“God is dead” is a widely quoted statement by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The phrase “God is dead” does not mean that Nietzsche believed in an actual God who first existed and then died in a literal sense. Rather, it conveys his view that the Christian God is no longer a credible source of absolute moral principles. I agree with Nietzsche on this point that the “God” of the Christian religion is a fabrication. In fact, Jesus called that “God” a liar, murderer, father of lies and the devil.
The day has come to take Nietzche’s point a bit further. Not only is the “God” of the Christian religion dead, the Jesus of the Christian religion is also. Whereas the “God” of the Christian religion is not real and so his “death” is a matter of discarding this false belief, Jesus was real and lived, but he is no longer alive today.
Jesus is dead. He died 2,000 years ago. There is not a bodily Jesus of Nazareth walking around or sitting on a throne somewhere beyond the clouds in a heavenly city with streets of gold. The only Jesus that is real and remains is entombed in each of us – the spirit of Jesus. Everything Jesus truly was, demonstrated and represented is within each of us. Jesus himself said that his physical death was necessary so people would not be attached to him as a person, but would connect with and follow the spirit. There are currently 2.5+ billon Christians in the world who still believe Jesus is bodily alive and will one day return to earth to save the world. This is not going to happen, and unless the Christian religion discards that false Jesus-story this world will never see the salvation Jesus promised.
I wrote the book, Inner Anarchy, to set the record straight about what Jesus himself claimed, which is considerably different from what we have consistently heard from the institutional Christian church since the rule of Constantine. Here are a few poignant excerpts:
“The reality of the situation is that the salvation of the world is never going to happen through the physical Jesus because that Jesus is dead. Jesus never taught that the critical salvific event was the resurrection of his corpse, and there is evidence that the earliest Christians did not hold this view but believed in a spiritual resurrection. There is a well-documented mystical tradition of people seeing Jesus in visions and dreams, which was much later corrupted by the growing legend of a bodily resurrection.”
“There is no refuting the Bible’s account of Jesus’ death by crucifixion, which is collaborated by other historical records. It seems a bit odd, however, that if such an extraordinary event took place—that a body resurrected itself after three days, then wandered about in a physical form for a number of days before being lifted up into the sky—no further record of it exists in historical documents.”
“The salient point here is that his Spirit is alive. If you read the Gospels carefully, you will discover that Jesus never claimed that he was the messiah or would save the world in the way the Christian religion teaches. Instead he pointed us toward the Spirit—the same life-giving one that was in him and that he demonstrated. He stated that his authority was not derived from this physical world. Instead, he taught people to recognize a higher spiritual presence within themselves. It is not the physical or bodily Jesus who is the messiah who will save the world, but the presence that filled Jesus and fills us too. The Spirit saves. That is what he was teaching. There dwells our savior in us! It is not Jesus in the sky but “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).”
“Jesus often spoke of the necessity of his death, which upset his closest followers. Jesus explained that his death was a necessary step to shift their attachment from the physical Jesus to his Spirit—that higher spiritual presence inside them. Unfortunately, the Christian religion has failed to make this shift; they pay homage and place the focus on the physical Jesus but have not turned toward or manifested that higher spiritual presence within them.”
“Jesus came two thousand years ago to demonstrate, testify, and bear witness to the truth, and that truth still stands. There is a heavenly Bethlehem within each of us, and the same Spirit that was in Jesus is in us—that is the true messiah that is to be birthed out of us to save the world! We are the priesthood, but instead of turning people toward the Spirit within, the Christian religion did and does the very thing Jesus exhorted his disciples not to do—build a religion around the physical human Jesus. Jesus stated unequivocally that his kingdom and authority were not rooted in this cosmos—the carnal and religious mental reasoning and mindsets of this world.”
“The Christian church has constructed a belief system that denies and twists the powerful spiritual truths that Jesus taught and lived, and in so doing has preached a powerless gospel that has led countless people into a religious maze that goes nowhere. Our colossal error was telling people that they are inherently bad, separated from God, and should not trust what is inside them.
For the past two thousand years the Christian religion has been the immovable stone that has sealed off the tomb of the eternal life-giving Spirit within us. Christian leadership can’t even come to a unified agreement and oneness among themselves. Surely that fact alone gives us grounds to rethink a few things.”
I am pointing the finger at myself. As I wrote in Inner Anarchy, I was once one of those religious leaders. I was the seminary graduate with a master of divinity degree. I was the successful senior pastor whom people turned to for truth. I was the religious leader and Bible expert whom people trusted. But I was the one who preached that powerless gospel, handcuffed people to a false God, misrepresented Jesus, and misused the Bible—all the while claiming to be divinely anointed. I was sincere in doing all of these things, but I was sincerely wrong.
It’s time that the Christian religion tells the world the truth. There is no God up in the sky who is in control of all things and implementing a mysterious divine plan that fixes the suffering of our world and humankind. We have been trained to look outside ourselves and up in the clouds to find our God, Jesus, salvation and heaven. We should have been looking, seeking, finding and accessing these spiritual realities within ourselves. Until we do this, nothing will change and we will be waiting another 2,000 years for Jesus to come back if our planet and humankind survives that long.
Who was this Jesus really? I Discuss this in Inner Anarchy:
“Jesus was a human being like you. He was a first-century Jew in ancient Palestine. We know about him today because the truth he shared distressed a deep-rooted, 4,000-year-old religion and threatened the political and societal power centers of his day. He sure raised quite a bit of hell for one guy! Ultimately, those religious and political powers conspired together to have him killed.
Why? What danger did Jesus pose to these powers that resulted in his execution?
The truth that Jesus shared and demonstrated debunked the foundational premises on which those religious and political systems were built. Jesus called for people to stop listening to them and start listening to the spirit of truth within themselves. He attacked the credibility of those systems and told people to find their authority inside themselves. Instead of a human-led society, he was advocating a world ruled by an amazing power or Spirit mind that was already within us. Jesus called it the kingdom—the authority—of heaven. Each time Jesus opened his mouth, he was pulling out another wooden Jenga block, making these religious and worldly powers vulnerable and unstable. Jesus himself was no threat—he had no position of religious or political power and wasn’t campaigning to be the worldly president—but his truth made him a one-man wrecking crew.
If Jesus were alive today, that scenario would repeat itself. He would come to his people—the Christian establishment—and they would quickly discover that his truth doesn’t line up with their longstanding, “orthodox,” theological tradition. Protecting their church kingdoms, Christian leaders would come out with guns blazing. Like first-century Jews, they would reject Jesus, label him a heretic, characterize him as a dangerous inciter, and ostracize him. As Jesus stirred things up and more people started listening to and following him, he would become a person of interest to our worldly and political powers. The government would not allow the rebel Jesus to go on like this—it might just get people questioning their dogma and authority as well.”
Jesus cannot save us or the world. He is dead. But the truth he bore witness to and demonstrated is the salvation the world is awaiting! And it’s not up in the sky; it’s within you and me. When we release the Spirit running through us all, we become one, and peace and love reign.
Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (Matthew 12:24). Jesus knew that as long as the salvation of the world was tied to him personally and his actions in the world, that salvation would never come. His “going away” was a critical step that had to happen. He taught that this shift from the mortal Jesus to the immortal Spirit of Jesus within them was what would birth the power to save the world. It would cut down the ruling mindsets within us that are destroying us and lift up a higher living presence and dimension that would unite us. Jesus said, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself” (John 12:32). This was not a challenge for people to start a Jesus religion and go around the world trying to convert people to it. Jesus was saying that when the eternal Spirit—within him and us—is lifted up out of us into the world, then that eternal Spirit will be easily recognizable to us all and draw us together as one human family.
We need inner anarchy! It is time to dethrone the false religious beliefs, mindsets, narratives and ideologies that have ruled us from within and corrupted our present age. Those false beliefs include the sky God of the Christian religion, and the belief that Jesus is going to bodily return to save the world. No more waiting around for “God” to bail us out and for Jesus to drop down out of the clouds to save us. Jesus said that the world we dream of is already within us as well as the power and authority to birth it. We must have the courage to follow the authority within yourself, and lift that world up out of us! No longer can we sit in silence. We must speak what we know is real inside our spirit. We must speak and live that world into existence. Light the beacons of inner anarchy everywhere!
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