Jul 282006
 

This project is an ongoing effort to gather those verses in the Bible, particularly the New Testament, which we believe have a hidden (or even direct) metaphysical or mystical meaning. We also hope to comment on these verses, as well as gather commentary from various mystical writers on these verses and topics, and parallel passages from the writing of other religions. The point of this project is to demonstrate that the “Perennial Philosophy” is, in fact, something that can be illustrated from the pages of the Bible.

In collecting these passages, we will follow the general outline of the “Perennial Philosophy” – which is described by Huxley as “— the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being” We have established, then, the following outline, into which we wish to collect and organize the passages in question. This outline is reproduced in the menu selections for the “Hidden Gospel” project. Please feel free to comment on any section, and we will consider your comments in future versions. :

Metaphysics: There is a Divine Reality behind the world of things and lives and minds It is uncreated It pervades all things It is paradoxical (panentheism) It uses both good and bad It leaves us free but compels us It is beyond reach or description, beyond all opposites

Psychology: There is something in the soul that is similar to or identical with the Divine Reality It is divine It is separate from the ego The ego is selfish, insatiable and craves divinity It is the true self It does not have the desires and limitations of the ego

Ethics: Man’s final end is knowledge of that imminent and transcendent Being. The ego must be killed By purification By detachment and selflessness By humility and obedience But it cannot be achieved by effort It is a gift It is by grace It is a realization Mystical union is achieved It is a rebirth It is the kingdom of heaven now Two kinds

Effects: Effortless morality Extraordinary powers Supreme peace and happiness Absolute freedom Identification with the divine

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  1. Everybody wants an easy answer. Thus we create enemies to vanquish, so that we may save the world by eliminating them. This attitude is especially perplexing when coming out of the mouths (or pens) of athiests, who for the most part, seem to espouse a more or less 'naturalistic' view of the world. Can't they see that conflict is embedded in the very philosophic fibre of Darwinian evolution? To strive for a better, more peaceful world is one thing, but to assert that religion is the cause of most of our problems is just silly. I'm one of the most anti-god guys one is likely to meet. However, I am also rational, and refuse to see things along the lines of political agendas dreamed up by wishful thinkers. I'd love to see a lot of this ancient mythology dissappear; it embarrasses me to think that we're still bowing to these totems hundreds of years after they've been thoroughly discredited. But I also realize that, critics notwithstanding, religion is usually just a means to an end, and that the real motivations behind warfare and violence are usually to be found in simple greed, and other ego trips. I'm not saying that religion is never a cause; but even then, it's usually a subsidiary cause that has its roots in something more fundamentally Darwinian. That's all I have to say for the moment…mm

  2. And, coincidentally, discredited religious totems are on sale this week at half off. Don't miss the chance to own your own little piece of the bronze age 😉  

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