Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Poor Jesus!

Alan Watts

"We are paralyzed by the fetish of Jesus. Poor Jesus! If he had known how great an authority was to be projected upon him, he would never have said a word.  His literary image in the Gospels has, through centuries of homage, become far more of an idol than anything graven in wood or stone, so that today the most genuinely reverent act of worship is to destroy that image. In his own words, “It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Holy Spirit cannot come to you.” Or, as the angel said to the disciples who came looking for the body of Jesus in the tomb, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen and has gone before you.” But Christian piety does not let him go away, and continues to seek the living Christ in the dead letter of the historical record. As he said to the Jews, “You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life.”

"The Crucifixion gives eternal life because it is the giving up of God as an object to be possessed, known, and held to for one’s own safety, “For he that would save his life shall lose it.” To cling to Jesus is therefore to worship a Christ un-crucified, an idol instead of the living God."

The Gospel According to Zen

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