Feb 23, 1999
Commandments and AMEN
I just have time for a short post so I will only answer a couple questions.
Along with others I want to welcome Rick back. We all feel for you and look forward to you resolving the situation. It looks like you are making progress. I will say this, the story of your life lately has been better than Melrose Place.
I’ll talk brieﬂy about Jesus and commandments, and Amen.
Jesus as well as Moses did give commandments, but such commandments do not take away free will. The laws of the land have much more teeth than the commandments Jesus gave. Do they take away free will? No they help with free will. Without laws that prevent murder and stealing (which are also commandments), society would live in such fear that real free will would be discouraged.
What commandments did Jesus give?
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35
Jesus also supported the ten commandments as illustrated here:
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulﬁlled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:18-19
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not Matt bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Matt 5:17-22
Notice that both Moses and Jesus gave the commandments as a way to enter into greater life, but many of the churches today use them in a negative way. They come close to taking away free will by teaching something like this: “Obey this commandment (my version of it) or you’re going to hell!”
Neither Jesus nor Moses mentioned hell in relation to the commandments. Jesus as quoted above talked about entering “into life.” Commandments have been given by the Brotherhood of Light to all the religions of the planet for a purpose, and to understand them it is important to go to the source rather than the preachers of the world. The commandments focus our lives so the law of cause and effect (karma) works for our good so our free will is eventually expanded. They also direct our minds toward the soul.
Many of us get a bad taste in our mouths when someone quotes a commandment at us, for some religious types can be very obnoxious. But when the commandment is in harmony with the will of God, veriﬁed through the soul, and that fact is registered in our consciousness, the effect on a person is powerful. Then a realization comes that this is a guiding post that will direct us to greater spiritual progress.
The AMEN originally was an alternative method of saying the sacred word AUM. In fact the original pronunciation of Amen was AUM-ANE, which meant “may the words which have been spoken become manifest, but only to fulﬁll the purpose of God.” AUM-AUN and AUM-OM were also used and the full meaning will be given at a future time.
Among the ancients AUM, OM, AUM-ANE, AUM-AUN and AUM-OM and other variations were used at the end of a prayer or invocation for certain purposes.
The current pronunciation of AMEN is a corruption. Any use of it should begin with the AUM sound.
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