Jesus did not start the Christian religion (and other Jesus myths)

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People assume that the Christian religion has accurately portrayed the life and teaching of Jesus. Along the way I’ve written several posts exploring this. Below are links to a few of them:

15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say

15 Things Jesus Did Say (that you might not hear in church)

Jesus was not a Bible teacher

The difference between religion and Jesus

His name was Jesus Christ (well, not exactly)

Jesus cannot be defined by religion (not even the Christian one)

Jesus did not institute the Christian church

One of my main reasons for writing Inner Anarchy was to shine a light on the truth that Jesus bore witness to and demonstrated that has been lost, twisted and corrupted by religion.

On becoming an inner anarchist

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10 things to know about Inner Anarchy on your Saturday morning:

1. To my surprise, the book was suddenly available on Wednesday. It’s now available up on Amazon.

2. The Kindle version was accidentally made available for a couple hours but then it was pulled because of some formatting issues. The Kindle version should be available early next week.

3. The t-shirts shipped and are on their way :) 

4. There are many people to thank who contributed to the creation of this book: Darla Winn -> cover photo; Yana Cortlund -> cover and interior page design; Becca Tyndall Cipriani , Diana Blair Revell, Ron Lewis, Heather Palmer -> editing, copyediting, proofing. Thanks to the many folks who were on the reader group who offered feedback on the manuscript, as well as those who helped select the cover concept. I’m also grateful for those who wrote endorsements for the book, and financially supported the effort through the Friends of Jim Palmer GoFundMe page

5. I created an “About Inner Anarchy” page if people want to know more about the book or share it with others

6. Several folks have messaged me and asked how they can help with the book. Here’s how you can help. Inner anarchy! Tear down and kick out those mindsets and ideologies that are ruling you and us from within, and turn toward that dimension that bubbles up through your deep feelings – that source, life and Spirit that is inside you. Start speaking from that place in your own words to others. Lets get on with this and cultivate a real togetherness among us.

7. The book Inner Anarchy is not without controversy. I’m expecting the crap to hit the fan here in a week or so once the book is in wider circulation. All that to say, don’t be surprised if you experience opposition from the religious folks in your life as a result of being associated in anyway with this book. There’s no question that it’s a hard-hitting book, but it is an invitation for all of us to come together, including the religious crowd.

8. A few people have asked me how I’m doing. I’m doing great. Writing books is not an easy thing! I think some people imagine it’s brewing a pot of gourmet coffee and a magical love affair with words. Not for me! It’s more akin to wrestling an alligator… a really big one! Inner Anarchy is my fifth book. In some ways it was the easiest of the five to write because I had a lot of clarity. There was no waffling! On the other hand, I realize this book is going to stir quite a few things up. I didn’t set out to do this intentionally – there was no way to avoid this and be true to what I had to say.

9. Yesterday someone asked me how I thought the book would do… as in, will it be a successful selling book. The outcome I’m interested in with this book is not how many of them are sold. There is only one outcome I desire, which is to see inner anarchy spread like wildfire to every corner of this world. I honestly believe we are teetering on the edge of birthing a new age and world, and I’m hoping that Inner Anarchy will provide that extra needed push.

10. I appreciate each of you, and all the encouragement and support you have offered on this journey. Ultimately this is not about me or this book; this is about us, coming together, and the possibilities that lie ahead of us.

There’s no one out there to save us (that’s the good news)

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There’s no authority out there to lead us.
There’s no hierarchy out there to protect us.
There’s no expert out there to free us.
There’s nobody up in the sky out there to save us.
Jesus told us this 2,000 years ago but it fell on deaf ears.
But that’s changing.
People are waking up and discovering that this leadership, protection, freedom, and salvation is inside ourselves.
This was my reason for writing Inner Anarchy… to wake us up.
The world is waiting for us to wake up.

Maybe you think Jesus is a fabrication (can we talk?)

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Heck, you can conclude that Jesus is irrelevant, worthless, and mainly a fabrication of the Christian religion. And if you are someone who was presented a version of Jesus like I got, I would understand you feeling this way. But one reason I wrote Inner Anarchy is because I feel like Jesus got a raw deal because of his association with the Christian religion. Once I separated the two, I discovered that the truth Jesus bore witness to and demonstrated was pretty damn amazing, and meant to show us how to birth a new age and world – not just for some special and exclusive religious club of believers, but every single one of us together!

The truth that Jesus lived and died for has been buried beneath layer upon layer of religious reasoning to the point that when it actually comes out you hardly recognize it and struggle to accept it because it feels like a violation of what you’ve learned. If you are seriously going to embrace the truth Jesus expressed, be aware that the religious folk are going to be the first ones to give you hell about it. That’s how it was for Jesus; it will likely be that way for you as well. On the other hand, Jesus held out hope that the religious folk would come around. I see evidence of this in my life. Back in the day, I would have been the first person to lambaste my book, Inner Anarchy.

Inner Anarchy Now Available

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I have some news.

I’m at school, prepping to teach my Wednesday evening Ethics class, and Heather just called and said, “Umm… did you realize that Inner Anarchy is available on Amazon now?!” Geesh! Really? So much for my big launch day.I was almost gonna wait on it, but a few others figured it out too, and word spreads.

So, Inner Anarchy is currently available in print on Amazon. It’s still gonna be a few days before the Kindle version is available because they have to do a conversion of the print manuscript into digital/Kindle form.

I’m very grateful for all people who walked this journey with me, and contributed to making this book and message a reality!

Some claim Jesus is a fabrication of the Christian religion (I feel your pain, but…)

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Heck, you can conclude that Jesus is irrelevant, worthless, and mainly a fabrication of the Christian religion. And if you are someone who was presented a version of Jesus like I got, I would understand you feeling this way. But one reason I wrote Inner Anarchy is because I feel like Jesus got a raw deal because of his association with the Christian religion. Once I separated the two, I discovered that the truth Jesus bore witness to and demonstrated was pretty damn amazing, and meant to show us how to birth a new age and world – not just for some special and exclusive religious club of believers, but every single one of us together!

The Christian church has preached a powerless gospel (and I was one of them)

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“The Christian church has preached a powerless gospel that has led countless people into a religious maze that goes nowhere. They have handcuffed the masses to a false God. The Bible has been misinterpreted and misused by religious leaders who claim to have spiritual authority, giving this bankrupt system a false air of legitimacy and credibility. I’m not pointing the finger; I was one of them. I was sincere, but I was sincerely wrong.”

- Jim Palmer, Inner Anarchy

Did Jesus get a raw deal with the Christian religion?

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Jesus got a raw deal in the Christian religion. The truth he bore witness to and demonstrated is much better than anything I learned in seminary, and is still one of the best kept secrets in our world. This was one of my motivations for writing Inner Anarchy.

*Just a quick update. The manuscript was submitted for publishing, and is currently under review. It’s possible that the book could be available this week. You can learn more about Inner Anarchy here.

Shedding the “Jesus” of religion

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People have been trained to understand Jesus and his teachings within a faulty religious framework. Outside that framework, a very different picture emerges.

Maybe you are one of those who shed religion and then concluded that anything associated with Jesus is a load of crock. I get that. I feel the same way about the “Jesus” I got through religion. I hope you’ll be willing to read Inner Anarchy with an open mind and heart.

The personality cult of religion must go

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We have to drop the personality cult we often find associated with religion. It’s a level playing field among equals. Each of us must have the confidence to turn toward the life, source and Spirit within us. Jesus himself discouraged people from establishing a personality cult around him, and told people to follow the Spirit within them. Part of the inner anarchy we need involves dismantling the mindset that glamorizes and romanticize spiritual leaders, teachers and authors. I put myself at the top of the list. I do not have any more of that life, source, and Spirit than you do. The only real value of anything I write is whether or not it turns you toward that Spirit inside you. Even my upcoming book Inner Anarchy was a community effort, and happened in conversation and connection with others. I had a reader group to dialogue with who offered input and feedback as the book was being written. The new spiritual vistas ahead of us will not be opened up by the paradigm of a few special gurus with a herd of followers, but each of us operating within the spiritual authority inside each of us, and coming together as equals.

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