The afterlife evidence and the Gospels agree so closely in so many details – some of them very small details – that we can prove now that Jesus did in fact come to us two thousand years ago with knowledge that could have come only from God. And that is big news! But since mainstream Christian dogmas do not agree with either the Gospel words of Jesus or the afterlife evidence, I think it may be time for us to consider the possibility that Jesus’s mission may have been different from the one assigned to him by mainstream Christianity.
Of course, here comes my usual disclaimer. If you are a contented traditional Christian, please skip this blog post. I have no wish to challenge your beliefs. But if you are an open-minded seeker who would like to consider Jesus in an extraordinary new light, then read on!
I am by no means the first to consider the teachings of Jesus to be sufficient in themselves. Thomas Jefferson is a revered American Founding Father, and he also is what I think of as the founder of originalist Christianity. In later life he renounced most of the Bible, but he daily read the Gospel words of Jesus in English, French, Latin, and Greek pasted into a copybook side by side. By then he was contentedly referring to himself as “a sect by myself.”
Jefferson said that the words of Jesus stand out in the Bible “like diamonds in a dunghill,” and when you read the Bible through and reach the Gospels you can see what he meant. Of course, a few of the Gospel words of Jesus are lumps of coal among the diamonds. He talks about a fiery hell; he calls Peter the rock on which he will build his church. These passages are inconsistent with the afterlife evidence and also with the rest of the Gospel teachings, which leads me to believe that they are doctrinal edits. But if we ignore these few atypical bits, then what we have left in all four Gospels is a message that is stunningly consistent with the modern afterlife evidence. Let’s look at what our beloved Wayshower and Best Friend actually said.
JESUS TAUGHT US ABOUT THE NATURE OF GOD
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (JN 4:24)
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.” (JN 6:63)
Jesus took the ancient Hebrews’ radical concept of a single nonphysical God, and he transformed it into what modern evidence shows us is universal Spirit (or Mind).
JESUS TAUGHT US THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (JN 13:34)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (MT 5:43-38)
This is precisely the lesson that we take away from nearly two hundred years of communications from the dead! Our whole lives’ primary goal is to learn to love perfectly and learn to forgive completely.
JESUS TAUGHT US THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS
When I first realized that God doesn’t judge us, I worried that on this point Jesus had been mistaken. But then I found this series of quotations.
“Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” (JN 5:21-23)
“You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.” (JN 8:15)
“As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” (JN 12:47)
Were these messages inconsistencies? I don’t think so. No, the Lord was weaning his primitive listeners from their old idea of God as judge so they could better comprehend what modern evidence tells us is true. After death, each of us is our own judge.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (MT 7:1-2).
As always, Jesus is exactly right.
JESUS TAUGHT US THE NEED FOR HUMILITY
In that ancient class-obsessed world, Jesus brought a rude shock for the elite: after death our life-status does not count.
“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (MT 23:11-12)
“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.” (LK 9:48)
JESUS TAUGHT US THAT OUR MINDS ARE POWERFUL
Mainstream Christian doctrines ignore something that strikes a modern nonreligious reader. Jesus said a lot about the power of our minds to affect reality.
(When Peter couldn’t walk on water) “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” (MT 14:31)
“Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” (MK 11:22-23)
What we learn from the dead is that our minds are much more powerful than what we imagine. After death, our much freer minds have the ability to manipulate reality, even on this material level.
JESUS TAUGHT US ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE
Some of the messages attributed to Jesus seem inexplicable and even cruel until we compare them with the afterlife evidence. That is when we realize that he was talking about not this life, but the afterlife, where ongoing spiritual growth is essential.
“For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (MT 29:30)
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” (LK 8:17-18)
Jesus told us about the tremendous size of the afterlife. He told us about our need to make eternal spiritual progress. He even told us that our loved ones would create after-death homes for us and would meet us at our deaths and take us there.
“In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (JN 14:2-4)
JESUS EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS TEACHINGS
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (LK 6:46)
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (JN 8:31-32)
Given the Lord’s insistence that we follow his teachings, even a casual read through the Gospels indicates that the modern Christian doctrine of sacrificial redemption didn’t come from Jesus. He tells us over and over that learning to love and forgive is essential for each of us. The truth is the truth! There are no spiritual shortcuts.
I THINK THAT JESUS’S LIFE HAD A FOURFOLD PURPOSE
First, he came to tell us what God is.
Second, he came to show us that human life is eternal.
Third, he came to give us a taste of what the afterlife is like.
Finally, he came to teach us how to make the most spiritual progress while on Earth.
If Jesus came just to be a human sacrifice, then his resurrection doesn’t matter. He says on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and then he dies. All done. But if he actually came to prove to us that human life is eternal, then we can see his rising from the dead after three days as a loving and joyous “Ta-da!” ringing down through all the ages. He proved to us that death is not real two thousand years before we were able to prove that independently.
Mainstream Christianity does not own Jesus, just as no religion owns God. And I must admit to feeling some urgency now. In this century we will be establishing communication with the afterlife realities, and we will learn then that the mainstream Christian dogma of sacrificial redemption is wrong. If people begin to turn away from Christianity, we don’t want them also turning away from Jesus! Surely the Lord deserves another chance to be heard in light of modern afterlife evidence. Paul and the other New Testament writers did a good job of wrapping the teachings of Jesus in Hebrew prophesy so they could be preserved for two thousand years. Thank you, Paul. Now it may be time to open your gift.