Letter from Antioch Salvador teaches his Twelve followers


One day in camp near Tahoe City, Salvador came down with the crowd that followed him and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his students and a large number of the people from all over Sacramento County and the City of Peace, Sacramento and the regions around the Washoe river, from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California came to hear him and have Salvador heal them of their diseases.

Tahoe City Shoreline

Even those with unpleasant memories tormenting them received the healing of Salvador. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

Raising his eyes toward his students, he told us, “Happy are you who are poor, for the rule of The Mighty Savior is yours.”

Salvador looked at some very thin, emaciated children standing nearby with tears in their eyes and quipped, “Happy are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Happy are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.”

 

One person in six lives in poverty in this country, including 50.2 million people in food-insecure households, with 17.2 million being children

Salvador also looked at some tough looking Hispanic teens standing over in a corner, staring with anger at the non-Hispanic before them.

Instead of becoming angry in return, Salvador smiled at them and related, “Happy are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil because of the Ciska Wakan. Rejoice and leap for joy! Your reward will be great in the Great flow of things. Their ancestors treated the Proclaimers of the divine truths from of olds in the same way.”

Salvador next looked at some people in shirts and ties, which the Hispanic youths also glared at and related, “I pity you rich people. You have already received your reward.”

One sat eating an oyster sandwich as Salvador commented, “I pity those of you whose bellies are satisfied now. You too will feel the pangs of hunger. I pity you who currently laugh and sing with joy. You also will grieve and weep.”

We looked at a story in the local newspaper, which related, “Governor roasted last night at grand party in South Lake Tahoe.

How the governor lives

Salvador commented, “I pity you who are roasted with your nice parties, for your ancestors treated the false Proclaimer of the divine truths from of olds in this way. Remember what Father Constance says in the teaching of the Church Fathers.”[1]

He read the quote:

The Mighty Savior gives everything on collateral. He spreads a net over all the living. The shop is open; the Merchant extends credit; the ledger is open; the hand writes; and whoever wishes to borrow, let him come and borrow. The collectors make their rounds constantly, everyday, and collect payment from the person whether he realizes it or not. They have proof to rely upon; the judgment is a correct judgment, and everything is prepared for the final Eucharistic banquet.

Mockery and levity accustom a man to immorality. The Mighty Savior gives refresher lessons. The teaching of the Church Fathers is a protective fence around Torah and Gospel. Charitable giving is a protective fence for wealth. Vows are a protective fence for abstinence. The protective fence for wisdom is silence.

The Mighty Savior shows his love for humanity by creating humanity in his own image. The Mighty Savior shows his love for the Upright of the Mighty Savior by describing them in the Gospels and in the Torah as the children of the One who is Present Everywhere. The presence of Gospel and Torah shows a greater love in that they are cherished tools we can use to guide ourselves in the creation of a better life and culture.[2]

There are four types of people. One type says, ‘What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.’ These are the average, none religious people of the world. Some say this is the view of Sodom. Another type says, ‘Mine is yours and yours is mine.’ This person is simply confused. A third type says, ‘Mine is yours and yours is yours.’ This is the basis of almost all the world religions, in particular the Christian one. The last type says, ‘Yours is mine and mine is mine.’ This is a republican, a wicked person. The Germans say, “Never make him wichtig,” which is, important.[3]

There are also four temperaments in the world. One type is angered easily and pacified easily. His gain offsets his loss. One who is hard to anger and hard to pacify sees his loss offset by his gain. One hard to anger and easy to pacify is kind, like his Pop in heaven. One easily angered and hard to pacify is a fundamentalist and a republican. Stay away from this kind.[4]

Remember that it says that Pop fried in the Ten Commandments into the two stone tablets. I ask the reader not to read “fried in” but freedom. Torah and Gospel properly understood are not yokes that bind us down, but are tools that give us freedom to be more completely human and in the image of the Mighty Savior who made us.[5]

Salvador also related:

Torah and Gospel are the fence bringing us to pasture, not blocking us from it.

Torah and Gospel are not the fences that keep the cattle in to prepare for market time. They are the road map out of a maze. They tell us which paths lead to dead ends. They tell us which paths lead us out of the maze. Torah and Gospel are as the rules our parents teach us. When they first start to teach us, we need gates to keep us from stairs. They also need dead bolt locks and chains on the doors to keep us from opening them.

When we are toddlers, there are locks on the cupboard doors and a fence in the front yard to keep us out of the street. As we increase in our understanding of the law, the gate from the stairs disappears, as do the locks on the cupboard. The property boundary eventually reaches out into the street.

When we reach grade school, our parents give us bicycles and when we reach high school, they let us use the family car. This comes from learning the law of the road. When we complete our education, which teaches us the law about functioning in society, we get our own jobs and the process begins anew. Torah and Gospel bring us freedom, and not enslavement.

To you who hear I say, love those who are opposed to your welfare. Do noble things for those who hate you. Try to make those who curse you happy. Pray for those who mistreat you. Remember, prayer is a verb, where the receiver of the action is the person praying.

To the person who punches you on the right side of your face, offer to him the left one as well. From the person who takes your shirt, do not withhold even your t-shirt. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand its return. Do for others, as you would have them do for you. You say you want to be a just Christian people and a Christian nation.


[1] The Complete Art scroll Seder, Ethics of the Fathers, Rabbi Nonnon Scherman, pp 547-588, Mesorah Publications Ltd. 1985

 

[2] IBIB

[3] IBIB

[4] IBIB

[5] IBIB

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