The example of Peter and the role of Paul

TOPICS: Peter compromised his Christhood – the Catholic church also compromised to please the emperor – Paul was willing to change – Paul understood some of the inner teachings –

Question: I would first like to thank Kim, and you for this website. I, like Kim, have always been a seeker and have from childhood felt all of the things that he has felt. I have also felt a special connection to the Father, and To You, that no church has been able to come close to.

I have read the section, “Follow Me-Not Peter”, and you teach that we should not follow the example of Peter. That we should, instead, follow the example of Paul. But, I was always under the impression that it was Paul who was more responsible for the manner in which modern Christianity views your teachings. Can you please, shed light on the beneficial aspects of Paul’s role, so that I, and other readers, who may share my view, may understand more fully.

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

I encourage you to always hold on to your feelings of inner attunement with God and with me. There truly is no church that can come close to a direct inner connection with your Christ self and with the ascended masters. The greatest tragedy that has ever happened on this planet is that for so many people an outer religion has replaced the inner connection.

The main purpose of the discourse on Peter is to show people that because Peter denied his oneness with me, his oneness with the inner Christ, official, or orthodox, Christianity was set on the wrong track from the beginning. The essence of Peter’s decision was that he was willing to compromise his spiritual principles, he was willing to compromise his Christhood, to accommodate the pressures of this world.

My hope was to show modern Christians that from the very beginning this tendency has had a deep impact on Christianity. At no time was this impact more obvious or more detrimental than after the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine. After being a heavily persecuted minority, the Christian religion suddenly received state approval and the backing of the military might of the Roman Empire. Almost instantaneously, the church, which became the Roman Catholic Church, shifted into a mode of being willing to compromise its spiritual principles as a result of the pressures exerted by the forces of this world, personified in succeeding Roman emperors. In other words, the church was willing to compromise the truth in order to maintain its backing by the Roman state.

It was my hope that by understanding the tragedy of this, many modern Christians would see the need to go through an almost complete turnaround, come back to the truth of my inner teachings and transcend the compromises of the past. I used Paul as an example in this context because he clearly demonstrated that he was willing to go through such a turnaround. Paul was a very zealous man, and as you know he persecuted the early Christians. Although I appeared to Paul in a very powerful vision, there was no guarantee that he would accept it as a genuine vision. He could easily have brushed it aside as a hallucination or the work of the Devil.

Paul had considerable standing and reputation in his community. For him to reverse his previous course, abandon his traditional Jewish faith and promote Christianity was a very big step. Not only did Paul have the pressures of the outside world, but he also had the pressures in his own psychology of pride and other human emotions. These pressures were actually far greater than the risk Peter was exposed to when he denied his oneness with me. Yet despite these pressures, Paul was willing to make a complete turnaround and accept the truth and reality of Christ.

It was this example that I wanted to convey to modern Christians in the hope that they would be inspired to make a similar turnaround and openly admit that orthodox Christianity has been removed so far from my true teachings that it almost defies description. It is my hope that some modern Christians will be willing to go through a similar turnaround as the one that Paul experienced and openly admit the need to bring Christianity back into alignment with the truth and reality of my inner teachings.

So it was specifically in this context and for this purpose that I encouraged people to follow Paul. I agree with you that Paul has had a profound impact on Christianity. Yet I must tell you that the impact Paul has had on Christianity is actually based on a watered-down and misunderstood view of Paul’s actual teachings. Although Paul did not have a complete understanding of my teachings and mission and was heavily influenced by his personal background, he did have a very deep understanding of the basic elements of my message. You can even find hints of this message in his letters and other writings.

For example, Paul talked about the carnal mind and the natural man. He talked about the need to put off the old man, the dualistic mind, and put on the new man of the Christ mind. He specifically said, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Paul, therefore, understood that the essence of my message is that all people have the potential to attain Christ consciousness.

Unfortunately, as I am sure you can see, most Christians, ancient or modern, did not understand Paul’s teachings. So few modern Christians understand the true meaning of the point I just described even though Paul clearly saw the need to follow in my footsteps. This is not entirely surprising, because not all of my disciples understood this part of my message. As I have tried to explain, Peter himself did not fully understand and embrace the need to follow me all the way. This point was, in fact, the source of some disagreement between Peter and Paul.

So my point is that if modern Christians would follow Paul’s example and go through a complete turnaround in the way they approach the Christian faith, much could be gained. If they would then make an effort to understand the inner message of Paul and the inner message of Christ, much more could be gained. In fact, if modern Christians would make the effort to establish a direct personal contact with their Christ selves and with the spiritual realm, we might yet have a chance to restore Christianity to its original purity and thereby help bring about my original purpose and vision for this planet.


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