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Posted on 24 January 2017, 10:00

Many Christians wrongly accept the admonishments of the Old Testament regarding mediums, and ignore those teachings of the New Testament such as: “I will send them prophets and messengers” (Luke 11, 49). It surely seems logical that accepting inevitable translation errors, bias, and known inconsistencies etc. within the Holy Bible - whose books were known to be written from largely verbal accounts (most were written according to biblical scholars at least 30 years after the death of Christ!) - that God would have determined a way in which the Bible were updated (or supplemented) to both overcome these errors and be relevant to our troubled times in today’s world. 

On reading the Rev. Michael Cocks’, book, Afterlife Teaching From Stephen the Martyr - a book containing taped channelled mediumistic teachings of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr - I myself, as a person who normally accepts only “solid” science as a measure of truth; found its modern and rational teachings, not just completely convincing (for reasons outlined below), but also spiritually enlightening. I therefore consider his book and St Stephens teachings a hugely important and valid adjunct to the Bible for us all.

The following are my personal favourite teachings from this book. These are of major importance to me and probably most other Christians.

If I were an ‘afterlife’ St Stephen, anxious to impart wisdom and Christ given knowledge to help all mankind, I guess I might wish to prioritise teachings such that those of the greatest importance would be presented first.

Therefore, on the first few pages of the Rev. Michael Cock’s book I was delighted to find the following two teachings in italics below. For me, no individual teachings in any scriptures or esoteric literature can compare with their importance or to the manner in which these are presented by St Stephen - since both are crystal clear, comprehensive, yet minimally suited for their purpose and intended coverage. In terms of importance, the second - even contains the embodiment of ‘The Golden Rule”, but much, much more – as described in my comments below which follow each of the teachings.

The first teaching is:

… [A person] must love his Lord God with all his heart and all his soul. [Surely, one would naturally feel this way concerning our creator - as without God, we would not even exist.]

Followed by,

Furthermore, we must love one another, for we are part of one body; there is no separateness. To hate someone, dislike someone, is to hate or dislike oneself and to hate and dislike your God. There is no one, no soul beneath your love; for there is not one soul that you should not receive love from. Therefore, the second of your duties is to love yourselves, for you are part of God and He of you. Love each other; give to each other, for in giving you are receiving.

The physical is only temporary; providing you only do these two things, then no state of mind or physical welfare is material to your progress. Your true reward for loving each other is to receive the love of each other, and the love of God.” (Pg. 13)

[“Note, St. Stephen states above, …there is no separateness. He continually emphasises throughout all his teachings of the interconnectedness of us all - as one, with each other; and with God, e.g. “In the physical body, there is a physical separation. In our other selves, there is no such separation”, (Pg.24). This is supported by a modern science discovery that the Universe is holographic at a quantum level, which inherently means everything is interconnected.  Our sense and perception of separateness is therefore considered most likely an illusion restricted to our physical environment. Note, that as might be expected, St Stephen is providing more information here than is given in biblical times, but more appropriate to our understanding and development today. (Note also, the concept here of our possible existence in other non-physical realms.)]

The above teaching exhibits one of the unique characteristic of all his teachings, as unlike most religious teachings, St Stephen’s teachings in Cock’s book, continuously provides explanations - rather than without, in every case. Surprisingly in many cases, this is in the form of a parable (presumably where St Stephen thought that clarity was required) – which surely adds to its authenticity and validity that the source of the teachings is truly that of a risen St Stephen. After all, the use of parables was the custom of the time when St Stephen taught Christ’s message on earth.

Another critical teaching issue for me is the issue of whether or not when I die, will I enjoy eternal life? After all, who given a choice, would really wish for oblivion, instead of life forever?

St Stephen states that not only is eternal life is available to all, but “Nothing on earth could keep us from that life eternal with the Father”. (Pg. 220). At the beginning of his explanation, he says that: “Christ spoke the simple statement that this was so - 2000 years ago.” Christ may well have said this some 2000 years ago, but this is not what it says in the Bible - as I have studied exhaustively there its every written occurrence of references to eternal life. In contrast, all I have found, bear some qualification or other. The most frequent teaching is that one must first believe in Jesus Christ. Others don’t mention this and instead suggest a sinless life is necessary.

For those acquainted with Quantum physic properties (obviously unknown in Biblical times), in non-physical reality, time does not exist or form part of quantum equations. Therefore, St Stephen’s modern claim that we will all enjoy eternal life – regardless! aligns with modern science expectations for an afterlife in a fully quantum non-physical but timeless reality. Hurrah, clarity at last, but comfort too with St Stephen’s teaching’s alignment with modern science discoveries!

Finally, the issue of judging others – which we all find so difficult!

On this, St Stephen says, “Let not your physical mind judge the soul of another, for in doing so you are attempting to judge the Father” (Pg. 59). [You may already have noted above that St Stephen uses every word with great care. In this case, I feel his use of the word “soul” is critical i.e. we should be careful never to judge, but this doesn’t mean we cannot express loving concern for another’s temporary behaviour on their path to fulfilment – for example, particularly one’s own children.]

I hope to provide further articles from time to time in this Newsletter highlighting further St Stephens teachings (and articles on other subjects) which you may find of benefit.

In these particularly difficult times where our path to inclusiveness and interconnectedness with all others even seems under threat; my last quote below from the Rev. Michael Cock’s book may assist.

“…we need to continually remind ourselves that all is perfect, and all is well” (Pg.31).

Bruce Scott-Hill, author of the Prize-Winning science book, The Paranormal is - Normal (The Science Validation of Reincarnation, the Paranormal and Our Immortality).

Michael Cocks edits the journal, The Ground of Faith.
Afterlife Teaching From Stephen the Martyr by Michael Cocks is published by White Crow Books and available from Amazon and other bookstores.

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