The Real Christ
Christianity, for me, has always been somewhat of a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. I wanted to believe, but it just didn’t compute. It all started with a five-year old in a Sunday school class asking me why we had to search for the truth. Ultimately, it took me the better part of thirty years to realize that it was because the truth wasn’t self-evident. You couldn’t even find it in a holy book.
Religion is man’s failed attempt to describe something that exists beyond our five physical senses. As Voltaire once said, “If God didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” However, that’s why we were given the power of imagination and intuition and that’s why we were also given the ability to talk to God, so to speak.
So here’s the truth, as it’s been revealed to me. It’s just one man’s truth to be sure and, yes, it flies in the face of mainstream Christian thought. Ultimately, however, the truth is the truth regardless of whether anyone believes it. As a result, telling the truth can at times be a revolutionary act. Just ask George Orwell.
Point 1: A distinction needs to be drawn between God and the Prime Creator, so a few definitions are in order.
The Prime Creator should be considered to be simply the First Cause of creation. The Prime Creator is not, in any way shape or form, human. The Prime Creator is beyond man’s capability of understanding. The Prime Creator does not appear in the Bible. By definition, the Prime Creator would not interact with humans, such as writing the Bible or even inspiring man to do so.
God is a term that could be used to refer to the entity, or entities, that created life in this universe (which came subsequent to the first creation). The gods are a higher life-form, as compared to man, and should be thought of as extraterrestrial, or even inter-dimensional, beings. The gods are often mentioned in the Bible, through the use of a wide variety of names (including God). In Psalm 82:1 for example, it says that, “God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the gods.”
Point 2: Jesus and Christ are two distinct entities.
Jesus was a man, a human, whereas Christ is one of the energies (the Spirit) that emanated from the Prime Creator and resides in each and every one of us, but was especially manifested in Jesus. So for example when Simon Peter tells Jesus that “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13), he is saying that Jesus is the human manifestation of the divine essence (Christ) that sprang from the godhead (Prime Creator). By contrast, he is not saying that Jesus is the son of God, by virtue of the fact that Christ is the son of God. Anyway Jesus, a human, could never be the “son” of a spiritual God. In fact, Jesus more than implies that he is not the son of God when he tells his disciples that they can do greater things than him (John 14:12).
There are other concepts that should also be revisited. However, if you can’t get past the first two points…. The bigger question is this: Has anyone seen the real Christ and if so did they recognize him? The reason that I pose that question is that when Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the disciples after the resurrection (John 20:14,15 and Luke 24: 13-31), they didn’t recognize him. You see, the physical senses can see the body, but it takes the spiritual self to recognize the Spirit. This is the real message of Jesus…that is, we are all spiritual beings trapped in the illusion of materiality and that death is also an illusion which the spirit transcends (the true meaning of the resurrection).
So there it is. For some, it’s all of the questions that you have been asking but couldn’t get sufficient answers to. For others, the answers are not what you expected, or even wanted. That’s to be expected as in the first of the three stages of truth, the truth is always ridiculed… and then violently opposed (see my post on the “Evolution of Truth”). So be it. Each of us has to find their own truth and their own path in life. God(?) wouldn’t have it any other way.