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Boldly break the rules of theology and scholarship. Transcend the barriers of conventional thought and grasp what lies beyond it. God is speaking to us by His Eternal Word, through which these things can now be known. One of the great hallmarks of the four canonical gospels is that despite their many similarities, each of them presents Jesus in a slightly different way.
Even so, there were far more than four gospels that emerged during the early years of Christianity. In fact, there were, dozens, perhaps hundreds of gospels, each focusing different periods of Jesus' life, as well as differing aspects of his teaching and ministry.
Could there be the same unity between these gospels as there is between the four? She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. When they had come to the land of Canaan,  Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh.
At that time the Canaanites were in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her, and be gone. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites lived in the land. Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Let them take their share. Chapter 16  Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,  and Sarai said to Abram, "You see that the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.
I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!
So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her. Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child? I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.
He said, "Oh yes, you did laugh. Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?
Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five? Suppose thirty are found there. Suppose twenty are found there.
Suppose ten are found there. Chapter 19  The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and bowed down with his face to the ground.
Bring them out to us, so that we may know them. Now we will deal worse with you than with them. Sons-in- law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city - bring them out of the place.
Let me escape there - is it not a little one? Chapter 20  From there Abraham journeyed toward the region of the Negeb, and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While residing in Gerar as an alien,  Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister.
And she herself said, 'He is my brother. A modern day printing of the Torah in any language, including Hebrew, is of no value in establishing the Secret in the Bible. All references to the Torah in this book are to the original handwritten versions and the reason for that shall become apparent as this work proceeds.
Those particular Torahs are the same letter-for-letter reproduction as the original text and 30 The Secret in the Bible 5.
There is nothing like it in the history of literature or religion and in that respect, the handwritten Scroll stands indisputably in a class by itself. For centuries, copying the Torah Scroll was made exactly in accordance with ancient regulations regarding tradition, namely written by hand, without vocalization, according to a prescribed arrangement of 49 vertical lines and sections and published by means of dependable materials. The lineation, the division into columns and text 7 x 7 , the margins and borders, the binding up of the individual parchment sheets into Scrolls by means of thongs,16 and the division and adornments of letters, were all strictly controlled.
Those tasks were undertaken with extreme care, providing painstakingly executed handwritten Scrolls from behind locked doors.
To preserve the Secret, and with loving care and sacred devotion, generations of rabbinic scribes jealously guarded every letter of the Torah Scroll. Detailed rules were laid down in order to ensure that reproductions of the Torah should be free from human error.
If one tiny mistake was made, that particular copy was ceremoniously buried, for it carried within it the divine name of God and as such, destruction was forbidden. In the year 50, a Roman soldier desecrated a Torah Scroll and the popular outcry was so great that the Governor had him beheaded.
The congregation thereupon obligated itself to the observance of the laws of life and how it was to be lived, as written in the commandments in the Torah. With the rise of Judaism in the 19th Century, and the advance of the historical critical approach to the Bible, many Jewish intellectuals saw it, at least in part, as an exclusive moral, political and religious law of one particular body of 31 The Secret in the Bible 5.
That was probably so with a surface reading, but there is much more to the Torah than that and whileas it was and is read as narratives, its deep meaning is not at the story level. Every word, every expression, was made the subject of intense study, the reason being that they knew, and were preserving, the sacred Secret information originally concealed in those writings.
It was that group who were directly responsible for the advent of all later Mystery Schools and, even today, a family group of people on Earth still carries the Panther knowledge. Later Egyptian priests wore skin of lions, tigers, panthers, pumas and leopards in their r itualistic re-enactment of earlier Panther procedures and the type of fur represented particular levels of initiation.
The skin was generally thrown over the left shoulder and swayed with the movement of the body; sometimes it was carefully adjusted over one shoulder and under the other to bring the curve of the chest into prominence. The head of the animal, skillfully prepared and enlivened by large eyes of enamel, rested on the shoulder or fell just below the waist of the wearer; the paws, with the claws attached, hung down over the thighs and to complete their adornment, a blue or black wig was worn.
Initiation processes The principles of secrecy and silence are the reasons why the Panther Secret remained concealed for so long. Those virtues constitute the core of all Mystery Schools and were the safeguard of the Institution, ensuring its security and perpetuity. That principle existed in all ancient Mysteries and in some systems of religion. That secret worship was 35 The Secret in the Bible 5. The person presiding at the ceremony was called the Mystagogue and revealed and explained sacred matters to the candidate.
The ceremonies of initiation were time-consuming, and candidates to whom the Secret was eventually revealed undertook long periods of instruction.
The Mystery Schools would not initiate a slave or a person convicted of any felony, nor would they accept anyone who was not of sound body and mind.
Particularly in later Egyptian Mysteries, circumcision of the candidate was required before admission and he was then given a code-name, a tradition still carried on today in Freemasonry. Initiation was designed for the aspirer to face and undergo a series of ordeals and trials preliminary to admission into higher levels of secret knowledge and the transition to greater enlightenment required dedication and study.
Approach to the great mystery was heavily guarded and total ostracism pronounced upon initiates who deliberately divulged secrets entrusted to them. Offenders were often killed, because keepers of the Secret held the power of life and death of those in their custody. Likewise, the Athenians revered a brazen statue that was represented without a tongue to denote the sanctity with which they regarded their oath-bound secrets.
In the Eleusinian and the Bacchi Mysteries, initiates dared not reveal the inner Secret and between the Chaldean and Asian Magi, the same rule applied. It is doubtful that the Gnostics, Neo-Platonists and medieval philosophers required such an extreme penalty but they, even so in the present Masonic Order, issued the strictest of warnings to the candidate never to reveal the entrusted Secret.
He swears under dire penalties not to divulge the secrets of the Order, although Masons today no longer possess the awesome power of the Ancients.
The secrets that successful candidates learned in the Mystery Schools depended upon the degree through they passed, but their experiences could roughly be condensed into two results and they formed the core of the revelations they received. Later initiates termed those differing understandings, the Evening walk to public audiences and the Morning walk to select disciples.
In the earlier degrees, called the Lesser Mysteries, the candidates became acquainted with the human soul, pictured as a little birdman in the system of Egyptian hieroglyphs. In advanced degrees, they became acquainted with the divine soul, and the supernormal character of the instruction leading to that result, they called the Greater Mysteries.
That was a daunting and life-threatening experience for them but the Secret in the Bible, however, allows access to the intrinsic element of the Greater 37 The Secret in the Bible 5. That may sound complex but it shall become clear in the following chapters. That presupposed the existence of historical archives in Egypt covering vast periods and Herodotus claimed that priests with whom he was acquainted were indeed in possession of prehistoric records.
Herodotus asserted that the Mysteries known to Greek priests were originally derived directly from Egyptian temples.
Prominent and learned Greeks, and later some Romans, traveled to Egypt to seek for themselves the Ancient Wisdom of Temple priests. Before the development of their respective Schools, both Pythagoras and Plato admitted to having sat at the feet of Egyptian priests in their search for secret knowledge. It was produced from writings of great antiquity, and professed to reveal the whole formula of initiation used by early Egyptian priests in the subterranean chambers and crypts of ancient temples.
In the third degree, the candidate was instructed in the symbolical death of Osiris, and was acquainted with the hieroglyphic language. In the fourth, he was presented with the book of the laws of Egypt, and became a judge. In the seventh and last degree, the candidate received a detailed explanation of all mysteries, his head was shaved, and he was presented with an ankh-cross, which he was to carry constantly, a white mantle, and a square headdress.
To each degree was attached a secret word and a sign.
To understand that curious prose required special oral instruction obtained only by joining one of their Orders, and for a complete unveiling of information, admission into the ultimate inner priesthood by initiation. Nineteen centuries ago, Philo, the Alexandrian philosopher, historian and statesman, recorded these lines about the high respect held for preservation of knowledge given by the system of initiatrix instruction: 39 The Secret in the Bible 5. Reveal it to no profane!
Keep it and contain it within yourselves as an incorruptible treasure, not like gold or silver, but more precious than everything besides…for it is the knowledge of the Great Cause, of Nature, and all of that which is born of both. A variety of elements was revealed to the initiate under veiled symbols to which the profane did not have the key and because of the secrecy maintained, they spoke little and acted well. I would tell thee, were it lawful for me to tell, and thou shouldst know all, were it lawful for thee to hear.
Both tongue and ear would be infected with like guilt did I gratify such rash curiosity. Yet since, perchance, it is pious craving that vexes thee, I will not torment thee by prolongation of thine languish. Those lines are tantalizing but do not reveal a great deal. However, other old writings explain a little more of secrets taught and constantly expressed a cosmic character to the substance of the Mysteries.
Whether that was the result of religious ecstasy, the use of the Secret, or the co-operation of invisible powers with visible initiators must remain a mystery.
Lucius Apuleius described his initiation into the Mysteries of Isis: Hear, then, and believe, for what I tell is true.
I saw the sun gleaming with bright splendor at dead of night, I approached the gods above, and the gods below, and worshipped them face-to-face. Behold, I have told thee things of which, though thou hast heard them, thou must yet know naught. It was obvious from the foregoing records that the Secret of the Mystery Schools opened the eyes of the subliminal Self and raised initiates to a higher plain of awareness.
Mithraic rites were performed in caves that were adorned with two signs of the Zodiac, Cancer and Capricorn. Summer and winter solstices were thus symbolically represented and to support their ritual, two small tunnels were dug up through 41 The Secret in the Bible 5. The initiates believed that those shafts were the gates for the souls descending into this life, or passing leaving in their ascent to the gods…Cancer being the gate of descent, and Capricorn the gate of ascent.
It is possible that the symbolic seven-runged ladder of Masonic mysteries also had its origin in the Mithraic rite.
Women were not permitted to enter the Mithraic Order and the refusal to permit women to join the Masonic Order may be based on the esoteric reason given in the secret instructions of Mithraicism. Probably the most famous of later Mysteries were the Eleusinian, whose rites were celebrated mainly in the village of Eleusis near Athens to honour Demeter.
In BC, the King of Eleusis, Eumolpos, spent seven years at the Great Pyramid in Egypt completing his initiation and, after returning home, started his Mystery School patterned on Egyptian teachings. For the next twelve hundred years, his descendants, the Eumolpidae, presided over the Eleusinian Mysteries as Hierophants.
The rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries were also divided into two different grades, the Lesser and the Greater. While the Lesser Mysteries were mere popular cults, the Greater Mysteries were reserved for an exclusive circle of 42 The Secret in the Bible 5.
Even the Lesser Mysteries required a high reputation for entry, denying admission to persons of doubtful character. Likewise, Emperor Constantine died was refused admission to the Lesser Mysteries after having assassinated his son Crispus and then drowning his second wife Fausta in boiling water.
It was the same Constantine who butchered his little nephew, murdered with his own hands his two brothers-in-law, bled to death several men and women, and smothered an old monk to death in a well. Women and children were admitted to the Eleusinian Mysteries the Lesser Mysteries only and at one time, there were literally thousands of initiates.
They were famous throughout Greece for the beauty of their philosophic concepts and their high standards of morality that they demonstrated in their daily lives.