“Not to know what happened before you were born
is to be a child forever.
For what is the time of a man,
except it be interwoven with that memory
of ancient things of a superior age?”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 42 B.C
A good number of Homo sapiens do not know and do not care to know anything that happened before they arrived on earth. With this level of palpable ignorance, their enslavement and oppression are made relatively easy for the overlords of the kingdom of man. Guided by the above quote from Cicero, let us continue with the explanatory note on the Re-Presented Lord’s Prayer for the consideration of the serious seekers of the truth of life.
On The Kingdom
The next line of The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In the re-presented version we say, “Let your divine kingdom of love come to earth soon. Let your will be done on earth world as it is done in the spirit world.”
The word KINGDOM would have had a very different meaning to the audience of the simple teacher of Galilee whose teaching we are reviewing. The Bible historians gave us glimpses of kingdoms like Assyria, Babylon, Egypt and Persia before the time of the teacher.
Several kingdoms came and went in the lives of the Israelites and Judaeans and all of them left bitter experiences behind. These kingdoms brought forced dispersal/exile, bloodshed, tears and sorrows to the simple folks of Palestine. At the time the teacher was going about teaching a revolutionary message of love among the poor folks, the Roman Kingdom or Empire was in full but chaotic control of the land of Palestine.
It was a time of bloody political rebellion against the unwanted power of the Roman Empire. So, we can imagine the joy of the listeners when the teacher mentioned kingdom in the said prayer. However, the ears of the religious police and the imperial intelligence agents would have pricked with a flashing signal – TROUBLE. As we said in the last essay, the teacher adopted proverbs and parables as a tool of teaching to avoid the law of blasphemy and for self-protection in order to secure a short moment for his work.
Kingdom (king + dominion or domain) denotes there is a person called king with inalienable sovereign right to dominion over lands and power of life and death over people. A king is seen by the poor folks as a god on earth with the so-called divine authority to bind or to lose anything and anyone under his jurisdiction. Personally, having read a bit of history on the atrocious and psychopathic behaviour of the royals, my spirit recoils in horror when it hears about kings and queens.
The history of this caliber of people known as the royals is woven with bloodshed right from the birth of the monarchical institution on earth. Acquiring power over others does not come on a platter, the Acquisitor often have a high dose of wickedness in his make-up or what psychiatrists called psychopathic traits. The processes of acquiring kingship and kingdom are the classic cases of evil in operation. In order to understand the meaning of devil and evil concepts, you don’t need to go too far, read up on the history of kings and kingdoms.
Therefore, when we say, “Let your kingdom come,” we need to ask, which kingdom are we praying for?
In our recent history, we know about the British Empire. To those in the motherland of the empire, the period of the empire was a joyous, blissful and prosperous time that is still remembered and recalled with nostalgic fond memories. But to the various conquered, raped and pillaged races across the world, it is a memory that is better forgotten for its remembrance has never failed to bring sadness, tears and sorrow.
In our contemporary life, we know of the American Empire that has been disturbing the peace of every country that refuses to bow to her diktat. Its intrusion into the affairs of every country that has something of worth that America feels she needs and wants for what she often calls her national interest is legendary. We know of the ongoing big plan to establish One World Government (kingdom) under a new world order. When we studied the processes that went into all the above, we found they entail deception, hate, cruelty, bloodshed and wars. These are not divine acts.
Could the teacher then be thinking of a kingdom in the mode of a king ruling over people? A king that can only be installed after many millions of innocent people have been sacrificed in bloody wars. I don’t think so, knowing what we know about the evil and the tyrannical power of kings in the world.
Although, we must acknowledge that the project of establishing a ‘kingdom of man’ has never ceased to be the focus of psychopaths since the creation of the male god. The holy books from the Middle East are full of stories and prophecies on the coming of a king or messiah or mahdi. This is the bait that every believer and follower of the religions that emanated from the Middle East has swallowed line, hook and sinker. We must reject the concept of a king that rules over others because it negates the divine principle of equality of persons.
Remember what we said when we defined the God concept as, “God is the total sum of all things seen and unseen, visible and invisible. God is not a person but it is all persons and everything that exist in nature.” The principle of equality of life flows from this conception of God. It means all within the composite called God have equal and same property or essence of life. If we are in agreement with this definition, let us ask ourselves, what then gives any earthling the prerogative to carry daggers, bows, arrows, and other kinds of vicious weapons, to attack and to slaughter fellow human beings for the purpose of subjugating them to his will?
This is the history of our world and the history of the prim and proper royals and their court jesters: dukes, lords, barons, chiefs etc. Today they look respectable, cosmopolitan and sophisticated but we must not be fooled by the outward appearances. They are heinous characters in and out. The history of the establishment of the monarchical system of governance and the guiding spirit behind owning an empire is evil through and through.
So, when the teacher discussed the kingdom of god, the imagination of the carnal-minded followers could not go beyond what they know about the royalties around them. They could only see the psychopathic puppet Herods in power and they reckoned the teacher was talking about replacing them with a new royal house. The history of how splendidly regal and holy the Royal House of David was, had been told over and over again that most people have actually believed the spin and fairy tales as true history. However, the reality of the royals even of the Judaean was marred in bloodshed both within the “holy royal” family household and with the neighbouring Regions/Peoples.
Hence, the rewording of the line that says, “Let your divine kingdom of love come to earth” is to situate a kingdom that has no relationship whatsoever with what has been drummed into the ears and minds of the people of the world as reality. The present kingdoms in the world are built on the spirit of hate that makes practices based on inequality, injustice and enslavement possible. A divine kingdom of love must indeed be completely different because it is only under the umbrella of divine love that sociopolitical practices based on equality, justice and freedom are possible and effortless.
In my seeking and searching for the truth of life, one thing that struck my consciousness very early in my exploration was the question of God as King. It occurred to me that the kings of the world are claiming to be an imitation of God in heaven; and that they are God’s representative on earth. Accordingly, they set themselves up on a throne made of gold because God has a throne in heaven. They set up court courtiers because there are angels in heaven serving God as chorus singers, messengers and emissaries.
In fact, by their man-made beliefs, everything about royalty on earth is an imitation of what these people imagined heaven is. Knowing what we know about the demonic and odious history of monarchical rule in the world, our minds should reject totally and emphatically this carnal understanding of heaven. Our minds when fully sanctified by the knowledge of truth would know that such gods on throne do not exist.
Thus, in praying for a divine kingdom of love (God) on earth, we must be conversant with what a kingdom of Hate is and have the spiritual discernment to know the difference. The total package of what we know as kingdom so far in the world is of that which was born of the seeds of hate. The very important characters behind the kingdom projects from time memorial are the sick psychopaths and the detestable class of humanity that follows them as sheep. These hideous set of people have been running the show since the female deities (goddess) were dislodged from been worshipped. The difference between the two deities is, while the female deity is a giver and nurturer of life; the male deity since its creation is a congenital taker and destroyer of life.
The worship of any deity is all right just as it is all right to feed a nursing baby with breast milk. As soon as the baby begins to grow teeth, one or two painful bites on the mother’s nipple will tell the nursing mother that solid food is now required.
Mankind was once a baby on planet earth at that time when we knew no better. Hence, the attention we paid to the creation and worship of deities were necessary psychological defence mechanism to ward off fear and anguish that life on earth brought to our ancestors. We, who are alive today and of this generation, can do better now with all the philosophical theories of life that the minds of thinkers have propounded and the ensuing scientific and technological innovations that have made life on earth better, more comfortable and endurable.
Therefore, when mankind is praying to the God in heaven rather than meditating on what our senses feed to the mind, we are like babies who are yet to be weaned off baby food. Our mode of intercourse with the divine has to change when we constantly remember that, “We exist in God and God exist in us and God and us are one.” This mantra tells us that there is nothing out there that is not within us. Consequently, let us learn to converse and dialogue with the one within us and the one within us will give us answers to all our knotty questions accordingly.
It is only through the knowledge of the divine that mankind can escape the snare the psychopaths are setting up for mankind through the new Kingdom of Man (alias, New World Order). All the strategic instruments for the establishment of this Kingdom of Hate is in place and their chosen king is about to be crowned. Yet the simple and the meek who sincerely believed in the myth of the three religious institutions from the Middle East are earnestly looking elsewhere for the Second Coming or the Mahdi or the Messiah.
A divine kingdom of love can be established on earth when a substantial proportion of mankind have come to know who they are. Working together under the guidance of the spirit of truth, the spiritually enlightened souls scattered all over the world can help the host of mankind still fooling around with the various religious ideologies developed and promoted by hidden slave masters, to set themselves free from the bondage of ignorance. As a result of lack of knowledge on the historical ramifications that surrounded the development of these religious ideologies, the praying religionists have made themselves easy catch for the preying psychopaths who are presently running the affairs of our world.
It is indeed correct that only a true knowledge of life can set us free. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
In The Spirit of Truth
SAM ABBD ISRAEL