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Question 113: According to the Gospel of Oneness, what did Jesus mean when he said to go and preach this gospel to the whole world?

Jesus wanted everyone to have the frame of reference of the Christ consciousness so that we can feel our oneness with all people, all life. He did not mean for people to go and convert people to a particular church. Jesus didn’t even have a church. His message was to spread the unconditional love of God and the oneness of God with people everywhere, and all of life.

The many divisions within Christian doctrines that have kept Christians at odds with each other could be dissolved by the acknowledgement of Jesus’s message of Oneness. Even all other religions are included in the consciousness of Christ, because we are not talking about Jesus the man, but rather the consciousness of God that has created the universe. Jesus identified with that consciousness. It doesn’t have to be called “Christ consciousness.” It could be called by other words as long as it means the same thing. Hindus may call it “Krishna consciousness.”

The verses in the Bible that say or imply that Jesus is the very God who created the universe were the beginning of making Jesus into an idol that no one could emulate exactly. Jesus wants people to realize their oneness with him and with God and not be stuck in worshiping an external god. The kingdom of God can be realized within our own consciousness. This is the message that Jesus wanted his followers to proclaim, and not an exclusive outer path of salvation.

So Christians don’t need to convert Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others to the Christian church as it is today with its many quirks. They will never be able to convert the billions of non-Christians to Christianity. However, Christians can contribute mightily to filling the world with unconditional love and forgiveness as many already have done. They can use Jesus as a great example in many ways without insisting on Christian doctrines of sin, salvation, heaven, hell, and the second coming.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. —I Corinthians 12:13
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Mark 12:29
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. – I Corinthians 6:19

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Question 112: What is the Gospel of Oneness response to this famous quote by CS Lewis:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity

This quote by C.S. Lewis has been used by many Christian apologetics teachers. It seems to make an either or case for the divinity of Jesus. However, let’s take a closer look at it. First of all we can agree that Jesus was not a madman or a raving lunatic out of touch with reality. All the stories about him show that he was firmly in control of his mind and was very lucid in all this teachings and parables. We could definitely not regard him as a demon or the Devil himself. The religious authorities at the time did not accept him as God, but rather as someone who was a threat to their own power and influence over the common people.

Jesus came to raise the consciousness of all people, but he did not come to establish himself as an idol to be worshiped as God. The Biblical quotes that people use to show that Jesus was God incarnate are offset by other quotes that show he was a man, albeit a highly advanced man. There are no direct quotes where Jesus said I am indeed the very God who created the universe, no doubt about it.

Christian doctrine hinges on the belief that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind who accept him as the savior and that he rose again, ascended to heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, co-equal to God, and will come again to judge the quick and the dead and rule over an everlasting kingdom of believers. All who love God and Jesus can be there. Those who don’t choose this will go to the other place of darkness. This makes salvation a matter of belief in the correct doctrine according to human understanding.

This is a very limited understanding of God and the nature of creation. This universe contains so many stars and planets and possibilities for intelligent life that it staggers the imagination. The consciousness of God that created and sustains this universe is called the Christ Consciousness. The Creator God Himself or Itself is beyond any vibratory manifestation. It is God as the Christ consciousness in creation who is our spiritual Father and Mother. We are one with the Christ consciousness, but we may not have realized that yet. Jesus did realize it. Other saints have realized it.

Jesus did come to play a special role in the history of this particular planet. There is no doubt about the influence of his life on this planet. He was not just another moral teacher or saintly person. He has a huge role to play in uplifting the consciousness of the people who incarnate on this planet Earth. He is with us today and is available for personal counseling and training. He loves everyone with the unconditional love of God. He wants to raise people up to his level and beyond. He does not want us to set him up on a pedestal and say we could never be like him because after all he is God and we are not. He wants us to affirm and realize our own divinity. If Jesus is God then so are we, but it is actually the other way around. God is us because God is the only reality. We are one in the consciousness of God.

As for the proofs that Jesus was God such as his miracles, his resurrection, and his ascension, there are other people who have done the same things. There have been plenty of miracle workers, there have been resurrections (such as Swami Sri Yukteswars’s as mentioned in “The Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, and there have been ascensions into the higher realms. And all the teachings of Jesus were not recorded. He gave private teachings to his disciples, and he also said that he could not give all his teachings yet because people could not receive it.

Here is where our real self-hood is rooted, in the divine spark or seed, in the Image of God imprinted on the human soul. The True Self is not our creation, but God’s. It is the self we are in our depths. It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence. –Sue Monk Kidd
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. –Morehei Ueshiba.

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