence and practice transcendental meditations. We too, can also do this by going within and connecting with that oneness ourselves.
Was there an earthquake at the time Jesus died?
Mat 27:51-53 Suddenly the curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook, the rocks were split open, the tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised. After his resurrection, they came out of their tombs and went into the Holy City and appeared to many people.
Mat 27:51-53 NMV We stand as a testament to all that it is possible for every one of us to see through the illusion of separation (the renting of the veil). Old religious paradigms are shaken from their foundations. Hidden bodies of knowledge (tombs) are revealed to us, and long-forgotten Truths are remembered (saints who had fallen asleep are raised). All of this secret knowledge comes to us when we consciously become one with Spirit.
Here the metaphysical does not seem so mystic, and the translation is very understandable between the two. The tearing of the veil or fabric, unveils to us the Truth. The tearing symbolizes the removal of that separation and illusion of separateness. The earthquake, very simply stated symbolizes the actual shaking of the foundations of old religious beliefs and dogma.
It is also said that those who are not enlightened to these Truths are dead, or asleep. Here we see them waking to the knowledge and accepting the Truth and spreading it to everyone.
I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it. I look forward to comparing the other two Gospels as well. In fact, I may do a comparison of all the books one at a time. I know as this knowledge has been imparted, so has it been gained by myself.
Once again, I would like to the thank Rev. Dr Holton for his permission in using his New Metaphysical Version of the Gospels, and hope you too will pick up a copy for your study. http://www.metaphysicalbible.net/
Look for other eBooks and articles on similar subjects at my website: Astral Metaphysics