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            (In answer to a question.)

            Spirit loq. They were of us who tried to make you hear. But there were difficulties in our way. Courage, you are

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giving us more power to help you, and we will make you know that this work is not original to your own mind. There is a vast force of spiritual intelligences around you and all men, who work to bring forth light on Earth, and who will express themselves. Fear not.

            You wish to know of foods, and why it is that Christ the Holy One, and Paul the strong one uttered no word as to why meat, animal life, was not for man. They had other ends to accomplish, of far greater import to man in their day.

            To implant in man the mere recognition of the spiritual as it really is, when the ideals of Earth were blood, lust, and conquest, this was the vast work Christ and his servant Paul undertook and performed. This was the Corner Stone rejected by the builders, yet the foundation of all further truth. To teach man of the near and actual Fatherhood of God, of the Sonship of man, was not this the very foundation on which the spiritual temple of humanity must be constructed? Until man had accepted this primary fact, of what avail to utter truths resulting from, and secondary to it?

            Moreover, consider, the habit of flesh-eating was not so general as it is now. The facilities for acquiring animal food were slight as compared with what is now. Nor had the Earth then arrived at the period of its intellectual or moral development when it could spiritualize itself further in this direction. The general consciousness of mankind could not accept or retain an injunction whose end was purification of the senses, while Earth had not yet traveled through its “age of sense.” Such injunction would have been, and indeed was, lost in the striving and passing of the years which succeeded Christ. Yet doubt not that Jesus instructed his disciples herein.

            That nothing of such instruction remains to you is due to the fact that only those truths which were most essential to, or most needed by man, those therefore

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which impressed him as most urgent, have escaped destruction in the wear and tear of his struggles for truth. The truths you read in your Bibles, are the truths which affected man most strongly in the age in which they were set forth, which were most adapted to Earth’s consciousness at that period. But think you they are all the truths Christ taught, or all the truths God had in store for man? Think you they were more than a foretaste of God’s infinite love, adapted by the Divine Father to the spiritual assimilation of the sons to whom they were vouchsafed? O faithless indeed and hard of heart, do ye still read without understanding, do ye still hearken yet perceive not? Will ye ever disregard the one Truth, Divine above all others, which Christ Jesus manifested in his life on Earth, and urged on man unceasingly, – the truth of the unfolding and indwelling of God within man, and man’s redemption thereby, – the Truth that there is a perpetual and increasing outpouring of light and strength and love from above as man can adapt himself to it, can bear to receive it?

            What were John’s words introducing Christ to the Jews? “Repent ye, for the kingdom of Heaven (of Truth) is at hand.” And what description of this kingdom of Heaven followed from Christ Himself? “So is the kingdom of God (which Truth is) as if a man should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up he knoweth not how. For the Earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade, then the ear, AFTER THAT THE FULL CORN IN THE EAR.”

            “The kingdom of Heaven (Truth) is like unto leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until the whole was leavened.”

            “The kingdom of God (Truth) is like a grain of seed which a man took and cast into his garden, and it grew

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and waxed a great tree, and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches thereof.”

            “If I have told you (truth about) earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you (truth about) heavenly things?”

            “Greater works than these shall ye do because I go to my Father.”

            “With many such parables spake he the word (truth) unto them as they were able to bear it. But without a parable spake he not unto them.”

            “Why do ye not understand my speech (truth), even because ye cannot hear my word.

            “Oh fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have spoken (truth).”

            “For there is nothing (no truth) hid which shall not be manifested, neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.”

            “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs; but the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father” (who is the Truth).

            “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever things he shall see, that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come.”

            Christ’s message was summarized in this profound saying: “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.”

            How little ye know the only true God; how the Christ Jesus ye worship is no Liberator of man anointed with the Divine Spirit, at all, but rather the owner of human slaves, clothed only in the guise of Divinity; how powerless and ineffectual is your parody of Christ’s religion; how unconscious ye still are of the divine

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potentialities in man he revealed to you; how during two thousand years ye have not transfigured your Earth into the Heaven which he promised should result from the true understanding and practice of his teaching; how, finally, it has come to pass in these days that man, in black despair, falls away from the false image of Christ ye have upheld; are we not witnesses of all these things, and shall we be silenced from revealing to you your errors?



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