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Religion of Jesus Church

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The Holy Herb

The Religion of Jesus Church is a group of like minded
individuals who believe:

That God is Our Father and that we are all, the entire
human race, one spiritual family that there are as many paths
to God as there are people to walk them

That Cannabis is a Holy Sacrament from times of antiquity

That our main religious text is the Urantia Book
because the Urantia Book is a unifier of the world's religions
this unifying of religious thought.

This unifier of religious thought allows us to
draw upon the broad scope of human religious experience
in the determination of the form our religious practices take.

We draw upon many religious texts, including the Holy Bible, and
many others to establish and verify our religious practices.

Churches have common elements in differing attributes, such as
but not limited to, religious text, religious practices, religious
symbols, and religious rituals.

The Urantia Book Paper-92 Section-1 Para-3 Page-1004 Line-4

Religion arises as a biologic reaction of mind to spiritual beliefs
and the environment; it is the last thing to perish or change
in a race.

Religion is society's adjustment, in any age, to that
which is mysterious.

As a social institution it embraces rites,
symbols, cults, scriptures, altars, shrines, and temples.

Holy water, relics, fetishes, charms, vestments, bells, drums, and
priesthoods are common to all religions.

It is impossible to entirely divorce
purely evolved religion from either
magic or sorcery.

We believe that basing our religious freedom on merely on texts
is too restrictive and does not factor in other elements
of religious life, which are of equal or sometimes greater importance
to the life of the individual believer than just the text alone.

For example, the Native American Church bases its use of Peyote
on oral traditions with no written text whatsoever.

That said, we believe that the archive of religious writings
and historical references of the Religion of Jesus Church
allows us to easily explain the scriptural reasons why
Cannabis is a Sacrament of the Church.

The reason we must have the freedom to choose Cannabis
as sacrament is simply because it is Holy:

Holy to us, Holy to Moses, Holy to the religious heritage of Jesus,
Holy to Buddha, Holy to Zoroaster, Holy to millions of Hindus.

Because Cannabis brings us closer to God and our Heavenly Father closer
to us, it helps us to achieve greater growth of our soul.

Cannabis is and always will be a spiritual aid - this fact is proven
over and over again throughout history.

There is no reason that just as thousands have before
used Cannabis religiously the members of the
Religion of Jesus Church should be prevented
from partaking in the blessings of Holy Smoke
as through our belief system the religious
heritage of Cannabis through the ages is ours.

Where ever the truth may lead us we know the truth and we are set
free indeed.

The Sacramental use of Cannabis is a common element in the Hebrew
religious traditions; so the modern understanding of
the day-to-day lifestyle of the first century AD is incomplete
without considering the religious, medicinal and industrial
use of the hemp plant common to the peoples of the time.

In addressing only the religious area, we find that the
sacramental use of hemp is woven into the religious lives of
the Semitic peoples and therefore either as Holy Anointing Oil
or as sweet spices, or as principal spices in the offering of the
Holy Smoke to the Father at the incense altar,
and that Jesus was raised from childhood in a religion
which used Cannabis as Sacrament.

This is supported by the following research conducted before
Cannabis was prohibited:

(quote number 63.) Cannabis use in the Old Testament was again
looked at in 1936, by Sula Benet. "... Benet stated that
the original Hebrew versions of the Old Testament and the Aramaic
translations contained references to cannabis by name; "In
the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references
to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious
celebration, and as an intoxicant." .

The name "cannabis" is generally thought to be of Scythian origin,
but Benet argues that it has a much earlier origin in
Semitic languages like Hebrew, ocurring several times in the
Old Testament. .

Benet also informs us of hemp's role as a sacred oil, stating
that in Exodus 30:23 God commands Moses to make a holy anointing
oil of myrrh, sweet cinnamon, kaneh bosm, and kassia.

He continues that the word kaneh bosm is also
rendered in traditional Hebrew as kannabos or kannabus
and that the root "kan" in this construction means "reed" or "hemp", while
"bosm" means "aromatic".

This word appeared in Exodus 30:23, Isaiah 43:24, Jeremiah 6:20,
Eziekiel 27:19, Song of Songs 4:14.

An ancient Hebrew religious requirement was that the dead be
buried in hemp (referred to as Kaneh) shirts (Klien 1908).

For some unknown reason this word disappeared from the text
and has been mistranslated as "calamus"..

'The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation
of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint in the third century B.C.,
where the terms *kaneh, kaneh bosm were
incorrectly translated as 'calamus'.

And in the many translations that followed, including
Martin Luther's, the same error was repeated.'.
**( from 'Cannabis and Culture',
Vera Rubin Editor, and 'The Book of Grass',
Edited by Andrews and Vinkenoog ).

To put this in perspective, Ex.30:23 is a recipe for a anointing
oil so Holy that it was the means by which Moses was directed
to make the altar, the Ark of the Covenant, the tabernacle and
the Aaronic priest hood MOST HOLY. What with can the Holy
be made Holy? Moses used an ointment made in part of Cannabis

to make the Holy Most Holy.

The context of this scripture describes how this oil is to be
used to anoint the altars for incense and the burnt offering,
the Ark of the Covenant, the tabernacle,
and the candlestick to make all of them MOST HOLY.

" And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most
Holy: whatso ever toucheth them shall be Holy. And thou shalt
anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may
minister unto me in the priest's office. And thou shalt speak
to the children of Israel saying, This shall be an Holy anointing
oil unto me throughout your generations." Ex.[v.29-v.31]

Thus Cannabis along with myrrh, cassia and olive oil were the answer
to Moses to the question of, 'can the Holy be made Holy,
even Most Holy?'. Therefore to the Hebrews of the time Cannabis was
worthy, viable, and good enough to be a principal spice for the
consecration of even the Ark of the Covenant.

Cannabis is Sacrament, if it was "good enough for Moses,
it's good enough for me."

It must be stated here, that it is the belief of the members of
the Religion of Jesus Church that Cannabis is not a narcotic, nor
is Cannabis a drug, rather it is an herb;

(ûrb) (hûrb) -n. 1. A plant that has a fleshy stem
as distinguished from the woody tissue of shrubs and trees and
that generally dies back at the end of each growing season. 2.
Any of various often aromatic plants used esp. in medicine or
as seasoning. [ME herbe < OFr. erbe < Lat. herba.]

26. "What is essential is to elucidate the type of
religious experience characteristic of Zarathustra. Nyberg believed
that he could compare it to the typical ecstasy of the Central
Asian shamans. His hypothesis was rejected by the majority of
scholars, but Widengren has recently presented it in more moderate
and convincing terms. He cites the tradition according to which
Vishtaspa used hemp (bhang) to obtain ecstasy: while his body
lay asleep, his soul traveled to paradise. In addition, in the
Avestan tradition, Zarathustra himself was believed to "give
himself over to ecstasy." It is in trance that he would have
had his visions and heard the word of Ahura Mazda.....It may be
admitted that Zarathustra was familiar with the Indo-Iranian shamanic
techniques (also known to the Scythians and the Indians of the
Vedic period), and there seems to be no reason to suspect the
tradition that explains Vistaspa's ecstasy by hemp."

-A History of Religious Ideas Vol. 1, Mircea Eliade, translated
by Willard R. Trask, 1978. (Eliade refers to H.S. Nyberg's Die
Religion des alten Iran's and G. Widengren's Les religions
de l'Iran.)

27. 'As in India, cannabis penetrated the ancient Near East
with incursions of Central Asian nomads. A legend in the Persian
Avesta, closely related to the Vedas of India, has it that early
heroes Gustap and Ardu Viraf were "transported in soul to
heaven and had the highest mysteries revealed to them"* by
drinking banha (bhang). Zarathustra's wife Hvovi sacrificed to
the gods "wishing that holy Zarathustra would give her his
good narcotic bhanga.."'.-Dr. M. Aldrich in The High
Times Encyclopedia of Drugs

28. 'Zoroaster's wife Hvovi made offerings to the lower gods
so they would ask the supreme being to 'give her his good narcotic,
bangha.... that she might think according to the law, speak according
to the law and do according to the law". Conrad,
Chris. Cannabis; Lifeline to the Future.

“Cannibalism? Racism? Dude, that’s not for us ... those decisions are better left to the suits in Washington. We’re just here to eat some dude!”
-Charlie Kelly

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