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Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps

Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps

I am extremely excited and proud to announce that my book is out and available for purchase through Unity House. www.unity.org under the shop tab. It has been a long and wonderful journey as I have embraced the invitation that Jesus issued in John 14:12 “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and, in fact, will do greater works.” Join me as I explore what it means to believe in Jesus and really take this line seriously as we discover how we too have the ability to bring about heaven here on earth.

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  • Millette
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    starting gratitude tonight…lots of good stuff…some questions…can’t wait for the book study!

    January 23, 2010 at 2:16 am
  • free2beinamerica
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    Last year my wife and I started attending the Unity Center Church of Austin, Texas. The Rev. Aliza Bloom had a class which had your book, “Doing Greater Things,” as the subject and we decided to attend. I am glad we did as I found much to agree with while reading through the book. Now we are involved in a small group which is also reading your book and discussing it.

    The one theme that I truly liked in the book was the idea that Jesus was an example to be followed and emulated. The quote from John 14:12 which you use clearly seems to imply that Jesus personally believed that those who followed him and had real faith in his teachings would be able to duplicate, and even surpass, those things which he did.

    Of course if this is true then we have to see Jesus in a completely different way. I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church where such an idea would be considered blasphemy. From that point of view Jesus was someone special with a special connection to God that we could not hope to equal. Currently I am not a member of an organized church so I feel a lot more free to explore different ideas.

    If one talks about “doing greater things” then a lot of course depends on what one believes Jesus actually did. If one is convinced that the miracles (including the Resurrection) reported in the Gospels are purely fiction written by overly enthusiastic followers then the job of emulating and surpassing Jesus is not nearly as overwhelming a task as it would be, if for example, Jesus really did rise from the dead on some Sunday morning in the 1st century AD.

    My question for you is this. If the Resurrection is truth and if the disciples and many of Jesus’ followers saw and touched him alive and well after his apparent death and entombment a few days earlier, then do you still think that it is possible for those who believe and follow him to equal and surpass what he did?

    I personally agree with the Apostle Paul who wrote that “… if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, …” 1 Corinthians 15:14 NIV

    There are several possibilities that I can see. First it might have been that Jesus was an regular human being who gained a greater degree of enlightenment but did not really perform the miracles depicted in the Gospels and did not make many claims that are made about him in the Gospels. Later on his followers added these details to bolster his image in order to convert others to their teacher’s way of thinking.

    Possibly Jesus was a regular human being who gained a greater degree of enlightenment but did not really perform the miracles depicted in the Gospels, but did make extraordinary claims about himself, for example, that he would die and then after three days be raised from the dead. Perhaps afterwards the followers hallucinated about seeing Jesus and created a whole mythology about his Resurrection.

    In the first case it would seem that his followers were largely a very untruthful lot. If we see great truths of love and forgiveness in the teachings of Jesus then I find it extraordinary that the only followers that he could initially recruit were those who felt a need to create so many lies about their master teacher.

    To me that is not a plausible scenario. Like attracts like and if Jesus is indeed a great avatar of love, justice, and truth then he would have attracted followers to whom truth was an important commodity.

    In the second case we have a teacher who is largely deluded about his powers and his mission. He believes that he has the power to rise from the dead but indeed he does not and his legend depends totally on the desperate illusions of his followers who mentally manufacture in their heads an encounter with their risen teacher.

    Again to me that is not a plausible scenario to me.

    For Jesus to be a plausible “master teacher” then I think that his teachings and his ideas about himself and his mission must be largely true, allowing for the very likely possibility that the record we have now is not entirely accurate. That is to say, I don’t know if every detail in the New Testament is true. In fact I seriously doubt it and am convinced that later followers who didn’t see the risen Christ no doubt altered a passage here and there, or perhaps even added whole paragraphs, and perhaps even letters to bolster their then current theological debates as they tried to fathom whether Jesus Christ was man, or God, or both.

    The real problem is that I think that we have allowed ourselves to see only two options. These were the options that early Christians apparently argued about for several centuries after Jesus walked with his disciples. They seem to have thought that we had only two choices, either Jesus was purely a man, or Jesus was an incarnation somehow of God (or one of his “Trinitarian” parts). The group of Christians who wanted Jesus to be so high above all else that none dare think of emulating him won the day and their views became dogmatic Christianity.

    I applaud you for challenging that view, the view that Jesus is too high above us for us to believe we could do – as he said – greater things.

    My view of Jesus Christ has evolved over a lifetime and I now approach my 60th year. For most of that lifetime I was trapped in a duality, the idea that there were really only two options. Either I could believe the traditional views about Jesus, or I could just abandon it all and accept some form of atheism or agnosticism. I do not consider the view of Jesus as a “master teacher” from a book that mostly lies about his life to be a plausible alternative.

    Some years ago I was introduced to another idea about Jesus that suddenly allowed much more of the Gospels to make sense to me. It both allowed him to be a man whom I could emulate, but also a being on whom the presence of God rested and stayed (John 1:29-34). This presence or being is the one that Jesus constantly refers to in the Gospels as the Father. Jesus always credited the Father with doing the miracles and for giving him the words to say. In John 14:10 Jesus says that the Father was literally “living in [him].”

    The author Joseph J. Dewey has described this as a “Divine Possession.” (1) Jesus, especially in the Gospel of John, testifies to this many times. When the Pharisees say to Jesus that his testimony is not true based on the law of Moses that a thing could only be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses Jesus vehemently claims that indeed they are looking at two witnesses, Jesus the man, and the Father which was in him.

    Anyway, as an alternative to either of the traditional views of Jesus I invite you to re-read the Gospel of John with the idea of Jesus being overshadowed by the Father. I think that you will be amazed at what you find.

    If you find that idea interesting then think how much more interesting it is to consider the possibility that this is true, and that we will do greater things, even greater things than the Resurrection in some future age.

    best regards,

    Lawrence Kennon

    (1) The Overshadowing of Jesus, Joseph J. Dewey,

    http://www.freeread.com/archives/overshadowing.php

    April 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    • revfelicia
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      Thanks Lawrence,
      i thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your deep consideration to this topic. One thing that we must be mindful of is not to impose our 21st century orientation on ancient writers. There is something that happened that day following Jesus’ death. We will never know for sure and I believe that the stories written reflect the human attempt to articulate something so profound and unexplainable. I love what Marcus Borg says when he tells us that the stories may not be factual but they are truthful. He wrote “The Heart of Christianity” among others that might be a good resource for you in your quest.

      Thanks so much for the kind words about my book and I am glad you were fed by it. Many blessings to you.

      April 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm
      • free2beinamerica
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        I once met Marcus Borg at a lecture he gave at a seminary here in Austin. I like the man, his sincerity, and his writing. However I am not willing to assume that many stories are not factual because I can’t explain them in the context of 21st scientific knowledge. I think that the witness of the Spirit is a greater witness.

        One way in which I differ from many Christians is that I don’t think that one has to believe in the historicity of Jesus to benefit from the “saving” power of his work. In fact I think that agnostics, doubters, and those who have thrown away much of traditional Christianity will be more likely to set down with the Christ on his return and learn from him. These are the people capable of learning and the only kind of people I suspect the Christ will be interested in talking with. The last will be first and the first will be last.

        “Unexplainable” is not a word that I use often. Something may be currently unknown but no one knows what we will come to know in the future. Faith is – in my lexicon – the ability to hold onto that which the Spirit has revealed until the Mind can explain it. 🙂

        Again, enjoyed your book, and I do think it supports the mission of the real Christ who is not looking for passive and dogmatic believers.

        April 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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