Sacred Texts

Sacred Texts


"For to be carnally minded is death;
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Two thousand years ago the world made its transition from one era into another; from the “era of Abraham”  to the “era of Isaac,” at which time the people found themselves at a crossroads, taxed to make a choice between the physical path they were on or the spiritual path that Moses had encouraged their ancestors to take fifteen hundred years earlier. They, as their ancestors, chose the physical path, rejecting the spiritual teachings that would put them back on the spiritual path. Jesus spoke of a spiritual kingdom within. But they wanted a physical kingdom. Once again they chose the bondage of the carnal law, rejecting the spiritual teachings that would bring freedom from within, and without. In the year 2000 we entered “the third and final era of Jacob,” where we stand at the final crossroads, taxed to make a choice between carnal and spiritual— to continue to view the content of our Sacred Texts with a carnal mind, or begin to view them with a spiritual mind.

“The Holy Spirit thus signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience… Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” Hebrews 9:8-10

The first tabernacle still stands to those offering carnal sacrifices through carnal rituals, which can not make one that partakes of these perpetual practices perfect pertaining to his thinking, requiring repentance, meaning to think differently. The way into the holiest of all is made manifest through an understanding of its symbolism, where those entering in are offering the spiritual sacrifices of God. Will mankind continue on the physical path, which is bringing death? Or will he turn aside in favor of the spiritual path that brings life and peace? The "time of reformation” is at hand—time to restore the path that will lead us into a more perfect tabernacle, one not made with hands.

The Torah of the Tanakh shows us two paths:
The book of Genesis provides an overview of the spiritual path, the book of Exodus detailing the children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness and up the mount, symbolizing man’s spiritual journey and spiritual ascension. But the children of Israel never ascended the mount, leaving the spiritual path in favor of the physical path, choosing the bondage of a physical law, which was to end at the passing of Moses, which brings us to the end of Deuteronomy, and to the end of the Torah.

The Neviim of the Tanakh shows us two paths:
It begins with the book of Joshua, with the passover at Jordan, where the children pass over into the promised land, eating no more of the manna, but of the old corn, symbolizing their transition from carnal law to spiritual truth. The children of Israel had started down the spiritual path by battling the seven inhabitants of the promised land, symbolizing the spiritual battle by which we take possession of a spiritual promised land. But they soon reverted to the physical path, making marriages with the inhabitants of that land, which God had commanded them not to do, placing them under the bondage of the carnal law, as the seven nations they were to drive out symbolize the spiritual enemies that keep us in spiritual bondage. The book of Judges sets forth the spiritual judgment that would have brought them spiritual freedom. But they would not hearken to their judges, rejecting the voice of God, which spoke through His anointed one, Samuel. They chose instead to have a physical king rule over them, becoming like the very nations they were to remain separate from. The Old Testament’s “Kings” and “Chronicles” names these kings and chronicles their acts. It was King David (anointed by Samuel) that came to turn the heart of the children back to God, putting them back on the spiritual path that their patriarchal fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph) had followed. But the power and influence of these righteous kings was soon usurped by kings that “walked not in the footsteps of David.” A king symbolizes a spirit, revealing the righteous and unrighteous spirits working through the mind and heart of man. Yet God’s hand was outstretched still, sending His prophets, who prophesied of the destruction that would come if they continued in their spiritual disobedience. But they would not hearken to their prophets, stoning them by their refusal to change, refusing to take the spiritual path by keeping the spiritual law or word of God. The Neviim ends with these words:

”Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5,6

Elijah has returned, not once, but twice, revealed through the symbolism found in the story of Elijah and the juniper tree. (-The Bible Decoded; page 100).

The Holy Qur’an shows us two paths:
It establishes quite clearly the error of the children of Israel, yet the Qur’an takes its followers down the same physical path, the laws of the Qur’an no different than the laws of the Old Testament. Muhammad (c. 570-632) founder of Islam, was said to have experienced a vision of the archangel Gabriel in a cave outside Mecca, whose Arabic meaning reveals its symbolism. Muhammed pondered questions raised in his mind as he listened to Jews and Christians expound on their religious beliefs in the marketplace. Proclaimed a prophet by the archangel Gabriel he continued to receive revelations, which would have no doubt stood in opposition to those beliefs held by Jews, and by Christians, whose religious beliefs by this time (c. 610) were far removed from the spiritual doctrine of Jesus, buried by 460AD. As with Moses and Jesus, the spiritual teachings given to Muhammad would give way to a multitude of physical laws imposed due to the civil unrest that follows spiritual disobedience; what the Qur’an calls “hearts infected with disbelief.” In the process of time, like every religion before it, true Islam (based on the unadulterated revelations of Muhammad, which put one on the spiritual path) gave way to a lesser Islam, one governed by physical laws. The Holy Qur’an, like the Holy Bible, contains information pertainig to the spiritual path, preserved in the language and symbolism of the Holy Text, revealed to those that are on the spiritual path as they have desired the purpose for which this spiritual knowledge was intended, the true disciple setting aside the time consuming physical works of mind-body disciplines to perform the spiritual works or discipline that purifies the heart!

The Book of Mormon shows us two paths:
It is another testament of Jesus Christ, and to the disobedience of the children of Israel. Like the Bible, its spiritual truths are encoded in the symbolism contained in its stories, which are strikingly similar to those of the Bible. Joseph Smith, on the evening of September 21st 1823, experienced a vision of a messenger named Moroni, who told him that he had a work to do. He told Joseph that there was a book deposited, written upon metal plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang, and that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it. He also told Joseph of two stones in silver bows, which fastened to the breastplate constituted what is called the Urim and the Thummim, deposited with the plates; and that the possession and use of these stones were what constituted Seers in ancient or former times; and that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book. The Book of Mormon is to be translated by the one possessing the two stones: the Urim and the Thummin, whose meanings reveal their symbolism: Urim, from the original Hebrew, meaning lights, the oracular brilliancy of the figures in the high-priests breastplate. The word oracular meaning oracle, transmitter of prophecies at such a shrine, from the Latin word: oraculum, meaning to speak. And Thummim, from the original Hebrew, meaning perfections, i.e. one of the epithets of the objects in the high-priests breastplate as an emblem of complete truth. The Urim and Thummin symbolize the anointing of spirit and truth; the "spirit of truth." The Book of Mormon has yet to be examined for its deepest spiritual truths.

Note: The children of Israel are called "the chosen people" because they have been chosen out of all the nations of the world to teach us about ourselves!

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul