In contrast to what the gospels describe regarding Jesus’ supernatural and virgin birth, I would like to present an alternative view that makes more sense to me. I would also like to point out that the idea of a virgin birth is not a first or unique to Christianity, but is commonly found especially in Asiatic religions. Examples include, among many others, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and even Plato. It appears that the disciples of a great spiritual leader subsequently concluded that somehow that person was an incarnated god. Jesus was unique among humans and had a special mission, but he was not God. It will be shown in what ways he possessed a divine nature and how we can all follow in his footsteps.
Jesus came to the earth like any other human being – born from the physical union of a man and a woman – Joseph and Mary. He was not born equal to God or as God in human flesh – with the substance of God, and thus is not God. However, he was born with a deeply spiritual nature and hence the Divine Love flowed into his soul from birth. As a result, at the soul level, he took on a part of the divine substance and was thus able to live without sin. In this sense he was both human and divine – but not equal to the Father or member of a divine Trinity.
Jesus’ earthly mission was given to him as he progressed in his soul development, and not until his anointing was he qualified to start his work. The mission was twofold, namely: to declare to humankind that the Father had re-bestowed the Divine Love which Adam or the first parents had forfeited; and to show humans the way by which that love could be obtained, so that the possessor of it would become a partaker of the divine nature and immortal (2 Pet. 1:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:15-16).
In other words, Jesus came to reveal that the Divine Love and potential of immortality was again available to humans as well as spirits (mortals who have passed into the spirit world). This privilege had been lost when the first humans chose to disobey God and go their own way. Jesus not only taught this truth, also referred as the New Birth (John 1:13; 3:3-7), but also lived it as his soul was filled with the Divine Love. Thus he brought immortality and eternal life to light (2 Tim. 1:10) and should be honored for this, but not worshiped as God or a member of the Godhead or Trinity. Worship belongs only to God the Father.
Jesus never claimed that he came to earth to pay any ransom for humankind, or to save them by his death on the cross, or to save them in any other way than by teaching them that the great gift or privilege of obtaining immortality had been bestowed upon them, and that by prayer and faith they could obtain it.
Jesus’ blood and death, or the belief therein, does not reconcile humans to God. Neither is this accomplished through any specific commandment keeping, such as Sabbath observance (which among others is a valuable spiritual discipline). For a full reconciliation to God to occur, the soul has to be purified and only the Divine Love, imparted through the Holy Spirit, can bring this about. It erases sin from the soul and makes its recipient at one with God – a true child of God partaking of divine substance (in contrast to only being a child of God through the creation of soul, which is true of all humans).
Jesus is coming again, but not in a physical form to wage war and conquer God’s enemies. Rather, he is coming in the form of revelation. His teachings about the Divine Love through the Holy Spirit are entering receptive souls around the world. His desire is that humans turn away from their evil thoughts and ways and seek the love and mercy of the Father.
As some become filled with the Divine Love, they will begin to understand the laws governing the relationship of spirit to material world. As a result, they will be able to perform miracles like Jesus did, such as healings. They will point others to the way to realize the greatest of all miracles, which is the transformation of the human soul into divine essence through Divine Love imparted by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ past and present mission is to call humans to turn to God and to pursue a way of peace and mutual love. This is a soul process. Therefore Jesus is not involved in wars and scenes of carnage – on the battlefield, souls are generally not open to the influence of Jesus’ teachings. Other spirits are designated to help those who have met a violent death to make their transition into the spirit world less violent.
War is never a way to peace, and as long as humans remain in their condition of sin, there will be no peace. Even the horror of war will not prevent future wars. Jesus is not coming to subdue enemies through a bloody war at Armageddon (or elsewhere).
However, each individual soul is in a battle between sin and righteousness. Not all souls are winning this battle and hence many dead souls are entering the spirit world. A dead soul needs much help to be awakened to life and this awakening is like rising from death to life. That, in one sense, is the resurrection. The awakened or “risen” soul can then begin, with its cooperation, to be transformed from sin to purity and from natural love to Divine Love. This Love will no longer permit hatred and wars and is the only way peace will be brought about (1 John 3:2-9).
Reference: New Testament Revelations of Jesus of Nazareth
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