The distortions of history.
January 25th, 2002
Received by H.
Hello my brother. I see that you are somewhat worried.
H.: Not really worried, but a little confused. The day before yesterday and yesterday I tried to receive your message, but without the least success. I prepared myself, I reserved a good time for you, at noon, when I was not sleepy, I even had the impression that you would speak on “hate that becomes compassion in the beyond,” or something like that, but when I really tried to receive, there was nothing, only silence. I don’t understand this.
Well, my dear friend, although you thought that you were in a good condition, it was not so. This is why I did not try to convey a message. And in fact, today you are better, but still, your condition does not permit me to transmit a message such as I had intended. I wanted to talk about natural love and its purification. However, today is not the appropriate day for doing so. Instead, I will communicate another message.
We have been in touch often. I have delivered almost a hundred messages through you, and you should already know me better. Although you don’t receive anything on a given day, I am always with you. I don’t want you to feel forgotten or abandoned. If I do not come it is because it does not make sense trying to communicate. Of course I can always present myself and say: “Hello, my friend, how are you?” And later we may talk about banalities, but this does not make sense either - in the first place, it is not gratifying. So, if you are not able to contact me one day, you know that something is wrong with your condition. And then it is your turn to help the situation.
H.: Lately, I have dedicated a lot of time to assign dates to the messages received by James Padgett. Is that the cause?
No, it is not. In the last days, some kind of negativity has taken possession of you. And this is fatal for your spirituality. You are in a phase of transition. You have some knowledge, you have some faith, but you are still dragging heavy ballast. You continue being very inflammable, you continue being very negative on occasions, you live in a sway of emotions. Spiritual stability does not come overnight. It is a process that takes some time. And I am aware of that, I am not reproaching you, I am informing you. Be aware of what is happening with you so that you can speed up the process and become more stable. But that is enough now on that subject.
I will not talk about natural love and its purification, I will not talk about the loss of rapport between the Celestial spirits and Mr. Padgett, on which you have already received some impressions, but we will deal with a biblical topic.
You have read the New Testament, and you know how the different gospels relate Jesus’ life. In several parts they contradict each other, in other parts they agree with each other. There is no uniform chronology, what one gospel puts into one year another distributes over three years, etc. In short, in the religious teachings, at school, they taught you that the gospels are not simply biographies of Jesus, but free stories, narrating Jesus’ story from the point of view of a given author, with omissions and invented adornments.
But later, when you found some spiritualistic writings, such as The Urantia Book, you saw that the story of Jesus’ life therein continues to some extent along the lines of the gospels, they are almost like harmonies, combinations of the four canonical stories. Also in the messages received through Mr. Padgett and Dr. Samuels you found some things, which you considered to be simple fantasies such as the murder of the children of Bethlehem, the Wise Men, etc.
I tell you that a good part of the stories contained in the gospels have a valid historical core that later on was mystified and exalted. Nevertheless, you should not be surprised that our story also corroborates many events as narrated in the Bible.
What the original evangelists wrote were not biographies, but collections of sayings and deeds, without chronological order. Later on these writings were edited in order to compose something like a novel about Jesus’ life.
The ignorance of Jesus’ true life was enormous even a few decades after his death. A large percentage of the eyewitnesses suffered violent deaths, opening up the way to a great variety of fantastic interpolations — and opportune ones for the prevalent teaching of the epoch. There was not even agreement on Jesus’ life span. You know a famous ancient writing that contradicts what the gospels tell of Jesus’ age. I want you to write down it here.
H.: Are you referring to Irenaeus?
H.: Irenaeus claimed that Jesus lived until his old age.
“Being thirty years old when He came to be baptized, and then possessing the full age of a Master, He came to Jerusalem, so that He might be properly acknowledged by all as a Master. For He did not seem one thing while He was another, as those affirm who describe Him as being man only in appearance; but what He was, that He also appeared to be. Being a Master, therefore, He also possessed the age of a Master, not despising or evading any condition of humanity, nor setting aside in Himself that law which He had appointed for the human race, but sanctifying every age, by that period corresponding to it which belonged to Himself. For He came to save all through means of Himself — all, I say, who through Him are born again to God — infants, and children, and boys, and youths, and old men. He therefore passed through every age, becoming an infant for infants, thus sanctifying infants; a child for children, thus sanctifying those who are of this age, being at the same time made to them an example of piety, righteousness, and submission; a youth for youths, becoming an example to youths, and thus sanctifying them for the Lord. So likewise He was an old man for old men, that He might be a perfect Master for all, not merely as respects the setting forth of the truth, but also as regards age, sanctifying at the same time the aged also, and becoming an example to them likewise. Then, at last, He came on to death itself, that He might be “the first-born from the dead, that in all things He might have the pre-eminence,” the Prince of life, existing before all, and going before all.”
Very well. An old man in that time was a man of fifty years or more of age. Irenaeus claims, then, that Jesus was not crucified at an age of thirty-odd years, but much later. He wrote this work approximately 150 years after the Master’s death. Do you find this surprising?
If you now go to write an historical account for example about somebody who lived 150 years ago, during the revolutions of the year 1848 in Europe, or about the gold rush of 1849 in the United States, or about the devastating war of Paraguay against Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, how much of objectivity will be in this? Nothing! The world has changed so much that you can no longer think and feel as people thought and felt in that time.
I admit that changes happened slower in antiquity, but on the other hand, there was not the great wealth of documentory material that you may now have recourse to.
That is all for today. I hope you recover your balance soon, because I would like to deliver messages of a somewhat greater depth. But through what I have written today, at least you may understand the reason for the contradictory stories, of a Jesus who survived crucifixion and exiled himself in Kashmir, living there a long life full with teachings until his natural death, or of a Jesus who taught during decades in Palestine as a respected master, the Jesus who was murdered after a ministry of one year, or that one who preached during three years, or that one who was never crucified, because people took Simon of Cyrene for him and nailed him on the wood, while Jesus went away laughing…
The soul condition is not something fixed, but you have to work on it constantly. I will help you, but you have to do the work yourself.
Have a nice day. With all my love,
Judas of Kerioth
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