JESUS CHRIST AS .MR. SANDMAN.
Another well-kept secret of mine (among Christians) is that I,
besides promoting belief in a resurrection from the dead,
also promoted belief in reincarnation!
"Whom do men say that I am?"
Matthew 16:13 "And when Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?"
14 "And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets."
Mark 8:27 "And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?"
28 "And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say Elias; and others, One of the Prophets."
Luke 9:18 "And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with himn: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
19 "They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again."
After the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, it became "politically correct" to think of Jesus as pre-existing before his birth near Qumran in 7 BC, and Christian authors of the Middle Ages and later "wrote in" the presence of Jesus throughout the entire time period of the Old Testament. In this "new view" Jesus was the actual Creator of Adam.
Following this "new view" wherever it may lead, modern preachers can and do SEE JESUS BEING PRESENT when Abraham looked at the stars --
John 8:56 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, thou art not yet fifty years old, and has thou seen Abraham?"
58 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am."
Orthodox and Fundamentalist Christians are quite willing to use sayings like these of Jesus to claim for him pre-existence before his birth as a baby in 7 BC, but will not admit that the very same texts can also support other incarnations of Jesus in the era or time-frame in which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived. Modern Christian supporters of reincarnation, such as Edgar Cayce, see Jesus as actually living the lives of such people as Joseph, Moses, and Elijah.
Reincarnation, as the great "leveler" makes it possible for any and all of us to speculate on our possible greatness (or depravity) in other life-times, and use this present life-time to achieve whatever we can achieve, not put off living to gain heaven or avoid hell -- two places which may not exist, except in the minds and imaginations of those who have a lot to gain by selling their ideas to those who will grant them great power over their own lives and money in exchange.
The Apostle Paul
defended against all comers the
Resurrection from the Dead
and indeed we can credit the Apostle Paul with the texts most used by modern would-be prophets to set up their largely imaginary scenarios for the the so-called
Secret Rapture of the Saints
Wrote Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others who have NO HOPE."
14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and ROSE AGAIN, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
15 "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are ALIVE AND REMAIN unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are ASLEEP."
16 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the VOICE of the arcangel, and with the TRUMP OF GOD: and the dead in Christ shall RISE FIRST: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."The "Holt Children" believed all this to be true, on a Utah farm
HOWEVER, WE DID NOT BELIEVE THIS "SECOND COMING OF JESUS" AND THE ACCOMPANYING RESURRECTION OF OUR DEAD ADVENTIST FRIENDS AND FAMILY WOULD BE A "SECRET" BUT WOULD BE WITNESSED BY EVERY ONE IN THE WORLD. REV. 1:7 "--EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, AND THEY ALSO WHO PIERCED HIM---"
BEAUTIFUL AS THIS PICTURE IS, AND KNOWING FULL WELL HOW MANY MILLIONS HAVE BELIEVED IT WOULD HAPPEN IN THEIR LIFE-TIMES, IT HASN'T HAPPENED -- INSTEAD, ISRAEL BECAME A NATION ONCE AGAIN, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS BECAME TRINITARIANS, "RAPTURE 88" NEVER OCCURRED, AND I'M BACK TO CONSIDERING "REINCARNATION" WAS THE RIGHT BELIEF ALL ALONG - AND SEEING THAT JESUS SUPPORTED THAT BELIEF, EVEN THOUGH PAUL DID NOT.
Christian "Gospel" of John 3:16,17
John 3:16 "For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting LIFE."
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the WORLD to condemn the WORLD; but that the WORLD through him might be SAVED."
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Our World is a world full of people of all colors and backgrounds who worship (those who worship anything) all sorts of gods and religions. More of them believe in some sort of Reincarnation than believe in any sort of Resurrection from the Dead. What if this majority is RIGHT? Ask me in ANOTHER LIFE-TIME and perhaps I'll have an ANSWER for you!
Meanwhile, credit Mister Sandman
with yet another DREAM!