Jesus of the Christian Bible told Rabbi Nicodemas that without spiritual birth, it’s impossible to understand His teachings and miracles:
“Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” John 3:1-21 : New Revised Standard Version of the Christian Bible.
So Jesus summed up the reason his mission failed! He knew!
He was right. His mistake was in assuming “spiritual birth” (MER) can be taught. It can’t. The mystical experience of Reality is caught, not taught if my multiple annual mystical experiences of Reality, (MER) are to be believed.
That’s why the cult of Christianity is reduced to mere human morality and ethics, neither of which are spiritual.
That’s why “Christianity” still has to resort to faith, hope and belief in the absence of any experience of the real thing.
Faith, hope and belief signify spiritual ignorance about which faith, hope and belief can do nothing.
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Many Christians have MER experiences. St. Paul had a MER experience on the road to Damascus. Based on this experience, he founded Christianity. Indeed, people of all religions can have MER experiences. Can anyone possibly think that St. Theresa of Avila or Thomas Merton did not have MER experiences? And many ordinary Christians have had “born-again” experiences. The MER experience is a universal human experience, but people have different interpretations of the the significance of the experience.
This is what I wrote above:
“Christianity” still has to resort to faith, hope and belief in the absence of any experience of the real thing.”
My point, based on my transformative experiences, is that anyone who has had real MERs did not experience a God or gods, nor any religions. They’re irrelevant to Reality, man made. Ergo, Paul
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(I was cut off … ). To continue – Paul’s undoubted sincerity failed because MER cannot be evangelised, proselytised or organised, in my experiences. Only Reality can do that and all too evidently doesn’t find it relevant to It’s purpose. Ergo, religions have relied on human made morality and ethics instead.
The individuals of human history who experienced MER had little option but to express themselves in the cultural constructs of the religions of their time or suffer the consequences, as many of them did anyway.
Does this mean mystics should abandon morality and ethics? Not at all! They are axiomatic, automatic neccesities of civilised human life in which real mystics are temporarily marooned along with the rest of the worldy denizens into whose company they were born …
All Is Well.