Christians – Catholics and others – raising questions about the church

TOPICS: Many Christians cannot ignore problems with church or doctrine, but don’t know where to go – questioning a church is a sign of spiritual maturity – seek Jesus’ true teachings – the outer church is NOT the key to salvation – the key is a shift in consciousness – Jesus challenged rigid leaders – official Christianity always out of touch with Jesus’ inner teaching – seek a personal relationship with Jesus – your personal comforter is your Christ self – the inner church of the heart –

Question: Jesus, Where do you want me to go? What am I to do? Where is my husband? Is there a church for me? I cannot become a Baptist, they don’t accept Mary. The Episcopalians accept gay marriage. The Church of my childhood has become riddled with pedophilia and homosexuality, and denies women as participants. I feel lost and confused, except for the Eucharist. What can you tell me?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

My beloved friend, I truly understand your dilemma. My heart, and the heart of Mother Mary, goes out to you and to the millions of Christians – Catholics and others – who are beginning to raise serious questions about the outer church in which they grew up. They can no longer ignore the abuses by priests, the doctrinal inconsistencies, other imperfections in the organization or the behavior of church officials. Yet because they have grown up in a culture that told them the outer church is an essential part of their life and salvation, they feel somewhat lost and don’t know where to go.

I hope I can help you understand that Mother Mary and I are not blind to this phenomenon, and we are here to assist you. In fact, this is one of the main reasons we have released the many teachings and tools on our websites—we know that many people will need them as they free themselves from the bonds of orthodox Christianity. I hope I can help you see that although it can be difficult to question your church affiliation, it is truly a sign of spiritual maturity. You are ready to take the next step on your personal path, and to take that step you only need a clearer understanding of the true teachings I gave 2,000 years ago.

So where do I want you to go? I want you to start by setting aside some time to seriously ponder one of the most important statements I made 2,000 years ago:

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke, Chapter 17)

You have not been taught the true meaning of this statement by your church, and the reason is that all mainstream churches ignore the very core of my teaching. Yet it was this often overlooked statement that was the main reason the Jewish authorities wanted me killed. You see, they had created a religious culture in which the outer religion was seen as the key – in fact the only key – to salvation. Thus, the people in control of that religion had almost unlimited power over the population. And as a wise person said, “All power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This had led to much hypocrisy, much misuse of power and many of the same human shortcomings that you see in Christian churches today.

Read the scriptures with this in mind, and you will see that I consistently challenged all those who had set themselves up between the people and their God. I called them hypocrites, blind leaders, false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing and sons of the devil, and I compared them to whitened sepulchers filled with dead men’s bones. I did this because the true message I came to give to the people was that the key to salvation is not the outer religion. It never has been and it never will be.

The true key to salvation is that you enter the kingdom of God. That kingdom is within you because it is a state of consciousness, namely the Christ consciousness. This is the key of knowledge that the lawyers had taken away:

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luke 11:52)

Sadly, many of the leaders of modern Christian churches, have become trapped by the same state of consciousness as the lawyers of old. They are not willing to enter my inner kingdom, and they seek to keep their congregations trapped in the illusion that the outer church will save them.

When you realize this one truth – and I explain it in more detail throughout my website – you gain an entirely new perspective on Christianity. You see that I came to set people free from the tyranny and abuse of an outer religion—because the outer religion will always be susceptible to human power plays and weaknesses. This is not to say that an outer religion cannot help people, but it can do so only when a critical mass of leaders and followers heed my call to follow in my footsteps and do the work that I did. Only the mind of Christ can prevent an outer religion from deteriorating into both material and spiritual corruption.

When you understand this, you see that I am obviously not happy with the fact that the Christian religion has become as rigid and abusive as the old Jewish religion. This was never to my liking, and thus you can see that for many centuries – in fact from its very inception – official Christianity has been out of alignment with my true teachings.

So where do I want you to go? I want you to go into your heart and find me—the real, living Jesus Christ. I want you to leave behind the man-made idol you were brought up to worship and accept me as your older brother, as your truest friend. I want you to build a direct, personal relationship with me. Remember that I said, “I am the Way, the truth and the Life!” I did not say that the outer church was the way, the truth and the life.

You say that you feel confused except for the Eucharist. The reason is that your lifestream realizes the value of absorbing my body and my blood. To rise above confusion, you simply need to realize that the true meaning of “my body and my blood” is that you absorb my consciousness. You must do as Paul said:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:5)

I understand that for those who have grown up in an orthodox or mainstream Christian church, the thought of having a personal relationship with me can seem intimidating. So if that applies to you, consider the meaning of another important statement:

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelt with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John, Chapter 14)

This comforter is a part of my spirit that has been broken for you in the form of your Christ self. When you take it in through the Eucharist, it will form the leaven:

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Matthew 13:33)

Your Christ self is your personal comforter who will guide you to a greater understanding of truth, thereby raising the “whole loaf” of your consciousness until you attain the mind of Christ. In fact, in a spiritual sense, your Christ self is the husband of your lifestream, and union with your Christ self is the true meaning of the concept that you are wed to Christ. So if you cannot yet conceive of having a direct, personal relationship with me, focus on your Christ self.

I give many teachings on my website to help you understand the truth that your Christ self is ready to confirm in your heart. We also give tools for helping you establish the inner contact with your Christ self, such as the exercise for attunement, Mother Mary’s rosaries – that are infinitely more powerful than the Catholic rosary – and Archangel Michael’s Rosary.

My point is that the key to salvation is not the outer church, but the true church, which is the inner church of the heart. In a very real sense, those who walk the path to Christhood become the living church that is built from the lively stones.

Once you begin to put on the mind of Christ, you will become independent of any outer church. This means that you do not necessarily need an outer church. Yet it also means that you can participate in any church without being burdened by its imperfections. You can go to church to seek true fellowship and to help others.

So again, I have prepared for you a supper that is far more nourishing than anything this world has to offer. It is found in the pages of my website. Simply study what I offer with an open mind. Use your intuition, and I can assure you that your Christ self will guide you to where you need to go. The kingdom of God is the Christ consciousness, and that is why I said:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

On my website, I have given you what you need to enter the kingdom of God within you. Please do not reject my gift. This truly is the bread of life, which is broken for you. Take eat, this is my body, the body of my Christ consciousness, that I have laid down for the life of my friends. Who are my true friends, my true family:

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12:50)

It is the will of the Father that you attain the same Christ consciousness that I attained. After all, no one comes to the Father save through the Christ consciousness that I AM.


Copyright © 2004 by Kim Michaels