THEOSOPHY, Vol. 17, No. 6, April, 1929
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WHO CRUCIFIES THE CHRIST?(1)
OF all destructive forces operating in human nature, pride is one of the most insidious, even masquerading, at times, as a virtue and thus begetting greater pride. To hear men speak with pride of being Americans or Englishmen is a habit so common as to occasion no comment. Throughout Christendom we find religious pride added to the pride of nationality until to be born a Christian in a dominant nation appears to place many a man upon an eminence from which he views, with pity or contempt, his less favored fellow men. The position of the Jew in Christendom justifies in the minds of many otherwise kindly human beings a feeling of superiority coupled with contempt, often amounting to hate.
The teaching of the Christian Church depicts the crucifixion, by the will of a Jewish mob, of Jesus Christ the only Son of God and the Redeemer and Savior of all true believers. Religious art has undoubtedly played its part in impressing the physical aspect of the crucifixion upon the minds of Christendom, although during some six centuries after the Christian era the foundation of the Christian religion in a crucified Redeemer is said to be entirely absent from Christian Art. Do the Christians who so easily condemn their fellows know when the man Jesus Christ was born or in what year he was crucified? Have they ever tried to prove historically, for themselves, that such an one, with a divine mission and endowed with the power of vicarious atonement, ever actually lived on earth? In a common court of law a man is deemed innocent until he is proved guilty. Should not a people be accorded the same measure of justice?
All the civilized portion of the Pagans who knew Jesus honored him as a philosopher, an adept whom they placed on the same level with Pythagoras and Apollonius. Of Jesus as an incarnate God there is no single record on the earth capable of withstanding the critical examination of science; as one of the greatest reformers, a teacher of one of the most sublime codes of ethics, Jesus is one of the grandest and most clearly-defined figures on the panorama of human history; alone the grand figure of the philosopher and moral reformer instead of growing pale will become with every century more clearly defined.
If the present day Christian who prides himself on the unique teaching of the Master Jesus, would study with equal zeal the same teaching which was given to the world periodically, for ages before the Christian era, by a long line of Master Teachers, he would find that the Christian teaching would lose, for him, none of its priceless value but it would cease to be unique, and so would gain in glory, for one truth has existed from the beginning of time.
The Secret Doctrine teaches, and the Ancient Wisdom has always taught, that Christ, the true Esoteric Savior is no man, but the Divine Principle in every human being. The Christian Bible, when its inner meaning is understood, sets forth the same sublime truth regarding man's Savior and only possible Redeemer. This truth is obscured by material interpretation and therefore for the average Christian, knowledge of the indwelling Spiritual Principle has been replaced by the conception of the man Jesus Christ who was crucified by the Jews and who ascended into heaven and who dwells with God on high. In spite of materialism, in spite of ignorance and misunderstanding, repeatedly crucified by man's terrestrial passions, by his every sinful thought and unworthy deed, the Christos dwells in the heart of man. Buried deep in the "sepulchre" of his sinful flesh, the true Esoteric Savior, the divine Principle in every human being, be that being a Christian, a Jain or a Jew, awaits the day of resurrection.
Yearly in Christendom is celebrated the resurrection of the Christ. It is no one man who rises to the glory of the Father, but every human being who has strength to roll back the stone of matter from the door of his own inner sanctuary. He who has gained such strength through self-effort, he has the risen Christ in him. This is the age old Truth and it applies equally to the Christian and to the homeless wanderer on the face of the earth.
If every earnest Christian would seek the living Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven which is within, and standing in the consciousness of that divine presence would ask himself the searching question, who crucifies the Christ, not to the Jews alone would be attributed the crucifixion but to every human being who in thought, in word, or deed, has sinned against his own higher Self, the only living Christos, the Christos within the sanctuary of his being. When, in the course of evolution, this stage of enlightenment is reached, the solemn tragedy on the summit of Calvary, the prelude to the hoped for Millennium will be recognized in its true light.
The crucifixion of the Christ is between a man and his conscience, and if a man turns from evil and worketh righteousness, he too may rise to the glory of the Father, even to that radiance which is the Self.
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(1) Collated from the writings of H. P. Blavatsky.
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