Dear Jim, I am tired of the Jesus thing.

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“Dear Jim, I see Jesus like an extraordinary man that accomplished the connection of the spirit within us, a spirit that already existed since the creation of humankind. Maybe he was the first (or second or third I don’t know) to access it and proved to us how this is possible, and it’s for this that he is special. But I am a bit tired of “the Jesus thing” because unfortunately it reminds me of my religious mindset.”

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Thanks for your message. Here are a few thoughts that came to mind.

After deconstructing my Christian belief system, I was left with the question of who was Jesus and if/why/how he was significant. For me, Jesus was no longer significant in the ways I had learned through the Christian religion. I started drilling into the question of Jesus in my third book Being Jesus in Nashville. The answer I came up with raised quite a ruckus – I was deemed a heretic and my book contract was cancelled. I also delve into the question further in Notes from (Over) the Edge. The issue and question has come up quite a bit lately, and I wrote a couple blog posts related to it:

Is Jesus real? (And why do I insists upon talking about him?)

Why I believe in Jesus (Why I am not a Christian)

I really like the way you put it -> ” I see Jesus like an extraordinary man that accomplished the connection of the spirit within us, a spirit that already existed since the creation of humankind. Maybe he was the first (or second or third I don’t know) to access it and proved to us how this is possible, and it’s for this that he is special.”

The Jesus story of the Christian religion has to be cleaned up. As it stands now there are 2.5+ billion people around the world who are worshiping a false religious Jesus and preaching a gospel that has no power and leads nowhere. If we could get the Jesus story straightened out with that group of people, can you imagine the impact it would have? 2.5+ billion people lifting up the truth! In addition to the Christian religion, that false Jesus story also has many other people messed up, and if the truth comes out I believe it would make a huge difference in freeing and opening things up for many people. That was part of the intent of Inner Anarchy – to tear down that false Jesus story, and to lift up the truth Jesus bore witness to and demonstrated, which is to rebel against all those false beliefs, mindsets, narratives, stories and ideologies that rule within us, and to turn toward the spiritual authority within ourselves.

In terms of being tired of the Jesus thing, I think the key is not that we sit around and talk incessantly about Jesus. It’s embracing and living the truth he bore witness to and demonstrated, especially his metanoia teaching.

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  1. Dave Reid says:

    Thanks Jim for attempting to make your perspective on who Jesus is clearer to folks. As you know, this is at once a very simple question and yet incredibly complex. In my mind, we must consider Jesus in the context of how we understand God. Some have suggested that Jesus was God with flesh on. Jesus himself said that he and the Father are indistinguishable such that if you’ve “seen” one, you’ve seen the other. He also said that God is spirit and that he actively seeks to connect with people at a spiritual level and based on truth. We also understand that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself…” When Jesus abandon his bodily presence on earth, he said that another just like him (the Holy Spirit) would be given to anyone desiring to continue to have a vital relationship with him/God. All of this seems to suggest that vital union and communion with God is at the heart of real life, including as it is lived out on earth and in our physical bodies. Does this resonate with you/anyone else?

  2. Dave D. says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’ve been getting your posts for quite a while and I just finished reading “Inner Anarchy.” I had the book sent to two of my friends.
    Your book brings up many questions, but the main one for me is “How does one turn inside?” “How does one develop an “inner awareness of the spirit inside us?”
    Also you mention that we need to help each other make the connection to the spirit within us. How do we do this? Is it simply a matter of showing love for each other? Most of us become less “childlike” as we age and lose touch with the “inner child.” Is there a way to reclaim this spirit?
    I’m not turning to you as a “guru” but I would appreciate it if you could comment on some of these questions.

    Respectfully,
    Dave D.

  3. jimpalmer1 says:

    Hey, Dave. I thought you might be interested in this post -> https://jimpalmerblog.com/2015/01/03/how-do-you-do-inner-anarchy/

  4. Dave Reid says:

    Jim: I was in a bookstore recently and noticed a book written by a former Pentecostal preacher turned atheist. At the point in his journey/transition from Christian, to preacher to doubter, and now to atheist, he mentions learning of and then connecting with Dan Barker who wrote Loosing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist. Perhaps you’ve heard of this book or even read it? It seems to me that we’ve been made for intimate relationship because that’s the nature of our maker. However, to think that we only experience God through our relationship with others seems to suggest that God wouldn’t exist if we didn’t, which seems much the same as atheism. Life’s disappointments and hurts can put a heavy strain on our relationships and have the potential to cause doubt and mistrust and to ultimately cause separation and the destruction of a relationship. When we don’t understand or pay attention to this core reality of our humanness, we become very vulnerable to reducing God to an idea or ideal, at which point we will soon stop believing that our true self is found in enjoying God as our ultimate eternal fulfillment and destiny. Augustin said we’re restless until we find our rest in God – there’s a truth in that!

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