|The Jesus from Nazareth of Toward the Light|
An article by Sverre Avnskog
Dedicated to Iver Hagel-Sørensen – an inspirator and a great advocate for TtL! His and his brother’s articles about "The open letter to the Danish Bishops" are unsurpassed!
Jesus from Nazareth – who was he really? A very relevant question considering that this man lived almost 2000 years ago and yet has made his mark on mankind in a way no one else has done before or after him. Unfortunately, so far we haven’t had very many credible sources that could tell us about Jesus and regrettably the gospels are not very reliable. They were put together at least a lifetime after the death of Jesus, and because those who related the stories, as well as the scribes who copied them, were prone to add and subtract a little here and there after their fancy, the stories would change slightly as they “wandered” from person to person. And when Christianity developed into a serious power factor an editing committee was set up to collect as many as possible of the stories circulating among the Christian communities and to select those that were to be included in the official narrative about Jesus and his teachings. The narratives were re-written and re-edited in order to harmonise with each other, and this is how the New Testament, as we know it today, was created. However, almost 100 years ago a completely new source for our understanding of Jesus saw the light of day, when a work was published in Denmark, brought about by means of direct inspirational thought from the spirits of light to the Danish medium, Johanne Agerskov. The name of this work is “Toward the Light” and it provides a rather full description of the man Jesus as well as of his mission on Earth. In this article I intend to transmit some of the completely new pieces of information about Jesus as they are presented in TtL and also expound my own views and thoughts about the fate of Jesus.
“Jesus was incarnated in order to, among other things, teach mankind the message of love and to know and recognise our true father figure, God – the Creator of our spirit. In addition, it was his task to pray for him who had fallen deepestof all beings and who was responsible for life on Earth having become a life in distress and suffering for mankind: Satan, previously one of God’s angels, who had succumbed to darkness and caused mankind to have to live in a world of darkness instead of light”
In ‘Toward the Light!’ emerges a picture of Jesus which in important aspects goes against the traditional conception of Christianity. According to TtL Jesus was not divine, rather he was entirely a mortal human being, conceived as a result of the conjugal life of his mother and father. However, in Jesus’ physical body was incarnated the spirit of a very highly developed spiritual being – the leader of humanity, Christ, who in a discarnate existence – in the spiritual world that for discarnate beings is as real as the material world is to us – is also an independent individual and not part of a divine Trinity together with God and the Holy Spirit. We also learn that the death of Jesus on the cross by no means was a sacrifice of atonement in the new pact between mankind and God so as to save mankind and make them share eternal life, rather it was a result of the antagonists of Jesus, the literate power elite, sacrificing his life in order to save themselves from the wrath of the occupational power.
What then remains of his role as saviour – is nothing left of the Saviour Jesus? Yes, absolutely! – Jesus was incarnated in order to, among other things, teach mankind the message of love and to know and recognise our true father figure, God – the creator of our spirit and mind. In addition it was his task to pray for him that had fallen deepest of all and who was responsible for life on Earth having become a life in distress and suffering for mankind; Satan, previously one of God’s angels, who had succumbed to darkness and caused mankind to live in a world of darkness instead of a world of light. As it happened, Christ in his incarnation as Jesus did not succeed in his quest for praying for Satan, but TtL tells us that Christ never ceased to win the Evil one back to the light, and that he at long last succeded in carrying out this saviour deed for mankind in 1912 when two people in Denmark, Johanne and Michael Agerskov, following the wish of Christ prayed lovingly for Satan who was thus won over and back into the light. In this way Christ became the true saviour of mankind in the very deepest sense of the word, since darkness is now without a leader and it is only a question of time before this present life will change fundamentally and peace and prosperity will become a reality for all mankind.
In TtL we gain knowledge about the main features of the life of Jesus, and in many ways it coincides with what we have learned from the Bible. Jesus, in Heaven the leader of mankind, was born into an ordinary Jewish family, son of Mary and the carpenter Joseph. But already from childhood it became clear that he had no interest in his father’s trade, because clearly Jesus was a thinker and a seeker of truth, preferring to study the traditional scriptures in the synagogue both locally and where else he was wandering, because Jesus used to move around during his youth. But in the synagogues the scribes talked about a God of wrath and revenge, far from being righteous, and it must have been very difficult for the young Jesus to identify with this God, because we know that Jesus in his heart had preserved a clear picture of the loving and patient father – the Creator of our spirit. And when young Jesus himself searched the ancient scriptures he found, in addition to the revengeful and pugnacious Jahveh, also stray evidence of the loving father he himself remembered in his heart, and he understood that this was the true God.
We also learn from TtL how God at a certain point in the life of the young Jesus awakened the hope in his mind that he was the promised Messiahs, about whom he had heard so much – the king of David’s lineage who was to free the people from their sufferings! At first Jesus himself dared not trust his own hopes on this account but gradually and slowly his self-confidence as a religious reformer must have grown, for in his 23rd year he appeared in the synagogue in Nazareth, expounding clearly his thoughts about the two gods, the God of lies and of truth, and from that moment he pulled the rugs from under the feet of all those who had been watching him expectantly, seeing his zest in studying the ancient scriptures, and for many of the scribes he now turned into an enemy.
Whatever happened in Jesus’ life from the time of his youth and until his appearance in the synagogue as a powerful and independently reasoning young man? We do not learn very much from TtL concerning these years, but Jesus did take an interest in religious issues from an early age, and TtL tells us that from an early age he had formed his own opinions, often contrary to prevailing opinions. We also learn that his family was disappointed with him, because he didn’t show any interest whatsoever in the trade of his father, a trade that his family wanted him to learn. Even if Jesus from an early age showed himself to be a very independent and self-willed young man, he was not, in fact, equipped with a strong will or great authority from birth. Since such a strong will is very easily developed into self-righteousness, such as was the case with Paul, Jesus on his own had to develop his character as a human being by conquering darkness and remembering the prayer for Ardor, and as a consequence of this victory was to come forward with the divine authority necessary to win the people and the religious leaders for his teachings. It is very likely that the young Jesus was particularly exposed to all kinds of dark attacks intending to sow doubt in his soul about his identity and self-confidence. We have to assume that Ardor and his assistants exposed Jesus to continuous assaults of darkness in order to make him stumble and fail – because the brightest light is always attacked by the greatest darkness, and Ardor knew how to attack at the very weakest points of men.
Personally I see the young Jesus as someone who loves his neighbour, sympathetic and loving, but at the same time very lonely with his innermost thoughts and with a very strong feeling of being different and alone in how he perceived his surroundings. I believe such feelings of loneliness may very easily mark people who were born onto this earth in order to bring new thinking to mankind, thoughts in opposition to that which is commonly accepted as the truth. And their experience of being very much alone with their perception can easily lead to great spiritual suffering during the necessary natural process they have to pass through in order to reach harmony with their inner values, contrary to what everybody around continue to insist on. But obviously Jesus had a strong inner driving force guiding him to find his own way and undoubtedly harnessed a deep-rooted belief that he had a special mission to fulfill, in spite of not always being conscious of it. At times he has surely felt self-doubt preying on his mind and felt depressed by all the sin and misery he witnessed around him everywhere, for his empathy was far more developed than in his fellow men. Jesus, being a very sensitive person, surrounded by darkness and suffering everywhere, is liable to have felt the fear and anxiety that he might lose himself and succumb to Evil, but through the faith in God that he developed and by means of the peace in his heart granted him by God, he found the tranquility of mind and strength that he needed.
However, from TtL we learn that Jesus was a human being through and through and, as such, suffering from all the lower urges and desires that any man does, and of course he also had a congenital astral sensory apparatus that could, at times, explode in ire over the foolishness of men. However, with Jesus such astral emotional outbursts were only of short duration, for his mind was of such spiritual purity that darkness could not dominate him over longer periods of time. But from TtL we learn that Jesus was not always among the most diplomatic of men and could, when sufficiently provoked, be rather homely and plain in characterising his opponents, and he could also be very aggressive in his retort to those attacking him. TtL tells us that Ardor knew entirely how to use the temperament of Jesus and was frequently invisibly at his side, inflaming his ire in order to make sure that Jesus acquired enemies on account of his undiplomatic behavior. In general, I must confess that I believe many people would be very surprised if they had experienced Jesus close up. It becomes evident from TtL that in very many situations he could appear very much mortal and ordinary – not like the humble and mild “god-like” creature many have pictured him as. At all times extremely few people have had the ability to recognise the Youngest when meeting them, and this applies very much to our time as well. One tends to forget that also the Youngest in most personality areas will appear as very ordinary people, that they in many aspects of life may appear even spiritual immature as well as very human – however in precisely the aspects where they have promised God to bring new understanding to mankind their talents will be way above those of the average man. But this was also the case with Jesus, and among those that met him hardly anyone understood that they were front to front with the most loving of all loving human beings ever to inhabit this Earth.
Hence, Jesus was very much alone in his understanding and perception of the sufferings of mankind, and such a feeling of loneliness probably experienced by Jesus is liable to lead to a deep feeling of affinity with everybody leading a lonely life for some reason or another, whether from poverty or sickness or other reasons for their being outcast from society. Such people, whom nobody wanted to have anything to do with, found in Jesus their very best friend, and his sympathy for the suffering and the outcast was deep and real. In this area, Jesus succeeded achieving total harmony with his conscience, God himself, who led him through the entire incarnation as Jesus – from birth until death. And in this relationship he was the most perfect mirror of God’s love, which does not condemn anybody, not even those that have caused their own sufferings, but is always ready to help everyone to find their way – out of sin and misery.
It is difficult to tell what was the sustenance of Jesus during this period, but he hardly lived off his parents without contributing to his own income. Perhaps he accepted casual work wherever possible? Whatever his circumstances, we can be sure that Jesus during these years developed a very frugal lifestyle, and his attitudes could, in a manner of speaking, be reminiscent of a few of the values that developed during the “hippie”-period of the 1960s. He was against anybody amassing riches on the expense of others and was of the view that it was the duty of everyone to share whatever they owned with those who had nothing. It is very likely that he possessed only a few personal items, maybe only a coat, a pair of sandals and a walking stick, and for the rest he lived in solidarity with those that had nothing, sharing everything he earned with them. Jesus had an almost instinctive animosity against people in power and did not see it as his calling to seek power in order to redress the social conditions. Jesus wanted to teach mankind about the unreserved love of God to each and every human being – that even the poorest and most wretched are equally loved by the all-mighty and all-loving God. He also taught that there was no need whatsoever to make a detour and contact God through the religious leaders – Jesus’ commandment was that each and every person can contact God directly through prayer. These were new and revolutionary ideas for the Jews, for whom religious practice was the prerogative of the priesthood, and who were under strict rules including bans and commands than had to be obeyed.
Jesus was born into an ordinary Jewish family that didn’t in any respect differ from most other families in their community. TtL tells us that Jesus’ father frequently took on work for well-to-do Romans that needed housing while staying in the occupied territories, and they paid very well. It is not difficult to imagine that those that chose to work for the occupying power were regarded with distrust by other people and were seen as a kind of traitors. This kind of “pragmatism” in his father is liable to have caused the young Jesus to feel disgust, as he was probably a youngster with very high ideals, abhorring everything that tasted of striving for riches. There is also nothing to indicate that Jesus’ family were religious seekers or freethinkers, rather they appear in TtL as very much bound by tradition and frequently reproached Jesus for not following the faith of his family. Well, even as Jesus was hanging on the cross in the hour of his death, his mother was convinced that God had forsaken him because he had abandoned the faith of his forefathers, because it was she that spoke the well-known words later attributed to Jesus about God having forsaken him. In other words, we cannot see that there was anything at all in Jesus’ background that might support him in the calling he had undertaken – to teach mankind about their true relationship with God. On the contrary, he had to go against almost everything his family stood for. And that a man coming from wretched poverty of the lowest strata of society would manage to struggle his way onto becoming a religious leader who were to win over religious leaders living in a totally different world of riches, privileges and exalted positions and have them accept a totally new religious set of tenets – the task seems almost impossible, particularly considering that this new teaching in one single blow would deprive the entire privileged elite the religious power and the monopoly on religious practice that they had built up through centuries. God had set Jesus a virtually gigantic challenge.
We may also wonder why God did not provide Jesus a somewhat easier point of departure in his so fateful incarnation as Jesus when he was to attempt for the very first time, as a human being, to remember the prayer for him that all people feared and hated, Satan, the prince and slave of darkness. And why wasn’t Jesus born into a very wealthy family enjoying great respect in society and with influence in inner circles of the religious power apparatus? Why were he not endowed with a background similar to that of Joseph of Arimathea, the rich scribe who before his incarnation had promised to support Jesus? Perhaps some will argue that it may well be as difficult for someone born into power to win his fellow men for a new teaching as it is for a poor outsider, and there is probably much to support that view. On the other hand, in the parable about Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea in TtL Jesus is pictured as a small and weak man with a giant burden to bear, whereas Joseph is pictured as a big and strong man with a tiny burden to carry. Judging from this it is difficult to draw any other conclusion than that God knew very well that Jesus’ point of departure was far more difficult than that of Joseph, and that it would have been a far easier task to fulfill for Jesus if he had been born into a rich family in easy circumstances, enjoying great respect with the prevailing powers and authorities. However, this was not to be the case – Jesus ended up with something we have to describe as a worst case scenario in which to succeed in his second mission – to win the people and the leaders over for his new teaching of love.
And maybe it was absolutely necessary for Jesus to develop, through the hard realities of life, such a deeply felt empathy and love to his suffering fellow men in order for him also to succeed in praying for Ardor, for if Ardor could be won back to the cause of the light, darkness would be without a leader, and through this first and great victory over darkness Jesus would develop a willpower and authority of such divine strength that he would be able to present his message with the necessary conviction to win even the most ultraconservative religious leaders for his new teachings. This might very well be part of the explanation why God gave Jesus this particular point of departure. But maybe there are also factors that might explain why Jesus’ life took exactly the course that it did?
One can easily imagine other ways for a person to develop his empathy without living among destitute, sick and suffering people. From TtL we know that the incarnation as Jesus was not the first one Christ experienced, for he had had four previous incarnations as a human being. And also in those incarnations he had great tasks to perform, just that TtL does not indicate that he had to work his way up from wretched poverty conditions in any of those – on the contrary, it seems that in most of those incarnations he very easily reached prominent positions as a prince and religious leader.
And this is exactly where one can begin to wonder whether there are circumstances in Christ’s earlier incarnations that might explain why his incarnation as Jesus had to have this point of departure and also met the end that it did – in addition to that which we already know: that unfortunately Jesus did not succeed in praying for Ardor at the decisive moment when he was at the culmination point of his love of mankind and sympathy for the suffering? Or, in other words: Might there be things also in the earlier lives of Christ that made him atone in relation to the law of retribution? Was the case simply that he himself had prepared the way for his life as Jesus through his previous acts?
According to TtL it is correct as told by the Bible that John the Baptist was also one of God’s missionaries, tasked with the mission of preparing the way for Jesus. And the meeting between the two did really take place - in the 27th year of Jesus. The words attributed to God, when Jesus stepped in front of the people as a king after having been baptized by John, were in reality spoken by John himself: “This is the son of God, the beloved! Follow him and
Was Jesus subject to provisions of the law of retribution?
It is stated in TtL on page 287 that:
“Hence it must clear to all: that no man suffers more, whether spiritually or bodily, than he himself has caused in past existences”.
If this sentence is applied to Jesus’ life and destiny it may of course explain much about his life as well as his death. And if one interprets the above completely literally, it says, in actual fact that the one who loses his life can only arrive at that destiny because he himself has caused somebody else to lose his life. But does this also apply to the Youngest? And does it also apply to Jesus? Could it really be a fact that also Christ in one of his earlier lives, under influence of the terrible power of darkness, could have been guilty of other people’s suffering? Or were the sufferings of Christ entirely undeserved also seen on the backdrop of his previous incarnations?
Probably many people will be shaken by the very possibility that one can harbor the idea that also Christ, the loving leader of mankind, as a human being can have caused other people to suffer. For many people it is of course precisely the great sacrifice of Jesus, his terrible and undeserved sufferings for the sake of mankind which constitutes a large part of the motivation for their love and admiration for him. I assume it will be a very difficult idea for such people to accept that the sufferings of Jesus perhaps to a certain extent were self-inflicted through previous sins. In the same way that for many people it is something unthinkable that Johanne Agerskov may ever have been taken in by the Eldest when she published the Episcopal letter, for many it will be a totally unthinkable idea – verging on the blasphemous – to intimate that Christ may have committed sins in earlier incarnations which could explain why he suffered so much in his life as Jesus from Nazareth. And some people will probably also question if it is at all necessary also to tear down Christ from the Throne where we ourselves have put him as a kind of divine being almost at par with God. Shouldn’t even he be left in peace, out of reach from the curiosity of mankind? Well, I have previously declared that my motto in all of life’s circumstances is that there is to be nothing that I am not willing to face head on. This is the research approach of TtL – not to hide anything but investigate all aspects of reality with a completely unprejudiced attitude. One can easily hold back information for a period of time on account of mankind not yet having attained a level of maturity sufficiently developed for them to take an interest in the information – however, an inquisitive type of person will of course not stop until he is able to understand everything that his mind can hold – irrespective of the possible condemnation of his surroundings.
So, the fact is that Jesus suffered much and ended his life on the cross, in response to his self-sacrificing love for mankind, alas executed by men. Let us now take a closer look at the first four incarnations of Christ as a human being, trying to find clues that might lead us to understand more of the life of Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, or – if maybe the hint that he previously sinned are mere speculations without root in reality.
The first two incarnations of Christ took place in a historically unknown civilization in the Pacific Ocean that was once connected with the mainland of the northern part of South-America. Circa 30 000 years BC this civilization perished because of volcanic eruptions and subsidence of the sea-bed. Only a few Polynesian archipelagos still bear witness of the position of this civilization. Concerning the incarnations of Christ this is what TtL tells us:
“Here in the Pacific country the eldest of the Youngest had his first two incarnations. In the first one he was chief or leader of the largest and most advanced tribe of the country, however at this point in time the tribe being at a rather low level of cultural development, and hence his deeds among the people did not enjoy any durable importance.
The third incarnation of Christ occurred in a later civilization, the so called Atlantis that perished in the year 12000 BC. We are told that polytheism was prevalent in this realm but that human sacrifice was not practiced. Animal sacrifices, on the other hand, were common. Concerning the incarnation of Christ we learn as follows:
“In this island realm the eldest of the Youngest had his third incarnation as prince and high priest. He was very much loved by his people for his mild-mannered and humane government, and he issued several laws in religious as well as ethical matters; his attempt to abolish polytheism did not succeed. His incarnation at this island did not leave much mark in the civilization of the people, since he died the same year as the island perished in the ocean. However, the memory of him still lived on with those that got away from the destruction and was preserved for many generations. He was considered a divine messenger.”
So once again Christ was incarnated as a prince and high priest, and his task in this incarnation was to abolish polytheism. It would seem as if the people of Atlantis was at approximately the same level of religious maturity as in the realm of the Pacific Ocean, for the mission of Christ was more or less the same as the one he had had almost 20 000 years earlier – in the Pacific island he was to evoke the image of the benevolent and loving God,
But whereas Christ succeeded in his mission on Earth in his two first incarnations, we must conclude that he failed in his third incarnation to fulfill the mission he had accepted.
Concerning the fourth incarnation of Christ, TtL tells us as follows:
In this human manifestation he became the proper founder of the teachings of Brahma, albeit not in the configuration now known.
I don’t know very much about Hinduism, but as far as I have understood the Brahma teachings is one of the foundations of that religion. This would imply that Christ contributed to establishing the foundation of Hinduism, the creed professed by the majority of the over one billion Indians – even if this religion since long time back has abandoned the point of departure that Christ contributed with.
Looking for common features in these four first incarnations of Christ it would seem that he recurrently held important leader positions such as chieftain, prince and high priest. In this aspect the last incarnation as Jesus differs clearly from the previous ones, even if we cannot state with absolute certainty if Christ, when he held positions as prince, had been born to the position of ruler or whether he attained it in some other way, but for instance in Atlantis the succession to the throne was hereditary. Considering that the societies where Christ held positions as a prince were rather primitive and bellicose, we must assume with quite a high degree of certainty that also Christ - even if benevolent and just leadership was one of his distinguishing traits – was involved in warfare as well as punishment by death for serious crimes. In my view this ought not be controversial at all. Christ in his discarnated existence is, indeed, the leader of mankind, his love and mercifulness unrivalled, yet even he would not have had the power to reform at one fell swoop the entire social order when he incarnated as a chieftain in relatively primitive tribes. Over time he could probably reform society in a more human direction, and clearly that is also what he did. Hence, in these first incarnations we have to assume with a high degree of certainty that Christ through his actions as chieftain and leader had to be subject to the law of retribution and would have to atone karma in later incarnations.
Generally speaking, quite frankly we have to assume that all of the Youngest who incarnated as leaders in the relatively primitive societies through history have human lives on their conscience both from warfare and through punishments. However, we must bear in mind that the Youngest have contributed so enormously to the benefit of mankind that in most cases – and particularly in the case of Christ – it exceeds, by far, their violations of the laws. Certainly, that doesn’t imply that they are above the law of retribution, for none of God’s creatures incarnated on Earth are. We have to assume with a high degree of certainty that each and every one of the youngest also have a score to account for, including for Jesus, where there will be crimes to be atoned for but, at the same time, there will be brilliant contributions that have developed mankind, and this will be deducted in the “karma account”. And in case one of the Youngest would have succeeded during his lifetime to pray for Ardor it is easy to imagine that such a good deed with one single blow would equate for large amounts of negative karma for him. This would be parallel to good deeds that save lives and would counterbalance for past sins – for instance by inventing a life-saving medicine, save people from fatal accidents etc.
But not all karma can be atoned for by good deeds; sometimes life has to be paid for by life. In QAA I, question 16 it is said:
We note that there are situations where God’s law of retribution is applied in its strictest form, and someone who has taken a life and hasn’t been punished by society for his crime, will be prescribed in a later incarnation to save a person from death without having the protection from the guardian spirit or from God that they would ordinarily enjoy, and the action will then lead to mutilation or death for him or her. But do also note: worldly courts of law have no right to impose the death sentence. I wish also to underline that evidently God is not the one that imposes the suffering or death on the person that has to do without God’s protection, - rather the circumstances are to blame for the person possibly losing his or her life. God and the guardian spirit simply refrain from saving him or her, since this person has taken a life in a previous incarnation.
I have to admit that reading about this provision of the law of retribution, my thoughts stray naturally to the case of Jesus. Because since we know that it was not God’s wish that Jesus were to die in order to save mankind, then why didn’t God intervene in order to save Jesus’ life? One could imagine many ways in which God could have saved Jesus – events taking place that could have led to a situation where the council in Jerusalem eventually would have chosen not to arrest Jesus; or that Pilate in spite of his fear of weakening his own position released Jesus without harming him – because God is never without means to achieve what he wants. But God chose to let events unfold as they did and Jesus also did not consider asking for help to avoid death. Why not, indeed? Could this have something to do with the law of retribution? Did Jesus have something to atone for that made him devoid of God’s protection?
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The Key to Understanding the Death of Jesus – the Incarnation in Atlantis
If we didn’t know anything more about the first four incarnations of Christ than what I have mentioned above, it would have been virtually impossible to form an opinion about in which of Christ’s first four incarnations the events took place that possibly brought him under the law of retribution in such a way that he lacked God’s protection against being killed in his incarnation as Jesus. But in actual fact we know much more about one of Christ’s earlier incarnations than what we are told in TtL – namely the one in Atlantis. Because in 1930 an incarnation account from Atlantis appeared in which the spirit who was a high priest in Atlantis about 100 years before the island sank into the ocean tells us about a religious ceremony that took place every seventh year in the magnificent temple of the main empire in the island. The ceremony was meant to create a convincing representation of the Sun God for a short while dwelling in the body of a young man who in a ritual intercourse with a young woman was meant to beget a son, who would become the next emperor in one of the island empires. After the intercourse the Sun God left the Earth, but what only the high priest and his assistant knew was that the young man playing the Sun God was rendered unconscious and bound with leather thongs, destined to suffer death by drowning by being lowered into the basin where he had previously been ceremoniously washed by salt water, led though a canal under the temple. Consequently, this was nothing but a murder motivated by religion, and instead of letting the spectators know the truth they were handed out a lie about Atze having seen the Sun God ascend back up into Heaven in order to protect the people from there. In case the woman that the Sun God had been with wasn’t fertile she was also killed, because that indicated that the Sun God had rejected her, meaning ill fortune for the country. And if she gave birth to a girl the baby was killed while the young woman was allowed to live. Such a case was also considered very inauspicious for future events, such as adverse harvests etc. Only if a son was born, the next few years were promising, and the boy child when coming into age would be the obvious candidate as prince in one of the three realms of the island. Were he, in addition, from a royal lineage he would become lord paramount as well as superior temple servant. Atze also relates that God had given him the task to reveal the true content of the sun ceremony and to stop the killing of the young people, because those killings contributed to maintain the people in a religious world of ideas, hindering their further evolution in religious matters.
What has all this got to do with Christ? Well, it has indeed very much to do with Christ, because unfortunately Atze failed in his mission to stop the mendacious spectacle that the sun ceremony was, and from TtL we know that Christ incarnated in Atlantis right after Atze and that he had been given the task to try and abolish polytheism in the island. However, to start with Atze failed to stop the killings and thereafter Christ failed to stop polytheism. And in the midst of all this, Ardor started to incarnate the Eldest in Atlantis, of all places, something that brought vast amounts of darkness over the people there.
Atze had been incarnated around 100 years before the destruction of Atlantis, whereas the incarnation of the Eldest started circa 50 years before the end of the island; and we know from TtL that Christ died the very year that the island was annihilated by volcanic eruptions. If everything had gone according to God’s plan, Azte having succeeded in abolishing the religious killings, the road would have been wide open for Christ to have been able to lead the population of the island one more step towards a more factual notion of religious matters – he would have been in a position to teach them to pray to the one and only true God, and the island population would take a big step forward in their wandering towards the light.
However what met Christ was a very different scenario: In all probability the sun ceremony was still being organized every seventh year, and the island had been turned into the stage of the evil and power-hungry incarnated Eldest, and from that development great amounts of darkness poured into the island. No wonder that Christ failed in his mission to abolish polytheism!
However, the big question is: Did the sun ceremony continue also under the leadership of Christ? If so, this would explain quite a lot as regards his later incarnation as Jesus. This can be the reason why, instead of being born into a wealthy and influential family, he was born in the midst of poor and suffering people – and this might also be the reason that he lacked God’s protection against being crucified. Because, as I have shown above, God doesn’t let even the Youngest escape the provision in the law of retribution that makes someone responsible for the death of a human being – and is not punished by society for his misdeed – and he will be without protection from the guardian spirit and from God against he himself being killed during an act of charity. My understanding is that not even Christ would be able to escape this provision.
But do we know exactly what kind of position Christ had in Atlantis? Was he the lord paramount of the main realm or was he just a king in one of the two minor realms – the sun ceremony took place only in the temple of the main realm, as we know. Actually, it is not possible to conclude with 100% certainty in which of the realms Christ was king, because in TtL it is said that he, in Atlantis, was “Prince and High Priest”. The concept of ‘prince’ – ‘fyrste’ in Danish and Norwegian – is, in actual fact, not a title, rather it is a generic term for a sovereign ruler and doesn’t really tell us anything about what kind of title Christ had while ruling in Atlantis – in Danish/Norwegian the proper meaning of the word is “the first”, and the implication is that he may have had the title of king or of lord paramount! The Danish Wikipedia, e.g., has the following definition of the word ‘fyrste’ (= prince):
In other words, taking TtL as our point of departure we cannot state for certain whether Christ was the king of the main realm or in one of the other realms. Personally, however, I am inclined to attach importance to what is said above concerning the meaning of ‘prince’ as “the first” (or the most elevated/highest in rank) and therefore find it reasonably plausible that Christ in Atlantis incarnated as lord paramount. And considering that he had been tasked with abolishment of polytheism, I find it hard to imagine him being incarnated as anything else than supreme leader; the title of high priest definitely sounds as being the title of the supreme religious figure of the realm – in other words, the one that served in the great sun temple. In addition, what is said in TtL about “...him being very much loved by the people for his gentle and humane government, and created several laws in religious as well as ethical areas of life....”, also indicates that he was the ruler of the main realm.
Linking the information in TtL together with Atze’s incarnation account, we must be able to state with some considerable degree of certainty that the worldly body of Christ, incarnated as a human being in Atlantis, must have been conceived as a result of his mother and father having taken part in the sun ceremony! Because those baby boys born as a result of the ceremony later became princes, and if the boy was of royal lineage he was the obvious candidate as lord paramount and high priest! Furthermore, the implication is that the two young people described by Atze in his incarnation account may very well have been the parents of Christ – and the young man, Airun, who had to suffer death, killed by Atze, was in that case the father of Christ. Personally I also do not doubt that Ardor had plans for himself to rule as lord paramount in Atlantis, and consequently attempted to incarnate himself in the same body as the one God had meant for Christ. I find it difficult to imagine that Ardor would settle for anything less than being the supreme leader when turning himself into human shape. But he failed in erasing his memories about the terrible life in the infernal sphere and had to give up his attempt. One can only imagine what kind of awful hell on earth life in Atlantis would have been with the most evil of evil, the devil himself, as supreme ruler and high priest. But instead, in all likelihood, Christ was the one that incarnated as lord paramount, and in spite of him being remembered afterwards as a gentle and just ruler he did not succeed in abolishing polytheism and probably also not the sun ceremony, or perhaps he participated in one or in a few ceremonies before he possibly managed to abolish it. Since the Youngest often tend to incarnate in the same area in great numbers, we must assume that this was also the case during this, the last century in Atlantis, and it is not unlikely that some of the others of these Youngest were victims at the sun ceremony. I am reasonably certain that throughout history a large number of the Youngest have killed each other as human beings. I also assume that those of the Youngest that incarnated simultaneously with Christ, when he was living in Atlantis, also incarnated simultaneously with him in his life as Jesus of Nazareth. From TtL we know that many of these were also incarnated in Denmark when TtL was published, and personally I am convinced that the very same group of the Youngest are incarnated in our time. The future will show what kind of standpoint they are going to take this time in relation to the message of Christ. However, the power of darkness is terrible, even after Ardor having turned around, and many will probably fail also this time – unfortunately!
From TtL we know that Ardor lost his head completely when he understood that he alone had to continue suffering in the sphere of Hell, and he cursed God, his siblings, the Youngest and mankind. This brought hatred into this world, and these maledictions must have hit not least Christ very powerfully and made his mission to abolish polytheism near impossible.
All this, of course, sheds new light on the Atlantis ceremony. If my suppositions are correct the mighty sun temple was also the place where Christ served as high priest when he was incarnated in the lost realm. But why hasn’t this been included neither in TtL’s nor in Atze’s incarnation narrative? Why isn’t it said straightforward in TtL, that also Christ in his life as a man committed sins that caused him to have to atone in accordance with the law of retribution? Well, this is the case with several circumstances and aspects in TtL; not everything is explained directly. However, by linking different pieces of information in this work one can reach the solution of many complicated queries that have not been clearly explained. We can infer quite a lot in this way, in fact. For instance, from the otherworldly side it was expected that the analytic reader by himself would understand that not only Joseph of Arimathea from the council in Jerusalem had approached Jesus but that several of the other members of the council had done so also. Consequently, TtL is not against our drawing our own conclusions on the background of the various pieces of information provided.
Likewise, it is easy to imagine that it would have been very unwise for TtL in 1920 to analyse and comment on the incarnations of Christ the way that I have done, since it would probably have completely blocked the chances of TtL from being accepted by the Danish church – this is in spite of what I have to underline once more, that personally I don’t find it controversial in the very least to imagine that also the life of Jesus took the shape that it did as a consequence of his past sins to be atoned for in accordance with the law of retribution.
Architect Knud Brønnnum’s model of the magnificent sun temple in Atlantis, where Atze in his incarnation narrative told us that the sun ceremony was arranged every seventh year in honour of the god of fertility and where a young man was killed clandestinely. I wonder if Brønnum ever pondered over the question whether this ceremony continued also during the leadership of Christ? At any rate, the fact is that Christ was incarnated in Atlantis as a prince and high priest only a few years after Atze having failed to reveal the true content of the ceremony and to abolish it.
Many Pieces Fall into Place
For me personally, what I think I have found out about the incarnation of Christ in Atlantis does explain why he wasn’t born as Jesus among the rich and wealthy. The reason was that he in all probability abused his incarnation as prince and high priest in Atlantis - where he was part of the top machinery of power – to carry on a religious ceremony culminating in the killing of a young man. This is why God could not grant him an incarnation as a wealthy and influential person – Jesus had to be born among common people, as one of them. This, to my mind, also explains a lot of the resentment that Jesus felt against the rich upper class, as well as why he made such exaggeratedly strict demands on others, demanding that they must give away all their riches and live among the poor. Jesus didn’t remember anything about reincarnation and did not teach anything about it to his disciples and obviously had no recollection of previous lives, however I still believe that his deeds and experiences from earlier incarnations must have put its mark on his mind in an instinctive way, without he himself being able to explain the origin, e.g., of his resentment towards the rich. I also believe this to be the reason why Jesus couldn’t imagine himself in a cooperation with Joseph of Arimathea unless Joseph gave away all his wealth and walked about poor like Jesus did.
We might also query why on earth Jesus, instead of trying to save his own life, in practice sought out Death, thus confirming the truth of his words, as TtL tells us? And why did God not make provisions to save Jesus from the council in Jerusalem when they had decided to arrest him and surrender him to the Romans with the intention of forestalling a possible charge of them being in collusion with Jesus and planning a Jewish rebellion against the occupational power? Wouldn’t it have been wiser if Jesus had escaped the agitated situation in Jerusalem where rumours were flourishing that a rebellion against the Romans was fermenting? If the council hadn’t managed to have Jesus arrested, perhaps the outcome would have been totally different? Perhaps the members of the council had been arrested and executed instead and Jesus could have survived? TtL lets us know that Jesus had a strong fellow-feeling with the Essenes - why couldn’t God, seeing that the situation was about to become critical in Jerusalem, lead Jesus away in order to let him live secluded for a time, for instance in one of the communities of the Essenes, situated in outlying areas of the country? In such a place Jesus would have had a chance to rest in the company of likeminded people who would take care of him, such that he could recover and regain his strength until the tense situation, threatening his life, had passed. Perhaps he himself could have written down his ideas so that they might have been preserved for posterity, and the Youngest could have avoided risking life and health in many tough incarnations during the following 2000 years? Another option might have been for Jesus to have married, raising a family with the woman very closest to him towards the end of his life, Mary Magdalen. From TtL we know that God in no way wishes human beings to live alone and also does not want us to abstain from physical intercourse with the opposite sex, since sexual drive is seen as a completely natural part of human life, and according to TtL it is quite contrary to nature to demand from a person that he or she should abstain from sex. But I believe that Jesus, being a man with very high demands on himself and with exceedingly high ethical standards, would feel that it wasn’t correct for him to “use” a woman in order to satisfy his own sexual urges, if he didn’t feel that he could abandon himself to her in a mutually binding relationship. ‘Sub specie aeternitatis’ maybe it would have been better if Jesus had chosen such a path for his life – if at all possible – rather than to abandon himself to death, in order to confirm that he could vouch 100 % for his own teachings. I dare say nobody would allege that it would be an expression of cowardice to try and save one’s life in a situation like that? But Jesus was an exhausted and resigned man towards the end of his life, and perhaps his motivation also came from an unconscious recollection of the young men in Atlantis who lost their lives, trusting God. Was he suffering from an unconscious death wish – an underlying wish to atone for the role he himself had played in the religious ceremony in Atlantis? And was the tragic end to his life a result of Jesus having to atone under the harshest provisions of the law of retribution – while also lacking God’s protection against losing his life? In my view this is a very likely explanation why the fate of Jesus was sealed the way it was.
In my mind, this is also a very plausible explanation why God could be so sure that Jesus’ life might end on the cross in case he didn’t succeed in conquering darkness, for God knew that Jesus in consequence of the law of retribution would be without protection when his life was threatened. Evidently this does not mean that God wished Jesus to die, and hence he is in no way responsible for the death of Jesus, because he was killed by men. But not even Jesus could escape the law of retribution which hits big and small in a 100% justified manner.
However, of course this does not imply that I believe the crucifixion was an inevitable consequence of Christ’s previous sins. If Jesus had succeeded in his plans – to pray for Ardor as well as to win the people and the leaders for his new gospel of love – this would have been a Samaritan deed of such immense proportions that evidently death would have been avoided – through his contribution to the victory of the light over darkness he would, so to speak, have saved himself from death!
But it was not to succeed on this occasion, unfortunately.
However in his state of being discarnated Christ continued his unstoppable work in the service of light, and less than a century ago he succeeded in finding people who in his wording prayed lovingly for Ardor, a prayer that rekindled Ardor’s memories of the time before his falling, and he chose to follow Christ back to God and the light. In so doing, darkness lost its servant and Christ had fulfilled his promise to God to win back the spirits of light who had fallen for darkness – back to the light. The road is now open for the light to conquer also on earth itself, and everywhere on the planet we see signs showing that darkness is losing ground – however the process can be shorter or longer, depending on whether human beings will chose the road of light or darkness. It is up to us ourselves. Peace and prosperity for all people on earth may be near if we chose to follow Christ such as he is addressing us in TtL!
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