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That Which is Most Valuable Has Been Lost
The purpose of this web site is to try to assist in recovering something extremely valuable that has been lost.
What extremely valuable thing has been lost? The following illustrations will help you understand.
Imagine you were kidnapped and put in a horrible place, and other than the kidnapper, there was only one person on the planet who knew where you were. Fortunately, this person cared about you and although they were half way around the planet, they knew someone near you who could rescue you. So, they wrote a message to the prospective rescuer, telling him exactly where you were and how you could be rescued. They then mailed the message to the prospective rescuer. The message arrived safely at the remote post office, however, the post office employee only delivered mail to the rescuer occasionally. So, he took the letter and placed it in a large envelope with many other letters to the rescuer, and on the outside of that envelope was written, 'The Book of Important Messages'. By the time the rescue letter was delivered to the rescuer, it was just one note among many hundreds in the large envelope labeled, 'The Book of Important Messages'. Therefore, your note was drowned is a sea of other people's notes, and thus you had little hope of being free from your bondage any time soon.
Here is another illustration to help you understand what has been lost.
Imagine you are stranded on a remote island with only one piece of paper, pen and bottle. So you write a note to tell those who find the bottle where you are and your situation and you throw the bottle into the ocean. The bottle finds a current which carries the bottle towards land, but there are thousands of other bottles in that current as well. It seems there were many people who, while not desperately needing to be rescued like yourself, never-the-less greatly enjoyed putting messages in bottles and throwing them in the ocean. Unfortunately for you, all those other bottles found their way to the same current which carried your bottle, and thus your bottle arrives at the beach with thousands of other like bottles containing 'urgent' (but pretend) messages. Thus, you have little hope of your message being found anytime soon, and little hope as well of getting free from the island.
Perhaps the most accurate illustration of that which has been lost, would be as follows.
Let us say you wandered into a huge and dangerous city - dangerous due to the many people who would look to use you for their own selfish purposes - and got yourself lost in a maze of streets, and you desperately need directions out of the city. Let us say that a person who knows the way out of the dangerous city - because they made it out - has clearly and concisely written the directions down in two sentences on a page of paper. That person makes those clear directions available to any who request them and many groups and organizations of people take the directions and use them for their own purposes. In your case, the person you request the directions from is a member of one of those organizations, and that organization feels they need to add to the directions, even though they don't know for certain the way out of the city because they have never been out of the city. So they write, on a copy of the correct directions, their beliefs on how to get out of the city. And so, when you are handed the one page document, the two sentences containing the way to freedom are surrounded by many sentences which contain errors and which at best confuse you and at worst, hide the truth in the two sentences of the way out of the dangerous city. Thus, you don't find your way out of the dangerous city because in your sincere efforts to read the directions, you get more and more lost due to the confusion caused by the inconsistencies.
To continue that illustration, let us say that many people regularly get lost in the large and dangerous city, and so there is a regular need for clear directions out of the city. However, the main authority of the city benefits economically from having more people in their city, even if some are lost and don't want to be there. The paper with the two sentences of clear directions becomes well known amongst the city dwellers, as well as the one page that contains both the two sentences of clear directions surrounded by the erroneous opinions of others. The city authority wants to give to those people lost in their city, the confused one full page of 'directions' instead of the two clear sentences out, since they find that when they give the people that document, more people stay in their city and they have much to gain from that. So that authority formally makes a diligent practice of telling the people that the one page document is one-hundred percent truth and they ought to believe all that is written on that page. They also tell those people who find out about the page with the two clear sentences of correct directions, that that document is 'inadequate', 'incomplete' and 'too simple' and people should not rely solely on that document or its instructions. Now, if a person looking to escape the city respects that authority-person more than wanting to know truth (correct directions), then what will happen to their ability to find their way out of the city? Will it not be compromised at best, or destroyed at worst? If disagreeing with the authority will have uncomfortable consequences, or even cost the person something they want, won't they be in even a worse situation to find the truth buried in that one page?
One final step to complete the illustration:
In the same way, what if there is a book which contains sixty-six chapters, and only four of the sixty-six chapters contain what you need to be set free. And what if an authority that many people respect including yourself, and who claims to know the book better than you, tells you that all sixty-six chapters contain the truth that you need to be set free. And what if they tell you that the four chapters which contain what you need to be set free is 'inadequate, insufficient and too simple'?
If you respect the authority more than wanting to know the truth, then what will happen to your ability to find the actual truth in the four chapters? Will it not be compromised at best, or destroyed at worst?
And what if the cost of rejecting the authority's beliefs about the book will mean you will be rejected from family and your cherished social or religious circles of friends? Perhaps you will pretend the dangerous city is not so bad after all? Or perhaps you actually like the dangerous city and thus you are not looking to be set free since you have deceived yourself and think that you already are?
Which brings us directly to that which is most valuable which has been lost.
What if there was a man who said:
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one gets to the Father except through me.�"
"If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
...and he performed many miracles including defeating death to prove what he said was true...
...but other's come along after he leaves and, like countless others to come, they say that they have the truth that people need to be accepted by God...
...and they place these people's words in a big book along with the one sure and final Word of God, and say, "this whole book is truth, not just the person who says, 'I am the truth'"...
...and the religious authorities who like exercising authority over others and who enjoy the life-style they gain from that position say, 'you need more than the red letters, you need the whole counsel of 'God's Word', and you need us to understand it...
...and as years, decades and centuries pass, the book is handed down from generation to generation, each generation before it, listening not to the Light, but to another voice, saying that the whole book contains the truth that people need. And if a person can't understand the book due to the errors and contradictions, the people's religious leaders say, 'well, you need us or christian leader so-and-so or bible scholar so-and-so to understand the book'...
...and the religious leaders, whose authority the people respect, point people to the book as well as many other voices, both dead and living, in addition to the one who says, "I am the truth", and say, 'the book and all these other voices which quote the book are 'the truth' you need to know God, not just the one who says, "I am the Truth"; not just the one who says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed".
If this happened, then isn't the truth of the statements above by the one who
"I am the truth", LOST as the people look to the book and other's words and other voices, and those other words and voice's nullify, cancel or make of no effect the one who says,
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life", and "All who are of the truth listen to MY voice"?
Those eternally valuable truths...
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one gets to the Father except through me."
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
...have been drowned out ... buried ... LOST.
...and so, that which is extremely valuable, and which as been lost, has been revealed.
The Father sent One beloved, error-free Messenger who can bring freedom from your hopelessness, but his voice has been drowned out, hidden, obscured.
The Beloved One says plainly,
"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him". (Matthew 11:27)
"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Messiah Joshua whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
No one knows the Father except the Son and a person's eternal destiny is based on knowing the Father by looking ONLY to the One who knows Him, and yet people do not listen to the Son, but instead listen to all the other voices that say they represent the Son - especially bible voices. How sadly foolish.
It is a difficult truth to receive, but in truth, the teachings of the One who calls himself the Light of the world have been covered, buried and for all practical purposes, lost. His Voice has been drowned out by thousands of other voices. In fact, at the most essential level, his Voice has been replaced by a book, 'the Bible' or "the Scripture" or "God's Word", by a clever slight-of-hand which says that the book IS his voice.
His statements, "All who are of the truth listen to MY voice"; and "nor does anyone know the Father except the Son"; have been changed (and thus corrupted) to:
'All who are of the truth listen to the bible' with all its millions of words and its many contradictory precepts, accounts and teachings; and 'Nor does anyone know the Father except the other people who wrote the bible', thus pointing people away from the ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS THE FATHER.
The one the Light refers to as the prince of the world is the author of the great lie, just as he is the father of all lies.
Perhaps the reader has believed the falsehood that the bible has no contradictions? Here is just one of many:
"Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies." (Psalms 139:21-22) [of course the biblians/paulians say that this was written under the inspiration of the holy spirit, whever that means.]
"A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:8)
"You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matthew 5:43-45)
One can pretend there is no contradiction, but that only proves that one is NOT listening to the one who says, "I am the Truth". Instead, they are in bondage to Paul's teaching of all scripture being inspired by God (see Is the Bible Inspired by God?), and they will defend plain contradictions to protect their key belief.
With all the dozens of bible versions and hundreds of books about 'christ', it should be curious to the reader that there are very few which use only the Light's Words to tell us who he is. Why is it that so very few are concerned about focusing whole-heartedly on his person and teachings ONLY? Perhaps, just perhaps, it is for these reasons...
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil."
"But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me."
"Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many"; and, "For false Messiahs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect". (Matthew 24:11, 24)
Maybe the truth is that the one Voice that brings freedom, offends the vast majority, and they do not want to let his uncompromised truth shine forth? Perhaps biblians are especially loath to turn to the light because they very much like believing they are 'saved' while they continue to not forsake anything and thus continue to love their life in the world?
...beware of the all too common self-justification and self-deception of, 'oh yes, that is true, but not of ME or MY church'.
This editor hopes that those who are in the darkness of bible and christian religion will allow the Light of the world to shine on their hearts. Seek to understand this key saying of his...
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal."
...and then, please, come, follow HIM!
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