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The Third Jesus

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The Third Jesus

No matter where you look, a cloud of confusion hangs over the message of Jesus. To cut through it we have to be specific about who we mean when we refer to Jesus. One Jesus is historical, and we know next to nothing about him. Another Jesus is the one appropriated by Christianity. He was created by the church to fulfill its agenda. The third Jesus, the one this book is about, is as yet so unknown that even the most devout Christians don’t suspect that he exists. Yet he is the Christ we cannot—and must not—ignore.

The first Jesus was a rabbi who wandered the shores of northern Galilee many centuries ago. This Jesus still feels close enough to touch. He appears in our mind’s eye dressed in homespun but haloed in glory. He was kind, serene, peaceful, loving, and yet he was the keeper of deep mysteries.

The first Jesus is less than consistent, as a closer reading of the gospels will show. If Jesus was perfectly peaceful, why did he declare, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword”? (Matthew 10:34) If he was perfectly loving, why did he say, “Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”? (Matthew 25:30)

If Jesus was humble, why did he claim to rule the earth beyond the power of any king? At the very least, the living Jesus was a man of baffling contradictions.

Millions of people worship another Jesus, however, who never existed, who doesn’t even lay claim to the fleeting substance of the first Jesus. This is the Jesus built up over thousands of years by theologians and other scholars. He is the Holy Ghost, the Three-in-One Christ, the source of sacraments and prayers that were unknown to the rabbi Jesus when he walked the earth. He is also the Prince of Peace over whom bloody wars have been fought. This second Jesus cannot be embraced without embracing theology first.

The second Jesus leads us into the wilderness without a clear path out. He became the foundation of a religion that has proliferated into some twenty thousand sects. They argue endlessly over every thread in the garments of a ghost. But can any authority, however exalted, really inform us about what Jesus would have thought?

These two versions of Jesus—the sketchy historical figure and the abstract theological creation—hold a tragic aspect for me, because I blame them for stealing something precious: The Jesus who taught his followers how to reach God-consciousness.

I want to offer the possibility that Jesus was truly, as he proclaimed, a savior. Not the savior, not the one and only Son of God. Rather, Jesus embodied the highest level of enlightenment. He spent his brief adult life describing it, teaching it, and passing it on to future generations.

Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God-consciousness.

The idea of the Second Coming has been especially destructive to Jesus’s intentions, because it postpones what needs to happen now. The Third Coming—finding God-consciousness through your own efforts—happens in the present. I’m using the term as a metaphor for a shift in consciousness that makes Jesus’s teachings totally real and vital.

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Adapted from The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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12:08PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

TY. The article gives pause for thought and the comments were unanticipated.

12:25PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

What a great article! Thanks!

8:36PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

[[continued]]
I stand corrected: it did not =start= in Portugal.
Bottom line: it was very bad. It changed everything.

8:35PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Seems conflicting information about when The Inquisition started, where, and by whom.
It carried on for something around 600 years, variously directed at Jews, Muslims, inconvenient other Christians, "witches", etc.

Phillip II of Spain did not create The Inquisition, either.
His great-grandparents, Catholic Monarch's Fernando & Isabel, created it to unite Catholic Spain & rid themselves of certain groups [[Jews and Muslims]].
Phillip II [France][devoutly religious] exercised The Inquisition [pushed a weak-willed Pope to bring it] because he was trying to fight against Protestant movements [[like the Cathars]] in Europe.

While more ancient Roman laws allowed it,
The Inquisition "...officially started in 1227/31 A.D...."
[this site has succinct, multiple timelines]
http://www.ironmaidencommentary.com/?url=album10_xfactor/inquisition&lang=eng&link=albums

"...actually instituted by ==Pope Innocent III== (1198-1216) in Rome.",
after which it ramped up by subsequent Pope[s], and worked it's way thru various groups of people for various reasons.
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Inquisition.html

"...The Inquisition was created through papal bull, Ad Abolendam, issued at the end of the 12th century [In 1184] by ==Pope Lucius III== as a way to combat the Albigensian heresy in southern France...."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition
and, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Inquisition

I stand corrected: it did

7:28PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you Jeffery. The Spanish inqestion was as many things in life more about money then relgion. PBS did an excellent Documentary on this topic. The Inquisition lasted from 1478 to 1834 which means it lasted 356 years. A fact many people do not know.

3:17PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Okay, first the inquisition started in Spain in the late 15th century. Many Jews and Muslims had "converted" to Christianity after the expulsions of 1492. They continued to practice their religions in secret. The Spanish Crown and Church decided to root out this so-called Marranos through the Inquisition. It started long before Henry VIII was even a twinkle in the Queen's eye.

Second, that vision of the "third Jesus" sounds like it comes straight from the Buddha.

8:30PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

The inquestion was by the Roman Catholic Church. Which James was having a problem with since Henry the 8th left it. the Roman Catholics were afraid of England staying Protestant and robbing them of money and power.

Yes Meister Eickert who started his own new religion did beieve humans were destined to become gods. Others today also believe this. It is one part of the multifacted new age movement. But those of us who believe the Bible do not agree.

Constanite did not care about the Bible. He pushed stronger central church control to help stabilze the country. Even at that time there was a Power strugglle between Rome and the Eastern churches. So chi h mostly good post. Thank you.

2:18PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

"Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God." Meister Eckhart

9:41AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thanks

11:03PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

CONTINUED: "not suffer a witch to live" was translated so, as they lived during the Inquisition--lots easier for Inquisitors to go after people if the Bible said to do it. .
http://voices.yahoo.com/mistranslated-bible-quotes-thou-shalt-not-suffer-a-9165647.html
Agendas manage to change so many things. Jesus promoted some really layered lessons.
But the Greatest teaching was Love. Time, & others' agendas, have perverted even that.

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