Question: Christianity was brought to Japan by Francis Xavier in 1549, a Jesuit missionary who was banned by feudal lords. A friend of mine recently asked me to watch the film Silence about two 17th century Portuguese missionaries who embark on a journey to Japan finding their missing mentor, Father Francisco. I watched the movie and it raised many questions in my mind about spreading the Christian faith. The two men minister to the Christian villagers who worshiped in secret. If caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and agonizing death. At least 5500 Christians are believed to have been killed for their faith in Japan. Some were burned to death, others were beheaded or drowned. Many Christians will quote the statement from Mark 16 “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” and Matthew 24 “But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come”. Christians throughout history have used these and many other statements in the Bible as a justification for spreading Christianity. Would Jesus, please respond to the question about if he ever sponsored the spreading of Christianity around the world in the manner of the Jesuit missionaries? If not, then did those who converted like the people in Japan during the 17th century and later die so unnecessarily?
Answer by Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels, given at a conference in Estonia 2019.
Well, based on all the teachings I have given on Christianity and the Catholic church, even my dictation today, it should be obvious that I did not sponsor this, neither the Jesuits nor any other Christian missionaries. This is a total misinterpretation that has been created after the formation of the Catholic church where the fallen beings defined a false christianity that was an outer teaching, an outer church and an outer savior and outer salvation.
It was not the gospel that I gave, the teaching that I gave, which was about the inner path. All of this they have interpreted, that what you need to do is to preach the official gospel of the Christian church and convert people to come into, and become members of, a particular Christian church, and that is how they are saved. This is of course false based on what I have given in many, many teachings.
Now in terms of the effect this has on people, well, this is where it becomes more of an individual matter. I have talked about earlier of the need to be willing to let the separate selves die in order to follow Christ. If you look at some of the early Christian martyrs in Rome who were martyred for their faith, this could–depending on people’s attitude and how they looked at it and how they did it–have an effect on them of helping them rise to a certain level of the spiritual path because they demonstrated that principles, or their faith, their belief, was more important to them than even their physical life. In other words, they demonstrate thereby that spiritual growth, walking the path to Christhood as they could see it, was more important than physical possessions, physical pleasures and even the physical life.
Even in a situation like Japan, which of course was after the formation of the Catholic Church, where people were preaching a certain outer form of Christianity, it could still have a beneficial effect on some people because it reinforced this inner knowing in them that the spiritual aspect of life and spiritual growth, is more important than the material aspect of life.
This of course, is not to say that I recommend this as a method for spiritual growth. It is not necessary to grow spiritually that way, but it can for some people have a positive effect. It is of course, not the path to Christhood. It is not necessary that you are physically persecuted, or tortured and killed, in order to manifest Christhood. This is a misinterpretation among some Christian sects, again created by the fallen beings who always seek to take things to the extreme. That is why you also see the self-flagellation and other forms of self-torture where people think that inflicting pain upon yourself enhances your spiritual growth. This is again, a misunderstanding.
Although, again, there can be a few people on an individual basis who can do this, and it helps them see that the physical body is not as important as spiritual growth, but this does not mean that I recommend this as a general thing. What I am saying here is there are some of these practices that people have created that are clearly unbalanced, that are clearly engineered by the fallen beings, but there are still some people who can use it to grow spiritually. The majority cannot, but a few people can.
You can look at some of the Christian, the Catholic saints that are venerated by the Catholic church today, and you can see that some of them were mystics. They still lived in a Christian context, a Christian monastery, but they were able to take even the distorted teachings of the Catholic church and use them to grow spiritually. This was because they had that momentum from past lives, so they could use any teaching to go beyond. The potential of these saints demonstrating that you could take the Catholic teaching and walk the mystical path was that other people could have been inspired to walk that mystical path, but this of course, was beaten down and discouraged by the official churches, who saw it as a threat.
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