- Experiential Christianity -
The title of the book, Experiential Christianity, explains its content as it focuses upon the message and not the man. Meaning, the book redefines the 4 gospels using experiential terminology as differentiated from what is generally practiced today as devotional Christianity. Experiential Christianity has 448 pages and uses the content of all previous books to establish a new vision of Christianity by unveiling an experiential direction and meaning within the teaching stories and parables of Jesus.
As stated on the 'Home' page, when the
teaching stories and parables of Jesus were first spoken there were
no Christian beliefs and constructs to evaluate them. Thus, this book
analytically reexamines those teaching stories and parables as they
were initially presented, free of developed constructs and beliefs,
to demonstrate their experiential intent. This reexamination unveils
a covert direction within those stories and parables that is concealed
in full view. Rediscovering and unveiling that direction opens doors
to reveal an empirical foundation for living that is available to everyone.
In brief, the message of Jesus is examined as it was given.
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Humankind appears to be heading toward
an age where polarization of ideas, beliefs, and constructs create defining
boundaries that control the very people that propagate them, without
those individuals being aware of that control. The result is border
wars - idea versus idea, belief versus belief, and construct versus
construct - on multiple levels of existence. Those 'border wars' arise
as the held content is transformed into both a weapon and a shield:
protecting itself from any real or imagined attack while simultaneously
used to attack others holding dissimilar content. The result of these
'bordered content wars' is the slowing, or even halting, of a potentially
enlightened civilization from developing to its absolute capacity. Everyone,
in some manner, knowingly or unknowingly suffers because of that underdevelopment
as ethical standards slowly erode because moral guidelines underpinning
the ethics are equally underdeveloped. With deficient moral guidelines
and ethical standards no one is safe; creating communities that mentally,
and potentially physically, survive in various forms of insecurity and
Those analytical tools also expose why Jesus left nothing in writing. That deliberate omission is a veiled clue pointing at the essence of all his teachings. When you are aware of those 'tools' and use them correctly the teaching stories and parables are 'brought to life' by understanding their concealed experiential meaning. This new insightful vision reveals an entirely new vista of existence that was shrouded under heavy layers of dogma and ritual. Like a breath of fresh air that revitalizing vision reinvigorates life with the discovery of an internally embedded direction within consciousness. That discovery is identifying the 'living' truth that 'God is within you'. Hence, the importance of experiential Christianity as it redefines your life: experienced as being reborn. This 'living' definition provides a safe pathway through life as you effortlessly become a reflection of his teachings, which is the message.
This experiential approach to Christianity will appeal to those who have abandoned their religion by themselves feeling experientially abandoned by it. It will also appeal to those who have never been an active participant in any religion but are searching for directional meaning in their life that is founded upon logic and is experientially verifiable. It also supports devotional parishioners as it provides an experiential foundation for their beliefs that will not twist ethical standards by the deceit hidden within self-interest and self-aggrandizement. This new or rediscovered foundation provides stability in life as it reveals an impersonal direction innate with consciousness. That direction is a gift that only requires you to open it. Once opened its intrinsic direction is revealed making what is impersonally embedded within consciousness personally yours. That connection opens internal doors that may initially have appeared permanently shut. Therefore, it is endlessly surprising that that gift is generally left unopened as most are not even aware it exists. However, by knowingly releasing the restrictive 'strings' that bind and contain it you discover the reality that 'God is within you', which is the gift. Hence, the need for experiential processes to learn how to open that gift and this book provides all the tools for that internal adventure. Using them is your decision.
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In one of his many directives, Jesus stated, 'Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.'
In 325 AD by order of the Roman Emperor
Constantine bishops of the relatively new religion, referred to as Christianity,
gathered at Nicaea in Asia Minor to resolve some perplexing difficulties
associated with that growing religious movement. As a direct result
of that meeting Christianity formally initiated its theological foundation
by formulating and adopting the Nicene Creed . Up to that date, the
followers of Jesus practiced multiple forms, or ideas, of Christianity
using a variety of texts. With the adoption of the Nicene Creed Christianity
became the 'state' approved religion for the Roman Empire.
As the book develops it will demonstrate
the essential importance of both the restrictive and non-restrictive
arms for all religions, as one contains what the other illuminates.
That balance allows participants to use either or both according to
their disposition and requirements at any one time. Ideally, restriction
maintains textual continuity by staying within self-imposed borders
with non-restriction continually revealing new information to expand
or open those borders. The combination provides for the safe evolution
of the textual information by its data continually being refreshed,
preventing it from stagnating. However, the ideal rarely works as the
restrictive arm normally overpowers and blocks the non-restrictive arm
from functioning, which is a self-protective action, preventing the
flow of experiential methods used to illuminate. One reason for that
lost ideal is that restrictive doctrine can be used by one to control
many, whilst unrestricted or experiential processes can take many to
A part of section 'Seeing with logic'
Everything begins and ends within infinity. To ignore or discount that fact establishes a black hole in your life, potentially wreaking havoc within it, without you being aware of the initiating source of that suffering. Infinity has no beginning and no end and somewhere within its endless vastness, our universe exists. It has been suggested that the universe began with a big bang and all the elements (energy) to create that event always existed within its endless expanse. When the correct convergence of elements aligned, the big bang event occurred, which began the formation of the universe. However, there are major issues with that concept.
1- How did all those pre-existing energy
elements appear, apparently out of nothing? Is it a logical position
to hold that 'something' can appear out of 'nothing'?
The appearance of a human upon earth
is the source of contention between creationists and evolutionists.
To suggest that both are correct may not be accepted by either, but
the suggestion has a spirit-logic foundation. The problem between those
two conflicting viewpoints arises from the fact that both use the human
body as its reference. However, the human body is a transitory physical
object and only has life as long as the physical structure is maintained.
The physical form is not permanent. It is a temporary acquisition. Therefore,
the focus for both creationists and evolutionists should be upon what
has permanent capabilities, never alters, and is formless, which is
Having an intellectual appreciation
of the structure of one's self-referencing consciousness provides a
framework to plumb the depths and breadth of personal existence. Individual
self-referencing is the observer and knower referencing each other.
The observer witnesses by its innate illumination (light) allowing the
knower to know what is illuminated, which is subliminal self-awareness
or your 'I am' existence. That understanding separates non-biological
consciousness from the biological mind. However, the separation is also
causation for endless human dramas, which is the 'sword' of existence.
From this page onward a new understanding, with new terminology suiting that understanding, is developed to explain the experiential processes in the book. Consequently, it is difficult to include any more pages as that new terminology permeates the remainder of the content. Without knowing how that new understanding is formed misunderstanding easily arises.
Part of the last
The intent of this book was to provide
the reader with information to investigate one's existence. Religions
rely upon belief and educational institutions appear to be focused upon
careers, leaving you to fathom your existence on your own. There is
a plethora of spiritual teachers and advocates of one system or another
that provide a variety of philosophies and meditation practices for
you to connect to a 'higher' source. They provide a beginning and 'point'
at an end, but rarely do they give you the middle, where all the work
exists. This book was designed to provide that 'middle', establishing
a structural foundation to experientially use, allowing you to appreciate
or understand both the beginning and the end by the connective 'middle'.
This is not implying you must use that constructed 'middle' but it does
delineate a logical process that binds the 'beginning to the end' and
will support any investigative method or practice you resonate with
or choose to use.
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