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 “Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.”

 ~ A Course in Miracles

At present, viewer interest in zombies, vampires, werewolves and other such terrifying images seemly abound on primetime television and in our theatres these days. Unlike the scary movies of yesteryear where evil was clearly delineated and ultimately destroyed, today’s fearsome creatures not only look human but some are imbued with the ability to fall in love and create lasting relationships. How strange is that? Or is it!

Ever wonder what our fascination with the macabre really is about? Or why we are frightened of such and avoid it like the plague? Or why we are sometimes drawn to such imagery?

Of course, most of us generally find the supernatural quite entertaining, a pause from our daily routine and nothing much more. For many, make-believe fear can be a lot of fun as long as it is contained in a scary movie, a thrilling carnival ride or during Halloween. And so we brush it off at the end of it.

Yet, for those of us who are more sensitive, inquisitive or intuitively believe in the supernatural, a scary movie tends to haunt us long after the show is over. And so we anxiously begin to wonder.

So begins that which oft-turns out to be a lifelong search for the truth. Yet, we are far from recognizing the initiation of this ancient quest at the moment. If we are anxious enough and become dedicated enough, we are ultimately led to discern the truth from illusions and the real learning begins. Once open to truth, though not yet proficient with it, sometimes a person will walk up with a strange message, one you will hear and even accept but let it register far in the recesses of your mind.

Stranger at an Art Show

Years ago, while suffering from, yet another, unrequited love interest, one day a stranger at an exclusive art show I was attending walks up to me and begins addressing my situation, though rather indirectly. Recently, I had written my love ideal a heartfelt letter seeking his attention and understanding. Sadly, the letter was on its way containing his very heartless answer. I would receive it the next day.

Of course, such communiqué would have sent me spiraling into depression. Thus, having to take a sick day off work to mope around watching classic romantic movies on television or go on a mad shopping spree. Well, this did not happen! Owing, no doubt, to this strange conversation and the unusual person talking to me, thankfully I was saved from such devastation though deeply hurt nonetheless.

Besides being one of the artists whose work was on display, my messenger was also psychic but never said so. He then proceeds to give me a reading though it didn’t seem like it. Given that this event was held on a Sunday afternoon in a fashionable home offering a lovely buffet, with plates of good food and champagne flutes in hand we chatted comfortably. Among other things he said something that rarely surfaces for me, probably because it’s difficult to narrate.

Nonetheless, I’ll try. Basically, he said that the people we see walking around are not really as they seem; that our outer bodies are merely a casing. That inside this casing we bounce as we walk and look quite different, some even look like monsters or strange animals and others more angelic… It would take me years of learning to understand how to apply his message.

A Business Associate’s Recent Betrayal

Some say that our most difficult relationships often teach us our greatest lessons. This is basic a truth and I have found that the clarity always appears after I practice forgiveness. I have been avoiding this person for months and really hoped not to see her. Of course, we have a business contract, so we have to see each other occasionally. The other day I decided to give her a friendly hug. After feeling the warm vibration through her hand resting gently on my back, I resolved that she could not be as bad as I thought.

Wrong! Girlfriend screwed up again.

Feeling hurt and betrayed, I became angrier at myself for opening my heart to this person, again, and trusting her again to do the right thing without a lot of hassle! Sadly, I had to realize that I just cannot trust this person, which hurt. So I began wrestling with exactly how I am supposed to relate to this person in my heart and mind.

Being a very passionate person, I’ve finally learned how being angry at others actually hurts me deeply. So I don’t do that anymore, which is not always easy but I manage. Knowing that this is a very angry person who projects her deeply held anger when she can and obviously not willing to change her ways after being told, here again I wonder about having to be on guard, withhold my humanity or kind thoughts about her. These questions kept haunting me.

Finally I Really Get It

While this person is incapable of a sustainable affection for others, she, as with most narcissists, according to the experts, can appear warm and compassionate at times. As long as it is in her best interest, that is! Thus, it is best to expect nothing from her! And yes, do be on guard when dealing with her. This is okay. This is not hating but accepting how this person behaves and treat accordingly. Yes God loves her but remains silent owing to the misuse of her free will.

Ultimately we learn that those who love God, feels it and gladly shares it with others. While those who willfully reject God’s love secretly fear God and the love He shares with all of us. Herein is the real difference. And so, those who allow anger and hatred to fester in their hearts ultimately block God’s Love and the living joy it truly brings.

The Zombies Among Us

Simply put, the zombies among us are those dead to the living joy within them. Actually, they look quite normal. Some are average people like our colleagues, our managers and supervisors at work, our so-called friends and such; while others are prominent people and even politicians in our government, whose inner characteristics range from acute selfishness and greed to unbridled contempt for humanity. With no respect for the truth, they will lie and cheat at the drop of a hat, and even steal from their own grandmother. Yet life and love is ever near.

According to A Course in Miracles, only love is real. Thus love never hurts, which has to mean that it is what we have made of love that truly hurts us.

In truth, it is the lack of love flowing through our minds and hearts that is the lot of the miserable. This, in reality, translates to the indolent known as zombies, the insatiable known as vampires, and the vicious known as werewolves who walk this earth wanting yet dead to the love and joy within. Which is a divine gift meant to give life, a life more abundant than ever before.

And so we are each destined to awaken to the Eternal Life within us. And so it is. Keep the faith.

2012-2013 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Hear ye! Hear ye! There is a new paradigm quietly emerging for teaching and practicing the ancient expedient of forgiveness, a sure way to inner peace, happiness and self-empowerment no matter how taxing the outer situation. This occurred to me one day after watching a Life Class led by Oprah and Dr. Phil on the OWN Channel, with emphasis on recognizing the toxic people in our life based on Dr. Phil’s book titled, Life Code: The New Rules For Winning in the Real World. The above subtitle quote is from President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

According to Dr. Phil, the world is rapidly changing, which now urgently requires a new reality. Or, a new way of seeing in order to prevail in our evolving society. He asks, have you ever had an uneasy feeling about someone but gave them the benefit of the doubt? Of course, many in the audience raised their hands (me too). He then illustrates that it is this antiquated, social response that is now an open invitation for disaster in today’s fast-paced world! I thought Wow! And perked up immediately. As I was emotionally exhausted owing to a certain toxic individual in my life. By then, after much soul searching and fact finding, I had discerned that it was not me but the other person that was way out of balance. Thus, I was in dire need of the right support. And this class fit the bill! Thanks Oprah and Dr. Phil.

Richard Parker

Sadly, we can’t always boot toxic people out of our lives, at least not immediately. So I have learned to quietly ask: What is the lesson I need to learn here Dear God and please let me hurry up and learn it? Of course, it usually does not happen that quickly, yet my learning process has accelerated which is progress nonetheless. Having been on the Spiritual Path several decades now, I’ve also learned to brace myself for my own fault (or faults) that will surly emerge. And so it has, though in a most unlikely form.

A while ago, I entered into a business agreement with Richard Parker (a pseudonym) for the upkeep of my car. Borrowed from the acclaimed film titled “Life of Pi,” Richard Parker is also a metaphor but more about that later. Having known Richard Parker for a while and thus having chatted with him on more than one occasion over the years, I thought him to be a rather nice person, one you could trust. Boy was I mistaken. Hence, you never know a person until money enters the picture. And believe me this was strictly business, thus no room for confusion.

Initially, we hit it off well. Knowing that I was a devout student-teacher of A Course in Miracles, he started asking me about ACIM and even suggested I started a class with some of his friends, which, as a spiritual teacher, I heard the call for help and took it very seriously. The first class went well; he brought his wife, a close friend and two others also came. Afterwards, only Richard continued coming and we met for a while, but he eventually dropped off. I had the feeling that he was getting too close to reality and did not want to face it. Though he had shared a very traumatic experience in his early life, I sensed that he was in denial of his feelings about it. And since he was not that religiously inclined (probably angry at God) and I am not a licensed therapist, I did not press the matter.

Troubles with Richard Parker

Eventually, I discover that Richard Parker was prone to misrepresenting the facts, likely in an effort to cut costs and pad his wallet. One day I had to yell at Richard like a crazy lady to get him to redo something immediately. Obviously shaken, this seemed to throw off his usual game of lies and he began to babble incoherently. Afterwards, I became physically ill. Initially, it appeared to be the flu that lasted several days or a week. Who knows? Then a severe case of food poising hit me (perhaps an overindulgence of potato chips was the culprit…never again, LOL). Having opened my heart to help him spiritually, somehow I felt I was made vulnerable to illness by these negative interactions with Richard, as I rarely become ill.

The food poising symptoms were the most traumatic. Feeling really, really bad, I prayed deeply. This truly helped and I soon realized that my body was naturally purging the toxins. Being a lover of Nature, I got that and felt stronger. Then I remember being a young girl sitting on my porch while intently watching a cat eat grass and later regurgitating. Ever curious, I run and ask my mom, who grew up on a farm, and she explained that the animal was sick and the grass was its medicine.

Later, I would learn that my grandfather relied on herbs and other natural remedies for their medicines. With this in mind, I naturally embraced holistic healing as I advanced on the Spiritual path. Yet, this belief is not for everyone; thus, I am not advocating natural healing here, just sharing my experiences with intimate friends. Of course, in a pinch, know that God and His angles are still in the miracle business.

The next day, after intermittently throwing up pails of bile and releasing diarrhea all night, I actually felt lighter (wonder why) and weighed myself. I had lost over seven pounds, in one day no less! Though I felt better, I was still sick with the diarrhea. So I had to miss Mother’s Day. Finally, after inwardly being urged to eat something starchy, I checked out the internet for the right diet and boiled some pasta which brought things back to normal about 24 hours later. Hallelujah!

What Happened to Happy?

Knowing this was not yet over between Richard Parker and me, I fall into depression though in denial for a few days. Eventually it hits me that my inner happiness is not there. I thought, wait, as I am usually happy and notice it at least once during the day. And then thought to myself: Hey, what happened to happy? In the school of metaphysics we call that self-inquiry. So, I started regrouping immediately while realizing that I did not come all this way to let a Richard Parker rob me of my Inner Joy. No way, never again!

In an effort to return to happy, I turn on Oprah’s Life Class that I had recorded and the healing begins. Afterwards, I download Dr. Phil’s book, Life Code. I was so excited about this book I called my sister and passed it on. Naturally, the above JFK quote, which is in Dr. Phil’s book, caught my eye and I now have a new philosophy, which is very powerful in my opinion.

The Perfect Equation, Thanks Be to JFK

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names,” spoken like a true Harvard Law School graduate. I see President Kennedy’s splendid advice as the perfect equation because, though equals, one side cannot effectively work without the other. Yet, together, both sides form the perfect whole. And it is this, the Modern World must learn, which is probably why Dr. Phil chose to highlight JFK’s quote in his book. Thus, the perfect equation has now become the perfect remedy for coping with the “bad people” who might show up in our lives, generally seeking to exploit and steal from us rather than serve others.

Scripture teaches us to forgive our enemies, which works as we are also releasing ourselves, being one in The Spirit. Yet, for many of us, men in particular, something always seems missing from this instruction. Now we know why: As, forgiveness, being a quality of the heart, flows from the Feminine aspect of God, while memory, being a quality of the mind, is of the Masculine aspect of God. Yet, for the best possible results in all things, the Feminine and Masculine aspects of God (mind and heart) must work together. And so it is!

Though forgiveness is the ultimate expedient for destroying our enemies, not forgetting their names has to be the practical means by which we remember their true nature. Thus, a necessary caution against possible harm, as such persons likely will not change anytime soon. Yet, we need not live in fear, ever. With a made up mind and heart, we are more dangerous than danger.

Richard Parker, a Metaphor

My take on Richard Parker in “Life of Pi” and our story is simple. Besides being a metaphor of discernment between friend and foe, Richard Parker ultimately represents the primal beast we once were. Thus, we all have a little bit of Richard Parker still within us, some more destructive than others. Yet, while Richard Parker often appears to be outside of us, he really is within us; thus, a product of our own mind created by our ego.

Another term for Richard Parker is, of course, the ego. As it is our ego that wrongly judges, which ultimately engenders fear, anger, and dark feelings of revenge. As we mature spiritually, Richard Parker begins to diminish and ultimately fades away. But not without a conscious effort to rid our self of our own negative thoughts and feelings.

This process is made easier when we realize that the savage within us not only makes us sick, but ultimately robs us of our personal power. Leaving us weak and trembling before an imaginary enemy. Thus the old adage, “Thoughts are things.” Then do we become wise enough to let go of our destructive thoughts and choose peace instead, which automatically empowers us.

Hence, “I can see peace instead of this,” (ACIM, Lesson 34). And so it is! And always has been. And always will be. Amen!

Updated June 2, 2013

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2012-2013. All rights reserved.

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Though Jesus had many disciples, most spiritual scholars believe that Peter, James and John were his best students. Destined to write the visionary Book of Revelations, seems the Apostle John was Jesus’ most advanced disciple. Which likely explains why John never denied Jesus and why a dying Jesus left his mother to John. Though we know little about John’s early life, Christian tradition maintains that John was probably born in Galilee about ten to fifteen years after the birth of Jesus.

St. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James, also one of the Twelve Disciples. Fisherman by trade, one day John, his elder brother, James and their father, Zebedee were casting their nets when Jesus, while walking by the Sea of Galilee, called them: “And they immediately left the ship and their father and followed him”. Previously called that day were fellow fishermen Simon Peter and his brother Andrew; whom Jesus had told to, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”[1].

Of course, these were not ordinary, earthbound fishermen who generally would not have recognized Jesus, nor abandon their family and livelihood to follow anyone. Likely devout students of John the Baptist, an advanced teacher of God whose primary task was to first come and prepare those ready to receive Jesus the Christ,  Peter, James and John were now able to “follow” Jesus and accept his central message of universal love and forgiveness.

Though some likely perceived him as such, particularly when upholding the truth, John the Baptist was hardly the raving “wild-man” typically portrayed in Hollywood films during its Golden Era. Usually scantily clad in a lion’s skin while ranting at lost sinners to repent lest they burn in hell, such behavior, of course, is the direct opposite of the peace and kindness inherent in God’s Teachers.

John the Baptist Revealed

Traditionally recognized as Jesus’ most advanced disciples, at his behest, Peter, James and John witness Jesus’ historic Transfiguration on the Mount where Moses and Elias (aka, Elijah) appear to them talking with Jesus. Afterwards, they also understood from Jesus that John the Baptist and Elias were the same, which strongly suggests that they had properly learned the basis of reincarnation.[3]

Though John the Baptist reportedly denied being the Prophet Elias when questioned by the Pharisees (“separated ones”[4]) as to who he was, religious sages still hold that Jesus (as Elisha) was a disciple of John the Baptist (as Elias). Clearly of a higher mind, he was John the Baptist! That was his role in this life. So he simply stated, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Esaias (Isaiah).”[5]

In recognizing the limited, egocentric mindset of the Pharisees, perhaps John felt it best not to discuss his previous life with those who would not only deny such a revelation, but also kill the messenger! And his work was not yet done. Nonetheless, having been his teacher in a previous incarnation, or so it appears, this is likely why John baptized Jesus, why he preceded Jesus and why Jesus once said he was: “…More than a prophet…there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…if ye will receive it, this is Elias” as foretold.[6]

Maybe this is why some at the cross thought they heard Jesus calling for Elias in the ninth hour, followed by a mournful cry that still resonates today: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”[7] 

Yet, Jesus frees himself of such despair. Instead of holding inferior feelings of anger and revenge, Jesus speaks forgiveness and truth to Power: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”[8]

Perhaps Elias was there after all, there in spirit to remind Jesus who he was and there to help him transcend the body during this very difficult time. Besides, no one really dies alone. What better heavenly guide to aid Jesus than the familiar presence of his beloved former teacher.

Meanwhile, until that final hour, Jesus would go on to teach, preach and fulfill his divine mission here on earth.

Betrayal and Trial

As Scripture states, with a greeting and a kiss Judas betrays Jesus to local authorities while he is in the Garden of Gethsemane speaking with Peter, James and John. Whom Jesus had sought for comfort and support knowing that the time of his suffering for humanity was near. Yet, being human, instead of staying in prayer with Jesus, they fell asleep three times. Annoyed, Jesus initially said, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” He reminds them to stay focused and prayerful lest they fall into distraction, as “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Meanwhile, no surprise to Jesus, he is arrested and taken before the high priest Caiaphas “where the scribes and the elders were assembled”. Who then grills Jesus, to no avail, as to whether he is the Son of God. Naturally, Jesus kept his cool. Thus, in the radical rock opera of the 70s a resurrected Caiaphas aptly chants, “One thing I’ll say for him, Jesus is cool.[9]” Though Jesus spoke only Truth, when he did speak, Caiaphas and the assembly’s upside-down thinking declare Jesus spoke blasphemy.[10]

The next morning, “All the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus” and called for his death. And fulfillment of the law begins. Jesus soon stands before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea.

Unable to pass death sentences, the envious priests falsely accuse Jesus of sedition. Knowing “that for envy they had delivered” Jesus to him for trial, the conflicted governor ultimately orders his crucifixion, though only after pressure from a crowd of naïve citizens who had been manipulated by their priests and civic leaders.

Though the malleable governor washed his hands of the murder of “this just person,” as if to cleanse his conscience, still he had Jesus beaten, subjected to hateful ridicule and a violent death.

Thus, Governor Pontius Pilate fades into history as the man who crucified Jesus Christ.

Judas Repents

Meanwhile, likely hit with the reality of his benevolent teacher’s imminent death, Judas repents and attempts to return the infamous “thirty pieces of silver” to the chief priests and elders in the temple saying: “…I betrayed the innocent blood.” Who then callously replies, “What is that to us?” They reject his pitiful recompense, claiming it is now blood money.

Dejected, Judas throws the money on the temple floor, likely a cruel reminder of his irrevocable error, or so he believes. Sadly, he departs and ultimately hangs himself.

Conversely, without a hint of contrition, the arrogant temple dwellers and their cohorts would foolishly mock Jesus at the cross, saying among other things, “If he be [the Son of God] let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.”[11]

The Crucifixion

As the final hour drew near, there also was the Beloved Disciple, John, who had stuck by Jesus the most, particularly at the foot of the cross with his beloved mother, Mary. Thus, John neither denied nor betrayed Jesus, ever.

While Scripture notes, “all the disciples forsook him and fled” upon Jesus’ arrest, such is understandable given that their own lives and the future of Christianity were also in grave danger. Of course, Simon Peter’s attempt to defend Jesus with his sword is historic, who then cautions Peter to: “Put up thy sword…for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” [12]

Before surrendering his spirit to God, Jesus entrusts his mother to John his beloved disciple and John to his mother saying, “Woman, behold thy son!” And to John, “Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” Knowing “it is finished,” Jesus, “bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”[13]

The Resurrection and Ascension

On the third day, now Easter Sunday, Jesus arises from the grave and reveals his greatest message, which simply states that life is eternal, be glad! As death, after all, is but a transition from this life-experience to the next.

After discovering that the stone covering their teacher’s burial chamber is gone, Mary Magdalene, another close disciple of Jesus, runs to Peter and John believing they have taken away the body of their beloved Lord Jesus and she knew not where. Together they run toward the site, but John out runs Peter.

Thus, John is the first to enter the sacred chamber and finds it empty. Yet, rather than believe that someone had actually stolen their master’s body, John intuitively knows that Jesus had risen. Though, the other disciples had yet to learn that (from Jesus), according to Scripture, he must also arise from the dead.

Inconsolable, Mary Magdalene remains by the site weeping; she then looks into the chamber and sees two angels. Shortly thereafter, Jesus stands before her and, of course, she is elated. He lovingly bids her to touch him not for he is “not yet ascended” to our Father. This, says the metaphysician, is indicative of the natural transition from the body to spirit that usually takes three days, and is likely the root of prayer vigils and wakes for the departed in many traditions. Jesus then bids Mary to go and tell the others of his ascension.[14]

Finally, Jesus meets with his advanced students: the eleven remaining disciples whom he had ordained to preach the gospel, heal sickness and cast out error.[15] Even after hearing from Mary Magdalene that she had seen and spoken to Jesus, still they were frightened thinking they had seen a ghost. Jesus then invites them to look at his hands and feet, to touch him saying, “For a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have.”

Still frightened, Jesus asked them for meat: “And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and [honey]. And he took it and did eat before them.” He lovingly opens their minds and explains why the Christ had “to suffer and rise from the dead the third day” as written, which is based on the Law of Creation (Karma) and is rarely understood by a closed mind.

According to the Ancients, wisdom cannot be taught; but the way to wisdom can be taught. This is why Jesus came among us and accepted the consequences of our errors, simply to show us the way back to the Source of all wisdom, which is God. But, we must apply Jesus’ teachings in order to live in harmony with Divine wisdom.

Then, Jesus authorizes his disciples to preach in his name, among all nations, the value of contrition and remission of erroneous thoughts and actions for inner peace and happiness, to which they were witnesses.[16]

His parting promise endures in the hearts of the faithful: “…Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”[17]

Judas Iscariot (Also to be Redeemed)

Sadly, a deeply troubled Judas Iscariot, the twelfth disciple and alleged political zealot who likely lost faith in Jesus’ nonviolent policies, had committed suicide after realizing he betrayed his spiritual teacher, an innocent person.

Many still wonder why Jesus the Christ, who had extraordinary powers, would allow a Judas to belong to his inner circle. Of course, Jesus, who likely abhorred censure, came to redeem Judas also.

Yet, the answer to this perplexing question is amazingly simple, which rests entirely in humanity’s absolute freewill that even God will not overturn. Much like the Prophet Muhammad who could not overturn the ills of society manifested in centuries of slavery, neither could Jesus usurp the heart of one traitor.

Here we must understand that God’s Redeemer cannot just wave a magic wand and undo the mess we made; that would not solve the problem. Only our willingness to change can save us. Thus, if we never discern why we go astray and change, we likely create the same conditions over and over and hurt more people in the process.

Creation Follows Law

We must realize that creation follows law!  It must in order to maintain balance and harmony in the Universe. Somewhat like the laws that uphold our society. Yet, God’s Love surpasses law, but we must first remember to accept Divine Love and let it flow like a river in our lives.

Thus, God’s Teachers can only show us the way; it is up to us to follow it. So, when Jesus mainly said, “I am [not] come to destroy the law, or the prophets…but to fulfill”[18], he would have us realize that with freewill comes the responsibility to rightly choose that which is in harmony with God’s Plan for our happiness. Otherwise, we are on our own; and, in time, will likely suffer dearly and needlessly, as did Judas.

It is not clear when Judas took his own life, which is a grave error that solves nothing as the best way to seek peace is through forgiveness. Perhaps it was on that fateful Friday when the heavens opened up revealing the Christ to all and it was too much for him:

“Now when the centurion, and [others] watching Jesus saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God.”’[19]

Of course, forgiveness is Jesus’ gift to humanity directly from God, the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Hence, when Simon Peter once asked Jesus if seven times is sufficient to cease forgiving one who keeps offending, he replied no, “But, until seventy times seven.”[20]

Naturally, this does not mean that we have to stick around and let some poor ignoramus keep hurting us. That too is in error.

Actually, what Jesus wants us to realize, always, is the value of God’s Unconditional Love for us, which is the basis of our creation. When we fail to forgive others (or ourselves) relentlessly, we actually block our awareness of God’s love, which is the only source of real happiness. Thus, the soul of Judas Iscariot, when ready, is redeemed at last.

After the Ascension

After Jesus’ Ascension and the Holy Spirit descends upon them as promise [21], founders Peter, James and John naturally become pillars in the early Christian church. Thus, in recognition of St. Paul’s ministry, a leading convert and chosen Apostle to the Gentiles (as was Peter to the Jews) who would become the New Testament’s most prolific writer, Peter, James and John extend “the right hand of fellowship” to him[22].

Though St. Paul rightly notes that he needed no man’s approval as his mission came by revelation, he no doubt loved and admired the apostle’s relentless dedication very much.

In Acts, Paul writes of Peter and John’s fierce devotion to preaching and healing the sick in the name of Jesus despite persecution by the high priests, that results in imprisonment and trial. As the story goes, an angel releases them from prison and an esteemed lawyer appears at their trial and argues successfully in their favor; though beaten and directed not to “speak in the name of Jesus,” still Peter and John continued to “teach and preach” the gospel of Jesus “daily in the temple and in every house.”[23]

While the reports of the Apostles continue to inspire and comfort Christians everywhere, still, today, most Christians remain perplexed after reading the Book of Revelations by the Apostle John. Though often intrigued by it, particularly our gifted dramatists, most of us find St. John’s Revelations from the Christ downright scary or too gloomy to think about; thus preferring to read the Four Gospels and the more comforting thoughts of Jesus the Christ instead.

Yet, for those of us who traverse the road less travelled, the Book of Revelations eventually becomes an affirmation of the advanced teachings of Jesus and the Ancients, rather than something to avoid out of fear. For therein, amid the scary images, lies the complete story of the fall and redemption of humanity and the way home.


[1] St. Matt 4:18-22

[3] St Matthew 17:1-13

[4] See, the Bible Dictionary KJV, p. 65, Pharisee.

[5] St. John 1:19-34; see also Isaiah 40:3; Esaias is Greek for Isaiah (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

[6] St. Matthew 11:7-15

[7] St. Matthew 27:46 to 50.

[8] St. Luke 23:34

[9] See, “Jesus Christ Superstar” from the genius of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, c 1973.

[10] St. Matthew 26:36-75

[11] St. Matthew 27:1-43. See also John 18: 28-40 re malefactor or sedition charge.

[12] St. Matthew 26:52-56; see also St. John 18:10-18

[13] St. John 19: 26-30

[14] St. John 20:1-18

[15] St. Mark 3:14

[16] St. Luke 24:33-53.

[17] St. Matthew 28:18-20

[18] St. Matthew 5:17-20

[19] St. Matthew 27: 50-54

[20] St. Matthew 18:21-22

[21] “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye [awhile] until ye be endued with power from on high” (St Luke 24:49).  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” ( St John 14:26).

[22] Galatians 2: 1-10, KJV and NIV.

[23] Acts 4-5:42.

(Updated version with pictures, published March 25, 2016)

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