Understanding the Differences
The Essence of God has always been a Polarity: Hot Cold, Left Right, Evil Good, Up Down, and Inside and Out to name a few. These things didn't just happen to appear. The Way of God is reflected in the Universe and in no way set to Extremes. Therein is Moderation, Peace, Wisdom, and Charity - NOT splattered with the blood of sacrifice, wars, and excess. The latter is the way of the Priesthood. The Way represents the Prophets, the true prophets who stood full face against the corrupt priesthood, fighting the true fight with reason, truth, integrity, and words. The priesthood answered with the sword.
Generation after generation, the prophets spoke the Way of God and were answered with murder. The false prophets spoke in the name of God, but did not condemn the actions of the priesthood. By declaration of the Prophets, the Branch appeared from the numbers of people. These were the Nazoreans. They held fast to the Way despite the opposition of the priesthood and fear of the people. One message began to be the rallying cry of the Nazoreans: "Repent and be cleansed in the living waters and you can be reconciled to God."
Such was the message of John the Baptist. The message was to the common family, the Roman soldier, the Greek, the Jew, the rulers, and even the priesthood. No one was beyond reconciliation. What did it mean to repent? Give. Give to your neighbor. Give to your enemy. Help the widow. Forgive those who have done you wrong and reconcile with those you have done wrong. If you have riches, give of your excess. If you see your neighbor suffering and do nothing, you are not a good neighbor. If you wish to be perfect, help those in need.
To the Nazoreans, there was no priesthood. No temple-cult. No threats of hell or promise of heaven. A utopia was and is a possibility. First we must recognize greed as our enemy and generosity as our friend. This does not mean you should give away the food you need for yourself. But live in moderation. Eat in moderation. Give your excess to those in need. Those who hunger without your help.
In the days of old, following John the Baptist was one who is most misunderstood and continue to misunderstand to this day. He is believed by many to have been called Yehoshua or more realistically Yeshua which was the Jewish Palestinian Aramaic of the Nazoreans, and in English - Jesus. The stories of John and Jesus are a mix mash of confusion. It begins as a story all about John. He is the difference-maker. His was a well-established prophetic ministry because the people came to him, not vice-versa. He was in the wilderness along the Jordan River. It makes you wonder how he was ever discovered. John was a Nazorean - neither Roman, Samaritan or Jew. His language was not Hebrew or its Samaritan equivalent, Latin, or Greek.
It is not likely that the Jewish priesthood gave much credence to John or Jesus. They were Nazoreans, not Jews. The Nazoreans were a distinct group from which the prophets arose from obscurity. A Hebrew family tree was invented by the Greek Christians to prove Jesus a descendant of David which was so sloppily done that they chose a route through Jeconiah, a line in which a curse was pronounced, removing him (Jeconiah) as a legitimate descendant of David. See Jeremiah 22:24-30. This is one of many examples of fallacies in which the priesthood tries to make a case for a world Messiah at the end of days.
The difference between Jews and Nazoreans are many. The Jews follow an extensively expanded set of scriptures that include a false creation narrative, Abraham as the patriarch of their priesthood ancestry, and Moses as the giver and legitimizer of Levitical Law and Temple sacrifice. The Nazoreans stood firm with the original scriptures that were in sharp contrast to the priesthood expansion. They begin with Adam who was not the first man once the priesthood version is removed. Adam's significance is in being the first prophet of the Way. The original Nazorean/ Prophet version recovers the disastrous first marriage of Adam to Lilith who was the mother of Cain. The Nazorean original has no showdown in the garden of Eden nor what Christianity calls the Fall. It does preserve a flood but not one of worldwide proportions. Abraham and his promises are not regarded as a guarantee for the children of Abraham to be the chosen of God. The tales of the twelve tribes are disregarded as false and the story of Joseph the figment of some priest's imagination. Moses is not regarded as an Israelite who by luck or divine providence fell into the house of Pharaoh. Moses is considered a false prophet who is the originator of Jewish legalism or at the very least one who's name was used in the Levitical scheme.
That was a look into the background of good versus evil. Good is the true Path or Way. Evil is the self-serving Ego that turns one from the Way. Attitude. Motivation. Character. When these are balanced toward the Way, families are at peace. Neighbors show respect to one another. Governments are not at war. The Way is tied to the principles of the Universe and the Prophets. When things are out of balance Away, the opposite is true. Selfishness rules. Greed. Hatred. War. Bloodshed. Idolatry. Adultery. Liable and Slander. The Priesthood is in control. God does not wave a magic wand. Neither do the Prophets. There is neither a horned fallen archangel to blame nor a hoard of demons. We the people are the bottom line. We have choices. We make decisions. We choose the Way or the path Away. No scapegoats.
When the scrolls are unrolled and the scales removed from your eyes, the Way becomes clear. The Advocate is revealed and so is the Enemy. Few people throughout history have held the keys to the Kingdom. Thankfully, the Way, although hidden in times past, has never been lost. As your eyes are opened, those you trusted the most may be found aligned with the Enemy. Such a discovery can be traumatic.