This reflection is entitled...
The Resurrection MythJesus, the man , was in a state of soul consciousness that exists beyond time and space and is also deepest within us all ~ Allen L Roland
Jesus was divinely human ~ an evolutionary forerunner for a state of love and soul consciousness which is also deepest within each one of us. A state of consciousness that exists beyond time and space and is one in the same with the experience of an after death and near death experience.
As such, Jesus was experienced, after he died, by those closest to him because that deep unconditional love and state of soul consciousness existed also within his closest followers.
This is not unusual now but it certainly was 2000 years ago.
Gallup has revealed that nearly half of all Americans believe that they have been in contact with someone who has died ~ usually a dead spouse or sibling who they had a deep loving connection with. Another important point in Gallup's study was that the major factor associated with contacting the dead was a belief in a loving God, rather than a judgmental one.
In that sense, Jesus represents the transition from an externalized old testament God of wrath and judgment to an internalized new testament god of love and altruism.
My own mother appeared to me the night she suddenly and unexpectedly died ~ some 3000 miles away ~ and not only did she tell me how deeply she loved me but she also said that she knew what I knew.
I had sent her a copy of my Unified Field Theory some weeks prior
to her death which can be summed up in this one
So my mother appeared to me, much like Jesus did with his followers, and told me that she was now in that same state of unconditional love and soul consciousness which I call The Unified Field.
Did Jesus not do the very same thing when he appeared to his followers after his death ~ proving to them that the kingdom of heaven was within them?
In a new Newsweek poll, 78% of Americans believe Jesus rose from
the dead; 75% say that he was sent to earth to absolve mankind of
Let's get something straight. Jesus was not sent from anywhere for Jesus was divinely human ~ no different than you or myself at birth ~ and the humanizing of Jesus is an essential step in the process towards our taking responsibility for that same love deepest within each one of us.
We all have a personal covenant with Jesus in our capacity to unconditionally love one another as he manifested that love in his life. It is my potential to love as Jesus loved that fills me with faith.
My faith is not blindly based on a literal belief in the bible, the virgin birth and the resurrection stories.
However, with the acceptance of a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness , which exists beyond time and space, the bible, virgin birth and the resurrection stories assume symbolic, not literal significance.
For example, could not the resurrection stories be symbolic of the fact that the love of Jesus can never die and is deepest within each one of us ?
This is why we have never forgotten him ~ much like I have never forgotten my grandfather who also unconditionally loved me.
Could not the virgin birth be symbolic of the fact that each one of us came from and are born in a state of love and soul consciousness ~ regardless if we were wanted or not.
There is no such thing as an ugly soul ~ but there are many maimed and wounded ones.
The controversial Catholic theologian Hans Kung in his thought provoking book On Being A Christian has helped to demythologize the bible by attempting to rediscover the true Jesus:
Against all tendencies to deify Jesus, it must constantly be stressed today that he was wholly and entirely man with all the consequences of this ( capacity for suffering, fear, loneliness, insecurity, temptations, doubts, possibility for err ) Not merely man but true man.
For those of you who are waiting for Christ's return , I will tell you to look within, for it is there that he resides in our deepest propensity to unite and love one another.
Thus in our current search and groping for our roots and beginnings ~ we will eventually rescue Jesus from the church, and the pedestal they have put him on, and discover Jesus ( The Man ) and finally realize that The Christ is the love that is deepest within each one of us.