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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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Question 110: Can you analyze ISIS from the point of view of oneness?

Yes, let’s start with what the Gospel of Oneness stands for, namely unconditional love for everyone, cooperation for the benefit of everyone, sharing of resources for the benefit of everyone, respect for all life, respect for all viewpoints, joy in living, equality of souls, no violence against others, free thinking, free speech and awareness of the dualistic traps of this world.

So let’s see how ISIS measures up. They are trying to force their will on their self-created enemies. They try to eliminate people who have different viewpoints about life. They even try to force the Infinite One into their mental box by saying that Allah supports their violence against other expressions of the One Creator God.

ISIS is acting as a dualistic force fighting for a relative goal of establishing an Islamic state. Their actions carry the seeds of their own destruction because they will reap what they have sown. Other dualistic forces have already and will rise up against them. Nobody really wins but a lot of people suffer needlessly, all for an illusory goal that can never be achieved by violence. The only ones who might temporarily benefit are the merchants of weapons and warfare.

The only way they can even come close to realizing their goals is to work for the benefit of all mankind in a peaceful way with service and love to all, and if they did that they might then adjust their goals to the reality of the oneness of all life.

“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.”
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

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