Wednesday, March 23, 2022

What was the point of Jesus’ crucifixion?

Do not make the pathetic error of “clinging to the old rugged cross.” The only message of the crucifixion is that you can overcome the cross. Until then you are free to crucify yourself as often as you choose. This is not the gospel I intended to offer you. We have another journey to undertake, and if you will read these lessons carefully they will help prepare you to undertake it. T-4.In.3:7-11

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

Osho called “christianity” “crosstianity.” Christians have been taught the redemptive power of suffering, to take up our cross, and follow Him, but the Jesus of A Course In Miracles states that this was not His intended message of the crucifixion drama. The Jesus of A Course In Miracles states that the message of the crucifixion is that the torture and killing of His body doesn’t matter. It was His Spirit rising above it all and forgiving His killers that was the point.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our willfulness over to the will of God. “Let go and let God” is the slogan.

In Unitarian Universalism, we join together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and the encouragement of spiritual growth. Spiritual growth comes from discarding the things of the ego and adopting the things of the Spirit, that is giving up conditional love in favor of unconditional love. This is Jesus’ message of the crucifixion episode.

Today, it is suggested that we give up suffering and the cross as a means of salvation and in its place rise to the level of unconditional love of Spirit.

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