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Question 113: About preaching to the world

Posted on: February 23, 2015

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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