Who Was Jesus?

Understanding Unity Series: Part 7 of 8

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The paradigm of separation sees the person of Jesus as the exclusive means by which the believer is united with God. There can be no doubt that many of the New Testament writers presented Jesus in this light. The question of whether or not Jesus thought of himself in this way is another issue entirely. The paradigm we hold, whether it is one of separation or oneness, determines how we view the role and the teachings of Jesus. There are a sufficient number of scriptural passages to support either approach. The reason for this mixed message is simple: we do not have a gospel according to Jesus. We, therefore, do not know who Jesus was and we do not actually know what he accomplished. We know only how the Gospel writers and people like Paul wanted their readership to think of him.

However, the meaning of Jesus is not to be surmised from the scriptural accounts but from our trinity of core values, the paradigm of oneness. The deeper we delve into our own spirituality, the more we recognize which of those sayings attributed to Jesus are relevant to our own spiritual awakening. Viewing Jesus from the paradigm of oneness we can see him as one who lived with a perpetual awareness of his own divinity and encouraged others to awaken to theirs as well. His message of new wine skins for the new wine was an admonition to shift from an outer to inner orientation, from practicing the letter of the law to an experience of the spirit of the law.

From the paradigm of separation, we view Jesus as the theology of separation dictates. From the paradigm of oneness we view Jesus from the core value of unity with God. From this point of view we see him as one who understood and demonstrated the ultimate awareness we seek in our own experience.

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5 thoughts on “Who Was Jesus?

  1. The Theology Of Helplessness has bred the paradigm of separation. When we feel out of control of life as we experience it, we look for saviors or scapegoats.

    I liked your comment that we don’t have a Gospel of Jesus. I am aware of the biblical research behind such a statement and in one way or another have taught that over the years. Today’s restatement of what I call this fact enabled me to see the connection between theology and personal agenda more clearly.

  2. I live in Montrose so cannot attend your services on a regular basis; however, each week’s message is a true gift to me, and this week’s was especially high in clarity. Wish my fundamentalist Christian friends could “hear.”

  3. John, the point of adopting a paradigm, especially a paradigm of oneness, opens the mind to an experience of oneness with God. It’s more than a thought process. An experience with God changes both the thought and the feeling. These follow the experience. Many do not get past thinking about God, oneness, etc. Our goal is first-hand experience. Strive for this and your questions will be answered.

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