“The one who sowed the good seed is the son of man."Remember that we've shown that the correct translation of the Greek word υἱός (huios) is not "son", but, as taken from the Greek lexicon, "one who depends on another or is his follower." Thus “devoted follower” or even "loving servant" would be the most appropriate translation within this context. So when we see the translation "son of God" in the Bible, this is more appropriately translated to "loving servant of God" or "devoted follower of God."
This also fits with that puzzling translation, "son of man." How could someone be simultaneously the "son of God" and the "son of man," and what the heck is a 'son of man' anyway? Rather (using the correct translation of υἱὸς (huios) as "loving servant") we can properly translate Jesus' self-ascription as the “servant of humanity,” because he was devoted to the welfare of humanity, as well as being a loving servant of God.
This only makes sense. Jesus is God’s loving servant and representative. He is teaching humankind the Truth about God and life. As his mission is the welfare of humanity, he is thus humbly ascribing himself to be the servant of humanity.
"The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom."Jesus is planting the “seeds” of love for God and loving service to the Supreme Being. Here the translation says “the good seed stands for the sons [loving servants] of the kingdom.” This confirms the proper translation of “loving servants” rather than “sons.” How could anyone be a son of a kingdom? We are talking about those who are servants of God. A servant of God is one who loves and cares for God and all of God’s children. They are therefore being a “servant of the kingdom.”
Loving service to God and His children is the essence of the kingdom of God. The word translated to "kingdom" here is βασιλεία (basileia), which does not mean a physical kingdom. As described in the lexicon, it refers to "royal power, kingship, dominion, rule; not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom." Thus Jesus is speaking of God's authority or dominion and the consciousness that respects that authority and dominion.
"The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. "The phrase “evil one,” is translated from πονηρός (ponēros), which means full of labours, annoyances, hardships" and "bad, of a bad nature or condition." Thus Jesus is not referring to a separate person. He is describing a consciousness. A consciousness of rejecting the Supreme Being, which is a consciousness that results in self-centeredness, resulting in greed, lust and consequential hardships.
"The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The son of man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil."Ecclesiastical interpretations would have us believe Jesus is describing some day in the future where Jesus will return and separate those who follow his teachings, and throw the rest into a fiery hell.
Actually, the concept of the "end of the age" that Jesus is referring to is the moment of death. For each of us, this is the end of the time we have spent within the physical body - end of the age. Our bodies age, and then there is the end of the aging - death.
When our body dies, the living being (or soul) leaves the body (which is why the body decomposes). (if If we have decided to become servants of God, we will be swept up and escorted by angels of God back home to the spiritual realm to be with the Supreme Being. If we have chosen to remain self-centered, we will be swept up by the demoniac escorts and plunged into the hellish species of the physical world - which include human form, and even the physical bodies of animals, insects or otherwise.
Surprised? Who are these species of life that live all around us? Today's translations and interpretations of Biblical scriptures purposely do not discuss this (see below). But the animals, plants, bacteria, insects and so many living organisms are alive just as we are. We can tell this because we can observe that they have feelings, emotions and they seek to survive. Some animals even become the "best" friends of some of us. Some families will treasure the dog or cat as a member of the family. They accept that these creatures are living beings, not much different than they are in essence.
So what are they? Are they simply breathing robots? No. They are living beings, like each of us, temporarily operating a different physical body for a period of time. These are living beings who would rather live a life of ignorance and selfishness than become servants of God. So the Supreme Being has simply arranged a physical body that allows them to be completely forgetful of His existence.
"They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Creatures of lower species spend their lives in a state of survival and often fear (pets of humans are the exception). Each creature is chased by larger predators and must struggle to survive. Imagine, for example, becoming a small insect and having to face gigantic monsters like spiders. A frightening, hellish scenario to say the least.
Yes, that is hell.
Where else would hell be? Are there underground caverns under the earth where people (in their decomposing bodies?) become chained and jailed to the walls while a red guy with a pitchfork comes around for torture? Are the places surrounded by fire that have been described by ecclesiastical teachers of the Christian churches volcanic lava tubes or something? Could any living being survive in a live lava tube?
No. This is a ridiculous assumption.
Think about being a little mouse trapped in a garage being chased by a gigantic cat with huge fangs. Think about being a rabbit in a field chased by wolves who want to enjoy a meal. These are all hellish scenarios - full of "weeping and gnashing of teeth." And the "fiery furnace"? This is the fear, violence and bloodshed that exists in the lower kingdoms of life.
The human form of life is a life of consciousness, and a bridge back to the 'sunshine' of the kingdom of God should we use it correctly.
At the point of death, the spiritual living being within the physical body rises out of the body (as confirmed scientifically by thousands of clinical death experiences). At this point we are escorted to a place where we flash back on our lives and our activities are judged. For those who have become God's servants, or those who are trying to, they either return home to God or they resume another conscious human form to continue their spiritual development.
For those who lived lives of greed, lust and have continued to reject God, they are escorted to lower species of life, where they live perpetually in fear, to dwell within physical bodies that live within a violent and fearful world of terror and survival.
There is a significant amount of evidence that Jesus taught the teaching of transmigration of the soul (living being). There is undeniable evidence that it was taught among the early Christian and Jewish religions. We find distinct writings of Origen Adamantius (185-254), an early Christian scholar and devoted theologian. Origen was favored and honored by bishops and even though he was persecuted, today he is recognized as one of the earliest fathers of the Christian Church. His many writings and translations of the ancient Hebrew texts and the texts of the new testament clearly expounded an accepted understanding that we are each souls or spirits who are evolving and transmigrating through physical bodies. As we evolve, he taught, we either ascend towards a return to God or descend away from Him into the bodies of beasts and lower forms of life.
As the soul perfects his relationship with God, Origen wrote, the soul would return home to God. His writings illustrated that not only did he believe in the “pre-existence of souls” but gauging by his acceptance among early Christian society, many other Christian scholars of that time agreed with this teaching. Where did it come from if not the teachings of Jesus? Origen also compiled the famous Hexapla, which was a translation of six versions of the Old Testament, compared side by side in order to elucidate the core meanings from these various versions. It is thought that the LXX and Septuagint evolved from the passage of one of Origen’s columns, which still makes up the backbone of many Old Testament translations used by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origen’s perspectives were pervasively embraced within the early Church and throughout Alexandria during the third century, and even were reflected in many of St. Augustine's writings.
This all changed in the fourth century, however. Constantine, King of Europe and the Middle East at the time, organized the First Council of Nicea, also referred to as the Synod of Nicene in the fourth century. This and following synods (one in 381, another in 425) were councils organized by the king, who brought together bishops and priests from Christian churches throughout Europe and the Middle East. These councils were formed with political intention - to organize the Christian world under the king's reign. They were meant to control the teachings of Jesus so the people could be controlled. So these councils, under Constantine's supervision, proceeded to vote on and establish doctrines and interpretations of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. They “defined” who Jesus was and what his role was, and threw out the concept of transmigration of the living being.
They also decided on which "books" of the Bible were acceptable, and thus formed the "Bible" as we know it today. There were, evidenced by the Dead Sea scrolls and many other ancient manuscripts, many descriptions of Jesus' life and teachings. Only certain ones were accepted.
Constantine and the council then proceeded to organize a team of translators, who edited the translations of the 'authorized' books of the Bible, to delete certain statements and retain others, and translate still others in ways acceptable to their ecclesiastical and politically-driven assembly.
This is also why the teachings of Jesus are often very curious, with many gaps, and with only a few small periods of his life. The rest was edited out or excluded for political purposes.
Still, we can find that many of Jesus' statements still reflect at least part of his total teachings, even if they are a bit obscured by the translations. In other words, God made sure that enough of Jesus' real teachings were preserved, enabling those with vision to understand their meaning.
While the politically-driven councils of ecclesiastical Christians would like us to believe otherwise, the "harvest" Jesus refers to comes at the time of death - the end of our "age."
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear."
At that day of judgement, at the time of death, those who have lived lives focused upon God return to God's personal spiritual kingdom. They return to a dimension of love and loving service, where there is no fear, and only love. This is our home. This is where we belong.
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Gospel of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Devotional Translation - translated from the original Greek texts.)