Invariably when anyone hears the name Jesus
their thoughts almost immediately associate the name with religion,
specifically the Christian religion. Yet, in truth this is a
very limited idea of who Jesus was and what he was giving to the world
through his teachings. The fact is, Christianity and Catholicism
do not have an exclusive on Jesus. The truth that he was
teaching could never be limited to a religion. Religion by its
very nature is man-made and being man-made it is always limited.
No one truly understood the teachings of Jesus for centuries after he
was no longer here and the interpretations of his teachings must be evolved in order to be
more fully comprehended. After all,
to understand anyone's consciousness we must have that consciousness
or something greater. And since he was no longer here mankind
was left to its on interpretations. And not just a few would cry
out to G-d in prayer, "let the mind be in me that was in Christ
Jesus!" For as we seek to have a higher realization of what
he was teaching, we find that in order to do so we must elevate our
The 20th Century
metaphysical teacher/healer Joel Goldsmith stated that there is no new
truth, only the one eternal Truth, but differing ways in which to present it. And it is
in the presentation or teaching of Truth that Jesus was a Master
Mind. His teachings have something for everyone no matter what
level of spiritual awareness, education or IQ they may be aware
of. And this is why his teachings have caused thousands of
differing interpretations. I have heard ministers refer to Jesus
as God even though in this he was very clear ... "don't call me
good, only the Father (Spirit) is good." In Christianity we
will find ministers and preachers quoting the writings of the Apostle
Paul and crediting the words to Jesus. All this is just a simple
reminder that Jesus was correct when he stated that "all is
consciousness" ... our consciousness is what we perceive as true.
One of the most fascinating
movements to arise from the teachings of Jesus is the "Jews for
Jesus" movement. I found this in their "Statement of
Faith": "We believe that
God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the
world and given His Son for its redemption.
believe that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is
co-equal with God the Father; that He took on Himself the nature of
man through the virgin birth so that He possesses both divine and
believe in His sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law; in His
atoning death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven,
high-priestly intercession and His personal return in power and
most Christians, "Jews for Jesus" believe that Jesus led a
"sinless life" ... but if we "study" the life of
Jesus we find that his belief in the "All-Ness of G-d" as
Spirit, not a spirit, developed through trial and error (sin?).
Jesus' words give evidence that what he did we can do too ...
"and greater things still." At no time did he deny the
Divine nature of mankind but attempted to get us all to accept it as
the truth of who we are and to "seek the kingdom of G-d
within." Never will we find anything said or referred to by
Jesus that he was born of a virgin mother. This defies
Intelligence and it was this universal, omnipresent, omnipotent
Intelligence aspect of G-d that Jesus was calling us to realize.
Unlike Jesus, the "Jews for Jesus"
movement wants Jews to become Christians ... something I am absolutely
certain Jesus would never do!
One of the most popular movements based on the teachings of Jesus is
"A Course in Miracles" made even more popular by the
amazingly wonderful Marianne Williamson (from Wikipedia): "A
Course in Miracles was written as a collaborative venture between
Schucman and Thetford. In 1965 Schucman began her professional career
at a medical center as Thetford's research associate. After a time of
their weekly office meetings becoming more contentious, Thetford
concluded that "There must be another way." Schucman
believed that this speech acted as a stimulus, triggering a series of
inner experiences that were understood by her as visions, dreams, and
heightened imagery, along with an "inner voice" which she
identified as Jesus. She said that on October 21, 1965, she believed
that the "inner voice" told her: "This is a Course in
Miracles, please take notes." Schucman said that the writing made
her very uncomfortable, though it never seriously occurred to her to
stop. The next day, she explained the events of her "note
taking" to Thetford. To her surprise, Thetford encouraged her to
continue the process. He also offered to assist her in typing out her
notes as she read them to him. The transcription the next day repeated
itself regularly for many years to come. In 1972, the dictation of the
first three sections was completed but the dictation of the last two
sections of the material lasted until November 1977.
From Wikipedia we can read: "The metaphysical level,
which in this case is "strictly non-dualistic". In strict
nondualism, everything involving time, space, and perception is
regarded as illusory. This nondualism states that God is the only
truth and reality: perfect, unchanging, unchangeable, extending only
love, though not in time and space, which can not really be
comprehended from a dualistic perspective. The theory further states
that all life as we perceive it is actually one life (because God has
only one son, sometimes called the collective sonship), dreaming of
separation and fragmentation."
course the fundamentalist and evangelical Christian leaders denounced
"The Course" as satanic, anti-Biblical and a false
revelation. Yet others saw it as "Christianity
improved" ... better, but still trying to "hold Jesus"
to religion. "The Course" is definitely not
religious. (from ACIM web
site) "It is presented as a
universal, self-study spiritual thought system, the Course
is a unique process for teaching forgiveness and how to remove
barriers in the student's mind to the awareness of love's abiding
The metaphysical teachings
of Jesus are the basis for many 19th and 20th Century spiritual
movements; the Unity Movement, New Thought, Religious Science, Divine
Science, Christian Science and other independent spiritual teachers
such as Christian D. Larson, Ralph Waldo Trine, Emma Curtis Hopkins
and of course, Joel Goldsmith.
Christian D. Larson gives
us one of the most insightful illustrations of the Master Mind Jesus'
not anxious for your life." Live your life according to the
very highest light that is within you; use fully and well all the
powers that you have received; give your best to the world at all
times and under every circumstance, and depend upon the Infinite for
everything that existence may need or desire. You will receive
it. You need not be anxious about anything. God is greater
than anything that can possibly happen. Have faith in Him and He
will see you safely through. Things go wrong only when you fail
to be your best and fail to take God with you in everything you
do. It is therefore in your power to place yourself in that
position where everything will go right. The lilies of the field
are all that beautiful lilies can possibly be, and they depend wholly
upon the powers divine that are within them. Accordingly, they
are an inspiration to all the world.
soul never acts alone; whenever the soul acts, God acts also, in the
same place, at the same time, and for the same purpose. Whenever
the soul undertakes anything, there is immediate and direct assistance
from the Supreme. Therefore, the soul can never fail; nor can
any personal undertaking fail that is prompted, directed and inspired
by the soul. My Father (Spirit) worketh and I work; and I am the
soul. So long as I know and feel that I am the soul, the soul
will act in all my work, and where the soul acts there God will act
also, because the two are One. What the soul begins, God will
finish; what the soul aspires to be, God will cause to be."
Clearing our mind of anxiety is a
must for spiritual realization, for new ideas and solutions to come to
our awareness and more. In this simple teaching Jesus almost
becomes the great psychologist as well as a Master Mind.
Consider taking the time to study
these words from the great Unity teacher/minister/author Eric
Butterworth: "When we are
told "The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil," [1
Tim. 6:10] Jesus is pointing to the problem of looking to outer
things and experiences as our good. In this consciousness,
there is strain and strife and worry. He says, "Be not anxious
about these things, but seek ye first the Kingdom and all these things
shall be added unto you." [Matt 6:33]
the sap flows up through the apple tree, it enables [the growth of
apples], and it results, ultimately, in bushels of apples. So we might
liken the recognition of the Kingdom within. The apples are thrown off
as a natural result of the upward flow of the sap. This is what
happens when we become One with Life - when we understand the
"mystery of the Kingdom," when we know that our good comes
from within, instead of thinking that we use life.
wanted us to see that to have more, we must be more, and
[to know] that life is consciousness. The moment that the recognition
of the Power takes place, and we begin to accept the promise,
"Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world," [Matt. 25:34] then
the unspecialized Substance of Spirit is particularized as the
fullness of our needs. We are told then, "And my God shall supply
every need of yours according to his riches and glory.." [Philippians
may say, "But if the Kingdom of Heaven is really right here
within me, if seeking it will give me the things that I desire, if my
desires are really God's urge to express through me, if God and His
creations are good, then how can I express anything but good? How can
I ever be sick? How can I know lack or have inharmony in my
life?" Well, as Children of God (part of), we are heir to all things, but
we cannot claim our Inheritance in the Kingdom and still dwell in
"the courts of wickedness." We are told, "He that
dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the
shadow of the Almighty." [Psalm 91:1] And that's not easy!
But that is what consciousness is all about. We must not only believe
in this Inner Potential, but we must act as if we believe it,
and let the belief become the basis and the motivation of our thoughts
and our words and our actions. We must come to live and move and have
our being in the consciousness of our Divine Sonship! It is not easy.
But then, that is what the study of Truth, or of Life, is really all
not freak out about Jesus or confuse our mind with religion.
If we do we will never realize the “truth that can set us
free” for it is within his teachings … not within religion … and
perhaps we won’t even find it within many of the spiritual movements …
but if we seek, we shall find … and that is the truth.
SO IT IS!
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