Who Is the “Real” Jesus?

The search for “the real Jesus” is as obsessive today as it has ever been. Our skepticism demands proof that a wandering rabbi actually preached in northern Galilee two thousand years ago.

In the absence of such proof, we need to confront the myth of the real Jesus head-on, not for the purpose of bursting a cherished fantasy, but to ensure that the Jesus we choose is closest to the Jesus that can fulfill his teachings.

A Jesus who teaches us how to reach God-consciousness lays claim to being more authentic than any other, for even the most basic facts to support the existence of Jesus as he was traditionally worshiped are nonexistent.

Facing this truth is difficult, for the search for the real Jesus has turned into an industry dedicated to feeding the hopes of the faithful. Obviously, this is a thorny issue. Options about it run the gamut.

The literal argument: The real Jesus is in the gospels. There is no need to look any further.

The rational argument: The facts about Jesus have vanished over time. The four gospels are unreliable as evidence about the actual person.

The mystical argument: The real Jesus was never physical – he is the Holy Spirit.

The skeptical argument: There was no real Jesus to begin with – he is a figment of theological imagination.

The consciousness argument: Jesus exists in our own awareness at the level of God-consciousness.

I am a firm believer in the last argument. I believe that Jesus was not only real, but perhaps the most significant person in Western history. Yet in the face of how confusing and contradictory he appears in the four gospels, we must delve deeper, creating a version that fulfills the essence of his teaching.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Brenda D.
Brenda D.2 years ago

This is true there are a number of different beliefs about Jesus and wheather he ever even exsisted. I think that it comes down to each and everyones of our own beliefs. Like almost all things from history that we believe happened or exsisted which may or may not have ever been here its all in what you as an indiviual have been taught and choose to believe.

Michael Wecke
Michael Wecke3 years ago

@Jude:Wow. "God consciousness" always gets me. Jesus was and is the most REAL of any God ever introduced, nothing airy-fairy or spiritist about him.

There is a lot of stuff written on some of these Forums, only to be glossed over lightly and dismissed. And “Frog perspectives" as well. But what you have posted really resonates in terms of truth and integrity! As for those who want historical evidence of Jesus' existence, outside the Bible...it is there - "Seek and ye shall find"? Yes, liked your post! Green Star material.

Jude Hand
Judith Hand3 years ago

Wow. "God consciousness" always gets me. Jesus was and is the most REAL of any God ever introduced, nothing airy-fairy or spiritist about him. The Gospels stand strong in the very fact that, though written by different people, they don't contradict each other. And the Bible isn't Christian; if you had to label it, you might call it Jewish, though it is written for all around the world. Jesus was a Jew, a rabbi, orthodox, for that matter. His livelihood was carpentry. Many of his words and actions surprised even his own people who were expecting him to rush in and turn things around in a fury. He was God in the flesh, because God wanted to show people how life was to be lived and that He loved them too much to have them continually get it wrong and suffer for it. He was love incarnate. He was the only "prophet" to rise from the dead. He is the only "prophet" to live up to every prophesy about the Messiah in the Bible, "old" and "new" testament. No "God consciousness", real, down to earth, hang in there through it all, love and forgive, one foot in front of the other spirituality in time and space, here and now. The book spans many years, it's chapters and letters written by different people in different parts of the world, yet it holds together without contradiction. It is not the only book that talks of Jesus' presence on earth historically. Jesus was himself The Word in the flesh, Love in the flesh, Truth in the flesh, Mercy in the flesh, The Right Thing in the flesh, the p

Christopher D.
CHRIS ortegas3 years ago

I truly feel sorry and sad for you all that do not know personally the Jesus of the bible. Ignorance can be bliss but in this case a eternety in hell is a very long time. More in depth study of the historicity of Jesus through the eyes of Historians that were not believers yet wrote about and saw the Jesus should be enough for anyone to want to know more.

Enrique G.
Enrique G.3 years ago

The real Jesus has returned to earth for anyone who is interested ... he has hours of videos on YouTube ... Divine Truth Channel ... or user: Wizard shak ... or go to DivineTruth.com ... Mary Magdalene is back too ... along with 12 others ...

Teresa S.
Teresa S.3 years ago

Please show credited historians and facts stating a man named Jesus existed during that time before calling people stupid or saying you feel sorry for the "non-believers". And please do not use the Christian bible as a reference, in the same way you would discredit someone using the Quran or Bhagavad Gita for facts of the time.

Dale Overall

There are many who do not believe in Jesus and I do not judge them or different cultures but for Laura R. to call people who do not believe in Jesus "stupid" is terribly judgemental and unfair. There are many religions in the world and not all of them believe in Jesus. Why is it when discussion religion there are some who believe that others not accepting this are either stupid, heathen, going to roast in Hell, barbaric or other wise. Everyone is entitled to believe in the religion (or not) that they grew up with, or convert to another without being told that they are "stupid".

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

"Jesus", for those who believe in Him, seems to be a somewhat subjective experience, dependent on a person's individual need or belief.
For me, and I do most definitely believe in Him,He is the bed-rock of my life--I would not want to get up in the morning, or draw my next breath, if I did not believe that He existed.
I am not a "holy" or "religious" person--this is simply my core belief.

Peter V.
Peter V.3 years ago

Want to find God? Look in the mirror.

Doesn't the bible say that God is "Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent"?

Let's take a closer look at that "omnipresent" part.

To be omnipresent means to be everywhere at once. That means that there is nowhere that God is not. So that means that God is in(side of) all things, all things are in(side of) God. God is the universe, the universe is God. God is everything, everything is God. That "everything" includes you and me. We are all God. That chair you're sitting on? That's God. The tree outside your window? Yep, that's God too. The homeless bum passed out drunk in the alley? Go over and introduce yourself to your creator. The dog turd on the sidewalk you stepped in? Yep, you're wiping God off your shoe. If God is omnipresent, then there is nothing that is not God.

I bet the Christians will love hearing this. ;)

BTW, I am NOT a Christian. (Hypocrisy doesn't sit well with me.) I suppose if I had to label myself, I would be an agnostic Buddhist / Taoist / Pantheist / Nihilist. Contradictory? Tell me something that isn't.

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago