God and Christ
God – All That Is:
God is All There IS, ever was, and ever will be.
God is the Consciousness, Energy, Force, and Substance
of all of Creation. Everything is a part of God’s
Consciousness and Being. God experiences, Loves, and
interacts with all of Its creation intimately and
completely through the many expressions and forms that
it takes. God is Pure Love and all of Creation is based
on that Love.
God, the massive conscious and source of energy behind all of Creation, has several vast sub-divisions of consciousness that act as Godheads for the various arenas of Creation. These are focused aspects of God which create and maintain their section of Creation, of which there are many. Earth, our universe, and all of the dimensions and Beings connected with it form one section of Creation. What most people think of as a Personified God is one such sub-division, or intensely focused part of God – All That Is.
Each Godhead has emanating from it several vast Beings that are direct aspects of the Godhead. These are yet again subdivisions of consciousness that each have a special function and task. They are known as the Elohim. They oversee the ongoing creation of the system, focus attention on the individuals participating in that their System of Creation, and plan for future growth and the path that form of Creation will take. In the Bible the Elohim are referred to over 2500 times. They are always spoken of in the plural, and both male and female are implied. The Elohim themselves are beyond gender of course, but they hold the blue print and attributes for the male and female forms.
Christ is an Elohim, the direct emanation of the Godhead who oversees all of the beings participating in our System of Creation. This includes all of the Higher Selves, Angels, and Masters who participate in, and who help support our System of Creation.
Christ holds the special task as appearing as God in Manifest form for Physical Creation. He has incarnated or appeared on the Earth throughout history many times. Each time He appears it signals a new level of the spiritual evolution for humankind.
Even though Christ is a very vast Being He can relate to people one-on-one through His innate connection with every person on the Earth. Through His incarnations He has the ability to represent Himself to us in a way that we can understand and accept as humans.
Each person has a very direct connection with Christ (God in manifest form). Christ acts as a bridge from God in manifest form to the Godhead and to God – ALL THAT IS. He is the connective tissue that binds humans to the Divine so that we do not forget our own divinity, and so that we can interact directly with God.
Christ encompasses all religions and spirituality. Christ has always held the Light on the Earth through being here physically incarnate, and through inspiration, communication, appearances, and working directly through people. Christ has had many incarnations on the Earth as Avatars and spiritual teachers and leaders, most notably in our recorded history as Krishna, Babaji, Melchizedek, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and Kwan Yin. In modern times in the 1800’s he was incarnated as Bahá'u'lláh and established the Bahá’í faith. He is currently incarnated as Sathya Sai Baba in India. In part, Sai Baba’s interfaith teachings are preparing humankind for Christ’s appearance again as Jesus for the Second Coming in the future.
Note: Christ has no gender and is neither male nor female, but we have used the traditional masculine form of speech for much of these materials instead of using Him/Her/It, which is very cumbersome.
Christ’s Human Incarnations
Christ has had thousands of incarnations on the Earth. Many of His lives were as normal, unenlightened people. He does not ask us to do anything that He Himself has not lived and experienced. In this class we will give a synopsis on some of His most well known lives and the effect they have had on humankind. In each case we will give the overall theme of the incarnation and with a few teachings as an example. While each life had a dominating message and was couched in ways that the people of the time and place could understand and accept, all of Christ’s teachings form a common and coherent body of work.
Krishna – Divine Consciousness & Divine Love – Hinduism - Circa 3000 B.C.E Krishna was one of the first in our recorded history to teach concepts of the vastness of God and the Greater Reality that exists beyond the Earth. He taught people to seek Divine Partnership and Divine Love with God. He also taught and demonstrated the sacredness of human love and partnership in His lifetime through His relationship with His consort Radha. Through His teachings He laid the groundwork for all of the coming religions, which would further understandings of God, Divine Love, and the forms our Greater Reality takes.
Krishna/Radha is the first example of a double incarnation of the Christ in our recorded history. Radha was a concurrent feminine incarnation of Christ. Christ chose to take both male and female form in that lifetime to show the sacredness of human love between male and female, and to show a parity for the Love between God and humankind, both individually and as a whole.
A secondary teaching and implication of the double incarnation was to show love, honor, and equality for both genders.
Note: Hours after Jesus explained to me about Radha being a divine incarnation of the feminine form of Christ I was looking through the book The Play of God and came across a quote about Radha. It reads “Radha - said to be an incarnation of God in the aspect of the Divine Mother.”
The Hindu religion grew out of Krishna’s teachings. Hindus base their religion in large part on the Bhagavad Gita, the story of Krishna’s life and His teachings. The book takes the form of a battlefield dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, His intimate friend and devotee, whom he instructs in the science of self-realization. The battlefield is a metaphor for the human consciousness.
There are 762 million Hindus in the world today.
For more information Christ’s life as Krishna please see the Bhagavad Gita. Also recommend is The Play of God, Visions of the Life of Krishna by Vanamali, and God Talks with Arjuna, The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda
Babaji – God Ever Present – India – First Appeared Circa 3000 B.C.E Babaji has appeared to people in the flesh for over 5000 years. He is God - Christ ever present and available to sincere seekers who are ready to receive Him. Babaji has acted as a Divine Guru for thousands of people over the millenniums. He is based in India where millions of people understand, look for, and accept His presence and guidance. You do not have to go to India to work with Christ in the form of Babaji. He can manifest anywhere in the world to people who are drawn to Him and accept His ability to be physically present.
For more information Christ’s life as Babaji please see Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. For a current story of a visitation by Babaji please see The Initiation by Dr. Donald Schnell.
Melchizedek –The Priesthood and Service – Judaism – Circa 2000 B.C.E
Melchizedek was not born into human form, He appeared on the Earth to establish Christ’s Priesthood.
From the Bible it says of Melchizedek: Hebrews 7: 8
“without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually.”
Later on in the Bible it refers to Christ – Jesus - being the High Priest forever in the Order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5: 7-10
So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." and [Christ] was designated by God to be [the] high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus and Melchizedek are linked in the Bible and many people of the time understood them to be the same being.
The Order of Melchizedek on the Earth
The establishing of the Melchizedek Priesthood on the Earth signifies a new era and a higher level of spiritual understanding and responsibility for humankind. It is the first time that people were asked to participate in divine service in the specific way that Christ offered it through ordination into the Order of Melchizedek. Ordination in the Order of Melchizedek means that each person ordained establishes within themselves a direct connection with God and Christ and maintains a presence of God and Christ within to draw upon to accomplish their spiritual work. Divine Service had been done on an individual basis before that point, but never as an ongoing organization of people committed to serving the spiritual needs of the human race in partnership with God and Christ in this way.
The Order of Melchizedek has maintained a body of priests upon the Earth continuously for over 4000 years. It is the longest running priesthood on the Earth. For the first two thousand years almost all of the Priests in the Order of Melchizedek were Jewish. With the advent of Christ’s incarnation as Jesus, when Jesus was established as “High Priest forever” in the Order of Melchizedek, came a tradition that virtually all Christian sects follow. Nearly all priests and ministers were, and still are, ordained into the Order of Melchizedek. Today many interfaith and non-denominational ministers are also ordained into the Order of Melchizedek.
There has been a resurgence of interest in the Order of Melchizedek over the last few decades, Today with the spiritual awakening of humankind, the preparation for the Second Coming, and the opportunity of ascension more people than ever are being called to be ordained into the Order of Melchizedek. Christ, in the form of Melchizedek, has awakened many people to the divine service they agreed to do before incarnating in this lifetime.
The Order of Melchizedek in the Higher Dimensions
The Order of Melchizedek in the Higher Dimensions is very vast and anceint. The Order of Melchizedek predate the Earth and other planets and realms, as it was established before their creation and put in place for the advent of their needs. Melchizedek works with Beings of Light (Angels) who are in service to the Earth and other planets and places throughout Creation. In part these Angels serve Physical Creation and the Divine Plan by incarnating and working as teachers and spiritual leaders. The Order of Melchizedek was established as a platform to plan, organize, and administer aid in spiritual growth and evolution. Its members help to hold the Light and spiritual teachings open for peoples incarnating throughout all of the realms of Creation.
Melchizedek Helped to Establish Judaism
Melchizedek blessed and worked with Abram (before God renamed him Abraham) in preparation for Abram to become the “Father of the Jewish Faith” and establish a new and lasting religion upon the Earth.
Buddha – Compassion – Buddhism – Circa 500 B.C.E
"Your suffering is my suffering and your happiness is my happiness," Buddha
In the sixth century before the Christian era the lofty teachings of the Vedas in India were pushed into the background. There were many insincere priests that traded on religion. They duped the people in a variety of ways and amassed wealth for themselves. There was a need for change and a new way of understanding spiritual principals. To teach these new principals and to renew humankind spiritually Christ incarnated as Siddhartha Gautama, who would later become known as Buddha.
Buddha saw all of the suffering in the world and wanted to give people tools to overcome it. A reoccurring theme in Christ’s teachings is that over attachment to your temporary earthy body and life can bring sorrow. Seeing the larger picture of who you are spiritually and what the world is all about brings perspective, clearer understanding, and a sense of inner peace and serenity. Buddha’s teachings centered on these principals.
Lord Buddha preached: "We will have to find out the cause of sorrow and the way to escape from it. The desire for sensual enjoyment and clinging to earthly life is the cause of sorrow. If we can eradicate desire, all sorrows and pains will come to an end. We will enjoy Nirvana or eternal peace. Those who follow the Noble Eightfold Path strictly, viz., right opinion, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right employment, right exertion, right thought and right self-concentration will be free from sorrow. This indeed, O mendicants, is that middle course which the Tathagata has thoroughly comprehended, which produces insight, which produces knowledge, which leads to calmness or serenity, to supernatural knowledge, to perfect Buddhahood, to Nirvana.
Buddha’s greatest teaching of a way of life is the Way of the Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva means someone who, moved by great compassion, develops the aspiration to perfect enlightenment for the sake of others. Later incarnation of Christ, that of Kwan Yin is a perfect example of a Bodhisattva.
Buddha’s Teaching - The Way of Bodhisattva
May I be a medicine for the sick and weary, nursing them until their afflictions are gone forever. I would be a protector of the helpless, a guide for travelers and their means for crossing a stream, a lamp for those who need a lamp, a bed for those who need a bed, a slave for those who need a slave. May all find happiness through my actions and let no one suffer because of me. Whether they love or hate me, may those feelings be the source of their fulfillment. Those who mock, accuse or wrong me; may they all attain enlightenment.
There are 350 million Buddhists in the world today.
For more information on Buddha’s teachings please see The Tripitaka. Other good books include: Going Home, Jesus and Buddha As Brothers by Thich Nhat Hanh, and Jesus and Buddha, The parallel Sayings.
Jesus – Unconditional Love – Christianity – Circa 1 C.E. (Common Era)
During the turn of the new millennium at the start of the Common Era Rome had concord the Middle East, including the Jews. Oppression, hatred, and intolerance were the dominating themes of people’s lives. The Jewish population was looking for a Messiah to set them free from the oppression. Christ incarnated as Jesus to teach unconditional love and the way of peace. The Jews expected to be set free through the might and wrath of God, but that is the way of men and not of God. God and Christ gave the Jews and the world something more lasting. Christ in the form of Jesus gave humankind the tools to find true and lasting peace through unconditional love.
"You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
Jesus replied: "`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Jesus taught unconditional love and demonstrated unconditional love throughout his lifetime. He taught people to emulate God as much as possible to create inner peace, and to create peace and harmony in their lives, and in the world in general. Jesus taught many other spiritual principals, and gave insights into other spiritual realms in his lifetime, but the overwhelming theme of His incarnation as Jesus was unconditional love. It permeated all of His other teachings.
Mystic teachings comes from direct experience with the Divine. Most religions have mystic teachings and teachers. Jesus conveyed inner teachings to some of His disciples which were deeper than the teachings He gave to the masses. The first written mystic teachings of Jesus can be found in the Gospel of Thomas. Many of the other Gnostic Gospels have mystic teachings in them as well.
Jesus taught and demonstrated human love and relationships and how they related to the divine. He taught the equality of women, much as Krishna did, but many of His teachings in those areas were in large part lost through non-acceptance. Please see our article “Mary Magdalene” for more information on those subjects.
There are 2 billion Christians in the world today.
For more information on Jesus’ teachings please see the New Testament of the Bible, and the Gnostic work The Gospel of Thomas. For modern day teachings of Jesus these is The Course in Miracles, and Love Without End… Jesus Speaks.
Muhammad – Devotion and Surrender – Islam – 6th Century C.E.
In the 6th century the Arab world was in Chaos. People felt no obligation to anyone outside of their tribe and blood feuds between tribes raged for decades at a time. Scarcity of martial goods made raiding and steeling from another tribe a regional institution and was considered a sign of virility. Political deadlock and the collapse of the magistrate in the leading city of Mecca aggravated the chaotic situation. Drunken orgies were commonplace and the current religion, and animalistic polytheism, filled with beastly spirits called jinns or demons did nothing to inspire people or provide help for the situation. The times called for Christ to incarnate again, this time in the form of Muhammad.
The name Islam is derived from the roots s-l-m, which means primarily “peace”, but in a secondary sense it means “surrender”. Its full connotation is “the peace that comes when one’s life is surrendered to God”.
To bring a people so ingrained in an amoral way of life, who believed in many gods and demons and were loyal to none of them, Christ focused on simple, yet powerful images of God and the need for devotion and adherence to God’s moral laws.
Muslims do not consider Muhammad an incarnation of God, the way that Christians see Jesus, or the Hindus see Krishna. Christ kept the guise of a mortal human being in His lifetime as Muhammad. Manifesting as an avatar would have undermined the teachings of God in the way that they needed to be presented in that lifetime. Muhammad received his inspired teachings from the Archangel Gabriel over a period of twenty-three years.
Islam a continuation of Judaism and Christianity
Muslims believe that the Koran, the inspirational words of Muhammad, is a continuation of the Old and New Testaments. “We made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel [and] you have nothing of guidance until you observe the Torah and the Gospel. (Q. 5:70, 68)
Teachings of the Muhammad in the Koran (Qur’an)
The overwhelming thrust of the teachings of the Koran proclaims the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and the mercy of God; and in correlation with those teachings the total dependence of human life upon God.
The Koran unequivocally declares the unity, uniqueness, and universality of Allah (God), the unity and equality of all of humankind, the universality of His guidance to all of humankind through the human messengers-prophets, and the unity and the indivisibility of the Truth.
“Glorify the name of your Sustainer, the All-Highest, Who creates all that exists, then forms it in the best mold, determines its nature with the proper measure and guides it towards its fulfillment. (Q. 87:1-3)
Muslims are required to pray 5 times a day in devotion to God. There are 99 descriptive names in the Koran for God and many Muslims repeat these names of God in worship.
Mystic Islam – Sufism
This stream of spiritual experience has been carried on by Sufis who have been the mystics and scholars of traditional Islam up to the present. Sufism sees the essence of the human in his being “of God, in the world” rather than “of the world, for God.” It sees humans innately bound with God due to the primordial covenant of their souls witnessing to the fact of God’s lordship. (Q. 7:172)
There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today. Please see the Koran for more information.
Bahá'u'lláh – Unity – Bahá’í – 1860’s C.E.
The Bahá’í faith arose in hopes of uniting all of the major religions of the world. Bahá'u'lláh was born in Iran in 1817. He became a follower of “The Báb”, a man who wanted relgious reform who was killed by the Iran governemnt, along with thousands of his followers. In 1844 Bahá'u'lláh was imprisoned for his beliefs. In 1853 he had a vision that he was the divine teacher that the Báb had promised. He publically declaired himself as a messenger of God in 1863. He spent the rest of his life in exile and prison, where he wrote over 100 volumes of scripture.
In Christ’s life as Bahá'u'lláh, just as in His life as Muhammad, Christ maintained the form of a moral man.
Central Bahá’í teachings are the “oneness of God”, that there is only one God and that God is actively concerned about the development of humanity; the “oneness of religion,”; that God sends messengers such as Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh to humanity to educate it in morals and in social values; and the “oneness of humanity,” that all humans come from the same original stock and deserve equal opportunity and treatment.
"The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." Bahá'u'lláh
The goal of uniting all of the religions was never realized, but the Bahá’ís still work at unification. The Bahá’í view that all religions come from God and thus constitute valid paths to the divine is a cornerstone of Bahá’í interfaith dialogue. Bahá'u'lláh calls on all Bahá’ís to interact with the people of all religions in love and harmony. Because the Bahá’ís share with other religions many common values and concern, they frequently work with local interfaith organizations.
There are 5 million followers of the Bahá’í faith in 232 countries and territories. It is the second most widely spread religion in the world today.
Sai Baba – Preparation – No Religion Associated – Current
Sai Baba is the current incarnation of Christ. Sai Baba is an avatar, meaning that he is fully realized. He regularly performs miracles for his followers, including healing the sick, raising from the dead, and creating all manner of objects out of divine energy. He bi-locates and can visit his devotees anywhere in the world, and be in two places at once. He is stationed in India and has millions of followers around the world.
Sai Baba teaches the oneness of all religions and does not want a new religion to be formed around him. He teaches people that through love and God understanding they can perform the miracles that he performs, very much as Jesus taught his followers.
Sai Baba does not call himself an incarnation of Christ, even though he likens himself to Christ. His followers are in large part Hindu and would not understand or accept the reference. His Christian followers might also misunderstand and think that Sai Baba is the promised Second Coming. He teaches that he is an avatar, a divine incarnation of God.
In large part Sai Baba’s work is in preparation for the Second Coming. He extols the same virtues as Jesus, and demonstrates the same abilities as Jesus did, and will again in His Second Coming. Sai Baba is gently preparing humankind to accept what Jesus will offer people through the Second Coming… a return of their higher dimensional abilities, and the chance to go beyond a death experience and ascend to a higher dimension, rather than staying in their reincarnational cycle on the Earth.
There are over 65 books written either by Sai Baba or about him. The internet is a good source of information on the titles and where to find them.
The Feminine Aspects of Christ
For over 5000 years the world has been dominated by patriarchal societies. Because men had and have the authority in most societies Christ has incarnated in many of His lifetimes as male to bring forth His teachings in a way that they would be listened to and accepted. This is not to say that Christ did not have many female incarnations. He did fulfill many teaching roles over the millenniums in female form. This section we will talk about two of His best known female incarnations, Kwan Yin and Mary Magdalene. We will also explore the Feminine Christ Consciousness as it is held by Mother Mary.
Most ancient religions, and the religions in the East recognize and accept the Divine Feminine and honor and worship that aspect of God. In the Western religions, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, any recognition of the Divine Feminine is sadly lacking or even forbidden. This imbalance of respect and honor of the feminine has created societies that are lacking in compassion, love, peace, and respect for women, and people in general. The world is starting to embrace the Divine Feminine and there are movements underway to balance the thoughts and energies of our world to include both male and female principals equally. This righting and balancing of thoughts and energies is being done, in part as preparation for the Second Coming. A part of the Second Coming is to bring about a true and lasting peace on the Earth. This can only be done if people are willing to go beyond aggression, violence, and territorialism in favor of the more feminine qualities of compassion, nurturing, and sharing.
Kwan Yin (Kuan Yin, Quan Yin)– Bodhisattva
As explained earlier, Bodhisattva means someone who, moved by great compassion, develops the aspiration to perfect enlightenment for the sake of others. Kwan Yin is the quintessential example of a Bodhisattva. Kwan Yin literally means "one who hears the cries of the world."
Never will I seek nor receive private, individual salvation; never will I enter into final peace alone; but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence. KWAN-YIN
In the 7th century Christ was born as Miao-shan in China. There are numerous myths and legends surrounding Kwan Yin and the facts of her life have been lost. Other male and female deities with a similar focuses have been combined with her over the centuries and have confused and overshadowed her real life. In Christ’s lifetime as Kwan Yin she inspired many people with her teachings, compassion, and love for humankind. She is the most popular Bodhisattva in the world, far outpacing any of her male counter parts. Kwan Yin for centuries has been the chief symbol of human compassion in the Orient. In Japan, and in pre-revolutionary China she was and is worshiped in virtually every home. There are tens of thousands of Kwan Yin temples, grottos, and statues all over the world. She is prayed to as the “Goddess of Compassion” and the “Goddess of Mercy”. Christ as Kwan Yin helps and works directly with millions of people every day. Thus Kwan Yin holds the Feminine Christ Consciousness for large segment of the world’s population. Her appeal is not limited to the East. She has come to represent the divine feminine virtues that people all over the world are seeking.
Holding the Feminine attributes of Christ on the Earth – Mother Mary
In Western religion the only person who represents the Divine Feminine is Mother Mary. She is not an incarnation of Christ, but she has come to represent the Feminine Christ. She is looked up to and acts as an intermediary to Jesus and God by Catholics, and to a lesser degree Protestants, all over the world. People recognize in her the mother image that is so lacking in Western religion.
Mother Mary acts as a role model for women. She is strong, compassionate, nurturing, and giving. She fulfills the mother role which should be present when we think of God and Christ. In Western religions God and all of His messengers are presented as male. We are conditioned to think of God in male terms only. Even though God’s messages teach love throughout the scripture the Bible, Torah, and Koran are filled with stories of server judgment, punishment, and the wrath of God. In most cases the seeming male God is not presented as being approachable, as would be the case if we thought of God as Mother/Father God. Mother Mary acts to soften God and makes God approachable, much as a child would turn to their mother to intercede for them with their father. A mother figure’s comfort and love are needed as much, or in some cases even more than the father figure’s. As a testament to that there are many more church names dedicated to Mother Mary, than any other figure, including Christ.
Even though God has no gender, thinking of God as Mother/Father God conveys what God truly is to humankind. Seeing both male and female in God and knowing that both have a rightful place and both have unique qualities which compliment each other can restore balance in a very unbalanced situation.
Over the last 2000 years Mother Mary has appeared all over the world, offering her guidance, presence, and grace. Her visits convey God’s and Christ’s love to us, and inspires people to hold their faith and further their spiritual understanding.
In the last several decades Mother Mary is making her presence more known and felt. She is working directly with many people around the world, and there are now orders of priests and ministers being ordained in her name and service.
For more information about Mother Mary and her current work upon the Earth please read any of James Twyman’s books, most notably Emissary of Light.
Mary Magdalene – Divine Partnership
Please see our article: Mary Magdalene
The Second Coming
Please see our article: The Second Coming
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