I believe a fundamental—yet radical—message of the Bible can be summed up in a few short verses, and I’m going to share with it you in this post. I will probably get some hate mail because of it. I’ll probably even have a few people tell me I’m going to hell. But that’s what I expect from a message as powerful as the one you’re about to hear. Powerful messages are always misunderstood anyway. Jesus himself got crucified for it.
Without further ado, here are the verses:
“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are Gods” (John 10:34).
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these” (John 14:12).
That’s it. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. But certainly powerful!
When you put those verses side by side, it gives the Bible a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? And just as important, it gives Jesus’ message a whole new meaning. It certainly isn’t the powerless traditional message we have received from the church.
Some will say that I am taking those verses out of context, but maybe those people are just be afraid of the truth. Maybe they are afraid to take a leap of faith to grow in ways their limited mindsets can’t fathom yet?
These verses are not taken out of context either. They both come from the Gospel of John. John is different than the rest of the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the synoptic Gospels because synoptic in Greek means “having a common view.” But the Gospel of John, with its different content, theme, and style, crosses over into heretical territory; it was rejected from the canon by many in the early Christian movement because it does not contain…well, “the common view.” The Gnostics—a dreaded enemy of the institutionalized church—used it extensively. Perhaps there is a good reason for that? Possibly it’s because the truth about who Jesus was and what his message meant was a lot more powerful than the one we have been given?
I wasn’t always so bold. I used to believe in the traditional church message preached around the world on Sunday mornings. The one that said I was a wretched sinner who was lost without the salvation Jesus provided by his literal death on a cross. But is that Jesus’ message or is it the church’s message? History is always written by the winners. Is it possible that religious doctrine is too? If you don’t think so, you ought to take a few months and read through all the arguments and fights the early Christians had in order to adopt the common faith that would eventually be preached around the world!
The meaning of the scriptures mentioned above
So what can we ultimately make of those two verses I mentioned at the beginning of this post?
I don’t think the first verse needs any explanation at all. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees (religious) when he quoted it from the Psalms. I think its implications are pretty straight forward. Humans are gods. The problem is we don’t know it. And what we don’t know we can’t exercise, and least not fully. Maybe a better way to look at it would be to say that we are gods-in-potential, and we are on the journey to manifest this potential.
I would never have been so bold as to preach that six or seven years ago. But that’s only because I misunderstood the concept of a god. A god is one who creates. We are all creators. We are creating everyday with every thought and feeling we manifest, whether they are conscious or unconscious. Just because we don’t understand exactly how this happens doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Who knows? Maybe one day science will even catch up with what the ancient mystics, philosophers, and even earliest Christian theologians already knew: we are gods because we are constantly creating our reality with our thoughts (especially beliefs), feelings, and actions.
Perhaps one of the main reasons we don’t create something worthy of god is because we lack the knowledge and experience of who we are. God certainly didn’t make robots or puppets that obey simply because we trust him. Trust is earned, and God earns our trust through the lessons we learn from life.
“Though he [Jesus] were a Son, yet he learned obedience through the things [life experiences] that he suffered…” (Heb. 5:8).
It doesn’t get any plainer, folks. I don’t know one person who ever trusted God completely and never made a mistake, do you? God designed the universe to give us obstacles to overcome so that we could learn obedience (i.e. grow up).
People who refuse to accept this truth are the very ones who will remain in the tiny limited world view of reality that Jesus came to teach us how to move out of.
This brings us to the second verse I mentioned at the beginning of this post—Jesus said we would do greater works than he did. How can this be if we don’t become like him, and possibly more?
Although there are many good things about the church’s interpretation of Jesus’ message, there are also some very needless limiting ones. For example, is it really required that we believe the church’s version of salvation in order to be able to do some of the great works Jesus did? No way! There have been countless people from many other religions and belief systems who have done great and amazing miracles. Miracles certainly aren’t limited to the Christian.
It is my hope that we would all learn to think for ourselves instead of being told how to think. I don’t mean to slam religion. There are many positive aspects to it. I still enjoy the fellowship of the local church near my house. They’re wonderful, kind, caring people, and I actually enjoy most all of their company. But I still take everything I’m taught and asked to believe with a grain of salt. Hopefully you do too. There’s no place worst to be than believing everything your pastor or religious leader tells you just because he or she believes God gave them the authority to preach it.
In my next post I will address more on how we manifest the god-potential within us from the standpoint of the mind and our DNA. I believe we have a lot of room to evolve spiritually and physically yet still.
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