"Thou Shalt not Kill!"
IN THOSE days Jesus could only fulfil His Mission to proclaim the Truth among the Jewish people, because in their midst were human beings who, through their spiritual maturity, offered the support that was needed for an embodiment of the Divine Word. But among this selfsame people the Darkness too found in the ranks of the religious and worldly leaders men whom it needed for its plan of destruction, and who moreover held the power in their hands. It was especially reprehensible that among those were also priests who called themselves servants of God, and then had His Son put to death.
But all this conduct on the part of the chief offenders would immediately appear in a different light if the death of Jesus, according to the opinion of many, had been provided for in God's plan of salvation or redemption. For the guilty ones themselves this of course results in a very paradoxical situation. On the one hand they are made responsible for the murder of Jesus; on the other hand, by the assumption of a death provided for in the plan of redemption, they are forced into the role of executive instruments who have to co-operate as traitors, judges, and executioners of the death sentence.
With regard to such a plan of redemption, how is it possible for God to demand that men should murder His own Son, whereby He would transgress His own Commandment? And where in this connection is the free will of man, that was laid with him in the cradle of his spirit?
All this would be possible only if the plan of redemption were based on Divine arbitrary actions, which however God's Perfection would never allow. Hence this plan, with its complete lack of logic, can have been conceived only by men. God did not send His Son to earth in order to let Him die for the sins of others.
When from the very beginning God has interwoven with His Creation the Law of Sowing and Reaping, then it is for all eternity an immutable Law which nothing can overthrow, not even a Son of God. In the very fact that the Laws of this Creation also apply to Parts of God Who descend to Creation lies the Greatness and Perfection of God. Jesus Himself confirmed this with the words: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" (Matthew 5, 17).
Hence Jesus, being innocent, cannot take upon Himself the guilt of others, because He has not sown the seed for it. When the death of Jesus was foreseen by the Prophets, and later His own death was also foreseen by Jesus Himself, it was for an entirely different reason from that of the propitiatory sacrifice of His Son allegedly laid down in God's plan of redemption.
The true reason for these predictions lies in the depravity of men, the majority of whom had sunk so deeply at the time of the prophets' predictions that, unless they were to change, the end of their wrongly adopted course could be accurately foreseen. Added to this was the knowledge that every Truth-Bringer who faced men on this course of hostility to the Light would be removed by them unless they were prepared to accept his message.
Therefore the entire greatness and grace of the sacrifice made by the Son of God, Who in spite of the greatest dangers already discernible in the beginning took His Mission upon Himself, can hardly ever be divined. For without this Mission even the few still carrying within them a spark of longing for the Light would have been lost.
For Jesus Himself death on the cross had only the one meaning: confirmation of the Truth of the Word brought by Him, Its continuation and the spreading of It. Had He yielded in the face of His enemies, and renounced His Origin and Teaching, His entire Mission would have failed.
Yet another interpretation of the death of Jesus should be mentioned here. It states that Jesus did not die on the cross; that He was still alive when He was taken from the cross. The Turin Shroud, which is considered to be Jesus' winding-sheet, is said to furnish proof of this. Jesus is then supposed to have regained His strength in the tomb, and to have arisen in the physical body which He had hitherto worn. For this reason the Jewish people were not guilty of the murder of Jesus. Also, in order to cross the earthly boundary when ascending to Heaven He had not changed His physical body into His ascension body before He arose from the tomb, but just shortly before He ascended.
With the help of the Shroud, other scientific sources have established that Jesus died on the cross from suffocation as a result of the crucifixion.
To this it must be said: What was decisive for the guilt was the resolve of the priesthood to kill Jesus, which was certainly not made with the intention that He should not die on the cross.
Even if Jesus had still been alive after being taken from the cross, it could only have been for a short time; but this cannot be assumed because, through maltreatment and suffering on the cross, His physical body was no longer capable of living.
The resurrection of Jesus after His physical death is a matter of the beyond and not of this world. Jesus could not ascend to Heaven in His physical body, because this is impossible according to the Laws of Nature, which express nothing other than the Will of God.
There is only one solution to the empty tomb, namely that the physical cloak of Jesus was secretly buried in an unknown place by His disciples or friends in order to protect it from being arbitrarily seized.
When after His physical death Jesus was seen by His disciples and other people, it was not His transfigured physical body but His ethereal or non-physical body, which like every human being He bore already on earth, and which enveloped His Divine Core. Nevertheless it can be said that Jesus arose in full bodily form, but with His ethereal body, which also has a human form. Hence Jesus could say to His frightened disciples: "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is myself" (Luke 24, 39). This non-physical body also bore the wound-marks.
But this seeing was possible only with men's ethereal eyes, after their eyes had been opened for it, as is explicitly stated (Luke 24, 31); that is to say they had first to be made clairvoyant. Likewise Jesus was able to pass through closed doors with His ethereal body (John 20, 19 and 26), because the finer species can always penetrate the coarser, just as for example radio waves pass through walls.
In all these considerations as to the chief offenders we must not forget one thing. Jesus came because of the sins of mankind. They were sins against the Holy Spirit, thus against the Will of God Which is expressed in the Laws of Creation. Yet not only the Jews were involved in the sins of mankind, but also all other men, through continually trespassing against the Divine Laws, Commandments and Teachings during many earth-lives.
The sins, or rather the products of the sins, which have forms and bear within them a certain life, were even at that time so great that a huge city could form from them in the non-physical (ethereal) planes: Babylon, the wicked city, under the dominion of Lucifer (Rev. 17, 5; 18, 2). From it comes the Darkness that holds the earth in its grip. From the outset this hate-filled Darkness sought to render the Mission of Jesus impossible. For this every means, however reprehensible, was suitable. But as it could find no fault with Jesus Himself, it sought and found willing helpers and underlings among men.
That ugly thing came to pass on a big scale, which takes place every day on a small scale.
Let us assume that for some reason men harbour envy. This envy shapes itself into invisible, very active forms, which in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species merge into a centre, with which all the envious ones are again connected by threads.
If at some time and at some place a member of this "envy-community" commits a crime on earth, all the others are involved in it and partly responsible through their envy-filled volition, even if their day-consciousness experiences nothing of it. A common guilt, the collective guilt, then links them all.
Thus the roots of a collective guilt lie in the similar thoughts and intuitive perceptions of men. Generally on earth only the person who committed the deed will be caught. All other "accomplices" will remain concealed, because no one can follow the threads in the beyond, unless there be a special clairvoyant gift for it, which however is rarely to be found. Yet the accomplices must also in some way atone for their guilt in accordance with the Divine Laws, from which nothing escapes.
It is in this light that the problem of the guilt of Golgotha is also to be regarded. The earthly barriers must be crossed, in order to gain the necessary comprehensive view. For sin does not stop at national borders. Therefore the idea of a collective guilt on the part of the Jews alone cannot be upheld, precisely because the whole of mankind is involved in the murder of Golgotha, through their combined sinful conduct.
Many will now ask: Can a man who is living today be personally implicated in the crucifixion of Jesus that took place two thousand years ago? If his sin only arises now, it cannot have contributed to the burden of sin at the time of Jesus.
This question leads us to take a wider view of the activity in Creation, and to seek the solution in repeated earth-lives. The knowledge of this gives us above all an insight into the connections of the great weaving in Creation, and helps to close many a gap in our questions and problems, which without this knowledge would always have to remain open.
Almost all the great ones among many peoples have believed in the reincarnation of the soul, and still do. It is not the case that again and again a soul is newly formed at procreation or birth. The soul exists even before birth, and half way through pregnancy is incarnated into the physical body, which it leaves again at death.
The Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, as expressed in the popular saying, "Birds of a feather flock together", and in some cases also the Law of Reciprocal Action (the Law of Sowing and Reaping), are decisive for an incarnation. Thus each soul comes to the place where it belongs, and no one need fear that he might be mistaken in the choice of his parents. Often man only thinks so when, for instance, the similar species that contributed towards the attraction is also founded in evil qualities. Then faults, weaknesses and propensities form a mutual source of irritation, often to the point of becoming unbearable; but at the same time this provides the opportunity to experience and lay aside one's wrong conduct.
This is especially important for the present time. For we are in the final happening, equivalent to a final judgment, in which all the threads of fate from former earth-lives must be experienced and redeemed through an inner change towards the good and beautiful, so that men become free from every burden for the new upbuilding on earth, in peace and harmony, as promised by God.
Hence the reactions and releases of individual and mass destinies increase in an uncanny way, because over thousands of years almost nothing has been sown but evil volition, which must now bear fruit.
The return of mankind's heavy karma of Golgotha also falls due at this final time. This means that those who were present then are again on earth, whether as Jews or as embodiments in other peoples. For reincarnations do not stop at nations and peoples either. Here only the state of spiritual maturity and the qualities acquired count.
For this reason stigmata need not appear among Jews. Stigmata, that is the wound-marks of Christ, are borne by people as the consequence of a grave personal offense against Jesus during His sojourn on earth. Let us recall, for instance, the thief on the cross who mocked Jesus. They must naturally be stigmata that appear spontaneously, and are not caused through religious ecstasy.
The spirit of man is therefore much older than is supposed, much older than past physical bodies and the present one. Although in most cases he knows nothing of this, he has nevertheless absorbed the lessons and experiences of many earth-lives, and makes use of them unconsciously.
But the knowledge of repeated earth-lives should make one thing absolutely clear to him with regard to the problem of the guilt of Golgotha: How petty and base are the hatred and persecution of Jews, or even reprisals against them! Who among those who do such things knows whether he himself has not burdened himself with some guilt as a Jew at that time, be it only through indifference towards the Message of Jesus.
"To me Belongeth Vengeance"
Even in the Old Testament men were urgently warned of such wrong-doing with the Words of God: "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense" (Deut. 32, 35). These words, together with the saying "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Deut. 19, 21), give testimony to the immutable Justice of God that manifests in the Law of Sowing and Reaping, of Effect and Reaction, or we can also say: in the Law of Reciprocal Action, which permeates the entire Creation. The spiritual seed of men is just as much subject to this Law as the seed which we entrust to the soil.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. These expressions in the language of the Old Testament illustrate to us how the Law of Reciprocal Action, which is closely connected with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, works. Always wheat can arise only from the wheat-grain which we put into the earth; from the good we bring into the world only good can come, and the evil we produce returns to us again as evil, each many times over, just as the seed bears manifold fruit. Hence that is what is meant by the words "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth": Like brings forth like, joy causes joy and affliction causes affliction.
It was never meant to demand that we should knock another person's eye out if he has done that to us. It is to prevent this that the words, "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense", are given; namely, man must leave vengeance,
recompense or harvest to the Laws of God, thus to His Will, Which down to the most minute detail will ensure such a just harvest, exactly corresponding to the seed, as man could never succeed in doing.
It is also in this way that the words of Paul to the Romans are to be understood: "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath (the reciprocal action); for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Rom. 12, 19).
These Biblical words, which were given to the people of Israel thousands of years ago, and which until now have hardly been understood in their deeper significance, are to warn us all against acts of retaliation out of personal vengefulness, even in connection with those human beings whose fate is closely linked with the dark deed of Golgotha.
The Messiah Question
"Hear, 0 Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" (Deut. 6, 4). This has been the wording of the Jewish creed for thousands of years. And in the Jewish Prayer Book it says: "I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be his name, is a Unity, and that there is no unity in any manner like unto his, and that he alone is our God, who was, is, and will be."
To the Jews this "unity" means "sole", "unique", and to them it admits of no Son of God or Divine Mediator. For this reason, too, Jesus is rejected as the Son of God. Hence the Messiah still awaited by many Jews even today can be no Son of God, but at the most one chosen at birth, a high spirit especially empowered by God, who has no part in Divinity.
But it should be borne in mind that the Unity of God was especially emphasised in view of the polytheism prevalent in those days. And then it must not be forgotten that the earthly relationship of father and son, that is of two completely different persons, cannot be applied here. A Son of God can only be a Part of God, Which God severs from Himself and sends into His Creation, but Which always is and remains one with Him, and only outwardly appears as two in Its working, by which the Unity of God is not annulled. It is as Jesus said: "I and my Father are one" (John 10, 30).
Therefore the references by the Prophets Daniel and Isaiah to the second Son of God, the Son of Man, should be considered and examined, because here lies the solution to the question of the Messiah Who has for long been ardently awaited.
Isaiah proclaims of God: "Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour" (Isaiah 43, 10 and 11). But God has also let the same prophet proclaim Imanuel, Who in Daniel (7, 13 and 14) is still called by the name Son of Man: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imanuel" (Isaiah 7, 14). Also the time is given when Imanuel will appear, a time when it becomes physically manifest that nothing that is not resolved and carried out according to the Will of God can last; all else must perish, "it will come to nought". It is the great time of perplexity, in which one conference follows another, when distrust is everywhere, unrest and great uneasiness, when hopeless confusion spreads ever more. Already thousands of years ago this time was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah with the words: "Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us" (Isaiah 8, 10).
The Biblical passages were mistakenly related to Jesus. So, for instance, the Evangelist Matthew confused Imanuel with Jesus (Matthew 1, 22 and 23), Whom Micah prophesied (Micah 5, 2). Jesus never called Himself Imanuel, nor was He ever called so by others.
The expectation of a Messiah, the establishing of a Messianic World Kingdom, thus of an earthly Kingdom of Peace, as foretold by the Prophets, concerns all men, because it is only the spirit of man that counts before God, and not races, nations and religions.
Finally, leaving aside all dogmas, every human being must in his own interest recognise a Son of God as such. For this, however, he needs an alert spiritual intuitive perception, which alone can help him to recognition. He must be like the wise virgins in the parable which Jesus ends with the words: "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 25, 13).
The Cross of Truth
The basis of Christianity is Judaism, which takes a firm place in the spiritual history of the development of mankind. Just let us think of the Ten Commandments, of the Sermon on the Mount, of the Lord's Prayer, all of them Divine Words that have been given to the people of Israel, to the Jews.
They too have the selfsame spiritual origin and the selfsame common road through material Creation as have all men.
For at one time all men came as "spirit-seed-grains" from their spiritual home, from Paradise, into the material, transient world of Creation, in order to return thence to their spiritual home as fully conscious personalities after the completion of their development.
But most of them strayed from the road and no longer found the goal. For that reason the immeasurable Love of God inclined to the earth, in order to speak directly to the almost lost human beings, and to tell them that the Truth can come only from God.
Therefore let us take to heart the words which Jesus spoke to men: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9, 23), or ". . . take up the cross, and follow me" (Mark 10, 21).
By the Cross Jesus meant the sign of Divine Truth, the equal-armed Cross. From discoveries and excavations it transpires that this Cross is an ancient symbol which was known on earth before Christ, and which can also be seen in many churches, sometimes encircled with a ring, sometimes without the ring. It must not be confused with the form of the Golgotha cross of suffering.
He who takes up this Cross takes up the Truth, but not a burden, as it is wrongly interpreted.
Jesus has never intended with His words to call upon men to take up a daily burden. On the contrary, He wanted to make their life easier by exhorting them to live up to the Truth every day, to look for and recognise It in the Laws of Creation, and to adjust their daily life to these Laws.
He who does so frees himself from all burden and guilt, likewise from the guilt of Golgotha, which according to the Eternal Laws now returns at this time in order to be redeemed. For him the Golgotha cross of suffering will be changed into the redeeming Cross of Truth, which victoriously conquers all Darkness!
Copyright 1985 by Herbert Vollmann, Vomperberg, Tyrol. All rights reserved.