Which Jesus Do You Believe In?

Posted on December 25, 2018

by Philip Goldman: Growing up in Brooklyn, long before it was “Hipsterville,” I was familiar with three kinds of Jesus…

There was the one and only begotten son of God, Savior of all Mankind, who was worshiped by many of the Irish and Italian Catholics in the neighborhood. And, among the Jews, two alternative versions: the laudable, ethical teacher—a nice Jewish boy, essentially, who met with a terrible fate—and the Jesus they considered a creature of mythology, like Apollo or Zeus.

In my atheistic home, where religion was the opium of the people, Jesus was largely irrelevant, except as a proponent of the “golden rule” and for the horrors that had been perpetrated in his name by misguided followers.

Then came the 60s, and I was introduced to a different Jesus, by way of India. Like millions of my contemporaries, my hot pursuit of truth and personal fulfillment led me to the spiritual legacy of the East. I read the sacred texts of Hinduism and Buddhism, and modern interpreters such as Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, and Huston Smith. I was drawn to what was called mysticism because I found it, ironically, far less mysterious and far more rational than conventional religion—and even some schools of psychology.

I found a yoga class—not easy to do back then, believe it or not—and learned to meditate. Throughout my explorations, I was surprised to find that Jesus was always referred to with great respect, and sometimes with reverence. That experience peaked when I read Paramahansa Yogananda’s seminal memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. In it—and even more so in other works, as I discovered later when I researched my biography of him—Yogananda treats the rabbi of Nazareth with such veneration that I couldn’t help thinking: What have I been missing?

So, I read the New Testament. It blew my mind. Because my spiritual reference point was more Hindu than Judeo-Christian, the Gospels came off the page like the Upanishads or the Bhagavad Gita, not like churchy dogma. The main character was a master teacher—a guru—who guided his disciples not just to better behavior but to union with the divine. His term for the infinite Ground of Being was “Father,” but it was easy to evoke the language of the Vedic seers and substitute Brahman or Ishvara or the Self.

When he tells the crowd at the Sermon on the Mount not to pray conspicuously like the hypocrites, but to “go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret,” I saw a guru directing his disciples to meditate in silence. This was a Jesus I could live with: exalted in a way that befits someone whose impact on history is unparalleled, but without the singular cosmos-shaking agenda or the religious triumphalism that relegates nonbelievers to either irrelevance or damnation.

I soon learned that Hindus in general, and the gurus and yoga masters who came to the West in particular, tended to see Jesus as a satguru (true teacher) and an enlightened yogi of the highest order. Some even afforded him the status of avatar, placing him on the same level as Krishna and Rama in the pantheon of divine incarnations.

To them, the teachings of Christ, followed properly and deeply, is a legitimate pathway to the unified awareness that is yoga’s true aim. That is why, in many spiritual institutions with Indian roots, you will find images of Jesus placed alongside the Buddha and other saints and avatars. In Yogananda centers, in fact, a portrait of Jesus is on every altar, alongside one of Krishna, Yogananda himself, and the three venerated gurus in his lineage.

This way of seeing Jesus has been filtering into America’s bloodstream ever since the 19th Century when Henry David Thoreau equated Jesus and Buddha and called himself a yogi. It gathered steam as a stately parade of gurus arrived on our shores, and it exploded after the Beatles’ 1968 sojourn in India. By now, that perspective has affected millions.

For a great many angry or alienated Christians, it has been the key to reconnecting with their religious heritage on terms they can live with. Even people whose religious orientation is, for all practical purposes, Hindu have been encouraged by their gurus to honor their Christian roots, often by thinking of Jesus as their ishta devata (preferred form of God). In that context, many prodigal sons and daughters have found their way back to the Jesus they love by way of India. Similarly, thousands of Jews who studied Hinduism or Buddhism have come to see Jesus as a great mystical rabbi and a passionate reformer, not as the founder of a hostile cult.

The image of Jesus as a sage and sadhguru may not sit well with clerics for whom Christ can only be the one true messiah and the great hinge of history. They ought to be glad that millions who might otherwise view this season as merely a respite from work, or as nothing but humbug, will instead celebrate the birthday of a great, holy man. That’s what I’ll be doing.

Each December it makes the season merrier, jollier, and brighter. That and The Drifters’ version of “White Christmas.”

Source: Elephant Journal

Gina Lake and Nirmala: Non-Duality and Christ Consciousness Transmissions

Gina Lake and Nirmala: Non-Duality and Christ Consciousness Transmissions

This conversation is part of a series of live, online conversations with non-dual spiritual teachers. The first part is a conversation between Grace, Gina, and Nirmala, and in the second part, people ask questions. To find out more about the live online conversations go to http://www.living-from-love.com.

JESUS CHRIST – COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS | Alan Watts

Excerpts taken from the following lectures(in order): -Jesus, His Religion -On Being God -(Unknown lecture) -On Being God8888

Liberating Jesus, DVD trailer

Leonard Jacobson’s provocative one man play, now available on DVD.
About The Movie

A revolutionary view of Jesus, one that reveals his true message.”
David Welch, producer of The Peaceful Warrior.

Liberating Jesus, the DVD is a film of the one man play, written and performed by Leonard Jacobson. Leonard plays the role of Jesus returned.

The time is now. Jesus has returned after a long and difficult journey since his death upon the cross. He has much to share with us about his life and death, and how his teaching has been misunderstood and misused.

In ACT 1, he speaks of his experience with John the Baptist, his opening into Oneness with God, his encounter with Satan, and his early experiences as a teacher of the Way. But then, the mood changes as he leads us through his experience of the crucifixion and shares with us what really happened to him on the cross. These revelations are both startling, and enlightening. He then reveals what has happened since his death upon the cross, and what he has had to endure to return to us.

In ACT 2, he reveals how his teachings have been misunderstood and misused, and he masterfully updates and clarifies his teaching. Sometimes forceful and direct, sometimes loving, and compassionate, Jesus is concerned about the current state of the world, and how the misuse of his teachings has contributed to human unconsciousness. He is insistent that Christians awaken to his true teaching, and that Jews fulfill their sacred covenant with God. What he shares offers guidance to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and anyone else interested in true awakening. Even atheists and agnostics will find it meaningful.

During the last fifty years, many people from the West have turned to the East looking for answers. This movie masterfully brings East and West together, and it brings Christianity, Judaism and Islam into alignment. The returned Jesus shows us a way out of separation and conflict and reveals the Oneness at very heart of all paths and traditions.

Liberating Jesus! is not just a movie. It is an event in consciousness. It will either inspire and enlighten you, and delight you, or it will disturb you. It is very powerful. If you are a Christian who adheres rigidly to traditional beliefs, you probably should NOT view this movie.

http://www.liberatingjesusthemovie.com/liberatingjesusradio.html

Cosmic Christ ~ Richard Rohr

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Dec 3, 2016

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting MysticInterview by Iain McNay
Mary is author of the book, ‘Unwitting Mystic – Evolution Of The Message Of Love.’ In the Summer of 2000 she heard a voice deep inside her saying ‘You are supposed to be doing something very important.’ It didn’t leave her alone; the more she tried to ignore it the more persistent it became. She then started to have visions of Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama and others. She had no religious or spiritual background and tried to find help to understand and integrate them. Everything failed to make sense to her. Her life fell apart and she attempted suicide by taking 97 pills, but woke up 2 days later. She felt remorse and supreme surrender.
Eventually she found help which led her to India where she is now based in a Nunnery.
She tells her fascinating story and she talks about the realisations she has had.

Alan Watts: JESUS CHRIST Cosmic Consciousness


Published on Sep 3, 2016

Excerpts taken from the following lectures(in order): -Jesus, His Religion -On Being God -(Unknown lecture) -On Being God.

From the lecture ‘Jesus: His Religion’. Alan Watts playlist (100+ videos):

From the lecture ‘Jesus: His Religion’. Alan Watts playlist:

Alan Watts ~ Cosmic Consciousness [Spiritual Wisdom] Divine inspiration is to fell that you love people, its a wisdom that is difficult to put into words. Mystical .

Adyashanti ~ The Light Of The World, The Nondual Teachings Of Jesus Christ


Published on Oct 24, 2016

Adyashanti ~ The Light Of The World, The Nondual Teachings Of Jesus Christ

Gospel of Thomas: The Way to Eternal Life by Arthur Telling

The Gospel of Thomas, used by followers of Jesus in the early centuries but rejected by the Church,was lost to the ages until a 1945 discovery of its full text, buried in a jar under the Egyptian sand for 1600 years. Told by Jesus to his disciple, Didymos Judas Thomas, scholars consider this gospel one of Christianity’s great discoveries. Some believe it may be older than any of the four New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Composed of a list of 114 sayings of Jesus, some are similar or identical to those in the New Testament. Other Thomas sayings point to a very different message delivered by Jesus than what the Church embraces.

Saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

One of the more curious Thomas phrases is Saying 22. Within this Saying, Jesus tells his disciples to make “the two into one.” Then, more specifically, He says to “make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner,” and “make the upper like the lower” and “the male and female into a single one.” This message is neither of salvation through devotion nor of salvation through the story of the Cross, which are at the forefront of the Christian message. It is, rather, a message of awakening the mind, similar to the Eastern philosophies and religions.

Method to Find the Way to Eternal Life

The somewhat-lengthy Saying 22 continues with more yet, offering a method for bringing the two into one, and for making the inner like the outer. Jesus instructs the disciples to “make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image,” and upon doing so, “you will enter.” The teaching, as I interpret, is to bring together the various elements of the self. The mind constructs an inner version of the outer world, an imagined reality in place of the actual, experienced, physical world.

What Makes this Way Possible?

To make eyes in place of an eye recognizes the inner eye (the third eye). The physical eyes are a mere extension of it. Recreate in your mind a hand in place of your physical hand, and a foot in place of your physical foot. In making the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, your imagination and physical being become one.

Next, extend this imagined-self outward. Picture the world that you see as a creation of your mind. Make an image in place of an image, be it walls and a ceiling or the sky and a meadow. Imagine it is your mind constructing the world that you see and experience. It is as though you are awake in a dream, or are seeing a vision. Your every movement will become more exacting and more precise, because you are directing your reality with forethought and exactitude.

In Sustaining the World, We Can Move On

Ultimately, over years or lifetimes, your mind will become steadied and focused, and you will, therefore, be sustaining a world. When your body dies, you will not die; finding eternal life having overcome the entrapping physical matter we call the world.

This understanding of the Jesus message demands a new interpretation of the New Testament gospels, such as the revered Last Supper of Christ. At Passover feast, Jesus breaks the bread and pours the wine, instructing the disciples that the bread is his body, and the wine his blood. It is a lesson on present-moment awareness; the bread and wine the body and lifeblood of the greater self; thus, the inner being of Jesus and of his disciples and of you and I.

The Personal Message in the Gospel of Thomas

The message is a personal one, the bread their own body, and the wine their own lifeblood. The Passover feast is indeed a further step in the process of making a hand in place of a hand, the breaking of bread and a passing of it among friends a communion within the one mind, in the present moment.

In Eastern philosophy, where an awakening of consciousness is the single most important purpose, it is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. To make a hand in place of a hand is just such a first step. For devoted Christians, for atheists, for those of any religious, political, or social persuasion, a method is here now, in every waking moment. Both religious rituals and ordinary deeds required for daily living are rich ground for the practitioner. These seeming-redundant activities are a perfect vehicle for making the journey to eternal life.

About the Author

Arthur Telling has written numerous stories and articles on religion, philosophy, and metaphysics. His article, “A Different Jesus Message” appeared in the Nov. 2011 AMORC Rosicrucian Digest. Telling is the author of “Johann’s Awakening” (a parody of Jonathan Livingston Seagull), and three novels including “Kaitlin’s Message,” exploring the secret sayings of the Gospel of Thomas. His web site is: http://www.arthurtelling.com

Source: OM Times

Alan Watts: JESUS CHRIST – Cosmic Consciousness


Excerpts taken from the following lectures(in order):
-Jesus, His Religion
-On Being God
-(Unknown lecture)
-On Being God

The Christ is Not a Person: The Evolution Of Consciousness And The Destiny Of Man by J.C. Tefft (Author)

Why are we born? For what purpose are we here?

The longer we are unaware of what is taking place within us – of what drives us and what can liberate us from the bonds of egocentric behavior – the longer we allow what the Buddha called the sorrow of life to hold sway. The sorrow of life is the sum and consequence of our total identification with the world of self.

The word Consciousness means something more than what the mind of self thinks, imagines, or conceives. Awareness in Pure Consciousness is an awareness that is beyond self. Contrary to traditional thinking, the so-called unseen, unknown world is nothing more than Consciousness of which we are unaware. Unawareness in Consciousness has been evolving into Awareness in Consciousness since before time began.

The author of this work comprehensively sets forth a meaning of ancient scripture that likely has not been advanced to you before. He demystifies ancient legends and myths so that the essential truth of ancient teachings shines through. Using ancient scripture as a guide, he insightfully explores a growing conscious awareness that has emerged within mankind over the last few thousand years.

A must read for anyone looking to discover the deeper meaning of ancient scripture beyond a literal interpretation of the words.


A former athlete, teacher, and entrepreneur, JC is a critically acclaimed author, video producer, and spiritual teacher who corresponds with students worldwide. A student, himself, first of his enlightened father, and later of world-renowned teachers Jiddu Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle, JC’s investigation into the nature of Life and the universe led to realizations in Pure Conscious Awareness that ultimately led to the writing of “The Christ is NOT a Person: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Destiny of Man.” He is currently writing and producing a series of video presentations entitled, “Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier” that can be viewed online at http://www.jctefft.com.

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Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier

Episode One: Consciousness Manifesting as Space & Time

The 13th Disciple : A Spiritual Adventure by Deepak Chopra [updated June 4, 2015]

On Sale: 03/31/2015

The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha and Jesus weaves together historical narrative, mystery, exciting adventure, and intrigue in this masterfully told novel that reveals surprising discoveries about the unknown last disciple of Christ, and a new understanding of who Jesus was in his final days.

When a solid gold reliquary missing from a church in Belgium suddenly resurfaces in America, a young newspaperman begins to investigate the story. At first, it seems like just another case of a treasure stolen during World War II that has resurfaced. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake.
Hidden within the medieval reliquary is a gold box that holds a sacred relic—a single finger bone—from an anonymous saint. Why would the remains of someone unknown to the Church be considered holy? The search for answers leads to a shocking discovery—a dangerous secret known only to a small band of people. If one touches the reliquary, a sacred vision is received—a vision involving a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus just before he was crucified.

The few people who have been blessed with these miraculous messages have banded together into a mysterious school, a closed society that preserves this venerated wisdom. But their knowledge of the young girl and Jesus is at once so fascinating yet so highly controversial that it cannot be shared with the world.

This young girl, curious about the charismatic man named Jesus, embarks on a quest to find out who he really was. What she finds—the knowledge the society protects—is at times far different from the accepted gospels. Could this unknown girl be the 13th Disciple—the last and truest apostle of Christ?

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Why I wrote the 13th Disciple by Deepak Chopra

Deepak is explaining the phrase, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”​ and the idea behind his latest book The 13th Disciple.

Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution by Tony Jones (Author)

The popular Patheos blogger wants to restore the cross as primarily a symbol of God’s overwhelming love for us and to rescue Christians from the shame and guilt from seeing our situation as “sinners in the hands of an angry God,” which was an invention of the medieval church and became enshrined as orthodox Christianity.

Many Christians believe that God the Father demanded his only Son die a cruel, gruesome death to appease His wrath, since humanity is so irredeemably sinful and therefore repugnant to God. Tony Jones, popular progressive Christian blogger, author, and scholar, argues that this understanding is actually a medieval invention and not what the Bible really teaches. He looks beyond medieval convictions and liberates how we see Jesus’s death on the cross from this restrictive paradigm. Christians today must transcend the shame and guilt that have shaped conceptions of the human soul and made us fearful of God, and replace them with love, grace, and joyfulness, which better expresses what the cross is really about.

How we understand the cross reflects directly what kind of God we worship. By letting go of the wrathful God who cannot stand to be in our presence unless he pretends to see Jesus in our place, we discover the biblical God who reaches out to love and embrace us while “we were yet sinners.” Jones offers a positive, loving, inclusive interpretation of the faith that is both challenging and inspiring. Did God Kill Jesus? is essential reading for modern Christians.

From the Back Cover

Christianity is about love (“God is love,” “Jesus loves me”), and Christians are to love self, neighbors, even enemies. So, when people are asked what Christians are known for today, why is “love” not listed?

Tony Jones, popular theologian, speaker, blogger, and a founder of the emergent church movement, claims that much of the fault can be placed at the foot of the church’s most common explanations of Jesus’ crucifixion. While the Bible and Christian experience tell us the cross is all about love, today’s most popular model for understanding the cross leaves us feeling guilty, ashamed, even unlovable, and thus disinclined to love others. How did the meaning of the cross change so radically from its biblical roots?

In Did God Kill Jesus? Jones takes us on an intriguing biblical and historical journey revealing just how this message of love was subverted and how it can be restored. He shows how many doctrines we think of as “biblical” were actually invented centuries later: how Augustine invented “original sin”; how Calvin added “guilt”; and how Anselm, an eleventh-century bishop, came up with the current majority view—God hates us sinners and so sent Jesus to be executed and pay our sin penalty so that God can pretend to see Jesus when looking at us. This is how we go from the Bible’s assurance that God loved us “while we still were sinners” to becoming “sinners in the hands of an angry God.” Jones argues that it should not be a surprise, then, that Christians feel guilty and unlovable—the very things the cross was meant to remedy.

Jones invites readers to join a movement to restore the cross as the potent symbol of love at the heart of the faith. By reconnecting us with what the Bible actually teaches and exploring how other traditions teach about Jesus’ death—as well as providing Jones’ own model—Did God Kill Jesus? will help us put love back at the center of what Christians believe and what they should be known for.

Tony Jones (M.Div., Ph.D.) is a theologian, professor, and writer. His most recent book is, DID GOD KILL JESUS? SEARCHING FOR LOVE IN HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS EXECUTION. Currently, he serves as theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Tony has written a dozen books on Christian ministry, spirituality, prayer, and new church movements. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and dogs.

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Tony Jones Interview about Atonement: “Did God Kill Jesus?”

Adam interviewed Tony Jones about his upcoming book, “Did God Kill Jesus?” In the book, Tony uses the work of Rene Girard and Jurgen Moltmann. Adam and Tony discuss Girard, Moltman, and Atonement.

Adyashanti… I Am

Published on Dec 24, 2014
Adyashanti explains Christ’s words

Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic ~ Adyashanti (Author)

The story of Jesus has not waned in its power to change lives. Yet today, even though the majority of us grew up in a culture suffused by the mythos of Jesus, many of us feel disconnected from the essence and vitality of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti invites us to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus as a direct path to what may be the most radical of transformations: spiritual awakening.

Jesus crossed all of the boundary lines that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us. In Resurrecting Jesus, Adya asks us to consider the man known as Jesus as a model of enlightened engagement with the world. He examines the story of Jesus from his birth to the Resurrection to reveal how the central events in Jesus’ life parallel the stages of awakening that we may be called to experience ourselves. Adya then illuminates five central archetypes of the Jesus story—Peter, John, Mary Magdalene, Judas, and Pontius Pilate—and the key insights they hold about the way we might relate to the spiritual impulse within. Our journey concludes with an inspiring call to “live the Christ” in a way that is unique to each one of us.

“When the eternal and the human meet,” writes Adya, “that’s where love is born—not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.” Resurrecting Jesus is a book for realizing this union in your own life, from one moment to the next, with heart and mind wide open to the mystery that lives inside us all.

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. His books include Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, True Meditation, The Way of Liberation, and Falling into Grace.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.

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Adyashanti & Francis Bennett on “Resurrecting Jesus” – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 31, 2014

Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Resurrecting Jesus, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Website: http://adyashanti.org

Francis Bennett was an ordinary, sociable young man who answered the call to a life of spiritual adventure as a contemplative in the monastery of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. Thomas Merton, the pioneering Christian mystic of the 20th Century, was Francis’ inspiration and it was Merton’s influence that led Francis to explore the deepest reality of being, within the frameworks of Christianity, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and non-duality. Francis has worked with the sick and dying in parishes, hospitals and hospices, since he moved away from the monastic life. In 2010, while in the middle of mass, there came what Francis describes as, “a radical perceptual shift in consciousness”, which made it clear that the pure awareness at the heart of all is no different from the presence of God, which he had been seeking outside himself for so long.

Website: http://findinggraceatthecenter.com

Adyashanti – My heartcore in Christianity?

Great talk from a retreat at Garrison with Adyashanti.

The Gospel of Thomas by Daniel Chesbro & James Erickson

This companion to The Order of the Melchizedek offers profound and inspired insights into the sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Thomas and brings their message into today’s world and emerging consciousness. Through a unique combination of artistic renderings and a spiritually inspired interpretation of each of the 114 sayings, this guide offers fresh perspectives into the teachings of Jesus and their relevance. From nLet him who seeks continue seeking until he finds” to nl have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes,” this narrative links the intentions of the original text to modern day prophets such as P.M.H. Atwater and Stephen Hawking and the sparks behind Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement for those searching for divinity in the current moment.
Rev. Daniel Chesbro is an ordained minister in the Order of Melchizedek, a teacher, and a lecturer. He trained at the Andover Newton Theological School and at the Crozer Seminary and received a master’s in theology from Colgate Divinity School. He is a former head of A School for the Prophets and a former host of the television show The Open Door. He lives in Conesus, New York. Rev. James Erickson has the gift of clairsentience and is a psychic and an aura reader as well as a healer. He was ordained into the Order of Melchizedek in 1993. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are the coauthors of The Order of Melchizedek.

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Dan Chesboro

Published on May 20, 2013

Dan Chesbro was born in Groton, Connecticut on August 22, 1944. His intuitive abilities awakened in childhood with dreams and “feelings” of guidance. As a college student at the University of Connecticut, experiences guided him to pursue a ministerial career. Following seminary training at Andover Newton Theological School, Crozer Seminary, and Colgate Divinity School, Rev. Chesbro became an American Baptists Minister serving congregations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Rochester & Webster, New York. At age 33 he began traveling to spiritual conferences teaching, counseling, lecturing and appearing on radio and television. For several years he hosted a cable television program called, “The Open Door”. His work has taken him all over the United States, to Canada, Europe, India, Tibet and Egypt.

In 1980 he founded a non-denominational church, Sanctuary of the Beloved, and in 1983, established the educational corporation, Visions of Tomorrow, which sponsored conferences at Geneseo State College, New York beginning in the summer of 1985. He re-established the ancient Order of Melchizedek in 1986, which now has about 17,000 men and women of every race and from many religious disciplines. The Order of Melchizedek does not discriminate by race, age, gender, religion, life style, etc., but is an unconditional love response to world service. The main function of the Order is to teach love and to heal in this period of the transformation on earth. Rev. Chesbro has been ordaining individuals at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community every year since the late 1980’s, and was invited to be the pastor.

The Old Testament prophet, Samuel, created the School for the Prophets to further the sacred teachings of Melchizedek. It remained a cornerstone for the education and dissemination of the ancient wisdom for centuries. The Essene community based its creation on the teachings of Melchizedek, the Teacher of Righteousness. Rev. Chesbro has established a School for the Prophets in an effort to provide a foundation for the teachings of Melchizedek in the Age of Aquarius, and to create a body of teachers to offer the world community access to the ancient and present truths. The course is based mostly on the channeled teachings of Edgar Cayce, and is not limited to the Judeo/Christian history or myths.

Dan combines sensitive intuitive abilities with a ministerial background, psychological training, metaphysical knowledge and a wonderful sense of humor to teach, guide and enhance the lives of those he encounters. He encourages other to self love, self confidence, balance and the pursuit of their Higher Spiritual Self. Persons form all backgrounds, professions and walks of life on both sides of the Atlantic and coast to coast have consulted with him. Consultations have included personality; health; economics; personal problems; career; communication with the deceased; and spiritual matters in the past, present, or future. As a minister, Rev. Chesbro has had years of counseling experience in personal, marital, and family areas, and has combined this with an intuitive and psychic sense, helping many people to a better and more satisfying life. http://sanctuaryofthebeloved.com

Ravi Zacharias | The Gospel in Light of New Spirituality


A RZIM lecture at Trinity International University, Ravi Zacharias talks about the gospel in light of new spirituality.

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life ~ Elizabeth Scalia

Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the “gods” we worship today, reminding readers that life’s deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.
Elizabeth Scalia’s Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers readers a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences–friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few–and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

Elizabeth Scalia is an editor, writer and speaker and the author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press). She is a Benedictine oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos.com, where she blogs as The Anchoress. Scalia is also a regular columnist at First Things, and featured columnist at The Catholic Answer Magazine. Past titles include Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV), and a contribution to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press).

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Secret Lives Of Jesus Christ – “King Of Kings and Lord of Lords “


Secret Lives of Jesus Christ by National Geographic

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