JESUS!: Re-Meet a Man Who You May Have Misunderstood
At one time, I would have NEVER quoted scripture or referred to God, but I got desperate to recover from illness triggered by a long-standing feeling that I was wasting my time and talents.
I prayed fervently to live a life that made a difference, all the while rejecting the everyday notion of “the man upstairs” and conventional interpretations of the Bible.* I still do, but decided not to use my skepticism to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
“WE CAN’T SOLVE PROBLEMS BY USING THE SAME KIND OF THINKING
WE USED WHEN WE CREATED THEM.”
Once I decided to give God a closer look, I came to see “Him” as life force, and that when we’re plugged into divine energy, we personify aliveness.
I could roll with that, but still couldn’t swallow the idea of Jesus dying for my sins, not because of the sins of people who contributed to his crucifixion.
Following a tip to visit a New Thought church, I learned that I wasn’t the only one in that boat.
At the church, I learned that Jesus is a “Way-shower,” giving me an example of someone to follow, not to worship.
And I learned that I—and you too—have a greater capacity to make something out of nothing than I’d ever imagined.
I couldn’t, in an honest way, start a website about building a better-feeling life and career and not mention that it was a church that helped me shift my thinking to the point I felt emboldened to chart a new path; I’ve included a link to that church, as well as another, below.
I’ve also added links to books to help you take a fresh look at Jesus, in case the prevailing narrative on him doesn’t sit with you any better than it does with me.
Churches I attended:
Books I read about Jesus:
Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth
Jesus Never Said That!: But What He Did Say Could Change the World by James King
Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Follow Jesus by Robin R. Meyers
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
* Find unconventional bible interpretations here.