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TWO PATHS: PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL

Two thousand years ago the world made its transition from one era into another; from the “era of Abraham”  into 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— continue to view the content of our Sacred Texts with a carnal mind, or begin to view them with a spiritual mind.

The Torah of the Tanakh shows us two paths:
The book of Genesis gives us 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 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. Their labor was to battle against 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 by making marriages with the inhabitants of the land, which God had commanded them not to do, reverting to the bondage of the carnal law. By driving out the spiritual enemies symbolized by the seven nations we are made free of our 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 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. If of a spiritual nature, they would have stood in opposition to the beliefs held by Jews and Christians, whose religious beliefs by this time (c. 610) were far removed from the spiritual doctrine of the Christ, which was buried by 460. Any spiritual teachings given to Muhammad quickly became physical laws due to the civil unrest that comes with spiritual disobedience. Due to what the Qur’an calls “hearts infected with disbelief.” The Muslim religion, like every religion before it, would follow the physical path.

The Book of Mormon shows us two paths:
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, their meaning revealing 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 Thummin, 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 or "spirit of truth." The Book of Mormon has yet to be translated by one possessing the Urim and the Thummin, revealing its spiritual truths.

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!

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Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)
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