disappointment2Titus 1:1-2 (RIV)
Paul, a slave of God, moreover an Apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the Faith of the elect of God, and of the Truth, according to this piety; in anticipation (of the) Age of Life, which God (who cannot lie) promised before the Ages of Time.

George Orwell once said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

In other words, anyone who “discovers” a great truth and informs others, automatically stands contrary to the powers that control the masses through deceptive narratives.

One of these “universal” (or let us say catholic) deceits is the intentional misuse of the Greek word “αἰών” (aion). The word αἰών (aion) is used in the New Testament in a variety of settings with different applications.

Most English Bible translations almost work too hard to hamper or hide the true meaning of the word αἰών in order to safeguard the eschatological idea of innate immortality in heavenly bliss- in lieu (of course) of immortality in hellish torture.

The word αἰών has a number of meanings depending on the context… but from the New Testament’s perspective, αἰών is used to convey the following ideas:

  • A span of time.
  • A dispensation within a span of time.
  • An endless span of time.
  • Space and Time within a specific era.
  • A World(s) or Universe(s)
  • A platform of existence/ an abode.

An easy example as to how the word αἰών has been mishandled and made subject to ecclesial agendas is found in the Nicene Creed– the most important Creed of the Church.

Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 7.48.44 AMThe 1928 Book of Prayer translates the second section of the Creed (τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων) as: Begotten of his Father before all worlds

More modern renditions of the Creed will translate the same original Greek as: Eternally begotten of the Father. 

The Roman Catholic Church recently conveyed a revised rendition of the Creed that was supposed to reflect the original form in an improved manner. The same Greek is translated as: Born of the Father before all ages. 

Of course, to the trained eye it is obvious that the traditional Anglican translation is rendering the word αἰών as a matter of “time and space,” while other renditions lead readers towards ideas of  an “everlasting time-span” or “eternal time.

The reason for these different renditions of the word αἰών in the Creed is because they both represent two different schools of thought within the Ancient Church.

The Apostolic Fathers did not believe in the innate immortality of the human soul. They believed that those who were not initiated into the New Cosmic Age of The New Heavens and New Earth would perish (or cease to exist) after suffering the penalty of their rebellion against God.

In other words, the unregenerate human soul that stood contrary to God would perish with the now perishing universe- and that once this universe is consumed with fire (2 Peter 3:10) the unregenerate would cease to exist.

It was not until Athenagoras and later Augustine, that the Church began to adopt the idea of the innate immortality of the soul- which extended to the idea of conscious, “everlasting punishment.”

Although the idea of “everlasting punishment” in Hell is considered to be an orthodox Western doctrine, it stands as a tangible contradiction to the Apostolic Teaching that presents this universe as currently passing away towards its eventual annihilation- and with that, the souls that cleave to its vices and unrighteousness.

Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 11.32.54 AMOf course there is punishment for those who rebel against God…Its just that in order for a soul to suffer everlasting punishment, it must first have eternal life- which according to Christ is only for those who have forsaken this present world, and joined Him in the expectation for the “Age to Come.” (Luke 18:29-30; Matthew 19:29)

Ok, so what’s the “big deal” with the word “αἰών?”

Well, the big deal is that in matters of soteriology and eschatology, the Church currently concentrates on offering endless time-spans for adhering to their teachings, rather than conveying the emphasis of the Gospel regarding the word “Age” (αἰών) as not only an endless time-span, but a place or abode (or platform of existence) that transcends all time-spans.

An easy example of how today’s eschatological emphasis falls short of the message of the early Church is found in Titus 1:1-2. The manifold ways in which this passage has been translated attests to the great conflict of thought between Apostolic teaching and Scholasticism.

For example- if one were to compare Bible translations- one would see that the later the translations- the deeper they fall short from what the original Greek Text says. You can see an example the manifold variations here. (Doesn’t anyone care anymore about The Truth?”)

A literal translation of Titus 1:1-2 would say the following:

Paul, a slave of God, moreover an Apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the Faith of the elect of God, and of the Truth, according to this piety; in anticipation (of the) Age of Life, which God (who cannot lie) promised before the Ages of Time.

the-cosmic-christ-sister-rebecca-shinasThe Apostle Paul begins his epistle by stating the underlying premise for his teachings; that the Gospel’s “Good News” is that by means of His own “regeneration” (resurrection), Christ as the Logos of God, brought forth the “Age of Life” which is experienced in a New Creation that transcends the “Ages of Time.”

The Apostle’s Gospel (good news) is not about “immortal life,” but rather, a Universal regeneration that transcends the time-space continuum of this present (and passing) Universe.

The reason why the regenerated human soul has “immortal/eternal life” is because he has been “born” into the “Age of Life,” which has nothing to do with the “Ages of Time” as we know it…

The initiated disciple of Christ has already entered into the “Age of Life,” which is where the true substance of the Christian resides in such a way that an existential dichotomy is created between the true self already in heaven (in Christ) and the “members of the body on earth.”

creepy hollows receive psychic visions“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth…” (Colossians 3:2-3, 5a) 

The conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon earnestly sought for a fountain of immortality in this “world.” Most of today’s Christians are seeking for a similar immortality after they die, not realizing that the eternal life they are seeking after, is but a consequence of belonging to the world, or platform of existence…or The AGE OF LIFE.

Dear Christian- you already belong to the New Universe- to the New Age that transcends time as we know it. You belong to a regenerated cosmos that shares in the very nature of God. You have “everlasting life” because you substantially belong to an Everlasting Universe- or “world without end.” Amen.