WHAT IS THE MYSTERY
The mysteries of life are as infinite as the questions we have about them. Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” However true this statement may be the mysterious can also be the source of great pain.
This is following entry is the first draft of Chapter one of the new book I have been working on, “Mystery No More”. I just wanted to share it with you all and get your comments and thoughts. I have been very up in the air about a lot of things lately and I am waiting on direction. In the mean time please enjoy Chapter one, of course this is not a finished chapter but it will give you an idea of what I have been working on. I sure hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already, it’s free and it will keep you posted on all the new stuff I write and post here. Jacob
One cannot deny that without mystery there would be nothing to discover, there would be no questions to have answered, there would be no search for meaning and without meaning no one’s life would seem worth living. The unknown can open the door to great adventure, exploration, wonderful discovery, advances in medicine, technology, and more. However, the mysterious can also open the door to superstition, fear and all manner of evil.
The darkness is only feared because one does not know what is hidden beneath it. The instant light swallows the darkness in victory what was once hidden, and feared, is now seen clearly and those fearful thoughts are erased. Spiritually the darkness that gives way to mankind’s fear is their ignorance.
Ignorance is never bliss as some have said. Mankind has long been a slave to it. The powers that be work hard to make sure things don’t change. They want the masses ignorant, scared and easily controlled. Great men and women have been persecuted, mocked, attacked, and killed for challenging the status quo and revealing the mysterious to others. Knowledge is power and those in control would most surely lose their power if the masses began to wake from their ignorant slumber.
Consider religion, for thousands of years it has tricked countless souls into believing they need to follow their religious leaders without question. It is hard to believe that a short while ago, men and women were put to death for simply owning a bible that was translated into English. The reason was simple; keep the world in the dark and their fear will keep them dependent on those who claim to have the answers. Keep people scared of invisible monsters called demons, an infinite place of suffering called hell, keep them fixed on the future and the past instead of the present, keep them waiting for salvation, keep them believing they have no power, and obedient to every religious law they are force fed. Keep them financially strained by taking their money with empty promises and threaten a punishment worse than death for those that dare to seek the truth for themselves or claim there is more.
Great men and women have been persecuted, mocked, attacked, and killed for challenging the status quo and revealing the mysterious to others. Once the truth is known, people will see that they don’t need to do this or that or go here or there to be saved from the pain of this world. Once the mystery is understood people will no longer allow themselves to be slaves of a religious system whose strength is found in their fear. Once the mystery is no more people will be free and will live their lives the way they were meant to live them.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Free from your fear, free from your sorrow, free from your shame, free from your regret, free from your doubt and most importantly free to know who you truly are and what you are truly capable of.
Sadly, this freedom which I so easily write about can only be found when the lies of religion have been let go. One cannot be free to be who they truly are if they have been conditioned since birth to believe they are someone they are not. One cannot be free from oppression or persecution if one has been conditioned since birth to believe they have to be dependent on others for answers and direction.
If a person has been conditioned since birth to believe that those dressed in religious garb are the only way to God then those in religious garb can demand anything from the ignorant and treat them however they wish. If a person is ignorant and has been conditioned to believe that the power and wisdom of God is only for a select few then they would never seek it for themselves, much less have the ability to tap into it. In addition, if a person was never to seek the truth for themselves they would remain in ignorant chains without hope. They would remain slaves to a system of control that only profits by keeping the truth far away. They would remain ignorant sheep never knowing they were born to be shepherds.
This is how it has been since the beginning and this is how it has been for far too long.
If the world caught on that they didn’t need a priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, or guru to find their way to eternal life and peace then the control of religion would fade away. If those in the world found out that the scriptures have been twisted, changed, taken out of context, misunderstood and mistranslated in an attempt to keep the masses in bondage, then the control of religion would fade away.
If those in the world found the truth of who they are they would be able to tap into the very source of everything, the world would forever change and the lies of religion and the pain of fear would be a distant memory.
The mysterious is a wonderful, powerful and liberating thing for those that seek and uncover the truth. However, in the oppressor’s hand the mysterious is the very gate of hell itself for those that follow without question.
We all say we want the answers, we all say we want the meaning of life. We all say we want an end to our suffering and a reason to live another day. We all say we want peace and purpose. We say we want to be content and at harmony with others. However, what we say we want and what we believe we can achieve are two very different things.
We have been tricked into believing that we will somehow be damned if we actually dare to embrace the divine. Religion has convinced us to put our faith outside of us, when all along our focus and faith should be firmly placed within.
The mysterious became a weapon used against us, because religion convinced us we weren’t allowed to question or seek for ourselves, and because of this we never found the very thing we wanted the most.
There is a voice inside of us telling us there is so much more. There is a believe deep within us that understands all will be well. There is a picture we have of what life can be, free from suffering, free from shame and fear, and we want desperately to find it. Yet, we find within us the inability to do so.
The apostle Paul wrote about this in the book of Romans. He, like many of us, had a picture of what life should be. He believed there was a golden path that each of us could walk with faith. He believed there was a way to rise above heartache, doubt, worry and fear. He believed we could be perfected in the here and now, not the hereafter. However after years of trying to find that perfect state, that peaceful existence, he wasn’t yet able to possess it. He fought the good fight of faith and continued to press on to the mark of that high calling, but the promise of perfection and peace eluded him. This is something we can all relate to. Nevertheless, it is also something that we can, and will overcome. In this world we may find heartache, we may suffer and yes we may have fear and doubt, but we will overcome it all the instant we lay hold of the truth hidden within the mystery.
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
If we have the promise of eternal life and joy unspeakable than there must be a way to find it. God is not a liar, nor is he the author of confusion, so we must be able to enter into abundant life and find that promise land of God’s rest.
To do this, we must first dare to go beyond what we have been told is true and uncover the truth for ourselves. We must go beyond the veil of religion and worldly literal understanding to uncover the mystery of God until this mystery is no more.
The key that is needed to do this is found in a simple verse of scripture that many of you know well.
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables” Mark 4: 11
The kingdom of God is not a place far, far, away, and you will soon understand it is not a literal kingdom at all. It is a mystery within us and mysteries are meant to be revealed. We must look beyond literal interpretation and embrace the spirit of the story itself. To understand the mystery of God and our very existence one must begin to see everything in scripture and in our waking life as a symbolic representation of our spiritual reality. The truth has been hidden. Our purpose is to find the truth for ourselves and then reveal this wonderful treasure to the world.
“To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God”
The book of proverbs tells us, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of Kings is to search out a matter.” We must go beyond commonly held beliefs and traditions and enter into the holiest of holies. By finding the spirit of the story, whether in scripture or in our waking life, you will find the very essence of truth and love. We must see things through the eyes of God and this book will show you how.
You will soon see that the bible is not just a retelling of historical events or a collection of books written about specific individuals. The bible is in fact your story, it is your book. Every character is you, every situation is yours, and when you understand this you will begin to unravel the magnificent reality of you truly are.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
Jesus once said that if you continue in his word, which is truth, than that truth will set you free. This freedom is more wonderful than one can imagine. It is freedom from your fear, from shame, regret and doubt. It is freedom from insecurity, self-loathing and most importantly it is freedom from the ignorance that has trapped us all.
We have all been lied to, programmed since birth to believe we are someone we are not. We were told what to believe, how to act, who to vote for, what to wear, what to eat, what to say, what to think, who to friend, who to war against, who to embrace, who to shun, who to love, who to hate, when to cry, when to laugh, every aspect of our lives has been controlled. We have been slaves to our ignorance and this yolk has been heavy.
It is time to find the truth, to let the lies go, to embrace who you truly are and who God is. It is time to unlock the unlimited potential that waits within each and every one of us. It is time to see the scriptures in their true light. It is time to begin your journey out of the bondage and fear of religion and enter the heavenly gates of wisdom, which is the tree of life.
“Wisdom is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.” Proverbs 3:18
As written in the second book of Timothy, understanding the scriptures makes you wise unto salvation through faith. However few know what salvation truly is, fewer still understand what one needs to be saved from and it most surely is not some a place of endless suffering as many have been taught.
We need to be saved from our ignorance. We need to be saved from the mystery that has us trapped in a world of darkness so we boldly enter into the light of possibility, faith and love.
There are many mysteries in scripture that will be revealed to us all when we seek, but the greatest of all mysteries is the mystery of who you are.
“Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
Gospel of Thomas
It is time to rule and reign, to live the life you have always dreamed. It is time to learn who you truly are and what your life is for, to understand the mysteries of scripture until the mystery is no more. And those who dare to seek are the ones who find. So seek already!