The Prologue of John’s Gospel is a pithy description of human evolution. “In the beginning (when Archai begin time) was the Logos. And the Logos was within (the bosom) of God (the Father). A god was the Logos.” The common translation here is “God was the Logos.” The Greek here lacks the definite article ton that would make this clear that THE GOD was meant. Greek does not have indefinite articles, so either version is possible. But the next phrase supports, in my mind, a god: “This same one was, in the beginning, with God.” I have come to the conclusion after years of using the Prologue each morning, that what is being said here is that OUR beginning is the Logos who is with or within (the bosom) of the Father God. An Elohim, Christ, a god, had become one with the Logos in an earlier ‘incarnation’ of our solar system, so that John could then say “A god was the Logos”.
It was a great debate in Early Christianity: is the Father of the Old Testament the same as the Father Christ referred to? For many the God who says and eye for an eye is different from one who says love thy enemy, turn your cheek. Eventually, a majority vote decided that these were the same Father. But this does not settle Truth. Most Christians continued to have a different perspective until the Roman army was used to get them to agree.
The matter becomes much more deep when we look at the work of the School of Athens under Dionysius the Areopagite (which Justinian had shut down). Here we find a Heavenly Hierarchy defined where the Elohim are equated with the Exusiai. The Christ is from this hierarchy but he carries within himself, united, the Logos who is the Son in the Holy Trinity. That is why John’s Gospel says In the Beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with the God. A God was the Logos. This same one (a god, an elohim) was with the God in the beginning. The Greek adjective ton should appear whenever the definite article ‘The’ is meant.
Now all this grows profoundly in depth when we consider the Rosicrucian interpretation of Genesis. “Let us create Mankind in our image.” One (of the 7) Elohim creates Eve as an asexual human. She is fertilized from the spirit – from knowing. Another Elohim, Yahveh, creates Adam (both are Adam in that they are Mankind). From Eve without Adam comes Cain. From Eve with Adam comes Abel. Then Eve liberates herself through Lucifer from Yahveh by eating from the Tree of Knowledge. And by getting Adam to also eat from it, the process of sexuality begins – humanity moves from being asexual to being a sexual duality and this process continues through Cain and Abel until Seth is born. Seth represents the first humans who are the result of sexual relations, of the woman being fertilized by a man as he is the first whose likeness is that of his parents. Heredity begins as does reincarnation.
It is important to study why Freemasons look back to Cain as their founder. Abel tended sheep while Cain tilled the soil. Profound. Look at the difference in the verbs to tend and to till. Cain sought to spiritualize the earth. Abel accepted the abundance given by God. Abel, during the time before the duality of sexes was established, represents feminine wisdom. Cain represents masculine wisdom. For Freemasons, in doing their work, they had to be kept free of feminine wisdom. With the advent of the 20th Century, this came to an end.
Dionysius the Areopagite listed the Heavenly Hierarchy as follows:
Holy Trinity: Father – Son (Logos) – Holy Spirit
- Exusiai / Elohim
- Mankind to become this hierarchy
Much earlier in evolution, the being known as the Christ, through his development, became united with the Logos. When evolution was working on Mankind, Christ was at the level of an Elohim. Jesus from Matthew’s Gospel and Jesus from Luke’s Gospel are from the tenth. They make an incredible sacrifice to merge when the Luke-Jesus is 12 in the Holy of the Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem. This boy is now Jesus of Nazareth who will again make a sacrifice to offer his sheaths to the Elohim known as the Christ at baptism.
Although many Gnostics thought this was an example of an avatar incorporation, for early Christians this was a God becoming Man – penetrating all the way into the body so that even the physical body could be resurrected for all humans. Note that the physical body and its mineral/ash are not the same thing. At Easter, the stone was removed.
It is time for some mysteries to be made known. Let’s start with an ancient mystery whose story applies today, namely that of Cain and Abel. This quote of Genesis 4 (King James Version) from http://www.biblegateway.com will help us put the common story in our minds.
“4. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-Cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”
Of these two, Cain and Abel, which is more like you and me? Cain labors on the earth for his keep while Abel merely watches over what is given to him by Jehovah. While we likely would not kill our own brother in a crime of passion, we can say that we are more like Cain but that we aspire to be more like Abel.
While Cain and Abel were separate blood lines, today we can say that all humans appear to be a mixture of both. I shall leave for later the question of when did these blood lines become united? Why was Cain’s sacrifice rejected? It reads “to his offering He had not respect.” Why was there no respect for the hard-won fruits of Cain’s efforts?
This story has been an important one for many Western mystery streams in answering this question. The Sons of Cain become the builder of cities, agriculture, music and the arts, sciences and metallurgy. The Sons of Cain work with the Lifeless world. Out of the Lifeless they bring the Living.
With Abel gone without any offspring, Adam and Eve conceive another, Seth, to be the progenitor of the Abel line. The Sons of Abel take what the Divine has offered; they take it as it is without altering it. They see the perfection of God’s work in all of Nature. They enjoy a gift of wisdom about life and their relationship to God. They revere and keep this relationship seeking to sacrifice to God the best of what God has given to them. In this way, God knows His creation is well.
But Cain engineers what was given. Cain seeks to know and to change the world. Cain expresses egoism – but not in a way that allows him to not only engineer the world but also himself. He is capable not only of evil but also of supreme goodness through transformation of his soul.
Let’s look a bit deeper into the roots of this. When Eve says, after giving birth to Cain, ” I have gotten a man from the Lord” she is indicating that Cain is not from Adam but from another Elohim. Earlier in Genesis it read “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. The word “God” here actually is the plural of the word “Elohim.” In the mysteries, the Elohim together make Man. One, unnamed, creates Eve and then she conceives because of this unnamed Elohim. Another Elohim, Jehovah, creates Adam. Adam then unites with Eve to bring forth Abel. So Cain carries an inner initiative from one Elohim while Abel carries that from another, Jehovah. When Cain and Abel make their sacrifices, they both sacrifice to Jehovah but Jehovah cannot appreciate or respect the sacrifice of Cain. This in itself is fertile ground for meditation. Contemplate the effect on one’s countenance when your best fruits of your honest labor is rejected by your God. Contemplate the soul mood of Abel and of Cain – and of Jehovah.
Confusion easily enters here because of the translation of the Hebrew word Elohim into God. Here Elohim is plural. The translation uses the plural terms “us” and “our”. Many early Christians believed that the God, Jehovah, of the Old Testament, was not the same God that Christ refers to as The Father. They found proof of this in the different levels of love expressed by Jehovah and by Christ’s Father. For these early Christians, Jehovah was one of the Elohim while God the Father is at the height of the Heavenly Hierarchies, one of the Holy Trinity. More on this theme later.
So, according the ancient mysteries, one Elohim creates Adam while another creates Eve who is impregnated by this unnamed Elohim. After giving birth to Cain, Eve later becomes impregnated by Adam resulting in Abel – and later still, after Abel’s death, resulting in Seth. These form two streams of humanity – one a priestly lineage from Abel/Seth and the other a builder/warrior lineage from Cain.
I have hinted that these two streams later will unite in the mystery of Jesus-Christ. Another important story of these streams comes in the building of Solomon’s Temple. We’ll take up that mystery in my next blog.