Christian churches have become calcified in doctrine and dogma

TOPICS: The need for a religious renewal – closed-minded people rejected Jesus 2,000 years ago, and today as well – many church leaders will not give up their positions – many Christians too comfortable to think for themselves – people think they have a deal with God – be non-attached to results – present new ideas as questions – only people with open minds followed Jesus –

Question: I have done some studies to prove that there is missing info from the Bible to give evidence of lost books. I have spoken to some of the Christian Church leaders about this subject and some of the Christian people and they still don’t what to acknowledge that these other books have any value etc.

Jesus are you happy I challenged them with the facts or am I wasting my time and God’s energy doing this? I AM trying to do the best I can to help the Christian people in my area. I feel for the ones that are struggling along. They could receive help if they could see through the lies that are controlling them. Are you also happy with my service in the Christian community plus my challenges to the leaders that constructive action is what is needed?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

Imagine the situation during the early years of the Christian movement. Although many people had heard me speak, only a relatively small number had gained a deeper understanding of my true message. If all of those people had remained silent, how could Christianity possibly have grown to become a significant religious movement?

The purpose for my mission was to bring renewal to the religious life on this planet. Today, the earth is passing into yet another religious cycle and there is once again a great need for renewal. How can this renewal possibly come about? It can only come about because people like yourself have the courage to speak out about the need for change, the need for growth.

It is ironic, but also very predictable, that the Christian churches of today have become as calcified in doctrine and dogma as the Jewish religion was 2,000 years ago. Back then, I was rejected by the orthodox religious people of the day. Today, many orthodox Christians reject me once again by rejecting the need for change and renewal in the Christian movement.

I am very happy with the fact that you and many other people have the courage to speak out. I encourage you to continue to do so and to refine your ability to speak out in a way that has the best possibility of success.

In so doing, be careful not to become attached to people’s reactions. Do not expect that you will get an instantaneous acceptance of new ideas. You must realize that in any organization some people will rise to positions of power, and they will either enjoy that power or feel comfortable in their positions. Therefore, they will be reluctant to accept anything that might seem to threaten their positions.

Likewise, many church members have become comfortable with certain doctrines and rituals. At inner levels, these people’s lifestreams think they have made some kind of deal with God. They think that if only they keep believing a certain doctrine and following a certain outer ritual, then God simply has to save them. While this is an incorrect assumption, you should be careful about challenging such long-held beliefs.

You need to recognize that some lifestreams have embodied in an mainstream Christian culture for many lifetimes. Therefore, they have become very attached to the orthodox way of life, and you cannot expect them to give up that way of life all at once or within a short period of time.

When you interact with such people, consider yourself to be a farmer who is walking in the fields and sowing seeds. You know that you cannot simply put a seed in the ground and expect that it will sprout within minutes. The seed must lie dormant in the ground for a season before it will begin to take root. Therefore, when you talk to orthodox Christians, do not seek to force them to accept certain ideas and do not present your ideas as if people simply have to accept them. Instead, attempt to present your ideas as questions and give people complete freedom to decide what they will do with your questions.

You see, if you present an idea too forcefully, people will feel threatened and they will immediately close their minds. If you present an idea as an open-ended question, you have a greater chance that some people will actually consider the idea. It might take some time before the idea takes root in their consciousness. However, if people feel threatened by an idea and instantly close their minds, the seed of your idea will fall on barren ground.

My parable of the sower is very applicable to this whole problem. One interpretation of this parable is that God constantly sends his prophets and messengers into this world. They scatter seeds of true ideas, and some of the seeds fall on the barren ground of minds that are closed to a higher understanding of truth. Other seeds fall on the fertile ground of open minds in which the ideas can take root.

Therefore, simply be the sower, who sows the seeds of a higher truth. Let the seeds fall where they may and be not attached to whether they sprout. Be not discouraged if people do not respond immediately to your ideas. Simply allow those ideas time to take root in their consciousness.

One possible approach is to try to make people think about why I was rejected by so many orthodox Jews. This was not because the Jews were bad people; they had simply closed their minds to a higher understanding of truth. If people can see this, then try to make them consider whether Jesus wants his followers of today to be as closed-minded as the Jews who rejected him when he appeared in person. If all of the Jews had been closed-minded, how could I possibly have attracted any followers? In other words, it was people with open minds who helped start the Christian movement, and only people with open minds can ensure its survival.

Ask people to consider the saying, “Seek and ye shall find.” Then, ask them to consider why so many Christians cling to outer doctrines and are afraid to seek a higher understanding. Ask them to consider what they fear. Do they fear that they might find a higher understanding and therefore have to change beliefs with which they are comfortable? Then ask them why I said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” Are they willing to consider a higher truth, or will they cling to the outer doctrines, as the lawyers of old who plotted my death?

Once again, I am happy that you and many other people are speaking out about the changes that are surely needed in the Christian religion. Simply use the tools I have given on my website to build your personal Christhood and continue to refine the way you speak out. In the latter part of the book, The Christ Is Born in You, I give a more detailed teaching on how people can serve me in this new age. You might want to study that teaching, because it can truly help you become an even better servant for me. Please count yourself as one of my servants and allow yourself to feel my gratitude for your service.


Copyright © 2003 by Kim Michaels