Question: Do we have to be perfect as individuals to make the Molecular Relationship happen? If not, how good or close to perfection do we have to be? What is required of us as individuals if we are to begin so great a task?”
We have talked quit a bit about perfection in the past.
Let me just make a quote from a previous post:
There are three Greek words translated as “perfect in the Bible. The two main ones are TELEIOO and AKRIBELA. AKRIBELA is the one equivalent to the way we use “perfect” in our English, especially the way people talk about God. However, in the Bible AKRIBELA was used in a negative way to describe those who crucified Jesus. The religious people of his day believed in AKRIBELA.
The scripture “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” is a mistranslation in almost every Bible available. Why? Because the illusion of perfection is so important for the religious world to maintain.
In this scripture “perfect” is mistranslated from TELEIOO which means “Complete, finish and puts forth the idea of finishing a job or goal that you have.”
Now let’s translate this verse correctly as Jesus meant it:
“Therefore finish (or complete) the work you are given to do even as your Father in Heaven completes His.”
Isn’t the true rendering the more practical advice?”
The scriptures do not teach us to be perfect as the word is understood today. Even God is not called perfect. Instead we are told that God works at His job until it is successfully completed and we are to do the same.
When an artist paints a great work of art he makes many mistakes between the beginning and the end. But when the work is finished and the artist sees the work is beautiful he forgets about all the mistakes in the past and enjoys basking in his completed (TELEIOO) work.
Many people wait until they are near perfection in learning before they will begin a new project. This often causes not only a waste of time but also many missed opportunities.
I have found the best way to learn is on the job. Just plunge in and do and learn as you go. Fear is a much greater threat to success than an imperfect or unprepared start is.
So do those who create the first molecule have to be perfect?
No, far from it.
Are there any requirements then?
Yes, of course. You do not have to be perfect, but, on the other hand, one cannot be a successful receiver of Spiritual Flow if he is centered on the lower self or caught up in glamour.
A good item to study as far as qualities desired would be the qualities of the disciple that we discussed earlier.
Meanwhile I will group several attributes necessary for the individuals involved to make a molecule work.
(1) Soul contact so when there are disagreements all can reach the soul together and receive the same answer and agree as one.
(2) Reasonable mastery of maya, glamour and illusion so the soul is reached instead of astral force.
(3) A willingness to follow that which comes through the soul even when it goes against personality wishes.
(4) A sense of mission and desire to serve others as much or more than the self.
(5) A willingness to follow the path of high resistance when necessary
(6) Good imagination, desire to experiment and willingness to let go of the old and take on the new.
(7) Genuine goodwill to all people and a cultivation of the spirit of Love. All should be willing to say the Song of the 144,000 as one voice.
Others could be grouped but this will supply seed thoughts.
The next question:
“Do you identify with this parable? (From the previous post of planting a seed) Have you allowed the seed of these teachings to be planted and if so what happened?
“In a line or two what we call this principle of discovery?”
I enjoyed your accounts of how this parable has worked in your life. Many of you have demonstrated that it is indeed a true concept.
I particularly liked the comment that: “plants can only grow in the light.”
On the other hand, we must keep in mind they begin their life by sprouting in darkness.
When we begin our quest for discovery we often grope in darkness and must test a direction of which we are unsure. But if we do not at least move somewhere then the seed will die. The seed must take in the moisture and move toward where the light seems to be before the sureness of the light can be felt.
The group gave some good names for this principle and some of them may be as good as my selection here. The latest principle of Discovery is: The principle of planting and harvesting.
This certainly does require faith, but the great part of this principle is it is demonstrated wherever there is life.
Someone brought up the idea that bad seeds seem to grow also. This is true, but the bad seed produces a much different effect than the good seed. The good seed creates peace, enlightenment whereas the bad seed creates fog and confusion.
The Religion of Truth
I indeed try and answer religious questions in the language familiar to the student but we are not partial to any religion. The only goal is to find the truth.
Indeed, the religion of this group is the same as that stated by H P Blavatsky who said: “Our highest religion is truth.”
If we use this as criteria then we will indeed be quoting from a wide variety of sources for truth is sprinkled in larger and smaller portions among all the writings of the world. Even the devil himself couldn’t write an article without saying something within it that would be true.
Keys of the Kingdom
Question: “A friend said he had read here that Joseph Smith (the Mormon prophet) was a reincarnation of the apostle Peter and also of Merlin. Is this true? If so, how does this square with Joseph’s well-known views on reincarnation? And how did the resurrected apostle Peter lay his hands on Joseph’s head in 1829?”
A reader gave some great references to this subject for you. He has independently found many of those references I have used in my writings. I have written one Readers Digest version on this subject
The shorter version is HERE
The whole book is online HERE
But you ask a good question here that I do not believe has ever been addressed.
You ask how a resurrected Peter laid his hands on Joseph’s head if Joseph was once Peter? The truth is that Joseph never claimed that a literal laying on of hands from Peter James and John and no date of this event was ever recorded.
This is probably one of the scriptures that concerns you:
“And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them;” D&C 27:12
This writing was claimed to be given in a revelation dated August 1830, but when this writing was first published in The Book of Commandments in 1833 this verse was not in there. It was not added until the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Now Oliver Cowdery was with Joseph when they were visited by John the Baptist and testified to that event with boldness, but here is all he had to say about the restoration of the Higher Priesthood:
“I was present with Joseph when an holy angel from God came down from heaven and conferred on us, or restored, the lesser or Aaronic Priesthood, and said to us, at the same time, that it should remain upon the earth while the earth stands. I was also present with Joseph when the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood was conferred by the holy angel from on high. This Priesthood, we then conferred on each other by the will and commandment of God.” DHC Vol. 1 pg 40
Notice that Oliver’s words about this being who confirmed the higher priesthood. He calls this person, “the holy angel” not Peter James and John. Notice the word angel is singular. It would appear this being who confirmed the higher Priesthood was the same as the one who gave them the lower. Reread the above statement and you’ll see that it appears he is talking about the same angel. We are given no written record of the manner of this visitation.
What created the confusion is that the angel told them that he was acting under the same authority as was held by Peter, James and John from ancient times.
Joseph intuited a confirmation of this Priesthood by sensing the presence of the Apostle Peter, but even he was unaware at the time that he was communing with a memory and thoughtform of his past where Jesus told him in a past life the following:
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:19
Joseph was given the same promise as was Peter because he was Peter. Here are two references.
“And the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch as he obeyeth mine ordinances.” D&C 64:5
“Unto whom (speaking to Joseph) I have given the keys of the kingdom, which belong always unto the Presidency of the High Priesthood:” D&C 81:2
Feb 20, 2000
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