This arresting picture of Jesus as a revolutionary, imitating the style of the famous poster of 1960s fighter Che Guevara, was produced as an advertising poster encouraging people to go to church during Easter 1999
Jesus was divinely human ~ a determined revolutionary and an evolutionary forerunner for a state of love and soul consciousness which is also deepest within each one of us. Only the church as an institution stands in the way of this common innate connection and empowering knowledge : Allen L Roland
This Easter, as the 10 Billion dollar Large Haldron Collider ( LHC ) in Geneva, Switzerland smashes protons together, at unheard of speeds, in search for the elusive 'God Particle' ~ let me reveal that the answer has already been found and it's not a particle ~ It's LOVE.
And JESUS was a manifestation of that love ~ a determined revolutionary and 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 unexpectantly died in 1987 ~ 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 ~ Allen, I Know, Allen, I Know ..
I had sent her a copy of my Unified Field Theory some weeks prior to her death which can best be summed up in this one statement ~ The basic underlying and uniting force of the Universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness ( The Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but ALSO beneath our deepest fears and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite.
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, thus ~ Allen, I Know, Allen, I Know ..
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.
Good Friday is the day Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who 78% of all Americans believe to be the son of God who came to Earth to die for our sins.
In a Newsweek poll ( Is GOD Real / April 2007 ) ~ 78% of Americans believe Jesus rose from the dead but eighty-five percent (85%) also think that the person known to history as Jesus actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago ( Rasmussen Poll )
81% of Americans say they are Christians which is now the world's largest faith ~ with 2 billion believers or roughly 33% of the earth's population. Newsweek reveals that 75% of them say that Jesus was sent to earth to absolve mankind of its sins .
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 journey towards taking responsibility for that same love deepest within each one of us.
As such, the natural birth and loving relationship of Jesus and Mary Magdalene completely humanizes Jesus, takes him off the unreachable pedestal the Catholic Church and others have put him on ~ and makes him finally accessible to the world through love and Relationship.
As such it also places women , ( the divine feminine ) as symbolized by Mary Magdalene, in their rightful place at the right of Jesus ~ and certainly on more than equal footing with men.
Teilhard said it beautifully ~ The only right love is that between couples whose passion leads them both, one through the other, to a higher possession of their being ..... Union, the true upward union in the spirit, ends by establishing the elements it dominates in their own perfection.
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 church, 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. I witness resurrections every day as a heart centered psychotherapist and particularly with veterans with PTSD ~ as they emerge from their self imposed cocoons of fear and self loathing and reclaim their original love, joy, purpose and authentic self. http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/veterans-respond-positively-to-heart.html
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. "
Jesus was a rebel for love, a definitive threat to the establishment and they, in essence, killed the messenger ~ just like we did with Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
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 with and love one another.
But if a man says, " I Love God ", while hating his brother , he is a liar. If he does not love the brother whom he has seen, it cannot be that he loves God whom he has not seen .
I John 4: 19-20
Thus, in our current search and groping for our roots and beginnings ~ we will eventually rescue Jesus from the church, and the unreachable 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.
Allen L Roland
Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net
Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( firstname.lastname@example.org )