Book review of: The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore by Deepak Chopra
Chopra talks about what he calls the third Jesus. He tells us to begin with radical surgery cutting through the timeworn Jesus that all of us currently know.
According to Copra there are three ways to view Jesus.
1. One view of Jesus is the historical Jesus.
2. Another Jesus is the one appropriated by Christianity. Chopra says that this Jesus was created by the church to fulfill its agenda.
3. The third Jesus, the one his book is about, is the Jesus embodied by the highest level of enlightenment. According to this view Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God-consciousness.
Chopra takes the third approach thus the name of the book the Third Jesus. He emphasizes a mystical realm in the teachings of Jesus. He states the mystical is the only place where human nature can radically change. Jesus name for the realm of the soul, he says is the Kingdom of God.
He says that Jesus did not physically descend from God’s dwelling place above the clouds, nor did he return to sit at the right hand of a literal throne. What made Jesus the Son of God according to Chopra was the fact that he had achieved a God consciousness.
He compares Jesus preaching in the Sermon on the Mount and His call to turn the other cheek to a quality known in Sanskrit as Ahimsa, non-violence.
He says that Jesus calls himself the New Adam, and his most articulate early follower, Saint Paul, declares that reality has changed completely because of Jesus existence: “When anyone is in Christ they’re a new creature: his old life is over; a new life is already begun (2 Corinthians 5:17). No other faith makes such claims Chopra says. Early Christians took them literally, and belief in Jesus spread with astonishing speed throughout Jerusalem and beyond he points out.
I reviewed a paper back version of the book published by Rider Books. In this edition one of the quotes of Jesus is misquoted.
John 14:6 should read: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Chopra misquoted this verse as Jesus saying, “I am the way the truth and the light”, he said light instead of life. The whole direction of the book could change if these words of Jesus were quoted and understood properly.
Chopra speaks much about ancient Gnosticism. He says his book is Gnostic because the goal is for a higher state of consciousness. He acknowledges that Gnostics were considered heretics by the early Church Fathers.
I suggest that you not read this book, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore. If you want to know the real Jesus then you should start by reading the Sermon on the Mount. Gandhi said the Sermon on the Mount is the greatest thing ever written, start with this Matthew chapters 5-7. Then read the New Testament and discover who Jesus really is.
The Sermon on the Mount is posted Here: Sermon on the Mount by Jesus