During Thursdays With Jesus, we are reading Deepak Chopra's, The Third Jesus. Join us Thursdays at 10:30. I like Chopra's Jesus more than the "send you to hell" Jesus of default Christianity. But Chopra's Jesus is kind of spooky. Chopra talks about "God consciousness" and what all. His Jesus is kind of a Hindu Jesus. It is a good Jesus. He is all about love and you can be like him. But something isn't working for me. It is the metaphysics that doesn't resonate. Here are three theories.
1) Orthodox Christianity. After death we go to Heaven or Hell. Jesus is the unique son of God who gets you to God and to heaven via grace (usually with some kind of action or belief on our part). Salvation is "to love God and to enjoy God forever."
2) Chopra. Mind encompasses matter. We are not our bodies. We have bodies. Jesus is enlightened being that we can become (presumably after enough reincarnations). Salvation is becoming enlightened and developing "God consciousness."
3) Naturalism. No heaven. No hell. No reincarnation. We are our bodies. We do not exist outside of them. Matter produces mind. Consciousness arises from biology. Jesus is a model of a life that matters. Salvation is being at peace in one's own skin through life's contingencies.
Personally, my religion is behind door number three. But I don't insist. Naturalism makes sense to me and I happen to like it. I find happiness with it. Which of the three makes you happy? You can quibble with me that I didn't describe yours correctly. Fine, describe it in a way that satisfies you. But overall, how many choices really can there be? Thoughts:
- I think there are good people in each belief system.
- I don't think any view is worth freaking out and going to war over.
- I think this stuff is fun to talk about, but then I am just weird that way.