Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hope for the Hopi: Following the Hopi Life Plan to Eternal Life

This message is to the Hopi Natives, other Pueblos and anyone else interested in Hopi teachings.

First, as a white person, i sincerely apologize to you and all Natives for how the white people have dealt with you. There are no excuses for what happened, and i recognize that it was wrong, and on behalf of white people, i ask your forgiveness.

So, here we go. In my studies of cave paintings, i've come across the "Hopi Life Plan" which was painted on a rock somewhere in Hopi territory. It depicts the Creator leading the Hopi out of the ground and the possibility that the Hopi will be offered a chance to get onto the straight path for eternal life. Here is one interpretation, which i will build upon. The graphic and description are from the same place.

“Symbol a represents the Creator pointing down close to the ground from where the Hopi claim to have come. The short vertical lines near the Creator's hand b represent the Hopi people. The Creator is holding in his left hand "the life plan" or "trail" c upon which the Hopi are to embark. Near this hand is a circle d which represents "holding" of the entire continent in trust for the Creator, as he had instructed. (Since this photograph was taken, viewers of this panel have added a bow to the right hand of the Creator which was not apparent when Martineau surveyed the carving.)

Point e on the trail or life plan represents a time when it was predicted by the Creator that the Hopi would digress from the true path given to them and pursue another way. The square f is said to represent Oraibi, and the line or path g coming down from the square represents the false path of the wicked Oraibi . . .
The figures h standing upon the false path represent the wicked themselves. Older Hopi claim that heads have recently been added to these symbols, for they remember a time when no heads existed on these figures. The absence of heads would represent the punishment or death that the wicked must undergo as a result of following the false path.
The two zigzag lines I stemming from the false path represent the careless and different paths to permanent destruction pursued by the wicked. . . .

Symbol k is the true path of everlasting life, symbol l, which is shown at four points along this true path. The incorporation of the symbol old age (a cane) with life (a branching corn leaf) represents everlasting life. . . . The Hopi say that they are gourds which are shaken, thus representing three great wars or shakings that will transpire before the everlasting life is reached. The last circle represents the "final war" of purification in which all evil will be destroyed.
At point n on this panel the false path connects with an everlasting life symbol, showing that some may return to the true path and to everlasting life. The two zigzag lines which extend beyond this point of possible return to the path of everlasting life thus truly indicate permanent destruction, since the wicked have gone beyond this point of no return. Symbol o, at the end of the path is the great spirit holding an everlasting life symbol in his hand. He is shown waiting here at the end of the trail just as he was shown at the beginning of it. For this reason he is called the first and the last.[35”

Now, here is my interpretation.

You Hopi and Pueblo believe that you were led out of an underground cave by the creator. That's represented by the picture of the Creator pointing to the ground in picture "a".

But consider this instead. The picture of the Creator (God) pointing to the ground may be indicating that human beings were created from the dust of the Earth.

Genesis 2:7

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

"B" represents not just the Hopi, but all people and "C" is the path that God laid out before us. We were to obey God by not eating the fruit of the tree that was forbidden.

Genesis 2:15 - 17

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

I will confess that i do not know what "D", the circle represents, other than perhaps human beings were meant to rule and be caretakers of God's creation, the Earth. Had we remained on the right path, obeying God we would have.
Then "E" happened, human beings (adam, the first man) sinned (disobeyed God) because of "F" Oraibi (Satan?). ( As a result, ALL human beings walk the path of the evil one, and walk in disobedience. Because of this, ALL humans die, because through one person (Adam) sin entered the world. Because we are all his decendent, we are all guilty of sin.

Romans 5:12

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Because of this, we are all on the path of the wicked one, "G" and "H" all on this path are subject to death and are dead spiritually represented by headless people. (Note, the heads are said to have been recently added.) I agree that "I" and "J" represent that the wicked will pursue many paths, possibly to try to restore themselves to the true path, but they will actually lead to nowhere but destruction and death.

But there is good news. The path marked by "K" tells us there is a way to eternal life and abundance, symbolized by the corn and old man. "L". "M" is said to represent three great wars before the end. Notice after the second war, there is an "L" that connects to the wicked path. This possibly represents that there is a last chance to turn from the path of the wicked before the final war. The final war may be what we Christians refer to as "The Great Tribulation." Anyone who has not turned from evil to the true path "K" before this, will not be given another chance to do so.
But how does one turn to "K", the true path?

The true path "K" is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God became a human being and lived a perfect life, and gave His life willingly to pay the death cost of our wicked ways. This was prophesied throughout the Bible. Not only did Jesus die according to the Bible, but He also rose from the dead, because there was no sin in Him. With no sin in Him, death had no rights to Him, and so He rose from the dead. This too was foretold in the Bible.

John 3:16 - 18

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

1 Corinthians 15:3 - 8

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Now is the time to leave the wicked path, and move to the path of Everlasting Life. Believe in Jesus, put your faith in Him and ask Him to forgive you for your sin (wickedness) and put you on the path to righteousness. By doing this, by believing and putting your faith in Jesus Christ and turning from your wickedness you can be saved.

To read more about Jesus you can do so in the Bible. You can get a hard copy from any church or book store (King James version is good, i personally use the New Living Translation and King James). You can also read the Bible here:

You can also use Google to learn what books are in the Bible and use Blue letter to search and read those books.

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