“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent me." (John 17:25)

Jesus is continuing his open prayer to the Supreme Being.

This part of his prayer makes it ultra clear why there is a gigantic hole in the teachings among modern ecclesiastical sectarian institutions.

What is this hole?

It is the hole that misses the entire purpose of Jesus' coming to the physical world.

And this is related to not knowing the Supreme Being.

If we listen to the preachings of modern ecclesiastical ministers, priests, reverends, even cardinals and popes, what do we hear? We hear how Jesus died for our sins. We hear how family is important. We hear how we can do anything if we have faith in Jesus - become wealthy, famous, or otherwise achieve our goals. We hear that through Jesus our bodies can be healed and we hear that if we "surrender to Jesus" we will be among the saved when it comes to the "end of times."

But do we hear from any of these ministers, priests, reverends, even cardinals and popes about the Supreme Being? Well, other than their incorrect statements stating that Jesus is the Supreme Being, no. We don't hear much at all about the Supreme Being from these ministers, priests, reverends, even cardinals and popes. Why?

Because they do not know the Supreme Being.

They do not teach about the Supreme Being because they do not know the Supreme Being.

As Jesus states, "the world does not know You."

Why doesn't the "world" know the Supreme Being?

Put another way, why can't we see the Supreme Being? Typically before we can come to know someone we must have some contact with that person. In this case, we cannot see the Supreme Being.

And this is one of the reasons why atheists make a laudable point about the existence of God: They state that if God exists, then why can't we see Him?

And when ecclesiastical sectarian teachers come back with their ridiculous supposition - that God became man in the form of Jesus, and if we believe in Jesus then we are done.

But atheists will come back to this argument and say, why would God have himself murdered on the cross if he were God? Why was he beaten and why was he not in control over the situation if Jesus was God? And why would God pray to Himself?

And they will ask: Why would the Supreme Being have to come to earth and be murdered on the cross in order to relieve people of their sins? This would deny the omniscience of God, if He has to sacrifice Himself in order to purify us. Why would God be subject to the rules of sacrifice?

Atheists also ask the ultimate question - which modern ecclesiastical sectarian ministers, priests, reverends, cardinals and popes cannot answer:
Why, if the Supreme Being exists, is there so much suffering in the world? Why are babies born into starvation? Why do innocent people die or get murdered?
And it is these very arguments - and the lack of answers given by ecclesiastical religious institutions of today - that atheists give for their belief in the lack of existence of the Supreme Being.

And certainly their arguments and questions are logical. This is why there are so many athiests. Because the speculative philosophies - as they are slightly different for each sect - put out by modern ecclesiastical sectarian institutions are illogical. They are illogical because they are untrue.

But Jesus' teachings were not illogical. His teachings were clear. The world does not know who the Supreme Being is. Therefore it is not illogical that atheists do not believe in God because they do not know the Supreme Being - like the modern ecclesiastical sectarian ministers, priests, reverends, cardinals and popes. They cannot perceive Him. (This commentary explains why professional preachers cannot represent God.)

Why can't they see and thus come to know the Supreme Being?

Because they don't want to.

Each of us is here in the physical world because we - our spiritual selves - rejected the Supreme Being at some time in our past. We were living within the spiritual realm with the Supreme Being, and we decided we did not want to love and serve Him any more.

You see, we are not these physical bodies. We are the invisible (to the physical eyes) spirit-persons that live within and drive these physical bodies. This spirit-person - our spiritual self - cannot be perceived by the physical eyes, nor measured by any of the physical senses or their instrumental extensions (microscopes, MRIs, etc.).

This is why, when a person dies, the exact same body with every organ, every cell, every molecule, every atom that was there when the body was alive is still there in the dead person. Nothing changed, except the personality is gone. The life within the body is gone. The person's goals, desires, aspirations and mission in life are gone. Everything else - everything physical - is still there in the dead body.

This is because the spirit-person leaves the physical body at the time of death. This spirit-person is of another dimension. And because the spirit-person is of another dimension we cannot see it with our physical eyes or otherwise sense it with our physical senses or their extended instruments.

But we know that we exist. And we know that we have existed even though our bodies have completely changed from childhood to adulthood. Science has determined that within five years every molecule in our body has been recycled. This means we are effectively changing bodies even while we are here. If we look at a picture of our childhood body and compare it to our adult body, we can know that the childhood body in the picture is gone. All the molecules have been recycled into the environment. And we are now wearing an altogether different body.

Yet we still feel that the child in the picture was "me" and I am still "me." Who is the "me"? It is the invisible spirit-person that occupies this physical body.

Now we must ask why can't I see my spirit-person self, and why can't I see others as spirit-persons? Why do I only see physical bodies and physical forms?

Because we are currently identifying with these physical bodies. We believe that this body is me and this world around us is our home. We think we are physical and we thus rely upon our physical senses as the ultimate seers.

Even though our physical body is constantly aging and we don't feel any older, we still think this body is me. Even though this body will die at any moment, we still think this body is me. And even though we know our senses are extremely limited and pick up only a small bandwidth of even the physical spectrum, we believe that unless our senses can see something, it doesn't exist.

This is called illusion.

We can compare this situation to those who become addicted to playing computer-video games. Why do they get so addicted to computer gaming?

Because after they begin to play a particular game they begin to identify with their avatar in the game. They begin to identify with the virtual environment. They begin to set up goals and objectives for that environment. They immerse their desires within that virtual environment.

Let's say the game is about being a warrior - as many games are. The gamer will begin to set up goals for conquering different enemies so they can impress other gamers who will appreciate their high scores. As they immerse themselves into these goals they get lost in the game and they begin to identify with their avatar. They see themselves as their avatar - and they immerse themselves into the game.

Now while they are playing the game, the gamer will practically forget everything else. They will forget they have homework to do or they have a job to go to in the morning. They will suspend their physical lives while they immerse themselves into the virtual environment of the game.

This is analogous to our situation in the physical world. This is why we cannot see into the spiritual dimension. Even though we are ourselves spiritual in identity, we cannot see into the spiritual dimension because we have suspended our spiritual selves while we immerse within the titillations of this physical world - namely, the name and reputation of our physical body, the job of our physical body, the family of our physical body, sensual pleasures - and all the trappings that go with these. Why did we suspend our spiritual selves?

Because we have set up our goals and objectives within this physical world, and those self-centered goals are not compatible with the spiritual realm. We have immersed our self-centered goals into this world as we seek name, fame, fortune and pleasure, and we seek to gain others' appreciation and applause from this dimension as we immerse within it.

The spiritual realm is not compatible with our self-centered desires. In the same way, blowing up people and chopping off their heads is not compatible with normal society in the physical world. Yet it is okay in the virtual computer game world. So those with these desires can blow up people and chop people's heads off with impunity within the computer game's virtual reality.

The elements of immersion and suspension are why Dr. Ian Stevenson, a medical doctor and professor of research at the University of Virginia, discovered in his research among thousands of patients that children tend to forget their past lives around the age of seven. By that age, they become immersed in the trappings of the particular situation their current body resides in, and the memory of their previous life dissolves. They have successfully suspended their previous lifetime - and their spiritual selves along with it.

The fact is, this is all by the arrangement of the Supreme Being. Just as a programmer ultimately writes the code for a computer-internet video game, the Supreme Being has written the code for this physical world. He has set up the physical world in such a way that we become completely immersed within it. He has set up several layers of our physical identity, based upon the physical elements and the physical mind. These all trap us within a cocoon-like shell of the physical body, complete with our self-identification that it is "me."

This was all designed by the Supreme Being for the purpose of allowing us our desire to get away from Him.

You see, each of us is here because we wanted to get away from God. We didn't want to love Him and serve Him (what we were created for) anymore. We wanted to be loved and served by others. In other words, we became envious.

This didn't happen all at once. In the beginning of our rebellion, we simply became self-centered. We started thinking about our own happiness and how we wanted to be happy. Then we saw how the Supreme Being was the center of attention and everyone was making Him happy. Being unfulfilled from simply being self-centered, we wanted what He has.

The Supreme Being gave us this option. When He created us to love and serve Him, He also gave us the choice. This is because love requires choice. How could God enjoy our loving Him if He was forcing us to love Him? Therefore, in order to achieve the full enjoyment of receiving pure love, the Supreme Being had to give us the choice to love Him or be not.

Those of us who made the choice to not love Him naturally became self-centered, and ultimately became envious. Because this mentality is not compatible with the loving nature of the spiritual realm, this required us to be sectioned off from the spiritual realm, in order to try to enjoy ourselves separately. How could we possibly escape Him when He is present throughout the spiritual realm? Where in the spiritual realm is God not present?

So the Supreme Being created a section of the spiritual realm - a temporary dimension - where we could take on temporary physical bodies and get away from Him for awhile. We could forget His existence and try to enjoy ourselves separately from Him.

The Supreme Being set this all up for us out of His kindness. He set up different forms and different types of identities - like avatars - for us to choose from. Just as a person chooses a Halloween costume to act out a particular fantasy, the Supreme Being gave us choices of different types of physical bodies, according to our desires and fantasies - to dwell within. All to enable us to forget Him completely. Then He created layers of matter - including mental layers and the speculative philosophies of others - that shield us from seeing Him.

Yes, this is why we cannot see the Supreme Being. Because He designed the physical world in such a way that our  physical senses and minds have no entrance into the spiritual realm, and our self-identification with these physical bodies blocks our remembrance of our true selves as spiritual beings.

Because if we could perceive our true selves as spiritual beings, we would see our real identity as loving servants of the Supreme Being. And this is what we are trying to escape from. So God, lovingly, simply allows us that escape.

But it is not as if the physical world is some sort of heavenly spot where we can live forever and forget God forever. In fact, if this were such a great place with only pleasure and no pain and no suffering, we wouldn't want to return to our true selves.

And the reality is, we are ultimately miserable here, despite any accumulation of wealth, admiration or success we may achieve in the physical world. We, like the so-many wealthy and powerful people of this world, are miserable and lonely, regardless of how large our bank account is, how big our family is or how many adoring fans we have.

Yes, we would be doomed to misery through eternity if there was no way out. And the Supreme Being knows that we will only be happy when we return to our natural existence as one of His loving servants and playmates. We will only be happy when we return to our loving nature within our true identities within the spiritual realm.

So the Supreme Being also programmed the physical world to be a rehabilitation center of sorts. The physical world was programmed with consequences: This creates consequence learning - the ultimate way to learn.

And what is consequence learning? What we sow, so shall we reap. This is consequence learning in a nutshell. Good or bad, whatever self-centered act we do that affects others will come back to us, in one form or another. If we hurt someone's physical body, our physical body or a future one will be hurt in a similar manner.

This is why there is so much suffering in the world. Each person's individual suffering (of their temporary physical body or mind) is the result of their making someone else's body or mind suffer in that way in the past.

In other words, the suffering of the world is our responsibility. Each of us, and all of us as an aggregate, have caused the suffering of the world as a result of our self-centered activities.

So the Supreme Being is not making us suffer. We are making ourselves suffer. He simply set up the physical world as a mirror - a reflection of ourselves.

The fact that Jesus confidentially taught these points to his close students and disciples is confirmed by a simple question asked by his disciples:
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:1)
This question not only accepts the notion of consequences, but that the man could have caused his being born blind from activities prior to this lifetime. This assumes consequence learning.

But we must understand that we are not these physical bodies. So just as the computer game avatar might get blown up but the person sitting at the computer is not blown up, our physical bodies suffer remotely from our spirit-person. The spirit-person only suffers to the extent we are identifying with these physical bodies.

And the reason for the consequence learning system set up by the Supreme Being? To teach us. To help us evolve. To teach us the benefits of loving others and caring for others. Just as parents' will set up consequence learning to help teach the child to not to steal or hurt others and become a responsible adult, the Supreme Being has set up consequence learning to help us evolve to a point where we are ready to return to our natural constitution: Our true nature as loving, caring individuals who want to return to our loving relationship with the Supreme Being.

And as we evolve to the point where we sincerely want to return to the spiritual realm and our relationship with the Supreme Being, God will send us a guide to re-introduce us to Him and help guide us back to Him. Jesus confirmed this many times, with other statements, such as:
"I am not here on my own authority, but He who sent me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent me.” (John 7:28-29)
This is who Jesus is. The Supreme Being's loving servant, sent to the physical world to help guide those who want to return home to God.

This is why Jesus says in his open prayer:
"and they know that You have sent me."
Jesus is speaking of his sincere disciples and students here ("they"). He is speaking of those who were seeing - perceiving - Jesus' identity as being sent by the Supreme Being to guide them back to the spiritual realm: In essence, re-introducing them to the Supreme Being.

And what will that result in? Why was Jesus making such a big deal about knowing the Supreme Being? Because we must know the Supreme Being before we can love Him. We cannot love someone we do not know.

And Jesus' entire mission revolved around helping his students come to know and love the Supreme Being. He wanted to be re-introduce them to the beautiful loving nature of the Supreme Being. This is why Jesus wanted them to praise and glorify the Supreme Being and His Holy Names. And this is why his most important instruction was:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 22:37-38)



(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Gospel of John without sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus  - translated from the original Greek texts.)