Changing the term “City of Stars”

 

The term “City of Stars” will be replaced with “Kingdom of God.” in the Tenets of Veridicanism.

1. Jesus used the term Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven interchangeably in the Gospels, and he is referring to the place where God is fully realized, and that is the definition of the City of Stars.

2. The City of Stars was used because it’s what I see on the astral plane as I approach it through astral travel. It appears to be a galaxy-sized city. So, I called it the City of Stars, but I would rather defer to Christ’s terminology, because mine has no special meaning, even to me. It was just a descriptive term.

3. “City of Stars” is an awkward and unnecessary term for Veridicans who mostly come from a Christian background.

Are Veridicans Christians?

 

In the truest sense of the word, Veridicans are Christians, because Veridicans follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, Veridicans are not Judeo-Christians, which most denominations and sects of Christianity are.

Judeo-Christianity is a mixture of the Jewish religion, the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the teachings of the Apostles and early Church fathers. Therefore, Judeo-Christians use the Old Testament and New Testament in the Bible. Veridicans, on the other hand, use only the four Gospels of the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas (which is not in the Bible), and the Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, Veridicans follow only Jesus and nothing else.

So, Veridicanism is a form of Christianity, but the differences between Veridicans and regular Christians are big. Perhaps the most significant departure is that Veridicans believe the human being is to become Christ, not just follow Christ. We follow Christ to become Christ, or as close to Christ as we can before we pass on from this world.

It would also be accurate to say that Veridicans do not worship the same God as Judeo-Christians. Judeo-Christians do not subscribe to the notion of a monistic God. They consider God and the universe to be separate from one another, and that both have an independent existence from one another. Veridicans believe the only real thing that exists is God, and everything is of the substance of God in the form of Divine attributes and modalities of Divine attributes.

In other words, for a Veridican, only God exists. Everything else is a kind of sub-real illusion. Much the same way that characters and objects in a dream are a kind of sub-real illusion of the mind of the dreamer.

Answer to an Atheist

 

A question posed to me by Mark of the Atheists vs. Christians Debate Central Facebook Group:

Edward Gordon, please provide us your evidence for god.

If you understand the term “God,” then you know that existence is the proof. That anything exists as opposed to nothing existing. I know it is a tenet of the atheist faith that things can exist for no reason, but there is no evidence to support that–zero evidence. All things have a reason. There is a cause of their existence that goes back along a chain of causes to the very creation of the universe. So, there is no logical basis for thinking the universe has no reason for being. And since it must have a reason for being, there must be a creative agent that does not require a prior cause. That means that such a creative agent must be eternal. The eternal creative agent is what we call God. And the attributes of God can be deduced and debated by observations of nature.

The Tenets of Veridicanism

 

1. GOD

a. We believe that God is monistic in nature.
b. We believe God has infinite attributes
c. We believe God’s attributes are expressed through infinite modalities
d. We believe we know God mostly as the Divine attribute of Mind.

2. CHRIST

a. We believe a spirit-first orientation leads to Christ Consciousness.
b. We believe a spirit-first orientation is the rebirth that transforms us into Christ.
c. We believe that Christ is a union with God.
d. We believe the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are the example of how we become Christ.

3. HUMAN BEINGS

a. We believe our life is our conscious mind.
b. We believe that we are alien to the earth.
c. We believe that we are stranded on earth accidentally.
d. We believe that some of us are stranded on earth over many physical incarnations.
e. We believe we escape reincarnation once we become Christ.

4. SCRIPTURE

a. We believe the Gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Thomas are the legitimate sources of information about Jesus Christ.
b. We believe The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ is a legitimate Gospel harmony revealed to Edward J. Gordon in 2005 A.D.
c. We believe the Gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Thomas, and the Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ represent the final canon of Veridicanism.
d. We believe in the freedom to examine any other source that will aid our understanding of God and Christ, and support our spiritual development.

5. LIFE

a. We believe life is our individual consciousness.
b. We believe our individual consciousness is a mode of the Divine attribute of Mind.
c. We believe the ultimate life is lived within the Kingdom of God.

6. DEATH

a. We believe death is the cessation of the functions of the physical body.
b. We reject the belief that death of the body is death of the mind.
c. We believe the mind is freed upon our bodily death to continue its journey to the Kingdom of God
d. We believe that only a total reunification with the Divine attribute of Mind could bring about the cessation of our existence.
e. We believe that God has not willed the cessation of our existence into Nature.

7. HEAVEN

a. We believe that heaven is synonymous with the Kingdom of God on the astral plane.
b. We believe that all minds have a permanent home in the Kingdom of God.
c. We believe that to reside in the Kingdom of God is union with God.

8. HELL

a. We believe that no conscious mind wants to be separated from the City of Stars or the direct presence of God.
b. We believe hell exists in various degrees outside the Kingdom of God.
c. We believe hell is ultimately instructional, producing within a conscious mind spiritual experience and wisdom.
d. We believe the full misery of hell is only apparent when viewing it from the Kingdom of God.

9. MORAL PRINCIPLES

a. We believe anything that brings us to a spirit-first orientation is good.
b. We believe anything that prevents our spirit-first orientation or our becoming Christ is evil.
c. We believe all moral situations are judged by those two criteria without further complications.

10. THE WORSHIP OF GOD

a. We believe we worship God when we communicate with God.
b. We believe we worship God when we allow God to communicate through us.
c. We believe the worship of God is the practice of the Spiritual Gifts.
d. We believe we worship God with our sincere commitment to the spirit-first orientation.
e. We believe we worship God when we sincerely seek to know the truth.

11. SPIRITUAL GIFTS

a. We believe the spiritual gifts below are important for all spirit-first people to practice if they are able.
b. We believe some spirit-first people have special talents for one or more of the following:

i. Therapeutic communication
ii. Divination
iii. Prophecy
iv. Healing
v. Spell work
vi. Astrological Analysis
vii. Dream interpretation
viii. Astral Travel
ix. Mediumship
x. Spiritual instruction
xi. Positive encouragement
xii. Charitable Compassion

12. END OF DAYS

a. We believe humanity will one day become extinct as a species on earth.
b. We believe until that time, we should live our lives worshiping God and providing companionship and support to our brothers and sisters who are spirit-first in this world.
c. We believe a decline is taking place now that is precipitating the extinction of humanity.
d. We believe all spirit-first people will be gone before the extinction of humanity on earth, causing a severe and swift de-evolution of civilization.
e. We believe that over time it will become harder and harder to find our spirit-first brothers and sisters among the peoples of the earth.
f. We believe a strong anti-Christ force is sweeping the earth even now causing many of our brothers and sisters to falter.
g. We believe the purpose of this anti-Christ force is to bring about the de-evolution, decline, and extinction of humanity on earth.
h. We believe we should prepare in whatever way we can considering this knowledge of the End of Days.

The Spirit-First Orientation of Veridicans

Way back in time, when I was a Christian, and I had my convictions as a Christian, I had tremendous faith, but then I grew out of that, and I put it away, but when I did, I put away my faith as well.

I studied everything trying to get my religion back, all manner of religious and occult practices. Along the way, I even developed my psychic gifts of divination and used them to become a professional psychic, but I still had an empty hole in my heart where Christianity used to fit, and I knew there was no going back to it.

Because once you pull away the curtain to reveal the true Oz, once you’ve turned around and seen the people walking by the cave entrance (Read the allegory of the Cave in Plato’s Republic.), there’s no way to go back and recapture the faith and conviction that used to keep you warm within its ignorance.

So, I made a list of what I believe. After all my spiritual travels, I have 7 statements I absolutely know to be true. I know they are true, because they’ve been revealed to me, or I’ve seen them with my own spiritual senses while in astral travel. And when I read them, I feel the conviction I used to have. For years now, in my mind, they’ve stood the test of time, so I present them to you now, and I call it the Spirit-First Orientation of Veridicans.

1. We are spirit first and physical second.

2. Spirit-first people are alien to the earth.

3. Every spirit-first consciousness has an astral home within the astral City of Stars.

4. The earth is a waypoint on our journey to that City.

5. Our life on earth is an accidental delay we encountered on our journey.

6. We do not die. Death is simply waking up to leave this waypoint.

7. Our goal now is to awaken our spirit-first orientation so we can find others of our kind and offer our support and companionship while we wait to to travel on to the City of Stars.