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The Nasrayim Then and Now

Nasrayim History

The Nārāyim do not represent a religion or a creed. It is neither Jewish nor Christian. You will not hear about the need for faith, for the Nārāyā 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 Nārāyim 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 your convictions without prejudice.

The Nārāyim are not based on the Bible. Beliefs and practices are based, on the most ancient portions of the Aramaic exemplar of John the baptizer and the Codex Nasaraeus. 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 prophets because they were a thorn in their sides. The Nārāyā prophet John 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 Messiah and his self-appointed apostle managed to rebuild a new, false priesthood to subvert the very name of the prophet John who was the true prophet who brought the priesthood to its knees. The false Messiah and Apostle established the false Way of Jesus and Paul to counter the true Way of God. The Way of the Nārāyim has not recovered since.

 

Establishing
the Faith

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 broken glass walking. The Nārāyim are not impressed. We want to know how many hungry you have fed; how many in need you have brought to wholeness. 

The Nārāyā 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 Nārāyā 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 and is always an initiation into the Mysteries of the Way. 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 Nārāyā is not obligated to find a stream. Baptism is in no way tied to death and resurrection or specific ritualistic words or incantations spoken. It is in no way associated with heaven or hell. It is especially encouraged for the novice Nārāyā, 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.

 

Spiritual
Community

Who is a Nārāyā? A Nārāyā has found the Way, and that is the Path of Service. The Nārāyim 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 Nārāyim 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 Society.  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 Nārāyim 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. Nārāyim 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 Nārāyim 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. 

 

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