TOPICS: Take an unbiased look at the history of Christianity – Luther did not go as far as needed – discovering what was taken out of early Christianity – things taken out for political reasons no longer valid – salvation is not through the church – grace takes power away from individual – works earns God’s grace – the path to Christhood is missing from Christianity – many modern Christians open to reevaluating Christianity – renewal is possible through Jesus’ inner teachings –
Question: What would Jesus like to see happen in Protestant churches?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
It is my great desire that Christians would make a determined effort to go back and take an objective look at the history of Christianity. I would like to see Christians evaluate the history of Christianity with open minds and hearts, honestly determine where errors have crept into Christianity and then make a sincere effort to correct those errors. This is not difficult to do if you are willing to take an unbiased look of the history of the Christian religion.
I would like to see Catholics make an effort to do this, but I think it is far more likely that such an initiative will start among Protestants. After all, the Protestant religions are based on the fact that one person clearly saw the need for reform in the Catholic Church. Therefore, all followers of Protestant religions should, by definition, be more open to reforming Christianity than most Catholics. After all, if you accept that the Catholic Church is not infallible, why would you continue to uphold some of the fallible decisions made by authorities of that Church?
If you take an unbiased look at Protestant religions, you will quickly discover that although Martin Luther correctly assessed the need for reform of the Catholic Church, he was somewhat limited by his times. He grew up in medieval times, and his outlook on life was shaped by the times and by the Catholic Church. An honest evaluation of the situation would reveal that Martin Luther did not take his desire for reform as far as it could have been taken.
The most obvious example is that Martin Luther correctly observed that the Catholic Church had added many elements to the Christian faith that were not part of my original teachings. He attempted to remove these elements, and in general this was not a bad idea. However, the greatest problem with the Catholic Church was not the fact that the Church had added to my original teachings. The greatest problem was that the early Catholic Church, even the early Christian church before the formation of the Roman Catholic Church, had taken away many elements that were part of my original teachings. I am not faulting Martin Luther for this because at the time it was difficult for him to know what was taken out.
Today, things are vastly different. Modern science has provided people with invaluable tools for researching the past. A sincere effort to apply these tools to the history of the Christian religion would quickly reveal that many things were deliberately taken out of my original teachings. This was done by the early church, and in most cases it was done for political reasons. Those reasons might have had some validity at the time, but they are completely invalid today. A sincere Christian should be willing to look at these facts and make an effort to put back what was taken out for the wrong reasons. By combining modern research tools with the discoveries of scriptures, such as the Nag Hammadi library and the Dead Sea scrolls, much progress could be made.
Let me mention a couple of examples of how the early Protestant church was influenced by the Catholic Church and therefore built upon the errors created by that Church. The Catholic Church has always claimed to be the only road to salvation. When Martin Luther realized that he could not reform the Church from within and decided that he had to distance himself from the Church, he had to find a way around this claim.
If people sincerely believed that the only road to salvation was through membership of the Catholic Church, he would have little chance of having them follow a branch of Christianity that was outside the Church. To alleviate people’s fears of not being saved, Luther developed the doctrine that salvation does not happen through the Church but through grace. Salvation was not administered by an earthly hierarchy but exclusively by God.
This is not an incorrect idea. There is no automatic salvation. No earthly organization can guarantee your salvation or prevent it. The problem with Luther’s line of reasoning is that it took too much emphasis away from the behavior of the individual. By stating that salvation was obtained exclusively through grace, it became difficult for people to see how they could personally work out their salvation. Grace seems to be some mysterious thing that can be administered arbitrarily by a deity with whom people feel little or no connection. Incidentally, this move went against our efforts to raise humankind to a more rational state of consciousness. In the Age of Pisces, people were meant to develop a rational understanding of the laws of God so that they could see how to work out their salvation.
Many Protestants see a huge gap between their current level of consciousness and salvation, and they see no logical or systematic path for crossing that gap. This has led some Protestant churches to develop the idea that salvation is guaranteed if you declare Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. However, to most people it simply does not make sense that a person like Adolf Hitler could accept Christ on his deathbed and automatically be saved.
As I have described in The Christ Is Born in You, there is indeed a systematic and logical path for working out your salvation. I am not thereby saying that you can be saved without grace. No person is ever saved without the grace of God, however, the grace of God is not administered arbitrarily or indiscriminately. To receive the grace of God, you need to earn that grace, and you do so through your actions, your beliefs and your attitude. In other words, you can earn God’s grace through your works. This is what I explained in the parable about the three servants who were given different amounts of talents and were rewarded based on what they did with them.
An example of how the early Protestant church went a bit too far is the removal of the concept of the Saints. It is true that the concept of the Saints was inserted by the Catholic Church, however, this was a beneficial addition. One of the main problems created by the Catholic Church is that it elevated me to an idol that no one dares to follow. As I have stated in The Christ Is Born in You, I came to set forth an example of a universal spiritual path that all human beings have the ability to follow. When the early Catholic Church elevated me into a God, people could no longer see me as an example. The tradition of the saints somewhat alleviated this problem because people could now see that it was possible for them to achieve a higher state of consciousness, a state of holiness. Most saints started out as regular human beings who through their devotion attained sainthood. This provided people with a path that they too could follow.
When the Protestant church took away the Saints without correcting the earlier errors of elevating me to the status of God, they essentially created an even bigger gap between human beings and myself than what is found among Catholics. Obviously, I consider this an unfortunate development.
I know that many modern Christians, Catholics and Protestants alike, will not be willing to go through the process of reevaluating Christian beliefs. They want to remain where they are comfortable. They want to keep me and my teachings in the little box in which they feel they have me under control. They don’t want the Living Christ to jump out of the box and disturb their comfortability and their sense that as long as they keep following their present religion, God will simply have to save them. They don’t want to let go of their dream of an automatic salvation.
Fortunately, I also see many modern Christians who have already started the process of honestly and sincerely reevaluating the Christian faith. Wherever these Christians are found, I lovingly commend them for their efforts and for their honesty. I strongly encourage such people to continue their efforts and to speak out against status quo.
The Christian religion was meant to be the main religion of the Piscean age. As we move into the Aquarian age, the Christian religion will quickly become obsolete unless it can change with the times. I can assure you that in the new age a Christian religion based on current dogmas and doctrines simply cannot survive. If a sincere effort is made to uncover and restore my original teachings, especially the teachings that I could not give to the multitudes but only gave to my disciples, Christianity could be renewed. If I was allowed to give new teachings, Christianity would not only survive but blossom in the new age.
For this to happen, millions of Christians must be willing to go through the sometimes painful process of reevaluating virtually every aspect of their current beliefs. Will this process happen? Will people be willing to do this? I honestly cannot tell you because it is up to the free will of the individual human being. However, I can tell you that my greatest hope for seeing the beginning of this process is the many Christians, of which many belong to a Protestant religion, who are open to, and actively searching for, a higher understanding of the Christian faith.
Copyright © Kim Michaels, 2003