Did Jesus Die for Our Sins ?...

When one studies the teachings of Christ, as recorded in the New Testament, he never claimed that he came to die for the sins of mankind or even that he came to save everyone at that time. In actuality, he purposely cloaked his teaching in parables to prevent the masses from understanding the true meaning of his teachings.

Matthew 13 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. NIV

When he did discuss his death it was to show that by being dead exactly 3 days and nights would prove he was the Messiah.

Matthew 12:39-41
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. KJV

So what was Christ's Message if it wasn't "I have come to die for your sins?" His true message about who he was and who we are is more amazing than you can imagine. The message Christ preached was not new. It was a very old message about who Christ was and who we are....................... From "the Reluctant Messenger"..

Confusion...

.."in Zen practice, we don't ignore confusion when it appears;
we actually welcome it. When confusion arises in our practice,
it means that we have discovered something new.
The feeling of confusion is an indication
that we are trying to understand something.
So welcoming confusion is actually an expression of wisdom."

~ Les Kaye

The Second Birth...

Those who believe in the Short Path of sudden attainment, such as
the sectarian following of Ramana Maharshi and the koan-puzzled
intellectuals of Zen Buddhism, confuse the first flash of insight
which unsettles everything so gloriously with the last flash which
settles everything even more gloriously. The disciple who wants
something for nothing, who hopes to get to the goal without being kept
busy with arduous travels to the very end, will not get it. He has to
move from one point of view to a higher, from many a struggle with
weaknesses to their mastery. Then only, when he has done by himself
what he should do, may he cease his efforts, be still, and await the
influx of Grace. Then comes light and the second birth.

— Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 2:
Pitfalls and Limitations > # 65...Paul Brunton

Pain...

Pain is a warning device placed by Universal
Consciousness to tell us that something is wrong and you must correct
the problem.. this refers to both body and mind... When your thoughts
are centered on the Ego (Self-ishness), then the fruit of this
thought will bring pain... When your thoughts are on Self-lessness
(non-ego)(Love), then you will attain the State of Bliss...What you
believe is real is just an illusion that is created by thought..this
is the material world... Reality, is the realization that you and God
are One... this state requires no creation, It is the knowledge that
you really exist in a state of Pure Consciousness that is known by
the feeling of Complete Love, which is Complete Un-Self-
Ishness............................namaste, thomas

Freedom and Happiness..

As long as you derive
inner help and comfort from anything,
keep it.
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Freedom is not worth having
if it does not include
the freedom to make mistakes
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Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony
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Hate the sin, love the sinner
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You must be
the change you want to see in the world.
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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
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The weak can never forgive,
forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
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I think it would be a good idea.
(when asked what he thought of western civilisation)
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Mahatma Gandhi

Attitude...

"Here I am" is to be his attitude, "humbly receptive in the silence, submissively waiting with restrained ego and stilled mind for whatever guidance comes and however distasteful to personal emotion or however unwelcome to personal judgement it may be."

— Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 7: Contemplative Stillness > # 275 ..... Paul Brunton

Two Selves...

You have two selves, the False Self that you believe that you are
and the Real Self that you are.. The False Self is the illusion of
separation from each other and from the total Energy, that we call
God.. the realization that you are not the negative false self and
the realization that you are part of the energy of God is the goal of
Mystics... this realization is found through meditation.. when you
have sacrificed the false ego completely,which means that you have
surrendered the illusion, then you find yourself in the Mystical
Union with God... which is finding yourself with yourself... I have
found this energy called God to be a force of Complete Love and
Unselfishness..............namaste, thomas

Thoughts...

Thoughts have incredible power, especially if you have total belief
in the outcome of these thoughts.. all thoughts have outcomes,even if
you do not see the fruition immediately... If you are aware, you will
notice that negative thoughts originate from the Ego and positive
thoughts originate from a mental state of Love (Un-Self-ishness)...
The interesting part of not believing in a personal God, is that
their is no more personal being than yourself... Once, you understand
that you are the Divinity and the Divinity is not outside you, then
you will not need a personal God as you are indeed God...this
statement will not be understood by most humans, but those that have
traveled beyond the body will understand....As Jesus said;" The
Kingdom of God is within You"..and He also said;" I and the Father
are ONE"...He understood that We are indeed
ONE......................namaste, thomas

Negativity...

The negative is not of God's creation, It is the creation of
the "False Ego", this is the power of "Free Will" that we have been
given.. negativity is Selfishness, The "Power of One"(God) is
Complete Unselfishness,otherwise known as "Love"...... Reality has
always existed, but we have chosen to ignore Reality and create our
own experience due to the false ego... This is the Fall of Souls that
you have read about... The entry into reality is gained when we have
defeated the false ego, which is the illusion of duality... you can
sit and do nothing because you believe that their is nothing to do
except know Reality.. If this works for you, then continue, but for
the mass of humanity, work is required to "Wake Up" and begin to
abolish the illusions that keep us in darkness,pain, and
duality..................namaste, thomas