Lost to the awareness of humanity for over 1,700 years is what Jesus said in his native tongue, Aramaic. This has been unavailable since the early church fathers, and later the Roman Catholic Church, purposely destroyed the earliest texts after “translating” them and vastly changing them. A study of history proves this beyond any doubt. Most Christians are not even aware that Jesus spoke Aramaic.
One of the greatest tragedies put on the human race by the “church fathers” is their planned distortions of Jesus’ words. When they took his words away and focused on Greek and English, they denied the one they call “lord” and exchanged his truth for theological beliefs instead. Theology leads to control!
If the earliest texts were “God’s Word,” as the church teaches, why would they need to be changed? After changing the texts, how could their new versions still be “God’s Word?” Did human alterations make God’s Word more authentic? More true? More what? Who’s playing God in all this?
The audacity and sheer dishonesty screams in the ears of anyone who is seeking truth. I’ve written elsewhere in much more detail about the history of manipulating “God’s Word.” Now, we come along hundreds of years later and think we’ve been told the truth! Printing words on fancy paper, wrapping it in black leather and then stamping gold letters on it doesn’t make it more authentic.
It was none other than Constantine, the pagan emperor of Rome, who said, “The Canon (the selected texts that were labeled “God’s word”) must be what I say it is.” And, right there, at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE, “God’s Word” was determined by a non-Christian man who just happened to be ruling the known world. The Roman Empire ruled with fear and massive bloodshed.
The Roman Catholic Church followed suit as they burned tens of thousands of people for “heresy.” What was heresy? It was believing anything different than the church council and the pagan emperor had decided was the “only truth.” Believe our way or die became the hallmark of Christianity for many centuries of what was called The Dark Ages. The fact is that all the changes in “God’s Word” were for one purpose and one purpose only — control of the masses with fabricated theology. It took another 900 years for the church to decide what “God” had said and what “he” hadn’t. This is still debated between the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Syrian Christian Church. Strange? Even the concept of a Trinity (one God in three persons) was not conceived and taught until about 500 years after Jesus was here on the planet.
Then, just three years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1948, an amazing discovery was made in the Nag Hammadi region of Egypt. More ancient scrolls were found in a cave there. And these were not the scrolls of the Qumran community, but scrolls held to be sacred by the earliest followers of Jesus who were focused on practicing what Jesus had taught instead of beliefs only. Today those scrolls are available in English (The Nag Hammadi Library) but the church has been completely silent about this part of history. I’ve read the whole volume. I’ve studied it for years. The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene are my favorites. More on this later.
I’ve been studying the Aramaic language for 14 years. I’ve found deep personal healing in the discovery, application, and practice of what the Aramaic Jesus taught. Theology cannot heal. Spiritual practice does. Theology teaches that we are separate from The Divine. Jesus taught the opposite. He said: “The kingdom of heaven is WITHIN you.” (Luke 17:21) Theology says you are born guilty and deserve to burn! Jesus said we are One with The Divine! Why isn’t the church known for teaching what Jesus said? You get to decide.
Another misunderstood text is found in John 14:6. The famous “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” But this is not how Jesus said it. The first two words — I am — hold the key. “Ena ena or I-I” 1 is the sound that came from Jesus’ mouth. The Aramaic reveals: “When you both understand and experience that the Greater I AM is within you, the smaller I am, you are then on your way back home.” The “way” (urha) means the Light that reveals the right path to take. The “truth” (sherara) is the right direction on that path. And “life” (hayye) is the strength or the energy to walk that path all the way back home. According to Jesus, our greatest challenge is to learn of our own Divinity — the I Am within! The reason it is so difficult is because we’ve been lied to. The Divine within speaks to us in far different ways than theology if only we learn how to listen.
Oh yes, we do have some shadow stuff to work on! Jesus spoke to us lovingly about that issue rather than condemning us. He said to Nicodemus, “You must give birth to a new self continuously by calling forth Light out of your dark places and let your Light shine!” He did not say we needed a theological “born again” facade! Our Light (you are the Light of the world in Matthew 5:14) is always our Divinity, however faint or brightly shining, according to the Aramaic. Jesus said this to non-Christians!
Birthing a new Self is choosing to be much more than before. Birthing a new Self is to enter the kingdom that is already within us. Choosing love over condemnation, compassion over blame, acceptance over shame and so much more. It is loving by actions instead of mouthing words only.
Even in the famous Lord’s Prayer, the Aramaic comes through to teach us of our Divinity. Jesus said, “O Birthing One, mother and father of all that is, focus the Light of your Divinity within us and make it useful.”2 (The English says: “Hallowed be thy name.”)
Why is not all this truth about our Divinity more obvious in the Bible? The need to change and edit so theology would control our thinking — remember! But don’t take my word for all this. Check it out for yourself. Turn off the TV and read. Burn some midnight oil and study the many books out there that will prove to be life-changing.
The quest is yours — if you want to know rather than just believe. I will provide a list of books for anyone who wants to explore for themselves.
1This is from The Hidden Gospel, by Neil Douglas-Klotz, p. 155. Neil was my Aramaic mentor when I began my doctoral studies in 2003. Most the Aramaic renderings herein are from his scholarly work. Others meanings are from other Aramaic scholars and my own study.
2From Prayers of the Cosmos, by Douglas-Klotz, p. 16