Though this website uses many terms commonly associated with religion, if you thought this website was all about faith and religion, you’d be wrong. Instead, this website is all about knowledge and spirituality. Faith is a useful tool in order to obtain personal knowlege, but if one’s faith does not lead to knowledge, it is not true faith.
Religion is a substitute for spirituality. Religion is a faith-based group exercise. Spirituality is a knowledge-based lifestyle which is practiced by individuals, couples and families, and groups.
This website uses many terms which are found in the Bible and are used by churches. However, this website does not advocate, nor condemn any church or religion. Instead, this website aims to teach the true principles which lie back of the terms which are often mis-used and mis-defined by most religions. This website teaches the correct definitions of such vital terms as faith, God, church, repentance, love, and sin, to name a few.
For too long, these terms have been co-opted by the theologians and the fanatics. As Thomas Jefferson said:
No one sees with greater pleasure than myself the progress of reason in its advances towards rational Christianity. When we shall have done away the incomprehensible jargon of the Trinitarian arithmetic, that three are one, and one is three; when we shall have knocked down the artificial scaffolding, reared to mask from view the simple structure of Jesus; when, in short, we shall have unlearned everything which has been taught since His day, and got back to the pure and simple doctrines He inculcated, we shall then be truly and worthily His disciples; and my opinion is that if nothing had ever been added to what flowed purely from His lips, the whole world would at this day have been Christian. … The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticisms, fancies and falsehoods, have caricatured them into forms so monstrous and inconceivable, as to shock reasonable thinkers, to revolt them against the whole, and drive them rashly to pronounce its Founder an impostor. Had there never been a commentator, there never would have been an infidel…. I have little doubt that the whole of our country will soon be rallied to the unity of the Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also. “Letter to Timothy Pickering, Esq.”. Monticello. February 27, 1821.
These principles will be presented on this website in a way that the rational mind can understand and accept, and that the spiritual mind can live. It is our intention to present true spirituality and spiritual principles in a way in which indivuals, families, and groups can apply these principles, grow in personal integrity, obtain a direct knowledge of themselves and God without the need to go through a master, guru, or other spiritual “broker”, and to lay the foundation for rebuilding society and for finally realizing the dream of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city come down to earth, long dreamed of by the ancients.
Some of you have wandered through life looking for truth, and wondering if real truth can be found anywhere. Others of you may have experienced the joy and delight of having found a teacher, who has earned your trust by teaching you true principles which you can verify through the God within. Others of you may have experienced the even greater joy of having discovered many such teachers.
Still others of you have applied what you learned through your teachers and discovered a knowledge of the inner God and the living Christ for yourselves.
For those of you who have found this God, and know Him through your own personal knowledge and experience, I invite you to join with me in what will turn out to be an advanturous experience, and hopefully a joyful experience.
For those of you who have found a teacher or teachers, I invite you to allow me to be your teacher also, and to point out some truths to you that you may not yet have discovered, and to discover the God within, whom you may not yet have discovered.
For those of you who have never encountered one who has taught you true principles, I also invite you to consider my words, and decide for yourself whether they teach you true principles and lead you further along in your search for truth.
Some of you will be asking at this point what I might have to offer you, or by what authority I offer it. Let me assure you that I know whereof I speak. I have practiced and lived what I teach for over 25 years. Some teachers, prophets, or gurus make claims of special callings or authority from God, former lives as historic personages, angelic visitations, encounters with immortals, ET’s, higher beings, golden plates, hidden writings, akashic records, bestowal of special keys or privileges. And they do all of this to attract your attention to their words, and to believe them solely of the basic of their claimed authority.
I could also do this to some extent, but I will not. Instead, I give you the words, and let them stand on their own merit, without attracting any attention to myself. I am not here to sell books, gain followers, or start a church. I can assist organized churches, though, like Joseph Smith, I am forbidden from joining any of them. A true church is not a building or an institution, but those who have been called-out and gathered, and who are the true followers of Christ. Nothing more, nothing less. (D&C 10:67-68)
If I can convince or persuade you to obtain your own personal knowledge of yourself, understand the principles of human relationships that lead to an ideal society, and begin to build a true personal knowledge and relationship with God, and then if you feel so inclined to unite with others who have also obtained this like precious knowledge and begin to build something greater than the world has ever seen before, then this website will have served its purpose.
John R, Crane
“And where I am going you know; and the way you know.” John 14:4