“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:
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.