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The Third Jesus

The Christ We Cannot Ignore
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
May, 2009
ISBN:
9780307338327
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$18.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra provides both a challenge to current systems of belief and a fresh perspective on what Jesus can teach us all, regardless of our religious background. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

First, there is the historical Jesus, that maverick rabbi Yeshua from
Galilee, the man who lived more than two thousand years ago and whose teachings are the foundation of Christian theology and thought. Next there is Jesus the Son of God, who has come to embody an institutional religion with specific dogma, a priesthood, and devout believers. And finally, there is the third Jesus, the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to be in what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment.

I am quoting the most basic of Jesus’s words, but we have no choice but to start at the beginning. “Radical” comes from the Latin word radix, or “root.” Jesus the radical went to the root of the human condition, and his approach to suffering was to eradicate it, literally to tear it out by the root…

In the ferment of this changing world there resides an opening for Jesus’s radical vision to be renewed. Spirit, like water, remains fresh only if it flows.

Ultimately, Chopra argues, Christianity needs to overcome its tendency to be exclusionary and refocus on being a religion of personal insight and spiritual growth. In this way Jesus can be seen for the universal teacher he truly is, whose teachings of compassion, tolerance, and understanding can embrace and be embraced by all of us.

“This book helps to heal the divorce between East and West, underscoring that there is only one wisdom and that it demands much of all of us no matter what tradition we come from and especially at this perilous time in human and earth history when we are finally realizing we are all in this together, and together we will perish or rise.” —Matthew Fox, author of
One
River
, Many Wells

Publisher’s Description: 

Who is Jesus? In The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra provides an answer that is both uplifting and challenging to current beliefs. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

The first is the historical Jesus, the man of flesh and blood who lived more than two thousand years ago. The second Jesus is a person who never lived but is a figure created by the Church to represent thousands of years of theology and Church teaching.

Behind these two images stands a third Jesus, the radical, mystical teacher who taught his followers how to change the world. In The Third Jesus, Chopra explores Jesus original message, revealing a spiritual guide of profound depth and inspiration that speaks to anyone who believes in the importance of peace and love.
By turning fresh eyes on the New Testament and returning to the essentials of Jesus message, Chopra shows how the third Jesus can truly transform our livesand humanity.Who is Jesus Christ?

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