The Jesus Story
Lord and the Lady (and the Fool, of course) looked at the Men and
Women, and were not pleased.
at that! They saw Your Sacrifice, and went and elaborated it into
some kind of magic." The Lady spoke disgustedly. "Cutting
out human hearts. Sacrificial Kings. Ritual burnings. Ritual torture.
Blood sacrifices. Cannibalism. Blood, killing and more blood! What
-do- they think they're doing?"
"I agree it's pretty grim," said the Sacred King, "But it does work, though in a very limited way. So....what can we do about it?"
know what We can do, but it will take all of Us," said the
Fool, unsmiling. "Listen up...."
he began to explain, the faces of all Three grew grimmer and
grimmer, and sad beyond words.
The Fool incarnated as a Child within a Woman, who was the Mother and the Maiden. He was born in poverty, and laid in a straw bed. He grew up in a small village in a backwater nation on the edges of a great Empire. Some, a very few, knew Him and honored Him, seeing Him as the Child, truly the Child of Promise, but most simply went on with their lives, unknowing. When He was of age, He turned, and from Child became Transformer, and He began to teach.
Transformer, He went out on the dusty roads of the small, conquered
nation, and taught the Way of Love. Love for -all,- not just some. He
taught of the Brotherhood of Man, and of the Fatherhood of the Lord.
taught of the Way of Salvation: to love. To love the Diety, and to
love your neighbor, whoever he might be.
brought a message of hope to the poor, and a warning to the opressor.
Him, He assembled a small band of men and women, and taught them His
Mystery. But one was given a role to play, and the role was Betrayer.
man asked, "Teacher, what shall we do when those that hate us
He answered, "Turn the other cheek, and let them strike you
again. Give them love in return for hate. If you must take up the
sword, then do it in great reluctance, and only after you have
stepped aside time and time again. Remember that I bring you not
peace, but a sword, for this Path will separate you from your
families and friends, and your enemies will persecute you in their ignorance."
forgive your enemies, and those who wrong you, that you may put away
your anger and live in love."
asked, "Sensei, what of the poor?"
He answered, "The poor you shall always have with you, but give
them the tools to lift themselves out of their poverty. Clothe and
feed them, but give them the means of independence also."
what of the rich, then?" said a wealthy man.
what you have to the poor. give them of clothing, and food, and,
more importantly, of learning, for if you feed a man, then you have
only given him one meal, but if you teach him to feed himself, then
he may eat for a lifetime, and move from the cycle of poverty and
ignorance," He said. "Lay not treasures up for yourself on
earth, save that you give of that treasure to those in need, but
rather lay up treasure in heaven, for it would be easier for a camel
to pass thru a needle's eye than for an avaricious man to leave his
earthly treasure for heaven."
Doctor asked Him, "Healer, what of the sick?"
let them be healed by the knowledge of man, and by prayer," He
answered, "For whatsoever you ask in prayer, if you have faith
even as small as the tiniest grain of mustard seed, what you need
will be granted you. But be wary of what you ask for, for you will
get what you need, and not always what you want."
woman asked, "Rabbi, what of those that follow other Teachers?"
He answered, smiling, "There are many rooms in your Father's
house, and many fields in Heaven. And I come again, and yet again,
and as there are many languages of mankind, so are there many Names
for Deity. Rejoice in it, and be glad of the diversity of Deity, and
do not hate those that call the Diety by other names, but rather
weigh them by their deeds."
one asked of Him, "How should we pray?"
He answered, saying, "Pray in your own fashion, as you will,
for all prayer is good. But if you wish, pray thusly:"
"Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our errors, as we forgive the errors of others. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
if you feel this prayer should be given to the Mother, then let it
a Priest shouted, angrily, "Shall God be then female?"
He answered, "The Deity is what It will be, not what you make
It into. You see the Diety in your own image; if you are vengeful,
then your God is vengeful. If you are full of hate, then your God is
hateful. But if you have love, then you shall know the Deity's love.
Listen, and be wise."
child asked, "Father, how shall we know what is right, and what
He replied, "Weigh it by it's fruits. If it gives a bad fruit,
then it is wrong, but if the fruit is good, then eat of it and be happy."
Brother, what of a fruit that seems to be good, yet will poison us
slowly?" asked another.
He answered, "If a man die of it, then it is an evil fruit.
Look you to the past, see the mistakes therein, and learn therefrom.
And beware those who would lead you into error thru their own need of
power over you; leave them to the trap of their own making."
of the Priests came to Him, a man enmeshed in legalism, and,
thinking to trap Him said, "Teacher, What is the Law?"
He looked at the Priest and said, "Love God. Love thy neighbor.
All else is commentary, and the Law of Man. Study the holy books of
all faiths, weigh the good and the bad in each, and learn."
the Priest went away abashed.
a person came to Him and said, "What of magic?"
that your will is that of a human, and you are not omniscient. You
cannot see all the results of your actions. Therefore
ask 'Not my will, but Thine be done' and leave the ordering of the MultiVerse to Deity, not to human will," He replied. "Order yourself, not the MultiVerse."
two came to Him, and asked, "O Mahatma, We are of the same sex,
and love each other. What shall we do?"
He looked upon them, and said, "An it harm none, do as you
will. You are all the Children of the Deity, and the Deities' Love
for you is greater than you can imagine."
policeman asked of Him, "But what of the Laws of Man? If these
Laws of Man conflict with the Law of the Diety, what shall we do
Transformer answered, "Listen and hear. Obey the Laws of Man,
for these Laws have power over your body. But if there is a man-made
law that is not good, then strive to change it, in peace. But if you
cannot change it, then obey it. And, if you must disobey it to change
it, then accept the judgements of Man's Law in good grace until it is
changed. But put not your trust in Rulers, and Kings and Princes, nor
in those that would lead you, be they Priest, Priestess, or any other
Office and Position, but weigh their words carefully, that their
words match their deeds, and no hypocrisy enters into them, for as
your leaders you have given them power over you. And always remember
that Man's Law is made for humanity, and not humanity for Man's Law."
with the policeman was a woman, who had violated the Law of Man, and
had been taken for her crime. She said, "But what of me, Lord? I
am to be stoned by the crowd."
He picked up a stone from the ground, looked at her, and said,
simply, "Let he who is without mistakes cast the first stone at
you." And He dropped His stone from His hand.
there was a silence from the crowd, and those with stones in their
hands dropped them guiltily to the ground.
He said to her, "Learn from your error, go in peace, and make
error no more."
he said to those that had dropped their stones, and who were
burdened by their guilt, "Be not guilty, for guilt is but a
warning from your conscience. Be you delivered from your hell. Learn
from your error, put it from you, and err no more."
equally, if the tree that gives a bad fruit can be taught to give a
good fruit, then do so. But if it persist in giving bad
fruits, then leave it."
He walked to a nearby hill, and turned to the people, and spoke thusly:
be those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
be those that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
be the meek, for they shall live to inherit the earth, long after
the strong, and the proud, and the warlike have killed each other in
be those that hunger and thirst after the Truth, for they shall know it."
be the merciful, for they shall have mercy shown unto them."
be the pure in heart, for they shall see the Deity all the days of
their lives and after."
be those that make peace among men, for they shall be called the
Children of the Diety."
be those that are persecuted for the sake of the Truth, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven."
be you, when men shall persecute you, and perjure themselves against
you, and lie about you, and say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for your reward is great indeed."
your Light so shine before all humanity, that they may know the
Truth of you, and learn to live in love."
And he placed His hand upon the head of a dog, and said, "Your Brothers and Sisters in fur are your Brothers and Sisters in truth. They are in your care, and in your hands. Treat them with kindness, and that kindness will be returned to you a thousandfold. To those that give themselves to be eaten by you offer thanks, and be grateful to them for your sustenance."
your Mother the earth likewise with kindness, and all the growing
things thereon will sing your praises to the Highest, and you shall
eat and drink of Her fruits, and live in joy and gladness all the
days of your lives. Little children, love one another!"
In truth, there was much more that He taught, and much of it is written for our study and learning, and the study of His teachings is a good and worthy thing. But the following of His teachings is a better thing, for He was who He said He was, and that is also a Great Mystery.
the Betrayer spoke to Him, and said, "Renounce this Path. It
only leads to destruction. Give over to me, and I will give you
rulership of all the kingdoms of Earth."
He gazed upon the Betrayer, and spoke, and said, "Get thee
hence, foolish one, for I have no need of earthly treasure, nor
earthly power, for all such is false, and an illusion."
on the night that He was betrayed, during a Festival that celebrated
the conquered people's deliverance from tyranny, (and to choose such
a time and place is also a Great Mystery and a great lesson) He took
of the Sacred King, the Bread of Life, blessed and broke it, and gave
it to His followers, and said, "This is My body. Do this in
remembrance of Me."
then he took wine, fruit of the Mother, and blessed it, and gave it
to them also, and said, "This is My blood. Do this in
remembrance of Me."
Transformer was betrayed by the Betrayer, betrayed to the legalists
and the soldiers of the occupying army, accused of sedition and taken
by the Law of Man, and sentenced to die.
they fastened Him to an instrument of torture, to kill Him like a
common criminal, with cruel jokes.
He was hung from a Tree.
watching, was the Mother, and the Maiden, and the Crone, and They
all three mourned Him.
turned, and was the Sacred King, and simultaneously the Fool (and
that is a Great Mystery indeed) and, as He died, he said, "It is
finished." And His Blood ran out upon the Earth, and worked a
body was buried in a tomb of rock, and the soldiers of the occupying
army guarded it.
after three days and three nights, a greater magic was done, and He
took His body again, sitting with the Lord and the Lady, and showed
Himself to His followers, to show them that Death is not to be feared.
He said, "You have been bought, and redeemed, and nevermore
shall you make sacrifice of blood, for this is the Final Sacrifice
for all time, for all places, and for all those there are and were,
and will be."
fear not Death, for it it but a change in a MultiVerse of changes;
another turning of the wheel on a road all must travel."
He shall come again, as He has throughout all history, teaching the
Great Truth: that we shall love the Deity, and love our
neighbor, for Love is the heart of the Law, and that Law is Love.
He is always with us and in us all.
"I don't -ever- want to go through that again!"
Fool spoke vehemently, thru tears.
don't think you'll have to go quite -that- far the next time,"
said the Lady. "They'll still play their stupid games with
blood, but not for very much longer."
hope not," said the Sacred King, "But do We have to put up
with that Paul fella? He's a bit of a nut-case."
you want it to work out right, yes," said the Lady. "He
may be a nut-case, but he'll spread the Word quickly, and, after a
time, they'll get the idea. And from that will come the seed of My
about that," said the Fool. "I did my best, but in such a
patriarchal society as that one was, I just couldn't make much
headway about You."
problem," She said. "They can deny Me all they want to,
but I'm still here."
Thus it was, and so it is, and evermore shall be so!