The Light of God-Goddess shines through your Tree of Life and into your soul!
THE CHRISTIAN TREE OF LIFE
Its seed, roots, branches and leaves
Preface: In order to properly understand that each cultural or religious group needs help specifically tailored to their needs, as Jesus well understood from his world travels, the reader needs to understand how, even during jesus' own lifetime, there were many different interpretations and manifestations of his teachings.
Why? To understand this, let's imagine two people, in the same culture. First of all, from a strictly physical standpoint, no two individuals can stand in the same spot and see life from exactly the same angle and perspective. Further, these two individuals will have two different background or experience patterns, so they will interpret the same person, event or situation, differently. (Interpreting what you sense is done totally internally, like a computer.)
Thus, one seed produced a forest or field of related manifestations, with no two identical. So Christianity has many manifestations, with no two alike - so that is as it should be and it always will be!
The Seed: Jesus of Nazareth nourished by his love of people, cultures, wisdoms and "What Works" grew in wisdom as he grew in stature due to his open and curious mind and heart. Through his heart, he found God-Goddess everywhere.
The Roots: As the seed grew, it put gathered 12, then 40, then 70 disciples to nourish and feed the life energy ... each one became a root ... with more in time. Then, there came a time, however, when the energy in this seed had grown as far as it could, in the soil it was planted in. Thus branches were formed so that the seeds of truth and the light could spread.
The Early Branches:
Palestine - Jews became Jewish Christians, thanks to Jesus' brother James.
Egyptian - Gnostics became Coptic Christians, thanks to Thomas, Phillip, Mary and Jesus.
Greek - Asians became Christians at Ephesus , thanks to Paul, plus all those named above.
Syrian - Arabs became Greek Christians in Antioch, thanks to the efforts of Peter and Paul.
Roman - This culture became Roman Christians, thanks to Paul and Peter.
- And, after the Crucifixion -
Christians (Albigenses) with a lot of GAUL, in France, known as Cathars* - started by David AlBengentine.
British - Celts became Christians around Glastonbury, England**, thanks to Joseph of Arimathea and others
All these roots and branches of Christianity existed in the "Early Days" of Christianity, before Constantine and a "Catholic" church.
Offshoots: These main branches "branched out". Some grew longer than others.
Leaves: The Catholic doctrine was not always seen as useful or loving. Thus some people protested. They were called "Protestants". They left the one and only Catholic Church. Since then, many leaves have sprouted and many have fallen to the ground to nourish the soil for the next Master Teacher!
New truths continually grow out of old truths. People come and people go, for this maintains that vitality and movement that we call "life".
* Catharism (from Greek: katharos, pure) was a name given to a Christian religious movement with Gnostic elements that surfaced in the Languedoc (Old Language) region of France and other parts of Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. As they were getting too many "converts" the movement was extinguished in the early decades of the thirteenth century, when the Cathars were persecuted and massacred under the Holy Catholic Inquisitions. "Good Men" (Bons Hommes) or "Good Christians" are the common terms of self-identification.
** Near the old (c1100) cathedral at Glastonbury is the ruins of Lady Church with St. Joseph's Grotto below the floor. This stone building was built on the same spot that Joseph built the first "church" in Britton, around 40 AD.. The sign next to the building says, "Dedicated to Mary, Sanctified by Jesus". Your Facilitator has been there and felt the energy!
Bottom Line: The natural evolution of life, as illustrated by the trees in nature, assures continuing creation, forever and ever! So why not simply Love one another and respect each other. For, respect comes only as well earned ... as you give it, so you will receive it from others. P.S. We're all in this together, like it or not.
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