time, we talked about the fact that the central doctrine
of Christianity -- being saved from God's judgment by
the redeeming power of Jesus -- is a religious myth.
The church perpetuates this myth for two reasons.
first is negative. It is an outgrowth of a false assumption
about human beings. The church fathers decided that,
in order to elevate God, they had to debase his creation.
As a result, they stressed humanity's imperfection in
contrast to God's perfection. This produced the belief
that we are unfit to come into his presence without
an intermediary who can protect us from his wrath. This
whole concept is, of course, a reflection of the power
structure of ancient societies when kings ruled by divine
right and peasants were treated as though they were
maintaining the concept of saviorhood in the church
today puts the authorities in the same position as the
kings of old. They claim the right to judge their membership,
to fill them with fear, and to decide who will be saved
and who will be punished.
second reason is positive. It is an effort to close
the gap between God and ourselves, so we can live in
fellowship with him in the kingdom of heaven. But there
is a fundamental difference in how we view this gap.
church says that God created the gap, that it is an
unbridgeable chasm, and that Jesus is the only one who
can cross it. New age revelation sees the matter in
a far different light. We are part of God. Thus, there
is NO gap. God cannot be separated from himself. We
are eternal spiritual entities who, from time to time,
incarnate in human form in order to advance our spiritual
that produces the difficulty. In a sense, this human
plane is an illusion. We know that the "physical"
is actually nothing more than energy (atoms and molecules)
organized to simulate all the things we see as solid
and permanent. Thus, we are spiritual beings temporarily
living in what appears to be a physical environment,
and we are often seduced into thinking that that environment
is the only reality..
refers to our physical/spiritual nature in John 3: 5-6
where he says, "That which is born of the flesh
is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
So the matter is actually a struggle between our two
natures, ego and soul.
church says that our physical dimension, because of
God's plan, is so alien to our spiritual being that
it can destroy us. But that alienation did not come
from God. He created our two natures to be in harmony.
The alienation comes from our ignorance of our own true
identity. The whole Christian concept of "salvation"
is merely a metaphor for coming to recognize our dual
nature. When we learn that we are an eternal part of
God, we can choose to move our consciousness from a
purely human view of ourselves to a spiritual one. At
that moment, we are reborn or, as one translation has
it, "born from above."
our future does not lie in believing that we are hopeless
sinners who need a savior. It lies in the recognition
that God has created us to be like himself.
Posted Oct. 15, 2004
John W. Sloat 2004