MIRACLES

t the marriage feast at Cana (John 2:1), an an alleged miracle that needs clarification is the changing of water to wine. A cousin of mine, on my mother's side of the family, was being married and, as the wine ran out, I was able to procure some from a nearby wine dealer by simply paying for it. I used water jugs to bring it back to the wedding party. This New Testament story was interpolated to conform to the Greek account of Dionysius, the god of wine, who supposedly would make jars of water turn to wine by putting them into a concealed chamber.


It was getting late and the people were hungry. Those who ate supper with me had bread and fish and wine (Matthew 14:17), and we even had figs and dates, which the New Testament does not mention. I did not create this food in some miraculous way, even though I had wonderful powers and understood the workings of the spiritual laws to a far greater extent than any mortal who had ever lived.


Despite this, I had not the power to increase the loaves and fishes as is set forth in the account of the miracle. To be able to do so would be against the natural laws of God that govern material things, and it would be beyond the powers conferred on any mortal or spirit. The food had either been brought along by the people or, in the case of the fish they had been caught by my disciples. By my psychic powers I knew that a large school of fish had just reached our area of the lake, and I told my men where to cast their nets to be able to make a great haul (John 21:6).


That evening my disciples took their fishing boat out in the lake, in the vicinity of Capernaum. I remained behind to dismiss the multitude, which was not four or five thousand, but considerably less. Then I withdrew to pray. Later, I took one of the little boats amongst the many that were anchored near the shore and made my way to my disciples' boat. As the wind was strong, I was able to catch up with them; they were happy to see me and took me into their boat. The sea was rough and they were frightened (Matthew 14:24).


Peter told me to stand up by the mast so the men could see me and so gain faith and courage, which I did. I never quieted the storm by rebuking the waves on the Sea of Galilee, but did calm the fears of my men by my example of courage and assurance. The moonlight was shining on my white robe and they told me later that it seemed as if I looked like a ghost, and from the shore it appeared as though I was walking on the waves (Matthew 14:26).


The latter New Testament writers turned to tales in Greek mythology regarding this event. In a similar way they read that Poseidon, the god of the sea, walked on water this was sufficient for their imaginations to also have me walk on water.


I wish to explain my visit to the house of Lazarus and my healing him of his unconscious state. He was in a coma, but the people of my time did not understand this, I did say as recorded, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awaken him out of his sleep" (John 11:11). Now, the Gospel of John, which at this point was not written by John, declares that by "sleep" I meant death, but this is not true. Had I meant that Lazarus was dead, I would have used one of the expressions that were commonly used at the time to indicate death. These were "to sleep with one's Father" or "to sleep in the dust" or "to be in perpetual sleep". When I wept (John 11:35) this is true, it was because I was touched by my emotion of love for Lazarus.


I did heal the sick, the deaf, the blind man and the withered hand of the palsied man at the pool of Siloam: he was cured because of his faith (John 9:7). Healing is effected as a result of rapport between the mortal doctor or healer and the spirit healers who are transmitting those therapeutic forces and energies to the ailing person. The mortal healers, through their spiritual condition, can attract the spirit healers. However, if the sick person, through faith and prayer, can rise above the earth plane, the spirit healer can work directly with the patient to accomplish the healing.