"Way by Way"


                Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
                Counselor at Law, Federal Witness
                  and Private Attorney General

                      All Rights Reserved

     Place yourself in the position of Moses,  as he leads a huge
following of  former slaves to the shore of the Red Sea.   It has
taken Herculean effort  to reach this point,  so stubborn and set
in their ways are these once Egyptian captives.

     Knowing  that Pharaoh's Army  is close  behind,  Moses  must
deliver a miracle, actually two miracles, or his folly will shame
his memory forever.

     The  first miracle  Moses must deliver  is to  invent  a sea
crossing, with  nothing more  than  the power of  his faith,  and
nothing else.   For,  the power he needs is nothing less than the
Energy which powers the universe -- the Most High Creator.

     The second  miracle Moses  must deliver  is to  maintain  an
entire society,  as it  wanders  for 40 years  in a bleak desert.
The  Most High had earlier inspired him to realize that an entire
generation of  mind control  must pass,  before a  new leadership
could prepare to take this society on to its destination.

     Like so many stories in the Old Testament, the actual events
were each  allegories pointing  to a  future as  yet unfulfilled,
prophecies  to generations still to come.  Moses, parting the sea
and feeding  multitudes with  daily miracles,  was an example,  a
precursor, of Christ the Son of the Most High.

     This leads  us to  a pivotal  question:    if  Moses  was  a
precursor for Christ, was Christ a Precursor for each of us?  The
answer is yes,  if  we will but ponder the essential mystery that
connects the Most High, Christ, and us.

     For many Christians,  it  is essential  to  regard  Christ's
divinity as  paramount.  Thus, on a line connecting God with man,
Christ is  not situated half-way between the two;  He is situated
more closely  to the  Godhead in  this schema.   Thus, it is this
paramount position  which gives  special  authority  to  all  the
teachings of Christ.

     However, Christians  often forget particular messages  which
Christ Himself  said He  had come to deliver to us.  One of these
special messages  is that  our  faith  would  empower  us  to  do
everything  He had done  -- and  even  more so --   like  parting
oceans, moving mountains, and manifesting abundance, and life.

     By becoming man,  Christ  was acting  as an  example,  as  a
precursor beckoning  each of  us to  become more like Him and, in
that process, more like the Most High God.  And, how would one of
us become more like Him?

     The answer is at the very core of the Christian experience.

     The answer is eternal life.

     By submitting  Himself to  a terribly  violent  death  at  a
relatively young age,  Christ  was telling us  that  we no longer
needed to  fear death,  that He had conquered  death,  that it no
longer had any "sting" left in it.

     Was this  a metaphorical  Christ speaking,  or  was He being
literal when He spoke these things?

     Christ was  being quite  literal:   each of us  would become
most like Him  if  and when  we came to realize that death was no
longer in  our equation  for living.  Eternal life would vanquish
death forever  and eliminate it from our minds,  from our hearts,
and from our daily lives.

     Thus, by rising from His tomb, in a flash of brilliant light
whose Source was surely the Most High (the only place from whence
such immense energy could  ever come),  Christ became like Moses,
showing us  the "way"  awaiting each of us, who need only believe
and the transformation is underway.  Under way, perhaps?

     Personal transformation  -- that  is near  the heart  of the
Christian experience.

     Now, you  may ask  yourselves, how shall we know that we are
Christians?  Do we draw fish in the sand, or place fish decals on
our bumpers?  Do we make the sign of the cross in church, or call
each other  "brother" and "sister"?  Would any of these "mark" us
as true Christians, in and of themselves?

     The answer is no.

     The "mark" of true Christians is their knowledge, nay, their
conviction that they do already enjoy eternal life, and they have
no need  to fear  death in  any form  whatsoever.   And from this
conviction there  follows an  immense courage  to follow  Christ,
whose way He has already delineated for us.

     As  St. Paul has  been quoted  to say,  Christ was  in  fact
smiling on  the way  to His  horribly violent death.  Christ knew
then that  the events  of the  next few  days would transform the
entire world, and each of us in it.

     This is the meaning of "VIA" in Latin:  He is the Way by way
of which we reach our destination,  our destiny as humans.  It is
a word with only three letters, a Trinity, just as in English.

     In upper-case  Roman letters,  Christ is  the  "I AM" at the
gateway to infinity -- symbolized by the letter "V" -- and at the
apex of humanity -- the letter "V" inverted to form an upper-case
"A".  He is VIA -- the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

     This "Way"  is Christ spanning an otherwise immense distance
between the Most High and humanity,  closing the gap, as it were,
drawing humanity up to the Most High, who dwells in eternity.

     You might  imagine the  "I" in  "VIA" as  an elevator shaft,
connecting the  lowliest of  mankind  to  the  upper  reaches  of
infinity, or the "tunnel" seen in many near-death experiences.

     In this sense,  Christ the "Way" is actually an adventure --
the adventure  of a lifetime that will last forever -- an eternal
lifetime, a lifetime in eternity.

     Now, this is the core of the Christian experience.

     I am  a Christian in this sense, and no one could ever steal
the eternal life I already enjoy.  It is mine forever.

     This  is   my  distinguishing  "mark"  --  a  mark  of  true
distinction, surely -- a mark which we Christians all share.

     It is the mark of peace, of joy, and of love.


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About the Author:

Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S., is a Counselor at Law,
qualified Federal Witness, Private Attorney General
and Webmaster of the Supreme Law Library at Internet URL:


He also studied to become a Catholic priest
for 5 1/2 years.

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