Jesus Christ – a New Look at His Identity and Mission provides a fresh view of the special man, teacher, master, and the one whom many regard as their Lord and Savior. It examines commonly held beliefs about Jesus and in some cases offers alternative views based on new revelation received about 100 years ago.
The topics covered include Jesus’ birth and early life, his identity and mission, what makes him the Messiah and Savior, and what makes him divine. It also touches on what he taught and what his followers are to do, what is the meaning of the Bible phrase “Christ in you”, and how is he coming again.
To many of us, the name Jesus Christ elicits feelings of love, adoration, peace, and hope. These feelings emanate from our hearts and souls. Our minds, on the other hand, are more methodical in conceptualizing the name Jesus. Most of us have historical references that our minds can access from early memories of hearing about Jesus, be it from our parents, a pastor, or a dear friend. Our minds interpret our experiences and draw conclusions based on logic and reason. If we repeatedly experience the same thing, we conclude that it must be true to reality. This conclusion then becomes a belief.
In the case of religion, our beliefs are often linked to strong emotions. We are brought up to believe that if we don’t accept a teaching as true, we will be lost to the devil and subject to eternal damnation. That ignites fear in our hearts and keeps us from challenging the teachings, or even asking questions if we don’t understand. However, in order to grow and have new experiences, it is important to keep thinking and questioning, as well as to have a mind open to alternative perspectives. Only then can we be receptive to a fuller understanding of this magical world that we have been blessed to inhabit here and now and even beyond.
Parts of this book may challenge traditional beliefs about Jesus Christ – his identity and mission on earth. Some won’t be ready to consider these teachings because their beliefs are firmly fixed by past experiences. They will want to stay safely with what they have been taught. But some, whose minds and hearts are open, are prepared to question what they have learned and consider other possibilities. They will have the courage to leave their comfort zone and plumb new depths in seeking spiritual understanding.
Readers are encouraged to consider the information presented with open minds and hearts, and decide for themselves whether or not it resonates with them.
|“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ─ Jesus (John 8:31-32)|