- Christ's Words
- Secrets and Symbols
- The Pivotal Person
The Beatitudes begin the first sermon by Christ in the Bible. It provides much of the context for the teachings that follow. However, the translation that we read in English is far removed from what Christ said in the original Greek (see below). Though my original analysis of each of the Beatitudes (links below) were written before I discovered the four hidden keys, it fits perfectly with my later realization that all of Christ’s work involves a revelation of specific cycles of evolution from spirit to spirit.
In Greek, the Beatitudes reveal a spiritual evolution even without understanding the symbolic keys used. This evolution is lost in English versions. I discuss that evolution here in an article written without understanding the four keys to Christ’s symbols.
With this in mind, we offer the following revised version of the Beatitudes with links to the discussion of the original Greek.
Fortunate are those who lack spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Fortunate are those who mourn: for they are being summoned.
Fortunate are the humble, for they shall inherit the world.
Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for perfection: for they shall be satisfied.
Fortunate are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
Fortunate are those whose hearts are free of corruption: for they shall perceive God.
Fortunate are those who are powerful enough to halt conflict: for they shall be called the children of God.
Fortunate are those who are hounded for their perfection: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Notice how we have two patterns of four here. The first pattern is a lack and the second group is a fullness.
The first four Beatitude represent states of need in the the four hidden keys to the Gospels. We have spiritual need (lacking spirit), emotional needs (those who mourn), intellectual needs (the humble), and physical needs (hunger and thirst).
The second four Beatitude represent states of fullness in the four keys. We have spiritual fullness (the merciful), emotional fullness (hearts free of corruption), intellectual fullness (peacekeepers), and physical fullness (those hound for their perfection).
This pattern could be happenstance, but I think not. The Beatitude are more completely understood only in light of the four hidden keys. I could rewrite all my analysis of each Beatitude based on the Four Keys, but I have yet to do this.