Religion: The Road to Bondage



The Bible is a detailed account of man's spiritual and religious history. All of man's spiritual history is contained in the first book of the Old Testament. It is called Genesis, which means creation; the coming into being. The creation of heaven and earth was not just about a literal creation. It was an overview of the spiritual creation that is to take place within us. The book of Genesis provides a record, through the symbolism found in its stories, of our spiritual history, revealing the mental and emotional events that were responsible for our " first heaven and earth" creation, heaven symbolizing the mind and the earth symbolizing the heart. The book of Genesis contains fifty chapters, the number fifty associated with Jubilee, a time when slaves were released from bondage. The children of Israel, chosen to teach us about ourselves, were in bondage for 430 years, after which time they began their exodus. When converted from Egyptian we find that our exodus from bondage generally begins after age 43. The forty-ninth chapter of Genesis details the internal journey that brings us out of spiritual bondage. The fiftieth chapter finds Joseph and his family living free in Egypt, which symbolizes The World, the truth that makes us free symbolized by Joseph. I'm reminded of the words of the teacher of the first revelation, who said, "It's all in the book of Genesis."

The book of Exodus reveals man's propensity for bondage. They left the bondage of a land only to replace it with the bondage of a law. If they had ascended the mount on the third day as they were instructed to do they would have experienced a spiritual death and ascension. But they declined out of fear, bringing themselves under the bondage of a law. This is where the Bible's religious history begins. This law was instituted by men from the tribe of Levi, bringing us to the third book of Moses, Leviticus the institution of religion established, bringing us to the end of Deuteronomy. This is followed by the book of Joshua, where the children are given an opportunity to fulfil the law, which is the symbolism behind them no longer eating of the manna. It was time to eat of the old corn, Joseph's corn, symbolizing the spiritual truth that would, through its application, fulfil the law they had imposed upon themselves in refusing to perform the spiritual works. If they had driven out the seven nations as they were instructed, they would have fulfilled the law. The book of Judges, of which there were twelve, is about the spiritual judgment that's encoded in the forty-ninth chapter of Genesis, this spiritual judgment being the spiritual works, the spiritual pay for this spiritual labor providing the ransom that would redeem them from the bondage or captivity of the law.

The book of Samuel brings an opportunity for the children of Israel to experience direct communication with God through Samuel, meaning heard of God, the ark returning to Israel, the ark symbolizing the power behind this direct communication, one that Israel yielded to, putting away the strange gods from among them. But their spiritual obedience was short-lived. They soon demanded a king like the other nations had, one that could tell them how to think and what to believe. His name was Saul, meaning to demand. In rejecting Samuel they were rejecting a direct communication with God. They would now be subject to Saul. If you read how Saul will rule Israel (1 Samuel 8-20) you will see, through its symbolism, how the institution of religion will rule over its people. For example, to take a tenth of the sheep is requiring the flock to pay ten percent of their income to the religious establishment. Samuel served as mediator between God and Israel. Had they continued in the words of Samuel they would have been made free. But they chose Saul over Samuel, remaining in bondage.

The book of Kings brings us David, a man after God's own heart. We are given examples to show us that David was not subject to the law. Why? Because David took the spiritual path. He taught a higher observance of Torah, which was before the law. He taught us about the spiritual sacrifices of God, which supersede the carnal sacrifices of the law. He speaks of the seven abominations of the heart, symbolized by the seven nations the children of Israel were to drive out of the promised land, which symbolizes the heart. But the kings that came after David followed not in his footsteps, a path that would be covered over for another 1000 years. Enter Jesus, who came not from the tribe of Levi, who instituted the law, but from the tribe of Judah, "of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood." Jesus, like Samuel, was the mediator between God and Israel, who received a new name, becoming Judah through their baptism in the Red Sea. Jesus brings God's word to his Judean brothers, but it is quickly rejected. The word is quickly accepted by the Gentiles, non-Jews. Jesus, like David, speaks of the seven impurities of the heart, actually naming them for us. Like David, who spoke about spiritual sacrifice with respect to the heart, Jesus spoke about the spiritual works through which the heart is made pure. We know of one who actually believed (obeyed) these teachings. That person was Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven devils, symbolizing the purification of the heart. Having been the first one to believe (obey) the teachings of the one called "The Christ" she would have been, by definition, the first Christian. This is also why she was present at the resurrection of the one called "The Christ," as that inherent power (christ with a small 'c') through which her heart was healed had been resurrected within her through the healing process. Christ refers to a healing power, not a man. Christ is not a surname. Jesus himself warns us that if any man says he is Christ, believe it not. Why? Because christ is not a person. It's the power by which we make the spiritual sacrifice that redeems us from sinredeeming us from captivity or bondage. The ransom or payment to redeem us from the bondage of sin was not the man Christians call Jesus Christ. The ransom that delivers us from bondage is paid through the spiritual works we are to perform, which the man spoke of and demonstrated for us while on this earth.

So what happened to divert man from the spiritual path? More religion is what happened. Samuel and Jesus both served as mediators between God and His people. As the people chose Saul over Samuel they would choose Paul over Jesus. Jesus knew that God's people would once again choose the path of religion, which is why Jesus called this new testament Saul "a chosen vessel," appointed apostle to the Gentiles. This Saul of Tarsus was a zealot when it came to the law, and as Saul he works with the religious establishment to put the disciples of the Lord in prison. As Paul he works to establish a half-law-half-spirit doctrine of grace. Salvation without works, which has kept God's people in a spiritual prison in spiritual bondage for the past two thousand years. Paul established his doctrine in the churches in Asia. The apostle John (chosen to be among the twelve) instructs us (through the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation) to overcome the lies that exist in the doctrines of the church. Paul built the physical churches through his doctrine. But it was Peter that Jesus called the rock upon which he would build his church, one made without hands. There is one God. There is one Spirit, having one truth, which is spiritual. God is not the author of confusion. His word is one. Religion is the author of confusion, its word being the many strange doctrines of religion, symbolized by the many strange woman that Solomon loved or the many strange gods the children of Israel had put away under Samuel. Have you considered why it was King Solomon that built a physical house of the Lord and not King David? Was it not Jesus, son of David, that said:

"... the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth." John 4:23

Why would Jesus say that salvation is of the Jews and not of the Gentiles, over which Paul was appointed apostle? The answer can be found in what Paul teaches on salvation. He teaches that salvation is a gift. That it is not something you have to work for, which is in direct opposition to what Jesus and his apostle James, taught. Paul teaches that we are saved by grace:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: It is a gift from God: Not of works, lest any man boast." Ephesians 2:9

This is why Christians say they are saved without doing any works. They think that if they have faith, which in their mind is believing in the man Jesus Christ, that they are saved. All you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and you're saved, through which comes this heady experience that they claim transforms them immediately. After all, that was Paul's experience on the road to Damascus, which symbolizing destruction is the direction in which these newly-born Christians saw their life heading. But unfortunately, this is where too many of them stop, reliving the euphoria they felt in their mind at that time over and over and over again, which becomes their perpetual testimony to other fledgling Christians. We are not saved by grace. We are saved by the works we perform in the period of grace.

Yes, one can experience an immediate change in the way he thinks, releasing him from his physical bondage to such things as cigarettes, alchohol, drugs, sex, etc. as the body, which is responsible for the action, follows the mind. This is what is called repentance, meaning to think differently. But this is only the first stage in the process of salvation. This is what the Bible refers to as "the beginning of faith." There are two stages to faith, and it is through the second stage, "the end of faith," that one obtains salvation. This stage of the process requires works. This is why Jesus said "salvation is of the Jews." Jews observed the works of the law. The reason "Paul the liar" was found written in the Dead Sea scrolls, which is exactly what my teacher said of Paul some thirty years before it was made public, was because he negated the works of the law, which being a pattern for the spiritual works negates them as well. It is Paul's "saved by grace" doctrine that is solely responsible for Christians skipping over the spiritual works of salvation. Christians claim they are saved based on what Paul taught, not on what Jesus or his brother James taught. Did Jesus say that salvation is of the Jews because salvation is obtained through the works of the law, which Jews obey? No. Remember, Jesus spoke of fulfilling the law through a deeper level of observance of the law. Salvation is obtained through the spiritual works that supersede the works of the law, fulfilling them. These are the works Jesus was referring to when he said "believe the works," the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. While Paul taught that a Jew is one that is a Jew inwardly. And that circumcision is of the heart, taken from the words of the Prophet Jeremiah who said, “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart,” Paul did not teach on the spiritual works of salvation through which the foreskins of the heart are taken away, marking us as spiritual Jews. This is why Paul, who preached faith without works, was appointed apostle to the Gentiles and why James, who preached perfection of faith through works, was appointed apostle to the Jews. But if perfection, which is synonymous with salvation, were possible through the works of the law alone, there would be no need for someone to come and restore a higher observance of Torah, which is encoded in the first book of the Torah— in the creation of heaven and earth.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you. Till heaven and earth pass, one joy or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled... Matthew 5:17,18

This is not referring to the literal heaven and earth, but to the first heaven and earth discussed in the first paragraph, which is a spiritual heaven and earth, heaven symbolizing the mind and the earth symbolizing the heart. This first heaven and earth passes through spiritual obedience to the spiritual works Jesus advocated, not through the works of the law, which is why the law remains in effect to those who have yet to fulfil the law through the completion of these internal works. Obedience on one level is better than no obedience on either level, which is consistent with the vision of the Kingdom the teacher received on 7-7-77. Those that kept the law were on the mount called "Jacob," which is the kingdom of heaven, having seven rings— the seven heavens mentioned in the Quran.

...Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19

The problem that we are facing is that neither the keeping of the law or saying we have been made free through Christ have the power to release us from spiritual bondage. We have entered what was revealed to me as the third and final "era of Jacob," a time when we are to worship God in truth and in spirit. It is no longer about going to the church or temple made by hand, but about going within that spiritual temple called the heart, where we will discover the seven (spiritual) impurities that reside there. When the political and religious leaders formed the Nicean Council in 325AD to establish what would become the Christian religion, they chose to exclude those teachings that would bring one within themselves, where Jesus said the kingdom of God exists. These teachings were referred to as esoteric, meaning understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge. This is why Jesus spoke plainly to those few like Mary Magdalene, who truly had an interest in healing. But to the rest he spoke in parables, using symbolism, which has preserved these esoteric teachings, protecting them from religion for the past 2000 years. The ambiguous teachings of Paul better served the Council's agenda, which was to gain control through a politically-backed religion. So man's religious history continues, as does his spiritual bondage, coming in the form of an oppressive religious law, backed by a cruel political power that will exceed that which was witnessed in Europe seventy years ago.

For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman... Galatians 4:22..

Two sons. Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael is the father of Islam, and Isaac is the father of Israel, each nation having a politically-backed religion, neither of which, through obedience to its laws, have the power to free us from our spiritual bondage. Christians and Jews are unwittingly giving power to the nation that symbolizes bondage. Religion is bondage in that it fails to teach on the spiritual works that lead us out of spiritual bondage out of the mental and emotional bondage caused by our false perceptions and beliefs. Some think they are going to be saved out of this time of trouble that is quickly approaching. Others think we still have time to turn things around. My teacher talked of man reaching the point of no return. Personally, I believe we may very well have reached this point, and that what we choose to do, or not do over the next two years will determine the degree of bondage under which we will serve for many years to come.

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © January 2016)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul