The Nazoreans Then and Now
The Nazoreans do not represent a religion or a creed. It is neither Jewish nor Christian. You will not hear about the need for faith, for Nazoreans will say: Rather than telling me about your faith, show me your works; how have you helped your neighbor in need? Yes, repent... but not by confession; return to the Way by practicing a life of giving. Revival is when the Nazorean community comes together to end poverty through moderation and giving.
There is neither preference nor discrimination toward any skin color or nationality. We are not in the business of promoting or condemning lifestyles and sexual preferences. If you meet the definition of a person of heartfelt service, you deserve a place where you can safely practice these convictions without prejudice.
The Nazoreans are not based on the Bible in its modern form. Beliefs and practices are based, in part, on the most ancient portions of the Aramaic exemplar. A priesthood developed during the earliest times of human history and altered the original Path - from a simple 'Help your neighbor' philosophy to a complex, self-serving set of six hundred and thirteen laws and regulations that suck the life and resources from the original, authentic Way.
The Bible in its current incarnation is a mixture of Priesthood versus Prophet literature. The Priesthood focuses on doctrine and prosperity in the guise of achieving relationship with God by following rules and regulations. The Prophet focuses on the origins of a Path of Peace and Moderation through giving. The priesthood hated the TRUE prophets because they were a thorn in their sides. The Nazorean prophets of the first century of the modern era brought the confrontation to a head. The people were rejecting the priesthood en masse.
One self-proclaimed apostle managed to rebuild a new, false priesthood to subvert the very name of the prophet who brought the priesthood to its knees. This false Apostle established the Way of Paul and his church to counter the Way of God and the Twelve of whom he was jealous and whom he hated. The Way of the Nazoreans has not recovered since.
We are a philosophical and philanthropic charity - not a religion, sect, or denomination.
Do you believe everyone is a sinner in need of salvation from a fiery hell? This is probably not the place for you.
Do you proudly practice ownership or usage of gifts of the spirit? - words of wisdom or knowledge, abundant faith, healing or miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, supernatural foreign or angelic languages with interpretation, exorcism of evil spirits, levitation, water, fire, or glass walking. The Nazorean is not impressed. We want to know how many hungry you have fed; how many in need you have brought to wholeness.
The Nazorean has a conviction to be and encourage vegetarianism. Mankind has a herbivore digestive system. Meat stays in the herbivore system too long and rots. Vegetarianism isn't a question of heaven or hell; it's a matter of health. Having said that, the Nazorean who eats meat is welcome to practice and work for the cause of bringing relief to those in need.
We encourage and practice baptism. We prefer to call it cleansing or purification, but baptism is okay and easily recognized. Our version is not a sacrament because it is not tied to divine grace. Baptism is to you, what you need it to mean. It is usually an act whereby one is symbolically purified from the dirt of the past or present. Baptism can be assisted by an administrator as a guide or help, or it can be self-administered. The preferred place is a stream or river but the Nazorean is not obligated to find a stream. Baptism is in no way tied to death and resurrection or specific words or incantations spoken. It is in no way associated with with heaven or hell. It is especially encouraged for novice Nazoreans, those in stressful situations, and those who represent the ruling body of the Academy. In some cases, baptism is encouraged for someone who has been involved in actions or behaviors that are offensive to the Academy or society.
Who is a Nazorean? A Nazorean has found the Way, and that is the Path of Service. The Nazorean has a set of scriptures, not as an infallible witness, but rather a prophetic guideline. The true prophets established the Way. The prophecies/ instructions continue to be the standard for our practices. Prophecy is not an excuse to predict the future or break new ground.
There are no sacraments within the Nazorean community. A sacrament is a ceremony or ritual regarded as imparting divine grace. These are established by the Priesthood and there is no priesthood within this academy. Sacraments are generally numbered to include Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the sick, Marriage, and Holy orders. Any action listed therein that is practiced by the Nazoreans are not made as a ritual whereby divine grace is imparted.
Grace, by definition is the unmerited gift of divine favor in the salvation of sinners. Nazoreans view salvation according to the precedence of the academy of prophets as acts of charity to the needy. Unmerited gifts from God are not acts of salvation. Faith, by definition, is confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief. The academy of Nazoreans do not practice or endorse any particular religious belief.
Our philosophy is to help people recover from a state of being lost to being saved. Those who are lost are people who want and need help - the hungry, the widow, those who have lost hope. The lost are not those who are too lazy to get off their butts and do something. We will not give money to anyone. Why? Money has a tendency to get lost, stolen, or squandered on booze, cigarettes, or recreational drugs. We help people. The food will be healthy. The clothes will fit. That is our definition of being saved - brought to a place of wholeness to a realistic means - not a miracle or magical gift of healing.