IMPORTANT: Please read the basic version of "The Present" before reading "The Present (with religion)". This is a more complete version that explains the truth from both scientific and spiritual perspectives. It won't make sense to you unless you read the basic version first.
I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, that which is, that which was, and that which is to come. Revelations 1:8
That quote describes "life", not an old man in the sky, or a god that looks human.
You are destroying the word of God through your traditions that you have handed down. Mark 7:13
In other words; the Bible says traditional religions destroy the truth of God. The Bible is central to the Christian religion, but they don't see what it says.
What if the Bible and other religious books are being misinterpreted?
What if the truth is in the Bible and many other religious books, but no one can see what it is? This book uses science, philosophy, religion, art and inspiration to reveal the unseen truth. It shows that most of the great prophets, philosophers, and poets are saying the same thing, but almost no one knows what it is.
Jesus is saying something completely different than what Christians think.
Religious books are not just filled with myths and morality tales as many people believe. The truth is in them; they are just being misinterpreted by religions. The new interpretation will be the best thing that ever happened to religion.
Religions will make sense, and people will be able to understand them for the first time. This will make religions much more popular than they have ever been. Traditional religions will not change; people will just see the truth in them.
Religion without the truth is like a light bulb without electricity. With the truth, religions will be reborn, and there will be an explosion in spiritual growth. Religions will no longer be based just on blind faith.
Just the truth: The truth about life and death can be explained without any reference to religion, and some people may prefer that, but more than half of the human race is involved in a religion. Thus, to be the ultimate explanation of the truth, it must include religion, all religions. This is the only way to unite us all.
Newton, Einstein, and Tesla were the greatest scientists and were mystics. Science and religion have different pieces to the puzzle of life, and people need both to learn the ultimate truth of life. This book unites them for the first time.
Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein
You do not have to be smart to know the truth, but you do have to be rational, be honest, and know a few things that could not be known until now.
The word “apocalypse” means to unveil, not the end of the world.
The meaning of the apocalypse is the opposite of what most people think. It does not mean the end of the world; it means the revealing of hidden secrets and the beginning of a heaven on earth. The apocalypse is starting now.
Many things are the opposite, the mirror image, of what people think. For example, people think it is the context surrounding a statement that reveals the meaning of the statement, and that is true with normal books. With the Bible, the opposite is true. The context hides the meaning. You have to dig through a lot of rock before you find the nuggets of gold that the rock contains.
Jesus said, "When the outer has become as the inner, and the lower as the upper, then will this world find peace."
"Unless ye make the things of the right hand as those of the left, and those of the left as those of the right, and those that are above as those below, and those that are behind as those that are before, ye shall not have knowledge of the kingdom." Acts of Peter XXXVIII
Peter was given the keys to the kingdom; the quote above is the key.
This book contains a new and different interpretation of the Bible, but it is not just about religion. It is about the truth, the kind of truth you can check. It is all new, all true, and it reveals the best possible news. An open mind is required.
New and different revelations are not easy to accept. Do not let the things you disagree with stop you from reading further. Many of the things you do not agree with or understand when you first read them will make sense later in the book.
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief. Frantz Fanon
Cognitive dissonance: Get to know these two words. It is the unseen enemy of mankind. It does more to cause war, crime and suffering than anything else, because it prevents people from learning and changing. If you are ready to overcome your cognitive dissonance and learn the truth of life, keep reading.
Save everyone: It is important to understand we do not want to hurt anyone or anything. We want to fix people and institutions that are flawed, that are sick and infected with BS. We just have the medicine, the cure. We want everyone to get better, especially the "bad guys." We are not anyone's enemy; we want to make love, not war.
When the people living in the dog eat dog animal world, playing the power game, the get rich and famous game, see the truth of life, they will realize that they are their own worst enemy. They will change, because it is in their best interest to change. They will change for selfish reasons, which is fine as long as they see the truth of life and get on the path to a paradise on earth.
The word “sin” means to “miss the mark.” It has nothing to do with breaking religious or moral rules. The only thing you can do against God/life is shut the truth and the life out, and just about everyone is currently doing that. Shutting out the truth and the life is the only way you can miss the mark, the only way you can sin.
The worst sin has to be not learning the truth of life while you can. The truth and the life has to be God, so people that ignore the truth or give other things priority are saying by their actions and their desires that they do not want to know God. That has to be the greatest sin. True or false?
The accepted, but false interpretation of the Bible in a nutshell is the following:
A God that looks like a man created the earth and the rest of the universe in six days, less than ten thousand years ago. He rested on the seventh. He then created man and woman (Adam and Eve), and they lived happily in the Garden of Eden. The problem was that he also created an angel that turned on him.
The angel, disguised as a snake, talked Eve into talking Adam into eating some fruit that God told them not to eat. Adam took a bite, so God kicked them out of paradise and cursed them and all of their descendants, including us.
About forty-five hundred years ago, God got fed up with mankind and drowned all land animals, except for one family and two of all land animals on earth (what about the plants?) by loading them all on one boat they built. Their descendants repopulated the planet, but mankind was still damned.
The new testament of the Bible says that God sent his only begotten son (Jesus) who was also God to earth to make an appearance and to show people the way. After doing some miracles and preaching for three years, he found twelve people. He then sacrificed himself to his father in order to save us from the curse he put on us for what Adam and Eve did, but we were still cursed.
God sacrificed himself, to himself, to remove the curse he put on us.
Three days later, Jesus came out of his grave, had something to eat, told a few followers he was going to heaven, and then left.
Though the Bible says Jesus died for our sins, we somehow still have them. The only way we can escape this curse (original sin) is to believe the story above is true and worship this God. If we do not, we spend an eternity burning in a fire.
Metaphorical: Some people say the Bible is metaphorical and not literal truth. They are right about parts of it, but they do not know what the metaphors mean.
This book says the truth is in the Bible; it just says most of the story above is not true and not what the Bible is about. The Bible reveals the truth and makes complete sense when interpreted correctly.
In the past, prophets and seers of the truth tried to tell people what the truth was, but the people they told did not understand them. This resulted in the creation of religions that hide the truth that they are supposed to reveal. What the prophets said was misunderstood, distorted, and turned into myths.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth when I say that even those who follow the prophets do not understand them, for they speak of the things of the Spirit, which cannot be apprehended by the physical mind."
A few things the prophets said survived their followers and reveal the truth. The problem is, almost no one knows what the truth is. People believe in the myths and do not see the truth they contain.
Now we can know what the prophets were really saying, and we owe it to the prophets of the past and ourselves to correct the misinterpretations. For the first time, we can know what they really said and meant.
This book is that long delayed, but always expected, true explanation.
Most of the Bible and other old religious books are the interpretations, opinions, and the bias of many different uninspired people, and not what Jesus and other inspired prophets actually said or meant.
The brutal emperors of Rome and the corrupt councils they controlled created the official Bible. It was created to serve their political agenda, which began in 325 AD with Constantine and the Council of Nicaea. It was created by the enemies of Christianity, the people who killed Jesus and tried to destroy the religion. Billions of people believe in a book created by corrupt people. It was not created to enlighten people; it was created to control people. This is when Christianity sold its soul. The truth has been hidden.
Know the truth: Most of the misinterpretations and distortions of what a prophet said in ancient times happened before it was written down. What they said was passed down by word of mouth from one person to another. This way of passing down sayings and stories will always change them, sometimes completely.
This is especially true with primitive people in ancient times. Back then, people could not understand the truth, so what a prophet said was turned into myths as it was passed down. Even after they were written down, they continued to be misinterpreted and distorted during translations from one language to another. Most of what Jesus said was never even written down in the language he spoke.
The early interpreters did not know the truth. To interpret what a prophet says, you have to know the truth. In the past, almost no one could know the truth. Now, almost everyone can. Mankind has finally progressed enough to see it clearly.
Jesus said, “Whoever finds the correct interpretation of what I am saying will find eternal life.”
When people see what Jesus is really saying, they will also be able to see what all other enlightened philosophers, prophets and poets are really saying.
2 + 2 = 4: It does not equal anything else. The truth is, there is only one truth. Believing 2 + 2 = 5 or 6 or anything else does not make it true. There are an infinite amount of wrong answers, but only one true answer.
Truth is what stands the test of experience. Albert Einstein
The Rorschach inkblot test is that inkblot that psychologists show to people, asking them what they see. Everyone will see something different depending on what their imagination comes up with. The truth is, it is an inkblot; that is the only true answer.
A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be. Albert Einstein
Make believe: I do not play make believe in real life, but billions of grown people do and say it is the truth. I no longer believe in Santa Claus and the other myths, legends, and fairy tales the known evidence says are not true.
Common denominator: The truth is the only thing that can unite all human beings. It is what we all have in common, and that will never change. There is only one sky for all of us. Everyone eats, breathes, is born and dies, etc. The ultimate truth is universal truth; it is the same for everyone, everywhere, and it always has been and always will be. We have to see the big picture of life.
If everyone looked at the big picture of life, we would see the same thing. This simple thing would unite human beings, and we would live in paradise.
The difference between knowing and not knowing is checking. Nothing could be simpler. If you care enough about the truth to check what it is, you will know the truth of life. The sad truth is, most people do not care, and mankind and our world are being destroyed as a result. If you care, now is the time to prove it.
Only the truth can stop the wars and make the world the paradise it can be.
Reason: We can now use our ability to reason, deductive logic, and extrapolation of the known evidence to know and understand things that the evidence does not reveal directly, such as life after death. We have progressed enough to know and understand the fundamental truth of life. It will transform us and our world.
Scholarly: I am not a good writer or a scholar, as you no doubt have noticed, but most prophets were not good writers or scholars. This book will not be sophisticated enough for many intellectuals, but most people are not intellectuals. The truth has to be explained in a simple, unsophisticated way, or else kids and most people will not understand it. The truth is for everyone, not just intellectuals.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics. Henry David Thoreau
I am dyslexic and make some mistakes in grammar, but the content is correct. That said, this book is much easier to read than most books on the subject.
Jesus said, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don't enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter.”
The scribes were the writers and scholars in ancient times. The Pharisees were the religious leaders. They believed in a dogma that made them closed-minded.
Most religious and philosophical scholars are not inspired people. They just take other people’s inspirations and write about them in a scholarly way. What they do not understand, they distort or misinterpret. All the big words, footnotes and perfect grammar make them look like real authorities on a subject. The opposite is true when it comes to religious truth. Scholars have not known what they have been talking about; thus, they have been and are now a force against the truth.
Most religious leaders are well-intentioned. They toe the line and fight any change in the status quo, but in doing, they perpetuate the misinterpretations.
Scholars are of the mind. Prophets and other inspired people are dealing with something beyond the mind, which means they see life in completely different ways. Scholars are not bad people, but they do not see the world a prophet sees.
Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That stone is the cornerstone."
In other words, the rejected or unseen truth is the actual truth.
Great spirits are always opposed by mediocre minds. Albert Einstein
All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw
Anyone that says anything different from the accepted myths of religion is labeled a blasphemer. Jesus was a blasphemer in his time and was executed for being one.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Repetition: You will notice many things are repeated in this book. If something is repeated, it makes a bigger impression and changes your brain more, changes your inner environment more. Thus, the more repetition, the better. That is why I repeat some things many times and say the same thing many different ways.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
I am giving it to you the same way it was given to me. The ultimate truth is like a combination to a lock; it has to be in a certain order, and you need all of it to open the gate to true life.
The truth is just what it looks like it is; the problem is, people can't see clearly.
Jesus said, “The hour is coming when I will not speak to you in dark sayings, but will tell you plainly about God.”
Jesus said, “He who drinks from my mouth will become as I am and I will become he and the hidden things will be revealed to him.”
Hidden things: Following are the correct interpretations and the hidden things:
Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.”
Abundant life: You get a little taste of it when you see a beautiful waterfall, a sunset, make a great golf shot, ride a roller coaster, a first kiss, etc. Peak moments in your life feel good, because you get a larger percentage of what each moment of life actually contains.
Abundant life = true life.
True religion is real living. Albert Einstein
People in the past did not know what Jesus meant by “abundant life,” so they turned around its literal meaning, interpreting it to mean “a life of abundance.” Many preachers use this to justify getting rich and having an abundance of possessions. Misinterpretation leads people in the wrong direction.
Your mind is the gatekeeper of life. Sometimes it lets a little true life in, but most of the time it doesn't. You can only see the truth when it lets all of life in.
Figure 1 shows how mankind currently perceives life. Figure 2 shows true life.
The arrows represent life coming to you from all directions. The dotted line shows how your mind blocks most of the life coming to you. Without the mind blocking life, you receive all of life, abundant life, true life, and reflect it all back out.
Halos: This is why the saints and prophets in paintings are shown with a halo. It illustrates their radiance; they radiated life as shown in fig. 2 of the drawing.
Seeing Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon for the first time is a peak moment for most people. Why does it make you feel so alive? Nothing really happens to you. Why doesn’t it feel as good the second time you see it? The reason is, your mind opens up when something is new or special.
It's not what you look at that matters; it's what you see. Thoreau
The truth is, every moment of life is special, and you can be completely open to life most of the time. You have to see the truth to see true life. This is the truth...
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